Bill Noon Healing Freedom

Relaxation Helps to Improve Work & Personal Life

Relaxation: a group of 12 people helped to improve their Work & Personal Life by spending just 1 hour each week with me.

Between March and April 2013 a voluntary Relaxation session was held for one hour on a Wednesday evenings over a 6 week period. Local residents of Healds Green and Heights Lane, Chadderton were invited to attend to explore relaxation for the mind and body.

Relaxation using Mindfulness Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Laughter Therapy and How to manage Stress were the main topics of our sessions.

My approach to the ‘Relaxation group’ was open making it clear that if anyone felt this wasn’t for them they were free to leave at anytime and I would not be disappointed. A guided meditation was used to introduce the physical aspect of relaxation. The conditions for relaxation were not ideal, upright chairs without arms, a mixture of strangers and friends in close proximity to each other. Despite the situation it was obvious that the majority of people were following my guidance and they were ‘relaxing’ deeply.relaxing sea scene with lounger

Sleep deprivation, stress from work and stress from everyday life issues, were just some of the conditions affecting the members. We also had some attendees with particular issues including pain and recovery from serious illness. Mindfulness was used to aid relaxation in the group at the sessions and for use in everyday life situations.

Stress management was introduced to the group providing ways of how to cope with stress. Ways in which to manage the effects of stress and to recognise stressful situations were shared with the group. Having a clear understanding of the possible detriment to long term general health helped to promote deeper interest in self relaxation. Most members found it difficult to find time at home to indulge in self relaxation and preferred to attend the relaxation group evenings. Some nice results were fed back to the group throughout the weeks and overall each group member has found great benefit from attending. As a result of the benefits gained by the group we are now holding a monthly meeting to allow group members to enjoy relaxing in a neutral environment.

Typical improvements fed back were: increased confidence in general and specifically at work, enjoying a good nights sleep the first time for many years, arm and neck pain now less painful and has provided space to sleep, being prepared and in control at work when confrontational issues arise, being able to control breathing so panicky feelings don’t surface anymore, the ability to see situations at work for what they are without worrying about them.

My services were donated free of charge to assist in the promotion and use of The Old School by local residents. The hall over recent years has been carefully and tastefully restored by a group of local residents and is for the benefit of residents in the immediate area.

London Olympics 2012 the showcase for top performers

The Olympics – The Olympic Games will be the showcase for sports men and women in 2012. What will be the key to their success?

Great physical ability and talent in a chosen sport will go a long way to ensuring success at the Olympics, couple this with natural and learned skills,  and a top performer will be made. Sometimes in the Olympics the physical aspects of the Olympic athlete, Olympic cyclist, Olympic footballer, Olympic tennis player, Olympic boxer or Olympic marksman to name just a few is not enough to make them an Olympic Gold medal winner. What about their mind fitness; their doubts, fear of the competition, fear of not performing to their normal level on the day how do they beat that?

Being and staying positive is not easy. No matter how well things are going for the Olympic athlete the slightest diversion or unexpected occurrence can derail their focus.This is why many athletes  have a personal coach who is trained either in psychology or mind coaching. The coach might use hypnotherapy as a natural resource to keep the athlete focused or regular meditation to clear the mind of outside distractions. The Olympics will generate its own stresses and distractions in one of the busiest City’s in the world

One aspect of  success at The London Olympics will come from the occasion, visualisation of taking an Olympic Gold Medal or breaking a world and Olympic record often produces performance way above the normal level of achievement. So is it the mind or the focus of the individual at the Olympics, have they trained more rigorously, followed a different diet or is it down to the stars above or position of the moon on the day? The answer is probably a number of these activities combined to make an improvement.  If you improve 5 aspects of your performance by just 1% then combined you have a 5% improvement overall to help you to become a winner at the Olympics 2012.

Keeping a cool head when the heat is on is not easy, imagine staying calm and controlled just as you are about to run in the Olympic 100 mts final and you are up against the worlds best. Do you wonder if you are good enough, fast enough, will you finish last – the winner will not have allowed these thoughts into their mind only positive thoughts, their routine, their techniques and the winning celebration will be allowed. So focus and a positive mind set will be vital tools to have a belief in themselves and their ability will be paramount.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey – Is it good for you?

The television spectacular ‘Downton Abbey’ has created a great deal of interest across the UK and no doubt will sell well through out the world.  Is this drama good for the people who watch it?  What is the real appeal, is it the British love of going back to a time where money for some appeared to be no object, where class was clearly defined with extravagance and people had order? Or is it the setting in a house that few if any could ever aspire to owning and the rich surrounding countryside which must appear as heavenly especially if you live in an inner city surrounded by concrete and traffic?  Or is it the story line fiction at its best?

My view is that it must bring relief and escapism for some, to drift away for 90 minutes following the happenings of a large wealthy household with superb costumes, furniture, decor and great acting has to be a relaxing and calming influence on the mind and your health. Or could it generate a longing for riches outside of ones reach? Does it tempt us to rush out and buy a lottery ticket in the hope of instant wealth?

We are all different and our interpretation of what we see is different. Going back in time might stimulate thoughts of our own ancestors who were around then and perhaps they worked in service. May be stories have been handed down over the years of their life and encounters to match the pictures in an old biscuit tin.

Relaxation through hypnotherapy can provide a welcome relief for many with sleeping problems or for those who are restless and agitated. Watching an old movie or even a new one like Downton can and does provide a welcome distraction from our everyday lives, so that must be a good thing, yes? Drifting off for a short period of time is most likely good for anyone unless of course you are driving, flying a plane or operating machinery!! you get the picture.

So watching Downton, an old film or a anything that helps you relax and forget the here and now is worth it. Enjoy.

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