New Year Goal's Gone Wrong?
Whether it's managing your weight, keeping fit, maintaining a tidy house, gaining a qualification or improving your work/life ballance, hypnotherapy can help you achieve your goal. The enthusiasm and good intentions of sticking to New Year’s resolutions will for many, wear off when the optimism and revitalisation that most of us experience at the start of the year often fades and when day to day worries and pressures begin to cloud our focus and weaken our resolve.
We learn by repetition. When we were learning to drive a car, we kept practising the same manoeuvre until we could do it automatically, subconsciously. It’s the same with any new skill. Sallie employs techniques designed to help clients visualise their ‘preferred future’ she explains, “By asking specially formulated questions, I help people to describe how their future will be when they have achieved their goal. I encourage them to provide as much detail as possible so that they can create a vivid mental image.”
This visualisation exercise is followed by a session of hypnosis, a relaxed state in which the mind is more receptive to ideas and suggestions. Sallie is keen to reassure clients that they don’t need to be creative or artistic to be able to visualise a scenario, “If people are worried about this aspect, I ask them to describe their wedding day, or tell me what their kitchen looks like. Visualisation is no more difficult than that.
Sallie warns, “It’s important for people to understand that Hypnotherapy is not a magic wand that can change a person’s behaviour without any effort on their part. Willpower and determination are still needed, but hypnotherapy can be enormously helpful in maintaining a client’s motivation”.
Most New Year’s resolutions involve changing ingrained habits. We may habitually eat more than we need to be comfortably full, we may leave the dishes on the draining board until morning, or we may believe that we can’t leave work until we’ve dealt with all the emails in our inbox.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works by helping clients to see an alternative behaviour, one that benefits them. We know that habits are created through repetition. The more we employ a new behaviour, the more automatic it becomes. By helping clients to imagine having achieved their goal, Hypnotherapists are helping them to create healthier habits of thought.
Neuroscience demonstrates that when we imagine doing something, similar changes take place in the brain as if we are actually doing it. So we can accelerate the formation of new habits by simply thinking about the way we want to be. The deeply relaxed state achieved during hypnosis helps the mind to absorb the positive mental image.