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Meredith McCarthy meditation Through my hypnotherapy practice there are lot of people who come in wanting me to help them deal with anxiety and stress. It may be due to relationship issues at home or at work or just life getting busy and not being able to find balance. I find that people at any stage of their lives can be affected by this and learning tools to help them build the confidence and clarity to learn from those stressful moments is an important part of what I do as a hypnotherapist. People who have hit rock bottom don't always know where to start.

What is stress?

Stress is often your body's way of telling you that you need to address something, when we try to ignore the stress that keeps building emotionally, it can often result in migraines, sleep disturbance and ill health. It is important to listen to that wisdom within you, that part of you that knows who you are and what you need to find balance. When people choose to put aside an hour of their time, to focus on finding resolution within them, it is a great opportunity to listen to their wisdom and gain clarity around finding a way forward. Stress is often a very important part of keeping us motivated. If you were to go through life without experiencing stress, there would be no reason to change, adapt or to grow.

How does hypnotherapy to deal with resolving stress?

Hypnotherapy is not about sitting down with your eyes closed and listening to me talk at you, it is a method of getting you into a deep level of relaxation, were you are able to really slow down, and tap into your inner knowledge. Hypnosis can help to deepen your understanding of your situation and to find a way to resolve it quickly, and move on. My job is to guide you and together we can develop strategies and to build your motivation and inner confidence to follow through on what you need.

Effects of stress on self confidence:

There is an increasing amount of work related stress, and this leaves many people feeling emotionally drained, their loss of self confidence in the work place courses them to experience panic attacks. The thought of going to work and dealing with the workplace bullies scares them. I have helped many people that are dealing with stress, and togeather we begin assess the situation so they can look at finding ways to effectively communicate, and get the support that they may need, to make the changes within their working environment, or to get the courage to look for other employment, where they will get the respect that they deserve. I always start by helping them to feel better in themselves so they have the right energy, to then take action in both this and other areas of their lives. If you or anyone you know may benefit from hypnotherapy coaching please feel free to contact me.

My top nine tips for handling stress:

yinyag Stress at Christmas is often a mindset that many of us settle for we can often give our power away. What is the story that you are telling yourself and others is it a story of stress? I teach my clients about looking at their reality filters there are many ways you can see the same situation and it is always up to you how you choose to spin your story around the things that you experience. I was talking to a lady at the pools with her children the other day, she was telling me that she choose to not go swimming because she has had a migraine for the last three days. I asked her what she does when she gets a warning that it is coming and she said I try to not take anything until it gets really bad and I can't cope anymore. I asked her way she didn't take Panadol as soon as she feels it coming on and suggested that if she were to catch it right at the beginning she would find it would not progress into a three or four day experience. The lady looked at me and said true I hadn't thought of it that way; her reality filter was stuck in a position that was causing her more stress than she really needed to be experiencing. Year after year many people dread certain parts of the holiday session yet they often choose to do nothing about it and they switch into automatic pilot or survival mode mentally to cope with the stress and year after year nothing changers. If this sounds like you, I would like to invite you to take a step back and redesign what you want to do differently looking at the past as an opportunity to learn and take this holiday season to do things differently. These are my top nine tips to reduce your stress this Christmas and into the New Year.

1. Take a piece of paper and write down a list of things that stress you and on another piece of paper write down what you would like to do differently. Then pick out of that list what you are willing to take action on and just do it... you may like to think of it as a new year's resolution list.

2. Learn the art of saying No I can't do that I'm really too busy...It is important to put your own needs first, you are going to be in a much better position to help others without feeling pressured to deliver more than you can realistically handle. Part of this is to start to delegate if there are some things that you can get someone else to be in charge of, that can be an effective way of getting help. Write a list of things that you need help to do so you will feel more organised.

3. Schedule yourself in, take some personal time for yourself everyday even if it is just going for a walk a swim getting, a massage meeting with a friend for coffee, listening to your favourite music, dance like know one is watching remember that y everyday is a gift and you deserve to be nourished and feel happy.

4. Remember laughter is a wonderful way of releasing stress. You could get a book from the library that makes you laugh, go on line and look at Youtube for things to make you laugh remember when you laugh you realise positive endorphins that make you feel good all over.

5. Talk to yourself in a positive way this may seem quite obvious but I assure you this can be one of the most challenging parts to being more relaxed be your own best friend or positive coach be gentle with your words and you will find you will like yourself better.

6. Take a breathing break by meditating on your breathe this is an empowering exercise that will help to relax you. Simply sit somewhere comfortable and close your eyes, imagine that your lungs and your stomach are like a balloon and every time you breath you feel your lunges and belly expand, hold the breath for a moment and then gently slowly let it go squeezing out the last bit of breath using your stomach muscles helping you to empty your lungs fully so you have room for the next new breath do this for 5-10 minutes it is a very powerful tool to help you to relax.

7. Often we stress about things that haven't happened yet and we can fall into the trap of imagining the worst case scenario. Do a mental dress rehearsal of how you would like to see things working out not only can it be fun you are using your mind in a powerful way you are hypnotizing yourself into a state of success.

8. If you are feeling trapped about the way you are doing things, look for examples of people in your life that are living in the way you would like to live and have a think about what they are doing and saying that is different to what you have been doing and saying. If you wish to be successful copy what they do and you can be successful too. Remember you deserve the best that life has to offer enjoy developing yourself into the best version of you.

9. Put the past where it belongs in the past. Only bring forward the positive things that you wish do more of, remember you are not stressed you have been experiencing stress you do not have to own it by saying "my stress" it is only something that you have been experiencing, you are able to change your state of mind by thinking in a different way. Start reframing the statements that you are making to yourself and to others into empowering statements that reinforce that empowered positive you as you engaged those positive reality filters, I am sure you will feel like an more relaxed and confident you.

As a clinical hypnotherapist I find that hypnotherapy coaching is a powerful way to fast track this process effectively helping people in reinforcing their reality filters.

Author: Meredith McCarthy

Stress-less classes at your work...

Learn to reduce your stress and feel more balanced.

I am a registered clinical hypnotherapist with over 17 years experience and have been teaching self hypnosis and running meditation retreats for many years. Here is your chance to form a group at your workplace and learn these foundation tools that are used by millions throughout the world, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Create a retreat space at work all you need to do is gather together your work mates and I can come to you.

One hour class $110 inc GST


- Introduction to meditation

Three one hour classes $330 inc GST


- Introduction to the foundations of meditation
- Introduction to self hypnosis and post hypnotic suggestion
- Putting it into daily practice

Half day course duration four hours $ 440 inc GST


- Introduction to the foundations of meditation
- Introduction to self hypnosis and post hypnotic suggestion
- Putting it into daily practice
- Covering three styles of meditations

One day workshop per person $35 inc GST minimum 30 people this price excludes food and venue

Weekend retreats are also available and can be designed around your needs

When you attend one of my classes you can purchase a meditation CD for only $5.00 inc GST normal price is $15 inc GST

Please feel free to check out some of my podcasts on dealing with stress and motivating yourself.

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