28 November 2012

New Mothers and taking care of baby

New Mothers in Blur for Months - Metro 28/9/12.  Really interesting article I cut out to share a few months ago and only now getting the time to type it onto my blog.  This is one of the reasons I see so many woman after their babies arrive.  Besides what they mention below, you also have mothers groups, husbands not aware of the stress happening, family (both sides) all giving advice.  It's a lot to adjust to and I help put things in perspective and restore the confidence AND sleep.

"New mothers take almost 5 months to get the hang of raising babies, research shows.  It takes that long for them to establish a routine, learn what the different cries of their newborn mean and what they need to "survive" in public.

The research showed markers such as the baby sleeping through the night or not panicking when their child had a temperature were crucial to a mother feeling things had clicked into place.  A frazzled 57% admitted those first few months after the birth passed by "in a bit of a blur" because they were so worried about getting everything right.  Six to ten went through a period where they felt they just weren't capable of being a mother, many of them bursting into tears.

It takes new mothers an average of 4 months and 23 days before they get the hang of motherhood.

The research of 2,000 mothers was commissioned by baby brand Munchkin."

22 November 2012

Weight 2012 - AGAIN!

Here we go again!  Which mean’s it is that time of year again when most of us think about losing weight.  Did you know that 95% of dieters re-gain the weight they have lost?  Worse than that, in the UK obesity has almost become the number one cause for premature death.  It is a fact that 25% of women and 20% of men in the UK are now classified as obese. The symptoms range from low energy levels and breathlessness to serious conditions such as high blood sugar, high cholesterol, thyroid and hormone problems, and extra strain on the heart.   

So what is the solution?  To make a permanent life style change with the help of hypnotherapy. 

How you think affects everything you do and you can learn new ways to use your mind that will let you change easily and comfortably.  So how does it work?  First, we review the reasons behind your eating habits and use several techniques to help change that thinking once and for all.  Most people have an illusion that they are going to be “missing out on something”, but after 6 months, they are always thrilled with the changes in how they feel and how they look.  Loosing weight is like going to war.  You need to plan, be prepared, and committed to seeing it through to the end.  We can help you find the motivation you need to lose weight, exercise, and feel good about yourself and your body again.  Inside and out!

But again, you must be 100% committed to your goal.  This means seeing a nutritionist, getting a personal trainer and having a plan on eating for the week and exercising.  It's easy if you gear yourself up for it.  

Did you crack open another bottle of wine last night?

The drinking beyond the recommended limits trend has been growing steadily.  I have seen an increase in woman calling to help them cut back their drinking habits.  They are not alcoholics looking to stop for the rest of their lives, this is about professional women and housewives who are letting their casual drinking habit become a drinking problem.  It starts out as “I’ll just have one glass to relax” or “I deserve it” and after a glandule amount of time passes, it becomes a bottle instead of a glass.  And if you think it is horrible, just think of how many pints a man can knock back in the pub and no one blinks an eye.  I'm not saying it's okay, I am just putting things in perspective.  Three/Four pints vs. bottle of wine?

Because these women are drinking mainly at home, it gives that “no one will know” hidden secret or it will be professional women out drinking with colleagues in bars having large glasses.  The result is health related risk problems along with feelings of depression and letting yourself down. Always thinking, “I won’t do that again”.

Most of the time it is a coping mechanism to deal with the stress, pressures or challenges they are facing with their careers or home lives.  They are aware of it and reach a point where they want to do something about it.  That is when they call.

The thought of stopping totally for most people causes huge anxiety.  They feel they will miss something out of their lives and are not prepared to live without it.  I normally do 4 sessions to gradually cut down the intake and then achieve alcohol free days.  Some clients prefer to do the reverse and go without and go back.  The benefits are amazing in the end, not just physically but mentally as well.  It is not just using hypnosis.  We also educate clients on how balanced nutrition can help detox their bodies, stop the sugar craving (which is why we crave carbs the next day), and clean out their livers, without side effects.

The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis shows a 77% success rate for alcohol abuse.  Hypnotherapy uses a combination of techniques, which help the unconscious mind to make the changes you want to achieve.  The great thing about my job, is no one calls me who doesn’t want the help, so I have no resistance.  That is the key - your commitment to yourself to want to change.   To help someone achieve back control of their lives is a wonderful alcohol free buzz. 

I'm based at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy.  See web site for more information.

16 November 2012

Newsletter and content for 2013

We are working on our first quarterly newsletter and would like to know from our readers and clients if there is anything specific you would like included.  We want to keep it short, sweet and informative.  There is nothing worse than pages and pages of information, which makes you want to press delete faster than you can say "ugh" (and that is technically a real word : )

We are also working on some exciting new things to add to our web page also in 2013 but will announce that in the New Year after we have had a chance to generate press on it.  Stay tuned.

Next post is Christmas and how to survive the underlying stress - we can't see it but we know it's there and slowing building.

Don't worry, a few little steps and it will seem a breeze.

06 November 2012

Morning feel good questions

Everyone's definition of happiness is different.  Sometimes we forget to do the very basic things which make us happy.  Every morning get into the habit of asking yourself:

  1. What can I do today that will make me happy?  What about that makes me happy?  (Is it going for a walk, reading a book, taking a bath, talking with a good friend who makes you laugh, planning a trip, finishing a project, start learning something new)?
  2. What am I grateful for in my life?  Why?  (Health, home, family, dog, job, food, partner, children)?
  3. Am I proud and committed to living a good balanced life?  (What do I need to change to improve this and start it today)?  Always take massive action when you know you need to.

So many clients get hung up on start / stopping and it doesn't need to be like that.  A blip is not the end of the world and you can start again immediately.  Give up on the "I'll start Monday or the New Year". If you know you have something that is making you unhappy in your life, stop it, change it, or improve it.

Get your life balance and you will be happy.