Monday, 23 November 2015

Celebrities turn to hypnotherapy to help conquer their jungle fears.

As ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get me out of Here! starts again this week, this year’s celebrities will undoubtedly be faced with some of their biggest fears in the Australian jungle – much to our delight!

Most Haunted star Yvette Fielding, a contestant on this year’s show, admitted that she had attempted hypnotherapy previous to entering the jungle to conquer her fears. Similarly, Linda Robson last year also underwent hypnotherapy before the show, to help control her extreme phobia of rats and spiders.

The jungle experience faces celebrities with extreme challenges including coming into contact with snakes, tarantulas and various critters, being buried under ground in a confined space or hanging on a wire at extreme heights. However phobias and fears can be developed about almost anything.

Most phobias develop in childhood and are far more common than many of us realise. It is estimated that more than 11% of the population are living with some kind of irrational fear.

What is a phobia?

A phobia is a type of ANXIETY DISORDER, and even thinking about the source of a phobia can lead people to feel panicky or anxious. They can be specific such as animal phobias, situational phobias such as the fear of flying or environmental phobias such as heights and deep water. Complex phobias are known to be more disabling, causing extreme anxiety. This can sometimes result in a person avoiding busy crowded places, travelling on public transport or being alone.

The solution is generally to see the phobia in a different context starting from an objective perspective and then generally building up exposure from a minimal to comfortable level.

If a fear or phobia is affecting your everyday life then hypnotherapy may be a solution for you to consider. Hypnotherapy is a relaxation technique that helps you to manage your symptoms - phobias can often be treated in just one session.
Although there is no guarantee with hypnotherapy, as change heavily relies on an individual’s willingness to embrace it, I have had many success stories.

If this post relates to you, get in touch with either myself or one of my professional accredited hypnotherapists. No problem is too big or too small.

Sheila x

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Preparing Hull for the 2017 Hull City of Culture year : How local businesses can reap the rewards

There’s no doubt that the local region has had a very exciting couple of years.

In 2013 Hull won the UK City of Culture 2017-and since then, we have seen huge changes taking place.

With increased publicity on the city, as well as more investment and opportunity pouring in, how can local businesses reap the rewards, and adapt to a changing environment?

It is important to begin making your business as appealing as possible-how can you extend its reach? How can your product beat the competition? If you own a shop and you think it could do with a bit of a makeover, now is the perfect time to banish those cobwebs and give it a fresh lick of paint.

Championing our local talent and products is a fantastic way of introducing ourselves to the rest of the world. The things that make Hull stand out are the individuality and local skill we can offer.

Hull City of Culture 2017 will see a huge amount of attention fixed on us, not just national coverage but international, too-it is a highly prestigious event and sure to boost the region’s profile. Make sure your business does not get left out!

Over the course of several years, I have helped 3,500 people harness their own potential, gain new clients plus secure future business bookings with my methods to encourage positive thinking and proactivity.

Find out how I can help your business prepare for 2017 by dropping me an email, or clicking on the events section of the website to find my next seminar!

Sheila x 

Feeling down? Blame the weather! How people’s moods are affected by the seasons.

Have you been experiencing mood swings lately, or feeling a little bit out of sorts?

Feeling a little bit down is normal and usually picks up after a much needed cup of tea and a chat with friends.

However, some people report serious mood swings depending on the time of year.
There has been a lot in the papers recently about how people feel differently at different times of the year.

I have heard from people who feel very down and depressed when it’s dark and cold during winter. Their mood usually picks up again in time for summer. Some people report feeling very tired and sluggish during summer, but alert during winter.

It’s all too easy when its miserable and cold outside to retreat into your home, cancel those plans and snack on a serotonin-boosting snack to lift your spirits; and even with an extra half an hour in bed you still find yourself feeling tired and sleepy-headed.

Some people have even resorted to buying expensive light boxes in order to get some much needed vitamin D on dark, cold days.

Known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, experiencing mood swings is becomingly increasingly common, yet not much coverage has really been done on the phenomenon.

Many people are turning to hypnotherapy in order to manage their symptoms-it’s safe, and works by putting you into a state of deep relaxation, allowing you to visualise feeling happier, healthier and more balanced!

This is becoming a much more viable alternative for people who don’t like the thought of lots of medication or counselling.

With hypnotherapy, you are relaxed, and able to visualise a happier future for yourself, and manage your symptoms.

To find out more on how my hypnotherapy sessions can help you manage your seasonal mood swings, drop me an email on my email address.

Sheila x 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Escape the work rut

Do you feel as though you have got yourself into a bit of a rut?

It’s so easy to pick up habits as part of our daily work routine.

These could be as simple as picking up a stodgy lunch, clocking off a little earlier than normal, or even staying in bed for those extra fifteen minutes.

If you feel like you need to freshen your routine up, and improve your work-life balance, then look no further than my handy hints below:

1.    Get up earlier. It’s a commitment not many people want to make. Getting up earlier is like a physical pain to some poor people. But there’s no denying that the early to bed, early to rise adage really is true. Getting up earlier gives you more time to wake up, grab a proper breakfast and prepare to seize the day.
2.    Take a different route to work. It sounds simple-but it is a great way of mixing your routine up a little in a morning. If you drive to work, try setting off in good time and taking a more scenic route. If you walk or get the bus, try walking a different route, or getting off at an earlier stop. Studies by psychologists have found it’s a great way of making you more alert and perceptive.
3.    Visualise your goals: Spend afew minutes every day closing your eyes, letting all the clutter fade away and focus on your main goals that day. It can be anything-making time for the gym, cooking a healthy meal, or spending some evening time with your children. Crossing out each task you have achieved that day is a fantastic boost and gets you out of that rut.
4.    Be proactive: Is there a goal you would like to achieve in your life? Or an experience you would like to have? Be proactive to make any changes you feel are necessary in order to achieve them. Don’t be afraid to take the leap!
5.    Spend time with friends and family: Spending quality time with those you care about is really important. Studies have shown a quick coffee and a natter with friends can boost self-esteem. Don’t forget to make time!

Sometimes, you may need a bit more help to get out of that rut. If you find yourself feeling low quite a bit, and struggling to make the changes you want, you may benefit from talking to a professional.

Hypnotherapy works because it helps you find your own potential through the power of positive thinking. I firmly believe we all have the ability to make positive changes in our lives.

If you would be interested in hearing how hypnotherapy can help you to succeed, drop me an email or browse my website to find one of my licensed practitioners.

Sheila x

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

'I've never hypnotised anyone - they do it themselves'

This week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Catherine Lea, business editor of the Hull Daily Mail. 

We spoke about my work with schools to help students overcome exam anxiety and being tasked to help big corporates to reduce stress levels among employees. 

We even took a trip down memory lane, back to where it all started, when I read about a woman who could't stop hiccoughing and offered her free hypnotherapy. I'd only been qualified for a couple of weeks, so it was a bit of a risk, but I felt it was something I could help and it certainly paid off in the end. 

I took Catherine on my globe trotting journey and we touched on some of the 1000 trained practitioners that are accredited to deliver Sheila Granger Hypnotherapy, as well as licensed trainers in four different countries. 

Every time I am approached for an interview I still get surprised, because at the end of the day I am just doing my job and that is to help people. And as the saying goes, if you love your job, it doesn't feel like work.   

Thursday, 13 August 2015

How we can prepare our children for exam results

For most children and young adults, exams are an extremely stressful time. There is a lot of pressure to ‘get everything right’ be able to answer every question, and not ‘let themselves down.’

In fact, a recent study found that exam results directly influence a child’s self-esteem. The higher the grade, the better they will feel about themselves.

Exam time can also be a challenging time for youngsters because they often come before a major change. This could be a new school, new lessons, or even right before they leave for University. 

Around exam season, schools, colleges, and universities put a huge amount of effort into creating helpful study guides, study sessions and trying to help young people as much as possible during this difficult time.

Preparing your child for receiving their results, whether it’s a month, week, or even the night before, is really important and can help them to cope, whatever their results may be.

Worrying about what questions they may have answered incorrectly, whether they let themselves or their school down, and trying to imagine their future can all run through young peoples’ heads right before they receive their results. It’s a stressful time.
Something which can really help banish those negative voices is meditation.

By practising meditation, you are teaching yourself to get rid of all of those unwanted thoughts and feelings that cloud your judgement-worries about what questions you answered correctly, or whether you did enough revision, can create feelings of tension and affect confidence.

Meditation helps to calm those nerves and make you focus-lots of professional athletes and musicians are known to meditate right before they go into the spotlight because it helps them to focus on their goal.

I wish all students the best of luck in their exam results.

If you would like to find out more information on the power of positive thinking, browse my website or write me an email today!


Friday, 31 July 2015

Jetting off? Overcome your fear of flying

Have you still got a holiday to look forward to this year?

Left right and centre it seems people are packing their suitcases and jetting off for a much needed dose of sun and sand.

However, there are many people who come to dread holiday season.

A fear of flying is becoming more and more commonplace these days, as long distance travel becomes easier and more accessible. I have spoken to people who say they are so frightened of flying they can’t sleep the night before they fly, and become a nuisance to other passengers with their nervous behaviour.

I have had reports of people spending a small fortune on dubious sounding ‘quick fix’ courses, sleeping tablets to take during the flight, and even missing their holiday altogether out of fear.

Hypnotherapy is an ideal solution to help people overcome their fear of flying. There is nothing unusual or magic about it, really! People are placed into a state of deep relaxation, where they can help themselves to focus and think about a situation that would normally cause fear or anxiety.

This method allows people to face their fear of flying safely, while still in control-people have told me hypnotherapy is a much better option than taking strong medications with side effects, or simply trying to ‘grin and bear it.’ On the day of their flight.

The number of hypnotherapy sessions needed can vary depending on the person, and the level of their phobia. I have seen people have just one session and be able to board a plane the week after with no worries, while for others it can take further sessions until they can face a flight.

If you are interested in finding out how hypnotherapy can help you face your fears, don’t hesitate to drop me a line on my email address or browse my website.

Sheila x