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.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Thursday, 13 August 2015
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
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.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
“Being nominated for this award has come as a complete shock”
A SELFLESS East Yorkshire-based clinical hypnotherapist has been nominated for the Mail's Pride of East Yorkshire Awards for her work helping students adopt a positive mindset and deal with exam-related anxiety.
Sheila Granger, a professional lifestyle engineer and clinical hypnotherapist who works as far a field as Australia and the USA, launched the Educational Performance division of her business four years ago in response to growing concerns over the number of children on mental health service waiting lists.
She recognised that by providing support mechanisms to those young people with lower levels of anxiety, it would prevent their problems from escalating into something with much more devastating consequences.
Now, she has trained a team of more than one hundred Educational Performance Practitioners worldwide to ensure young people, their parents and their schools can access support of this nature no matter where they are.
Sheila has been nominated for the Mail’s Business in the Community award by her communications partner Mercury.
“Being nominated for this award has come as a complete shock,” said Sheila. “I thoroughly enjoy my work with schools and it’s been incredible to see the Educational Performance side of my business go from strength to strength due to increased demand over recent years.
“We all have expectations placed on us, either by ourselves or by others, and it’s these expectations that can cause us the greatest stress. Students with low expectations who believe they are going to fail, find it difficult to think positively – which ultimately impacts on their performance.
“In much a similar way, top performing students have to contend with the weight of increased expectations and sometimes the pressure to deliver can set them up for a fall. For teachers, there is already a vast emphasis on the delivery of pastoral care and teachers have the added role of coaching individuals through the exam experience, as well as preparing them academically.”
There’s no place quite like home for Sheila. She says it’s been an honour to work with students and teachers on her doorstep, in her hometown of Hull, to make a difference to their lives.
She has been working closely with students at Endeavour High School in recent months, which is closing at the end of this school year, to make sure pupils go out on a high.
Teachers at the school say the initiative has paid real dividends with students better prepared than ever before.
Headteacher Stewart Edgell said: “If you have a student who is worried and you bring someone in who can help them by arming them with new strategies and coping mechanisms, they feel valued that someone has taken note of their concerns and is doing something with them.
“Sheila’s work has dovetailed nicely into giving students a positive outlook and creative ways of preparing for exams, such as setting aside one hour a day when they can worry but during the rest of the day putting any negative thoughts out of their minds for example.
“I am in no doubt whatsoever that this work has had a significant impact on the students who have worked with Sheila.”
Rachael Dean, account executive at Mercury, nominated Sheila after working closely with her in recent months and being inspired by the true difference she is making to young people in East Yorkshire.
She said: “It always moves me when I see the life-changing results of Sheila’s work. As a recent graduate myself, I know how detrimental the effects of exam-related anxiety can be and it’s really inspiring to see how Sheila can help shape someone’s future who, in their mind, might have already lost all hope.”
Friday, 17 July 2015
Summer is finally here, and yes it will probably be gone before you can say BBQ, but that doesn't mean you still can't kick those bad habits that you've been promising to do since January.
When the days are long, dark and cold, it’s all too easy to munch on that extra biscuit for a much needed sugar fix, wear extra layers and stay warm on the sofa instead of donning trainers and going for a walk in the fresh air.
Staying in and popping the telly on seems a much better idea than getting out and about with friends, and it can be easy to become isolated.
Summer is the wake up call many people need to start getting back to their healthier, happier lives and getting rid of those bad habits!
By following my basic tips for banishing the blues, you can claim back your body confidence and back into that bikini before you know it!
1. Practise mindfulness. Start off by making small goals. They can be anything-fitting in a twenty minute walk on your lunch break, or trying something new for tea. Ticking off those you achieved on an evening bring a fantastic sense of achievement.
2. Get healthy: Winter is an excuse for a binge-when the weather is miserable and dark, we crave carby, sugary food in order to boost our low moods. Start off by banishing those calorific snacks in favour of healthier alternatives.
3. Sleep it off: Make sure you are getting enough sleep! Going without our recommended eight hours can have all sorts of effects on us long term, including irritability, poor concentration and even a lower immune system!
4. Talk it through: Has the long winter and busy holiday season left you feeling a little bit flat? There’s nothing like making fun plans and chatting through any problems you have with friends. In fact, regular interaction with others has been proven to improve depression and boost self-esteem!
5. 5: Be Realistic: Many people start off with unrealistic expectations-the trick is to take small steps, be honest with yourself, and if in doubt seek more help!
If you are interested in finding out more on how my popular hypnotherapy sessions can help you achieve happiness and health, or to find out when my next seminars will be, don’t hesitate to drop me a line on my email!
Thursday, 18 June 2015
"The work we have been doing with Sheila is to ensure students are in the best frame of mind when they sit their exams"
"The work we have been doing with Sheila is to ensure students are in the best frame of mind when they sit their exams, and that any barriers to them performing at their best have been removed.
|NEW TECHNIQUES: Headteacher Stewart Edgell and Sheila Granger with pupils. Picture: Jack Harland|
"NEEDLE PHOBIA IS A DEFINED MEDICAL CONDITION THAT AFFECTS 20 - 23 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION"
One in four of us will need to receive blood at some point in our lives, so it was quite alarming to see “Britain heading for blood donor crisis as new numbers giving blood drops by 40%” splashed across the headlines earlier this week.
NHS Blood and Transplant says 120,000 fewer people joined the blood donor register in 2014-15 than in 2004-05. Most of us know giving blood saves lives, but not nearly enough of us do it and the NHS believes one of the main reasons is the increasing pressure on people's free time – citing longer commutes and the distractions of social media.
Needle phobia is a very important, but widely ignored condition and one which I believe is contributing to the decline in donors. Many people who are afraid of needles get labelled as being ‘a bit of a wimp’, but this is far from the case.
For some individuals it can be mildly distressing but manageable. For others it can be seriously debilitating, causing massive anxiety attacks, cold sweats and blind panic. It is actually a defined medical condition that affects between 20 and 23 percent of the adult population, to such an extent that it causes some to even avoid essential medical appointments.
People come to me for help with all sorts of fears and phobias. Hypnotherapy works by accessing the underlying cause of the phobia and eliminating the person’s conditioned response to the stimulus.
While I’m not promising I will be able to alleviate your fear altogether, although this has been reported in a vast amount of cases, I can definitely help you to control your phobia once and for all.
The blood unit is calling for 204,000 new volunteers to start donating. Do not let your fear control your life, get in touch with one of my accredited hypnotherapists to arrange a consultation to get the help you need today. The results could be life-changing, and not just for you.