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Time For A Mental Spring Clean?


Gareth Wait Hypnotherapy - Newport & PontypoolWith Spring just around the corner, now is the ideal time to think about those niggling problems you’d like to change.

Winter can send us into a state of physical and mental “hibernation”, and although many people look ahead to the arrival of Spring with great optimism and pleasure, for some people (for example those suffering with depression) the lighter evenings and longer days can in fact create more feelings of loneliness and low mood, as the days seem longer with less opportunity to “hide away”.

This is a good time of year to take stock and give ourselves the opportunity to have a kind of mental “spring-clean”. What do I mean by this? It’s about coming out from that hibernating, wintery mind set and having a really good clear- out of things that might be holding us back.

Negative self-talk can prevent us from doing things we want to do or from behaving and acting in a positive way. Our minds cannot tell the difference between imagination and reality, so if we keep thinking about things we should have done, or tell ourselves we will never be able to do something, that negative repetition impacts on us and becomes a habit – to think we can’t rather than think we can.

The average person thinks about 50,000 thoughts a day, and if about 10 per cent of those are negative, that’s 5000 negative thoughts a day! The good news is that we can change these negative thoughts and habits in to more positive ones – we just need to know the tools with which to do so!

Just as we start to sort out our spring and summer clothes, or sort out our clutter at home, we can sort out old thoughts, feelings and issues and re-evaluate them – are they useful to us anymore? And how can we do this anyway? Hypnotherapy can really help people to move forward in a positive way and put those negative thoughts and feelings away; not just for Spring and Summer, but for good.

These days, hypnotherapy is a modern, research-based combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis, aimed at encouraging you to focus on how YOU want things to be. It’s great for people who have negative or self-critical thoughts or experiences that stop them from getting the very best out of themselves. Hypnotherapy is a forward looking approach that is really effective in lowering stress and anxiety levels, and also helping with the replacement of negative habits and behaviours with positive ones.

To be physically healthy, we have to be mentally healthy, and more people recognise these days that medication alone or “just getting on with it” may not be enough and want to make change happen in an ongoing, realistic and sustainable way. Through hypnotherapy, you can learn how you can use your full mental resources to achieve your goals and give you tools that you can use right now, and for the rest of your life.


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