Accomplish Change with Ease...
Hi Ray, I wanted to update you on my weight loss success! of 3 stone. The gastric hypnotherapy band exercise that we did worked brilliantly; I find myself automatically eating less, smiling more, been upbeat and happy about my future. Oddly enough I have had no cravings at all, and continue to lose weight since we did the emotional work and addressed my beliefs.
Many Thanks Ray for all your support in helping me lose weight. I really needed ongoing support which has made all the difference in me losing and keeping the weight off. I know this is a year later, but I thought you’d like to know that I have still kept the weight off and I am very proud of myself and for you encouraging me along the way. I loved the Hypnosis you did with me as it made losing weight so much easier then I would have thought!
Ray, thank you so much! Thanks again for last week. My mind is free of all that clutter and it seems to have had some positive effect, which is a really good thing for me. I'm recommending a friend to you, hope you don't mind!
I am delighted to tell you that I am completely cured of Vaginismus! We have a healthy sex life now that I never dreamed I could ever have. I never imagined I would ever feel this way. I am truly happy and fulfilled and I just wanted to thank you for all your help. I could not have climbed that mountain without you. I hope you continue to help others.
Hi Aisling, I came to see you when I was beginning a cycle of IVF. I'm just dropping you a line to let you know I'm now almost 15 weeks pregnant. Things are going really well. I'm still a little anxious, but each week I get more confident and relaxed. I want to thank you for the work you did with me. I find I use the techniques frequently. I have praised and recommended you to many people since. Thanks again, regards,
Hi Aisling, Well I'm the proud mother of a beautiful baby boy Aidan!! I just wanted to say a massive thank you for ensuring that I was mentally prepared. My consultant couldn't believe it and asked how I mentally prepared myself, mid wife asked for a copy of my birthing plan to keep. I told everyone that asked in the hospital about you and hypnobirthing. Doc said he couldn't believe it for first baby and that my threshold for pain was remarkable!! So Aisling massive thank you.
Aisling, I just want to thank you for yesterday - you were very patient with me! I feel great today and did a great presentation. I definitely have a better feeling about presenting at meetings and handling things in the future! I'm really grateful for what you've done.
Ray, I wanted to give you feedback after our session. I have to say that the 2 days after the session I was absolutely floating. I had the best sleeps I've had in years. Since then I am happier than I was and generally sleeping allot better. I find I am not as angry and my relationships are better. My boyfriend passed a comment on how much more relaxed I was and we are getting on better too...
Aisling has helped me with a lot of different issues that I have had over the last year and I must say that I am astonished at what she has accomplished with me. I was really doubtful that I could get rid of some of my problems, but now I actually have and that is amazing. I highly recommend Aisling’s services to anyone who wants to make a change within themselves, because it has helped me tremendously.
Hi Ray, I wanted to thank you for your great help in my flying fears when I went to London at Easter. I was absolutely fine; especially going when I was actually surprised when we were coming into land it was so quick! Coming back was equally good, helped by no delays and smooth flights. I am going over again for a weekend later in June and I feel fine about it. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me, and I'm confident now that it will continue.
5 Simple Stress Management Tips That Really Work
As much as we'd all like to avoid stress at all costs, that's not always possible. But what we can control is how we react to the tensions that inevitably crop up at work and in our personal lives. And while that may not seem like much, it's more powerful than you'd think.
Say you train for months for a race, only to miss your goal time by a mile. There are two ways to respond: By beating yourself up, doubting your abilities, and concentrating on everything you did wrong; or, you can resolve to learn from your mistakes and do better next time. If you get down on yourself, your next round of training will feel that much harder and more pointless. If you're self-encouraging, you can use the setback as fuel to help you train harder.
We'd all like to believe that we fall into the second camp, but the truth is that it can be hard to bounce back from disappointments, like falling short of a fitness goal, falling off a diet, missing a deadline at work, or breaking up with a significant other. But you can train your brain to become more resilient to stress and setbacks. To start, try these five study-backed strategies. (Also, keep these Therapist-Approved Tricks for Perpetual Positivity in mind.)
Ask “What Would I Say To My BFF?”
“Self-compassion is one of the most important sources of emotional resilience we have,” says Kristin Neff, Ph.D., author of Self-Compassion. It means, simply, treating yourself with the same kindness you'd treat a friend who was going through a hard time. “Most people critique themselves and tear themselves down when they're stressed. They go straight into fix-it mode and don't give themselves any comfort, care, or support,” she says. Instead, she recommends imagining a friend coming to you with the problem you're dealing with, and saying to yourself what you'd say to her. “When you treat yourself with self-compassion, your levels of stress hormones like cortisol decrease and your levels of feel-good hormones like oxytocin increase, instantly making you feel calmer and more capable of dealing,” Neff says.
Hit the Hay Early.
If you're going through an especially tense time, try prioritizing sleep. According to research in a recent book Sleep and Affect, people who lose a night's zzz's respond more emotionally to stressors. After an extra hour or two, you may magically feel better able to cope. (Can't sleep? Try these Science-Backed Strategies on How to Sleep Better.)
Think "This Will Be Good For Me"
Sounds cheesy, maybe. But research from Stanford University shows that thinking of stress as something that will propel you forward can help change the way you respond to it, ultimately improving your mood and your productivity. And that makes sense: If you can convince yourself that taking on an unexpected assignment at work will be a good thing in the long run, because it'll teach you new skills and and help you work more efficiently under pressure, and you'll be less likely to engage in the sort of coping behaviors that make stress worse, like procrastination or catastrophizing.
Sweat It Out
Yep, our favorite stress-buster—exercise—really does help us bounce back from tension faster, according to recent research in the journal Neuropharmacology. Working out releases a brain chemical called galanin, which protects your neurons from anxiety-related damage to boost their—and your—resilience to stress.
Work “Mindfulness Breaks” Into Your Day
Nursing is probably one of the most stressful jobs out there. But spending just a few minutes an hour on mindfulness—listening to soothing music, practicing deep breathing, or stretching—significantly lowered nurses' levels of stress hormones, making them less likely to burn out, according to a recent study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. And there's no reason it can't work for you too. (We have 11 Breathing Exercises to Better Any Situation to help you get started.)