When you hear the word “hypnosis” what comes to your mind?

If you’re like most who never really looked into it, you’re probably thinking, “I don’t want to be brain washed into doing something I don’t want to.”

The fact is no one can really make you do something you don’t really want to do under hypnosis. You actually have to have good rapport with the hypnotist – meaning you both have to have a good connection with each other. After you both have a good connection and agreement on what you want to do, it may take several sessions before a new belief (potential for new habits) to be installed.

Hypnotheraphy is hypnosis used in therapy that uses guided relaxation to help you relax and go into a deep trance. A trance is just a relaxed state of awareness. Once in a trance, you can choose to focus your attention on the subject you want to explore – like handling triggers that might push you to stop your healthy habits.

Today, more and more people are seeking out trained hypnotherapists to help them change unwanted behaviors from addictive habits such as smoking to gambling. Hypnotherapy goes as far as to helping one control overeating and lose weight. Some individuals, with the help of a certified mental health professional, use hypnosis to assist with traumatic experience. With hypnosis as an aid, they can  overcome trauma by finding and handling the root cause. Many are already working with trained specialists to handle stress, pain, fear, anxiety, phobias, depression, insomnia, and grief.

Not only can hypnosis help you get rid of the negative, it can also help you install new healthier habits, promote healing, and positive development – like losing weight naturally and exercising more often.

How does hypnosis help you do all this?

By programming the subconscious (the part of you that controls your behavior) through bypassing the analytical left-brained (the part of you that defends
your subconscious). In other words, there’s a part of you that keeps you from changing – and with the help of hypnosis you can go around that part and make the changes you want.

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What are some common traits that make a person successful? Check out this article from Stella  that summarizes the 5 most common successful habits that successful people have.

5 Things Successful People Have In Common
By Stella Fin

1. Rise Early

Waking up in the early hours of the day before sunrise, is great for our bodies. Our bodies have been made to work at day time and rest at night. Those who efficiently utilize day hours become successful. These successful people wake up early and work out, exercise, ponder over the engagements of the following day, think, read, and do research. They effectively use the early hours before they hit workplace.

2. Eat Healthy

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”

They eat a king size healthy breakfast to kick start their day with full energy and zeal. This ensures they remain active and keep healthy to face the tough day ahead. Eating a healthy breakfast is important because during the day, these people keep super busy and usually have to have lunch on the go, which is sometimes not to so healthy. Morning time before work starts is the perfect time to have a healthy breakfast alongside the newspaper to check updates from around the world.

3. Prioritize

Successful people prioritize their tasks according to difficulty and urgency. Since the brain is less occupied and fresh in the morning, they usually schedule difficult tasks for the morning. This enables them to free themselves of stress and carry on with other easier or less hectic tasks. This way they are able to feel relaxed towards the end of the day.

4. Plan

Most successful people make an entire to do list each morning when they wake up. This allows them to map out what needs to be done first, second and so on. Since morning is a very relaxing time, without interruptions, from phone bells, emails and memos popping up from left right and center, you get enough time to make a list of things you need to get done on that particular day.

5. Discipline

The most important trait of successful people is that they are very strict with themselves. They do not procrastinate like many of us. They are focused and determined to do what they have decided. They stick to their decisions and are disciplined with their activities. They follow their schedule very stringently and avoid distractions.

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What kind of food will help you power up your mental alertness? Luckily, Susan has put together an article on what foods to eat to help you boost your brain power to the max! …Giving you more mental clarity and health.

Food to Boost Brain Power
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You are what you eat. Fuel your brain with the right foods to boost mental stamina and improve memory and learning.

Did you know that even though your brain is the body’s command centre, it only accounts for about two percent of your total body weight? If you eat the right amount of calories to maintain your weight, about 20 percent of that energy is used to power up your grey matter.

The brain comprises of billions of neurons which send and receive messages from the entire nervous system. Signals are passed from one neuron to the next and certain nutrients are needed to produce neurotransmitters which make the jump between the neurons. Serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine are common neurotransmitters that can have a big impact on your mood, your sleep patterns, mental sharpness and thought processes.

The continual activity within the brain requires a high level of energy to keep going. It’s your body’s job to supply its control center with a good stream of glucose energy. The right nutrients can help to boost mental productivity and help your body cope better with stress and the demands of a busy modern lifestyle.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

Omega-3 essential fatty acids are vital for good brain development. These good fats help to regulate serotonin levels in the brain, of which a low level may be linked to depression, mood swings and lethargy. Omega-3s improves mental sharpness and concentration.

DHA, one form of omega-3, is found in oily fish like salmon, herring, trout, sardines and tuna. Other foods high in omega-3 are flax seeds, walnuts, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and avocados.

B-VITAMINS

Vitamins in the B-range can help to improve mental stamina and memory and relieve the affects of mental exhaustion and depression.

Foods rich in vitamin B include vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli or high protein foods, like meat, egg yolk or peanuts. Whole grain foods are rich in vitamin B6, which plays an important part in synthesizsing some of the neurotransmitters. Bananas are often labelled as brain food because they are high in vitamin B6, contain potassium and provide glucose energy for the brain. Brown rice and oatmeal are good sources of vitamin B6 and some bread and cereals may be fortified with B12. Oysters contain a good amount of vitamin B12 and they are rich in zinc and iron, other important elements for the brain.

Folic acid (vitamin B9), is essential for the development of a baby’s brain and nervous system during pregnancy. Leafy green vegetables and liver are high in folic acid.

PROTEIN AND CARBS

Foods high in proteins also help to maintain a healthy brain function and good mental performance for learning. Good protein brain food includes eggs, almonds, walnuts, meat, soybeans, milk and other dairy products.

Proteins can also be paired with carbohydrates to supply the brain with a good boost of glucose energy. Food combinations of protein and carbs, like yoghurt with muesli and nuts or whole wheat toast and a scrambled egg are good breakfast choices.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are the protectors of the brain and nervous system and guard against ‘free radicals’ or molecules which damage cells and contribute to aging. Antioxidants also help to improve memory and cognitive ability of the brain.

Foods rich in antioxidants include spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries, raisins, plums, pecans, sunflower seeds, dates, red kidney beans and the cocoa bean.

Whatever foods you choose to power your body and your brain, it is always important to eat a balanced diet, with food choices from the different groups. Also remember to reach for that refreshing glass of water – it’s essential for your brain! Just as dehydration adversely affects many different body functions, a lack of water also causes mental fatigue.

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