Hypnotherapy in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire with Sarah Weaver Therapies
Why do we find it so hard to change? Habits are formed through repetition and the subconscious part of our mind is the driving force of this. As human beings we are naturally habitual; some habits are conscious, like driving the same way to work each morning. But others are unconscious and regardless of what the conscious mind wants, we can be compelled to keep doing them!
So how can you change habits for good? Maybe you want to stop being so inactive, stop biting your nails or rid yourself of bad eating behaviours. You can do this by giving your subconscious new, helpful behaviours to follow. Research shows that it takes approximately two months to cement a new habit, after this it takes genuine effort to reverse it back. With genuine determination and repetition you can crack it! Here are some tips to help you along the way:
- Be realistic in what you are hoping to achieve!
- Expect Success- Imagination is incredibly powerful, so see yourself as being successful in your minds eye, imagine how you will feel or what people will say when you reach your goal.
- Share your goal with others- You are far more likely to stick to it if you do
- Have something to strive for- To optimise your motivation set a target, for example if you plan to exercise more, book in for a fun run or an obstacle race such as The Spartan. If you plan to change bad eating habits and lose weight, buy yourself an outfit at your target size to spur you on.
- Stepping Stones- Set yourself a series of shorter-term goals rather than one giant mountain to climb
- Accept the odd slip-up– Don’t be hard on yourself if you do have the occasional off day. ‘All or nothing’ personality types are at risk of giving up completely and feeling defeated when they slip-up. Make sure that you process this as just a blip and move on from it afresh. Allow yourself the occasional lazy or ‘cheat’ day without feeling bad about it- no one is perfect!
- Give yourself a mental pat on the back!- It is really important to feel proud or your accomplishments, big and small and to make sure you acknowledge every time you stick to your goals. This will help you develop a good sense of empowerment and positivity.
- Repetition is key! Try to develop new routines and behaviours that you can repeat and follow…and make sure you stick to them!
- Reward yourself along the way– Set yourself regular rewards, such as treat day on a Sunday if you stick to your healthy eating Monday to Saturday. Or a relaxing sauna and swim instead of the gym if you stick to your exercise plans the rest of the week.
- Seek a new approach– If you are feeling a bit disempowered and out of willpower, why not seek professional assistance such as coaching or hypnotherapy?
Sarah Weaver Therapies are based in the heart of Cheltenham with appointments now available on Saturdays. Come along for a friendly chat and take advantage of the FREE consultation to see what therapies may be suitable for you. Book today!