09 Apr 2021

BY: Janine Mitchell

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COVID anxiety signs

Mental health issues are very prevalent right now, more than ever for several reasons.

Not only are we dealing with something that continues to create uncertainty, fear and worry, many have been affected both directly and indirectly. While some are coping well, experts warn our emotional resilience will continue to fray and decline as this continues to drag on.

As we are living in a place of constant fear, we remain in a heightened state of arousal, which evokes a traumatic response in many.

The problem is, our sympathetic nervous system can only remain in a state of overwhelm for a period of time. We are not built to be in a state of high alert, or ‘chronic response’ permanently.

It really is important to recognise the signs related to the onset of anxiety with this issue. Why? So we can be more proactive in our approach, rather than reactive. This will provide you the opportunity to work through this and create a strategy in order to move forward.

Here are some signs of a decline in ability to cope with an increase anxiety, leading to potentially destructive and negative behaviour.

 

Poor sleep

If you regularly experience difficulties with sleep, whether that’s falling to sleep, or being awake for long periods of time in the night, this can be an effect of anxiety and be one of the first things to suffer with. Especially if you are unable to get to sleep due to having things on your mind, which you can’t seem to shake, leading to overthinking in the middle of the night when you should be sleeping. This can be a double edged sword, as depression and anxiety can cause lack of sleep. Or anxiety connected to worry and stress, can then cause poor sleep. To minimise these issues consider what you can do differently with your sleep hygiene routine or see how you can incorporate more exercise into your day and avoid all stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol before bed.

 

Chronic anxiety or panic attacks

You can experience crippling anxiety when you are overwhelmed mentally and physically with constant dread, fear and worry of what may or may not happen. It can lead to panic, the severe end of this scale can result in panic attacks. This is when you experience a complete feeling of disorientation with sudden and intense anxiety. Physical symptoms associated with this can include shaking, irregular heartbeat, dizziness and breathlessness. We can only be in survival mode for a certain amount of time. When you are in this regularly and consistently by suffering with anxiety, it is important to get seek and receive the necessary support. Anxiety can be helped, otherwise it can become a crippling cycle which feels difficult to recover from or remove yourself from.

 

Helplessness

An overwhelming sense of helplessness can transpire when our life circumstances change in a dramatic way, such as a loss of a job. Or if we experience a very negative life event. This takes us to a place of feeling totally out of control. A loss of identity or sense of purpose can also occur when you have been furloughed. Or are working from home for long hours and periods of time, with very little in the way of human interaction. Due to the absence of roles and relationships which give our lives meaning, we can be at risk of feeling isolated, vulnerable and experience helplessness.

Ensure you talk to others about how you are feeling. A good relationship with your direct line manager helps and with friends and family who can support you if you are experiencing difficulty in this area.

 

Irritability / lack of concentration

Excessive stress, anxiety or worry can lead to irritability and takes us to a place where we are unable to focus or concentrate for any period of time. Our body and mind is impacted, and lack of decent nutrients can also negatively impact this further. Ensure you are taking time to promote self care, and time out for you. However this looks. Read a book, take a relaxing bubble bath, watch your favourite comedy film. Ensure you take regular breaks from work and get daily exercise and your daily dose of vitamin D intake which will give you the regular, necessary boosts you need.

 

Too much focus on bad news

You will find every time you switch on the news, it’s negative. It’s full of fear and is going to do very little to put you in a good place. There is nothing positive reported, especially at the moment. The focus is on all the negatives in relation to the current situation. Too much exposure will very likely lead to anxiety, or related feelings. It is being consumed at every angle, if you let it. Constant notifications on your phone or device, TV reports around the clock, every newspaper and news article flooded with negativity.

The more you can restrict your access to the news, the better. Is it really helpful to consume it all the time? Turn all notifications off, avoid consuming it first thing, the moment you wake up, as you are in a very suggestible state at this time and any negativity you ingest will not set you up in the best way for the day. Don’t listen to it in the car, put some nice uplifting music on instead. If you do have to watch any, commit to 10-15 minutes maximum of the main points, that are relevant to you, each day.

 

Suicidal thoughts

If you get to a place where you feel a complete sense of hopelessness and anxiety and feel there is no way out, consult immediate professional advise. An appointment with your GP is the first port of call. They may then refer you to a relevant service or will suggest support or options to help such as talking therapy. You can also contact the Samaritans or there are numerous mental health support charities or local professional therapists, who work both face to face and online.

If you are feeling this way, ensure you speak to someone. Too many don’t want to either burden others or open up for fear of shame or stigma. It is okay to be open about how you are feeling. It can take strength and courage, but once you do, I can guarantee you will feel lighter, as if a burden were lifted. We are in extremely tough times. We all have mental health, like we have physical health. So if you are feeling helpless, low and unsure where to turn, always remember, there is support there. This can be via family or friends or with consolation though a professional.

 

Janine is the founder of Change for Success

She specialises in transforming mental health and mindset.

Janine helps people create calm, clarity and focus, banishing stress, anxiety, worry and negative thinking.

She also works with companies and organisations by helping them improve their performance and productivity by reducing stress in the workplace.

She has a Masters’ degrees in Psychology, is a published researcher and a hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner. 

01 Apr 2021

BY: Janine Mitchell

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Six Top Stress Management Techniques

STRESS!!

 

It affects so many of us. Even though we now have many resources to lower stress, we are more impacted and affected than ever.

Many years ago, our caveman ancestors were living in survival mode, they were in high stress response much of the time.

Now, many years later, we are still living by the hormones of stress. There are many life stressors than can contribute to this such as life events, or a build up of factors.

I’d like to share with you my 6 top stress management techniques.

 

They are all practical and you can implement them straight away.

They all lower the stress hormone, cortisol which is on overload when we are in a state of stress. Who wouldn’t want some of that!

 

Breath focus

This is a very simple but powerful technique. You take long slow breaths and I’ll show you how to do this. This is also know as abdominal or belly breathing.

Breath in slowly through your nose (and allow your belly to expand) to the count of six. Hold your breath in, for the count of seven. Then let go, slowly through your mouth to the count of eight (so 6 – 7 – 8). Practice this several times.

You may feel light headed at first and that can be natural. Just go with it. We often are not used to breathing properly and definitely take more shallow breaths when we are in any state of stress or anxiety. Breathing in a good amount of oxygen right into the body in order to help the blood flow through to all the organs helps massively.

 

Body scan

This allows us to focus on each area of our body and relax it. When we are in a state of stress, we find it very hard to be either in the moment, or in any state of relaxation. This exercise helps you do both!

Find a quiet space you won’t be disturbed and lie down, or sit down on a comfy chair. Gently close your eyes. You are going to relax your entire body from the top of your head, down to the tips of your toes. Intention here is key and encourage yourself to do this nice and slowly!

Imagine a wave of relaxation entering the crown of your head. Now allow that relaxation go down past your forehead, past your nose, your jaw, your chin, down the back of your head, down the neck. Simply imagine all these areas relaxing. Let go of ALL tension. Allow that flow of relaxation to drift down through your upper arms, lower arms, hands and fingers.

Allow that flow of relaxation to drift down thorough your upper body, lower body allowing all your internal organs to slow down rest and relax. Allow the wave of relaxation drift down through your upper legs, lower legs, feet and toes. So you’re relaxing from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.

If any thoughts float in, thats fine, just disregard them and let them go. You may find some flip in and out as you are getting used to this exercise! You can now spend some time with your eyes closed, enjoying this relaxing space. Stay there for as long as you feel comfortable practicing some slow breaths. Then gently open your eyes. Perhaps have a nice stretch and drink some water.

 

Visualisation and Guided imagery

To continue the above and to make this a longer exercise, you can simply stay in the relaxed space with your eyes closed. You can then use the power of your imagination to visualise a special, relaxed space. So it may be you are on a nice relaxing beach or by a lake or in a forest. You can imagine all the scene around you. Or you can spend some time visualising what you would really like, that would bring happiness. A big house, a wonderful holiday. Really imagine yourself there.

Alternatively, you can follow a guided imagery. There are many of these on YouTube. They can guide you to a special space and really allow and help you use all your senses to be there. This will really help you to get into a relaxed space. This doesn’t need to be long 5-10 minutes could be perfect! The more regularly you practice this, the more you will notice a lowering of stress.

 

Mindfulness

You can practice being mindful practically anywhere. It is about using all your senses to really experience where you are, and what you are doing at that given and precise moment.  So take a walk in the park for example. Use all your senses, your sight, smell, what you can hear, touch.

Really be aware of what you can see, the trees, the grass the colours be totally present and aware of what is going on around you. Notice the sound of the birds or the wind, anything else you can hear. Notice the feel of the grass on your feet. Touch a tree or leaves. Use your sense of smell, really take in whats around you.

When we are in a state of stress, we aren’t in the present. We are usually in the past. Connected to an old emotion that is keeping us stuck.

You can be mindful with any activity including eating and even the washing up! The more you employ it into your daily living, the better.

 

Yoga

Practicing yoga is an amazing way to lower stress. Following the special body movements of this ancient practice and all the exercises that you can follow with your yoga teacher including exercise and learning to control the breath, clear the mind, and relax the body. As yoga becomes increasingly popular, more and more people are discovering it! There are also some wonderful classes online you can follow.

There is even much scientific research that backs this up! Check out some local classes today and regularly incorporate this into your life!

 

Meditation

This is the most amazing way to lower stress and also help you be present. You don’t need to sit on the top of a hill for hours either like a Buddhist monk. You can start with 10 minutes. Practice daily wherever you can. Simply close your eyes and follow your breath. Breath in and out slowly and purposefully.

You can even do this with your eyes open focusing on a candle or dim light. If any thoughts pop in (which they will!) Observe them and then be prepared to let them go. You want to focus on there here and now. You can also follow lots of guided meditations on YouTube, which you may find lots easier.

The plan is to be still, and focused. Remember, meditation is a practice. It takes time. Don’t just do it once and give up and think its not for you! Take some time out your day and look at making it part of your daily routine. You will notice a HUGE difference when you start practicing meditation regularly, it will really take you on a journey.

These are some simple strategies to get you going and to help you lower stress. They are easy, straight forward and simple to use, but HUGELY effective!

I would love to hear how you get on and happy stress busting to you!

 

Janine is the founder of Change for Success

She specialises in transforming mental health and mindset. Janine helps people create calm, clarity and focus, banishing stress, anxiety, worry and negative thinking. She also works with companies and organisations by helping them improve their performance and productivity by reducing stress in the workplace. She has a Masters’ degrees in Psychology, is a published researcher and a hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner. 

26 Mar 2021

BY: Janine Mitchell

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How corporate stress management helps workforce

Your amazing workforce are your biggest asset. Your staff are the nuts and bolts of what drives your business to success!

 

Do you look after staff like you look after your customers?

Businesses invest huge sums of money into their marketing, why not in staff? And I mean properly, not just ticking a box.

How does stress negatively impact on staff, business, productivity and turnover?

A survey was conducted in 2012 by ComPsych (www.compsych.com) in which they surveyed 2500 employees. Its main findings were that stressors like workload, people issues, lack of work/life balance and job insecurity are likely to cause reduced levels of productivity at work. And guess what? Things haven’t improved since then.

There has been a wealth of studies conducted that have researched what factors affect work performance, including how this is impacted by stress levels and how valued staff feel in the workplace.

A study was conducted by the University of Bahrain which is published in the Business and Management Research Journal. This is titled ‘How stress can affect your work performance’. This research paper was conducted by Dr. Muwafaq Alkubaisi (2015) One of main findings of the study was that work stress has a negative impact on employee’s performance.

This is one of a plethora of studies, which show similar findings.

THESE ARE THE LONG TERM EFFECTS

 

 

 

Stressed employees negatively impact on business growth

Sapping away the longevity of the success of the business leads to financial constraints and many other related problems.

The ComPsych survey as referred to above reportedly established the five main reasons why stressed out employees are killing off your economic growth:

 

Increased absenteeism

Nearly 15% of respondents surveyed said that stress causes them to miss days from work. You may think they just have a bad immune system, but the truth is that at least some of the time, employees are having to stay off work out of necessity.

Missed deadlines and mistakes

Over 20% of those surveyed directly attributed stress to missed deadlines and mistakes in their work. Not only is work taking longer to get done, but mistakes are causing additional slowdowns.

Lack of focus

It’s hard enough for some workers to focus in an office environment; add in extreme levels of stress, and you have a perfect recipe for distraction. Over 56% of participants reported that they had trouble focusing due to stress. Employees may look like they’re working, but it’ll take longer for them to complete tasks than usual.

Tardiness

That once-bright employee who is suddenly 15 to 45 minutes late several times a week? This is directly linked to burnout. Over 14% of employees said that job-related stress increased their lateness.

Interpersonal difficulties

Over 15% of participants said that stress within the job made it difficult for them to connect or get along with superiors and coworkers.

So take some time out now to consider how you are looking after your employees. Or how you feel yourself as an employee within your organisation. Do you feel valued? Do you have a sense of motivation and pride? Do you feel real worth? Are you able to approach your manager with ease if you have any work or personal problems you need to share?

 

CEO’s / HR / Managers – what to do?

Get down to staff level. Are your staff satisfied in their job? Do they feel listened to and heard? Are they burnt out much of the time? Is there regular moaning and complaining? Regular staff sickness absences? Are staff able to talk about any work or personal issues to their direct line manager? Are staff constantly putting in extra hours to catch up?

Many organisations are impacted, but CEO’s struggle to recognise any links. There is no understanding of investment now leads to a mass of long term gains including improved productivity, reduced staff turnover, and increased morale. 

Employees receive huge value in stress management and resilience training. It allows them to look at things in a new perspective and provides practical and highly effective techniques to enable them to create strategies and to provide them with a great ability to cope with work pressures placed on them. It will in turn improve productivity, reduce staff absenteeism and improve staff morale.

What is not investing in your staff costing you financially per year? 

 

Did you know that a happy and resilient workforce can directly impact on the following? 

  • Increased productivity and higher profits
  • Less stress and fatigue 
  • Targets and deadlines met
  • Reduction in staff absenteeism 
  • Improvement in staff morale and staff feeling valued

What are you going to do differently within your organisation? It really is a win-win. You can never underestimate the importance of looking after your biggest asset. You’d be amazed at the results and benefits both in the long and short terms.

Janine at Change for Success helps you achieve high performance in your organisation. She does this by helping you lower stress in your teams and to help your workforce be more resilient. This is through coaching, consultancy and through the delivery of stress management workshops and programmes. 
Contact her today for a no obligation chat to find out how she can help you and your teams be the best at what they do, high performing, resilient, stress free and happy employees.
12 Mar 2021

BY: Janine Mitchell

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Tapping is Fantastic for Helping with Pain

What is Tapping?

 

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) otherwise known as tapping is best likened to acupuncture without the needles. It’s an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy combined with a modern talking psychology. Meridian points are gently stimulated by light touch, while talking through the problem or issue that needs to be worked on.

Psychological and emotional issues connected to negative emotions can be released with tapping.

At a very basic level, it is an amazing stress reduction tool, by lowering the stress hormone, cortisol. This has been measured in scientific research. Tapping is an energy therapy, we tap directly on meridian points which are connected with organs in the body. Thus the energetic connection is broken which is keeping us stuck.

 

How does tapping work on physical pain?

 

I myself was very sceptical, I couldn’t understand how tapping on the body could relieve physical pain. Then I heard story after story about the power and effectiveness of it and I also experienced it for myself, so I knew there was definitely something in it.

If you were in an accident for example, and you damaged a part of your body. In that moment, your body experiences shock. The shock is still stored in the body, that continues to create the pain, often long after the accident.

What we must also remember the body can heal itself and it is very powerful. Think of a cut on your finger. This will heal in a short space of time. And tapping can speed that process up, healing the affected area.

Also, there can be negative emotions attached to the pain you are experiencing which can be linked to a number of events or connected to one particular traumatic event, such as an accident.

So how are emotions linked to physical pain?

Emotions around an accident such as fear, resentment, anger or hurt can all play a huge role in locking in the physical pain of the accident. They can literally be stored somewhere in the body.

What tapping does, is remove the emotional attachment connected to that old event that we are still holding on to.

So the meridians channels that tapping works with, I liken to a fibre optic network in the body. They can carry a lot of information, which is electrically charged, and this has been shown in scientific studies. We access these channels while processing emotions and thoughts connected to physical pain. Tapping can get to the root of the problem or the cause of the pain much quicker than other modalities.

This is the power of tapping. Something that can look so simple, can work wonders.

 

 

Do you resonate with any of this and want to know how tapping can help you? Get in touch to arrange a FREE no obligation consultation to find out how tapping can help you with pain. 

 

Janine is the founder of Change for Success

She specialises in transforming mental health and mindset. Janine helps people create calm, clarity and focus, banishing stress, anxiety, worry and negative thinking. She also works with companies and organisations by helping them improve their performance and productivity by reducing stress in the workplace. She has a Masters’ degrees in Psychology, is a hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner. She is a published researcher, her expertise in this area is tapping, where she has helped hundreds transform their lives with this revolutionary technique. 

03 Mar 2021

BY: Janine Mitchell

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EFT Tapping is Fantastic for Helping with Food Cravings

What is EFT Tapping?

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) otherwise known as tapping is best likened to acupuncture without the needles. It’s an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy combined with a modern talking psychology. Meridian points are gently stimulated by light touch, while talking through the problem or issue that needs to be worked on.

Tapping is an energy therapy, we tap directly on meridian points which are connected to organs within the body. Thus, the energetic connection is broken which is keeping us stuck.

 

How does tapping help with food cravings?

Tapping can help for several reasons, but because it helps relieve stress. Cortisol, which is the stress hormone can cause weight gain. The science shows us that tapping significantly reduces cortisol as this has been measured. What it also shows us is that we can be more in control after tapping.

Research has also been conducted by Dr Peta Stapleton at Bond University in Australia which measures the effects of tapping on food cravings and can be observed through brain scan imagery. When participants were shown pictures of foods like snacks, takeaways and chocolate, increased neural activity in the brain was seen leading to more blood oxygen. Certain areas of the brain lit up when exposed to certain foods, as it was excited by the food cues.

After four tapping sessions, brain scan imagery revealed that there was reduced neural activity in the brain when looking at the same images. Some participants exhibited no neural activity at all! So what this research shows is that tapping deactivates the part of the brain that gets excited by sugary, salty or fatty foods.

 

Why does it work?

When it comes to tapping, it’s never about the food. If we crave for something and we can’t stop, cravings for foods that aren’t good for us such as sugary food is connected to memories when your brain first made positive associations with these foods.

Your brain will say to you “I feel safe and good when I eat this food”. So this is where the automatic desire for these types of foods comes from. It’s a programme from the past, in our subconscious mind. In addition to this, when we eat foods that aren’t good for us, we get a ‘feel good’ chemical hit of serotonin or dopamine, which causes a relaxed, pleasurable feeling.  Additionally oftentimes we eat to cover up emotional pains which are happening under the surface.

The research tells us, when we tap on these meridian points, we rewire the neural pathways in the brain. The ones that fire and rewire, connected to old behaviours.

It also sends a calming signal to the brain and interrupts old patterns. With tapping, you are working on the emotional regulatory centre in the brain that is responsible for cravings to foods that are unhealthy for us. The stress response is interrupted with tapping and sends a new signal which tells your brain you are safe and you are okay.

 

Get in touch to find out more!

Do you resonate and want to know how tapping can help you? Get in touch via the contact form below to find out more, to arrange a FREE no obligation consultation to find out how this revolutionary technique can help you!

Janine is the founder of Change for Success

She specialises in transforming mental health and mindset. Janine helps people create calm, clarity and focus, banishing stress, anxiety, worry and negative thinking.

She works with companies and organisations by helping them improve their performance and productivity by reducing stress in the workplace. She has a Masters’ degrees in Psychology, is a hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner.

She is a published researcher, her expertise is in the area is tapping, where she has helped hundreds transform their lives with this revolutionary technique. 

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24 Feb 2021

BY: Janine Mitchell

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EFT Tapping is fantastic for helping let go of stress

What is EFT Tapping?

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) otherwise known as tapping is best likened to acupuncture without the needles. It’s an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy combined with a modern talking psychology. Meridian points are gently stimulated by light touch, while talking through the problem or issue that needs to be worked on.

Psychological and emotional issues connected to negative emotions can be released with tapping.

At a very basic level, it’s an amazing stress reduction tool, as it lowers the stress hormone, cortisol. This has been measured in scientific research. Tapping is an energy therapy, we tap directly on meridian points which are connected to organs within the body. Thus, the energetic connection is broken which is keeping us stuck.

 

How does tapping help with stress

Much of the time, we are living by the hormones of stress. The stress response gets triggered in many situations. Especially at the moment! A culmination of small events can build stress up in the body. Or certain experiences or life events we go through. A trauma, job loss, a marriage breakdown, a bereavement, or moving house are all prime examples. Stress can affect us in many ways physically, emotionally and psychologically.

What if you could let go of stress, or be in control of it, rather than let it control you?

How can tapping make a difference?

This is what Tapping cleverly does. What the science shows us, is when we start gently tapping on these meridian points, the stress hormone, cortisol is lowered. So immediately we can reduce feelings of stress by using tapping as a tool for this. It is an amazing self-help stress reduction and stress management tool. Helping you to feel in a more relaxed and calm space.

Some stress can be good for us, so preparing us for a situation such as a job interview (adrenalin release)! However, too much stress can be detrimental to our health. We are also less likely to make good decisions, or create any clarity or focus when we are in the midst of stress. It’s not a good place to be!

 

How does tapping work to lower stress?

What tapping does, is send a calming signal to the part of the brain called the amygdala which controls the fight or flight response and where negative emotions are encoded. Thus, it interrupts signals to the brain, and helps get us in a calm and relaxed space.

You can use tapping yourself, as a self help tool, in order to immediately lower stress. It’s amazing for this, absolutely magical!

By working with a trained practitioner, you work at a much deeper level to remove those old ingrained patterns, habits and behaviours that are often connected to the stress.

 

Whats this got to do with the subconscious mind?

Tapping works directly with the subconscious part of the mind, which is the powerhouse that controls all our behaviours and where old beliefs that are keeping us stuck are stored. So think of old programmes and habitual behaviours or ways of thinking, that feel familiar and are ingrained, that are connected to the old stressful thoughts.

We can’t control what goes on outside of us BUT we can control our own reaction to it. Very often stress responses are triggered because it’s a familiar pattern of behaviour, it feels automatic. Tapping stops all that by interrupting old patterns and old stories we keep telling ourselves.

 

Brain rewiring

What tapping also cleverly does, is rewires the brain. There are signals being sent to part of the brain called the amygdala about the stress provoking situation (real or perceived). With tapping, these signals are interrupted. A new response is created. One of calm and safety, rather than one of threat or real or perceived danger (the stress response)! The neural pathways make new connections and signal safety, thus changing the presenting behaviour.

 

How you can be in control

The thing with tapping is, it can look strange, and very simple, but it works! I’ve seen hundreds of clients who have a range of mental health issues that we work on that have been resolved with tapping, creating a totally different mindset.

The good news is, you don’t need to suffer with stress, or let it control you. If you feel these feelings are familiar, and you want to change them, tapping is for you. You can get right to that root cause and get yourself to a place of calm and clarity.

Imagine a life where you could let go of stress altogether? Who wouldn’t want some of that! You can help yourself, now more than ever. These stressful issues won’t go away, but the way you manage them and take control of them can totally change!

 

Get in touch to find out more!

Do you resonate and want to know how tapping can help you? Get in touch via the contact form below to find out more, to arrange a FREE no obligation consultation to find out how you can completely let go of stress.

 

 

 

Janine is the founder of Change for Success

She specialises in transforming mental health and mindset. Janine helps people create calm, clarity and focus, banishing stress, anxiety, worry and negative thinking. She also works with companies and organisations by helping them improve their performance and productivity by reducing stress in the workplace. She has a Masters’ degrees in Psychology, is a hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner. She is a published researcher, her expertise in this area is tapping, where she has helped hundreds transform their lives with this revolutionary technique. 

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18 Feb 2021

BY: Janine Mitchell

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EFT Tapping is Fantastic for Helping with Anxiety

What is EFT Tapping?

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) otherwise known as tapping is best likened to acupuncture without the needles. It’s an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy combined with a modern talking psychology. Meridian points are gently stimulated by light touch, while talking through the problem or issue that needs to be worked on.

Psychological and emotional issues connected to negative emotions can be released with tapping.

At a very basic level, it is an amazing stress reduction tool, by lowering the stress hormone, cortisol. This has been measured in scientific research. Tapping is an energy therapy, we tap directly on meridian points which are connected with organs in the body. Thus the energetic connection is broken which is keeping us stuck.

 

 

How does tapping work with anxiety?

When we are experiencing any form of anxiety, we go into a state of fight or flight. The body is preparing us for danger, a threat either real or perceived. You will feel anxiety in your body, perhaps in your stomach, chest or head. So a thought (which is in our head) will create a feeling (in the body). This is all done so at a subconscious level. It can often be a familiar, habitual pattern of behaviour. We make experience shakes, physiological sensations, sweaty palms, a racing heart, fear and panic. The severe end of this scale may result in panic attack.

We aren’t generally born feeling anxiety. We pick it up somewhere along the way, thus it’s a learned behaviour, that we internalise. Something can then trigger this. It can form part of who we are: ‘I suffer with anxiety’. This then becomes a belief about who we are. We think we have to live with it and often hope to keep it under control.

 

Fight or flight

What tapping does, is works on the fight or flight response. It works with a part of the brain called the amygdala that is responsible fo controlling the fight or flight response and where negative emotions are encoded. It sends a calming signal to this part of the brain. Thus, we can stop feeling the anxiety.

Tapping works as an amazing self help tool, so any feelings of anxiety that arise, you can tap on it straight away. This will then lower the feelings of anxiety, thus putting you in control. Or if you find yourself in an anxiety provoking situation, you can use tapping to help calm down these feelings and bring them right down.

Working with an experienced clinician or practitioner, you work at a much deeper level. During sessions the root cause of the anxiety is also worked on. This may often be linked to old beliefs and unhelpful partners of behaviour. Once this is done,

Anxiety can then be a thing of the past and often much quicker than you might think. We work in a very gentle way, in the here and now.

What tapping also cleverly does, is rewires the brain. There are signals being sent to the amygdala about the anxiety provoking situation (real or perceived). With tapping, these signals are interrupted. A new response is created. One of calm and safety, rather than one of threat or real or perceived danger. The neural pathways make new connections and signal safety, thus changing the presenting behaviour.

The thing with tapping is, it can look strange, and very simple, but it works! I’ve seen hundreds of clients who have a range of mental health and mindset issues that have been resolved with tapping.

 

 

Success stories

I reviewed the success of a recent client I was working with. This client came to me with severe anxiety and had been struggling for many years. They had tried a number of different previous therapies, including CBT. To no avail. They came to me desperate, as a last resort.

When we reviewed how far they had come, I asked them where their anxiety was at a percentage before we started working together, they replied, 97%. I asked what it was now. I was expecting a reply of 20-30%, they said 3%! Some weeks later, they remain free from all anxiety and their life is completely different.

This is the good news. You don’t need to suffer with anxiety

 

Do you resonate with any of this and want to know how tapping can help you? Get in touch to find out more, to arrange a FREE no obligation consultation to find out how tapping can help you become free of all anxiety.

 

 

 

Janine is the founder of Change for Success

She specialises in transforming mental health and mindset. Janine helps people create calm, clarity and focus, banishing stress, anxiety, worry and negative thinking. She also works with companies and organisations by helping them improve their performance and productivity by reducing stress in the workplace. She has a Masters’ degrees in Psychology, is a hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner. She is a published researcher, her expertise in this area is tapping, where she has helped hundreds transform their lives with this revolutionary technique. 

19 Jan 2021

BY: Janine Mitchell

Changing mindset / EFT therapy / Remove stress and depression / Stress management

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How to let go of Emotional Pain with Tapping

What is Tapping?

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), otherwise known as Tapping is best likened to acupuncture, without the needles. It’s an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy, combined with a modern talking psychology.
EFT involves gently tapping on certain acupressure points around the face and upper body, while talking through the issue to be resolved. This can be done with a licensed practitioner, or you can learn to use tapping for yourself, it’s an amazing self-help tool.

Tapping works with a range of issues including stress, anxiety, negative thought patterns, limiting beliefs, depression, trauma, PTSD and pain.

 

Where did it come from?

It has actually been around for many thousands of years, used by the ancient Chinese. It was innovated in more recent year by Gary Craig in America in the late 1980’s after he trained in Roger Callaghan’s Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

 

What does it do?

By tapping gently on certain meridian end points, while talking through the presenting issue, there is an energetic release. By tapping, we are able to free the mind and body from old programmes and patterns that are keeping us stuck.

Psychological and emotional issues are often connected to negative old emotions of the past. However they no longer serve us. Through the use of tapping, we can let them go.

 

Relieving emotional pain

Tapping works as an amazing stress reduction and stress management tool. There is much science behind this technique which shows us when we tap, we lower the stress hormone cortisol. This has been measured in numerous clinical trials.

Working on ingrained negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs, EFT works directly with the subconscious mind, allowing you to gently let go of limiting beliefs, which can often be the root to emotional pains.

The meridian points we tap on are all connected to organs within the body. Thus taping breaks the energetic connection which is keeping us stuck in the same patterns and unwanted behaviours.
Tapping reduces the stress hormone cortisol in the body which is done by calming down a part of the brain within the limbic system called the amygdala which is responsible for encoding negative emotions, including stress, anxiety and trauma. It is also the part of the brain that controls our stress response and emits those stress hormones.

 

What has this got to do with cavemen?

Think back to our caveman ancestors. They were in survival mode the entire time. They were constantly living by the hormones of stress. So on high alert, ready for danger.

Our bodies were very cleverly programmed in this way. So faced with a bear in the woods, we would be prepared for the dangerous situation and immediately go into ‘fight or flight’. We could either decide to fight, or run off in the opposite direction as quickly as possible; our stress response would be triggered. All the autonomic parts of the body would go into overdrive as a result, preparing us for danger in order to survive. The heart beats faster, pushing blood to the muscles, pulse rate and blood pressure go up, blood sugar and fats are released from temporary storage sites in the body.

 

The causes of stress and emotional pain

We are no longer generally in any real live danger zones. However, we are living in a world where stress is common place. So all the above physiological symptoms are triggered when we experience any type of stress.

We have numerous systems in place to supposedly support us in modern day society to do things quicker and easier, for example the Internet, cars, technology. However, we are still living by the hormones of stress. Any time we respond to any type of negative situation; a complaining boss, a traffic jam, watching the news: our body reacts for that short period by going into the same response. Repeated and continued exposure to such issues increase the stress response each time.

So although we are not generally faced with danger in modern society, our brains remain wired to create the same internal response. And this builds up. Through the day, the weeks, the months. Additionally, this is impacted in the same way by negative thought patterns linked to stress, anxiety and worry. Our body is flooded by stress hormones. This can lead to a wealth of both physical health and mental health complaints.

 

The good news: How tapping helps

Neural pathways wiring the brain aren’t fixed in place. We are constantly being shaped by experience. The brain is therefore seen as malleable, a term to describe this is ‘neuroplasticity’.
With every repetition of a thought or emotion, we reinforce a neural pathway. With each new thought, we begin to create a new way of being. These small changes, frequently enough repeated, lead to changes in how our brains work.

What tapping does is helps change these neural pathways. It does so by sending a new, calming signal to the amygdala. So, rather than holding onto the negative emotion, or belief that is linked to that emotion, we can let it go. So tapping allows us to let go the emotional connection, or ‘charge’ from a past negative experience.

In this way, it is an amazing technique at helping us let go of past trauma and works amazingly well for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which has been measured in numerous clinical trials. The event will remain in the memory. However tapping will help to let go of the negative emotional attachment to the memory. It does so by rewiring the neural pathways that have been firing and wiring, thus reinforcing the trauma.

We may have continued to re-experience the trauma through reactive behaviours such as nightmares. Or we may wish to repress or not wish to look at the trauma though unhelpful behaviours such as addiction or through physiological issues.

By using EFT, this helps us gently and effectively let go of the past, leading to positive and lasting change.
Tapping is increasing becoming much more widespread. Why? Because it is simple, effective and it works. It is increasingly being used in hospitals, addiction and substance abuse centres, veteran charities and prisons. Many are using tapping including sports athletes and mindset specialists. Jack Canfield, international motivational speaker and author of the best-selling book Chicken Soup for the Soul regularly teaches EFT at his seminars.

 

The evidence

In my many years of experience as an EFT practitioner, I see outstanding results time and time again. Clients who come to me with years of debilitating anxiety, clinical depression, trauma and PTSD to name but a few. They even often surprise themselves at how quickly and effectively this works. Something that looks so simple, yet is SO powerful.

There is also much scientific evidence that supports the efficacy and effectiveness of EFT. More and more studies revealing changing in genetic expression and MRI image, research I am proud to be part of.
If you’d like to know any more about tapping, and how it can help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Join millions of others in making huge life change with this cutting edge technique.

 

If you’d like to know anymore, don’t hesitate to get in contact, where we can set up a free consultation to support you.

Janine x

 

Janine is the founder of Change for Success

She specialises in transforming mental health and mindset. Janine helps people create calm, clarity and focus, banishing stress, anxiety, worry and negative thinking. She also works with companies and organisations by helping them improve their performance and productivity by reducing stress in the workplace. She has a Masters’ degrees in Psychology, is a hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner. She is a published researcher, her expertise in this area is tapping, where she has helped hundreds transform their lives with this revolutionary technique. 

27 Oct 2020

BY: Janine Mitchell

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Navigating challenges, our inner critic, the ego and how to change it

Want to understand why we experience an ‘inner critic’ and why we struggle to be in a positive mindset? Also, how can you change this? (Especially during present times when there is so much negativity and uncertainty around!)

I listened to a podcast which featured Exhart Tolle recently and it inspired me to write this article.

Much of what Exhart spoke about I resonated with and is often what I share with my clients when I am supporting them through periods of change to help get them to a place of positivity, happiness, inner peace and clarity.

There is one thing that each of my clients have in common when they come to see me.

There is something they want to change.

However change can be very difficult. Thats why we get stuck in the same routines, habits and negative behaviours for years.

More often than not, humans won’t change unless they are faced with obstacles and adversity. However, every challenge is an opportunity for ‘waking up’.

What do I mean by waking up?

Very often, when we are faced with a challenge, it can push you more into negativity, understandably. A challenge can make you more unconscious. When we fall into our unconscious, we go onto automatic. A response from our past, so we essentially go asleep. We go into what I like to call a load of BS. A Big Snooze!

This can also push you more into the part of your mind called the ego. Your ego is the part of your identity that you consider your “self”. When this happens, conflict with others can then become magnified and this can then make you more deeply entrenched.

On the other hand, a challenge can force you to become more conscious. Rather than go into reactive mode and become even more unhappy or depressed, you can utilise the adversity in a positive way and use it as an opportunity to become more conscious (either on a personal level, or as a collective).

More on awakening

The ego is a mind made of self-personal narratives and your own internal thoughts that you identify with. Many often refer to this as the ‘inner critic’.

The word ego actually comes from the story of Narcissus, which originates from ancient greek mythology. This story is told, it was before the invention of mirrors. Narcissus was out and about one day. As he walked past a lake, he looked into the water and saw his own reflection. The story goes he was so fascinated with his own reflection, he fell in love with himself. Or rather to put it another way, he became obsessed with his own image.

This story lends itself to the ego needing some kind of superiority. It compares itself to others and has to be seen as having a superior identity (It seeks superiority and feels validated as a result). This is all done as an unconscious process.

It however never feels fulfilled there is always an underlying sense of insufficiency. “I am not enough”

However, this is just associated with a narrative in your mind, so the ‘inner critic’ which is connected to our own self image, or rather lack of self esteem.

Animals do not have this, that is why they are so happy and in the moment! They are not still feeling negative about the past, or in a state of worry or anxiety about the future, for something that hasn’t happened yet. They are present.

The self is mental construct. It’s not really who you are. Rather, it’s a set of re-occurring thoughts. So not our own thoughts, thought we may have been programmed by. For example, through others, society, or the media. We are in essence conditioned by our thoughts.

The majority of thoughts are under the surface, so in your unconscious mind. We are therefore in the main unconscious of our thought process and are in the continual grip of them! We are ASLEEP!

Waking up means to recognise that you are not who you are. You are merely a representation of thoughts and emotions you pick up elsewhere. Everything you interpret you do through the conditioned mind, which is the ego. When you are faced with adversity, the negativity of the ego is magnified and makes you more reactive and creates more suffering. 

Awakening is realising you are not your thoughts that go through your mind. This is awareness!

You are not the content of your mind.

Waking up can be vital so we can be more in the present moment and experience it as it is rather than being over run by thoughts that aren’t even ours!

What can you do to practice being in the moment? i.e letting go of the past or not worrying about the future about something that hasn’t even happened yet?

The present, ie the now is the only place you can be, but we spend most of our lives in either the past or the future.

I will explore some strategies you can learn in my next article, be sure to watch out for it!

Janine x

Janine is founder of Change for Success.

She is an experienced hypnotherapist, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and NLP practitioner. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology, is a published author and is the host of Success Mindset TV.

She is based in Manchester in the UK and works with clients both nationally and internationally in person and online. She delivers private sessions, workshops, training and consultancy in the areas of mental health, mindset, stress management and resilience.

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08 Sep 2020

BY: Janine Mitchell

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How I Survived an Abusive Marriage and Turned my Life Around

April 2008

I had experienced a string of bad relationships and my Dad had recently been diagnosed with cancer. It was the most unimaginably difficult time. As a family we all tried to support each other as we went through this extremely challenging time.

In the midst of all this, I met James. I fell for him straight away. He was charismatic, attractive, caring, funny and very attentive. It felt right, exactly what I needed during this very difficult time.

After a six month battle, we lost my Dad, aged just 61. I did everything I could to hold the family together. I was signed off work by my GP. I was working in the most stressful job, working with high risk offenders. I had excruciatingly high case loads and there was no wellbeing or psychological support. It was an extremely challenging job. My caseload was mainly men and consisted of drug dealers, murderers, lifers, sex offenders, violent offenders and domestic abuse offenders.

Very soon into the relationship with James, cracks began to show. What I thought was a loving, kind and caring person dissolved into someone who became abusive. The first time it happened I was in complete shock. He apologised profusely afterward and promised it would never happen again.

But then it did happen again, and it became more regular. I didn’t even realise or see it at the time (sounds completely nuts now). There was a lot of control, manipulation, psychological and emotional abuse. When you are experiencing a vulnerable time in your life and the abuser is telling you everything is either your fault, or the fault of situational factors, over and over again, over time you begin to believe it. Whenever James would become violent, abusive or aggressive in any way, he would always blame his anger on anything but him.

It would build up gradually at first. Then after any outbursts there would be an immediate apology. I’m so sorry he would say, I really don’t know what came over me, I promise it will never happen again, we are both under a lot of pressure (he was trying to get a new business off the ground).

These outbursts would become more and more frequent. I was in a very vulnerable position emotionally and psychologically, having just lost my Dad. I also took on the role of trying to keep the family in the best place I could both mentally and emotionally. My mum struggled hugely, she had lost the man she had been with since a teenager.

As the abuse continued on a regular basis, my confidence got eroded away, I became so low. I was on edge and constantly treading on egg shells. It was often easier to stay quiet to keep the peace, to stop any outbursts erupting. James kept promising that things would change. When we had kids, when we got married, when the business did well. The list went on, but ‘when we got married’ seemed to be the golden nugget. I kept hoping things would actually change as he continually promised.

We soon got engaged. Inside I was hoping and praying with this commitment that things would now definitely change. He must really ‘love’ me as we have made this commitment to each other.

The following year we got married. There were constant dramas and outbursts leading up to the wedding. I kept this continual hope within me that things would change when we got married, after all thats what James kept promising. We were making this life commitment. Surely then, he also wouldn’t keep accusing me of having affairs and flirting with other men. Marriage would surely show our commitment to each other.

The wedding days itself was amazing. I organised it all, so it definitely was! We had a big white wedding in a huge church that my Dad used to go to. All our friends and family were there. It was the best day. James was on top form, he kept saying how amazing I looked and he was so happy and gregarious, loving being with all our friends and family on our special day. He gave the most amazing speech, gushing about me and how happy that I was now his wife. It felt so special. Yes! He has changed, things can only get better from here!

We then went to a very romantic Italy for our honeymoon. It was breathtaking, we were having the best time, I felt so happy, James really did seem like a different person, the one he had promised to be all along.

Three days into the honeymoon James started an argument. Before I knew it, he was calling me all the names under the sun, shouting and swearing at the top of his voice, accusing me of having an affair with one of my co-workers who had been at the wedding.

My stomach was in my mouth and I felt physically sick. We were straight back to square one. Nothing had changed.

Once we got back to the UK, things carried on the way they had been. I was hardly sleeping, I was constantly emotional, crying and upset and my energy levels would deteriorate to an all time low. I felt anxious all the time and my mood was so low. Any confidence I did have was being eroded away on a daily basis. At the age of 35, I felt and looked like a shadow of my former self. I looked worn out and old, about fifteen years older then I actually was.

Because I felt like a complete failure, I kept everything to myself. I didn’t want to share with others that I had failed, that my marriage was a sham and that I was being treated like something you would find on your shoe.

The irony of the situation was that although I worked with domestic abuse offenders within my client group, teaching them about different types of abuse, and how victims were affected, I couldn’t actually see that I was in this type of relationship. After yet another night without sleep, I dragged myself into work. I began to fill out one of the forms I used to give my domestic abuse offenders to help them come to terms with their offences. As I completed the form, I came to the dreaded realisation that this was actually happening to me.

A big part of me couldn’t believe it, but deep down, I knew. In some strange way it was a sense of relief.

I knew I had to get out of this relationship. I couldn’t carry on like this, enough was enough.

I tried to leave on several occasions. However James would make it extremely difficult every time. He would beg me to stay, would get extremely upset and at times show glimmers of hope that he accepted some responsibility. He would say it would never happen again, profusely apologising, promising he would get help. He’d present as very vulnerable, like a little boy lost. I would fall for it every time, it was so convincing.

Several attempts later, I did finally manage to leave. Had I really left though? No, not really. I was 40 minutes down the road at my Mums house. James kept messaging, calling and turning up.

 

The most high risk time for someone to be abused is when they try to leave a domestic abuse relationship. This is when the abuser is loosing control. This and manipulation are integral parts to an abusive relationship.

Two women in the UK alone each week are killed as a result of domestic abuse relationships.

 

Throughout this time, I was managing to hold down the most demanding, stressful job. I would at times joke to a close friend saying I had a high case load of 70 offenders, add another to the mix when I got home, totalling 71.

 

 

What should have been my downtime after a long day in a very stressful environment was actually high chaotic and anxiety provoking. Most of the time I didn’t know what I would be walking into. Hoping that James had a good day, walking through the front door was often like walking in a big dark misty cloud of dread, fear, tension and anxiety.

So when I finally did manage to leave, there was a small sense of relief, but one that was short lived, given James was in constant contact, begging me to come back convincing me he had changed. He started to become very charming again, trying to get into my good books making all these suggestions about the grand ways in which he was changing his life and that he wanted to be a better person.

A friend who I confided in advised me to book in to see a highly recommended therapist. I was of the view I could cope on my own and I also felt like there was a lot of stigma around going to see a therapist. I’m an independent strong female, why do I need to go and see some bloke to talk about my problems? I was thinking, isn’t it only people with bad mental health problems that see therapists? Nevertheless my friend convinced me and even though I felt really scared and anxious, I booked an appointment.

The day of the session arrived. I had a typical manic and super stressful day in work dealing with very difficult cases. This included a paedophile I had very demanding hour long sessions with. I was feeling so stressed, everything was completely getting on top of me.

After days of being very charming and convincing me he had changed, James phoned me. He was shouting and screaming saying he was at my mums house and that he was going to take my dog. I went into a blind panic and ran into the toilets crying, my worst ever nightmare was coming true. My dog had been by my side through everything. I knew I had to call to the police, even though I didn’t want to. Just as I was about to, James messaged me to say that it was all an idle threat like usual like many previous times he had threatened me.

I was wholeheartedly exhausted. As I left work I looked at the building with thoughts running through my mind that I would never be able to face the place again.

I couldn’t face my life I couldn’t face anything. I didn’t know which way to turn.

I cried uncontrollably all the way to the therapists, a mixture of dread and anxiety consumed me.

I didn’t want to go, I wanted to hide from the world.

As soon as I arrived and this gentle man greeted me with the most calming and friendly face, all my nerves started to dissipate. I felt immediately at ease and remembered what my friend had said. I knew instantly I could trust this man.

For the next two hours I poured my heart out and cried, a lot. By the end of the session I started to feel better.

What was to follow was a conversation we had that would completely change the direction of my life.

It was as if a light bulb had gone off in my head. I had this sudden realisation that none of this was my fault. Not one single thing. And that this all went back to old beliefs about myself around my own lack of confidence and self-worth. Deep down, I subconsciously didn’t think I deserved any better than this. However, consciously of course I knew I did. I needed to do was to do some work on myself to create the balance and alignment. To create self worth and confidence again. It was simply old garbage (beliefs) I had been holding onto. I suddenly felt this surge of inner strength that I hadn’t felt before, it was amazing. I couldn’t wait for the next session to make lots of changes and start a path of self discovery and learning that I had never experienced before.

A day later I went to my GP. I needed support. I was adamant I did not want any medication. And I needed to get as far away as I could, as soon as possible. My doctor signed me off work for four weeks. That very same day I booked a flight to Bangkok and two nights in a 5* hotel. I didn’t know where I was going from there. I just knew I needed to get away.

A couple of days later as I walked up the airbridge to the plane, I blinked back teas as I felt the biggest sense of relief and freedom for the first time in years. I messaged a couple of friends to tell them I was on my way. As I was about to board the plane I messaged James to tell him I would be going away for a few weeks and that I would be in contact on my return (this was before smart phones)! I opened the phone, took the sim card out and put it somewhere safe out of sight. I felt so empowered for the first time in years!

What was to follow was a three week solo exploration of Vietnam. I’d never been before and didn’t even know where I was going.

It was the most liberating, freeing experience of my life.

After years of upset, sadness, anguish and feelings of utter worthlessness and despair, I had finally set myself free and was on my path to my new journey.

I met so many people during the life changing trip and told them my story.

A few days later I was looking at the most beautiful view on the veranda of my beach house. As I stood on the beach and felt the sand on my feet, the warmth of the sun on my face and could see the waves lapping against the shore, for the first time in years I felt totally free.

 

I walked back into my life there and then.

It was the best feeling ever, that and many other epic memories in Vietnam will never leave me.

I came home feeling like a changed person. I carried on my weekly sessions with my therapist. I lapped them up, it totally changed my mindset towards myself. I learnt so much about how I operated and why I was staying stuck in this pattern, attracting these types of relationships. It was so fascinating and I would spend many additional hours learning and reading about my passions, psychology and neuroscience. It allowed me to create such a different outlook, it was truly incredible.

I went back to my job, but knew things needed to change. I began to rebuild my life and I created a fresh start for myself in a new area. I kept learning and learning and knew one day that I wanted to teach what I was learning to others.

My undergraduate degree was in psychology and I had worked with the most demanding, severe and complex mental health cases over the years. I knew my background stood me in good stead. I began to retrain. During a session with my therapist he said that he could envisage me teaching workshops in the future. Me! From the man who had not only helped transform my life, but thousands of others over the years. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

That’s exactly what I did. I worked hard and dedicated myself in my pursuit to retrain to become a therapist. I loved every minute, I was learning so much and it felt so right.

A few years later I took the huge leap of faith to hand in my notice from my permanent, full time job. The one that had security, guaranteed hours, a pension, holidays and annual leave, all the usuals.

I decided to go travelling again, I explored Malaysia, Australia and South America for three months, it was totally amazing, such a special experience. I then returned back to the UK and set up my business.

I can honestly say I’ve never looked back. To now be in the position I am where I get to help amazing clients on a daily basis is an absolute privilege. Those who come to see me with long term anxiety, clinical depression, negative thoughts or stress or perhaps want help with self-esteem and confidence. Being able to work with organisations to help their staff manage and lower their stress levels to help them become more resilient and productive is truly so rewarding. I can honestly say it doesn’t even feel like work I love it that much. From a life of constant strain, stress and upset to a life where I get to choose how I work and operate and get to help and support amazing clients make the most phenomenal changes really is very special.

 

There are a couple of message I want to leave you with.

If I can do this, so can you. No matter how low you get you can always bounce back, trust me, you can.

If you resonate with anything you have read, always know there is support out there. Whether you are experiencing an abusive relationship, or your mental health is suffering. I urge you, whatever you do, please don’t suffer in silence. Talk to someone. A friend, a family member, or professional. This is not your fault. Once you open up and speak to someone I can guarantee you will start to feel better, a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel.

When I was in the midst of that abusive relationship, I thought it was all my fault. Thats what I kept being told and thats what I believed. It took me the time to do the work on myself to understand that none of this was my fault. Once I started seeing things in a new perspective, it was a game changer.

Know that you don’t need to suffer. You deserve more, you deserve the best. There is a life out there for you, you can do what it takes. If I can, you can.

I’m proud to say that Eamonn, my therapist is now my mentor, supervisor and friend. He has taught me so much over the years. He would say I changed my own life, but I owe so much to him. He is now in his 70’s and still runs a private practice in Liverpool. I’m eternally grateful that he’s in my life.

As I write this, a journal was delivered in the post today. In it is an article I wrote that got published this year.

Trust me, if I can make these changes, and turn my life around and go from complete depths of despair to a life of happiness, feeling in gratitude every day, so can you.

Janine x

 


Janine is an experienced hypnotherapist, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and NLP practitioner. She holds a masters degree in Psychology, is a published author and is the host of Success Mindset TV. She is based in Manchester in the UK and works with clients both nationally and internationally in person and online. She delivers private sessions, workshops, training and consultancy in the areas of mental health, mindset, stress management and resilience.

Feel free to follow her on her social media channels and if you would like to speak with Janine personally, send her a message, she would be happy to speak with you.

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