06 May 2021

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Tapping for anxiety and depression

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 and depression?

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.

This is all in part of the brain that controls automated responses and where negative emotions are encoded. Physical symptoms can be felt such as a racing heart, increased blood pressure, feelings of panic and fear, increase in temperature and sweats.

Dealing with depression can be very difficult. Coupled with feelings of helplessness, it can be very hard to navigate. Sadness can persist that becomes extremely exhausting over time. Intense, negative feelings can be experienced which can lead to a number of emotional and physical issues.

Tapping can help get to the root cause of an issue and eliminate the symptoms of depression with ease. Much of the scientific research shows how it can eliminate the symptoms of severe trauma such as PTSD.  EFT has proven to be long lasting and effective.

 

 

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 and depression 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.

Tapping can look very strange. It also appears to be very simple, but it works and the science backs it up. 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 can eliminate anxiety or depression, you don’t need to suffer.

 

Do you resonate and want to know how tapping can help you? Get in touch to find out more, to arrange a FREE no obligation consultation to talk through how we can help.

 

 

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. 

c4s 30 Apr 2021

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Post Lockdown Anxiety

As a generation, we have never been so anxious. Anxiety manifests itself cognitively by a loss of concentration, behaviourally by the avoidance of certain situations (fear), and physiologically in disturbed sleep, rapid breathing and emotional agitation often leading to hypervigilance.

Then along came COVID19 which impacted on increased levels of loneliness and isolation. This has all been outside of our control. There has also been concern and safety for loved ones. There has been increased levels of fear, overwhelm, and worries as a result of  uncertainties. This is all in relation to social distancing, becoming ill, anxieties about leaving the house or being in public spaces and much unease.

A recent UK survey by the Office for National Statistics found almost half (49.6%) of the population are experiencing high levels of anxiety. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has also reported increasing numbers of patients with anxiety, depression and trauma symptoms.

Lockdown may have presented with positives such the opportunity to reflect, more time at home with family, more sleep and less travel and disruption which all may have a positive impact on mood.

So what will life look life as we adjust to life outside lockdown and as restrictions are eased?

There may be anxieties about whether we can actually be safe. Being in an around groups of people, when we have become so used to being in our own company, or that of our household. If anxieties get to a place where they are unmanageable and interfere with daily life, it’s then when it can be a cause for concern. Perhaps difficulties with poor sleep, worries about leaving the house, being around or close to others and being in a space where we are catastrophising about the future.

What to do? What are the signs to look out for?

 

Sleep problems

Feeling tensions in the body

Shortness of breath, possible panic attacks

Irritability and tiredness

Feeling feint or dizzy

Reoccurring thoughts or worries about the future

Feeling constantly unsettled and agitated

The continued need to check the news or social media

 

 

Adapt

It will be useful to practice short journeys, in the car or on public transport, with your partner or a friend. Plan more frequent trips to places such as the shops. Arrange increased social distance visits with friends (in conjunction with current guidelines).

Exercise

Ensure you add daily exercise to your routine, preferably outside. Exposure to vitamin D can have immune boosting properties.

Eat Healthy

Ensure you are looking after your diet, eating healthy, unprocessed foods and restrict your alcohol intake.

Be in the Now

Focus on the present. You can’t control what has happened and you can’t control what is yet to happen. By being in the present, you can feel in a more relaxed space. Practicing mindfulness activities can help with this.

What can you control

If you are worried about control, think about what you can and can’t control.

Breathing

Try some deep breathing exercises and become more practiced at these. That way, you are both getting out of the fight or flight response and you are also lowering cortisol, the stress hormone we release when we are suffering with anxiety. It also allows for deeper breathing, rather than shallow breathing in the chest.

 

Remember to take one step at a time. Slowly but surely will allow you to be more comfortable with your new behaviours. As human beings we are much more adaptable than we realise.

Change for Success offers a multiple of different services that might help your further with anxiety or stress. Call or contact us today for more information.

22 Apr 2021

BY: Janine Mitchell

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Physical signs of anxiety

When you are suffering with anxiety, you are in what’s call the ‘fight or flight’ response.

 

What does the science show us?

Your body is preparing you for a ‘dangerous’ situation and and a part of the brain is triggered to prepare for this and your body reacts in several ways physically. This response happens without you thinking, which triggers the nervous system, called the ‘autonomic nervous system’ which automatically activates physical responses within the body. The brain activates the muscles, lungs and heart to enable you to prepare to engage with the dangerous situation or to flee. You muscles tense, your heart beats faster, blood rushes to the extremities and sweating increases.

Hormones rush through the body, namely adrenalin or cortisol and the sympathetic nervous system controls the flight or flight response. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed when intense multiple physical symptoms persist.

Everyone responds individually and differently to anxiety provoking situations. However, there are common physical signs that people experience.

 

1. Shortness of Breath

We are likely to breath quickly and have much more shallow creating. A shortness of breath creates pressure in the chest and hyper ventilating can occur as we are more aware of our breathing during any periods of anxiety.

 

2. Dizziness

The increase in the heart pumping the blood around the body and an increase in blood pressure can lead to dizziness or spells of feeling dizzy or feeling ‘light headed’.  You can also experience headaches as well.

 

3. Fatigue or weakness

Continual worry and anxiety can cause exhaustion and fatigue. A lot of energy is being used up during this time too. It can also make it difficult to fall asleep or may suffer from interrupted sleep, which affects energy levels and fatigue as well.

 

4. Heat palpitations and chest pain

Often, those who are suffering with extreme anxiety or an episode of anxiety will often feel chest pains and may mistake this for an impending heart attack. A full panic attack means the heart is beating rapidly and blood is pumping around the body as you go into fight or flight, which can then cause hyperventilation.

It is important to note that a rush of adrenaline does not damage the heart. However prolonged episodes of anxiety and stress if not managed correctly can lead to heart tension and heart problems. This may not be helped by lifestyle choices, e.g lack of exercise or poor food choices low in nutrition and high in fat or sugar. If chest pain does persist, do be sure to make an appointment with your GP.

 

5. Hot temperature, sweating and shivering

A rise in temperature can occur due to the rush of adrenalin and the state of arousal. You perspire as your body is trying to cool you down. Once you do cool down, especially after a panic attack, this can cause cold feelings and shivers.

 

6. Muscle pain

As the increase in oxygen caused by anxiety can lead to chest pains, similarly, there can be the experience of sensations and feelings in the muscles. The muscles can tense, which is caused by stress and regular or daily occurrences of this can lead to muscle pain. Regular feelings of anxiety can also have a negative impact on your posture which can affect your muscles, causing tension or pain. You can very much be on edge and have feelings of agitation.

Additionally, poor lifestyle choices can negatively impact anxiety. Ensure you are eating healthily, exercising regularly, getting fresh air and vitamin D intake and drinking plenty of water.

 

7. Poor sleep

Increased anxiety or high stress can lead to problems with sleep. More often than not, it is difficult to fall asleep, due to feelings of anxiety, or negative worrisome thoughts before bed. Equally, sufferers of anxiety can wake regularly during the night for the same reasons. Or this can be a double edged sword, lack of sleep can also lead to increased anxiety. Also, a panic attack or prolonged feelings of anxiety can leave you feeling exhausted.

Ensure you have a positive routine during the day time which includes healthy eating and regular exercise. Also ensure you check your sleep hygiene. Ensure all devices are switched off well before bed time. Do something relaxing before bed like go for a gentle walk, have a bath, read a book or follow a guided meditation (there are thousands on YouTube). Ensure the bedroom is just for sleep and remove anything that could interrupt your sleep.

 

If physical symptoms do persist, be sure to consult with your GP.

If you would like to find out more about how Janine can help, this is an area she specialises in. You do not need to suffer. Get in contact to find out Janine can help you, like she has helped hundreds of others.

 

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. 

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

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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

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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.

 

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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. 

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