Great piece. Of course none of these excuses apply to me, I don’t work out because I enjoy the feeling of fat coating my arteries and strangulating my heart. I have actually once heard the excuse, “I don’t need to exercise because I break a sweat walking up the thirteen steps to the bathroom”.
So was in university yesterday and we spent some time looking at why potential clients would lie to us as therapists. Everything from hiding their Mental health history or problems, what type of medication they are really on, to coming to a Hypnotherapist just for some childish reason of trying to prove that Hypnosis will not work for them. Had a few people myself that only came to me to prove they could not be hypnotised.
So we are a class of twenty and we have been given the holy Grail of information….how to tell if someone is lying. What a great tool to have, except everyone in my class lies….constantly and so do I. At the next class I expect, no matter the weather, a group of twenty professional adults sitting in a classroom wearing sun glasses.
Why o why do we get stressed and anxious over Christmas? It is really only one day, 24 hours and its all over. Take in the time you are sleeping, lets say 9 hours and we are now down to 15 hours. Christmas dinner and stuffing our face full of hip and belly busting food, 2 hours. 13 hours left. Personal hygiene and waste management and we are left with 11 hours. I am sure many people could whittle that figure down more. So I will pose the question again, why o why do we get stressed and so anxious over 9 to 11 hours? I like to cook, it is one of my favorite things to do and so far I have not poisoned anybody I like. So I naturally will cook the Christmas dinner, do i get stressed undertaking this task, of course i do, every year. Between correct temp and correct time to put items in the oven, i become the red headed monster and people are scared to venture near my domain, because of my stress coping mechanisms, for example, i talk to myself, move about at great speed and i appear to work in an organised bomb zone. So today I was doing my thing, I had some zen/meditation music playing in the background and the boss lady walks in and states, why are you so stressed? Me, I`m not stressed, lets see, talking to myself..check, running around like my bum is on fire…check, no changes with me, but I am really calm inside. There are no knives stuck into the plaster board, the turkey has not been hacked to pieces by a deranged knife and fork carving crazy person. So the old grey matter starts churning and eventually I have come up with a working theory…hold onto your hats because here it is….. I looked stressed because I should have been stressed. People expected me to be stressed and killing dead things, so when i didnt, they just perceived I had moved onto the next level, rather than actually coming down a few levels. Its other people view of you being stressed that causes the stress rather than your own internal feelings. As a hypnotherapist, we help and support people who find that this time of year a bit too much to cope with, but are they really finding Christmas to much or is it they expect to be stressed and as such cause the problem? Something to think about whilst you pull pork pieces out from between your teeth, think should you really have had that extra pudding, and who is going to be brave enough to tackle the dishes. Merry three and a half hours of Christmas left ( its 8:30pm here) and a happy new year to you all. Don`t worry about it, terrible waste of decent stress.
Assignment nearly finished…phew, a bit of proof reading (need someone to proof read my blogs) and reorganization and it might even be readable. Today is also the last day of my practice until after Christmas, unless I get any emergencies, then I am always open.
So what can I do to keep my limited mind space busy over the Christmas period?????? I know, I will record some self hypnosis MP3’s. I am quite limited to how I actually undertake this task. I think the boss lady and the small ones would be mightily annoyed if I threw them out of their bedrooms and turn it into a recording booth. So I will do what I do best, record my MP3’s on the cheap. Thank goodness for free software, I won’t name the software I will be using as I don’t believe in mindless plugging of products (audacity). This software is great for recording my voice, smoothing out the peaks and troughs that my norn iron accent has and even slowing my speech down. Not too much voice modification, don’t want to sound like Barry White on dope. The only problem I am facing is the background music, it a mine field out there, royalty free, unlimited use royalty free, you may use this for free as long as you buy a licence that will cost you, your soul and the clothes off your back. Decisions, decisions, decisions. What would life be, if we were not faced with these small problems all the time……BORING.
Have a lovely Christmas and New Year everyone.
Well today, myself and the boss lady took the ankle biters to see Santa. Now most people take their young ones to see Santa in their local shopping centre/garden centre, not us. We saw Santa on a ferry from Belfast to Scotland and back. You take your children to the local shopping centre and get approximately ten minutes of entertainment, on the ferry we got seven hours. Seven hours of entertainment, such as badly singing elf’s, rolling seas, a balloon modeler who had constant business as all his balloons burst, face painters and sea sickness. Nit bad going actually. Thankfully my wife and young ones have great sea legs and kept our breakfast, lunch and high sugar content sweeties down. The children loved it, freedom to run wild and win prizes doing it and frantic parents running wild and winning nothing but headaches, sea sickness and wishing they had seen Santa in the shopping centre.
Now here is where my business head kicked in. The ferry has a head massager on board for de-stressing, but its expensive and I am uneducated to how long the effects last for, so, why don’t I set up a hypnotherapy practice on board, imagine the captive audience you would have. Stressed out parents, smoking overworked, over weight truckers. Its a two and quarter hour journey, potential to help at least two people stop smoking or a group relaxation session. Now I say this with a bit of a tongue in cheek, but it is another potential avenue of revenue for a humble hypnotherapist. Three return sailings a day, potential for twelve clients requiring help. Must email the ferry company and see what interesting reply they give. P.S.. we loved seeing Santa at sea, but seven hours is such a long time when you have children that appear to be injected with pure caffeine and sugar, sitting for more than five minutes is an alien concept.