Mindfullness in children & Teenagers

The Importance of Teaching Mindfullness to Children and Teenagers.

Learning how to be mindful is a great asset no matter what age you are, but the practice can be especially beneficial for children and teenagers as they grow and learn. Mindfulness is the practice of living in the moment, of paying attention to the little things that we normally miss, and of appreciating the things that surround us.

Based on Buddhist philosophies, mindfulness is described as “the meditative state of being both fully aware of the moment and of being self-conscious of and attentive to this awareness; a state of intense concentration on one’s own thought processes; self-awareness”.

Although the research into the benefits of mindfulness for adults is quite extensive, for children and teenagers there has been less focus on this type of awareness until recently.However, the research that has been done in relation to children and teenagers has shown positive results, in fact, two recent systematic reviews and twenty individual studies of mindfulness interventions with school aged children has recently shown that adolescents who are mindful tend to have more friends, experience greater well-being, less negative emotions and less anxiety.

Being young is difficult; you are constantly learning new things, trying to navigate puberty, school, home life, friends and much more, all the while trying to get enough food, sleep and exercise. Honestly, it’s exhausting! But with a little bit of mindfulness all of these challenges can be navigated much more easily, or at least much more peacefully. The aforementioned studies also showed that mindfulness interventions can contribute directly to the development of cognitive performance skills, working memory, problem solving and reasoning skills, and a recent school experiment in London has shown that children who practiced mindfulness for ten minutes every day improved their concentration markedly.

Not only is mindfulness easy to carry out, it’s also free, and can help in all aspects of life from reducing stress and anxiety, to boosting self-esteem, improving sleep and increasing focus; all things which will help any adolescent have a smoother transition into adulthood and beyond.

Also described as “purposeful, non-judgmental awareness”, mindfulness can often be a tricky practice to get teenagers and children interested in, especially with the stimulation and excitement of films, games and technology, but with the help of a few mindfulness based smartphone apps, you can ease them in slowly. It may seem a bit ironic to get a teenager to use their smartphone more in order to destress and relax, but once they learn the basic techniques and develop an interest in the practice, they can ditch the phone!

Mindfulness isn’t just a way for teenagers and children to improve their memory and awareness, it is also a vital tool which they can apply to each and every aspect of their lives no matter what age they are, or what they are going through.

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The benefits of hypnotherapy

The use of hypnotherapy, as a treatment for a broad range of personal issues, has increased hugely over recent years. The safe and natural nature of it combined with its proven effectiveness make it easy to see why.

Hypnotherapists use techniques to quieten the conscious mind thereby opening up the subconscious mind and putting it into a state of heightened suggestibility. In this state, the hypnotherapist can access the subconscious mind, which is central to a person’s ingrained thoughts and habits, and suggest alternative ways to process thoughts.

Here are ten great benefits of hypnosis and hypnotherapy:

1. Empowerment The purpose of clinical hypnosis is to enable a person to understand specific thought processes and how they can be the cause of harmful or unwanted behaviours. Knowledge is power and often the first step towards positive change.

2. You’re in control Hypnosis may open up your subconscious mind to suggestion, but nobody can be hypnotised against their will. You will remain in control of any suggestion that is made to you.

3. Odds favour successful treatment The odds are in your favour that hypnotherapy will work for you if you are motivated to overcome your problem. Estimates run as high as 85 per cent that people in all age groups will respond well to hypnosis.

4. Effectiveness Hypnotherapy is very beneficial. The psychophysiological engagement of mind and body via the subconscious is remarkably effective.

5. Adaptability Because of how hypnotherapy works, it’s adaptable and applicable to a broad range of ailments and personal behavioural patterns, from smoking and weight problems to pain management, addressing anger issues, and finding happiness.

6. Safety Hypnotherapy is not a questionable “alternative” therapy where methods are dubious, and results are uncertain or possibly even unsafe. Professionally applied hypnosis and hypnotherapy are safe.

7. Alternative to conventional therapy Hypnosis gains access through a direct pathway to the subconscious, which allows for transformative therapy. The process is much faster and, in many cases, more effective than unending sessions of conventional therapy.

8. Real and tangible What this means is that hypnotherapy is not magic. You, as the participant, will do your part. Your desire for change is a big part of the process — and the results are real and tangible.

9. Proven therapy Clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy are established, proven methods supported by conventional counselling, psychiatry and the medical profession.

10. Professional standards A professional that specialises in hypnosis and hypnotherapy understands the criteria and its application, and has the expertise to proceed with the hypnotherapeutic treatment in a safe and efficient manner.

Lisa Jury offers an extensive range of hypnotherapy programs that cover everything from reducing stress, managing pain and removing negative thinking.

For more information, please get in touch with Lisa today on: 07870 893226.

BWRT & weight loss

How Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) Can Help With Weight Loss

“New Year, New You!” is a phrase that is often heard endlessly at this time of year, but after the faddy diets and the unrealistic exercise plans die down, how long does this positivity and want for change really last? We all know that it can be hard to shift those pounds by sheer will power alone, and that’s where Brain Working Recursive Therapy (or BWRT for short) comes in.

A new type of therapy that was created in 2011, BWRT is often confused with hypnosis, but actually focuses on practical thinking and logic to achieve results quickly whilst you are completely awake, rather than putting you into a trance to train your brain. Helping people to communicate with their own brains through the use of techniques learnt through Skype, FaceTime, phone or face-to-face contact, BWRT is a type of therapy that doesn’t require hours of talking to a therapist, so is perfect for those who can’t travel, are embarrassed by their issues or have difficulty interacting with people, but how exactly can BWRT help with weight loss?

By training your brain to react differently to food and eating in general, Brain Working Recursive Therapy helps you to control your weight, get in shape and ultimately feel good about yourself, so what are you waiting for? In this world that we live in, our relationship with food has shifted, and nowadays we attach a lot of emotions to what we eat, when we eat, how much we eat and why we eat, often resulting in overeating, eating unhealthy foods, not exercising and of course, obesity. So instead of purely relying on food as sustenance for survival, we now view food as entertainment or even comfort. Through BWRT your brain can quite easily be re-trained or re-programmed to have a more healthy relationship with what goes in our stomachs, how often and why.

The therapy begins by ‘freezing’ the thoughts or feelings that you wish to get rid of (in this case, the things that make you want to eat what you eat), before a technique called ‘Recursive Looping’ is employed to alter the way the brain responds to the triggers of these thoughts. Fast, safe and reliable, once BWRT works, those troubling thoughts will never come back.

Imagine never having to go on a diet again, never having to fight your will power to stay away from unhealthy foods, and never having to beat yourself up for not wanting to exercise. Thanks to Brain Working Recursive Therapy your attitudes and desires will shift so that exercise becomes a welcome hobby, and making healthy choices is just a way of life. Remember, this isn’t some cure-all magic that means you can eat take-aways every night and still retain your skinny frame; it’s more about teaching your brain to interact differently with healthy activities and healthy food so that you feel good about yourself and how you look.

If you are interested in learning more about BWRT and how it can help you then please get in touch with me today on:

07870 8932226