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The Truth About Hypnobirthing

  One of the biggest misconceptions about hypnobirthing is that, it’s all about having babies.  Women have heard that if you do everything your teacher tells you to do, you will have a quick, straight forward, pain free, vaginal birth.   Now, there’s no easy way to say this...but that’s all pretty much a nonsense. As a hypnobirthing Mum of two and a practitioner, I have fantastic things to say about hypnobirthing every single day. But to suggest that it has the same effect, as a sprinkling fairy dust over every pregnant or birthing woman; who is blessed enough to have discovered it, does everyone involved, a massive disservice.  So, if it’s not about magic wands and easy births what’s the point?? 1. Preparation Hypnobirthing is just as much about the preparation that takes place during pregnancy.   The practice both Mum and Dad undertake during the lead up to labour, not only prepares Mum to navigate the journey of birth, but also draws Dad back into the process; so once again 'making baby' becomes very much a team effort, as with conception.  By taking 2.5 hours out every week, to come to class and then working on their homework together, this really allows Mum and Dad to be on...

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5 Helpful Hints to Help You Stay Motivated

5 Helpful Hints to Help You Stay Motivated

  When it comes to trying something different, big or out of the ordinary, the feeling you get before you make the final commitment can often be an equal mix of excitement and trepidation.  And then you take plunge.  For those first few days and weeks, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you and then….Gradually, your resolve starts to wane, your once shining beacon of enthusiasm no longer beams quite as brightly and the exercise regimen, the new diet, the fresh attitude, or exciting project, no longer feels quite so invigorating and can wait, until tomorrow, or the next day, or….. So, if you have a goal or an idea that is going to stretch you, pull you and push you out of your comfort zone, the following 5 tips will help you stay on track.  1.  Write down your goal and the reasons why you need to achieve it,  Read this reminder every day. Reminding yourself why what you’re doing is worth all of the effort, will help you when you have those inevitable days when you really can’t be bothered…It doesn't matter how determined and focused you are – you will have those days and that’s OK, it’s normal and you’re human.  2.  Chunk it down When you’re going all out for something big, or at...

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Feeling Anxious?

Feeling Anxious?

  According to the Mental Health Foundation, 25% of people living in the UK suffer from some type of mental health problem; with mixed anxiety and depression being most commonly diagnosed.  In the past the words mental health issue, may have conjured up images of a person rocking back of forth, locked away in a small room, talking to people who aren't there.  Whilst for certain individuals, this cliche might be an accurate reflection of their circumstances; TV shows like Channel 4’s Bedlam, alongside high profile individuals such as Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax and Alistair Cambpell are using their profiles effectively to challenge this outdated stereotype as the norm. What is Anxiety? Anxiety is a sense of unease that manifests both emotionally and physically, it's a feeling that everyone experiences from time to time and is a normal part of every day life.  Anxiety or fear is felt most commonly when a person is  stepping into the unknown.  To deal with the uncertainty of the situation the body produces chemicals and hormones  like adrenaline; these hormones make people feel more alert and prepared to deal with any unexpected things that might happen.  This is a very appropriate and...

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