Improve your Relationship With Food (Overcoming the emotional weight of obesity with hypnosis)

With all the associated health risks, availability of information about healthy eating, low fat foods, diet gurus, ‘fat’ clubs and increasingly popular gastric bands why is it that we are still not a nation of average proportions and healthy eating?

We all know the formula, eat less + exercise more = lose weight but it’s just not that easy for a lot of people. Eating often provides an emotional boost in times of loneliness or boredom, or it is seen as a celebration.

For people that have an emotional relationship with food, diets, lifestyle changes and even gastric bands may only have a temporary effect. It’s how we think about our meals and snacks that will change the way we eat.

So how do we know if we have a relationship with food? Things to look out for include a strong preference for a particular type of food. Patterns in the way you eat – do you eat more alone or in company? Do you eat more when you are feeling happy or low? Do you eat as a ‘treat’ or to reward yourself? All these things can be an indication that an emotional relationship exists.

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So how do we get rid of an unwanted relationship so that eating just becomes a normal part of living? Often it means addressing a judgement we made as a child about what food means that just isn’t valid any longer. How many of us received sweets when we were good or as a treat when we had scraped a knee? The formula then becomes sweets = being good or sweets = feeling better.

Not every child will make that type of judgement but for those of us that do it can create a pattern of behaviour that is difficult to break as an adult. Taking a journey back to the moment that the judgement was made and looking at it from an adult perspective can enable that relationship with food to be changed.

So is it really that simple? For some people it is and for some people it isn’t. Sometimes there is more to a relationship that one single incident but addressing the relationship to food that many of us have can help provide an answer for those people who despite their best efforts struggle with losing and maintaining a healthy weight.

If you would like to discuss this further, please call.

Read more about how cognitive hypnotherapy may assist weight loss.

Top 10 fears that hypnosis can help you overcome

A couple of weeks ago I watched Frank Skinner swim a length of a swimming pool in aid of Sport relief. Although for a lot of people this would be a ‘so what?’ moment, I watched him on the edge of my seat willing him to complete the lap. Why? Because Frank Skinner had a phobia of water.

He is not alone,  according to the National Institute of Mental Health, phobias affect approximately ten percent of adults. There are several explanations why phobias develop including evolutionary and behavioural theories. They often develop in childhood and can be triggered by almost anything. Some phobias are manageable because the fear stimulus is rarely experienced in everyday life for example a snake or needle phobia. Other fears can be paralysing because we are likely to experience the thing that we are afraid in our day to day life, buttons, pigeons and dogs may fall into this category.

We often put off dealing with a phobia because we are scared of having to face the very thing that we are afraid of in order to get over it. However treating phobias can be quick and painless. You only have to watch the look of achievement on Frank Skinners’ face after he completed his swim to know that it was worth it.

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So, take a deep breath and just imagine what your world would be like without your fears, what would you be doing that you are unable to do now? How would you be feeling instead of being afraid? Watching Frank Skinner take that leap of faith into the swimming pool was inspiring because it showed that it is possible to take action, and to move beyond our own long held fears and phobias.

Whatever the cause and however strange you think your phobia is, it is a treatable condition that can be overcome with cognitive hypnotherapy. So what do people fear most? The top ten most common object related phobias are listed below.

1. Arachnophobia – fear of spiders.

2. Ophidiophobia – fear of snakes.

3. Acrophobia – fear of heights.

4. Agoraphobia – fear of situations in which escape is difficult, this may include crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home.

5. Cynophobia – fear of dogs

6. Astraphobia – fear of thunder and lightning.

7. Trypanophobia –  fear of injections.

8. Social Phobias – fear of social situations.

9. Pteromerhanophobia –  fear of flying.

10. Mysophobia – fear of germs or dirt.

So if you are struggling with a phobia why not give us a call.


Spring clean your bad habits

As the geese return from warmer climes and the snowdrops appear it must mean that Spring is on its way. Although the origins of the traditional Spring clean are a matter of debate it is something that I like to honour. Removing the last trace of the winter to welcome in the Spring just seems right.

Spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to the places we occupy though. Many people turn their attention to Spring cleaning themselves with exercise, de-toxing and generally healthier lifestyle choices. More and more joggers, cyclists and walkers appear as the weather improves and the days get longer.

Spring clean your bad habits

How many of us consider spring cleaning our minds though? What thoughts, feelings or behaviours have been created in long forgotten winters that could be spring cleared away to leave you with a healthier, more positive you?

Our mental well-being is often over looked or silenced with negative self-talk such as ‘I can’t give up’, ‘I won’t be able to do it’ or ‘I’m just being silly’, but beliefs can be changed. Recognising negative or unkind thoughts about yourself and spring cleaning them into a positive alternative can help keep those negative thoughts from becoming a hard to break pattern.

So as you look forward into Spring don’t forget to keep aside some time to spring clean your mind and be a little kinder to yourself.


scaredA phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations. A phobia can make life miserable, cause embarrassment, and undermine self confidence and self esteem.

Phobias are very common – up to 1 in 10 of us will be affected by a phobia at some point in our lives. All phobias have a root cause and phobic behaviour is there to serve a purpose – usually to protect us from some perceived danger.

Whilst almost any object, situation or place can be the subject of a phobia here are some of the most common:

• Aerophobia – fear of flying
• Acrophobia – fear of heights
• Agoraphobia – fear of open spaces / fear of panic attacks
• Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
• Brontophobia – fear of thunder
• Claustrophobia – fear of enclosed spaces
• Cynophobia – fear of dogs
• Globophobia – fear of balloons
• Glossophobia – fear of public speaking
• Emetophobia – fear of being sick
• Entomophobia – fear of insects
• Hydrophobia – fear of water
• Ichthyophobia – fear of fish
• Odontophobia / Dentophobia – fear of dentists
• Ophidiophobia – fear of snakes
• Ornithophobia – fear of birds
• Pyrophobia – fear of fire
• Spheksophobia – fear of wasps
• Trypanophobia – fear of needles / fear of injections
• Xenophobia – fear of strangers

Sunray Cognitive Hypnotherapy may be able to help. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.