Short blog for busy people – the benefits of colouring

Colouring is very relaxing, within just a few minutes of picking up a coloured pencil or pen you will quickly find yourself absorbed in the activity.

It’s likely there’s a lot on your “to do” list…….this doesn’t need to be a barrier between you and relaxation.  Taking just a few minutes out from your busy schedule to do something completely different could bring all sorts of benefits. Usually people find as they chose a colour they like, and pick an image that appeals to them to colour in their mind and body begin to relax. Then the gentle tactile movement of the pencil or pen on paper is calming;  and very different to using a keyboard or touching a screen which is what many of us spend a lot of our time doing these days.

Take a moment to imagine doing some colouring…..feel the pen in your hand….what colour pencil or pen would you pick first…..what is your favourite colour….then think of what would be a lovely picture to bring to life…..a beach scene…..some trees or plants…..a patterned mandala…… it won’t be long before you notice that your breathing has slowed down and your muscles will have softened and you will feel calm and relaxed. 

I’m a Hypnotherapist and I also I work as a part-time Co-ordinator at Breast Cancer Care.  In 2015 set up a lunchtime colouring group – Colour, Chat and Chill, the group was featured in our Vita magazine, Summer 2016 edition).  Click here and scroll down to page 21  to read “A picture of calm” by Georgia

If you have a colouring book at home and haven’t yet got around to picking up your colouring pens, then I’d encourage you to give it a go.

Perhaps you did a bit of colouring last year and haven’t picked up your pens for a while…….take a moment to remember how good it made you feel.

Time flies, it’s important to spend some time doing things that you enjoy.colouring-30-jan

As Georgia says in her magazine article why not pencil in some relaxation time for yourself?

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Pick up your pencils, and let me know how you get on!

If you are struggling to find the time to fit in the things that you enjoy, you might find my Blog for busy people: a quick and easy way to set your objectives for 2017 plus practical tips on how to find the time to achieve them, is of interest.

Best wishes.

Lisa

Lisa French Hypnotherapy.  Empowering you for life

info@lisafrenchhypnotherapy.co.uk

@L15A_Hypno

www.lisafrenchhypnotherapy.co.uk

PS August 2017 update, a big thank you to H who recently gave me something from the past, some colouring that I did way back in 1975!

I was moved that my thank you card had been kept for so long, and I was reminded of my life long love of cats!

Anne was a milliner, and regularly gave me off cuts of fabric. She was an exceptional lady and lived to over 100 years old.


Blog for busy people: a quick and easy way to set your objectives for 2017 plus practical tips on how to find the time to achieve them

Most of us are familiar with the positive feelings and sense of satisfaction experienced when we achieve something in our personal or professional lives.

It’s not always easy to clearly identify our future goals. Appraisals and objective setting can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore, and when it comes to our personal life, well, it’s often overlooked.

I recently came across a new way to set objectives which makes the process much easier.  This suggestion is from the writer, author and speaker Laura Vanderkam

Pretend it’s the end of the year and that you are undertaking a self appraisal.  You have had an amazing year.  What three to five things did you do that made 2017 so amazing?  And I would add, notice how good you are feeling and what others have said to you.

I’ve got some good news for you. It just so happens that there is a hypnotic phenomenon that could really help here and make this technique even more powerful. It’s called Pseudo-orientation in time (POIT).  A trained hypnotherapist could guide you through this process, by helping you to imagine being in December 2017.  Enabling you to access your subconscious mind and discover what’s important to you and what you would really like to achieve. This will help you to have a more fulfilling life, as you will then be able to spend time doing the things that really matter to you, and that make you, and those around you happy.

Fast Forward to the end of the year2017_01_07-fast-forward

Hang on a minute there’s a problem [I hear you think] “I am very busy, I really can’t fit in anything else”.

Last year I noticed a recurring theme, people telling me how busy they felt, clients, colleagues, family and friends, this even included people who had retired.  The pressure and the sense of feeling overwhelmed and “being so busy” almost felt like it had become part of our culture in London during 2016.  For the majority of individuals this appeared to be associated with a sense of loss of control, feelings of exhaustion and dissatisfaction. I didn’t hear many people say “I’ve been busy and achieved a lot”.

“Objectives” can sound quite business orientated, they are individual to you and a mix of personal and professional goals will lead to a balanced life.  For example, last year I learnt to crochet2016_07_31-crochetThanks Little Woollie and Chitter, Chatter Craft

January is often a time for looking ahead.  We all have 24 hours in our day, time is one of the few resources that’s distributed equally. If we work 35 hours a week and sleep eight hours a night that leaves us with 77 hours a week in which we can do other things. That’s actually quite a bit of time.  We do have choices.  There is hope.  I believe that for the majority of people it is possible to fit in time to do more things that they enjoy and that are pleasurable, and work on things that they would like to achieve during 2017.

Practical tips for creating time, for yourself and your objectives include

  • Prioritising (this can be as simple as rating items on a list from 1-5 with 1 being top priority)
  • Put important/impactful/enjoyable things in your diary first
  • Plan ahead
  • Switch your mobile phone to flight mode for a few hours (personally I find this particularly useful)
  • Watch less TV
  • Align your to do list with your objectives
  • Take into account effort/time vs impact
  • Regularly review your to do list, some tasks may no longer be necessary, you can cross them off

I expect you have other ideas and strategies too.  I’d love to hear about what works for you.

I encourage you to seriously consider breaking away from what seems to have become an infectious habit within our culture.  Move from feeling busy and overwhelmed to feeling in control of the hours that you have each day. Not only can hypnosis help you identify your true goals that are meaningful to you, hypnotherapy can help with changing habits. Most of us know at least one person who has become a non-smoker after seeing a hypnotherapist. Consider learning some relaxation techniques, self hypnosis offers a quick route to deep relaxation.

You can make 2017 your best year yet.  You can spend time doing things that matter to you.  I hope that reading this has given you an opportunity to feel excited and enthusiastic about your future.

If you would like further help and support feel free to email me today and we can discuss how hypnosis can help you live the life you want to live.

I wish you all the best for 2017.

Lisa

Lisa French Hypnotherapy.  Empowering you for life

info@lisafrenchhypnotherapy.co.uk

@L15A_Hypno

www.lisafrenchhypnotherapy.co.uk