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Lacking motivation, and wondering why?

Have you ever found yourself staring at a pile of dirty dishes or a full garbage that needs to be taken out, with zero motivation to get it done? Or maybe you have some vague goals you want to achieve but don’t have that ambition driving you forward. And more to the point, you don’t know why!

Many people wait until they feel a spark of inspiration to start working on something or take action. But unfortunately waiting for that spark could take a while!

When you’re struggling to find motivation, it may help you to have a goal in mind or visualise the outcome you want. But again, this often isn’t enough of a push.

Most people believe they live their lives consciously; setting yourself goals and living your life with the intention to reach them. But incredibly research now suggests that your subconscious mind is where the majority of your cognitive activity (95% to 99%) comes from; with the conscious mind only having 5% influence. This means your subconscious mind is capable of helping you to achieve, as much as it can sabotage or limit your capabilities without you even knowing it.

It’s not always clear why some people have developed self-defeating thoughts or habits, but it is possible to reprogram them.

Hypnosis is capable of influencing the unconscious expectations that determine your approach to life, the attitudes you apply and the choices you make. It is a medium that can help to reprogram your subconscious mind to be more positive. Positive thinking becomes instinct; freed from the effort of trying to be positive; you will begin to expect the best automatically.

If you truly believe that things are going to work out for the best, then not only will you feel more confident, but you will have more energy and enthusiasm to achieve.


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Caring for the reluctant diabetic – 4 mental barriers to overcome

People all over Australia who care for a spouse, child or elderly parent with diabetes often find themselves in the difficult position of having to cajole a reluctant diabetic to follow their treatment plan.

Changing eating and exercise habits that have built up over years can be exceptionally difficult. Your loved one may also face challenges around emotional eating, navigating social situations and poor self-esteem. When caring for an adult diabetic, it’s incredibly hard to know where to draw the line between being supportive and letting them take responsibility for managing their diabetes. The newly diagnosed diabetic might be in denial or feel angry and scared about the impact diabetes will have on their life. While most people would say it’s their life; this is especially hard when it feels like it’s your life too, and your kids, and the whole family is ‘living with diabetes’ on a day-to-day basis.

There are a number of ways you can support your loved one, for example at Brand New Mindset we provide behavioural counselling services to help people overcome the mental barriers that hold them back. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and teaching psychological strategies are very helpful for overcoming emotional eating and stress. You may, also find you have an unexpected ally in your local community pharmacist. Your community pharmacy is an easily accessible source of advice and support offering a range of services for diabetes management. Most of the time you don’t need to make a booking, simply speak to your pharmacist the next time you are purchasing glucose testing strips or medication. They can answer a lot of the niggly questions when you’re unsure about whether or not your loved one should see a doctor.

Some of the mental barriers you may need to overcome:

Barrier #1: Never had to watch what they ate before

Caring for someone who has always eaten what they like and is now being advised to change their diet can be a real challenge. You may find that the grocery store has now become a battleground where your loved one loads the trolley with the unhealthy treats they’ve always eaten; and you feel like the food police because you veto their choices. Having a neutral third party who can educate your loved one about diabetic-friendly foods can help diffuse this situation.

Barrier #2: Explaining away everything as old age

Diabetes is serious, and untreated diabetes can lead to a number of complications, such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, depression, anxiety, blindness and limb amputation. Your loved one might have been feeling unwell for some time, but chalked it up to getting older. It’s important for them to have regular blood pressure and cholesterol checks, which can be done by your community pharmacist. You can also ask your pharmacist if your loved one is eligible for a diabetes MedsCheck, which is an in-pharmacy medicines review. During a MedsCheck, your pharmacist will have an individual consultation on how to use the blood sugar monitor and get the best out of the diabetes medicines. They can also discuss side effects and over-the-counter medicines that might interact with their diabetic medication.

Barrier #3: Deferring to you as the ‘font of all knowledge’

When your parent or partner is first diagnosed as diabetic, it can leave them feeling overwhelmed and worried about the possible complications. You may find that they take a ‘head-in-the-sand’ approach initially, leaving you to learn as much as you can about diabetes in order to support them. While diabetes requires daily management, they need to be reassured that it doesn’t have to take over their life. Encourage your parent or partner to ask questions and equip themselves with as much information as possible.

Barrier #4: No one likes to be told ‘it’s for your own good’

No one likes to be told ‘no’ or that “it’s for your own good”, so you may have to pick your battles when it comes to food choices. However, you can stress to your loved one that there is a team of people there to support them, from health professionals like their doctor, pharmacist or counsellor, to family and friends.

Diabetes affects the entire family, not just the person diagnosed, so make sure you look after yourself as well. Having a supportive network that can provide advice and practical help when you need it is a very important part of living well with diabetes.

[1] Research conducted on behalf of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia 2017

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It’s time to rid yourself of fear and take your life back

Each time you let the fear of failure take hold and stop you from taking risks that could get you what you really want out of life; you are stopping yourself from living to your full potential.

Defined as an irrational, persistent fear of a certain object or situation; it has been estimated that over 5% of the population has one or more clinically diagnosed phobia. It can be a fear of something specific such as flying, spiders, snakes or tight spaces. There are also social fears which cause you to feel anxious about social interaction or situations such as giving a speech in public or being in an environment with new, unfamiliar people.

Often these sorts of phobias start during childhood, and if left untreated carry on into adulthood and when induced can be debilitating. When a fear or phobia develops, it is important to deal with it directly in order to take control and stop it negatively impacting on your life.

If you find yourself being restrained or limited by a particular fear, before it becomes impossible to control you might like to consider an effective, non-invasive form of treatment such as hypnosis. When placed into a deep state of relaxation, the subconscious mind becomes receptive to suggestions of change. Positive suggestions are given to a person during this state; this includes motivational encouragement, confidence building statements and steps for curing oneself of a phobia.

When new ideas are introduced to the subconscious mind, a person can develop healthier beliefs, values and more importantly improved habitual thinking patterns. Hypnosis is also beneficial in helping to calm the mind and body by alleviating stress and anxiety; all of which helps someone to regain control of their lives by limiting the power of their phobia.

Hypnosis can have a positive effect on every aspect of a person’s life. It is a safe and gentle process that is suitable for a patient of any age. If you would like to find out more about hypnosis as a treatment for fears and phobias, contact us today to book an initial consultation. Hypnosis can help you to lead a happier and healthier life – fear and phobia free!


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The mystery, solved? Understanding how your child’s mind works

It’s not an easy thing to do, but understanding how and why your child’s mind works the way it does can be extremely helpful for a parent as they guide and nurture their child throughout their life. When becoming parents for the first time, we tend to get a lot of guidance and advice about when and how they should eat, sleep, walk, talk, and play, but we lack information on psychological processes and how their mind works and develops.

It’s just not something that we think about. But believe it or not, there are some really simple ways that you can start on the path to understanding their little minds; you can start by observing them as they sleep, eat and play, and look for consistent or signature traits. Are there particular activities they like best? How do they react to change or new stimuli? Do they adjust well or do they find it difficult?

As they get older, you should take the time to talk to your child. Asking questions will allow you to connect, while also giving them an opportunity to share their feelings with you. And it’s not just the verbal cues that can help you; you can observe their facial expressions and body language in order to understand their thoughts or feelings that they may not be able to or are unwilling to articulate to you yet.

A big part of understanding your child also comes from how they interact and form relationships with other people. Relationships can be the foundation for a child’s development. Their relationships with others affect all areas, ages and stages of their lives and personal development. They teach a child about what is going on around them and often shape the way they see and interact with the world; understanding how it feels to be safe and secure, to be loved and supported.

As parents, we are the first influencers. One of the most important and highly influential relationships a child will experience is that between them and their parents. A positive parent-child relationship is the basis for them to develop a healthy level of respect for others as well as themselves. The minds of young children are particularly vulnerable; accepting negative suggestions with the same energy as they do positive. This shows the enormous power parents have in shaping their child’s mind and determining the path they will take.

By taking the time to understand your child’s development, you will be able to provide them with opportunities that can boost their development as they grow and prepare them for the future phases of their life.


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