What a year 2020 has been! We could never have imagined the dramatic events and changes to normal life that have taken place. I’ve been looking back over my blogs this year to see how 2020 has affected me and my clients.
How it began
I started the year writing about my new service – Brief Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. This service is all about hopefulness and focusing on your strengths. “Water the flowers not the weeds” was its slogan. Very relevant for the coming months! In March the pandemic hit and I had to move my services online. This has proved really successful. But little did I know how well it would turn out back in the early days, when I was worried about my clients having to learn how to use Zoom. Now Zoom is an integral part of our lives, even for older people and grandparents!
Getting Used to Lockdown
My next blog was written during April when we were starting to get used to living in lockdown. Its theme was Practising Gratitude. This was inspired to some extent by the Clap for Carers and the overwhelming sense of gratitude we all felt towards the NHS. Gratitude is such a powerful emotion. It creates a positive response in our brain, helping to filter out negative thoughts and reduce stress.
Exercising For Mental Health
In June I looked at fitness and movement, one of the things I personally find most useful for good mental health. I run regularly and completed the Virtual London Marathon on a wet and miserable day in September! But you don’t have to go to extremes like me! 30 minutes of exercise three times a week is enough to make a real difference. Keeping active creates ‘Brain Derived Neuropathic Factor,’ a protein which encourages the growth of new brain cells and strengthens existing ones. Exercise is like a fertiliser for the brain!
In my next piece, acknowledging the enormous amount of change we had been through, I looked at how we can learn to ‘Embrace Change.’ This was about retraining our brain to embrace change, rather than being scared of it. To embrace change we need to learn how to let our intellectual brain win out over our primitive brain.
Helping You Sleep
Towards the end of this year I wrote about the most common problem brought to us therapists – how to get a good night’s sleep. There seems to be an epidemic of sleeplessness and worry about sleep in our society. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps you relax and remould your brain so that sleep comes easier to you.
And finally I was delighted to share the new ‘Rewind Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which I have recently become qualified in. No hypnosis is involved in this therapy. The Rewind is designed to give you control over your thoughts so that nightmares, flashbacks and other symptoms of PTSD are eliminated.
Taking Time to Reflect
It’s important to take time to reflect on the year past and to acknowledge its highs and lows.
This year has definitely reinforced my confidence in the Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Service I provide. Despite the very different situations my clients have found themselves in, I have always been able to apply it and it has always made a difference.
This year has been very different from any year that we have ever lived through before, so perhaps it is especially important to take time to reflect as this year of dramatic change draws to a close.
Questions To Help You Reflect On Your Year
- What have you learned about yourself during this difficult year?
- What has surprised you about yourself?
- What do you hope to achieve next year?
Take some time to ask yourself these important questions once all the Christmas hubbub has died down and before you leap into 2021. I would be delighted if you would let me know about your reflections.
Looking Ahead to 2021
I wish you every happiness and success in 2021. Hopefully the vaccine will bring about some degree of normality!
If you need some help moving forward into 2021, do get in touch. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help in so many ways, enabling you to move confidently in the right direction towards your goals. And it can help you to feel calmer and to be more resilient in our constantly changing environment.
Stay safe and take care, Sarah x