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  1. Freya Ridings loses 10 stone thanks to hypnosis from Paul McKenna

    Singer songwriter Freya Ridings said Paul McKenna has had a ‘monumental impact’ on her life.

     Freya Ridings Hypnosis to lose weight Paul McKenna

    Singer-songwriter Freya Ridings has revealed she lost more than 10 stone thanks to the help of hypnotherapist Paul McKenna. He is the author of popular self-help books including I Can Make You Thin, Quit Smoking Today Without Gaining Weight, I Can Mend Your Broken Heart and I Can Make You Rich. Whilst starting out as a DJ Paul McKenna interviewed a Hypnotist on his radio show and decided that this was the path he wanted to tread for himself. McKenna is one of the world’s best-known hypnotherapists and his books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. 

    Speaking to Paul McKenna on his new Positivity Podcast, which has also featured interviews with Simon Cowell, Gok Wan, Mel B and Katie Piper, the singer said she was “quite big” growing up before her mother gave her one of Paul’s books when she was just 16. It helped her in her journey to lose over 140lbs.  

    She said that she felt isolated at school, suggesting her weight may have been a response to that.

    “I was quite sort of big, growing up. Simultaneously, being isolated at school, a part of that was almost the shell I had put around myself. And you have actually been a huge part of that journey which is why I’m really excited to talk to you. My mum gave me your book when I was 16 and I remember reading it in the garden and it was boiling hot and summer and I didn’t have any friends at the time and I ended up losing over 10 stone, just at home dancing in the kitchen and doing what you did with your incredible book. So thank you so much for that, you’ve had a monumental impact on my life.”

    If you would like to learn more about weight loss hypnosis there is lots of information here and you can also find out all about Paul McKenna and some of his work here.

     

     

     

  2. I can't concentrate, my attention span seems to be so short at the moment and it all seems to be because of coronavirus - What is going on?

    coronavirus hypnosis and mediation for stress and anxiety

    You are not alone, and in fact it's perfectly understandable what is happening to you, especially as it is happening to millions of people around the world too.

    We have never known anything like this to happen before so we are all adjusting to the changes we are making in our lives. Hopefully they will only be for the short term but we don't really know how long that short term will be. Being alone or isolated can be hard. It's a very sensible precaution to make sure you keep your distance and follow all of the advice that you are being given.

    Sometimes we don't really understand some of the things that are happening in our minds. It's quite clear and perhaps easy to understand why we may be suffering from stress and anxiety at this time. Not knowing what will happen can do that, although you can learn to let go of those worries...right now though let's talk about why it is so hard to concentrate.

    Lack of concentration - short attention span due to Coronavirus Covid-19

    What is going on here? Well it is all about something called Hypervigilance.  We have evolved to do so many amazing things in our lives but parts of our brain haven't quite caught up with that intelligence and are still behaving as if they don't really know what is going on.

    What is Hypervigilance and how does it apply to coronavirus covid-19?

    RF Bear picture

    So, take yourself back a few hundred years and imagine you are searching the forest for some food when you hear a noise in the distance. You look across and there is a huge bear in front of you and he has seen you...he is coming for you and you start to run away.  You manage to lose him and make your way back to where you are settled in camp, but now you don't know where he is. So now it is on your mind. Thinking about eating isn't so important suddenly. More important is to look out for that bear, could he attack you and your family?  If you see him in the distance you need to keep on looking out for him and making sure you are very careful and always on alert.  You won't be going back to normal until you know that the problem the bear is causing is over.

    It's perfectly normal and only to be expected.  Right now it feels like we are all living through that bear and the stress he is causing us. Having a short attention span and finding it hard to concentrate is a normal reaction.

    Try and find other things to do. I don't need to give you huge lists of the right thing to do because there are already so many brilliant people doing that, just bear in mind that looking after yourself and learning to let go will help any time that you can.

    Here's a short meditation/mindfulness video that you can watch if you want to take just a few minutes out of your day.

    take care, be safe