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  1. Love Island and X-Factor star talks about Hypnotherapy for stress and anxiety of performing.

     Zara McDermott X factor

    Amongst the celebrities appearing on Simon Cowell’s spin of from his pop show Celebrity X-Factor is former Love Island contestant Zara McDermott and she has been telling her Instagram followers all about how she prepared for the show by seeking out hypnosis.

    The reality star is currently competing in singing band The Islanders, along with former fellow contestants Samira Mighty, Wes Nelson and Eyal Booker.

    Speaking on her Instagram stories, Zara told over one million Instagram followers that she had “never been so excited in all her life”to sit down and watch the show, which kicked off  on Saturday 12th October on  ITV.

    “Today is the day, Celebrity X Factor is happening,  I’ve never been so excited in all my life. I know it’s been the biggest build up in the whole world and I’ve not stopped talking about it – the reason for that is because this is the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

    She went on to reveal how having Hypnotherapy helped her to overcome the nerves that could have stopped her from being able to perform.

     “I had to have hypnotherapy to be able to even sing in front of the producers, so to be able to then go on and progress so much and be able to sing in front of Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, and some of the best, most successful people in the industry was just a huge thing for me.

    You know if anything comes out of this show, from a personal level, it’s that I wanna show people that if you work hard enough and put your mind to something and you think you’re scared of doing something or you’re nervous or you just think, ‘I’m petrified and I will never be able to do that’ – I want people to inspire some people to push themselves so far out their comfort zone they never thought they’d be able to do it.”

    Zara isn’t the first Love Island star to talk about how finding hypnotherapy helped them.  Chris Hughes has also spoken about how hypnosis was really useful in helping him through a tough period: https://www.markpowlett.co.uk/myblog/read_178136/chris-from-love-island-talks-about-hypnosis-to-stop-his-panic-attacks.html

    You can read more about hypnotherapy for stress and anxiety here: https://www.markpowlett.co.uk/hypnotherapyforstressinredditch.html

  2. What’s the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

    People often ask what the difference between meditation, hypnosis and also mindfulness is, so here is one way that I like to explain how things work to people.

    There are some similarities and also a few differences between them, and I often talk about how this means that hypnosis can be easier for people than meditation.

     What is the difference between meditation and hypnosis

    Ways that they are similar..

     Both hypnosis and meditation are all about learning to take yourself off to a quiet and peaceful state of mind that helps promote calmness of thoughts and reduce levels of stress and anxiety.


    Some people find a good way to talk about the two is to use the example of asking what the difference is between alcohol and wine. Lots of people now use apps to help them meditate and of course when we think of someone practicing meditation we often imagine a Buddhist monk on a mountain in Tibet, sitting cross legged and spending many hours achieving a calm state.

    So, in that way, meditation can be seen as a more specific, specialised way to find yourself in a type of hypnotic state. It is also often thought of as being part of a wider spiritual system.


    Ways that they differ..

    One of the biggest differences is that hypnosis is usually more directed and then used to help people detach from emotions and behaviour that people don’t want so that they can then begin to see new ways of thinking and behaving.


    This is why we would use hypnosis to help stop smoking based on the conversation we would have. We can then weave all the positive benefits of becoming a non smoker into a directed hypnosis session for you.

    We can utilise the power of positive suggestion within hypnosis to bring about subconscious change to the way you think and feel about being a smoker and cigarettes.  When we use hypnosis we help you to drift into a calm type of hypnotic relaxation and focused attention, so that the suggestions can enter your subconscious mind.  


    With meditation the work is all done by you. You are the one trying to relax yourself and let your thoughts go to wherever you want them to go whilst meditation occurs. Of course this can actually be very difficult and that’s why visiting someone who can do hypnosis for you makes things much easier.


    In a nutshell I always talk about how mediation can be quite hard to do on your own and hypnosis is much easier when you have someone to guide you and you can just lie back and relax and let things happen to you. You are always in control, but you almost don’t even need to listen as the words drift over you and you drift in your own imagination.

    ...and mindfulness?

    Well mindfulness is all about living in the moment, not worrying about things that have already happened or about things that haven’t happened yet. You can learn that when you are out for a walk you can enjoy the walk, feel the warmth of the sun on your face, and hear the sound of the leaves on the tress rustling while detaching from whatever else is happening in your life. Of course this takes a bit of practice and hypnosis can help you as well as using some meditation techniques too.