Imagine be focused, confident and in the zone…
Exercise to improve health and well-being
We all know that we should take regular exercise but for some of us that seems easier than for others. Many of us have a lifestyle that is simply too sedentary. Perhaps you sit at your computer all day at the office, then come home tired, turn on the TV and find it hard to find the time or the motivation to do physical activity? On the other end of the scale – others among us are almost fanatical in our pursuit of fitness and love going to the gym and for professional sports people it can be an integral part of their lives. Most of us are somewhere in-between of course.
The simple fact is that physical activity is essential part of our daily lives for so many reasons. It helps us keep fit and stay healthy; it gives us increased energy and stamina; it helps us moderate our weight; it aids digestion; it helps reduce the risk of heart problems; it enhances sleep and improves our mental focus. It also releases excess energy and tension and kick starts the body’s natural relaxation state (or the parasympathetic response) too which can help calm us down and reduce symptoms of stress & depression.
All-in-all, the list of positive benefits is huge and for this reason alone here at the Wisdom Room we want to help motivate you to focus on the exercise that is best for you to continue improving your general health and well-being.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a 15 mile jog, it could be a 15 minute brisk walk up the road with the dog or a run around the park with the kids or just starting to take the stairs at work. Just making some small adjustments in your day-to-day life can make a huge difference. And strangely enough, motivating yourself to exercise can improve your motivation and increase your confidence and self-esteem in other areas of your life too. So it’s a win-win situation.
You’ve probably heard before that exercise decreases stress hormones such as cortisol and increases the body’s natural feel good chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine and it’s all true! These chemicals work together to make you feel good and when they are released your mood is naturally elevated. In fact, scientific tests have shown that physically active people tend to recover from mild depression more quickly.
It’s important to remember that just as the mind can influence the body, so the body can influence the mind.
For the Sports Professional
For those who take their exercise more seriously and want to improve performance or prepare for a big event, hypnotherapy is a fantastic tool which has been widely used by the sporting community for many years. In fact, you don’t need to look very far in any sport to find great champions using hypnotic techniques to improve performance.
The Russian Olympic teams, in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, took no less than 11 hypnotherapists to develop mental clarity and help the athletes with visualisation with the attraction being that it was entirely safe, non-invasive and legal!
Everyone knows that being a successful athlete involves maintaining high levels of physical fitness. However, this is only part of the strategy required for success. According to research, sports performance has as much to do with mental ability as physical ability. Thousands of sports people have recognised the power of their mental state having a positive effect on their sports performance.
This is where the Wisdom Room can help (using guided imagery, creative visualisation, deep relaxation techniques and mental goal setting). Integrated Mind Therapy will help address any self-limiting beliefs or mental blocks you may have stored in your subconscious, raise concentration and confidence levelsand encourage you to focus on a positive outcomeby visualising success. Using these techniques will allow you to overcome any performance nerves or anxiety, enhance motivation and become the very best sportsman you can be.
Sports people often refer to being in the ‘zone’. This means that they get totally focused on what they are doing and barely notice outside distractions when performing at their best. Hypnotherapy can often help individuals access the ‘zone’ so that they can use this to enhance their performance. (Interestingly research shows that just visualising an event in a focused way causes the same muscles to fire in the same sequence as if they were doing the event for real.)
Of course it’s not just sports related issues that can affect your athletic performance or ability to achieve your very best. Other difficulties such as insomnia, stress, phobias and emotional issues can all hinder your best efforts and if you are motivated to achieve results then hypnotherapy could help with these too.
Here at the Wisdom Room, we use a combination of Integrated Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help improve your sports performance. As a result you should be left feeling physically more alert, mentally stronger and altogether more confident in the future.
* Hypnotherapy is a supplementary therapy not an alternative therapy and not an alternative to mainstream medical advice. If you are embarking on a new exercise regime, have not undertaken any exercise for some time or have concerns over your health you should always consult your doctor before embarking on any fitness program.
Don’t be afraid to take the first step. Remember that facing your fear and making a change is the beginning of the path to wisdom and we are here to give you a helping hand.