“Eat less and exercise more” is often the advice given for weight loss.
If only it was that simple and our minds were that robotic!
The reality is that we are illogical beings who are easily conditioned, have different personalities and who often find change scary and challenging.
In my opinion, the reason why weight loss is difficult for some people is the many attachments they placed on food.
For example, it often appears to be more about how food makes us feel rather than the nutritional content that drives us to eat.
In addition to feelings, unconscious beliefs also play a large part in why we choose certain foods and the amounts we consume….
As an example of this, I once met a lady who really struggled to lose weight. She tried every diet, recruited the best personal trainers but still she could not achieve any long lasting results. But when this lady finally reflected and tapped into her unconscious mind, she realised that it was her anxiety that was holding her back, as she believed that if she lost weight then she would become more attractive to men thus potentially putting her cherished relationship with her loving husband in jeopardy.
The same approach can be applied to pain, where if we tap into our unconscious we tend to discover unconscious beliefs/thoughts that are preventing the pain to go, for example:
I have not worked in years; I’m worried that I may not be able to do my job now?
I really did not enjoy my job; I don’t want to go back!
Would my partner give me less attention?
If I am no longer a Chronic Pain sufferer, who am I?
So I urge you to also reflect on all of the possible undercover reasons that maybe holding you back from being pain free……
As a little awareness can often pave the way for life changing results!
Personally I believe that the saying ‘time is the greatest healer’ is a total myth.
The truth is that time does not heal, but taking action and working through stuff does!
To prove my point, I recently read a case study about a 76 year old woman who was having hypnosis for anxiety.
The skilled hypnosis gently regressed the lady back to the start of her problems, where she was just 4 years old, being abused by a family member.
Suddenly the lady became overwhelmed with intense emotion and felt how she would have as a 4yr old.
This lady had never experienced these emotions as a girl; she had instead frozen them and locked them deep into her unconscious mind and went through life, avoiding certain situations and having unexplained physical symptoms.
So time did not make a single bit of difference to this lady’s healing of her trauma!
As children we often don’t have the resources to deal with and work through extreme negative emotions. However, as adults we have a responsibility towards our own health and well-being.
As the famous psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden said:
The first step toward change is awareness, the second step is acceptance.
Moving forward I invite you to speak to your loved ones, friends, colleagues or even a stranger about something that is bothering you . . . .
Because guess what?
Life’s too short to carry around unnecessary baggage.
Try it, I guarantee you will feel lighter.
Welcome to Go Pain Go and the launch of my new Pain Relief Coaching therapy, based in Ipswich UK but aiming to help people all over the world, who suffer from Chronic Pain conditions.
Over the next few weeks and months I will be writing a lot about Pain including some great starter tips on how to resolve it.
So if you have been to the Doctor, Physio or even had surgery for your Pain, but you are still suffering with symptoms, then this blog and Pain Relief Coaching is for you.
Watch this space 🙂