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Rosanne MacDonald, C.Ht.With Spring in the air, what I think most about is blooming flowers, gentle breezes, fresh air, and intermittent showers with the sun breaking through. The first day of Spring is March 20th. For many, Spring break is a time to vacation, a time to enjoy family and friends and/or a time for relaxation. Spring also inspires people to “spring forward” in a positive direction with energy to be more physically active outdoors.

Spring also brings to mind motivation to “spring clean” homes, offices, vehicles, etc. for a fresh new start. Most people consider spring cleaning, as cleaning out their belongings— giving away clothing and shoes they no longer use, shredding old papers, weeding their yards and so on. When you physically clean and clear out the clutter, it actually has a positive mental and emotional effect that helps de-clutter your mind! When you let go of things in your life that you no longer need or want, it is a physical and emotional release of stress, anxiety, and even physical weight! Many people feel as though a weight has been lifted, which may also manifest in the physical release of body weight!

What is it in YOUR life that you would like to “spring clean” and let go of? Negative thoughts and feelings? Holding on to emotional pain? Letting go of the past, so that you can see clearly into your future is vital for your mind, body and spirit health and wellbeing. If you have created a mental vision and/or an actual vision board that depicts how you want your future to be, but your space and environment is cluttered with things from the past that no longer serve you well, then your vision will be clouded or blocked.

Hypnotherapy, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and mindfulness coaching are wonderful and effective tools to help you break through to be the best you can be!

 

Fall… the time of year where, in most areas, the weather starts cooling down. Some of the leaves are turning and, for many people, it is the trigger to get them in the holiday mood. Some people and several stores have already put up their Halloween decorations to begin the holiday season. Fall is also the time when most students are back in school—the hustle and bustle of school buses, parents dropping their kids off at school, all of the after school activities, sports, homework and then the excitement of the upcoming holidays are in full swing! Fall may also be the time that we start assessing how the year has progressed and we think about the New Year’s goals that we set in January.

In the beginning of October, we realize that there are only 90 more days left in the year. We may think about whether we have accomplished or superseded our expectations or if we’re going to give this last quarter of the year a huge boost to achieve and/or exceed the goals we set out to accomplish.

Wherever you are right now, do you have a strategy to complete this year on a positive and successful note? If so, congratulations! If you haven’t quite reached your goals, do you have a plan to do so by the end of year? Consider this your call-to-action to be motivated to close out this year on a positive note and begin 2016 with enthusiasm!

If you need or want help and/or a boost of encouragement and direction, call me and we will strategize together to achieve everything you want in your life personally and professionally!

Positive Thinking

“A positive life begins with a positive mind.” – Rosanne MacDonald, C.Ht.

Positive thinking is being used as a term in so many different arenas. The power of positive thinking is greater than many other forces in the universe. Due to the primitive mind, dating back to primal times when we humans always had to be on alert for dangerous and/or compromising situations, our human brains are wired to think negatively first. This is why negative thoughts can easily fill our minds. Experts assert that approximately 40%-80% of our thoughts default to negative!

Even the environment around us sensationalizes negativity; such as newspapers, TV and radio news stations, etc. because they know the psychology of the human brain that MOST people will be drawn to the tragic negative stories before the positive ones.

Wherever you focus your energy, the energy flows and magnifies what it is you are thinking about—why not make it positive?!

Because of our biological propensity and the media encouraging it, we need to make a conscious effort to switch our mind from the less-than-positive to the positive; which can be done within a few seconds with practice!

You can actually reprogram your mind by taking a few moments to evaluate the situation and replace unproductive thoughts with more positive and beneficial thoughts. This may sound easier said than done, but like with anything else in life, practice makes it automatic and natural (i.e., When you learned the alphabet as a young child, you had to practice saying the letters every day and then make a song out of it. After much practice, you created a new neural pathway and now you don’t have to think twice about what the alphabet is!)

Here are four steps to begin practicing the process of positive thinking and reprogramming your mind:

1) Take in some big deep breaths. You can either breathe deeply in through your nose, filling your lungs to their full capacity and/or take in some deep breaths that make your belly expand and relax.

2) Think of something pleasant and relaxing. If you have the opportunity and are in a safe place, close your eyes, imagine and visualize a calm, serene place or situation.

3) Reframe the situation. If the situation catches you by surprise and you handle it the best way you know how, take what you learned from the situation and use it as a beneficial lesson for your life. Also, think about how you may be able to handle a situation like this in the future in a calmer, more productive way. Honor your gut and your heart because these are natural instincts.

4) Reengage in a positive way. To do this, you find something pleasant and positive about your surroundings or the situation and you start focusing on that. As soon as you shift your mind from the less-than-positive thoughts to the positive and put your energy toward what will make you feel happy, you should feel a shift of energy in your mind and body. Also, smiling and laughter are fantastic ways to improve your mood and create positive energy in your mind and body!

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Gut-brain connection, eating affects brain, nutrition and brain function, gut feelings, gut reactionsHave you ever had a “gut” feeling about something or someone? Some people may call it intuition, which it very well may be; but there is also actual science behind that “gut” feeling.   Harvard Health Publications (2013) wrote an article on a study proving that there is a definite, strong  connection between our gut and our brain.

By eating healthfully and giving your body the right nutrients you can actually improve your brain function. From personal experience, as a hypnotherapist with my clients, many of them, with their doctors’ supervision, have been able to diminish and/or eliminate some of their brain-altering medications through proper diet, nutrition, mindfulness and positive thinking.

Your gut also sends the message to your brain that you are satisfied or full. It takes 20 minutes or more for the gut to communicate that message to the brain. That’s why eating slowly and chewing your food well is not only good for your digestion, but it allows you to eat until you are just satisfied and not to overindulge.

Did you know that we have neurotransmitters in our “gut,” just as we do in our brains? In an article by Scientific American (2010), Michael Gershon refers to the gut as the “second brain” which contains “100 million neurons, more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system.”

Hopefully, knowing this will make you want to stop and think about what you are feeding your gut!  It’s so important to be mindful of the thoughts you think and the foods and beverages you drink every day!

Here’s to the health of your mind and body!

Citations:
http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/the-gut-brain-connection
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/

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