As we age, it's easy to fall into a pattern of negative thinking - especially if our lives haven't turned out quite as we'd hoped or planned. Our attachment to the past, focusing on the 'what ifs', regrets for things we may have done or not done, or wishing things were different can cause us emotional pain that keeps us stuck.
One way to let go of the past (and the suffering) is to focus on the here and now. Start by embracing an attitude of gratitude. Just the fact that you woke up today and can read this are two reasons to be grateful, and to get you thinking, here are a few of the things that I'm thankful for.
Why not share some of the things you're grateful for here? Who know who or what your thoughts might inspire?
At the end of last month we put the clocks forward in the UK -it was the Vernal Equinox and the official start of British Summer Time. Although there's still a chill in the air, there are definite signs of spring all around us. The magnolia trees are in bloom, blossom is appearing on the trees, and new growth appearing on old wood. The days are lasting a little bit longer, and this week, with the easing of lockdown, we have freedom to join with other people outside for a coffee, a picnic, or just to chat. There's a real feel of renewed optimism and hope in the air.
It's the time of year when we think about Spring cleaning - giving our homes a really good deep clean, swapping the winter duvet for the summer one, the winter curtains for the summer curtains, cleaning the carpets and maybe redecorating. We might sort out the cupboards as well: getting rid of things that we've hung on to 'just in case', things that are broken or damaged, clothes that don't fit or stuff that we just no longer have any use for.
It's also a time when we start preparing for summer in the garden. Clearing away the debris left behind after winter, maybe digging a new flower bed, making room for a veggie plot, pulling out weeds and getting ready for a new season of growth.
As well as Spring cleaning your home, have you ever thought about Spring cleaning your mind?
Maybe it's time to get rid of old patterns of behaviour that are no longer useful; time to finally conquer that phobia that's held you back for so long; eliminate a bad habit, let go of negative emotions; or maybe it's time to do something positive about losing weight or giving up smoking; explore new options for your career or get to grips with learning new skills. Why not make a start on spring cleaning your mind by contacting me now to find out how hypnotherapy can help you with all of these and more?
By the start of summer your life could be a whole lot different!
I'm Krystina (Tina) Spicer, NLP Practitioner, Life Coach, Stress Management and Resilience Trainer and Hypnotherapist and want to use my skills to help other people deal with the challenges of ageing and live full, productive and happier lives.