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Looking good and feeling good by Susan Chan

Looking good and feeling good: an MOT for the mind, spirit and the body

The resolutions have been made. 2017 will be the year to get your weight under control. I’m Susan Chan and I work as a Mindfulness Premium Wellness Consultant and life coach, in the West of Scotland and beyond. I frequently get asked, ‘what are the main things that make a difference’?  There are so many tips that can promise to get you get on track, but how do you select the best advice for you?

At Susan Chan Associates we believe that you should never under estimate the power of your subconscious mind! Like most women l aim to look good, feel good and be energised. So how do you get motivated? Here is a list of 15 tried, tested and successful tips to have you in top condition for 2017!

  • Determine your goals. Keep a diary. Why do you want to gain control of your weight? Write down your target weight with the time frame. Keep a journal of your progress.
  • Recognise that there are interim steps to success. Have plenty of these ‘little steps’. Reward yourself every time you hit a target. It can be a massage or a pair of shoes. It does not matter as long as it is something that you love. (No, not chocolate!)
  • For every pound or kilo you lose, put an equivalent weight of sugar or books into a bag. Lift this up regularly! Note how good this feel. When you are going through a bad patch, this helps you to recognise how far you have come.
  • Some people like to keep a note of all the subtle changes in the body, their weight, hip, bust or waist statistics. A record of this will show how far you have come, giving you the motivation to keep on.
  • Search through your wardrobe and find a dress or pair of trousers  in what will be your target weight!  Now imagine what it will be like to wear it again. If you don’t have such a dress, go out and buy one in your ‘dream’ size. Keep one of your old ‘sacks’. You know that you will never need to wear it again.
  • Tell your loved ones in no uncertain way that you want and expect their support.
  • Realise that not every day will be successful. Don’t beat yourself up. Just get on with a new day. After all it’s a new day.
  • Search through the box of photos. Select a few images that remind you of good times…..when you felt good and looked good. Pick out an image when you did not look your best. Use it to remind you how far you have moved towards your target.
  • Take time to think about what you are eating. You can eat really well. Plan in advance your intake. Don’t punish yourself by denying all the little treats. Have some, but in moderation!
  • By all means go to a gym if that is your thing, but really all you need to do is walk a little more or take part in a gentle workout in your home.
  • Keep in your diary details of people that you admire with success stories to tell. Avoid the shock unrealistic articles in some of the more sensational magazines.
  • You can have a ‘buddy’, life or motivation coach to keep you focussed.
  • Avoid negative people. They can only drag you down. Be aware of those who are jealous of you and your success. Sometimes you need to keep your inner thoughts safe from such people.
  • Continue to reward yourself as you tick off the targets. Possibly a new hairstyle or manicure. The new you is now emerging.
  • Continue to visualise the new, healthy you. You look good, you feel good and you have lots of energy!

If you wish to find out more about some of the techniques that I use then contact me through the web or by phone (07980 849321)

One such technique is Mindfulness which is:

  • A skill that can help you to relax
  • A skill for health and well-being
  • A skill to sooth and calm the mind

A skill that can be introduced in a few sessions and be with you for the rest of your life. Mindfulness, a meditation technique aimed at focusing the mind on the present moment, produces measurable improvements in symptoms of anxiety and depression, alleviate feelings of stress and enhance quality of life.

So what is mindfulness, and how does it work? Mindfulness aims to achieve a relaxed, non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts, feelings and sensations by direct knowing what is going on inside and outside us, moment by moment. In everyday life, mindfulness is about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, rather than ‘living in our heads’.

We also use hypnotherapy techniques. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and concentration, enhanced by mental and physical relaxation. When you are relaxed and your mind is focused you are able to use your mind more powerfully. Hypnotherapy is powerful and effective. Hypnotherapy is one of the most natural, safe and self-healing techniques available. As you enter a relaxed state, your heart rate, breathing and metabolism slow down. A hypnotherapist can use this state of mind to encourage your inner resources to create desired and beneficial change. Hypnotherapy allows you to find meaningful alternatives to current (often unsatisfactory) ways of thinking, feeling or behaving.

We have courses that can help you and we have our own range of mp3 downloads that can assist you.

Posted in: Hynotherapy, Living the dream, Motivation, Relaxation, Weight Control
January 6th, 2017 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Looking good! Feeling good! by Susan Chan

OK, the resolutions have been made. 2016 will be the year to get your weight under control. I’m Susan Chan, I work as a motivational consultant, Mindfulness and life coach, in Ayrshire and beyond. I frequently get asked what are the main things that make a difference.  There are so many tips that can help you get on track. Don’t ever under estimate the power of your subconscious mind! Like most women, I love to look good, feel good and to be energised. So how do you remain motivated? Here is a list of 15 tried, tested and successful tips to have you in top condition for 2016!

  • Determine your goals. Keep a diary. Why do you want to gain control of your weight? Write down your target weight. And the time frame. Keep a note of your progress.
  • Recognise interim steps of success. Have plenty of these ‘little steps’. Reward yourself every time you hit a target. It can be a massage or a pair of shoes. It does not matter as long as it is something that you love. (No, not chocolate!)
  • For every pound or kilo you lose, put an equivalent weight of sugar, or books into a bag. Lift this up regularly! Feels good. When you are going through a bad patch, this helps you to recognise how far you have come.
  • Some people like to keep a note of all the subtle changes in the body, their weight, hip, bust or waist statistics. A record of this will show how far you have come, giving you the motivation to keep on.
  • Search through your wardrobe and find a ‘dress’ in what will be your target weight!  Now imagine what it will be like to wear it again. If you don’t have such a dress, go out and buy one in your ‘dream’ size. Keep one of your old ‘sacks’. You know that you will never need to wear it again.
  • Tell your loved ones in no uncertain way that you want and expect their support.
  • Realise that not every day will be successful. Don’t beat yourself up. Just get on with a new day. After all it’s a new day.
  • Search through the box of photos. Select a few images that remind you of good times…..when you felt good and looked good. Pick out an image when you did not look your best. Use it to remind you how far you have moved towards your target.
  • Take time to think about what you are eating. You can eat really well. Plan in advance your intake. Don’t punish yourself by denying all the little treats. Have some, but in moderation!
  • By all means go to a gym if that is your thing, but really all you need to do is walk a little more or take part in a gentle workout in your home.
  • Keep in your diary details of people that you admire with success stories to tell. Avoid the shock unrealistic articles in some of the more sensational magazines.
  • You can have a ‘buddy’, life or motivation coach to keep you focussed.
  • Avoid negative people. They can only drag you down. Be aware of those who are jealous of you and your success. Sometimes you need to keep your inner thoughts safe from such people.
  • Continue to reward yourself as you tick off the targets. Possibly a new hairstyle or manicure. The new you is now emerging.
  • Continue to visualise the new, healthy you. You look good, you feel good and you have lots of energy!

Motivation coaches and therapists can empower you to make these positive changes for 2016. It could be weight control, learning how to relax or gain the confidence to tackle your resolutions, to feel and look good. Check our free relaxation and mindfulness MP3s or make contact with Susan at 07980849321.

Posted in: Coaching, Confidence, Happiness, Hynotherapy, Living the dream, Motivation, Weight Control
December 15th, 2015 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Tips to remain motivated to look good and feel good

OK, the resolutions have been made. 2015 will be the year to get your weight under control. I’m Susan Chan, I work as a motivational consultant and life coach, in Ayrshire and beyond. I frequently get asked what are the main things that make a difference.  There are so many tips that can help you get on track. Don’t ever under estimate the power of your subconscious mind! Like most women, I love to look good, feel good and be energised. So how do you remain motivated? Here is a list of 15 tried, tested and successful tips to have you in top condition for the spring!

  • Determine your goals. Keep a diary. Why do you want to gain control of your weight? Write down your target weight. And the time frame. Keep a note of your progress.
  • Recognise interim steps of success. Have plenty of these ‘little steps’. Reward yourself every time you hit a target. It can be a massage or a pair of shoes. It does not matter as long as it is something that you love. (No, not chocolate!)
  • For every pound or kilo you lose, put an equivalent weight of sugar, or books into a bag. Lift this up regularly! Feels good. When you are going through a bad patch, this helps you to recognise how far you have come.
  • Some people like to keep a note of all the subtle changes in the body, their weight, hip, bust or waist statistics. A record of this will show how far you have come, giving you the motivation to keep on.
  • Search through your wardrobe and find a ‘dress’ in what will be your target weight!  Now imagine what it will be like to wear it again. If you don’t have such a dress, go out and buy one in your ‘dream’ size. Keep one of your old ‘sacks’. You know that you will never need to wear it again.
  • Tell your loved ones in no uncertain way that you want and expect their support.
  • Realise that not every day will be successful. Don’t beat yourself up. Check your visuals, and get on with a new day.
  • Search through the box of photos. Select a few images that remind you of good times…..when you felt good and looked good. Pick out an image when you did not look your best. Use it to remind you how far you have moved towards your target.
  • Take time to think about what you are eating. You can eat really well. Plan in advance your intake. Don’t punish yourself by denying all the little treats. Have some, but in moderation!
  • By all means go to a gym if that is your thing, but really all you need to do is walk a little more or take part in a gentle workout in your home.
  • Keep in your diary details of people that you admire with success stories to tell. Avoid the shock unrealistic articles in some of the more sensational magazines.
  • You can have a ‘buddy’, life or motivation coach to keep you focussed.
  • Avoid negative people. They can only drag you down. Be aware of those who are jealous of you and your success. Sometimes you need to keep your inner thoughts safe from such people.
  • Continue to reward yourself as you tick off the targets. Possibly a new hairstyle or manicure. The new you is now emerging1
  • Continue to visualise the new, healthy you. You look good, you feel good and you have lots of energy!

Motivation coaches and therapists can empower you to make these positive changes for 2015. It could be weight control, learning how to relax or gain the confidence to tackle your resolutions, to feel and look good. Check our free relaxation and mindfulness MP3s or make contact with Susan at 01563 528801/ 07980849321.

Posted in: Coaching, Confidence, Happiness, Hynotherapy, Living the dream, Mindfulness, Motivation, Relaxation, Stress Management, Weight Control
January 1st, 2015 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


So can Hypnotherapy help you to stop smoking?

MP3 Stop Smoking

We are often asked if hypnotherapy can help you to stop smoking. The simple answer is YES.

To be successful you must be ready to stop. We use the power of the mind to channel your desire to stop smoking by using a number of successful psychological techniques. It will involve imagining, virtual feeling, touching, tasting and visualing.

Imagine what your life would be like as a non smoker. Healthier. Fitter. Richer.

Consider this testimonial received recently,     ‘ Just a wee note to say thanks. That’s me now off the cigs for one full year, on the 2nd June 2012. I feel so much better for it. What I was paying out for cigs is now paying for a new car’!  -KH, Client

Wow!

Our stop smoking MP3/ Download, can help you to increase your motivation, boost your confidence and maximise your will power to break the smoking habit. After all it is a habit and can be broken!

You can also call Susan to make an appointment for a consultation and have a chat about your programme.

Posted in: Hynotherapy
June 13th, 2012 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook

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CNHC Registration for Susan Chan at New Horizons

We are now registered with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council.

The key function of the voluntary regulator (CNHC) is to enhance public protection. This will be achieved by working with the complementary therapy professions to maintain and improve standards, by providing a route for enquiries about registered complementary healthcare therapists.

CNHC registered complementary therapy practitioners using the CNHC quality mark demonstrate to members of the general public and other healthcare providers that they conform to national standards of practice in their work.

If a CNHC registered complementary therapist has the CNHC quality mark it means that they:

  • Have undertaken a programme of education and training which meets the National Occupational Standards and the core curriculum for the complementary therapy/discipline concerned, in this case the General Hypnotherapy Registrar

Posted in: Hynotherapy
April 13th, 2012 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook

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NLP and Hypnotherapy for deep sleep

By Ian Geddes and Susan Chan

A refreshing sleep is priceless. It is a necessary and welcoming end to an exhausting day.  Sleep restores the body and mind. The norm for an adult is around 7 hours a night. Sleep takes place at 3 levels. REM or light sleep. (25%) Deeper sleep. (50%) Very deep sleep. (25%) When you sleep your body is processing your experiences from that day. Your muscles recover from the activities of the day. Problems can develop both getting to sleep and staying asleep. There are many causes of insomnia, including:  physical factors, social, habit, mental (stress anxiety)

So how does your body react to shortage of sleep?  Your body and mind will suffer in many ways, such as                  Fatigue                                Irritability             Accident prone                 Poor concentration         Forgetful               Dull                      Without energy

Under hypnosis we work on your subconscious mind. You remain in control at all times. By changing how your mind deals with issues, we can help you to re-programme it to be more receptive to long lasting changes as to how you think feel and behave. You will become calmer and open to the power of positive thought and suggestion. We work with many clients who come to us exhausted, dis-spirited and so frustrated that they lack the energy to do all the things that they want to do. As clinical hypnotherapists, what can we do? We use several techniques that may focus on what is preying on your mind or helping you to learn the principles of relaxation. We also have a number of MP3 downloads that contribute to a good night’s sleep. Using our techniques you may find it easy to relax by focussing on your breathing and visualising yourself in a ‘special place’.

Posted in: Educational Motivation, Hynotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming
October 5th, 2011 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook

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What happens during a clinical hypnotherapy session?

By Ian Geddes and Susan Chan

Our clients seem to be fascinated about the thought of being ‘hypnotised’. What happens during a session? We are clinical hypnotherapists using the subconscious mind to enable you to make the changes that you want to make. We are registered with the General Hypnotherapy Council and follow a code of professional practice. Do not confuse what we do with the stage show. There is nothing to be alarmed about. To understand the word, ‘hypnotherapy’, perhaps it may be helpful to think of you being in a stare of deep relaxation. At all times you remain aware of what is happening and your mind will keep you safe. You remain in control. So what happens? Once you have made an appointment with Susan or Ian, you will have time to establish rapport. We need to listen to what you are telling us. Often the initial phobia, confidence issue, addiction or concern will lead to deeper discussion and understanding. We note that you want to make that change. At this stage we discuss the possible programme. Hypnosis often combined with other modern psychological techniques (such as NLP/ Mindfulness/ CBT/EFT/EMS) is natural, quick and permanent. The number of sessions varies and is assessed accordingly and this will be agreed.

When you are in a state of deep relaxation, (a hypnotic state) the subconscious part of your brain is ready to be reprogrammed in a healthier or more desirable way. Remember, you choose to accept or reject the suggestions to allow that change to take place. It is your mind and you are always in control. There are several approached that we can use. We call upon all your senses. Sight. Taste. Touch.  Sound . Smell.  In the relaxed state you can visualise, imagine, look back, and look forward to the change in the future. You can break away from the old habits, addictions, tackle issues from insomnia to a lack of confidence and stress.

The power of the mind and the power of positive thinking, when reprogrammed can allow you to make the change that you want.  A session will come to a conclusion  by bringing you safely back from your state of deep relaxation. You will remember everything that happened and feel relaxed, so calm and good.

Sessions should not be dissected and over analysed by you. Hypnosis works. Usually you will be given some ‘homework’!

So if you want to make that change, take that decision to make the first step and act on it today by contacting us.

Posted in: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hynotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming
September 22nd, 2011 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook

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Hypnotherapy, NLP and Quitting Smoking

Hypnotherapy, NLP and Quitting Smoking

By Ian Geddes and Susan Chan

So how do you break up old habits? Are you addicted to nicotine? What is the difference between a habit and an addiction? Smoking is both addictive as well as a habit. When you are addicted your body needs that drug, whether it is nicotine alcohol or cocaine. There is a connection between a habit and an addiction. A smoker will reach for a cigarette at certain key times. Possibly a habit after a meal. Having a drink with friends. Hypnotherapy, or a programme using our ‘hypnochange’ approach, is a very effective way of helping you to overcome those habits/ addictions that interfere with your life. Be reading this newsblog you are already considering wanting to make that change. Whatever caused you to become a smoker is not so important to the hypnotherapist. What is important to note is that it started a pattern of behaviour and is now ingrained in your mind. You can break that pattern and change that habit and overcome the addiction need that is attached. OK, you know that smoking is bad for you.  For your sake and for that of your loved ones, make that decision.  Smokers tell us that most cigarettes are smoked due to a habit pattern.

So are you ready to quit, using the ‘hypnochange’ programme?  You can discuss these points with us at New Horizons. Phone today and make that appointment.  Plan the right time to quit. You could argue that there is never a perfect time. Make sure that you want to quit for your reasons. Clearly you need support from those close to you. But it must be you driving the change. Tell people who you know will be supportive and that you are quitting, using hypnochange. Download our ‘Stop Smoking’  MP3   We will encourage you to increase your motivation to quit.  It could be a photo of yourself as you want to be. Collect the money, once spent on cigarettes, in a jar. Hypnotherapy allows you to reach a state of deep relaxation, when you subconscious mind will positively enforce the changes that you want to make. There is no need to have any fears, since it is a ‘normal’ state to be in, and you remain always in control and aware. Make that change today. Talk to us and we will enable you to create strategies to quit smoking using ‘hypnochange’.

Posted in: Hynotherapy, Motivation, Neuro Linguistic Programming
September 14th, 2011 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook

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NLP, Confidence and Hypnosis for Public Speaking

NLP, Confidence and Hypnosis for Public Speaking

                By Ian Geddes and Susan Chan

We have worked with many clients who have a real fear and phobia about speaking in public. Such behaviour is learned. For example, the Head Teacher who dreads speaking to groups of parents, staff or even children. For many people a public performance, such as a presentation at work, at university, an interview or even a ‘vote of thanks’, can leave an otherwise confident person  reduced to a stammering, sweaty shadow! Not only does the speaker crawl with embarrassment, so does the audience. As Goffman would say, it is a ‘failed performance’. As NLP practitioners and clinical hypnotists, we need not concern ourselves too much with the precipitating cause.

What we need to establish is how the person feels and thinks when giving that performance. Does it affect your stomach, so you feel your skin becoming clammy, do you hear a voice telling you that you are rubbish, can you only visualise failure? Your brain has established a pattern that inevitably will result in failure. We use, what is referred to as ‘modern psychological techniques’ to alter the neurological pathway. We change your state of mind using a technique called NLP Meta Modelling. It works by reversing the neurological pathway. In a state of deep relaxation, we work with you and alter your state of mind when you are giving that public performance.  You need to practise this and make sure that it is reinforced and firmly embedded. It is possible to use our MP3 downloads to do this.

Posted in: Coaching, Confidence, Hynotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Stress Management
August 29th, 2011 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook

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NLP and Mindfulness based stress reduction techniques

Body Scan

This is a simple technique that when practiced, reduces physical tension and the symptoms associated with this. It can be used almost anywhere, for a few minutes or as part of a longer more advanced method of relaxation.

The technique….

‘Golden Breath’

We all have had a lot of experience breathing! It’s natural and it is our life force.

There are limitations on our usual patterns of breathing. Often shallow, or rushed. Diaphragmatic breathing is calm, controlled and relaxing.

The technique….

Deepening

Deepening, sometimes also called ‘countdown’, is  very effective when you wish to deepen relaxation and when combined with the two remaining techniques below, can result in very pleasant and effective stress reduction relaxation

The techniques….

Visualisation

As humans, we have the power to visualise. Using the powerful energy contained in our minds. Our emotional and physical well-being comes from our mind images, thoughts and feelings. By positively drawing upon our mind, we create strong images that have beneficial applications

Healing             Inner wisdom        Planning                        Relaxation

Visualisation is even more effective when combined with our other senses

Sound                Sight                Taste               Smell                   Feeling

The technique….

Your ‘special place’

In many ways this technique is the deepest and most assuring. It takes you to your own ‘special place’. It combines all of the above with wonder and excitement

The technique….

Practice

All of these techniques are enhanced with daily practice

Use of CDs/ MPs

Returning to the present

You always have control during relaxation. You can end it at any time by opening your eyes. A more comforting way to end the session is to reverse the above techniques.

For example counting from 1 to 5, gently opening your eyes and stretching the muscles.

To find out more about these NLP and Mindfulness techniques, contact Susan Chan, email ChanNewHorizons@aol.com

Posted in: Hynotherapy, Mindfulness, Neuro Linguistic Programming
August 13th, 2011 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook

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