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How you think can make your pain worse

health mindset wellbeing Apr 10, 2022

How have the last two weeks been for you? 

I read a very interesting article called 'How you think about physical pain can make it worse'.  It's by Meryl Davids Landau referencing the work of Vitaly Napadow, a neuro scientist at Harvard Medical School.  It confirms the mind-body link that we NLP'ers have known and spoken about for many years.  With so many people searching for alternative approaches beyond the pharmaceutical options, this approach brings new hope.  One patient who had been in pain for 18 years was taught what is called 'pain reprocessing therapy'.  The goal was to reprogramme his brain by teaching him that his ongoing agony was not caused by lingering tissue injury but by misfiring neural circuits related to his dread of pain or what is often called 'catastrophising'.  

What the research has shown is that those people who 'catastrophise' in their heads about their pain thinking it will never get better, that it's going to be...

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A Christmas Gift From Team NLP

Well what a year it has been yet again...perhaps the difference this year is that many people are feeling that bit wearier and rather dazed after all we have been through.  We are seeing it in our corporate and personal clients who are finding it perhaps a little harder this year to pick themselves up and keep going. 

At Team NLP, we have been very mindful of this and have been digging deeper into ourselves to stay focused, purposeful and optimistic about 2022.  We thought about the contribution we can make to support and help you embrace 2022 so you can future proof your life regardless of what might come your way.  We don't have all the answers but what we do have are a set of skills that make a difference to peoples' lives. 

To this end, today we have launched our second Team NLP annual online conference called 'Future Proof Your Life'.  It is on the 22nd January between 10 - 2pm.  We have 6 members of Team NLP speaking at the conference. ...

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How to make better choices in your life

goals values wellbeing Oct 24, 2021

When I was thinking about what to write this week it struck me that many of us have decisions to make as we move forwards with our lives following nearly 20 months of lockdowns and restrictions.  Maybe you want to make a change with your job, where you live, your relationship, health and so on.  With so much uncertainty surrounding us, we can often allow ourselves to make a decision too quickly or not all all and stay stuck. The work of Daniel Kahneman is very useful to help us become more aware of how we make decisions and how we can improve our decision making.  It links well with the concepts from NLP about the conscious and unconscious minds. 

On average we all have about 35,000 decisions to make each day. These differ in difficulty and importance. It could be you taking a step to your left or right when walking. Or deciding to take the stairs or lift. If you had to consciously process all these decisions your brain would crash.  The research...

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Exciting Collaboration to Offer ILM Level 5 Online Coaching and Mentoring

There is no better time to become a coach and mentor.  How do I know? 

The early stages of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns were hard on all of us, in different ways. Isolation, joblessness, childcare, and many other challenges severely affected the mental well-being of many people around the world. Yet here we are, a year on. How are we coping? 

The physical health effects of COVID-19 and the countless deaths the pandemic has claimed have been, and continue to be, devastating on a global scale.  Many found it hard to cope with the grief and isolation, and others found it hard to deal with job loss and financial insecurity.  These struggles are affecting our mental health and involve some of the key predictors of burnout, including an unsustainable workload, the absence of a supportive community, and the feeling that you don’t have control over your life and work. 

The world needs more coaches to help and support others to take back...

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Moving onto reset

Welcome to our blog where you will find inspiration and actionable advice to build resilience and success in these unprecedented times.  

This week I want to talk about moving on from 18 months of constant change and overwhelming restrictions in our lives.  Indeed, life is still full of challenges.  We have been attempting to get to Italy for many months now for a break, and just when we thought we could make our dash from the UK by car, France was put on the amber plus list.  This week France may come off but Italy may go onto the 'watch-list'.  It's exhausting isn't it!  So it is still likely to be some time before our lives can really 'reset'.  It's maybe time to remind ourselves about the link between our thoughts and our health and the fact that we can control our reaction to whatever is happening even if we can't control the event itself.  

I had the pleasure to meet Candace Pert some years ago.  she wrote 'Molecules of...

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Learning to live your true life

So happy to be back blogging this week after a few weeks of moving house and getting back on line.  

As I wondered what to write about this week I was reminded about a client session I am delivering this week on being authentic in the workplace and it got me thinking about the importance of living our real lives.  To help prepare for my session I listened to a keynote delivered by Gareth Thomas.  If you haven't listened to any of his talks on YouTube I would encourage you to do so.  He talks about how his performance had been affected by the weight of hiding his sexuality and how being willing to be vulnerable is not a weakness rather the difference between being good and great.  He said he was performing at about 70% with the weight of what he was carrying and hiding.  Now he operates at 100% and feels free.  When asked about what advice he would give a 10 year old version of himself he said that we all go through life trying to please others...

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Do you overthink yourself out of making a change in your life?

What is holding you back from making changes to your life big or small? 

I’ve noticed, especially as we come out of lockdown, clients, family and friends overthinking an opportunity.  Maybe it's because many of us have had too much time on our hands and in our heads. So what happens is that you end up overthinking every little problem to do with the change until it becomes bigger and scarier than it actually is.  And, you even overthink the positive things until they don’t look so positive anymore (and as the anxiety starts to build).  Or you over analyse and deconstruct things and so the happiness that comes from just enjoying something in the moment disappears.

Now, of course, thinking things through can be useful and getting lost in the negatives of what might happen rather the positives leads to standing still.  Have you ever thought that you have no choices until you make one?!  The risk is that you spend your life in your head...

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Cabin fever symptoms and coping strategies

health wellbeing Feb 24, 2021

Our weekly Team NLP blog where you will find inspiration and actionable advice on how to build healthy habits, resilience, and connections in our unprecedented times.

As I write this week the sun is shining and it feels quite spring like outside.  A welcome relief after the snowy spell.  I usually run every day and it was interesting to notice the change in my mood when I couldn't get out for my normal exercise.  I have been reading alot about the term 'cabin fever' and thought it was a good topic for us this week.  Cabin fever is the term for a common mental and psychological reaction to being isolated or confined for an extended period of time.  It isn't a specific diagnosis but rather a mixture of symptoms that can create a perfect storm.  If you are experiencing cabin fever as a result of social distancing or self quarantine or not being able to get outside for whatever reason then there are ways to combat the feelings.  


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A Blessing for 2021

Wishing You Everything Good

More years ago than I care to remember, I met a very special woman, Siri Barker, on an NLP Practitioner.  We have remained strongly connected since then and I watched in awe as she became a Sangoma or South African Shaman. Last week Siri published an amazing poem that inspired me and filled my heart with hope and so I asked her if I could share it with you too. 

Here it is. 

Find a quiet space, light a candle and be open to this prayer & blessing.

My prayer for you….
That you walk gently on the earth
That you stay within your heart centre
That you find that small steps enlighten your path
That your mind is open to the creativity your spirit seeks
That you deepen your sense and connection to your Ancestors and your place in this world
That you stay connected, grounded and alive in the presence of our earth
That you care for your well-being and give yourself moments to ‘top up’ regularly
That you find courage in moments when...

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