Anxiety is not a life sentence!

We’ve recently been interviewed on radio stations around the country about our
special approach to anxiety reduction and why hypnosis and breathing
techniques work so well together.

So in brief here is our answer:

We know when someone is anxious and full of negative thoughts, they shallow
breath. It’s a scientific fact… NOT our fact. The truth is that anxiety cannot be
present in the mind and body if someone is feeling safe and centered.

The combination of negative thinking and lack of quality in breathing is the duo
that needs to be addressed.

Without dealing with these issues, anxiety can restrict the quality of life. Sadly, it
also affects relationships with family and friends too. They mean well but… it’s
very hard for someone who doesn’t have anxiety to truly understand the depth
of it. This makes it very difficult for suffers to talk openly, as they often feel
misunderstood and tend to hide their true feelings for fear of it exacerbating.

Anxiety is not a life sentence, although it can feel like it for many people when it
becomes a habit.

There is a brilliant study to back up what many neuroscientists know as we do
too, that the deeper part of the mind can learn very quickly how to un-learn
anxiety and re-learn healthier logical coping strategies.

The study was (and still is) a review of psychotherapy literature by Dr Barrios, which was
originally featured in the The Psychotherapy Journal of the American Psychiatric
Association which showed some impressive findings indeed.

After surveying over 2000 journal articles, Dr. Alfred Barrios came up with the following
recovery rates:

Type of therapy                        Recovery rates                          Number of sessions
Hypnotherapy                                    93%                                                      6
Behavior therapy                               72%                                                     22
Psychoanalysis                                 38%                                                    600

THE GOOD NEWS is: Our program gives you the right hypnotic tools to reduce
anxiety in 25 minutes. PLUS: 6 x 3 minute key breathing techniques that work
instantly to bring your anxiety levels down.

Nobody needs to suffer with anxiety. Life can be so much better when you
work with the clever part of the mind. It does know how to tune out of
negativity. It just needs the right guidance and support.

Learn More About the 3 Minute Anxiety Fix by Clicking Here

February is the Month of LOVE…

You can do all the dating you want, but if your conscious mind has a different agenda to your unconscious mind, you will not find what you are truly looking for. Oh, and we might add, you may not recognize Mr or Mrs Right in front of you because of past relationship issues that hinder your love success.

This program was developed by myself, Georgia Foster, an author, leading therapist and speaker and Suzy Greaves, Editor of Psychologies Magazine, who has also been hailed by the Daily Mail as ‘the top ten guru to change your life around’.

Together, we share many relationship experiences personally, so they get the ‘single’ side of life and know the on-going frustration of finding Mr Right.

Collectively, we have been in the self-help industry since 1995 learning pioneering techniques in human nature and how we think, feel and behave in ways that can hold us back when it comes to love.

More importantly, mine and Suzy’s backgrounds have elevated our individual training’s, results based approach and client outcomes to give you the best in changing your thinking about love and relationships.

The Cracking the Love Code program will train your brain for love. You will use easy meditation tools and channel your thoughts in order to enter a state of deep hypnosis, allowing you to re-program your thinking and learn how to attract a healthy relationship into your life.

You will discover

What is not working in dating and find a new way that does work

  • How to re-train your thinking
  • What your unique love personality is
  • How you can improve your love life
  • How to let go
  • How to change your childhood conditioning
  • What is really important in love
  • Where you can improve your love life and dating potential

If this isn’t for you then maybe you know someone who could really benefit?

Check Out the Program Here

 

Hair salon enlists counsellor as clients emotional issues spill over to staff

A MELBOURNE hair salon has brought in a counsellor to help its staff cope when their clients offload their often troubling or distressing life stories.

Melbourne salon owner Lauren MacKellin has taken the big step of hiring a counsellor so staff can deal with some ‘over-sharing’ from clients.

RECOGNISING her customers pour their hearts out to her staff on a daily basis, Melbourne hair salon owner Lauren MacKellin is enlisting her staff into a counselling course on how to manage the emotional needs of her clientele.

The Vision Blonde salon owner has decided to take action, sending her staff to a course on how to deal with others’ problems.

“Every day my staff are taking on my clients’ problems and each day is an emotional rollercoaster for them,” says Lauren.

“What my staff need is a hand in how to effectively help, to know how to nurture our clients’ emotional needs along with their own.”

Hairdressers and their clients share a very close and trusting relationship, and thanks to social media, social interaction with your hairdresser is now becoming even more valuable.

“At the end of the day, my employees are as important to my business as my clients, and I need to look after the needs of both. It’s not just about the needs of their hair”.

According to clinical psychologist Georgia Foster, being in “the chair” while someone is nurturing you not only makes you look better, but it also makes you feel good.

Counsellor and hypnotherapist Georgia Foster

Counsellor and hypnotherapist Georgia Foster 

And the mind enjoys the attention; off-loading can be a way to release tension with someone who is not in their everyday life.

“A hairdresser, like any other profession that involves a one-on-one interaction, can often trigger burnout due to the demands of being a ‘free therapist’,” says Georgia.

“The best strategy is to find ways to ‘brush off’ clients’ problems by taking proper breaks when possible, going off-site or after work, finding ways to break the state such as a big walk or an exercise class.

“Any profession where you are one-on-one for a period time similar to a hairdresser can have client burnout too, such as beauty therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, pilates and yoga teachers.

The Blonde Vision salon in Melbourne

The Blonde Vision salon in Melbourne

“They all – to a certain extent – have to expect some level of being a ‘friendly’ therapist, but equally need know when to stand back and not take on board too much.”

Georgia really commends Lauren for her efforts as an employer in contacting her to counsel her staff over Skype.

“Employers need to put in place tools and strategies that give staff the right communication to know when and what to say, and when to retreat or change subjects,” adds Georgie.

“It’s important that when the staff feel supported, the domino effect means the client is happier too.”

A few helpful tips from Georgia:

  • Listen and be non-judgmental
  • Don’t act surprised if you hear anything that shocks you
  • Let them know you are not a qualified counsellor and suggest an appropriate support system
  • Never commit suggesting a way forward, as you are not trained
  • Encourage outside stress management tools such as a yoga class or meditation class
  • Find a worse story to talk about that makes them become more grateful
  • Try and turn a positive spin on the situation
  • Find funny things to talk about that breaks their emotional state

 

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Brad Pitt and the Booze

For anybody who is in Brad’s situation, or similar, will resonate with ‘burying your head in the sand’ life.

It can only last for so long before the bubble bursts and the reality hits that drinking doesn’t fix anything – it can make it worse.

The old fashioned, tick the box father approach that Brad admits to; such as being a good provider, working hard and being a man of not many words, is by no means the role model he now wishes to adhere to.

And there is a really good reason why.  We need to teach our children that communication doesn’t come after a few beers or a bottle of wine.  We need to physically demonstrate to our children that we don’t give more kisses and cuddles just because ‘my mum or dad’ has wine on their breath. We need to honour that drinking alcohol, as a way to being more open and warm, is not the pre-cursor to becoming a better and more loving parent. 

The irony of this type of ‘distant parenting’ is that it leads to more guilt about not being able to be a great sober communicator.  The cycle of heavy drinking/guilt gets stronger and becomes a bigger problem than it actually needs to be.

Sad but true, many men and women are drinking more alcohol than is healthy, not because they want to but because it makes them feel emotionally more safe.

It’s been proven by many neuroscientists that alcohol shuts down the critical and judgmental part of the brain.  In other words, alcohol is a really good quick fix to shut out negative thoughts and feelings about the fears of life.

Brad, like many people who get themselves into a drinking rut, are not necessarily alcoholics but emotional drinkers.  Their brain has wired itself to alcohol as a habit of how to deal with fearful emotions, thoughts and feelings.

In order for someone to have a healthier relationship with alcohol they need to train their brain to have a healthier, sober relationship with themselves first.

That is why my seminars and on-line program sell all over the world.

I believe it is ‘your thinking, not your drinking that is the problem.’

You’ve got to train the brain to have healthier coping strategies without a glass of wine/beer or whatever in hand.  The domino effect is better coping strategies, less anxiety and improved sober self esteem.

5 Things You Learn When You Quit Alcohol

YOU CAN STILL HAVE NIGHTS OUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS

No-one enjoyed a big night out as much as I did, especially in my twenties.

A few drinks at a friend’s house before heading to our favourite pubs and clubs easily outweighed the cost you had to pay with the following day’s hangover.

But by the time I reached my thirties, the balance had shifted — and those hangovers just weren’t worth it anymore.

When I quit drinking, I still went out with my friends, and guess what? I still had a great time telling the same stupid stories we’d always told, singing the same dumb songs at the top of our lungs we always had, and doing the same stupid things we’d always done.

The only difference was I felt great the next day, and as an added bonus I hadn’t spent a small fortune to willingly make myself sick.

YOU’LL DISCOVER A MORE CONFIDENT SELF

Drinking gives you a false confidence, and for many people it can seem like the only confidence they have.

We say and do things after a few drinks that we wouldn’t dream of when sober, and this bravado naturally feels quite liberating and attractive to people.

But when you quit drinking you start to discover who you really are, what you want, what you enjoy and who you want to be, without the constant switching between drunk and sober states of mind.

With this self-discovery comes a confidence you may not have had, or had kept locked up while your “Dutch courage” took centre stage.

This confidence is far more attractive and constructive than anything you can get from a bottle.

TIME BECOMES YOUR FRIEND

One of the side effects of drinking that irritated me the most was the amount of time and productivity lost.

Sleeping until midday after a big night out is a waste, and the amount of time it takes to recover gets longer and longer with age.

A massive Saturday night often meant being tired and lethargic until Wednesday, as my body played catch up on the rest it needed.

I may have slept for 12 hours after a big night, but my body certainly wasn’t at rest.

Think of all the things you can do with the extra time and energy you’ll have when you quit drinking.

You’ll be more productive at work, spend more time with family and friends, increase your focus on health and fitness, join a class or even start a hobby you’ve been putting off … The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

YOU WILL HAVE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK FOR NOTHING

The truth is people won’t actually care that much. All that time spent worrying about the grilling you’ll get, or how friends might drift away because socialising and drinking go hand in hand will have been a waste of time.

My friends didn’t care one bit, and have been incredibly supportive.

Strangers ask more questions than friends do, partly because they’re shocked that anyone can quit drinking and partly because they want to do the same and have many questions to ask.

I never instigate discussions about quitting drinking, it’s not my place to tell people what they should and shouldn’t do.

But when you’re drinking mineral water at a party the inevitable questions come, and I’m happy to share my experiences with them.

WHY DID YOU WAIT SO LONG TO QUIT?

All of the worries and concerns you have from the time you decide to stop drinking, to when you actually do, evaporate soon after you quit.

It took me four years to quit drinking, and now that I have it seems crazy to me that it took me so long.

Like many things in life, as soon as we do something that has a positive effect on our world, we wonder why we didn’t do it earlier, and for me quitting alcohol is one of them.

I want to make it perfectly clear that I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent going out and enjoying myself during my youth.

Some of my favourite memories are the times I’ve been at home or somewhere around the world having a night out on the drink with family and friends. I wouldn’t trade them in for anything.

Nevertheless, there came a point in my early 30s where I knew my time was up, but for some reason I kept going for another four years.

That was a mistake. I should have quit when I first realised I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore.

These are the experiences I had when I quit drinking alcohol.

For you it might be totally different. After all, your relationship with alcohol may be totally different to mine, and your personal life is probably different as well.

I don’t begrudge anyone who enjoys a drink, and if you have it under control, it’s not having a negative impact on anyone else in your life, and you still enjoy it, then carry on as far as I’m concerned.

But if you’ve come to realise your drinking days are nearing the end, and the physical, mental and financial costs of drinking far outweigh any positives, then I encourage you to quit today. It will be the best decision you’ll ever make.

 

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Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics

Drinking Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics What Is The Real Story

 

When people go to the Doctor and receive Antibiotics one of the most popular questions they ask themselves is, can I drink alcohol with Antibiotics? So, after being asked this many times, I decided to write a blog post and help people understand why it is not a great idea to drink alcohol while taking tablets.

 

When Doctors recommend to their patients, they should not drink alcohol with medication a lot of those patients ignore that advice. However, in reality, alcohol and antibiotics are a dangerous mix and patients should listen to their Doctor.

 

So, why do Doctors tell their patients they should not mix alcohol with Antibiotics, the answer is simple really, not only can alcohol interfere with the medication doing its job, but drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics can cause unsafe side effects.

 

Can I take antibiotics with alcohol?

 

Despite popular belief drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics does not make the medication any less effective. However, drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics can make the side effects worse.

 

The side effects that can be caused by taking antibiotics will depend on what medication is being taken, but the common side effects include:

 

  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Diarrhea

 

Alcohol can cause side effect that includes:

  • Upset stomach
  • Digestive problems, such as stomach pain, diarrhoea, and ulcers
  • Tiredness

 

When you combine alcohol with antibiotics, it can make the symptoms worse and at time unbearable. There are drugs that are more prone to serious side effects that other antibiotics when drinking alcohol; these include trimethoprim/ sulfamethoxazole and metronidazole.

 

The side effects can include:

  • Severe nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Breathlessness
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Skin flushing
  • Increased or irregular heartbeat
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea and vomiting

 

There are other antibiotics that can cause the patient problems when drinking alcohol; these include co-trimoxazole, linezolid, erythromycin, and doxycycline.

 

When you are given medication from your Doctor, it’s important to ask about how alcohol with the antibiotic can affect your health and it is also important to ask how long it will be before you are allowed to drink again. Some Doctors depending on the medication you have been given will explain not to drink alcohol for at least 72 hours after finishing the course of the antibiotics.

 

So, if you have been given antibiotics and have asked yourself Can I Drink Alcohol with Antibiotics, I hope I have answered your question.

 

 

 

Holiday And Guilt Free Drinking

You can tell we have officially started the summer holidays here in the UK, as the streets are so much quieter in the suburbs of London; however, Central London is absolutely heaving with tourists!

 

During this time I see a lot of clients who fly in from all over the world for many different reasons, from anxiety, stress to drinking less alcohol. Although I treat just as many people over Skype, Face Time and the phone too.

 

There are two camps of thinking about drinking whilst the weather is warmer. The first camp is ‘I want to deal with my drinking issue now as I don’t want to start September feeling awful about myself.’ The second camp is, ‘I’ll wait for the summer to be over before I think about learning to drink less.’

 

Either strategy is fine of course; however, those who do decide to learn how to drink less now, during this summer time, tell me some amazing stories.

 

One client has just come back from a week in Italy. She said for the first time in her life she drank ‘guilt free’ which meant she wasn’t beating herself up and the net effect?…..she didn’t feel the need to over-drink because she was calmer and actually enjoying herself more.

 

I can’t tell you how many clients beat themselves up over their drinking during their holiday time and cause themselves so much grief over the whole drinking drama. They spoil their holiday time and some clients say that they don’t know why they bother because it ends up being the holiday from hell.

 

I ask my clients why would you want to do that to yourself when you could embrace this opportunity from a very different perspective?

 

So, those who are thinking about their holiday time with anxiety and fear about drinking too much and spoiling it with unhelpful thinking, logon to the program and try the first day for free. Remember there is a 60-day money back guarantee, so if you really don’t think my approach is for you, then you have nothing to lose.

 

 

How to drink less alcohol for the mum’s of this world

Motherhood on one hand brings so much joy but on the other so much fear, questioning and self doubt.

 

Even for the most confident person before becoming a mum after, it can be a very different story. I think a lot of women assume as long as their child is healthy and happy then they have done a good job as a parent, and I would not disagree with that. However, this can be to the detriment of the emotional wellbeing of the mother.

 

For many mothers, being at home with young children, albeit they are happy being a mum, find it restrictive, isolating and often there is a sense of a disconnection to their old life. Anxieties and self questioning of self is common and self esteem issues can become a problem.

 

One of the ways many mothers deal with all of these emotions is to drink alcohol. Many mothers see it as an opportunity to relax and unwind at the end of a demanding day.

 

It is also an opportunity to be ‘more adult’ and have some space from being a responsible sober mum.

 

So many of my mum clients say; ‘It’s like the bell rings as soon as the kids have gone to bed and it becomes my wine time. But now instead of a few wines I am drinking a bottle and I am feeling really guilty about it.’

 

There are women all over the world who are secretly worried about their drinking but just don’t know how to cut back.

 

The reason why I created The Drink Less Mind programme was because a large section of my client base are mum’s and I could see that their drinking issues albeit not concerning from my experience, they were concerned and ironically makes people drink more. Guilty drinking creates more guilty drinking and then the vicious cycle of habitual unhelpful drinking can occur.

 

I believe it is the thinking before the drinking that causes the problem and for many mothers, unbeknown to them their drinking spirals and they feel ashamed of who they feel they have become.

 

So I would like to share with you why I believe unhelpful drinking is a habit that you can unlearn. I am trained in an amazing psychology theory that I believe is the most clear explanation of why mum’s get themselves into some tricky drinking situations.

 

This theory believes we are all made up of many parts, like sub personalities within that make up a whole person. There are unbeknown to many people a particular personality trait that challenges our self-esteem. I call it The Inner Critic part. It is the part that says ‘Everybody else is a better mother than you’ or ‘You don’t cope as well as other mothers do’. Another typical comment is ‘You are so boring now you are a mum, you don’t have anything interesting to say and people are not interested in spending time with you.’ A classic Inner Critic comment for many mums is ‘You haven’t lost your baby weight, everybody thinks you are fat and have no self respect in your appearance.’ The list goes on and on and on.

 

For many mothers The Inner Critic can be so powerful that it leads to more self loathing and a way to retreat out of this negativity is to overeat or drink lots of wine to escape its negativity. This can lead to spiralling out of control feelings of hopelessness and failure.

 

I call this emotional state ‘The Radio Crazy Syndrome.’ You literally think you are going mad!

 

The good news is you are not going mad. It is just become a way of thinking because you have been exposed to high levels of vulnerability. And when this happens, The Inner Critic can take over.

 

The neuroscientists of this world have studied the brain when we are in a negative state, which is what I call The Inner Critic state. What they discovered are very clear neural pathways that light up in the exact same area every time we feel vulnerable. This part of the brain is called The Amygdala. So when The Inner Critic fires up it’s unhelpful conversation with you, the Amygdala lights up, and will immediately produce stress chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline to spread through your entire body. This mind/body reaction is what you feel in a nano second when you feel emotionally unsafe.

 

Over a period of time, if you stay in this state long enough and deeply enough, you can start to think this is how life is meant to be. It can lead to anxiety, depression and a sense of being less than the rest of the world.

 

The good news is that the Neuroscientists also discovered that when we think good thoughts and experience positive feelings such as safety, love and laughter another part of the brain lights up which is called The Pre-Frontal Cortex. It is interestingly in the middle of the forehead, that some spiritual people would refer to as the ‘Third Eye’.

 

The Pre-Frontal Cortex produces good chemicals such as endorphins that enhance our sense of emotional and physical wellbeing.

 

Through my special work I help people train their brain literally to tune out of the Inner Critic, so they don’t need to drink to escape this unhelpful voice and connect with the Intuitive Healthy Confident part. This part is directly related to The Pre-Frontal Cortex.

 

It doesn’t matter where you have been with alcohol, you have an amazing mind that can learn anything. All you need to do is give yourself permission to start to learn to think differently about you.

 

Creating healthier coping strategies is something we need to learn. Often through the most joyous times such as becoming a mother we forget about ourselves and lose our confidence, so if you would like to learn more about how to gain more self worth, eat less, drink less or be more calm log onto www.georgiafoster.com

 

 

Should I stop drinking or learn how to control my drinking?

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This is a question I have been asked by the clients I have helped with alcohol issues every day of my life for over twenty two years.

The men and women who buy my on-line program ‘7 Days To Drink Less’ do so because they secretly hope they can learn to drink less. Often this hope is accompanied by a niggling thought that they should stop drinking all together.

Those who face the dilemma of how to drink less alcohol may also question whether reducing alcohol consumption is possible and the answer is a resounding ‘yes.’

The secret is you have to learn to change your thinking before you drink. You may ask how this is possible when you have tried to control your drinking in the past without success.

If you have tried to consciously to stop drinking or reduce your alcohol consumption with limited success, it simply means the emotional part of your unconscious mind doesn’t understand what you want to achieve.

The unconscious mind is where all your emotional habits are stored and one of its most important goals is to protect you against feeling vulnerable. Here are a few of the varying reasons why you may be using alcohol to cope with life. Are you using alcohol as a tool to feel better about your self or to de-stress and relax? Or are you drinking to entertain yourself when you are bored or do you use it to help you sleep? If you can relate to any of these reasons then they may be part of your drinking pattern and if so then your unconscious mind will continue to respond this way.

If your conscious mind and your unconscious mind have differing opinions about how to deal with life, then the unconscious mind will always win the argument. Hence when people say they don’t have any willpower to drink less then the good news is it has nothing to do with willpower. However, it has everything to do with the unhelpful alcohol coping strategies you have unconsciously developed which have become habitual. If you are pent up and angry then drinking alcohol may become your unconscious way of dealing with or dampening down these emotions. Or you may feel anxious about a social occasion and need a sneaky drink to bolster your confidence.

This is where the health benefits of hypnosis step in as it assists you in your desire to stop drinking or to reduce alcohol consumption. Hypnosis is a beneficial tool, which can help you succeed with your goal to drink less.

Some people may feel hesitant about experiencing hypnosis but I can assure you it is one of the most successful and easiest ways to make emotional changes. The most successful sports people in the world use hypnosis because it is a quick and comfortable way to improve their thinking strategies.

Some of my clients express concern about whether they are alcoholics or are worried about their binge drinking. These men and women are often anxious people. Anxiety is a fundamental aspect of why so many people find it hard to cut back on their drinking. They want to reduce their drinking but are fearful they won’t be able to stop drinking once they have that first glass. This fear can lead from drinking the first glass or two, to three or more. Then they fret that their internal button to stop drinking isn’t there. So even before they have their first drink they are feeling scared and worried they will drink too much. This then causes the vicious cycle of being scared to drink and then drinking to run away from this terrible fear. This drinking anxiety is a battle between the conscious and the unconscious mind, which can be extremely emotionally painful.

‘The 7 Days To Drink Less’ is beneficial in assisting in the reduction of alcohol consumption because it helps you understand how your unconscious mind often plays with your conscious mind. And the best part is all you need to do is relax and enjoy the journey to a healthier and happier you.

Hypnosis calms both your mind and body, and allows your conscious mind to drift then as this happens your unconscious mind becomes more open to changing its learnt behavioral patterns and emotional responses.

‘The 7 Days to Drink Less’ is made up of 10 powerful hypnotic recordings in combination with life changing psychology technique called Inner Dialogue. These amazing techniques can help you to drink less by alleviating your fears, whether it is the need to stop drinking or simply to cut back on your alcohol consumption.

The first day is free. So sign up now and you’ll be on your way to drinking less and discovering a healthier, happier, confident and positive you.

https://www.georgiafoster.com/free-day/