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Quit smoking and reduce chance of depression

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 22.56.11Did you know that smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. I find it interesting that smokers sometimes explain that their habit is a way of calming themselves when things get too stressful but in reality a better way to increase positive emotions is to give up not light up. Those who smoke are more likely to be depressed or anxious than non smokers though the good news is this is reversed when you quit. We are all aware of the physical health benefits to quitting smoking but stopping extends to mental health benefits too. Read this article from the Daily Mail for more information. Amy

What are your resolutions this New Year?

2015 is almost upon us. It is time to make changes to our lives and pick those New Year resolutions. I have decided on a couple and apparently around 50% of us make New Year’s resolutions.

The start of the new year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life. It’s strange because January 1st is straight after December 31st. It’s really no different to any other new day. However, psychologically, we love a new beginning; new year, a new beginning. I have a mental picture of the new year. December is at the bottom of one set of ‘steps’, and January, in the new year, is a sort of election night graphic at the top of a green flight of block steps.

We want to motivate ourselves to start the new year well, so we make resolutions. People like to reinvent themselves, become someone different.


The most popular resolutions are:

  • weight loss
  • exercise
  • stopping smoking
  • being more organised

But, according to research, as little as 8% of people succeed at their resolutions. So, why do so many people have trouble keeping their resolutions?

People often think that willpower is enough to keep those resolutions going. But by the time February has arrived many have already failed in some way or another to be as committed as they had planned, so give up completely.  Willpower is not a good method to rely on to make changes. Sometimes failure to stick to resolutions happens because people pick goals that they don’t really want to stick to, they don’t really believe in or they make resolutions that are plain unrealistic. Being more organised, for example, is too vague, we need specifics.

So, how can you achieve your resolutions and goals this new year? The most important aspect about making changes, resolutions or otherwise, is in the mind.

  • When we change the way we think we alter the way we behave
  • and by breaking it down to real and achievable goals
  • with small day by day and week by week goals
  • with a larger long term goal as the result
  • we make success more likely.

Clinical hypnotherapy with The Power of Your Mind, Skipton can cement all these fabulous decisions and chosen goals into the subconscious mind making success more likely.

So, what are your resolutions for this new year and how are you going to ensure you achieve them?


Contact us at or 07846 3676306 for more information or to book an appointment.







Today is Yellow Monday, Black Friday is so last week!

Today is Happy Sunny Yellow Monday! So, to put you in a positive and uplifting mindset after the aggressive and stressful trampling for cut price flat screen TVs, for 24 hours only, The Power of Your Mind clinical hypnotherapy in Skipton is offering 5 x half price hypnotherapy session vouchers on a first come, first served basis.

That is £27.50 each, instead of £55. You could enjoy a pre-Christmas relaxation or use it after Christmas to focus on those new year goals. See for more information, email at or call on 07846 376306.

Please note: Vouchers are valid until 31st March 2015. Sessions are up to 90 minutes in length and optional additional sessions can be booked at usual rates and last up to 75 minutes. Only 1 voucher can be used per person, though additional vouchers can be bought if be given as a gift to others. Offer is open to new clients only.

Can self hypnosis prevent a cold sore?

I suffer from cold sores… hideous things that they are. I remember hearing a couple of months ago about someone who stopped a cold sore from appearing using self hypnosis. As a hypnotherapist I know the power it has so I had already decided that the next time I got that cold sore tingle, you’ll know what I mean if you suffer from them, I would go down this route before using any over the counter creams. So, that tingling sensation appeared in the corner of my mouth, on my lip, and a few hours later while sat on a train I did a short 15 minute self hypnosis.

Research into psychoneuroimmunology has proven that we can use our minds to affect our immune systems positively. The impact on our immunity, using our minds in this way can be huge. In the same way as many people believe ‘you are what you eat’, what we think impacts our bodies, you are what you think.

Anyway, I began the self hypnosis by floating round and round a funnel shaped water slide until I eventually dropped gently out the bottom to float along a beautiful, tranquil stream. Once I had deepened my  state of self hypnosis; my eyes were glued shut, my feet adhered to the floor of the train carriage and my hands so heavy, motionless yet feeling they were in mid air, I focused on my immune system.

Spontaneously I came up with a visualisation. I saw hundreds of apricot sized gold spheres with fiery trails travelling in rows, up my body, to the area of tingling. When they got there, in clusters, a numbing sensation came across my cheek and the whole area. Strangely the balls then developed viscous teeth, no other features just teeth, and they munched their way at my developing cold sore before disappearing back into my body. Set after set of these balls continued the same activity while the numbness increased. It may sound like a scary visualisation but it wasn’t. The fiery golden spheres were on my side, destroying the unwanted and nasty cold sore that was trying to make it’s present felt.

The following day I repeated the relaxation with a similar induction to start the hypnotic process though this time the immune fighting spheres were minute, like tiny, weeny solid gold beads of caviar. They shimmered and fizzed, no teeth today, working away on the area, which since yesterday had had moments of numbness and one moment of cold sore tingling. My lip still looked normal. I was a bit unsure as to what I had achieved if anything, I wondered whether the cold sore would still appear. Throughout the next 24 hours, in my normal waking state, I occasionally visualised the spheres travelling to, cleansing and working on the area.

Now I’m nine days on and that cold sore never came, no more tingling, no pharmaceutical medication of any type, just me using my mind to affect my body. That was it. I was done. Fabulous!… and if I get that tingle again I now know exactly what I will do.

Nearly Christmas …… and relax!

I love Christmas, family getting together, beautifully wrapped presents and loads of delicious food; not to mention the crazy parlour games that go on with my family. Ever played ‘flip the kipper’ or ‘squeak piggy squeak’? However, it can be stressful; all that shopping, family rifts and continuous preparing and tidying up of food.

To help reduce the stress, we have a solution, look no further than The Power of Your Mind Hypnotherapy for Christmas present ideas. Want to give something different? What could be better than a post Christmas relaxation hypnosis session! Buy a Power of Your Mind gift voucher, £55 per session, hypnotherapy in Skipton. Voucher is valid for 6 months. I might even have some myself to relieve that pre christmas stress. Phewww… and relax….. Looking forward to those mince pies already! Yey.



Hypnotherapy in Skipton with The Power of Your Mind

Hello welcome to The Power of Your Mind Clinical Hypnotherapy. I’m Amy Brown and I have a private hypnotherapy practice on the edge of Skipton town centre and, soon to be, at The Craven Clinic, also in Skipton (watch this space). I love helping people to achieve their goals, feel inspired and overcome issues that have been a burden in their lives, sometimes for many years. Interestingly, as all hypnosis is self hypnosis, I am only the facilitator and by allowing me to help you to access what is within yourself you can achieve a great deal. I have noticed myself transform in confidence and self belief since I first began empowering others with hypnosis 5 years ago. The power of your mind is great; we all have the power to change. AB