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Where are you on the mood meter?

Where are you on the mood meter?

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

How have you been feeling this week?  I always ask this question as it is useful to pay attention to the emotions that are impacting you and your ability to function at your best.  Have a look at the image posted this week (the rest of it can be found in the Team NLP blog).  We call it the ‘Mood Meter’ and we have taken it from an activity designed by Tony Robbins.  It is useful to check in with yourself three times a day in the morning, afternoon and evening and ask yourself ‘how am I feeling?’ Which of the emotions on the list am I feeling right now?  If you keep a diary for a week you will begin to see patterns emerging.  For example, when are you at your best at the top end of the mood meter?  Or when are you at your least resourceful at the bottom of the mood meter?  What impacts how you feel?  And , what can you learn from the times that you are at your best?  Look back at last week’s blog for some ideas to get you out of a negative mood.  Why is this useful you might ask? 

Over the past 30 years, scientists have discovered an undeniable link between the mind and the body. The vehicle that the mind and body use to communicate with each other is the chemistry of emotion. The chemicals in question are molecules, short chains of amino acids called peptides and receptors, that are believed to be the ‘biochemical correlate of emotion’. The peptides can be found in your brain, but also in your stomach, your muscles, your glands and all your major organs, sending messages back and forth.

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 Our cells are eavesdropping on our thoughts every second of our lives. So our emotions have a deciding influence on our health as the neuropeptides and their receptors are in constant communication with the immune system. Viruses use the same receptors to enter the cells, as do the neuropeptides we release when we are experiencing elevated moods. Is this the reason why depressed people have a tendency to get sick more often whilst those who are happy and relaxed stay healthy? Is that why if we are feeling sick and have taken to our bed, and then the person we’ve fancied for months calls and asks us out, within minutes we are in a different emotional state and ready to go out? It’s because the neuropeptides flood out the virus molecules and release energy that help us to feel much better. It seems to be that our health reflects the emotions we are feeling and the emotions follow the thoughts we think. Something to think about in these uncertain times when it is so important that we take control of how we experience our lives each day.

 

To your success

Lindsey and all at Team NLP 

Reducing Anxiety through Distraction Activities

Reducing Anxiety through Distraction Activities

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

How have you been this week?  I have found myself wondering how I will keep going if a second lockdown hits.  At Team NLP we are based in Kent, Nottingham, London as well as Norway and Cyprus too.  All of us experiencing different approaches to a possible second lockdown period.  We are all determined to stay as positive as ever and we are all noticing that even the most enduring of us are feeling more fatigued and anxious than usual.  So, as we move into a second period of uncertainty, I thought it would be useful to explore how to keep going.   

Focus on what you can control not what you cannot

The single most important practice in Stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t. What we have influence over and what we do not. A flight is delayed because of weather— no amount of yelling at an airline representative will end a storm. No amount of wishing will make you taller or shorter or born in a different country. And on top of that, time spent hurling yourself at these immovable objects is time not spent on the things we can change.

 

I suggest that you return to this question daily—in each and every trying situation.  Reflect on it constantly. If you can focus on making clear what parts of your day are within your control and what parts are not, you will not only be happier, you will have a distinct advantage over other people who fail to realise they are fighting an unwinnable battle.

 

Reducing Anxiety through Distraction Activities

If your mind continues to spiral with unhelpful thoughts, distraction can be an effective tool for nipping it in the bud. It is important to note that a distraction activity must be very attention absorbing to effectively reduce anxiety. When an activity is not working well, spend some time reflecting on why this could be and how you could make it more attention grabbing in future.  Distraction activities have the added benefit of helping you feel happier, more motivated, and more energised, as well as combatting feelings of boredom.  Low activity and social disconnection are the two most fundamental maintaining factors of low mood, motivation, and energy.

Here is a tick list of positive distractions. Which appeal to you? Tick them and plan to make them happen.

  • Browse free online courses (I love yoga with Adrienne)
  • Write a poem or short story
  • Make a cookbook of your favourite recipes
  • Make a list of things you are looking forward to when the pandemic is over
  • Become a volunteer listener (or chat to one) on 7Cups.com
  • Watch a live stream gig
  • Watch TED Talks
  • Use the Netflix Party extension to watch Netflix with your friends online
  • Do a home improvement project
  • Do some gardening
  • Make a list of topics you are curious about and research them online

Developing a Regular Exercise Routine

“Walking is man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates

Exercise reduces the overall activation of your amygdala and sympathetic nervous system – the parts of your brain and body that generate your stress response.

Research suggests that aerobic exercise (such as walking, cycling, and jogging) provides the same benefits as non-aerobic exercise (such as yoga and Pilates).

Studies also suggest you need around 21 minutes three times a week to experience the benefits. So, you do not have to spend hours doing it – it’s something most of us can fit in to our lives when it becomes a priority.

It is important to find something that you enjoy when it comes to building an exercise habit. Now more people than ever are interested in fitness, you have endless options.

What are you waiting for?  Are you ready now to take the next step?

 

To your success

Lindsey and all at Team NLP

And, for those of you already qualified as NLP Practitioner or Master Practitioners or want to add NLP skills to your coaching tool-kit, we are also launching our fully online accredited NLP Practitioner coaching qualification on the 11th and 18th October for £450 all in.

Are you ready to invest in yourself?

Are you ready to invest in yourself?

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

Just before the late March lockdown we had our next NLP Practitioner due to kick off on the 14th May in London.  Our students were busy with their pre-study and I was excited to be going into my 20th year of running face to face NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses.  Then lockdown happened. 

For a while we just put the training on hold hoping to run it later in the year.  My business partner in Team NLP, Tracey Gray and I, had some time on our hands and we asked ourselves the challenging question ‘What would an NLP Practitioner course being developed for this new era actually look and feel like?’ We started again and came up with an innovative design that offers blended approach to learning and is much more flexible than the old model of a long pre-study process and then 7 intense days in the classroom. 

What is the new structure?

There are several key components that make our programme flexible, fun and credible.

  • Each student has a Team NLP personal coach assigned to them throughout the programme
  • The content is in manageable modules, easily accessible on our online learning platform
  • Each module has an e-book, audio and video learning, full of reallife examples and demonstrations
  • And, each module has an online, live training session.

Each module has fun exercises, demonstrations and assessments.  You will help us to shape the future as we continually evaluate and evolve to keep our training leading edge and inspiring.  You will also have the change to join a training community through social and action learning groups. And, you will attend a retreat style residential demonstration, assessment and celebration weekend of the end of all the modules (covid-19 dependent). Our course is fully recognised by the American Board of NLP. 

The good news is that you can join us from anywhere in the world and we can offer the whole training at a lower cost as we have passed on our savings to you!  It costs £1200 or 6 monthly payments of £220.  If you are already a qualified NLP Practitioner with us or any other school, you can review the whole training for £400. 

Why consider this NLP Training programme?

Our NLP Training will help you to:

  • Set compelling goals to enable you to become more focused about what you want out of life
  • Manage your state so you can always choose to be in control of your emotions and destiny
  • Break unhelpful patterns that have held you back
  • Coach others to set goals for themselves
  • Build great relationships with family, friends, clients and colleagues
  • Heighten your sensitivity to what is going on around you
  • Become a world-class communicator
  • Develop your flexibility in dealing with all situations
  • Improve your ability to generate commitment, co-operation and enthusiasm amongst those around you

Here is what one of our students from our first group who have recently completed their Practitioner training had to say:

I had always been interested in NLP ever since I read one of Lindsey Agness’ books. I was hooked! I never managed to find the right time to train though, until I found out that NLP Practitioner was going online which I knew would be perfect for me and fit in with my life and commitments. I have loved every minute of the practitioner course and found the blended learning approach to be very beneficial and helps to cement my learning. I also met a fantastic group of like-minded people throughout the course which was a massive bonus during lock-down! Some of the techniques and learnings throughout the course have been truly lifechanging and I am really looking forward to putting them into practice as I incorporate being a coach into my HR business. I would definitely recommend this course with Team NLP. Throughout the course, the individual sessions which I have had to complement my learning from Tracey have been amazing. Thanks, Tracey and Lindsey!  

What are you waiting for?  Our future starts to change as soon as we make a decision.  Are you ready now to take the next step?

To your success

Lindsey and all at Team NLP

And, for those of you already qualified as NLP Practitioner or Master Practitioners or want to add NLP skills to your coaching tool-kit, we are also launching our fully online accredited NLP Practitioner coaching qualification on the 11th and 18th October for £450 all in.