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Goodbye 2020……Let’s create 2021 FREE online live event

Goodbye 2020……Let’s create 2021 FREE online live event

How to use NLP to train our brains

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.

At this time of year people start reflecting on the year, what went well?  What could have been better? How can I make 2021 a year to remember?
I’m sure you agree this has been no ordinary year. For many it has been the most challenging worst year of their lives.  Some people have:

  • Struggled with their physical, emotional, and mental health.
  • Lost loved ones to Covid -19
  • Been furloughed or lost their income.
  • Struggled with isolation and loneliness.
  • Had challenges within their relationships
  • At times appeared to have lost their hopes and dreams.

At times it has been like a big game of snakes and ladders. There is no doubt in 2020 the world changed.
For some people even with all the changes appeared to succeed and still had a good year. For some they:

  • Found new ways of connecting.
  • Discovered new ways of working and running businesses.
  • Looked after their health and wellbeing, became fitter.
  • Cherished what matters to them and nurtured relationships.

For others it has been a mixture of highs and lows. In 2021 what we do know is it will still be full of unprecedented change and uncertainty. After all the only thing we can be certain of is uncertainty.

Here at Team NLP we would like to invite you to join us on Saturday 5th December at 10am – 2pm (GMT) for a FREE conference. To prepare to say goodbye to 2020 and ensure we have the tools to welcome 2021 and create the year that you want. Please pass onto friends and family who you know will also benefit from this free event.

Click here to register now !

What will I gain by joining you?

We know that 2021 is going to be a year that will require us to face it with, compassion for self and others to be able to understand what you truly value. Creativity to be able to embrace and shape your year in the ‘new world’ and courage to be able to pursue your dreams and goals and get the life you want.  We have a very exciting programme for you with 5 keynote sessions to set you up for success.

5 Keynote talks to help you create 2021…

  1. Getting into a peak state for success – Tonje Elisabeth Aaroe will give you the skills and techniques to create the physical, mental and emotional mindset you need to be then best you.
  2. Building your collective intelligence – Tracey Gray will introduce you to the intelligence of your head, heart and gut and how they work together to stop you sabotaging your goals,  help you become unstuck and make sure you have your best year yet.
  3. What’s important to you now? – Sophie Baker explores with you how your values could have changed during 2020, and what really is important to you in 2021.
  4. Creating a Healthy Mind and Body – Anton Micallef is an Osteopath and Homeopath, he will show you how to create and keep a healthy immune system and the importance of nutrition and healthy habits.

Setting a powerful goal for 2021 – Our final session is from Master Trainer and best selling author Lindsey Agness.  Lindsey will be supporting you to survive and thrive in the new era of 2021

 

Click here to register now !

Looking forward to co-creating 2021 with you.  Remember to pass this onto to anyone who you know will benefit from it too! 

Take care and very best wishes from Team NLP

Click here to register now !

How to use NLP to train our brains

How to use NLP to train our brains

How to use NLP to train our brains

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.

Last week I missed writing our weekly blog as we completed our first online NLP Practitioner course.  It was the final assessment weekend where we challenged our students to undertake two NLP processes with each other.  And, they had the chance to watch us demonstrate each technique first.  My fellow Director Tracey and I had hoped and planned for a face to face weekend to complete the process, yet it was not to be.  We were challenged to design a different way online which stretched us.  The good news was that it worked perfectly.  It never ceases to amaze me how well we can utilise online platforms like zoom to achieve similar results to being face to face in a hotel.  It’s interesting to consider if we will ever go back to face to face in the way we used to run our courses as it is so much more flexible for students  to work on line and we can also welcome students from all over the world.  We have also been able to significantly reduce our prices by passing on the benefits of not having to pay for hotels! So, for those of you out there wanting to use this lockdown time to develop yourself have a look at the next NLP Practitioner that we start on the 28th November.  The investment in you is £1200 and payment plans are available. 

How are you feeling this week?  We are now 10 days into our second lockdown in England.  I read an interesting article this week from ‘The Conversation’ published by neuroscientists and psychologists back in August.  It talks about the changes to our brains caused by the pandemic and it occurred to me that NLP provides a great toolbox of techniques to overcome some of these. 

We learn that whether you have contracted COVID-19 or not, your brain is likely to have changed over the past few months. The virus itself can cause a number of neurological problems, along with anxiety and depression. The isolation and worry caused by the pandemic can similarly alter our brain chemistry and cause mood disorders.

Those who have had COVID-19 infection can experience mood disorders, common symptoms include fatigue, headaches, memory loss and problems with attention. Research suggests that the virus may gain access to the brain via the forebrain’s olfactory bulb, which is important for the processing of smell. Loss of smell is a symptom in many patients with COVID-19.  These changes in the brain are likely responsible for the mood, fatigue and cognitive changes that are commonly experienced by COVID-19 patients. This in turn may underlie the reported symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression in patients who have contracted the virus.

And it’s not just people who have contracted the COVID-19 virus that have suffered from increased anxiety and depression during the pandemic. Excessive worry over contracting or spreading the virus to other family members, as well as isolation and loneliness, can also change our brain chemistry.  Repeated stress is a major trigger for persistent inflammation in the body, which can also affect the brain and shrink the hippocampus and therefore affect our emotions. Stress can also affect levels of brain serotonin and cortisol, which can affect our mood. Eventually, these changes can cause symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Brain training

We already know that exercise and mindfulness training – techniques that help us stay in the present – are helpful when it comes to combating brain stress.  Indeed, studies have shown beneficial functional and structural changes in the brain’s prefrontal cortex (involved in planning and decision making), hippocampus and amygdala following mindfulness training.

What can we learn from NLP? The NLP frame of Perception is Projection tells us that everything we experience on the outside is a projection of our thoughts on the inside.  So where is your focus?  Challenge yourself to live in the moment with your focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want and keep checking that you are reacting to what you can control not what you cannot.  And keep your breathing under control.  One of the biggest tips we can do in the moment is to ensure we access coherence…. the alignment of the autonomic nervous system.  Breathe in for 6 and out for 6 for a couple of minutes and notice the difference.

Finally, I am repeating what I said last week….My fellow Director in Team NLP, Tracey Gray, posted this picture onto our Team NLP membership Facebook page this week and I thought it was really helpful and even more relevant now with the new lockdown news.  There are definitely things you can choose from each section to boost your happiness without breaking any lockdown rules!  My challenge this week for you is to pick at least one from each list every day and see how you get on.  I have been doing it all week since Tracey posted it and I love it.


Take care and very best wishes from 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.

Here we go again!

Here we go again!

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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.

How have you been feeling this week?  If you are living in England, then you will have heard the news about another lockdown from Thursday this week – this time initially for a month.  It can feel like another mountain to climb hence the photo of the ladder.  Last week I spoke about how to ramp up your personal empowerment which is really important now to help yourself and your families through the next few weeks.  I don’t know about you, but my initial reaction was one of resignment to the situation.  Today I am feeling pretty tired and I know that the decision to batten down the hatches is driving this.  I have just had a text from my daughter who is feeling exactly the same.  This time she is going to be moving in as she lives alone and struggled alone last time.  So maybe the first question to ask yourself is what have I learnt from last time that I will repeat because it was good for me or I can improve upon?  For example, I am determined to keep my daily exercise going and I am delighted to see that I can still do that with the new running partner that I met who lives a few doors away from us during the last lockdown. 

Let’s consider what else we can do to help ourselves?

Although not really from NLP, a model I use a lot with my corporate clients is called the ‘Sphere of Influence’.  It is very relevant at this time.  It challenges us to focus our energy on the things that we can control and / or influence rather than the things we cannot.  For example, I had no control or influence over the decision by the government to lockdown again so no point wasting energy worrying about it.  On the contrary though I have 100% control over my reaction and how I implement the new rules.  I also have some influence over, for example, how my daughter spends lockdown this time around.  Get it?  It stops us wasting energy and getting anxious about the things we can do nothing about.  So, check with yourself?  Where is the balance of my focus right now?  Shift it towards the things you can control and influence. 

Secondly….

My fellow Director in Team NLP, Tracey Gray, posted this picture onto our Team NLP membership Facebook page this week and I thought it was really helpful and even more relevant now with the new lockdown news.  There are definitely things you can choose from each section to boost your happiness without breaking any lockdown rules!  My challenge this week for you is to pick at least one from each list every day and see how you get on.  I have been doing it all week since Tracey posted it and I love it.   

Hack Happiness Chimical

You may also want to use the spare time that you may have to develop yourself in the art and science of Neuro Linguistic Programming.  Remember that your life begins to shift when you make a decision to do something different.  Are you ready to expand the possibilities in your life?  As always, we have payment plans available for those willing to invest in themselves.  We have details below of our next NLP Practitioner and NLP Practitioner coach programmes.  Hope you can join us.

Take care and very best wishes from 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.