How Rus­sell treated David

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to re­fo­cus on my work-life bal­ance, equally pri­ori­tis­ing my health and my fam­ily with the de­mands of work and I re­alised that I could work smarter and still achieve as much, if not more.

Through Cog­ni­tive Be­havioural Hyp­nother­apy – the style of ther­apy that Rus­sell uses to change be­hav­iour – I learnt how to in­duce a deep sense of re­lax­ation through deep breath­ing and some auto hyp­no­sis tech­niques ev­ery time I felt my stress lev­els rise. Rus­sell re­pro­grammed my thoughts to crave healthy un­pro­cessed food such as fruits and veg­eta­bles, lean protein with less diary prod­ucts and su­gar. I also drank lots more wa­ter.

He also re­pro­grammed me to eat smaller por­tions. From the very first ses­sion, I be­gan to de­test fast food and started to have only fresh, healthy food. I couldn’t bear to even go near burg­ers or fried chicken and in­stead be­gan to en­joy sal­ads, fruits and fresh healthy foods.

I couldn’t be­lieve the ther­apy was work­ing at first. But I knew it was be­cause I had to keep buy­ing new clothes and the pso­ri­a­sis was start­ing to abate. Many of my friends and fam­ily too were com­ment­ing that I looked well and healthy. And for the first time in years I ac­tu­ally be­gan to lose weight. I lost 35kg in 18 months. In ad­di­tion to los­ing weight, I feel a lot bet­ter phys­i­cally and men­tally.

Now when I look in the mir­ror I can’t quite be­lieve I let my­self put on so much weight. I hadn’t re­alised just how bad car­ry­ing those ex­tra ki­los had made me feel. Be­fore I felt slug­gish and had no en­ergy, now I’m climb­ing moun­tains in Spain. Now, I walk, cy­cle, visit the gym even when I am liv­ing out of suit­cases. I also have a set of dumb­bells in the of­fice that I use to work­out reg­u­larly when I am too busy to go to the gym!

An­other pos­i­tive side ef­fect of los­ing weight is that I feel men­tally sharper, my con­cen­tra­tion lev­els have Rus­sell used a com­bi­na­tion of specialist tech­niques to treat David in a holis­tic way. His unique brand of life coach­ing, cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy and hyp­nother­apy is tai­lored to suit each in­di­vid­ual’s per­sonal needs. RUS­SELL AR­EAS OF SPE­CIAL­I­SA­TION IN­CLUDE: Weight con­trol Con­cen­tra­tion and fo­cus Panic, anx­i­ety and stress Chil­dren’s is­sues Con­fi­dence and self-es­teem Exam anx­i­ety Fears and pho­bias Study mo­ti­va­tion Habits and ad­dic­tions Pro­cras­ti­na­tion sky-rock­eted and I feel like I work smarter. But the most amaz­ing thing about the whole ex­pe­ri­ence is that my pso­ri­a­sis is vir­tu­ally gone.

My life is com­pletely dif­fer­ent now, I have more en­ergy, more drive and more fo­cus. I spend more time on the things that mat­ter the most – fam­ily, health and hap­pi­ness. Maybe sur­pris­ingly to some, this makes me a bet­ter man­ager.

My wife is over­joyed by the changes in me. I re­cently heard her say to her best friend, “The changes that have hap­pened in David are amaz­ing. For one, his food habits have changed com­pletely. He has stopped eat­ing fatty pro­cessed foods all to­gether. David’s treat­ment has had a rip­ple ef­fect, as we all eat much health­ier now and do a lot more ex­er­cise. It’s great to see David play­ing foot­ball with the kids and I feel I have got the old David back.”

I still prac­tise the deep-breath­ing tech­niques and cer­tain stress­re­liev­ing mea­sures that Rus­sell taught me and I think I al­ways will.

I’ve re­alised how stress and the wrong foods can com­pletely mess up the body and the mind.

Some­times, I re­gret not hav­ing taken some time out for my­self and vis­ited an ex­pert to sort out my health is­sues sooner. I guess, it had to take that mir­ror in the Dubai ho­tel room to spur me into chang­ing my life. Con­tact de­tails Rus­sell Hem­mings can be con­tacted on 04 427 3627 / 055 286 7275. Or visit www.rus­sell­hem­mings. or www.face­ bridge­hyp­nother­a­py­clinic

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