How Russell treated David
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. co.uk or www.facebook.com/ bridgehypnotherapyclinic