In recent weeks, I’ve been having a lot of fun working all over the country. I’ve just counted up that I’ve been on a total of nine rail journeys and four car trips in the past five weeks. I went down to Bournemouth to give a talk about my Hypnotic Journaling process to a peer support group run by my friend and colleague, the wonderful Adam Eason . I met lots of lovely Hampshire hypnotherapists there too. What a great bunch of people.
After a short deviation through Sussex, I read my poems and gave two workshops at the Writers Festival at Leeds Trinity University College for my good friend, the lovely Oz Hardwick . And then, most recently, I spent a week in the Suffolk countryside with some wonderfully talented poets, working on my own writing under the inspiring tutorship of Michael Laskey and Peter Sansom.
I’ve actually been back working in Yorkshire for a week now but I’m still processing and benefiting from my time away. I find it so helpful, sometimes, to move my physical space – have a change of scene, move out of the old cosily established ‘comfort zone.’ It seems to quite literally help my brain to make new connections.
Interestingly, in one of those serendipitous patterns that so often happens in what I do, I’ve been working with a couple of clients recently who need to make more space in their lives for their own self-nurture.
And, of course, you don’t need to get on a train or drive half-way across the country to do this. Journaling and free-writing or self-hypnosis are very effective ways to create a change of mental and physical scene. And, of course, if you are me, then you will probably combine the two in a Hypnotic Journaling process, where you use free-writing as a kind of self-hypnosis to get that old stuff that may have been bothering you out onto the page and make room for new possibilities to come in.
I think we often tend to think about taking a break or a holiday is some Big Event that we need to spend months planning for. In fact, over the years, I’ve worked with people who find themselves feeling stressed at the thought of going on holiday – it feels as if it’s just so much effort to organise and make happen!
But you can take a self-hypnosis mini-holiday whenever you choose. You may even form the very helpful habit of blocking off some time in your diary every week to do that – and then get out your notebook or plug yourself into a self-hypnosis audio programme or practise a self-hypnosis technique in order to give yourself a deep, refreshing mini-break.
So next time you catch yourself saying, ‘I really need a break…’ maybe it’s time to give yourself just that. And you may only need to make twenty minutes to enjoy it. I think we can give oursleves a really hard time over taking time off – as if work hast to be really, really hard and we’re not allowed to enjoy and look after ourselves in the process.
I can tell you that my own different kinds of changes to my working environments and my writing retreats over the past few weeks have resulted in lots of new and exciting projects. I’m going to be running a very exciting Hypnotherapy Diploma training with Adam Eason here in the beautiful city of York in 2011, for example. And I have some other training projects in the pipeline.
More on all this very soon. In the meantime, have a fabulous Tuesday.