Author Archives: Jackie Foskett
“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked.
Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
As the New Year unfolds and picks up speed, I’m wondering how you are doing on the goals you’ve set up for yourself this year?
Oftentimes, this can be the point at which people’s enthusiasm and motivation starts to wane.
Conceivably, you started your new year off with a list of resolutions and goals and were intent to make them happen this year.
Perhaps you’d even gone a step further.
In place of making a list of resolutions, you decided to no longer be subject to that voice of “should” but instead allowed your voice of creation to prevail. You created and designed your new year from an advantage point of vision and clarity.
And, it felt really good and empowering to do this, didn’t it?
You knew this would be a fantastic year. You felt really focused and engaged.
And then something changed.
You’ve noticed your focus is dwindling. You’ve noticed how you have started doing the laundry, washing the dishes, checking Facebook and all sorts of other things, instead of being focused and taking action steps toward your … Read the rest
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. “
~ Lily Tomlin
In our busy, often filled to the brim lives, the approaching holiday season can bring more stress and dread, instead of the peace and joy we all crave.
The demands of the season are abundant. Shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining, and parties, are just some of the many additional things “to do” from November until the end of the year. Added into all that is a covert expectation to be cheerful and it’s no wonder stress is in the air!
It doesn’t have to be that way.
You can experience more joy and less stress this year by following a few simple guidelines.
- Acknowledge your feelings
- Awareness is the first step in changing patterns that no longer are working for you.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed and can’t imagine feeling happy about the holidays and all there is to do, talk about it with someone who can really listen or journal about it. Doing so begins to release the pressure.
- Instead of thinking you “should” feel a certain way, allow yourself to know what it is you are feeling first.
- Be proactive and intentional in creating your holidays
- Instead of falling
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
Many people are familiar with Reese Witherspoon’s role in the movie “Wild,” based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir Wild. If you saw the movie, you know the journey she took was no walk in the park.
I recently had my own “Wild” experience backpacking a section of the John Muir Trail in California for 6 days. And although it was nowhere near as theatrical as the movie “Wild,” it certainly contained many moments that caused me to reevaluate the drama happening in my own head!
Even though I trained and prepared for this trek with my husband for a good 6 months, I still was caught off guard at how much of a struggle it was for me. We were in high altitudes and doing lots of climbing on trails that were strenuous. I was surprised how labored my breathing got going uphill and was sure something was “wrong” with me!
It’s interesting where the mind goes in times of being out of one’s … Read the rest
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
It’s the beginning of August and even though summer took a while to get here in the Northwest, I’m loving that it is finally here.
I am a summer lover and refer to its essence as “summertime mode,” which plays an important role in connecting into our innate playful nature; definitely a stress reliever!
This summer I decided to stretch myself out of my physical comfort zone and now am almost ready to leave for my long prepared John Muir Trail hike in the Sierras in California.
I’m looking forward to it, but also am quite aware that I may have times of struggles.
I may wonder “what the heck was I thinking?”
That’s when I’ll need to STOP… Read the rest
“Summer, summer, summertime time to sit back and unwind.”
As a hypnotherapist specializing in stress relief, I recently did market research interviews with busy professional women to delve deeper into their pressing problems and what stresses them out. I wanted to learn more about what keeps them up at night, what their most pressing worries and concerns are and what would they like to disappear in their lives.
A lot of what I heard, I already knew were stress issues for women, but I also learned so much more.
Some of the questions I posed revealed how pressured most busy professional women feel today. They are scheduled from dawn until the lights go out and find they have no room for any free time to just relax, to just “be,” to play!
When asked to create their perfect day, most women described a very unstructured relaxed “let the day unfold” type of day. They imagined walks outside either alone or with loved ones, family time playing together; time to read a “fun” book, all without any of the so called “normal” pressures they currently experience.
In response to the results they would celebrate if their lives were better … Read the rest
“When you change the way your view birth, the way you birth will change”
Empowering Women to Connect to Their Natural Instinctive Birthing Bodies
Have you ever heard these types of statements?
- Giving birth is painful
- It’s something you just have to get through
- Labor and childbirth is not something to look forward to
- You don’t need to tough it out. Just take the drugs
- It’d be great to just be knocked out and wake up with a baby
The women I teach in my HypnoBirthing®, The Mongan Method childbirth education classes, tell me they sure have! They hear these types of disempowering statements from well intentioned friends, family and even complete strangers. They find it interesting how people will readily share their “horror” stories when they see a pregnant woman!
Just like the majority of us, they’ve seen the movies that portray childbirth as extremely painful or comical and something to dread.
Anticipating pain and dreading bringing your baby into the world doesn’t sound like a great way to spend nine months! Yet, too often, this is the mass message that permeates our culture. It produces fear, stress and anxiety in expectant moms. This can often lead … Read the rest
“Oh, I just LOVE tax season, said no one ever!”
Feeling stressed by this not-so-jolly season of filing and deadlines?
Simply saying the word “taxes” sends many normally calm people into a downward spiral of negative thoughts and upset feelings. Start talking about April 15th, the deadline (usually) for filing tax returns here in the US, and now the tension can really start creeping up, looming over like some dark clouds ready to burst. Deadlines tend to add more pressure, which adds more stress and angst for most people.
Are you one of those people?
Are you feeling the tax deadline pressure?
Are you overwhelmed by all the tax season details?
With some awareness on how this tax season is affecting you and planning for success and ease, you can take back control of those downward spiraling thoughts and start feeling better now instead of waiting until you press the send button on your tax return.
As a Stress Relief Specialist, I understand the importance of getting out of the cycle of stress. It not only doesn’t feel good … Read the rest
Jackie Foskett Presents
“Create Your Day Anew”
An 8 minute meditation that will fit into any busy schedule and put you in the right frame of mind to get your day running smoothly! The introduction audio is short and you’ll only need to listen to it once. Then, listen to the meditation every morning and you’ll begin to notice the difference in your day. Really!
“Create Your Day Anew” Meditation Audio… Read the rest
“The mind is powerful, and you have more control than you think.”
~Scott D. Lewis
As it’s now just a bit over a month into the New Year, and as this is often the time people begin to become discouraged about their New Year’s resolutions, it seems like an appropriate time to explore hypnotherapy for change. Hypnotherapy may just be what you need to support you in making the changes you desire this year, instead of defaulting back to your familiar same mindset where change can’t occur.
Hypnotherapy is the skilled use of hypnosis to beneficially change the disempowering core beliefs and attitudes that govern our lives and keep the status quo running.
Using hypnotherapy to make changes in your overall health and well being and achieve the goals you have set up for yourself is like gardening. It allows you to access the fertile soil of your subconscious mind, where you can weed out old habits and attitudes. Once you’ve weeded out the old non serving habits and attitudes, you can then plant the new seeds of thoughts and behaviors which support your desired goals. Now the subconscious mind uses these new thoughts and behaviors as its focus. This … Read the rest
“Desire is the beginning of all new creation.”
Don’t Resolve! Design and Create Your New Year, instead!
The transition from December 31st to January 1st ushers in just another day, yet because of our calendar system, it initiates a different year–a whole new year. As human beings, we have a lot invested in those two days and the meaning we assign them. Just the changing of the calendar seems to open up a whole new arena of possibilities that almost didn’t seem to exist right before the January 1st!
Now, it seems our optimistic natures kick in and there come the infamous resolutions that are supposed to change our lives. So often, though, because of the nature of resolutions, they lose steam and the energy that was initially felt dwindles away and we’re left feeling guilty and ashamed that we failed.
I personally like the idea of “starting anew” on January 1st. It’s the opportunity to feel refreshed and be excited about what is to come–all the things I want to do, accomplish and change seem to flow out from my imagination. And, that’s … Read the rest
Jackie Foskett gently leads you to your inner sanctuary with this guided meditation that is geared specifically to the Holiday season.
Allow your wise mind to reveal new ways of managing your time, emotions and expectations. The solutions are within you. Meditation can help you experience the holidays mindfully.
For More Information Visit: www.healinghypnotherapy.com
The holidays can be a wonderful time marked by gatherings with family and friends, great food and the spirit of giving. But who hasn’t experienced an overload of such good cheer?
If you find yourself feeling more stressed than celebratory, don’t despair. IT IS POSSIBLE to feel calm, joyous, in control and in balance, while still making merry!
Here are 5 Powerful “tools” to help you “De-Stress and Love Your Holidays.”
- Break the habit of stress during the Holidays
- Use a calming breath to break the stress pattern and help change your focus while allowing increased oxygen to expand your blood vessels
- The calm that follows is the perfect opportunity to observe any negative self-talk
- Vision a STOP sign or delete button halting negative thoughts and say “Change” to yourself as you move from negative to positive thoughts and feelings
- Replace negative conversations in your head-with positive self-talk
Try these on or come up with your own words to counter monkey mind and stressful thinking:
- “It will all work out”
- “I do have enough time”
- “I have accomplished so much already”
- “It’s ok to let go of…(fill in the blank)”
- “I’m focused on having more inner
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
Just think back to the last few people you greeted.
When you asked them how they were. Was their response, “I’ve been so busy!”?
It seems to be the most common answer. We have become a culture that despises having any space or free time. We tend not to admire those who have time on their hands, because instead we value productivity.
Do you find yourself doing that? Do you measure your day by how “productive” you were? What if you weren’t living with every moment of every day planned out?
What if every single day contained some breathing room?
How about taking some baby steps this week to increase the “space” in your life?
Here are three simple ideas:
- Drive with the radio off the next time you’re in the car. Welcome the quiet.
- Take a walk with a loved one. It clears the mind and provides the space to really connect with each other.
- Cut out one hour of TV, and spend that time thinking about how you can create more space and free time in your life. What can you live without?
You may initially find it uncomfortable to … Read the rest