Personal development Brigg


F –rustration

A –ggressiveness

I –nsecurity

L –oneliness

U –ncertainty

R –esentment

E –mptiness

Failure is First Attempt In Learning!

To avoid these feelings we must make sure we don’t over challenge ourselves and plan meticulously for SUCCESS.

Successful feelings give us a:

S –ense of direction

U –nderstanding

C –ourage

C -almness

E –steem

S –elf Confidence

S – elf Acceptance. Credit to Alex William Smith (Jonathon Royle).

Don’t ever feel that if it didn’t work out the first time that its over! Give yourself credit for doing it and be aware of what you learned on the journey. We should always learn from our mistakes as this can help us gain what we need to make it work! I for one have made some bad decisions in life but I reflect on why it went wrong and worked out how I could put it right. Having the right mentor is important when you want to achieve something. You can discuss things in detail and having a second pair of ears can help enormously- it’s refreshing! Don’t think about your project 24/7 as you need to rest and re-energise- nobody can work effectively if they don’t eat nutritiously, drink plenty of fluids and sleep!

Here at we work with people to instil confidence and self-esteem. When you feel good about yourself, you can focus on what you want to do. We program motivation & determination into our sessions and teach you lots of techniques to help you on your exciting journey. To be the ‘best’ you need to put effort and hard work into it, nothing comes easy, or as they say ‘there’s no free lunches’.

If you want to CHANGE and may have lost your ZING but know deep down you want to be successful, then contact me and let’s sort out your pathway to success. Susie.

T: 07943728851

Brigg Clinical Hypnotherapy & Anxiety Specialist Training

Susie Lawrence


Irritable Bowel Syndrome help Brigg

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is the medical condition given to a collection of unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance of the colon or large intestine in the digestive system. Approximately a third of the population at some point in their lives will be affected by this condition and about one in ten people suffer severe symptoms. Each and every person will have different symptoms.

There are many symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and may include:

  • Abdominal pain and spasms usually relieved by going to the toilet;
  • Diarrhoea, Constipation or an erratic bowel habit;
  • Bloating or swelling of the abdomen;
  • Rumbling noises and excessive passage of wind;
  • Urgency and possibly Incontinence;
  • Sharp pain felt low down inside the rectum;
  • Sensation of incomplete bowel movement.

Diagnosis is usually by doing a range of investigations that include: X-rays, blood tests, endoscopies and other diagnostic tests, with the results not revealing any obvious abnormality. Other symptoms frequently occur such as headaches, dizziness, backache, passing urine frequently, tiredness, muscle and joint pains, ringing in the ears, indigestion, belching, nausea, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression. It is suggested that stress can often affect bowel movements as it causes the bowel to be more sensitive and less tolerant of food.

Despite research and there has been no cure found to date. Medical treatment varies depending on the source and often people take to the internet to find information which could be useful in their case. Advice on diet, relaxation, anti-spasmodic drugs and low dose antidepressants appear to be usual types of treatment. Some find help from counsellors, psychotherapists, complementary medicine practitioners etc. Hypnotherapy is an ideal form of treatment for IBS as first and foremost it actually relaxes the person and this seems to be a major symptom in most sufferers. However, IBS takes at least 3-4 sessions to calm the bowel and there are hospital consultants who are trained hypnotherapists in the UK who actually use hypnotherapy as part of the NHS treatment. Acupuncture and other complementary therapies may help in this disorder.

IBS is more frequently diagnosed in women compared with men, in young people compared with old and in western countries rather than the developing world. It is commonly associated with emotional tension and is frequently triggered by life changes or stressful events.

There have been several research projects on IBS over several decades but there has never been confirmed cause, only contributory factors. One of the factors has shown that if you have had a VIRAL not bacterial bowel infection (gastroenteritis) then there is a 6-7 folk risk increase of IBS within a short period of time. Taking antibiotics has also been heavily questioned in studies as it is said that these destroy the good gut bacterial growth for around six months. Pre and probiotics have been shown as one of the treatments helping decrease the IBS symptoms. In fact, there has recently been a trial on faecal matter transplant which is showing good progress in reducing symptoms as well as increasing the good gut bacteria.

From a psychological point it appears that women report more severe symptoms than men and a high proportion of people have severe anxiety or depression. 5.2% of the population have IBS and the symptoms appear within an age range of 30-50 years old and as stated above, female dominant. 2.5% of these cases report to have been sexual abused in childhood but obviously these are only the people who are referred for hospital treatment. Stress changes gastrointestinal motility. There may be many more cases who don’t come forward.

There also seems to be a link to children having IBS where their mother has it or another illness, protective parents and childhood adversity. If a parent had IBS the child is absent from school more often, attends GP appointments with them and the child responds to the parent’s illness and takes onboard the symptoms subconsciously. There also can be a problem if the child has been programmed to empty their bowels at the same time each day. There is a lot of psychological and emotional issues tied to this condition and people with PTSD and GAD can also present with IBS.

Here at Piece of Minds we use several techniques to reduce symptoms and help you to take back control. Hypnotherapy is a major part of our strategy and it has been shown to be successful with a large study in Manchester. Listening to recordings after each session is an integral part of the treatment and you will also find an added benefit of feeling so much calmer and less anxious. As part of our plan, we use a very special tool called Mini Medic as this gives clients peace of mind and is proven to reduce anxiety and in doing so, reduces symptoms.

Blood Pressure help Brigg

When you have your blood pressure recorded they are measuring the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure in your blood vessels. We do this using a blood pressure monitor and these are widely available and relatively cheap at some chemists if you wish to monitor your own levels. Your blood pressure, also known as an abbreviation- BP is usually taken by placing a cuff around your upper arm.

There are two numbers that make up your BP recording and this will indicate if there are any issues that may need attention. The systolic pressure (S) is the top number and the force at which your heart pumps blood around your body. The diastolic pressure (D) is the lower number and records the resistance of the blood flow in the blood vessels. When we record your BP on paper or the computer, we record it as S/D. For example, if you are healthy your measurements could be 120/75. Both measurements are in millimetres of mercury mmHg. Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries – the vessels that carry your blood from your heart to your brain and the rest of your body. You need a certain amount of pressure to get the blood moving round your body.

Blood pressure readings are different in everybody and it can fluctuate depending if you exercise or have health conditions. Your blood pressure naturally goes up and down throughout the day and night, and it’s normal for it to go up while you’re moving. When your overall blood pressure is consistently high, especially when you are resting, you need to do something about it.

Generally, high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher whereas a recommended blood pressure is usually considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg.

If your blood pressure is too high it puts extra strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs. Persistent high blood pressure can increase your risk of serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions, such as:

These health issues can affect all your organs in your body but also include your eyes. Opticians can see if there are pressure changes in the vessels in your eyes. Any reduction in your readings will help lower the risks to your organs. There have been many different studies to find what causes high blood pressure and we know there are things that can increase risks to your vessels.

Risks include:

  • Being overweight;
  • Too much salt in your diet;
  • Not eat enough fibre from fruit and vegetables;
  • Lack of exercise;
  • Too much alcohol;
  • Too much coffee or other caffeine-based drinks;
  • Smoking/nicotine;
  • Lack of good quality sleep;
  • Being aged 65 years and over (your vessels become hardened and have less elasticity);
  • Genetic;
  • From black African or black Caribbean descent;
  • Live in a deprived area.

As you can see above, to improve your BP levels you need to make lifestyle changes. G.P’s can give you medication after monitoring you for a while but together you can reduce this by altering what you eat, drink, reduce your weight, stop smoking and take more exercise.

High blood pressure rarely has noticeable symptoms. The following can be symptoms of high blood pressure:

  • Blurred vision;
  • Nosebleeds;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Chest pain;
  • Dizziness;
  • Headaches.

Sadly, there are more than 1 in 4 adults in the UK with high blood pressure and many will not know they have it. They say around five million people have a high BP without knowing. High blood pressure is known as HYPERTENSION whereas low blood pressure is called HYPOTENSION.

It is really important to eat healthy foods and especially foods which are classed as fibre. Lowering your fat intake is important too, although there are many research projects that prove both eat fat and don’t eat fat in your diet. The most common issue causing hypertension is the fats, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances deposited inside arteries and this is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis causes loss of arterial elasticity due to vessel thickening and stiffening. Atherosclerosis is not completely understood but evidence shows the condition can begin in childhood with the formation of tiny “fatty streaks,” or streaks of fat deposition, in the arteries in some people.

Other materials are also deposited in the lining, including calcium and other minerals. This causes the vessel to enlarge and thicken to form atheroma or plaques. These plaques may narrow the vessel channel, interfering with the flow of blood. Thick plaques can occlude an artery and can significantly decrease the flow of blood.

Low Blood Pressure (hypotension):

Low blood pressure is when your blood pressure is below 90/60mmHg. It is said some people with low blood pressure tend to live longer than those with high blood pressure. Below I have listed some symptoms that someone with low BP may have:

  • lightheadedness or dizziness,
  • Feeling sick;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Feeling weak;
  • Confusion;
  • Cold & clammy skin;
  • Fainting.

Low blood pressure has a range of causes:

  • When you quickly change your position;
  • Anaemia;
  • Dehydration;
  • Eating a big meal;
  • Endocrine disorders;
  • Extreme allergic reaction;
  • Extreme blood loss;
  • Heart attack or heart disease;
  • Low blood sugar;
  • Medications;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Severe infection;
  • Stress;
  • Thyroid conditions;
  • Vigorous exercise;
  • Some neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Eating certain types of food can help you raise your blood pressure. By taking in more fluid you can prevent dehydration and especially if you are exercising. Foods high in vitamin B-12 can prevent anaemia and can be found in eggs, fortified cereals, animal meats and nutritional yeast. Foods high in folate also prevent anaemia and can be found in asparagus, beans, lentils, citrus fruits, leafy greens, eggs, and liver. Salty foods can increase blood pressure. Coffee and caffeinated drinks may temporarily spike blood pressure by stimulating the cardiovascular system and boosting your heart rate.

Some extra tips are:

  • Get up slowly from sitting to standing;
  • Move slowly from lying to a sitting position before standing up;
  • Raising the head of your bed can be helpful for some;
  • Eat small, frequent meals and lying down or sitting still for a while after eating may also help;
  • Increase the amount of water you drink unless you have a kidney disorder.

Extreme hypotension can result in this life-threatening condition. Signs and symptoms may include: Confusion, especially in older people, pale cold and, clammy skin, their breathing may be rapid and shallow with weak and rapid pulse. If you are somewhere with a person exhibiting these symptoms, please call an ambulance immediately.

Here at Piece of Minds we use several techniques to reduce blood pressure to a normal level and hypnotherapy is also a very successful tool.