From anxiety breakdown to breakthrough hypnotic healing – one Yorkshire mum changed her life and career to transform the lives of others to help them lead a calmer and more enjoyable life.
A former special needs teacher who became housebound when experiencing a mental breakdown was transformed by hypnotherapy which enabled her to change her mind set for life. Now she is doing this on her own clients.
West Yorkshire-based Mum-of-Two Abi Fenton, 37, left her job as a teacher to become a holistic healer has noticed “more people than ever before” accessing her hypnotherapy services to help heal from the fear-inducing impact of the pandemic.
“The beauty of hypnotherapy is that it’s accessible as you can heal with me online or in-person and most of all, it’s about long-term changes in mindset not just dealing with the now or past – it’s the future!”
The self-care advocate shares free tips and techniques to help others begin their healing journey from home.
Abi, who is also a mother of two, has gone from “struggling to manage with my own mental health to supporting others to heal.”
Before the pandemic, there was already increasing mental health issues with the crisis of despair and the opioid that is ’ and Pandemic-induced stress, fearing physical illness, uncertainty about the future, and the long-lasting impact of Covid-19.
Fear can negatively impact our immune system, our physical and mental health, preventing us from activities we enjoy and at times feeling that our lives are out of control.
Her goal is to help everyone live a calmer life in the long term.
"As a former stressed teacher turned clinical hypnotherapist, I wanted to share some simple strategies to manage fear and reduce feelings of anxiety.
It’s something I suffered from prior to practically reframing my mindset for long-term change.”
“There is so much fear being put on us in this present climate from vaccinations, covid itself, social interactions as well as the fact all these things could have brought out a past or lingering fear.
Anxiety has been heightened due to the current stressful situations people have been in the past. Hypnotherapy can help you reframe your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours to manage them in a more positive, calm, and controlled way.”
Hypnotherapy is one of the practical strategies for long-lasting change in our lives.
Abi, who works from a home-based holistic therapies room in Leeds, U.K, delivers hypnotherapy to people in person across the region. Her business has increased with clients benefiting from her Zoom-faced hypnosis therapies.
She said “I am glad that people are reaping the rewards of Hypnotherapy far and wide and it has become more accessible than ever for anyone anywhere regardless of background to tap into this often misunderstood life-changer and fear-reducing formula!”
One client visited for hypnotherapy at the start of the year, due to Covid-related anxiety. She would experience fear and anxiety anywhere, with feelings of dread in her stomach, breathlessness and a racing heart as well as becoming very emotional. She would get frustrated with herself as she was worrying and analyzing over even simple tasks which would affect her concentration, and mood.
The client explained how Abi transformed her life, and allayed her family’s concerns over her mental health. The hypnosis sessions also helped with her self-confidence which creates a positive feedback loop and motivation to continue taking care of her mental health.
Holistic Therapist Abi Fenton, Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, Reflexologist and Reiki Healer, explained “Through Hypnotherapy I showed her how to manage her thoughts and feelings, we challenged unrealistic thoughts, I taught her tools and techniques to manage her thoughts on a day to day basis, including self hypnosis. We worked on building her confidence and to love herself and believe and trust in herself. Through all this work (three and a half months working together) the client was able to let go of things that used to bother her in the past, she was much calmer and confident, allowing herself to move forward.”
Abi Fenton has a series of online hypnosis sessions at her site.
Some her audios include visualizations with candles, muscle relaxation and focusing on breathing.
Abi top tips to manage fear:
1. Take note of your personal worry story and recognize how the narrative affects you. And try to distance yourself from it. Maybe take time out every day to write down your worries and thoughts.
2. Acknowledge your thoughts and challenge them, rather than deny them. They may be negative, but they are just what they are, thoughts, the fact that you think the thoughts doesn’t make them true. Don’t let your thoughts rule or define you.
3. Learn to control your breathing. When we are anxious, we tend to take shallow breaths, which itself puts your body into a state of alert and causes us to feel even more anxious. Try some breathing and relaxation techniques
4. Bring your mind to the present. Don’t try to live in the future, or in the past.
5. Face the fear. Be prepared to feel a little uncomfortable but know that you can overcome this. Change happens when we push ourselves.
If you are considering hypnotherapy training as a career, visit the Marisa Peer Online study program for Hypnosis.