Unlocking the Secrets to a Happier Life

Unlocking the Secrets to a Happier Life: Proven Strategies for Finding Joy and Fulfilment


Unlocking the Secrets to a Happier Life: Proven Strategies for Finding Joy and Fulfilment


Happiness is a feeling of contentment, satisfaction, and well-being. It is a state of mind that is characterised by positive emotions and a sense of fulfilment. People experience happiness in different ways and for different reasons. For some, happiness may come from spending time with loved ones, while for others it may come from achieving a personal goal or success in their career.

There are many different theories about what causes happiness. Some experts believe that happiness is largely determined by genetics, while others argue that our environment and the choices we make in life play a bigger role. A combination of both might be the correct answer.

One theory is that happiness is a result of having our basic needs met, such as food, shelter, and safety. When these needs are met, we can then focus on more higher-level needs, such as self-esteem, personal growth, and meaningful relationships.

Another theory is that happiness is a result of positive thinking and an optimistic outlook. People who have a positive mindset tend to be more resilient and better able to cope with stress and adversity. They are also more likely to have a strong social support network and engage in activities that bring them joy and fulfillment.

There are also many practical strategies that can help us increase our happiness and well-being. These include:

  • Focusing on the Positives: Taking the time to appreciate the good things in our lives can help increase our happiness and reduce stress.
  • Engaging in regular exercise: Physical activity has been shown to release endorphins, which can improve our mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
  • Getting enough sleep: Sleep is essential for our physical and mental health, and lack of sleep can negatively impact our mood and well-being.
  • Building and maintaining relationships: Strong social connections are one of the most important factors in our overall happiness and well-being.

Ultimately, happiness is a complex and multi-faceted concept that is unique to each individual. However, by understanding the different theories about what causes happiness and by implementing practical strategies to increase our well-being, we can all work towards a happier and more fulfilling life.

To find out how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can increase your levels of happiness, contact Nicola to book an Initial Consultation.

REM Sleep, Our Free Overnight Therapy


You know that phrase “things will look better in the morning?” and they usually do?

That’s because our REM sleep is natural therapy. It is the part of our night’s sleep where we dream. Our brain goes over the stresses of the day and they are physically shifted from the emotional part of our brain to the rational part of the brain.

When our sleep is affected by stress and we wake up at 3am with a head full of worries, that’s because the brain is working too hard to try to diffuse the stress.

REM is hard work for your brain and it cannot deal with too many stresses at once. This becomes a vicious cycle. Disrupted sleep means less opportunity for REM and less chance to process emotional events, leading to us being more negative and more stressed.

Hypnosis replicates REM and while you are relaxing back, letting your mind drift and dream, it is processing the stresses of your life. Over time and with repetitions (the subconscious mind likes repetition), this gives you control over the things that felt unmanageable before, you ruminate less on worries and then you start to sleep better.

Now your REM can to work as it should. Natural, overnight, free therapy given a jump start by hypnotherapy.

Teenager’s Mental health – where do we go next?

Helping Our Young People

Teenager's Mental health - where do we go next?

After the success I have recently had working with teenagers suffering from anxiety and low mood, I thought I should write a blog for parents who have no idea where to go next, that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can massively help. As a Mum who has been waiting on CAMHS support, for almost 2 years, I know there is a huge lack of support for our young people. There are so many families struggling and services are stretches beyond capacity.
I worked as a speech and language therapist for 14 years before leaving the NHS to work more flexibly around my family.
I have lots of experience working with teenagers as a speech therapist and have a good awareness and knowledge of how autism, (which is especially misunderstood in girls) and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia can be very damaging to our young people’s self esteem, confidence in school, their self worth and the way they function day to day.
The thing about solution focused therapy and why it is so appealing for teenagers as that they don’t actually have to talk about their problems or feelings. What the latest evidence in neuroscience tells us is that we can process trauma, difficult feelings and experiences without going over them. We focus on the good things, the next steps and use hypnosis to help the changes to happen.
The difference in these young people has been so profound, they themselves have said it has completely changed the way they feel about life, in a relatively short space of time (8-12 weeks). Their families have been so relieved and have said they are much happier and coping so well.
I have helped these teenagers really understand anxiety, depression and anger, and how to monitor and look after their mental health long term. Once they are feeling free from these debilitating feelings, life will still bring ups and downs. The downs however will be less severe as they understand now how the brain works in terms of anxiety, low mood and anger. These feelings will be so much easier to get on top of once they have received a block of solution focused hypnotherapy.
We use measured outcomes and as you can see from the graphs, these teenager’s mental health scores soared over such a short time period. (Each point on the graph is one week later).  See FB post:
I was so proud to see the change in them week on week. They are now discharged and are unlikely to need more therapy. Once the neural re-hardwiring is done. It has a lasting effect.
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Hypnotherapy at Mulberry House


Mulberry House Edinburgh Hypnotherapy

I’m beyond delighted to be starting to work very soon from the beautiful Mulberry House on Manor Place in Edinburgh. I will be working from a lovely tranquil room in this holistic wellbeing centre every Tuesday from 26th April.

This is where my journey with hypnosis began 11 years ago this month. I attended a Hypnobirthing course at Mulberry House, pregnant with my first baby. I loved learning in this gorgeous space and so it holds such wonderful happy memories for me. It is what inspired me to go on to teach Hypnobirthing and then train as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. Funny how things often come around full circle!

Solution focused therapy can help with many different conditions, some of which I have listed below. It is not an exhaustive list so if your condition is not listed, please contact me and ask as I may still be able to help.

  • Anxiety
  • Low Mood
  • Panic Attacks
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Teenage Mental Health
  • Chronic Pain
  • Insomnia & Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Pre and Post natal issues
  • Managing at work
  • Weight loss and Management
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Smoking Cessation

Hypnosis or trance is an immensely powerful yet natural state of relaxation. It is a soothing and calm process that helps you to use your brain in a fundamentally different way in terms of what you want to achieve. Hypnotherapy helps you to understand the potential you have to make the changes that you want. It resolves long standing issues and feelings that have held you back. It breaks established patterns of thought and behaviour, and has a wonderful ripple effect on many aspects of your life.

If you are interested in booking a Hypnotherapy appointment at Mulberry House, you can either contact me or call the reception on 0131 225 2012, from 9-2pm weekdays and the wonderful Debbie will schedule you in. For more information on Mulberry House please visit www. mulberry house.co.uk

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can transform your life in a few short weeks.