At the start of 2021, when Carolynn had recently finished her hypnotherapy training, I signed up for a session for myself to help me overcome some personal challenges.
The purpose was to help me create better work-life balance by getting out for daily walks. I love walking, and need it for my mental health, but because of my workload, I JUST WASN’T GETTING OUT…at all.
After going through all the intake and learning about my challenges and blockages, we settled into the actual hypnotherapy. To be honest, it felt 100% like a guided meditation for me, but with a goal in mind. I was conscious the whole time, and mindful of what was happening. I simply followed along as Carolynn talked me through it.
The key moment during the hypnosis came when I started running in my visualization. I was on a beautiful beach, just flying across the sand, and I was reminded of how great it used to feel when I was out for a run (I’m a long-time runner with a bad knee, now.) I could feel the muscles contracting in my core, I could feel my feet twitching as I remembered how it felt to be active. And in that moment, I determined that I couldn’t live without moving more.
I was still in my hypnosis trance when I established what it would take to get moving – I would indulge in a pair of AirPods (which I have long coveted), because then I could listen to books, music, or chat with my mom on the phone as I walked. However, because they were a bit of a treat, I made myself a deal that I would ‘work off the cost’ by walking 6 of 7 days a week.
I bought them the following weekend, and I have walked almost every day since. I now do at least 7,000 steps a day, and on Sundays (my former long-run day), I do approx 17,000 steps. In the weeks prior to my session with Carolynn, I was doing perhaps 7,000 steps per WEEK.
I’d like to thank Carolynn SO MUCH for helping me unlock my active self once more! I look forward to my daily walks, and look for opportunities to go, instead of being overwhelmed with work. The work always gets done. And now the walks do, too!
February 27, 2021