Take Better Decisions With Old School Philosophy

When it comes to choosing between an apple and a chocolate bar, what makes you make the right decision?

The answer will probably surprise you …

It’s philosophy!

Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but not that much.

In fact, researchers have shown that abstract thinking makes a better decision than more concrete thinking.

They showed that people wishing to lose weight more easily choose an apple rather than a chocolate bar after having an abstract reflection (ex: Why being healthy is important?).

A more concrete reflection of the type: what should I do to be in good health, does not allow the same results.

In the same way, children were tested.

Their goal: to stay 15 minutes alone in front of a Marshmallow without touching it.

Their reward: a second Marshmallow.

The children who resisted the temptation best had a rather abstract reflection of the type: it looks like a cloud.

The children who resisted it the least had a more emotional reflection: this marshmallow looks delicious.

The amazing thing is thatby practicing abstract thinking, you make better decisions unconsciously. We do not struggle anymore internally.

What can we conclude from these studies?

If you have trouble making the right decisions, or feel that you often make the wrong choices, do more philo!

Take a moment each day to think about somethings very abstract :

What is fear? (Rather than managing my anxieties)

Why do human beings seek connection to others? (Rather than how can I overcome my fear of speaking in public)

Why being healthy makes you happier? (Rather than lose 10 kilos)

What is success? What is happiness ?

It may be time to take out your old philosophy textbooks and think about some abstract questions!

Do not think too much anyway …

On this, have a nice day!

 

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11 Hypnosis Sessions For Actors

Actors are trained to use their subconscious mind to create characters on stage and on camera. But it can be challenging for them to adress their subconscious fears.

These hypnosis sessions for actors will help you overcome the most common psychological blocks that you might have to face in you acting career.

Method Acting

This hypnosis session has be designed to help actors improve their method acting abilities.

Hypnosis is a great tool for method actors as it relies on the same principles and similar techniques.

This hypnosis session for actors will help you transform yourself into the character.

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Stage Fright

Stage fright is a terrible and extremely frustrating experience. And it can jump on you without warning.

If you ever had this experience, then you know how difficult it is to overcome stage fright.

This hypnosis sessions for actors will help you overcome stage fright easily and painlessly.

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Overcome Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety is quite similar as stage fright but in a more subtle way. Stage fright might come at the last minute, but performance anxiety seems to always be there.

It won’t stop you from performing but it will lower the quality of your acting. You will feel self-conscious and unable to focus on your objective and other actors.

This hypnosis session for actors will help you overcome performance anxiety so that you can enjoy your time on stage.

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Stop Self-Sabotage

Self-sabotage is a common block for many actors.

Have you ever thought that you unconsciously blocked yourself on purpose ? That something in you wanted you to fail ?

Well, this hypnosis session for actors will help you deal with that part of you that is sabotaging your success.

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Creativity Booster

Acting is a very creative process. But it can happen that we loose our creativity.

This hypnosis session for actors will boost your creativity so that you’ll create inventive characters and enjoy the process even more.

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Improve Visualization

As actors, you have to visualize. It will be useful to you as you explore characters but also as a tool to prepare for professional events.

This hypnosis session for actors will train your visualization sense and help you develop powerful visualization skills.

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Tame Your Inner Critic

Your inner critic is this voice inside your head that devaluates everything you do.

He can be useful sometimes to tell you what you can improve, but a strong inner critic will soon transform you into a scrutative spectator and take you away from the actor you are.

This hypnosis session for actors will help you tame your inner critic and turn it into a constructive inner voice.

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Release your inner Artist

Creative artists often experience what we call the flow.

It’s a state of mind where everything seems to flow. Time has stopped. Your inner voice has calmed down.

Andyour creativity seems to burst like a firework on New Years Eve.

This hypnosis sessions for actors will help you release the artist within you so that you experience flow more often.

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Make Your Comeback

Life can be tough.

And as Rocky Balboa says :

« Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. »

This hypnosis session for actors is designed to help you stand up again and hit as hard as life.

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Be More Professional

A professional attitude is what will make people want to hire you again.

You can be a tremendous actor, but if you’re difficult to work with, your chances to be hired again are pretty low.

Not everyone can be like Shia Labeouf !

This hypnosis session for actors will help you develop your profesionnal skills quickly.

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Enjoy PaperWork

This one is unexpected right ?

Not many actors enjoy doing paperwork. It mostly seems like a boring waste of time.

But avoiding paperwork can also take you into troubles and stop your acting career.

With the help of this hypnosis session for actors, you can change your attitude towards paperwork. Get it done fast and enjoy it !

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Learn A Text by Heart Easily : 4 Methods + 2 Tips

In this article, you will find 4 methods + 2 tips for learning a text by heart easily.

Learning a text by heart can be scary when you start to become an actor. Yet this is not the hardest to become an actor. Everyone has his way of doing things, the main thing is that it comes back!

 

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How to learn a text by heart: The written method

Rewrite your text by hand while saying the text at the same time as you write it

This method is not essential to learn a text by heart but it is effective. This forces you to take the time to focus on each word by bringing into play different parts of the brain (speech, writing, reading). Writing also slows down the thought process and allows the imagination to make associations of ideas on each word.

Preferably use a blue pen. According to some studies, the blue color favors memorization.

How to learn a text by heart: The method of key ideas

Divide the text into key ideas and remember the sequence of these ideas. Use striking images for these ideas

When you have to learn a text by heart, it is better to divide it into small paragraphs that correspond to a key idea. It’s easier to learn these key ideas to remember different parts of the text. You can also divide each paragraph into key ideas.

Memory works with the imagination. By using strong and striking images for the key ideas of the text, you will remember it more easily.

Look for words in the text that immediately conjure up an image for you and use them to memorize the text. Some words have strong evocative power. They immediately put pictures in the head. Both use it as points of support to retain the text.

Represent yourself in space.
If the text evokes places or people, represent them in space.

For example, if I tell you about the Eiffel Tower, you have an idea of ​​where it is in relation to you. This is also the case if I tell you about your mother. Even if its location in relation to you is inaccurate or even false, you have an idea. Besides, that’s the surprise when you think that one person is in one place and you see another.

This must be valid for your character as well. To learn a text by heart, locate each object, place, and person in the space around you.

How to learn a text by heart: the voice method

Learn line by line aloud, without intonation

When we put the intonation in learning a text, we have the impression to retain it more easily. But as soon as one changes the intentions and recites them in another context, the text escapes from the memory. It is better to learn your text without intonation aloud to draw the lips to pronounce it. Then it’s easier to put different intentions behind.

Read the first line aloud (without intonation), then hide and recite it. Then read the first and the second, then hide them and recite. Then read from beginning to third, then hide and recite, and so on until the end. You can do that for each paragraph, then try again for the entire text.

Use muscle memory

Say the text as quickly as possible and pay attention to the joint to train the muscles of the mouth. After a certain number of repetitions, you will realize that it is your mouth that says the words without you thinking about it, a little as if your muscles acted reflexively.

This is the safest way to learn a text by heart easily. It requires discipline and repetition but it allows to know the text on the lips.

How to learn a text by heart: the audio method

Save the text and listen to it

Hearing a text involves a completely different process than reading it. Some people who are more auditory can learn a text by heart more easily when they hear it than when they read it. If this is your case, save yourself and then loop your text!

At first, listen carefully to the text to focus your memory and your imagination on it. Then you can let it loop while you do something else.

You can use free Audacity software on eg computer or dictaphone.

 

2 Tip to learn a text by heart:

Put a baroque musical background

Research has shown that Baroque music helps to memorize and learn a text by heart more easily. You can use baroque music in the background to stimulate the right brain linked to the imagination. To test if you like baroque music!

Move, walk

You can learn a text by heart while sitting and forget it as soon as you start moving. Moving brings oxygen to the brain and forces one to be more focused on learning the text.

Of course, you can combine these methods to learn a text by heart even more easily.

How to check that you know your text by heart:
Try to recite it by doing physical activity (juggling, storage, sport …)
To make sure you know your text, try something else that requires your attention and forces you to move while you recite it. For example by doing the dishes, juggling, drawing, etc …

Save only your partner’s text, leaving blank for you
Recite your text using a dictaphone to give you the answer. You will be able to verify that you know your text but also that you know how to say it at the right moment.

To be really sure of knowing it and being able to recite it naturally, do it while you’re doing a physical activity.

 

This is the English version of this article : Comment apprendre un texte par coeur rapidement.

 

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Overcome Shyness With Hypnosis (5 Tips)

Hypnosis provides an inner security that allows you to overcome shyness

Have you ever been frustrated to see people around you enjoying themselves, lauhging and talking easily with each other when you feel completely out of it ?

Anyone can be affected by shyness and social anxiety. It makes social occasions difficult and it makes you feel awkward, lost and inadequate.

Would you like a magic wand to transform your shyness into confidence and ease ?

What is social anxiety and shyness ?

Social anxiety quite common, more than many people realize. People who look very at ease and confident can be shaking inside. Sometimes, they just hide it better.  Are all those people ‘just pretending’? Is the solution to social anxiety just to get better at pretending to be at ease?

Overcome shyness by putting a social act

The ‘fake it till you make it’ approach can bequite effective. Acting as if you were confident and relaxed can help you in social work situations. If you do what someone you know who is socially skilful does, you will find that you get better too.

Some people just improve their act  to carry them into feeling comfortable in company. Others will find there’s still be some discomfort and anxiety, and are not able to enjoy their social experiment. This comes from behaving differently, but still feeling odd inside.

Why some people can’t overcome shyness

If you want to be relaxed and confident with other people in different situations, you need to feel that everyone else is just like you. You have the same rights and the same value as everyone else. And you have the right  to speak and be heard and to enjoy yourself just as anyone.

If you regularly feel odd, or you believe that no one likes you or is interested in you, something might be missing.

Most people overcome shyness as they grow up into confident adults. But the emotions you experienced when you were young can ‘condition’ effect  you to respond with anxiety instead of confidence and joy to social situations. With repetition, it becomes automatic and you start to believe that it is part of who you are.

But it can change.

You can overcome shyness since it’s about How and not Who

You respond to social situations with shyness because of what you have learned to do not because of ‘who you are. It feels like it’s who you are because you do it regularly. You have learned it and practised it until it became second nature. It is a learned and practised behavior. And even if it can feel hard to change it, you can actually update these patterns in your brain

5 tips to help you Overcome Shyness.

1) Focus on others

Shyness maakes you absorbed in yourself. Shy people believe they have ‘nothing to say’, no amazing stories to tell and think they are uninteresting. But think about this:

People will love you if they feel you’re interested in them. You don’t have to suddenly think you’re great to overcome shynes You can just focus on others and make them feel interesting.


 

Ask questions and cultivate genuine curiosity. If you are at a party with strangers, try to connect how everyone knows each other. You can ask questions such as: « How do you know Kathy? » (if Kathy is throwing the party J) or: « I live next door. Are you one of Kathy’s tennis friends? » This:

  • Gives you something to talk about.
  • Gives other people a chance to talk about themselves (for which they will love you).
  • Takes your attention off yourself.

Until shyness fades more completely, the next tip will also help you out.

2) Prepare properly

Once shyness has gone you won’t need to do this; but whilst you still feel shy, practice preparing topics of conversation. If you have an idea of the type of people that are going to be at a gathering, then do a little homework. If many of them are sailing enthusiasts, for instance: Google the local sailing club, find out local sailing routes, prepare a few questions to ask about sailing.

If you feel shy at work, look out for interesting news items over the weekend and bring them into conversation on Monday.

Get into the habit of remembering what people have told you and referring back to it as future conversation starters: « Hey John, you know you were saying you wanted to see that film? Well I saw last night that it’s now playing at The Nomoorshyness Cinema! » or: « Jane, you were telling me that your daughter loves the circus; apparently there is a circus coming to town next week… »

But overcoming shyness isn’t just about talking more.

3) Send the right signals

Shy people are often misdiagnosed as unfriendly, aloof, or ‘stuck up’. Shyness can make us look unapproachable.

Research has found that we find people who smile and look directly at us more attractive (1). And people are 86% more likely to strike up conversations with strangers in the street if they are smiling.

Another benefit is that smiling even when you don’t feel like it actually makes you feel better – which can lead to real smiling. 🙂

An important point here: If you smile at someone and they don’t smile back, that is not your problem. We can’t make anyone accept our friendliness any more that we can make someone like us through sheer force.

4) Focus on putting other people at their ease

Working as a hypnotherapist I’ve seen so many clients who suffered from arachnophobia – fear of spiders. The trouble was, I had a fear of spiders myself! But rather than working on myself directly, I found that working to lift otherpeople’s fear magically lifted my own.

The point here is that by focusing on putting other people at their ease, you’ll find that you feel much more comfortable. Notice who seems a little more diffident or anxious and work to help them feel more relaxed.

5) Learn to manage anxiety

Shyness is really a type of social anxiety. Manage your anxiety by:

  • Making your out-breath longer than your in-breath. Extending the out-breath begins to relax body and mind very quickly. Once you feel more relaxed, you instantly feel more sociable.
  • Rehearse being confident. Mentally rehearsing being more outgoing and relaxed has amazing results. Lie down somewhere comfortable, focus on breathing deeply and slowly, and imagine watching yourself in the upcoming social situation looking relaxed, comfortable, and even talkative. You’ll be amazed how this ‘self-hypnotic’ preparation will affect the way you actually feel when you get there.

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7 Days To Stop Negative Thinking

If there is one thing that can prevent us from becoming an actor, it is our mind. Our negative thoughts can block us and make us see life in black. How to get rid of those thoughts that prevent us from moving forward and that we have been dragging on for years?

Here is an exercise that will allow you to reprogram your brain to finally focus on what you want. I discovered this exercise 3 weeks ago, and it is effective.
Here’s how it works:

1. The first step to stop negative thinking is to identify the thoughts that you need to change. For example, perhaps you often catch your inner voice telling you « I never have castings ».

2. Now that you have identified negative thinking, you must write an affirmation that is directly opposite. For example :

« I now have 5 professional castings a week ».

Note that it is a positive affirmation that is written in the present tense.

This technique is called in English Seventy-By-Seven, Seventy-Seven, because the next step is to write this affirmation positive 7O times a day for 7 days in a row. I know, that’s a lot but that’s also why it’s effective.

If you arrive at day 3 and you forget to do it on day 4, you will have to return to day 1.

There is a precise way to write this statement to make sure it is effective.

Whenever you write your positive affirmation, you must write your immediate mental response and move on to the next statement. If you do not have a mental answer, just write « no answer ».

It’s time to be honest with yourself and really identify what’s blocking you.

Here’s an example of what it could do with the previous example:

DAY 1

(1) I now have 5 castings a week – No, I never have, this technique is nil.

(2) I now have 5 castings a week – Without an agent, it’s impossible.

(3) I now have 5 castings a week – if only it were possible.

(4) I now have 5 castings a week – I do not even know when I’ll have time to pass them.

…….

(70) I now have 5 castings a week – I will do everything to make it happen.

The key to this technique is to always be focused on positive affirmation. At first, we tend to get distracted easily and think of something else. we must make some effort to bring our thoughts back to the affirmation we are writing. When you start, you will probably feel that you are wasting your time, and your negative mind will tend to judge the technique.

But little by little, as you continue, your negative spirit will begin to weaken. You will also discover other negative thoughts that block you deeper and that you may not have identified.

This technique is effective because it allows you to focus on what you want and stop negative thinking.

And as we become what we think most often, your positive affirmation becomes more and more true. At the same time, it allows you to be honest with yourself and express what you really think.

Try and you will see the results!

 

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8 ways to improve your productivity

Everyone has already experienced those moments when we are so focused and absorbed in what we are doing that no distraction can get us out of it.

This can be by studying a discipline that fascinates us, or by doing manual work, playing music, playing sports, etc …

There are moments like that in life, moments when our attention is fully invested in a single activity. And this investment usually brings a feeling of well-being and fulfillment.

On the contrary, there are also times when the focus seems almost impossible, where the first notification comes to take us to a site without interest to lose precious minutes.

In our daily life, the distractions are numerous and often insinuate by our tools of work.

Our computer, our phone are sources of permanent distractions. Escaping dozens of notifications that insist on our attention is sometimes part of the mental warrior’s journey.

If disciplines such as full-consciousness, self-hypnosis or yoga are so popular today, it is also because they are particularly necessary to offer us a bubble of concentration where to reload our attentional capacity put to hard test.

In areas that require a high level of performance, the ability to focus on a single activity is critical.

At a very high level of performance, it is often the factor that makes the difference.

Great athletes often have a more or less equal technical level. And it’s their level of concentration in a tournament that often determines their success.

For an operating surgeon, the ability to avoid distractions and focus on the task at hand is obviously vital. It is hard to imagine a surgeon putting his tools to look at his latest facebook notification on his phone.

Whatever your job or activity, you will gain in efficiency and satisfaction by increasing your concentration.

The distractions that assail us on a daily basis are therefore not only counterproductive, but also a source of dissatisfaction.

So how to avoid falling into their trap? How to improve your productivity ?

1. Your personal experience

First, before you drink tips from reading or research, I’d like to encourage you to look into your personal experience.

What are the times when you have the most experience of your peak concentration?

Those moments when your attention was entirely focused on one thing, you had like blinkers preventing you from seeing or hearing the outside distractions, your thoughts were totally absorbed by what you were doing, the feeling of time passing was different, the time seemed to you slower, or on the contrary faster than usual, you were inspired, with the feeling of knowing exactly what your next action was, and at the same time totally in the present moment …

You will notice that you can do this experiment in different conditions.

This can happen when you have an important conversation with someone you love, or when you are inspired by a creative activity, etc.

What causes this in you?

Also ask yourself what causes the opposite.

In times when you can not concentrate, what’s stopping you? Does something else seem more important to you and captivate your attention? Is it because your current task seems irrelevant? Is it fatigue?

2. The principle of inertia.

Do you know the principle of inertia in physics? It is a law that says that every body has a tendency to maintain its speed in the absence of external factors.

So an immovable object will remain motionless unless a force is applied to it. If you want a piece of furniture to move, you have to push it.

On the other hand, once in motion, the object still tends to maintain its speed. It therefore requires less force to keep moving forward.

In fact, if it is necessary to put force once the object is launched, it is because an opposite force applies: it is the resistance. The furniture rubs on the floor.

Why remember your physics classes in this article on distraction and procrastination?

Because the same principles apply equally in your work or any other activity.

It is more difficult to start a task than to continue it under the principle of inertia.

In any activity, you will encounter a form of resistance that will seek to prevent you from performing your task. This resistance will take various forms and will always aim to make you abandon your task for another one requiring less effort.

You stop pushing the furniture to blow on a dust.

When you have a task to do, start by putting yourself in it. If you have to write a text, start writing (even if it’s bad) to give a positive inertia to your task.

Give yourself the goal of putting yourself in for 5 minutes, and get to work. You will often see that after the first 5 minutes, the job will seem much easier.

3. Fight resistance, eliminate distractions.

In physics, resistance to movement is often due to friction.

Try to push a piece of furniture on waxed parquet or on the contrary on a stony path, and you will quickly understand what rubbing is!

In your work, resistance will often take the form of distractions. These distractions will be able to be tasks that look like work (ex: to answer a colleague by email), or tasks that are not at all (ex: to watch cute cats on Youtube).

The best way to combat these distractions is to ignore them.

The best way to ignore them is to be unaware of their existence.

So, put your phone in silence and put it at the other end of the room. Close all tabs on your browser that are not relevant to your current task. Disconnect from social networks, etc …

Organize your workspace to avoid distractions.

Remove post-it notes or notes from your desk that do not pertain to your current work.

Lock yourself up or put on headphones (with appropriate music or white noise) to stop hearing noises and outside conversations.

Interruptions in your work take you a lot of energy every time. Again, this is the principle of inertia: you need energy to stop the current task, start another task, stop it, and restart your previous task.

It’s wasted energy.

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4. Spend less time on your work.

Parkinson’s law states that any work within an administration increases until it completely occupies the time allotted to it.

This is also called the law of gases applied to work.

When a gas is put in a container, it occupies all the space allocated to it. If you put oxygen in a small 50cl bottle or put the same amount of oxygen in a 5l bottle, the gas will expand to fill the space.

So there will be oxygen everywhere and no empty space.

Applied to work, this law states that if you allocate 12 hours to complete a task, you will spend at least 12 hours.

If the work can be done in 2 hours, you will spend the other 10 hours to procrastinate, to complicate your task, to perfectionism to completely fill the time you have allocated.

If you only give yourself 1:30 to do the same job, you will have no choice but to work effectively to complete your task 30 minutes late. You will avoid losing 10 hours in unnecessary tasks.

 

5. Do not give yourself the choice.

To write his masterpieces, Victor Hugo had a very particular method. He locked himself naked in his office and asked his servant to return her clothes at the end of the day.

He had no choice but to focus on his work or do nothing at all.

You are certainly not going to do the same thing, but you can find your own way of forcing yourself to work.

Self Discipline is key to any succes !

 

6. Give importance to what you do.

Have you ever noticed that things that seem important to you tend to obsess you naturally?

If you know why it is important to complete your task, you will have a much easier time completing it.

That’s why, to the extent possible, you must mentally tie your task to your personal goals.

If you can find pleasure in what you do, then nothing will stop you from doing it.

But if the task itself does not bring you pleasure, you can tie it to a nice reward.

You motivate yourself to finish your task quickly so that you can then do something you like.

When you work for someone else, your efficiency will allow you to ask for an increase or a more interesting job, or to be more relaxed and enjoy your free time.

Whatever your task, give it the maximum importance. Or eliminate it totally.

7. Reload your attention regularly.

Your attention is like a muscle. By working your attention you will strengthen it. The more you learn to concentrate, the easier it becomes.

But as a muscle, your attention also needs rest. Otherwise it is exhaustion.

Some activities allow you to recharge your attention quickly so you can return to your work with efficiency.

A walk in kind for example requires little attention, and allows you to recharge quickly. You let your eyes wander, you get distracted by your surroundings so that when you get back to work, you can focus easily again.

Sometimes it is not possible to walk in nature in the middle of a working day. This is often the case.

Listening to music with your eyes closed can then allow you to escape for a moment.

Or move and stretch your body as well. Playing with an animal, etc.

See what activities actually allow you to recharge and which are just lures …

8. Hygiene of life: sleep and nutrition

Sleep has a primary influence on concentration. On average, French people would sleep 1.5 hours less than 50 years ago, and 45% of 25- to 45-year-olds think they sleep less than they need. In teens, insufficient sleep is correlated with a smaller volume of gray matter. (Https://www.inserm.fr/information-en-sante/dossiers-information/sommeil)

Sleeping better allows you to be more focused in your work and to avoid distractions more easily.

In addition, lack of sleep causes a disturbance in the perception of hunger. If you tend to interrupt your work regularly to get something to nibble on, it may be that you lack sleep.

Nibbling is a vicious circle that negates your ability to focus. The rapid intake of sugars in the blood leads to a peak blood sugar (blood sugar) which is followed by a peak of insulin (the hormone responsible for reducing blood sugar).

As a result, your blood sugar level drops to a lower level than it was before you nibbled. So you end up a few minutes after nibbling with a feeling of fatigue and a lack of energy due to the lowering of your sugar level.

This vicious circle is particularly harmful for your concentration because it is difficult to concentrate when you have too much blood sugar, and also when you do not have enough.

To remedy this, avoid eating fast sugars and choose healthy meals taken at regular intervals.

Sleeping well and eating well can completely change the way you work and your productivity.

 

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7 habits that stop you from having a good night sleep

« The night is made to sleep » sings a famous rapper. He could have added: to sleep well preferably. For Morpheus tends to put too many rabbits at a population of insomniacs who constantly hunt better sleep.

« As one makes one’s bed one goes to bed, » says the proverb. But the state of the bedding is not always responsible for the absence of a lead sleep.

And if avoiding some exciting before going to bed already solved part of the problem and provided better sleep?

Attempt to resolve a conflict

An argument, especially with his half, is usually synonymous with restless night. The grudges, tensions and reproaches that turn in a loop in the head guarantee you a sleepless night or highly fragmented.

To broach the words exchanged in anger, or on the contrary to imagine those which you should have said, is the best way of not getting to sleep well.

Absolutely wanting to resolve a conflict at a time when your bed calls you, is the least effective sleeping pills.

Let go, put your annoyances on pause: the night brings advice and tomorrow is another day. You will have the opportunity to calmly discuss and set your record straight. This will save you from counting hours without turning a blind eye.

Once tensions are relieved after having managed to sleep well, it will be an opportunity to eventually make peace on the pillow.

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Abuse nap

A nap yes, a second night no!

It is undeniable that a nap done in the middle of the day, after lunch, is a source of benefits. It is a physiological need and the possibility for many to recharge their batteries. The vivacity of the spirit is impregnated, the memory is dulled, the stress is evacuated and the cardiovascular system put back into protection mode.

Take advantage of this time of rest if the conditions allow you, but do not overdo it, on pain of annoying a better sleep once the sandman passed.

  • The nap must be done before 14:30.
  • It should not last more than 30 minutes.
  • Sleep must not be deep, otherwise the night capital will be damaged.

Even in case of sleep debt to be filled, do not exceed 90 minutes. To sleep well during the night, the sleep pressure must be strong enough at bedtime. To continue the nap beyond the recommended limit will have the consequence of destroying the quality of your night with frequent awakenings.

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Sports at night

After 8 pm, this good habit is transformed into an enemy of sleep. If you want to put on your side every chance to enjoy a better sleep, skip your gym, running or cycling 3 hours before bedtime.

The evening is for many the ideal time to play sports. Yet performed at a late hour, it contributes to disrupt the rhythm of sleep: the secreted endorphins act as a self-timer and the body, stimulated, gives the starter. It will take a good time to find a relaxation conducive to falling asleep.

Playing sports in the early evening is therefore incompatible with diving into the land of dreams and sleeping well.
Opt for the morning or afternoon whenever possible, to indulge in this kind of activity.

Drink a last drink

If alcohol is to drink in moderation, it is downright forbidden before going to bed.

Too much alcohol consumed in the course of the evening may encourage a drowsy sleepiness and allow you to fall asleep just as a mass in bed, but a sleep of lead will not be at the rendezvous.

Alcohol, responsible for many awakenings and a decrease in deep sleep, impacts the cycle of the latter. Your rest will be less restorative, interspersed with successive phases of awakening.

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Also avoid tea or coffee, other energy drinks not to say exciting. To sleep well, prefer a cup of hot milk or herbal tea: they will generate a better sleep.

Invite your screen in your bed

It is already invading your days, do not let it prevent you from sleeping well. If you want a better sleep, be aware that the light from the screen of your smartphone or computer is an enemy of size. The pupil is excited and the brain is amazed by the brightness of these devices that stimulates and misleads them: « everyone on the bridge, it’s time to wake up! »

In addition, by keeping the screens a few centimeters from the eyes, melatonin, the sleep hormone, sees its production decrease in intensity. The unwanted awakenings during the night will only be more favored.

If the toxicity to the body of the blue light is regularly questioned, one thing is certain: it does not contribute to a better sleep.

Exit therefore this annoying mania to consult your mails or to surf on the social networks at bed time.

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Take a good book or take care of your spouse : there is evidence that engaging in some sexual entertainment before closing your eyes helps to sleep well.

Note: It is imperative to sleep in total darkness to enjoy a better sleep. It is the absence of light that allows the optimized secretion of melatonin, the essential hormone for sleeping well.

Eat more than reason

« Sleeping has dinner », it is still necessary that the stomach does not cry hunger when going to bed, because an empty stomach has never facilitated a restful rest.

Conversely, a belly too full also prevents good sleep: difficult digestion and nightmares may disturb the night, moving your rest.

If it happens that in the evening, on the occasion of a restaurant outing or an invitation, you let yourself go to some excesses, the best is to wait 2 hours after the end of the meal to sleep.

Attention also to the quality of the meal ingested: fatty, fried or spicy, the food will be responsible for an additional effort asked to the digestive tract in particular and to the organism in general. The intense thirst that may ensue will cause many awakenings to drink and therefore to urinate.

Better to eat healthy and in small quantities at night.

 

Sleeping in overheated atmosphere

The temperature of the resting place also plays a decisive role in generating a better sleep.

Sleeping well when the room is too heated is the realm of dreams. The body has a horror of that, and your brain, always alert even at the darkest hours of the night, will be happy to wake you up with fanfare.

Sweaty body and dry throat, you will emerge from an uncomfortable lethargy. Better to play Sleeping Beauty in a temperature between 18 and 20 degrees. It is also better for your skin which will avoid dehydration too important. When you wake up, your Prince Charming will find you always so fresh and eternally desirable.

Do not hesitate to leave your window ajar all year round: the cold keeps. While warm under the duvet, you will enjoy a better sleep.

One last tip to make your sleep the best: avoid as much as possible taking sleeping pills that turns quickly addictive.

 

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14 Typical Hypnosis Misconceptions

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Understanding Hypnosis and How it Operates in Vivid Detail

Hypnosis is something that many people hear about all of the time. It’s also something that confuses people with great frequency. Many people hear things about hypnosis that simply are not true. Misinformation may influence their thoughts about the whole thing, too. Hypnosis, in short, is a condition that’s reminiscent of sleeping. People who go through it for a period of time display stronger feelings of relaxation. If you want to understand hypnosis and how it works, you should learn all about misconceptions that are frequently linked to the process.

1. « Not All People Are Vulnerable to Hypnosis. »

You may have heard people say that there are some humans out there who simply aren’t vulnerable to hypnosis and to its effects. This isn’t reality at all. There are no people out there who are unable to go through it. Some people may have reservations about hypnosis due to encountering hypnotists who perhaps didn’t do their jobs well. It’s critical to note, too, that people take to all sorts of styles and methods. A hypnosis strategy that works well for one person may be a total « no-go » for another.

2. « Hypnosis Can Force People to Take Actions That Aren’t in Line With Their Wishes. »

Hypnosis can in no way, shape or form force people to do anything that they simply don’t want to do. People who perform hypnosis are not magicians. They function as guides of sorts, nothing more and nothing less. That’s why they have zero ability to force people to do anything that isn’t in line with their personalities and typical behaviors. People who undergo hypnosis are able to deny any and all suggestions as they see fit.

3. « People Forget Words From Hypnotists. »

People often seem to think that they won’t be able to recollect anything from their hypnosis sessions. Hypnosis isn’t the same for all individuals. One person may take hypnosis in a certain way. Another may soak it up in an entirely different manner. One person may be able to concentrate clearly during a session. He or she because of that may be able to recite practically everything the hypnotist said. Another person may be in a fuzzier state. He or she may not be concentrate in as sharp a way. It always varies with different individuals. It can be hard to anticipate how a specific individual may react to a hypnosis session.

4. « People Never Ever Lie in the Middle of Hypnosis. »

It isn’t at all uncommon for people to think that individuals are strictly honest during their hypnosis sessions. The reality is that human beings are fully able to tell lies in hypnosis. That’s why people who perform hypnosis are not able to coerce individuals into revealing details about themselves that are sensitive. If a person goes for hypnosis, he doesn’t have to worry that he’s going to say anything that he doesn’t want anyone else to know. It’s not unusual for people who are in the middle of hypnosis to get particularly innovative as far as fibbing goes. That’s because they often are able to reach stronger mental « riches. »

5. « Hypnosis Enfeebles the Brain. »

Some people have concerns that relate to hypnosis essentially enfeebling the brain. There truly aren’t any studies that back this worry up. People who get hypnotized don’t have to think about that unpleasant possibility. Hypnosis doesn’t make people more prone to caring about recommendations or anything else along those lines.

6. « Hypnotists Know How to Take Charge of Brains. »

There aren’t any human beings on the planet that can take charge of other peoples’ brains. Hypnotists certainly aren’t able to do so. People can only take charge of brains if others allow them to do so. Hypnotists supply people with suggestions. People take to suggestions that they’re open to at the time. Hypnotists often extract suggestions by listening to comments people make during their interviews. People who undergo hypnosis answer interview questions prior to commencing their journeys.

7. « Hypnotists Encourage People to do Shameful and Awkward Things. »

It’s not surprising that people have concerns that involve acts that are somewhat shameful or awkward. They may have images in their brains of people walking around on all fours or copying animal sounds. These imagines typically come from movies, television and the like. Hypnosis is in no way a joke. Thoughts of strange and inexplicable actions are not rooted in reality and in hypnosis’ aims. Hypnosis is designed to make people better. It’s not at all designed to degrade them or to make other people laugh.

8. « Hypnosis Is 100 Percent Unfamiliar to Me. »

Hypnosis is something that’s actually completely familiar to all human beings, zero exceptions. No one is a stranger to the idea. People go through hypnosis a minimum of twice per day. They do so immediately prior to sleeping in the evening. They do so immediately after rising in the A.M. as well. « Environmental hypnosis » is something that occurs frequently in people as well. This is something that happens when people are engrossed in television programs, films, novels and more. If an individual is transfixed by a lecture given by her college professor, then she may be part of environmental hypnosis at the time.

9. « I May Remain in Hypnosis Permanently. »

It’s not unheard of for people to have frets that involve permanently remaining in hypnotic states. That doesn’t happen to people. Hypnosis isn’t something that’s detrimental to human wellness or health at all. People can easily and rapidly say goodbye to hypnosis. They can do so by talking to others and stretching their bodies. Eye opening is sometimes all that’s necessary, too.

10. « Hypnosis Can Be a Helpful Device for People Who Want Admissions. »

Some people think of hypnosis sessions as being devices that encourage people to admit things to others. Hypnosis journeys, however, are completely discreet and sensitive. Hypnotists are unable to utilize session details in courtrooms. People cannot treat these sessions as lie detector tests of sorts.

11. « Hypnosis Can Heal People. »

Hypnosis does not function as a healing device at all. It’s simply a method that encourages certain reactions and responses. The aim behind hypnosis is not to transform peoples’ lives for good or in dramatic styles. It’s essentially to help people who have specific aims that pertain to strengthening their destinies and brains.

12. « Hypnosis and Meditation Are One and the Same. »

Some people act like hypnosis and meditation are one and the same. They believe that the two methods are essentially interchangeable. That’s not accurate at all. Meditation, in a nutshell, is a form of taking it easy. It involves people clearing their brains and concentrating on designated concepts or pictures. Hypnosis, on the other hand, employs serenity as a means of strengthening suggestibility in individuals.

13. « Hypnosis Is for People Who Are Not Smart. »

Anyone can get hypnotized regardless of how smart they are. It is in no way limited to people who lack brilliance. It may actually be particularly fitting for individuals who are particularly innovative and sharp.

14. « People Who Are in Hypnosis Sessions Are Actually Sound Asleep. »

Hypnosis is not the same as sleeping. If you witness someone in the middle of hypnosis, he or she isn’t asleep. Hypnosis sometimes looks like sleeping from a distance, however. That doesn’t mean that the two things are similar, though. If a person makes the decision to go through hypnosis, the journey won’t be the same as turning in for the evening.

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How to Overcome Social Anxiety as an Actor

So much can be said about the relationship between social anxiety and acting.

Why? Well, because anxiety is such a central topic in today’s conversations. Social anxiety can be understood as an extreme fear of being judged or scrutinized by those around us.

Usually it is associated with a context where we feel like we need to show performance.

Social anxiety is not shyness. It is a serious mental health condition with symptoms that can cause anything from discomfort to a serious disruption of a person’s daily life. This condition is also known as social phobia and it can leave the person who suffers from it in quite a lonely place.

The person experiences a feeling of powerlessness, being alone and feeling ashamed or unworthy. This, naturally leaves the person with a few or no social contacts or romantic relationships.

The mechanism is that, based on a negative experience the individual learns that social situations lead to shame, humiliation, judgment and negative experience. This leads to fear. And fear ultimately leads to avoidance of trigger situations. Avoidance, of course, only reinforces the cycle of negative beliefs.

The person who suffers from social phobia will fear and avoid being introduced or meeting new people, being teased, being the center of attention, being watched, interacting with people in positions of authority and, sometimes, committing to intimate personal relationships.

Raising quality of life is one of the main focus points of today’s mental health community. So, naturally with a raise in the numbers of people suffering from social anxiety we are trying to understand and create new and effective ways to deal with it.

Acting might just be one of the most interesting, beneficial and sustainable solutions. Even more so, many actors, even some of those considered to be well respected or accomplished have come out to say that they suffer from social anxiety.

The natural questions that come to mind after reading these lines are: “How can this be?” and “How can an actor deal with social anxiety?”

So how can an actor deal with his or her social anxiety?

1.        By becoming aware that acting is a birth right

The truth is that acting is an art form that does take commitment, education and practice.

But, more than any other art form, we are capable of doing it without any formal training.

Even before becoming aware of ourselves, we are playing a part. In our day to day lives we all act our part as humans. We perform our role as children, students, neighbors, friends, lovers and strangers. Without even being aware of it, we put on a mask and an outfit and we channel ourselves with more or less enthusiasm.

Actors understand this better than anyone.

In ancient Greece this mask was called Persona. To this day the concept is still accurate and defines the psychological facet of our personality that we use to interact with the world around us.

This mask, our Persona is both a protection and a mean of interaction with the world around us. In other words, we all have a built-in feature that enables and forces us to act.

2.   By practicing

Practice does make perfect. It also helps us gather more experiences that can show us how reality can manifest in multiple ways. And only some of them are similar to our fears.

In other words, our fears and phobias are fueled by past experiences and feelings. These experiences form beliefs that shape our expectations of ourselves, people and situations.

In other words, if performing in public has made us tremendously uncomfortable in the past, we will avoid social exposure in order to avoid further humiliation. By exposing ourselves consciously to situations we make ourselves vulnerable.

But we also have a fair chance at challenging our imitating beliefs and reaching very empowering conclusions.

The more an actor practices and is proactive about putting himself or herself in challenging situations the more he or she will trust that social anxiety can be a blessing in disguise.

3.        By becoming a good listener

People who suffer from anxiety will usually have trouble with really listening to others.

Anxiety pushed the person into “being in their head”. A train of thoughts is automatically set in motion propelling the person into a potential future scenario that causes them to experience all sorts of negative feelings. This is also a means of unconsciously avoiding the present moment.

Acting forces the person to really listen to the people he or she is working with. Otherwise the whole point and dynamic of the situation is wasted and the work is compromised.

An Acting technique such as the Meisner technique emphasizes on the importance of really listening.

The key request ingredient of acting is the idea of showing up mentally and emotionally to the performance. This key request teaches and forces the actor to interact with his or her role, with the other actors and with the audience.

4.        Working with a coach or psychotherapist

Acting coaches are not’t a must but they certainly help greatly. Having an objective mirror and a specialist that knows how to properly challenge is a huge asset. Not everyone will decide to contract the services of an acting coach. But the experience can be greatly insightful even if it’s a one time thing.
For those who have a deeper need of being supported and of introspection, working with a psychotherapist can help tremendously. Acting is a deep form of catharsis so it provides powerful emotional release and insight. Having the option of exploring the nature of these emotions, impressions and contents in a safe relationships can bring deep healing and access to valuable resources.

5.        Becoming aware of other people’s vulnerability

The actor has an intimate and direct view into the psychological nature of the human experience. Besides the relevant experiences that the roles and the performance provide, the actor can also catch meaningful glimpses of other people’s hidden sides. For example, the actor will closely work with other actors. He or she will surely become aware of how others deal with stress or how they are not always able to perform perfectly. Sometimes the actor will see emotional break-downs, fears, childish behavior, conflicts or a failure to remember a certain line. These are the moments that will help the actor understand that he or she is not the only one who is imperfect.

6. Acting Exercises That Helps With Social Anxiety

Any art, craft or endeavor requires serious exercising in order toget to a level of performance or mastery. Acting is no different. Even if working with an agency or acting coach can be huge support, the reality is that one should always focus on establishing a constant routine in order to develop those stong, lean acting muscles. This type of commitment offers the actor the advantage of always being in that mental and emotional space of perfecting his or her skills and becoming more aware of who they are. It also offers less room for over-thinking and anxiety and more room for observation.

These exercises can be both simple and highly effective in assisting the person become more confident in their ability to overcome social anxiety.

A great way to work on one’s acting skills daily is to learn how to “be in your body”. This sounds more abstract than it really is. A great way to be more aware and in touch with your body is to be observant of your body’s posture. We express a lot more than we think through non-verbal communication. Good posture ensures better communication, a better mood, better overall functions of the internal organs and bodily functions. It also offers more self-confidence and sends a message of: “I am comfortable in my own skin and I allow myself to express whatever it is that I feel.” A good posture is also a key feature of a good actor because it allows the person to express and channel the role with all his or her being.

Another great daily exercise that allows the actor to become more comfortable in his or her body and space is stretching. This can be done as often as we feel the need. It brings relief, better balance and a sense of relaxation.

Eating well, drinking enough water and working out are other very seemingly obvious but absolutely crucial exercises. They offer more self-confidence, energy, mental clarity and also are really effective ways to deal with anxiety and elevate mood.

A good way to become inspired and exercise daily is by observing. You can make it your goal to observe actors that you admire and take note of their techniques and the things that you admire about them. You can try to re-create those same techniques in your own time. This can be very fun and it can also assist you in learning how versatile you can truly be. Of course, you can build your characters by observing people in general. As mentioned earlier in the article, everyone acts their part. If you feel truly attracted or interested by the way someone speaks, moves or acts you can take note and learn from your observations.

While watching yourself on camera can be quite challenging for most of us, it is a vital part of becoming a good actor. You might feel vain or even crazy. But think of it this way, how can you expect others to watch you perform if you don’t do it yourself? Seeing and hearing ourselves on a recording can be quite disturbing for most of us. But for a good actor, becoming aware of what his or her strong points, preferences and shortcomings, is of the essence. You can start by preparing as you would for an audition. Choose a moment of complete concentration and solitude. Give it your best and watch yourself perform. By doing this exercise you will surely become more comfortable with yourself and you will grow tremendously!

All of these exercises can also assist the actor with preparing for a task that can seem huge for someone with social anxiety. Castings can be a scary prospect. Most often people who suffer from anxiety tend to postpone and avoid things under the thought that they can “figure it out”. Avoiding the reality of an up-coming casting is really detrimental. It leads to stress and anxiety building up and creates a huge block. This can even manifest in self-sabotage, somatic conditions and depression.

The best way to tackle the reality of an up-coming casting is to take it step-by-step with a plan for each day. The first thing the actor can do it remind him/her self that this is in fact great news. Remaining on top of one’s thoughts and staying rational and positive is of the essence. Instead of feeling huge pressure, the actor can make a conscious choice to be grateful for a great professional opportunity. This can be hard so physical reminders can work wonders. For example, the actor can create a list of positive things that might happen if they go through with the audition and a parallel list with negative things that will happen if they aren’t accepted. Social anxiety is very much connected with the fear of failure, being judged, embarrassed or inappropriate. Most often, when the person will make a list of their worst fears they will come to realize how irrational they are. Keeping this list in a visible place might be a huge help.

Another helpful practice for someone who is preparing for a casting would be to create daily plans that include all the stages of preparation. The plan should give the actor a sense that they are preparing at a high intensity. But it should also leave room for relaxation and pleasurable activities. The person might need to be prepared to work and adjust the plan as they go. If they are not focused of busy enough they will feel underprepared and will also have time to stress and over-react. If the daily routine is too busy, the person might feel like they are unable to cope and will feel disappointed in themselves.

During periods of preparation having contact with positive and supportive people is a huge help. Also, taking the time to walk, read and do relaxing things is helpful. The actor needs to keep in mind that most castings are just learning experiences so they should not over or under-invest effort and expectation in the outcome.

In such periods, the actor should avoid, at all costs, to self-medicate the anxiety.

Conclusion

As the saying goes, where is a will there is a way. The same can be said about this intense, consuming, personal and elaborate journey of the actor that aims to deal with his/her social anxiety. Many resources, solutions and aids can be used in dealing with social anxiety. But what is true and most important, in the end, is that every actor’s journey is unique and worth being fully enjoyed and a priceless learning experience.

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How To Stop Procrastinating

Actor’s job is to act and be in the moment.

Procrastination is the opposite : it takes you out of the moment, and out of the action.

As an actor, you have to work for yourself and creat your own work schedule. You chose this job because you want to enjoy the freedom of being your own boss and having fun doing what you like. But there are several things you need to do in order to give yourself a chance to succeed.

Procrastination is a time stealer. It will take your time and leave you with nothing.

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Self-hypnosis can help you overcome your procrastination habit.  Here is how to stop procrastinating now :

Find your motivation

Whatever you need to do, it will be easier if you know why you have/want to do it. You can ask yourself what will happen if you don’t do it.

What are the benefits of doing it ?

Some people will picture the relief they will feel when the job is done. And that motivates them to do it.

Use your imagination the right way

Your imagination has the power to make you do things or avoid doing it. If you can’t overcome procrastination, it’s probably because you use your imagination in a bad way.

Do you associate a bad feeling to the activity ? Is there a fear behind it ?

Imagine yourself doing the activity you are procrastinating. What do you feel ? Ho can you make it more attractive ?

Make it easy to start

Many people procrastinate because it’s just too difficult to start. Make it easy to start by deciding where and what to do.

Start for 5 minutes

Our brain is made to continue the activity we are doing. After you’ve started, it will be much easier to continue. Just start for 5 minutes, and see if you don’t want to continue after that.

Your motivation anchor

When was the last time you were really motivated ? Remeber this time fully and feel the motivation growing. When you feel this motivation again, press your fingers together. Now you can trigger this feeling by pressing the same fingers. Press your fingers and visualise yourself doing what you have to do.

 

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