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Rictus grins and corporate
handshakes? Nope. James
Gill discovers a therapy that
digs surprisingly deep

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ou probably know someone
who's an over-thinker. Have
a think. Actually, don't; it can
lead to anxiety and depression. It's a lifelong problem for Balance and we didn't
think NLP had the answer. After all, neurolinguistic programming, a combination of
communication, personal development
and psychotherapy invariably used to
become more successful, is synonymous
with Paul McKenna, positivity and
seminars packed with corporate climbers
hunting zeroes for their bonus cheque.
Nevertheless, Balance made its way
to the NLP School in Kentish Town, and
were pleasantly surprised by the way the
corporate feel has been eschewed in favour
of a reassuringly warm vibe. After all,
founder and teacher Robbie Steinhouse,
who became aware of NLP via a Tai Chi
class 20 years ago, is more interested in
its psychological and healing qualities.
The healing first comes from within.
If you're hurting on the inside, you'd
need Daniel Day-Lewis levels of acting to
convince others everything was going as
thunderously well outwardly as you claim.

(DON'T) THINK ABOUT IT

ILLUSTRATION: ACUTEGRAPHICS.CO.UK

Give it a go The NLP
School may pleasantly
surprise you
High point
Being given
takeaway
advice
Cost
Coach
Training with
NLP, TA &
Mindfulness
(3 days) Oct
10-12 £395

Booking info
Regent's
University,
Inner Circle,
Regent's Park,
London, NW1
nlpschool.com

Low point
Being a bag
of nerves at
the start

Wake
yourself up!
WORST-CASE SCENARIO
When pressed for an example of
over-thinking, we say the 'What if?'
chain of thought ('What if something
has happened to a beloved relative?').
The body can end up rigid with panic
over an entirely fictitious event you're
convinced has happened.
The avuncular Robbie has a Rolodexlike knowledge of the schools of NLP
and for this conundrum, he selects
Six Step Reframing. "It's the classic
NLP process," he explains. You start
by closing your eyes and taking a few
moments to feel where there might
be feelings of emotional discomfort.
"Rather than push it away, welcome it."
There's an inexplicable and nagging
feeling in my gut. Soon, Robbie
encourages a two-way conversation with
it. At one point, I hold it in my hands
like a pet gerbil to find out what's really
behind it. After 22 minutes (yes, really)
of gentle probing, Robbie has unpicked
this lock. The feeling of creeping dread
is my body telling me to spend more
time at home. It's not my family that's in
peril, but my relationship with them.
Robbie wants more: the next time
I'm out and get such a feeling, what do
I intend to do? I vow to reach out and
get in touch with the person I'm fretting
over. There is a feeling of resolution.
He sums up: "It's a fundamental belief
that something may feel negative, yet it
has a positive purpose. Philosophically,
that's better than thinking there's some
internal part that wants to destroy you."
My body is telling me I actually want
to be at peace? That's cool. B

July 2018 BA LA N CE

Dietitian Lucy Jones'
simple tricks to keep
tiredness at bay
Summer heat can leave us all
fatigued. Use these essential
nuggets to remain energised
as long the sunshine lasts.
1. Snack well
The high magnesium content
in almonds contributes to a
reduction in fatigue, making
them a great snack when
you need a pick-me-up.
2. Get moving
Build exercise into your daily
routine: opt for the stairs
over the lift, or cycle to
work. Aim for 2-3 sessions
of exercise per week.
3. Drink water
Dehydration is a key
contributor to fatigue, so
carry a bottle of water to
keep hydrated on the go.
4. Sleep well
Ensure you're well rested. Set
a routine, factor in time to
unwind and avoid napping.
5. Manage stress
Stress uses energy, so build
relaxing activities into your
day, like socialising or reading.
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Lucy says: 'Diet plays
an important role in
energy levels. Almonds
contain natural plant
protein and healthy
fats to provide energy
throughout your day.'

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