Coronavirus and My Hypnotherapy - Update

I'm writing this update on Monday 23rd March 2020 from my office in Ely. 

Since the end of last week I have ceased all face to face appointments with clients. Events with coronavirus are accelerating so quickly that it really is not safe to continue seeing people in person. Like most of us, I do not want to contribute to the spread of the virus, to people catching the disease and possibly dying and to the burden upon our wonderful NHS.

I want to say a huge thank you to all of my clients who have been supportive and understanding of this decision. I really do appreciate you agreeing to postpone until life returns to normal and it is safe to recommence. If any clients need email advice and support please do let me know and I'll do all I can.

I wrote a few suggestions in my most recent article (Coronavirus And Your Mental Health) and you can get a copy of my Stress Relief Hypnosis Download to support you.

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Coronavirus And Your Mental Health:

In my last post (Coronavirus update), I wrote a bit about how at the time of writing I'm still working with clients one to one and taking extra precautions (as we all should be) to keep us all safe whilst doing so.

I also mentioned how you can get your hands on a free copy of my Stress Relief Hypnosis Download which I hope will provide some help to those of you who may be feeling overwhelmed, uncertain or fearful right now. I'm really pleased that a whole load of you have downloaded it and I hope you find it helpful in the coming days and weeks.

The schools are about to shut, people are becoming ill and isolating themselves, the number of deaths continues to rise and people are naturally worried about what the future holds for them and their loved ones.  People are worried about their health, livelihoods, education, businesses, jobs, paying the bills and a whole host of other things. 

And the only certain thing right now is uncertainty. It's an ever shifting landscape that impacts upon each and every one of us.

Yet there is hope. We will come out the other side (for better or for worse). Life will return to normal (whether in weeks or months or longer). And right now it's more important than ever that you take care of your mental health and wellbeing.

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Coronavirus Update

Understandably it's pretty much all anyone is talking and thinking about now. The coronavirus has had, and will continue to have, a huge impact on us all for many weeks to come. And even as I write this post, I'm aware that the situation is constantly evolving and changing and much of what I'm writing may be out of date even before you read this!

At the time of writing this in March 2020, I am still fully operational and working to help my clients across a range of issues, and particularly with anxiety, worry and stress.

This is a time of great uncertainty and that can certainly exacerbate stress, worry and anxiety as we all try to keep updated, keep ourselves and our loves ones safe and well and deal with things like getting hold of shopping and the impact on jobs and livelihoods.

Whether you are still out and about, or have been forced to self isolate, the coronavirus can have a huge impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

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Hypnosis For Sports Performance - Research and Evidence

Last month I headed down to Bournemouth to attend a two day seminar on hypnosis for sports performance. And whilst I've helped many sports people with their performance, it's always great to get new insights and discover new research and evidence about the effectiveness of incorporating hypnosis to enhance sports performance.

And, indeed, there is a wealth of research showing how you can enhance sports performance with hypnosis. I'll be setting the ball rolling by covering a comprehensive review of the research further below, and plan to cover much, much more over the coming weeks.

The event happened to take place over the same weekend that Storm Ciara hit the UK with its high winds and heavy downpours, so Bournemouth certainly was a blustery location that weekend! I'm a big fan of Bournemouth and love wandering through the park with the squirrels and then down to the beach and along the pier. Whether it's sunny or stormy, I could happily watch the sea for hours while drifting from thought to thought. 

It was certainly a very enjoyable place to learn about sports hypnosis and its application for improving performance and I'm super excited to be able to add more research, evidence and strategies to help my sports performance clients.

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Is Laughter The Best Medicine For Anxiety, Stress and Mental Health?

We all love to laugh but does laughter actually have mental health benefits for things like anxiety and stress?

The other Friday my wife and I headed to a local venue here in Ely with some friends for a comedy night. 'The Best in Comedy' night featured two great comedians (Ahir Shah and Glenn Moore) who thoroughly entertained us all with their jokes, quips and anecdotes. Despite having very different styles they were both excellent.   

Laughter certainly makes us feel better, at least for a time, and seems to boost our mental health and see the lighter side of life, or even laugh at the situations and challenges that we all face from time to time. In the past, going to see comedians such as Ricky Gervais, Rob Brydon and Jack Dee has left me with tears down my face and an ache in my tummy from laughing so much. We all love a good laugh (or a good groan it seems when it comes to some of my own efforts).

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Time To Talk Day 2020 - Talking About Mental Health

Time To Talk Day 2020 was on February 6th 2020 and is an annual event designed to encourage people to get talking about mental health issues as part of ending mental health discrimination. The organisers want everyone to be more open about mental health and to talk and listen about all things mental health.

I'm sure we all agree it's a worthwhile aim to challenge the stigma that can still pervade around mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. And certainly your mental health should be up there on a par with your physical health, in terms of both keeping healthy and seeking help when things are tougher.

And whilst I hear from clients many stories of supportive employers, partners, families and friends, there are those who still don't get it when it comes to mental health issues and the impact they can have on you.

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Can Anyone Call Themselves A Therapist?

It's hard to believe that we are already a month into 2020 and sometimes it seems time passes by quicker and quicker somehow. I've continued to be massively busy with hypnotherapy clients and, as always, anxiety and fear form a large part of the issues I've been helping them with. As I mentioned last time, I've also been busy in the studio adding to the hypnosis downloads I have available for you.

Combined with chasing the kids around, it can sometimes feel like there isn't a moment to pause (and I seem to have been learning a lot of geographical and musical terms and definitions in recent weeks while I've been testing my daughter for her tests). In fact the only downside recently seems to be the achillies injury I picked up running and that has curtailed my usual fitness routine. I'm banned from running, jumping and lunging for the next few weeks! 

Which was probably how I had a bit of time to scroll over the BBC website the other morning while eating my breakfast. And there, sitting on the News home page was a link to a video called, 'Can anyone call themself a therapist or counsellor?' which naturally piqued my professional curiousity (the video may or may not still be there by the time you are reading this!)

So, what is the answer? Can anyone call themselves a therapist here in the UK?

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New Hypnosis Downloads - Worry, Confidence and Loving Kindness:

It's been a hectic start to the year helping people with issues such as anxiety, worry, low self-esteem and overcoming fears (as well as settling back into the routine after the festive break). Amongst all that I have managed to get back into the recording studio to create some new hypnosis downloads for you.

Based upon the positive feedback I've received on my existing hypnosis downloads (have a look at them here: Hypnosis Downloads), I think you are going to love these new titles.

As well as my existing hypnosis downloads for issues such as anxiety and confidence, I've recorded a special morning calmness hypnosis download, as well as a morning confidence hypnosis one. These two can really help you to start your day in the best possible mind-set, knowing that you can handle whatever comes your way during the day.

There's also an audio to help you let go of unnecessary worry, and another to help you start being kinder to yourself and liking yourself more (which can help reduce self-criticism, anxiety and depression, as well as helping you feel better in yourself). 

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Anxiety Relief And Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year to you! I hope that you had a great festive period and that you are raring to go now that we are into 2020 and a new decade. If you have been struggling with anxiety, depression or feelings of lowness then I really hope that this is the year that you take back control and start feeling better and happier.

Christmas in our house was its usual mix of craziness, fun and relaxation. By the time both kids were asleep on Christmas morning it was 3 a.m. which meant Santa arrived at 3.01 a.m. and just in time before they woke up at 3.05 a.m.!! And after lots of family time, quizzes, games and the like, here we suddenly are back into the usual routine of daily life (with a very short respite before my daughter's birthday celebrations begin...!!).

Yet if the New Year has found you still weighed down with anxiety and lowness, then the return to normality may bring some relief with a routine and normality, and yet with it, a great load of unease, dread and worry. And whether or not you have made any resolutions or set any goals, there are a few things that you should incorporate into your routine that can make a big difference to how you feel.

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My Most Popular Blogs From 2019:

This is my final blog article of 2019 before the Christmas holidays, when I'll be taking some time off to spend with my family (and to do some extra running no doubt!). 

It's been another busy year and I'm grateful to anyone who has been to see me for hypnotherapy sessions, purchased my hypnosis audios, left me a testimonial, read my blogs, watched my videos or who has supported me in any way. Thank you!

Before I power off and head off, I'd like to share the most read blogs from my website over the year. There have been over sixty articles added this year (with over fourteen thousand views...blimey!) so I hope you've found them (or at least some of them!!) helpful and beneficial. 

So which were the most popular articles?

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