Health Anxiety Hypnotherapy Testimonial (and Fear of Flying):

Whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues unabated here in the UK, there has been a surge in the number of people struggling with anxiety, health anxiety, stress and worry.

Within this mental health storm, I wanted to offer something positive in the form of my most recent hypnotherapy testimonial. Feedback like this can offer everyone hope and belief that it is possible to learn how to manage anxiety, worry and stress. If all of the people who have left feedback on my What People Say pages have been able to overcome anxiety then that means that you can benefit too.

It's always a huge privilege to help someone to make positive changes like overcoming anxiety, so it's a massive thank you to Charlotte for sharing her feedback on how her sessions helped with her health anxiety (and fear of flying too).  

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Free Stress Relief Hypnosis Download to Help During Coronavirus Lockdown

Hey! I hope you are doing ok in the current lockdown climate? 

I've already covered some ways to manage anxiety during the coronavirus outbreak so this is just a really short reminder that my stress relief hypnosis download is still available free of charge to help you.  If you could use some stress relief or anxiety help then my hypnosis download can really help you right now. 

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Skype Hypnotherapy and Zoom Hypnotherapy Sessions

I've had many requests asking me about online hypnotherapy sessions during the coronovirus. 

As has long been the case, I do carry out skype hypnotherapy sessions and zoom hypnotherapy sessions. It's not possible under social distancing to conduct face to face sessions but online sessions are just as effective if you need help with issues like anxiety, worry and stress. 

I know this is a worrying ad challenging time for many of you so if I can help in any way then do get in touch.

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How To Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety

It's perhaps hard to believe that we are only into week two of the lockdown as I write this. So much seems to have happened over the last ten days or so and I hope you are doing ok in these challenging times.

Certainly normal life and usual routines have all changed for all of us right now, which can only be  a good thing because the more we all stay home and keep our distance from others, the more our awesome NHS will be able to cope and the more lives will be saved. 

And whilst we are all calling it a lockdown, let's not forget that currently there are a whole range of specific reasons that mean you can get out and about if essential or needed. Compared to some other countries who are struggling more than the UK right now and have much tighter restrictions, I'm certainly grateful that I can get out for a walk or run to exercise each day.

The impact of the coronavirus can be felt by all of us yet in many different ways. Many of us are now working from home yet others are still going to work because they are essential workers or can't work from home. Some businesses and employers are doing well whilst others are struggling. Some people have financial concerns or are waiting upon Government support. You may be worried about your own health or that of loved ones should they contract the virus. Some of us are now also trying to do at least a bit of home schooling with the challenges that entails. And some people are being very productive and perhaps learning new skills, whilst many others are struggling with anxiety, depression and stress and just trying to cope each day. 

With all the uncertainty and worry, you may very well be struggling with anxiety and stress about one or several aspects related to the coronavirus. In this first article about how to manage anxiety during the coronavirus I've covered the first three things that I suggest you start (or continue) doing to boast your mental health under lockdown. 

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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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Confidence, Self-Esteem and Sports Performance - Hypnotherapy Testimonial:

Recently I write a blog all about the evidence supporting the use hypnosis for sports performance and improvement (read it here: Hypnosis For Sports Performance - Research and Evidence).

The other Sunday, several of my clients were busy taking part in the Cambridge Half Marathon, while at the same time I was just happy to get out for a 5k run around Ely as I continue my running comeback after injury. There is nothing quite like the feeling after a good run or other form of exercise; you feel better physically and mentally (and, of course, exercise is so good for your mental health. For more on this have a look here: Ely Festive 5k 2019 and Why You Should Get Running For Your Mental Health).

And recently one of my clients popped into the office and very kindly recorded a video hypnotherapy testimonial about how her sessions not only helped with confidence and self-esteem, but also how they helped with her sports performance. Have a watch!

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Do The Little Things In Life - How St David Can Help Your Mental Health

March 1st each year is marked as St David's Day in Wales, the date St David is considered to have died. For those of you who don't come from Wales, he was a Welsh bishop during the 6th Century and is the patron saint of Wales (although he hasn't managed to keep up with St Patrick when it comes to celebrations!)

Now I don't claim to be a fountain of all knowledge about the life and times of Saint David. At my primary school just outside Cardiff, I do remember that we would all pin leeks or daffodils on our tops to celebrate. There's nothing quite like the memory of siting in the assembly hall with the strong waft of leeks and while watching some of the boys at the back quietly munching on their raw leeks whilst trying not to get spotted by the teachers (I stuck to a more sober felt type daffodil on my top).

According to the BBC (St David: Ten things about the Patron Saint of Wales) he was a teetotal vegetarian, which kind of makes him alright by me.

And apparently his last words to his followers were 'Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do.' And also apparently (thanks BBC), the phrase 'Gwnewch y pethau bychain' ('Do the little things') is still well-known in Wales. 

I can't claim to have known that phrase as a common Welsh thing. Even though every rugby match I've ever watched seems to have a pundit going on about the team doing the little things (or basics) well. It certainly has never ranked up there with the one most prevalent in my family, 'now, in a minute' (which totally confused my wife when she first heard it! Do you mean now? Or do you mean in a minute?!!).  

And many is the time that someone has been confused by another family saying we had. When we split up in Cardiff to go shopping, my family would arrange a time to meet 'inside, outside.' Which if it isn't immediately obvious would mean meeting inside the shopping centre and outside M&S. Obviously.

But anyway, that little phrase of Saint David can be a pretty handy reminder when it comes to your mental health. 

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Using Nature To Positively Impact Your Mental Health

Ah the benefits of nature! In recent weeks this has seemed to primarily consist of rain and strong winds, interspersed with more rain and strong winds! 

I even mentioned about one of the recent storms in my last article about sports improvement (Hypnosis For Sports Performance - Research and Evidence). I for one will certainly welcome the start of Spring (hopefully some time soon) with its lighter evenings and promise of at least a little warmth and sunshine.

Nature can throw all sorts of things at us, yet much evidence shows that there are significant benefits for our mental health from spending some time in nature. An increasing body of evidence has demonstrated that spending time in nature can help reduce stress and anxiety, and support mental health and well-being.

The research also demonstrates that it doesn't even take that much of your time to achieve these physiological and psychological benefits. As the research below demonstrates, we should all be actively seeking to spend a little time in nature to support our mental health.

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