The cliches ‘home is where your heart is’, ‘you can’t choose your family’ and ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ are never more true than at Christmas and show how mixed blessings can be at this time of year.
We are all swept along on this tide of uncertainty and have the choice of sinking, paddling a new course or drifting.. This is a good time to set sail for calmer water and take on board new ideas and opportunities created in this strange time.
It is only now as measures taken to protect people financially during lockdowns are being lifted that the true personal cost of the pandemic will become clear. Adjusting to the consequences is going to test the mental health of the nation.
Gratitude literally changes your mind by directing attention towards the health and wellbeing you already have. This makes it easier to improve every aspect of the quality of your life by maintaining what’s already good about it and aspiring to achieve more of the same.
Given that absence makes the heart grow fonder, now is a good time to show appreciation to true friends. Investing time and effort in maintaining these friendships pays dividends in the joy of knowing you can trust someone who appreciates your friendship as much as you do theirs.
The dating world makes love, trust and commitment elusive as so many make promises they have no intention of keeping. While dating apps are no longer exclusively for casual hook-ups and have evolved into a universal go-to for those seeking relationships, the rules are unclear and expectations often unrealistic.
Any crisis accelerates change. Economically, socially and technologically, there will be global developments in infrastructure. This will potentially lead to better ways to work, live and benefit from scientific progress post pandemic.
As far as our primitive survival instinct is concerned, any pain is bad or dangerous. It doesn’t compute that medical science has given us the means to live longer and be healthier and that some of the ways it does that will hurt. It is this neurology that also objects to the drawing of blood, which can be a very specific form of needle phobia based on the fundamental fear that, if we’re bleeding, we might die.
Lockdown blues have inspired a revival of the manifestation movement. This self help method of tapping into the power of positive thinking found popularity with publishing sensation ‘The Secret’ more than a decade ago. It’s compelling message was that anyone can use the ‘law of attraction’ to manifest anything they want. And it made it’s […]
Now the wheels of commerce and industry have started turning again, there will be many offices, factories, shops, restaurants and bars where the doors will stay shut and the lights out. The social and economic landscape has changed in a way that affects us all and we’re only now starting to emerge blinking into a […]
Despite the Chancellor’s prescriptions for economic recovery, unemployment is estimated to hit 12 per cent or four million by the end of 2020 and more than a million job losses are predicted by the middle of next year. Like long covid, the symptoms of the ailing financial crisis are going to be prolonged and nasty. […]
Hypnotherapy creates subconscious changes in motivation, improving impulse control and focusing on the delayed gratification of achieving a healthy, lean fit body whilst sorting out the mindless tendency we all have to be sabotaged by our emotions.
The media is awash with doom and gloom about the economy. And much of what is reported is so baffling it makes no sense in terms of the price of lockdown on us as individuals. When figures are bandied about in the billions, it’s difficult to relate that in real terms to the difference it […]
In the long dark hours of a Spring night, a 17 year old boy takes his own life in a Tunbridge Wells park and the coronavirus claims another tragic victim. Lockdown measures are particularly challenging for teens isolated from the social contact of school life and the support of their friendship groups. The structure, order, […]
I get great joy from showing kindness to others. It’s a habit which I indulge in whenever I can. But the truth is, I’m not Mother Theresa or Pollyanna and my positive intentions are not entirely altruistic. You see, kindness is often welcomed with appreciation and we all have a fundamental need for approval. Lockdown […]
Do you remember when Corona used to be a sweet fizzy drink? That was back in the innocent days, long before there was a sugar tax on carbonated drinks, when dentists used to give children lollipops for being good as they left the surgery. And here we are now, after decades of an obesity crisis, […]
Do you remember as a child that end of holiday feeling of dread at the start of a new school term? Well, who would have thought parents across the land are getting that same sinking feeling at the prospect of starting a new term of home schooling? And it’s a mixed blessing for children too […]
Goodness me! The internet is suddenly awash with experts on anxiety. Having trawled through some of their offerings, a lot of the advice out there is pretty obvious to me. But then I am, and have been for many years, busy helping people manage their anxiety. Can we first get some perspective here? Anxiety is […]
Stop those Snack Attacks with Hypnotherapy
Our supermarkets are absolutely rammed with a smorgasbord of both sweet and savoury snacks to tempt the taste buds of every shopper. And who, these days, doesn’t fill themselves up with one of the handy treats stacked high by the queue to pay for fuel at the filling station?
Women with Anxiety are Strong, Wise and Kind Women learn courage, self-awareness and empathy by fighting their fears… Her strength comes from battling her anxiety when her overwhelming impulse to run away and hide.Sometimes, the voice of fear is too loud to ignore. But mostly, she finds a way to pretend she’s okay. She finds […]