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503, 2021

Light at the end of the tunnel

By |March 5th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

The past year has been an anxious and stressful time. It’s also been a lonely one for many people since Covid-19 struck our communities. Hopefully we are emerging from the worst of the pandemic now, so cautious optimism is justified – as long as we take it carefully. I’m taking new face to face bookings, and the damaging effects of the past year are clearly apparent from the conversations I’m having with clients. Emotional exhaustion and burnout, grief, the fallout from relationships broken or damaged by unbearable strain, guilt at being unable to see loved ones during illness, or being able to say goodbye as they died – these are just a few of the issues raised, and there are many more. Some people have been undoubtedly traumatised by what has happened to them since the virus struck and are finding it very difficult to cope. On top of this is the worry employees have about their job security, and for self-employed people, a questionmark as to the viability of their businesses. For those of us who have been affected the most, it’s not been just a double or even a triple whammy - [...]

902, 2021

Seize the day – even if we are still in lockdown

By |February 9th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

As I write, the garden is blanketed with snow, but Spring is almost on us and brings the prospect of lighter, longer days and warmer weather. At the same time we look ahead to the hope of more social interaction and an eventual return to something more like 'normal life'. But let's not forget that the best way to cope with the stress we may be feeling now is to find solace in the present. "Don't wish your life away" is an old adage and a valid one. In our current circumstances we can be forgiven for thinking that life has been pretty much suspended and we are desperate to simply get through these times and move forward. Many mistakes have clearly been made during this pandemic and bad things have happened. Bereavement and misery, ill health and loneliness are widespread in our country and the suffering is continuing. But throughout this, the good in people has shone through. And strangely, the pandemic has had its benefits; many of us have learned new skills, discovered the joys of nature and bonded closely with those in our households.  The treadmill of commuting has been stopped [...]

2003, 2020

Keep calm…and stop worrying about toilet paper!

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: General News, Health|0 Comments

A friend of mine and her partner took her young granddaughter to a weekend workshop activity in Leeds last Saturday. Afterwards, they were looking forward to getting home to relax after a busy day, dropping her off at her house en route. They arrived back at their car, and were dismayed to find the boot had been broken into. What was stolen? A pack of toilet rolls! Clearly it’s going to cost a lot more to fix the broken lock that the value of the toilet rolls.   Everyone in the family was upset and emotionally exhausted, and now my friend has to make an insurance claim.  All the thieves had gained were a few toilet rolls, which are constantly being restocked in the shops anyway.  And if there’s any CCTV footage with which to identify them, they’ll be prosecuted. . These are stressful times. People do what they can to enable themselves to find a measure of control (which currently seems to be panic-buying).  But instead of making us feel better, this can result in simply adding to our stress, which is a bad idea. And we don’t behave rationally when we are stressed [...]

1112, 2019

Christmas – are you really crackers about it?

By |December 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Once a time for Christian religious worship, now a time of peak consumption. I know people who are so stressed about Christmas that they can barely sleep for worrying about posting cards off in time, getting the right presents for their family and friends, planning the schedule for the ritual Christmas dinner, cooking it - and making sure that everything goes exactly right throughout the whole day. And what of those who don’t spend Christmas with a partner, friends or family? Having experienced this myself, I know only too well that if you aren’t initially upset about your situation, everyone else will unwittingly conspire to ensure that you are, as the day approaches. Were you looking forward to getting up when you felt like it, eating what you want when you want, going out for a walk in the woods and then luxuriating in a hot bath, before catching up on that box set you’ve been saving up? Hard luck. By the time the day arrives, you’ll feel like a solitary failure of a human, because you’re ‘on your own on Christmas Day’. Last year one of my clients was in full Christmas meltdown and [...]

411, 2019

November blues!

By |November 4th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

It's that time of year again and I'm reminded of the poem by Thomas Hood, which ends with the lines: "No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!"Dark nights and gloomy days can make the most cheerful of us despondent. But those suffering from anxiety or stress may find the ‘winter blues’ affect them in a disproportionate way.If that sounds like you, there are things you can do to help combat those feelings, and it’s worth making that little extra effort.First of all try to make the most of what natural daylight there is. If you can, spend some time outside during the day and especially if there is any sunlight. Even if the sky is grey, research tells us that being outside is beneficial to body and mind. A brisk walk (and at this time of year, brisk is best!) will also burn up those calories and release endorphins that lift the mood.Also, make some time to practise relaxation is a mindful way. Even if this is simply doing some conscious breathing for five minutes of the day, I promise you that you’ll feel the [...]

3110, 2018

Mental health in the NHS – the Cinderella service?

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: General News, Hypnotherapy|0 Comments

Mental health services in the NHS will be getting an extra £2 billion per annum as a result of the recent budget But is it too little, too late? The promised funding is not due to arrive in NHS budgets until 2023 and the plan is to create a new mental health crisis service, provide mental health provision in A&E, and to prioritise mental health support to young people. The Royal College of Nurses is dubious about the plans as they will inevitably depend on the existence of a well-trained and expert workforce of healthcare professionals. They point to the current staffing gaps in A & E departments which don’t seem likely to be filled in the near future. As I listen to the stories many of my clients tell of the mental and emotional distress and anxiety that they suffer on a daily or even hourly basis, I frequently wonder how we have arrived at this state of affairs. The catalogue of misery that often precedes a mental health crisis is often made up of a series of events and incidents that could have been avoided. In addition, the person affected might have been [...]

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