Archives for October 2021

The Holidays Are Here Again

Yes, holidays are soon going to be available again, and you will be able to fly off in an aeroplane far, far away to a destination of your choice so long as the country that you wish to travel to is on the new “The Rest Of The World List”. However, you can still travel to a country on “The Red List”, but just remember that if you do this, you will still have to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days at your own cost, upon your return to the UK. Just imagine basking on a sun-lit sandy beach, the sea lapping away quietly, and the occasional call from a sea-bird passing by. You could soon be actually doing this, with the palm trees standing like sentinels along the promenade.

Bookings for holidays are expected to rise sharply now, after the UK Government said that they would be relaxing the international travel rules so that holidaymakers would find things easier to understand and to follow. Travel agencies have already been reporting a healthy and steady increase in bookings. One company said that over this October’s half-term week holiday, bookings were already up 200%, and they were expecting this figure to rise because of some of the great deals that are being offered, along with the new easier rules about testing, and also changes to the rules for international travel.

The “Traffic Light System of Travel” Has Been Scrapped.

Be aware, that the UK has now scrapped the previously existing “traffic light system” of travel. This system consisted of three different lists of countries, which were entitled:- “The Green List”, “The Amber List”, and “The Red List”. This system has now been replaced with two different lists of countries, which are now entitled:- “The Rest Of The World List”, which is for lower-risk destinations, and “The Red List”, which is for countries that demand quarantine.

There are only 7 countries on “The Red List”. They are Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti, and The Dominican Republic.

What kind of Covid-19 Tests are there for Travel?

You might be sitting there at home, wondering whatever kind of Covid-19 tests do you need to take for the particular country that you want to travel to for your holiday. Some countries require proof of a negative PCR (polymer chain reaction) test before you are allowed to travel there from the UK, and the test result will say whether you have tested positive or negative for Covid-19. If you have tested negative you will be provided with a Fit to Fly travel certificate which will give details of your full name, date of birth, laboratory and test credentials, passport number, the time and date of your sample, and the time and date of your report.

You must also take a Day Two PCR test, after returning home to the UK from your holiday abroad, as well as an additional Day Eight test if you are not fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, you will still need the Day Two PCR test, but you will not need the additional Day Eight test.

(Please note, that you are not allowed to use the free NHS lateral flow tests or the free NHS PCR tests for travel. You now have to buy them from a private provider. They tend to vary in cost with some of them costing anything from £50 up to around £120 or so. The time it takes for you to get your results back will vary from provider to provider, because some promise to send your results back to you within 24 hours, and other providers can sometimes take several days).

The UK Government has said that compulsory Day Two PCR testing for fully vaccinated arrivals in the UK will be scrapped and will be replaced by lateral flow testing. This did not happen on 4th October, and it is now going to be rolled out by the end of October.

British nationals who are fully vaccinated, will not have to self-isolate or shield themselves at home when they return from travelling abroad, if they have travelled to a country on “The Rest Of The World List”, but they will have to take a Day Two PCR test when they have arrived back to the UK. However, they will not need the additional Day Eight PCR test.

Also, please make sure that you remember that you must find out officially and for certain what the travel rules are for the country that you are travelling to. This is most important because, for instance, you may be able to board the plane, but when you get to your country’s port of entry you might not be allowed to enter the country for one reason or another.

If you want to travel from the United Kingdom to the United States of America

America has now lifted its travel ban on people from the United Kingdom and Europe. This means that many people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will soon be allowed to visit the country, and see family members that they may not have visited for many months due to the pandemic.

Travel to the United States from the United Kingdom will resume from November 2021 for fully vaccinated British people. This change in American border policy was made when health officials in the United States decided to recognize Covid-19 vaccines that were given out in the United Kingdom and the European Union.

This means, that from November, anyone who has received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and who are therefore fully vaccinated, will be able to enter America, as long as their last jab was at least two weeks before they arrived in the United States.

Travellers will also need proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within three days of their flight there. These new rules would come into effect before Thanksgiving, which this year is on the 25th November.

If you would like some help with any kind of travel anxiety

I hope that you have enjoyed reading through what I have written here about the new travel rules. If, however, you are feeling rather anxious about a trip abroad that you have thought about and would greatly be able to enjoy, but you do not think you would be able to go because of your anxiety states perhaps, or if you worry a lot when you are away, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Hypnosis is a natural and safe method of helping someone who is very nervous about travelling, to feel confident enough in themselves, once they have had a hypnosis session, to be able to manage to go on a wonderful holiday. We will talk to you very gently in the hypnosis session, and once you are deeply relaxed and in a deep hypnotic state we will be able to address your subconscious mind directly. We will give it new instructions, for instance we will instruct it to help you to feel really confident once you are sitting in the aeroplane instead of sitting there feeling all worried and tense, and we will command it to do things like help you to really enjoy your trip. After the hypnosis session you will feel absolutely wonderful, extremely relaxed and full of self-confidence. You will feel ready to do things like getting out your suitcase, and going to the shops to buy some clothes to wear on your travels. You will find, that once you are actually travelling, you will feel very calm and relaxed.

If you would like to call us, we can have a friendly chat with you about any worries in particular that you may have about travelling, especially if you are alone and if you will be on your own while travelling. Our telephone number is 07904 605344. (Or you can ask us about anything else that may be bothering you, that you would like us to help you with).

Sick Over Sweets

This is all about creating or using a sense of nausea and and a sense of feeling uncomfortable in someone, whenever they want to eat cakes, cookies, pastries, and sweets and other things like that. For instance, they might happen to be in a cake shop surrounded by cakes and pastries, and they will say that they simply must have one or more of them to eat, right now. They could have been over-eating the cakes and pastries along with the cookies, chocolates and sweets, without realising how many of them they had actually been eating in recent weeks. They might have suddenly noticed one day, how much weight they seemed to have put on just recently, and they knew very well that they would not be able to successfully lose more weight without trying something different like hypnosis, especially if exercising and going to the gym regularly had not worked.

Hypnosis can also be used to create a sense of nausea and feeling uncomfortable in someone who is smoking, say 20 or more cigarettes a day, and then one day they are about to smoke yet another cigarette. They suddenly decide that they are actually fed up with smoking and wasting their money on such a bad habit, when the money could be better spent elsewhere like on food and clothing and the household bills. They are sitting there, just wondering if hypnosis can help them to quit smoking altogether. Then they might remember that they have tried several times to quit smoking themselves in the past, but it was just too difficult to do, and they will sit there worrying and going round in circles. However, yes, there is definitely a way of using hypnosis to help someone do this.

Now I am going to tell you about a client I once had, called Claire, who phoned me up a few weeks ago and said that she wanted to work with me just once. “Rosemary, I would very much like you to take over my many sugar cravings, because I am eating lots of sweet, sugary things like cakes, pastries, cookies, and chocolates. I also like to make my own puddings on which I pile the warmed custard laden with brown sugar. I’m really desperate to lose more weight, and I want you to take over and completely control all my sugar cravings. I absolutely insist that you take over my sugar cravings, and I want you to make me feel all anxious and nauseous to the point of throwing up as soon as I start to even think about eating anything like cookies, and cakes and things”. She was also a compulsive cigarette smoker, who smoked 20 or so cigarettes a day, and simply could not stop this terrible habit. She knew it was endangering her life, but she simply could not get on top of it. She had tried everything, and nothing worked. And now she was wondering if hypnosis could completely free her of this dreadful habit of eating all this sweet stuff, as well as helping her with her sugar cravings, and from the habit of smoking cigarettes.

“OK, Claire”, I said, “I can certainly do that. I am booking you in for 11 o’clock on Wednesday morning next week, for a hypnosis session where I will take complete control of your sugar cravings. If you are OK with this, please do not eat anything sweet like biscuits or cakes for 24 hours before the appointment time. And please do not have any sugar in any of your cups of tea or coffee within that time. This is because I need you to be absolutely craving something sugary like a chocolate bar, or a huge slice of chocolate gateau with chocolate sauce drizzled lazily over the top, OK?”. I wanted her to be really craving something very sweet before she came in, I said to her, “Now Claire, I want to double check, to make sure you are going to feel OK in my clinic, with being instructed during the hypnosis session to feel nauseous, and about to be sick, and to have a sense of feeling uncomfortable and queasy as though you are about to actually throw up, as soon as I instruct you to start thinking about chocolates and cakes and such like? And are you going to be OK, in my clinic, when I instruct you to feel nauseous, and about to be sick, and also to have a sense of feeling uncomfortable around smoking a cigarette?”. And Claire said to me, in fact she absolutely insisted, that of course she would be fine with that, and feeling great about it, because that was precisely what she actually wanted to feel like. She wanted me to put her off eating so many sweet things, simply by making her feel anxious and nauseous and uncomfortable about the thought of eating sweet and sugary food to the point that she simply could not physically eat it because the thought of doing so made her feel so nauseous and sick and about to throw up. I then explained to her that I would need to do another hypnosis session to remove her smoking habit, to which she agreed.

The following Wednesday morning dawned bright and sunny. I used my usual hypnosis process, which places the client into an extremely deep hypnotic state so that they are feeling extremely relaxed. Once Claire was settled and deeply relaxed and in The Golden Box, I was then able to access her subconscious mind and speak with it directly, as though it was a very bright 10 year old child. I told it, that it was the one in charge. I said, that up to now it had been doing a wonderful job of keeping Claire to 63 kgs, but now things have changed. She now wants to be rid of her habit of eating a lot of sweet things, and she wants me to ask you to make her feel terribly anxious and extremely nauseous and to have that feeling that she is about to throw up, every time she wants to eat something like cakes, or pastries, or chocolate, so that she does not eat so much sweet stuff. And oh, by the way, she is very fond of those Danish Pastries. Now, when Claire even wants to pick up a chocolate bar, or thinks she wants to go into the cake shop and buy a huge great treacle tart all for herself, you will straightaway make her feel nauseous and sick and immediately overcome all of her sugar cravings so that she does not do so. You will not let her buy all those cakes and pastries and sweets and things. Starting from now, you will do this, in the safest and healthiest way for Claire, so that she may reach the desired weight that she wants, of 57 kgs.

Claire, or course, reported back to me, that she had already lost a lot of weight, all due to this queasy feeling of being uncomfortable when she was tempted to start eating cakes and cookies. Her weight plummeted and she now weighed 55.9 kgs. I was absolutely delighted for her, and told her so, and she said that she had never felt happier. She was now looking forward to her hypnosis session in a couple of weeks’ time, to help her overcome her cigarette smoking habit.

Hypnosis is a natural, safe and very relaxing way of helping people to overcome habits like smoking, eating too much, anxiety, stress, depression, nailbiting, and many other things. If you would like to know more about hypnosis, or about how it works, or if you would like help with something but you are not sure if hypnosis would help, call us on 07904 605344 for a friendly chat.