How to Stay Safe When Travelling on a Plane

Quarantine rules are constantly being updated, so please do your research before you go. The Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are now being gradually lifted all over the UK, and people are now able to fly to certain countries which have opened their borders. However, when they fly out to these places, they may find that they have to be quarantined for 14 days by self-isolating at home, when they arrive back in the UK, and they need to find out from the airline whether this information applies to their journey before they book it. Accordingly, many travellers and tourists including the frequent flyers among them, have now been left anxiously wondering if and when they will ever be able to fly safely again.

From the 24th July this year, it is now a legal mandatory government regulation to wear some kind of a facemask or a face cloth covering. Therefore, if you wish to make either a short haul or a long haul flight whether for work or for pleasure, you will be required to wear one. You will need to wear it the whole time you are at the airport, and for the entire length of the plane journey. Wearing some kind of face covering is the most important thing you can do when you are flying. This is because a facemask will help to slow the spread of the virus. It will prevent you from spreading droplets into the air when you breathe out, talk, sneeze, or cough, and if other people near you are wearing a facemask when they breathe out, talk sneeze, or cough, it will protect you from getting the virus if these people have got it.

Many airlines are insisting on checking passengers’ temperatures even before they get on board the plane. Therefore it is a very good idea, and a very important thing to do, that you check your own temperature before you even leave the house to go to the airport. You should do this, in order to check yourself over to see if you have a high temperature and a fever, because this is one of the major symptoms of Covid-19. If it turns out that you do actually have a high temperature and a fever, you must not travel to the airport, because passengers above a certain temperature will not be allowed to board the plane.

And, of course, you will also not be allowed to get on the plane if you are showing obvious symptoms of Covid-19. Also, airlines are testing people to see if they have Covid-19 before they board the plane and also when they have got off it at the other end, so you must be aware of that before you travel.

Airlines have been busy changing the rules about the amount of liquid hand sanitizer that passengers can take on board the plane. Contact your airline and ask them to tell you how much hand sanitizer you can bring with you onto the plane, and what types they will allow you to have. You can use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol as an alternative to handwashing. However, because handwashing with soap and water is far more effective and removes all germs and viruses from your hands, you are advised to take the opportunity to wash your hands thoroughly just before you board, the plane, and again just after you disembark from it when the plane lands.

While you are on the plane, have a packet of disinfectant wipes with you, so that you can wipe down things that you will touch a lot, such as tray tables, seat handles and screens on the back of seats. Doing this wiping down often will help to protect you from Covid-19 during your journey.

Finally, maintain a distance of 2 metres or 6 feet between yourself and the other passengers if this is at all possible. If you can sit a good distance from other passengers, then do so, because you cannot always easily tell by just looking at someone whether they actually have Covid-19, or not. If your allocated plane seat is right next to someone who is very red in the face, and is coughing a lot, ask cabin staff if you can change seats with someone else in a different part of the plane.

When you do and don’t have to Wear a Face Covering

From Friday, the 24th July 2020, there are new rules for people who are in England regarding when and where you must wear a face covering. The government has said that you must now wear a face covering in all the supermarkets, in shops and on all public transport. It is compulsory for people to wear them in some places, but not in others.

Covid-19 Facemasks

You may be finding the information concerning the new rules confusing especially with regard to places like shops, and travelling on public transport if you want to go somewhere on the bus or train. An example of this would be if you go to a takeaway food and drink shop for a cheese sandwich and a carton of coffee to take away with you, then you must wear a facemask. However, if you go to a restaurant, a pub, or a supermarket where you can buy a meal and sit and eat it, then you do not need to do so.

People Wearing Facemasks On A Bus

Face coverings are now compulsory in:- Enclosed public spaces; Shops; Supermarkets; Indoor shopping centres; Transport Hubs; Banks; Post Offices. If you break the rules, you can be fined up to £100. Also, the Police will be allowed to use force to evict customers from shops if they are not wearing a face covering, and can also prevent them from entering shops.

Person Wearing A Covid-19 Facemask

Face coverings are now optional in:- Eat-in cafes; Pubs; Restaurants; Shops or Supermarkets with a seating area where you are allowed to sit down and have a meal that you have bought there (in these places you can remove your face covering so that you can eat and drink); Hairdresser’s, Barber’s, or Salons; Gyms and Leisure Centres; Cinemas, Concert Halls and Theatres; Public Places people can visit such as Museums; the Dentist’s, and the Optician’s.

Basically you should wear a face covering in any indoor space where you cannot keep 2 metres apart from someone else. It will help to reduce the spread of the virus.

If you wear a facemask it will protect you from the virus if another person nearby who is not wearing a face covering breathes, coughs or sneezes the virus into the air. The droplets they eject in this way will float about in the air for a while, and may then be breathed in by people near you who are not wearing a face covering, but the facemask you are wearing will prevent the virus from infecting you. These droplets may then land on nearby surfaces and the virus can live on these surfaces for quite a few days. Healthy people who are not wearing a face covering can then be infected by the virus if they touch these surfaces, and then go on to touch their face or mouth or nose with their fingers, if they do not immediately wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Again, your facemask will protect you if you touch a surface that has been contaminated by the virus in this way, because it will stop you touching your face or mouth or nose with your fingers.

To put it briefly, if you wear a face covering, it will prevent the virus from infecting you and will therefore also help to reduce the general spread of the virus.

If you are feeling anxious or depressed about Covid-19, I can help you with any fears you may have. Any queries concerning Covid-19 will be helped for free. If you want to know more about how hypnosis works, and how it can help you, please call us on 07904 605344.

How To Feel At Ease About Going To The Hairdresser’s Or Barber’s After Lockdown

A visit to the hairdresser’s or barber’s can be anxiety-inducing, stressful and traumatic at the best of times, even before Covid-19. You will have been waiting for around three whole months for this event, which is supposed to be something that is a great, therapeutic treat to be thoroughly enjoyed. It is not surprising, therefore, if you are feeling anxious and stressed about the whole thing, especially if you have not got a well-meaning friend or family member who can do your hair for you, or if you have had to let it grow and it’s got in a mess.

Appointments might well be difficult to get, because all the salons will have a backlog of clients and a very long waiting list to work through. You will not be able to drop in on the off-chance of getting an appointment. Also, because of the social distancing rules, the chairs will all be 1 1/2 metres apart from each other, and this means that there will be fewer clients and fewer hairdressers or barbers in the salon. Therefore you will just have to try and wait as patiently as you can.

The salon might even ask you to wash your hair at home before you get there, and they might also ask you to leave the salon with it wet simply to save them time washing your hair and blow-drying it. And when your time comes, you will be asked to avoid bringing things like handbags, coats or jackets, or valuables such as jewellery with you because coronavirus can live on fabrics and metals for quite a few days. You might also be asked to wait outside the salon, possibly in the rain, until your hairdresser or barber invites you in, and all clients and staff will have their temperatures taken when they arrive.

From the 4th July 2020, all hairdressers and barbers will be required to wear the full personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes a visor, a facemask, a gown and gloves, while they are washing or doing your hair. They will change each of these coverings between each client. Clients will also have to wear a facial covering which must cover the nose and mouth.

Hairdressers and barbers will also have to disinfect all their equipment, such as scissors and combs and hairdryers before and after each client, and therefore you might find the service a little slow. You will see that everything in the salon will look different now, and there will be things like hand sanitizers available for use everywhere.

You will find that there are no longer any free magazines to leaf through, and no customary cups of tea, coffee or biscuits to enjoy, because these are not provided anymore. If you feel that you might need to have something light to eat and drink, like a couple of biscuits and some bottled water, then you will need to take your own, but you should ask the salon beforehand if they are allowed.

If you would like to know more about hypnosis, or about how hypnosis can help you, or if you would simply like some help because you are becoming anxious about your trip to the hairdresser’s or the barber’s, call us on 07904 605344.

How To Stay Safe and Protected In A Busy Supermarket During The Coronavirus Crisis

If you are an anxious and easily stressed-out person who is extremely concerned about catching coronavirus, there are a number of steps you can take that will help you to feel safe and protected when you go shopping for groceries in your favourite busy supermarket. You are probably aware that there are more shops open now, that were shut during the lockdown, and as a result there will be even more people out and about who might be pushing and shoving where you intend to go.

Always make sure, that when you go grocery shopping, you wear a cloth or fabric facemask to protect yourself and to protect others. You will feel so much safer, and more protected and more comfortable about coronavirus, when you are in close contact with other people as you go up and down the aisles and while you are queuing in line at the till. A facemask will prevent you from breathing in droplets from the air, and this will help to stop the spread of the virus.

Plan to go when you think the supermarket will be less crowded and less busy. You might prefer to go early in the morning, but check that it will not be an hour slot for the disabled, the elderly, or NHS staff. You could go in the evening, perhaps when they are due to shut, or during the school run or the rush hour. Doing this will help you with social distancing, because it will be easier to keep your 2 metre distance from other people in the supermarket.

Before you go shopping, check through the food that you have in the house already, and make a very clearly written list of all the things you need to buy. This will save you a lot of time when you are in the supermarket, and if you have this list you can do all the shopping much more quickly. If you know the shop very well, and you know which aisle each item is in, write the list in aisle number order. Having a list will also reduce the amount of contact you have with supermarket staff such as cashiers, and all the other shoppers.

You will need to think carefully about the weather, and the fact that all supermarkets now demand that customers wait outside in a queue before they are let in one by one. However, when it is very cold, or pouring with torrential rain or during a thunderstorm, some supermarkets in the UK are experimenting with ways of keeping customers dry while they queue. Customers will be allowed to park their car, log in to a virtual queue online and sit in their car while they queue, rather than having to stand waiting outside.

When you are actually in the supermarket, be aware that not every single person there will be following the rules. There will be a lot of customers who simply cannot be bothered to follow the 2 metre arrows that are painted on the shop floor for people to stand on as they go round the aisles. They may simply be in a hurry, and might push against you and cough or sneeze nearby. Just be aware that there might also be some panic-buying going on as well, and people might get involved in a sort of fight to get the last tin of own-brand tomatoes from a shelf. Be constantly cautious and constantly aware of what you are doing at all times when you are shopping, and what you are touching. Use any hand sanitizer provided and do things like sanitize the trolley handle.

And then, when you finally get home again, you can use a disinfectant wipe to wipe down glass containers and things like tins of soup. Wash your hands before you put everything in the cupboard, refrigerator, or freezer.

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How To Deal With Anxiety During Easing of Lockdown Restrictions

Just as you thought that the lockdown restrictions were coming to an end, and you would get your life back as it was before, the UK Government started to say that everyone must continue to abide by the rules and follow all the current ones as well as the many other changes that will come.

As an anxious person who is already feeling extremely stressed out about things such as when you can and cannot leave your house, and social distancing, you are no doubt feeling even more afraid now than ever before. You have spent several weeks feeling that you were “shut in the house”, and now you are probably feeling even more confused about what you can and must not do. There are now more people in the shops that are open, and more cars on the road.

Some people may be celebrating the easing of the lockdown restrictions because they see each change as a step towards the new normal. However, other people like yourself are feeling anxious, fearful, and terribly distressed about what else is going to be changed, and even more so about how all these different changes are going to affect them personally. Examples of recent changes are “You must wear a facemask when you are flying on a plane”, and “You must not walk around the cabin when you are flying on a plane”. Immediately, the anxious person thinks, “Where do I buy a facemask, and how much do they cost?”, and “What about my circulation problems that I get when I sit for several hours?”. These anxious people are simply terrified of going out of their very own front door and stepping out into the unknown.

Gentleman Wearing A Covid Facemask

It is perfectly understandable if you have many different anxieties about the current environment. One of the most important things is to remember to do things one step at a time, and just take every day as it comes. Deal with each particular worry at a time. For example, if you are particularly worried about the changes in the way people have to shop, go to one where you know you will feel alright. Do not go to a supermarket “extra”, but go to a smaller “express” shop to buy your groceries. They may well have wider aisles and they will have less people in them now. You will have to join a queue of other shoppers before you are allowed in, and you will have to stand 2m away from the other people in front of you and behind you in the queue. An operative will only let one shopper in the shop at a time, and once you are in you have to follow the queue and keep your distance. The floor will be marked with arrows designating a one-way system which you must follow around the shop. You go to a till or the self-service area to pay, and then come straight out again, whereupon the operative will let another person in the shop.

Lady Heading For The Supermarket Entrance To Go Shopping

You will not be the only person feeling anxiety about the easing of the lockdown changes, because they will affect everybody, and there will be hundreds of people feeling anxious and afraid about all the different changes.

If you want to know more about hypnosis, or about how hypnosis can help you to deal with anxiety arising from the easing of the lockdown changes, please call us on 07904 605344. Anxiety and fear issues concerning these changes will be helped for free.

How To Maintain Your Peace of Mind – Part Two

Anxiety, stress and worry, and other related medical health conditions, now have a new name, which is known as “Covid Anxiety”. Being anxious and worrying about things that are completely out of your control, simply does not get you anywhere. You just go round and round in circles inside your head. It is a total waste of time and energy which you could be using to get something more productive done.

For example, you might sit in your armchair and worry very anxiously about whether you have got Covid-19 over and over again, for hours at a time. Or you lie wide awake in the middle of the night, at three o’clock in the morning, tossing and turning while becoming increasingly stressed about it. If you go on worrying anxiously like this, you will simply drive yourself into a state of panic. You will lose your peace of mind.

The first thing to do, is to write everything down in a daily journal. Write in this journal all your thoughts and countless worries that are making you so anxious. Get it all down on paper and out of your head. If a problem is something you have some control over, things will undoubtedly become clearer as you write, and you will see a way forward out of all the mess. Doing this will help you to keep your peace of mind. If something is completely out of your control, call for help. If you are worrying about whether you have Covid-19, call a doctor.

In this journal, create a daily plan for each day of the week, and put the time for each task, such as “walk the dog”, which is a form of daily exercise. To make things simpler, get up in the morning and retire at night at the same time every day. Have your meals at regular times, and work on everything else around that. If you are trying to lose weight, for example, make notes about what you eat, and how many calories you have consumed, and weigh yourself once a week. Make a note of your weight in the journal. If you have lost some weight, this will increase your self-confidence and well-being, and will also help you to keep your peace of mind.

Now, if you want to write about Covid-19 in your journal, keep to the main points of the latest updates. To help you keep your peace of mind, just watch a couple of television programmes about it every week. Write short yet informative notes about things like vaccines and any further relaxing of the lockdown restrictions. Being able to look back, and read what you have written, will help you to stop worrying, and keep your peace of mind.

To find out more about hypnosis, or how hypnosis works, call us on 07904 605344 and talk to us about your anxieties and worries. Any anxiety states concerning Covid-19 will be helped for free.

How To Maintain Your Peace Of Mind – Part One

Today, you will be reading about how to keep your peace of mind during Lockdown.

First of all, please remember that there is nothing to worry about. It is all about doing things differently. So just do not worry incessantly … keep calm and carry on, while keeping all the rules and regulations of Lockdown. And if things do seem to get on top of you, just remember to keep in touch with friends and family, by phone, text, or email, or Skype, and have a friendly chat with them, and ask how they are doing. Give them a chance to chat to you, as well.

One good thing to make use of, is hypnosis audios and videos, and you can find many of these online. Set a time every day when you can listen to one in the morning, and another time to listen to a different one in the evening. Decide how many and when, and you will find them to be really calming and soothing.

Most importantly, you need to think of things to do, that will keep both your mind and your hands busy, so that you are not focusing on being isolated, “imprisoned” and “shut in the house”.

Any kinds of puzzles are good for this. There are jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, sudoku puzzles. Craft hobbies are very useful, and you could try sewing, knitting, crochet or tapestry. You could start making things like children’s toys, or clothes. You can try baking. Cook home-made ready meals from scratch, and freeze them in the freezer, and just take them out when you want to use them. There are many other things you can do to entertain yourself, like meditation, indoor exercise, tai chi, yoga, playing an instrument or singing. All of these things will help you to keep your peace of mind. They will help you to focus on the task in hand and stop your worrying.

Every day, write out a Daily Plan, and pick one, or two, of these kinds of indoor activities that will give you the most pleasure. They will help you to relax and unwind and take your mind away from Covid 19.

Let us enable you to stop the worry, anxiety and stress that you are currently experiencing about Covid 19, and we can tell you how hypnosis can help you. Call us now on 07904 605344. I can give you a free hypnosis session online if your enquiry concerns your anxiety around Covid 19.

How I can help you feel at ease during the coronavirus crisis

Today, you will be reading about ways to stop coronavirus making you feel so anxious and stressed out.

You may find that you are experiencing anxiety, stress, panic attacks, depression and insomnia at this most difficult time, simply because the coronavirus pandemic has deeply affected so many facets of your own personal life. You have probably noticed that every other television programme is about nothing but coronavirus. What you should do is try and remember that this outbreak will pass, and it will be the same for everyone.

Try not to sit up all night reading about coronavirus

If you are finding it a struggle to cope with mental health issues, you might be worrying quite unnecessarily about the symptoms of coronavirus. You are probably trawling through your computer reading every single scenario thinking to yourself, “have I got this”, “have I got that”, “oh I think I felt like that yesterday”. Here is a brief list of the symptoms, although it may not include all of them:- Fever, high temperature, persistent cough, shortness of breath, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, and fatigue. This list will give you some idea of the symptoms to watch out for.

The key is everything in moderation. Draw up a personal daily plan and try your very best to follow it every single day of the lockdown. Eat your meals at the same time every day. Limit watching television programmes about the virus for just an hour a day. Read articles about it online, or in your daily newspaper or a magazine for just an hour a day. This will prevent coronavirus from taking up so much of your time, and this will help you to keep up with other mundane matters, such as doing your laundry, especially if you live on your own.

Do not read articles in their entirety, because doing so will only make you fixate on the virus and you will no doubt find yourself worrying even more, and this will make you feel even more anxious and stressed. It will also no doubt keep you wide awake at night with worry. All you need is to write briefly about the key points of what to do and who to contact in certain situations. Write short notes in a special journal or notebook. Write things down so that they are not constantly whirring about in your head, saying “What if?”.

Whenever you are feeling anxious and stressed out about everything that’s going on in the world regarding coronavirus, simply pause for a few moments and remember something marvellous called hypnosis. It is an extremely safe and natural process, where I can make you feel totally relaxed and comfortable so that I can gain access to your subconscious mind and speak to it and work with it directly. After the hypnosis session you will be wide awake, and feeling very calm, refreshed and energized, and you will find that coronavirus is no longer occupying every single moment of your days and nights and tormenting you with worry, like it was before.

To learn more about hypnosis, and how hypnosis can help you, call us on 07904 605344. At this current time, if you would like my help because you are full of anxiety and stress about coronavirus, I can offer a free hypnosis session.

Five Fabulous Things You Can Do During The Coronavirus Lockdown

We have all heard about what you can or cannot do if you are elderly, over 70, someone with an underlying health condition, or a pregnant woman, or even if you are a healthy individual who does not wish to risk catching coronavirus. You can only leave your house: (1) To shop for basic essentials like food and medicines; (2) To travel to work when you cannot work from home; (3) To take one form of daily exercise outdoors, like taking the dog for a walk, either alone or with other members of your household, and (4) To access medical care. When you are out of your house, you must do social distancing. This means that you must not get too close to other people, and you must keep at least 2 metres away from everyone, especially if they are coughing or sneezing.

There are also other rules to follow, like wash your hands more frequently using the hand sanitizer, for more than 20 seconds; keep your hands clean; watch what you’re touching; and wipe down everything that you’ve touched. When you are out of your house, you must do social distancing. This means that you must not get too close to other people, and you must keep at least 2 metres away from everyone, especially if they are coughing or sneezing.

I describe below six fabulous things you can be getting on with during the 12-week lockdown.

Learn Yoga

You can start to teach yourself yoga. Log into you tube, and learn how to do all the different positions, which are called asanas. Yoga is very relaxing and it will benefit both your mental and physical health. It will help you to feel very peaceful mentally, and to help you cope with the anxiety and stress that you may be suffering from during this time of self isolation.

Learn French

You can start to learn a foreign language, such as French. You may have an old French text book which you could learn from; or you could log into you tube where there are videos to teach people vocabulary, consisting of lists of words; French phrases; and conversational French.

Clear your house of clutter

You can start to clear your house of clutter, if it is an absolute mess and full of useless junk. Take things slowly, one day at a time. Keep a plan and write down what order to do the rooms in. Perhaps just do an hour of this in the morning, and another hour in the afternoon, but create your own daily schedule. Perhaps just work at this from Monday to Friday, and rest from it at the weekend.

Learn to bake a cake

You can learn to bake a cake. Dig out one of your many cookery books, or log into you tube. Decide on something you have never cooked before such as a black forest cake, and this will make it seem more of an adventure. Write notes in a “cookery notebook” detailing the ingredients, and how to bake it.

Create a veggie patch in your garden

If you have your own garden that is big enough, you can work at creating a veggie patch, and then you can eat your own fruit and vegetables. This will save you some money because you will not need to go to the shops and buy them.

Write about how all these activities, and hypnosis, can relieve you of the symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression which you may be experiencing during your self-isolation.

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Are you obsessed with Coronavirus?

Today, you will be reading about strategies to help you to cope with the now global effects of coronavirus.

Are you perpetually thinking about coronavirus? Because this could become a problem … because this could lead to anxiety, stress, depression and panic attacks. When you continue to think about something irrational, then you have a very real problem with anxiety. Is the first thing you do in the morning, you grab your newspaper, or read every single article in the news that is about coronavirus, or watch all the television programmes and news bulletins about coronavirus.

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Keep calm and carry on”. Don’t panic.

To help you to avoid picking up coronavirus, I am now going to give you some very simple rules that you need to follow in order to keep yourself safe. You shouldn’t let coronavirus worry you. You wash your hands for at least 20 seconds very often, and you use the sanitizing lotion. If you have to touch something like a door knob to open or close a door, cover your hand with a clean tissue before you do so. It’s not about being afraid, it’s about being cautious. There is “social distancing” … which means you do not get too close to other people who may be nearby. If there are a lot of people around, keep a nice three foot distance away from anyone who is coughing.

Wash hands for at least 20 seconds

You need to be careful and self-isolate for a few weeks if you are elderly, or a pregnant woman, or someone with some sort of immune deficiency. You must not travel anywhere; you must stay indoors; order things like food and other essentials online, and have them delivered to your door. When you place your online order, make sure you don’t panic buy. For example, don’t order 7 bottles of hand wash, just 3; and if you normally keep to a budget when you shop online, make sure you keep to it. Governments in many countries have already closed places like schools, pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas. Many sporting fixtures have been cancelled in the wake of coronavirus, like big football matches, tennis matches and horse racing events. Everywhere is shutting down to try and contain the spread of this fast-growing disease.

It is extremely important to stay connected with friends and family while everyone’s lives are being affected by this disease. You can also keep in touch with professional people like doctors and hospital departments. You might find self-isolation extremely hard going and find that you really are becoming increasingly anxious, stressed, and depressed. Being isolated and totally on your own for many weeks can produce a totally overwhelming feeling of loneliness which you might not have experienced before the coronavirus surfaced. Keeping in touch with people you know could be a simple phone call, or a text, or a video message could be a real lifeline.

Try not to spend hours and hours reading entire articles about coronavirus that make news headlines. Also try not to spend hours every day watching every single television programme about the disease, and all the news bulletins. This will only increase your anxiety and stress levels and will just make you feel panicky. You only need the key points of what to do in certain situations which might apply to you, such as if you suddenly become extremely hot and feverish and wonder if you have a temperature and / or a raging fever. You can keep a dedicated notebook just for jotting down things like this that refer to coronavirus, because it will stop your thoughts endlessly whirring about in your head.

To find out more about hypnosis, or to learn more about how hypnosis can help you, particularly with regard to the coronavirus outbreak, call us now on 07904 605344.