How To Simplify Your Life To Be Less Stressful – Part Two

The first major thing to do, is to get your house in order, especially if it is an absolute mess and everything is lying about everywhere.

To help you to keep on track with everything you are doing towards organizing your house, you will find it very helpful to keep a daily plan. To make things easier, have breakfast, lunch, and dinner around the same time every day and work everything else around this. Have three columns in your Daily Plan. In the first column put “Start”, in the second column put “Task”, (such as “filing papers”), and in the third column put “Finish”.

A Smartphone “To Do” List

You cannot do the whole house all at once, so write a long To Do List of each room in the order you want to do them. Start on the room at the top of your list. Before you begin, organize three piles of things in that room. Make one pile for “chuck”, one for “keep”, one for “dither”, and maybe one for “donate”. Pick up every single thing and think to yourself, “Have I used this item in the past year?”. “Am I likely to need it again?”. This will help you to decide whether you can sling it, or not.

When you have cleared away the clutter from each room, they will look so much bigger. Do one room at a time, and when it is ready, give it a thorough deep clean. Doing this will make you want to re-decorate. You don’t have to get somebody in to do the decorating, all the room will need is a fresh lick of paint on the walls to freshen it up. And then you can continue on to the other rooms.

When you have completed the kitchen, for example, and/or the pantry, start thinking about where to put all your food. You can also start thinking about stockpiling things that you would be needing eventually, especially things that have long dates on them such as tins of soup, tins of tomatoes and tins of baked beans.

When your house is finally in order, you can also help yourself to simplify your life by organizing your finances if they are in a mess. If necessary you can ask the bank to help you with this. You can either call them on the phone, make an appointment to go and see someone there, or write an email or a letter to them, whichever you feel the most comfortable with doing. Tell them what you would like to be able to do. Tell them things like you want to have just one current account, one credit card, one savings account and one loan account. They will organize everything for you, and you will feel so much more on top of things when it has all been sorted out.

Whenever you wish to do so, stop what you are currently doing for a few moments, and remember something amazing and wonderful called hypnosis. This is an extremely safe and natural process whereby I am able to help you to become completely calm, comfortable and relaxed, so that I can speak directly to your subconscious mind. I will then be able to work with it directly in order to obtain for you the result that you require, such as weight loss. When you are gently wakened up, you will be back in full waking consciousness. Many things can be helped with hypnosis that might not be helped by anything else. If you try it, you might be pleasantly surprised at how wonderful it really is.

You can also make good use of hypnosis audios and videos. Many of these can be found online, so make sure that you listen to one in the morning and a different one in the evening. You will find them to be very relaxing, calming, and soothing.

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

How To Simplify Your Life To Be Less Stressful

There are several things you can do to make your life seem less stressful, especially in these times of Covid-19. Even if you are currently not in lockdown, you need to remember that the virus is still out there and that the numbers are rising.

A basic way of simplifying your life is to get up at the same time, such as 6 am, every morning, and retire at the same time, such as 10 pm, every night. Also, have all your meals at the same time, for example, breakfast would be at 7 am, lunch would be at 1 pm, and dinner, or supper, would be at 7 pm. If you have snacks between meals, you could have a snack at 11 am, and again at 3 pm. A good idea is to draw up a daily plan of all your activities that you do, such as taking the dog for a walk, or doing the dishes. Buy a note book for this, and rule up each page with a column for “Start”, “Activity”, and “Finish”.

A Tasty Dessert For Your Dinner

One of the first things to think about is to get your house in order, and to have a good de-clutter. Throw away as much as you possibly can, empty all your cupboards and drawers, go through every single thing and decide whether you need to actually keep it. With regard to filing, throw out any old papers that are more than seven years old, and you will find that getting rid of what you can will make you feel so much better and much calmer. Make sure you have enough files and filing wallets for all the papers. Once you have cleared all the old filing, deal with bits of paper as they come in and file it all with the latest date on top, at the front.

Files For Your Filing System

When you have thrown away everything that you wanted to, you can then think about doing some easy re-decorating. You do not have to spend a fortune renovating your kitchen, or get planning permission in order to add a conservatory to the back of your house. All you need to do to give your place a real uplift, is to give the walls a new coat of paint. Once you have done this, everywhere will look lovely and fresh, and everything will seem much more manageable.

A Pot Of Paint Ready To Go On The Wall

You can also get your finances in order. Do not have too many bank accounts. Keep to one bank and try to have just one current account, one credit card, one loan account, and one savings account, for example. Keep up-to-date with all your utility bills and make a note of when they are due to be paid in a note book.

You can enjoy several forms of exercise either indoors or outdoors, for example you can exercise out in the fresh air, such as when you go walking around a park. However, you need to remember to keep to the rules; you need to wear a face mask, do your social distancing, and keep 2 metres away from anyone else, especially someone who is coughing or sneezing nearby. Try and keep as far from other people in the vicinity as you can.

Apart from walking, or even jogging or running, there are other forms of exercise that you can do indoors or outdoors, such as yoga or tai chi. These kinds of exercises will help you to really unwind and you will feel so much better and more relaxed afterwards. (If you do not know how to do them, check the instructions on the internet). You can even join socially distanced outdoor yoga and tai chi groups.

And if you really enjoy baking because it relaxes you, you might decide that one day a week you will learn to cook something new like a black forest gateau. However, if you do decide on this, you will need to remember to continue exercising in order to keep on top of your weight.

Hypnosis is a safe, natural and extremely relaxing way of unwinding from all the stresses and strains (physical and mental) of everyday life, and of course from any overwhelming, mentally disturbing trauma that you may be experiencing. It puts you into an extremely relaxed state, and stops you thinking over and over about the same thing that is constantly worrying you. The hypnotist can then address your subconscious mind and give you instructions that will enable you to overcome whatever it is that is constantly worrying you, whether it is being overburdened with debts, or not knowing which way to turn about some family relationship. You are then gently wakened back into full, waking consciousness. A lot of different things can be helped with hypnosis, that perhaps cannot be helped by anything much else. Why not give it a try, and you might find yourself being pleasantly surprised by the efficacy of hypnosis.

If you want to know how hypnosis works, or how hypnosis can help you, call us on 07904 605344. Any enquiries related to Covid-19 will be helped for free.

Peace Of Mind

Peace of mind is more than the absence of worry. It includes a feeling of ease, a feeling of being in the right place. Peace of mind is a feeling of acceptance that you are a decent person and one that is worthy of love.

Peace of mind is a state of mental and emotional calmness and quietness that helps you to manage coping with things in your day-to-day life, and it will also help you to generally feel more relaxed, and more calm and more peaceful.

Scottish Countryside

Peace of mind has something more profound to it. It’s a feeling of ease, it’s a feeling of comfort, and it’s a feeling of being right.

Peace of mind is a sense of ease. It’s a feeling of freedom, and it’s a feeling of knowing that things are right in this moment.

Peace of mind is that sense of profound peace, ease, comfort and freedom that you can sometimes experience when everything in your life is right.

You need to build within yourself a state of peace. Everyone achieves peace of mind in different ways, so you need to find out what actually works for you, and what techniques you respond to best.

If you are someone who has gone to see a hypnotist in their office, they will hold a conversation with you. They would ask, “What do you want?”. You might say, “I don’t want to feel anxiety”. The hypnotist says, “Oh. OK. Great. What do you want to feel?”. And you just keep saying, “I don’t want to feel anxiety”. The hypnotist says, “Oh yes, I know. What do you want to feel?” And you say, “What I don’t want is my anxiety”. The hypnotist says, “You’ve made that very clear that’s what you don’t want to feel. What do you want to feel?”. And if you don’t know what you don’t want to feel, then how does the hypnotist know what you want to feel?. You have got to be really clear on what you actually want. The hypnotist can ask if you would like to feel peace of mind, and if you say “yes”, then they can start talking about peace of mind and describing it.


In hypnosis, a mental imaginary place is created, called “Sanctuary”. Sanctuary is a secret place, deep within your mind, where you can go, where you feel the very most in control and where you can also acquire peace of mind. Everything within Sanctuary contributes to that feeling of control, and to that feeling of peace of mind. Imagine your Sanctuary as the most comfortable and safe place, where you can rest, recline, and relax, or just sit quietly on a comfortable seat. When you are in Sanctuary, you will sense a wonderful feeling of ease, comfort, and peace of mind that tells you you’re safe and in the right place, and tells you that you are a good person. When you return from Sanctuary, that wonderful feeling of ease, comfort, and peace of mind will remain within you, growing stronger and stronger at every moment. Remember that Sanctuary is always here for you, so you can return to it whenever you want. It is always here for you.

And whenever you return from Sanctuary, and the feeling of ease, comfort, and peace of mind is still present, open your eyes with that feeling. Focus on this feeling, and try to hold on to it, as you move around your room and do things.

A Peaceful Beach
Rural View

In addition, hypnosis is useful at helping develop states of peace of mind.

There are many hypnosis audios and videos that can help you to become calmer and find peace of mind, and many of these are online. Set aside a time every day to listen to one in the morning, and another time to listen to a different one in the evening, and you will find them to be really calming and relaxing. They will really help you to achieve peace of mind.

You can gain great peace of mind from keeping a detailed Daily Plan of your daily activities that you do, which is also known as a To Do List, for every single day of the week, in a dedicated notebook. Create three columns in this Daily Plan. The first column is for the time you start the activity, the second column is for the name of the actual activity, such as “Do the dishes”, and the third column is for the time you have done the activity. List all of your activities in time order. To make things easier, try to get up in the morning at the same time every day, such as 6 am, and try to retire at night at the same time every day, such as 10 pm. Also, have all your meals at regular times, for example breakfast could be at 7.30 am, lunch could be at 1 pm, and supper could be at 6 or 7 pm. Work on everything else around that.

To find out about hypnosis, or about how hypnosis can help you, call us on 07904 605344. Any enquiries which are related to Covid-19 will be helped for free.

The Eighty British Tourists Who Had To Spend A Night in Spain Instead Of Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a tiny British overseas territory in the Mediterranean, that remains on the UK’s list of “safe” countries and territories, where British holidaymakers can visit without having to self-isolate for 14 days in quarantine when they return to the UK. Spain, on the other hand, is now no longer on this list, having been taken off it due to a huge increase in Covid-19 cases, and therefore all travellers returning to the UK from Spain are now required to self-isolate for 14 days in quarantine upon their return to the UK.

Gibraltar Rock, Gibraltar

Eighty British Tourists who paid in full for a dream trip to quarantine-free Gibraltar, found their dream trip had suddenly turned into a nightmare. Everything became suddenly chaotic, when their flight back from Gibraltar to Gatwick Airport in the UK had been cancelled due to bad weather on Tuesday, the 24th August. This meant that they would all need some sort of overnight accommodation.

Because there were hardly any hotel rooms available overnight that night in Gibraltar, all of the eighty British tourists were accordingly put onto a bus by the airline, and driven across the border in the middle of the night, to a hotel somewhere in Madrid, the capital of neighbouring Spain. And the fact that they had spent a whole night in Spain, meant they had to isolate for 14 days when they got home again, which accordingly meant that if they were workers they would have lost out on two weeks’ pay.

Many of these tourists had carefully saved up the money for this trip of a lifetime, and accordingly, some of them were feeling anxious, frightened, scared, angry and/or upset about having been forced against their will to spend a night in a foreign hotel, somewhere in the wilds of Spain. Some of these eighty British tourists might well have chosen to holiday in Gibraltar rather than the more popular Spain, purely because of there currently being a lot less Covid-19 cases in Gibraltar than in Spain.

Manzanares Castle, Madrid, Spain

Gibraltar currently has only 53 Covid-19 cases, with only four recorded on Monday, 23rd August; four recorded again on Tuesday 24th; and five on Wednesday 26th. On the other hand, Spain currently has 233,253 Covid-19 cases, and had a sudden increase of 19,382 Covid-19 cases recorded on Monday, 23rd August.

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister has said that they are now doing a lot more testing for Covid-19 than other places, and they were very successful at identifying positive cases and imposing self-isolation. They continued to test about 2% of the inhabitants of Gibraltar a day, which is about 1.2 million people a day in the UK. He also said that although they have larger numbers of cases detected, they do not have anyone in hospital with Covid-19, or anyone dying from Covid-19. Gibraltar is a “safe” country.

If you are finding all the changes in which countries are quarantine-free and which are not, are making you feel anxious or scared or worried about travelling to a particular country, or about whether you should even travel, even though you really need a holiday, hypnosis can help you to overcome this feeling of fear and anxiety. Call us now on 07904 605344 for a free consultation.

British Tourists Make A Mad Scramble Back To The UK From France (Over The Weekend Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th August)

At 4 am on Saturday, 14th August, new quarantine rules have come into force. France, along with The Netherlands and Malta, was suddenly removed from the list of “travel corridors”. This means that France is now no longer regarded as a “safe country” that British people could safely travel to, whether for a holiday, or for business purposes. The new quarantine rules mean that now, as soon as British people return to the UK from France, they will have to immediately go into quarantine and self-isolate for 14 days. They will be in lockdown. (British people returning to the UK from The Netherlands and Malta will also have to immediately go into quarantine, and self-isolate for 14 days).

The UK government said that France was taken off the list due to mounting concern about the daily rising numbers of new cases of Covid-19 infections in the country. There were 2,524 new Covid-19 infections reported on Wednesday, 12th August in France, and a 66% increase in positive Covid-19 tests in the past week. The British Prime Minister said that it was now direly necessary to stop more Covid-19 infections being carried into the UK from certain foreign countries like France. He also said that during a pandemic, we cannot have the virus coming back into the UK. There are fears of a second wave of the virus.

Somehow, British tourists in France on Thursday, 13th August, had heard it would be taken off the list of quarantine-free countries. They then started the mad scramble to try and get tickets so they could travel back to the UK in time, in order to avoid having to quarantine for 14 days. In the first hour after the new rules were announced at 10 pm on the Thursday night, about 12,000 British people were trying to book train tickets from France to the UK, compared with the usual hundreds.

A train in the snow

Those who were booking Eurostar tickets online kept on finding themselves logged in to extremely long virtual queues. The train service, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which transports vehicles through the Channel Tunnel, was totally full to capacity on the Friday. They were also very busy on the Saturday and Sunday, and they said nobody would be allowed to board alternative shuttles if they did not have a valid booking.

Because there was such a high demand over that particular weekend for train, plane and ferry tickets, prices were very quickly raised. On the Friday, a Eurostar ticket to from Paris to London cost £210, but on the Saturday it cost £165. Some British people had to even buy expensive business class train tickets, which cost nearly £1,000 for two. There were also price hikes in plane tickets. Some airfares over that weekend cost six times as much as they usually did. There were some plane tickets available on the Friday, for a flight from Paris to London Heathrow, costing £452, which subsequently cost only £66 on the Saturday. British travellers had to literally take what tickets they could get.

Now, if you are worrying and becoming anxious because you have a future holiday in France booked for example in September or October, be aware that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is asking people not to travel unless it is essential. Pre-booked holidays in France should automatically be cancelled by your travel agency, whereupon you will be legally entitled to a refund. If you do not hear from your travel operator, contact them and ask them if you can have either a refund, a refund credit note towards a future holiday with them, travel vouchers or even a change of holiday.

Buckets and Spades

Hypnosis is a wonderful way of easing feelings of anxiety and worry about things, like where you can now go safely for a holiday. If your summer trip to Paris or the South of France has just been cancelled, for instance, and you just do not know what to do and you feel in a muddle about it all, but you still want a break, call us now on 07904 605344 and see how we can help.

Concerns About EU Travel

Because of all the confusion about quarantine rules in different countries, a lot of British travellers are cancelling their summer holidays to France simply because of the worry and the anxiety caused by the fact they may have to quarantine for 14 days when they return to the UK.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

These tourists might well be very upset about having to cancel their journey, but there are quite a few British holiday home owners in France whose sole income comes from people going over to France and renting a “gite” for the duration of their holiday.

France is possibly about to be taken off the UK government’s list of places that are quarantine-free, because there is an ongoing rise in Covid-19 infections. The country has 12 million or so British holidaymakers a year, and currently has about 1,700 new Covid-19 infections a day. The virus is spreading in mainland France and affects every age group including young adults.

There are people in France who might be running a very successful vineyard, growing and selling all types of wine. Because a lot of the British tourists have cancelled their trips, the holiday home owners could well be losing money on the business, because the customers are pulling out or putting off paying until the last possible moment.

A French holiday farmhouse to rent

Many late summer and autumn holidays are now being cancelled, or the tourists are not making a final payment. The holiday home owners have to spend money on calling them to try and get them to pay, rather than just keep waiting to see if there are changes in the quarantine rules. For a lot of holiday home owners, and owners of ordinary guest houses, the business might be their only source of income.

Hypnosis helps with worry and anxiety about whether to cancel, or go on a trip anyway. For information on how hypnosis works, and how it can help you to not get so anxious, call us on 07904 605344.

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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