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.

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Coping With Anxiety

Today, you will be reading about how to cope with anxiety states.

When you suffer from anxiety, you probably find yourself worrying endlessly about anything and everything, even when there is really nothing for you to worry about.

Anxiety can interfere with your ability to carry out normal everyday activities. You start getting irrational feelings of fear, which can escalate into panic attacks where you become very dizzy and feel like you cannot breathe. You can also get social anxiety, where you worry for days on end about something like an up-and-coming big family event, and the very thought of it just makes you feel sick and ill. Anxiety also causes other problems such as depression, insomnia, over-eating, alcohol or drug abuse, and heart disease.

For example, you might find yourself constantly worrying about the terrible state of your finances, especially if you have a large mortgage on your house, or a large loan that you have to pay off every month. These monthly payments can spiral out of hand, and you can become extremely anxious worrying about it all, because you are living on a huge, outstanding overdraft. Every thought that you think about it, seems to begin with, “What if”. You might suddenly start thinking:- “What if I am late for work three mornings in a row?”. “What if I am on sick leave for a long time?”. “What if I lose my job?. “What if I cannot pay my bills?”. “What if I have to heat or eat?”.

If you are always feeling anxious, the first thing you should do to help yourself, is to talk to your family doctor. Anxiety is easily treatable and there are some things that really can make you feel better. Your doctor can prescribe medication, and / or they can refer you for psychotherapy, which is also known as “talk therapy”, or CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Using one or both treatments can help tremendously with anxiety. You could also try meditation, stress management, or yoga to help you cope with your anxiety, or you could even try joining a “self-help for anxiety” group.

Hypnotherapy is, of course, also extremely useful for anxiety. It can help you to relax and unwind both physically and mentally, and you will feel so much better after even one or two hypnotherapy sessions.

If you want to know more about hypnosis, or about how hypnosis works, call us on 07904 605344.

Further Ways To Help You To Lose Weight

Today, you will be reading about other ways to help you to lose weight.

For years and years we have been constantly told that we must carefully watch what we eat if we want to lose some weight. For instance, we were told that protein such as red meat was good, and eggs were good, but things like biscuits, cakes and chocolate were all bad for us. It was made very clear to us that if we eat less calories than we burn, such as by making absolutely sure that we get plenty of regular physical exercise, then we will definitely lose weight.

It has recently been found, that the times when you actually eat matter just as much as what you eat. We were taught that day-time was for eating food and digesting it while we were active and physically moving about, while night-time was for sleeping and giving the body time to rest and recuperate and make any repairs that were needed to the digestive system.

Some scientific studies have shown that eating breakfast later on Saturdays and Sundays than you normally would during the week, leads to weight gain. These studies show that it is best for you to have regular meal times every day. It has been found that three regular meals a day, being breakfast, lunch, and an evening meal, is generally what works for most people. It is even better for you if you do not snack on things like cake and biscuits between these regular meal times, because this will allow your body to digest what you have eaten for your meal.

Other studies show that if someone is on a diet and they eat most food before 3 o’clock in the afternoon, they will lose about 25% more weight than those on the diet who ate much later on. Some people will find that always starting the day with a huge breakfast will certainly help with weight loss, because it will help them digest their food more quickly and easily, rather than eating a large main meal at the end of the day.

If you would like to know more about hypnosis, or about how hypnosis can help you to lose weight, call us on 07904 605344.

Ways To Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Now it is the time of year for setting your New Year’s resolutions. Today I will give you a few tips on what you can do to help you keep them.

Woman refuses alcoholic drink

The first thing to do, is to think of your New Year’s resolutions as a fresh start, because then you are about 10 times more likely to actually achieve what it is that you want.

You will probably be thinking of ways in which you can help yourself conquer bad habits, by quitting smoking, losing weight, clearing out all your junk from your house, and getting your finances in order. Achieving all these goals, and more, will make you feel more in control and on top of things, and as a result you will feel so much better.

Instead of just thinking very big and vague, and just saying, “I will lose weight”, you could say, “I will lose 5 kgs off my present weight”. Putting it like this will make it seem much easier to achieve. If you make a large, general resolution like “lose weight”, you might forget along the way why you set that particular goal. You need to think of something such as “I want to feel healthier”, because this will help you to keep motivated. Therefore the goal should be, “I will lose 5 kgs off my present weight because I want to feel healthier”.

Keep a journal. In this journal, keep records of what and how much you eat every day, and weigh yourself once a week. Note your weight in the journal, and make amendments to your diet accordingly. You can also make appointments with someone like a hypnotherapist for help with quitting smoking or losing weight, because hypnosis is very useful in helping people achieve these goals. You can write about what happened and what was said at these meetings in the journal.

Let family and friends know about the goals that you have set yourself for 2020. They will support you and help to keep you focused, motivated and on the right track. You may even find one of them who also wants to lose weight, and then you might be able to do something easy like perhaps go for a 15-minute walk with them once a week.

Never give up. Always keep trying, and like I said, if something seems too big to undertake, break it up. If you want to re-decorate the whole house, start with a small room like a bathroom and give yourself enough time to complete the task without having to rush things, because you will simply make yourself exhausted.

Take time over all your New Year’s resolutions, and don’t rush at them. Work slowly and steadily, and enjoy them, because you are far more likely to succeed.

If you want to know more about hypnosis, or how hypnosis can help you to succeed at keeping your New Year’s resolutions and make them work, call us on 07904 605344.