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How to make the most out of online therapy

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on so many different countries in the world.

At the time of writing, the UK is about to enter another three weeks of isolation during which all but essential businesses are shut down including mental health services like hypnotherapy and counseling.

What is online hypnotherapy like?

When it is done well, online therapy is the same as face to face therapy. I am very thankful that I have been running online sessions for many years now as some of my clients live too far away or can't travel for some reason. Therapists who are comfortable using online platforms are able to be exactly the same as they would be in person.

With my clients, I structure sessions in the same way.

We have a good chat through all the challenges you are facing, map out your anxiety cycle and make a plan for how we are going to work on the issues you have brought up. We can still do hypnosis work over the video call and all exercises and mp3s are emailed over...

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PODCAST - Exercises to help with anxiety, stress and overwhelm

anxiety podcast Apr 10, 2020

This week I am bringing to you a series of exercises that will help you if you are feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed by the current situation or in general.

These exercises are a mixture of NHS recommended breathing, mindfulness and self hypnosis for you to have a go at at home.

The key thing about exercises like this is that you find a way to make them work for you, so give them a go and see what works best for you!

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Managing mentalhealth through the corona virus lockdown

Uncategorized Mar 27, 2020

More tips this week on making sure that your mental health doesn't suffer during the current corona virus crisis.

These are recorded in the UK which is at time of recording a couple of days into a lock down in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

The UK advice is to stay at home and people are permitted to leave their homes for essentials and one form of exercise.

Here I share a few tips that will help you keep your mental health under control and help yourself at this incredibly difficult and unsettling time.

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For the free positivity challenge head here: https://www.anxiety2confidence.com/offers/geJcmQw4/checkout

 
 
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PODCAST - How to manage anxiety through the Covid-19 pandemic

Uncategorized Mar 20, 2020

s the Covid-19 pandemic has shut schools and we are anticipating more strict measures soon in the UK, I thought some tips on how to manage anxiety in this situation would be of most benefit.

Here are some simple tips to keep you sane and in control of your anxiety as we face an unprecedented challenge to our mental health.

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I am also opening up my 28 Day Positivity Challenge for FREE for the duration of the crisis to help you practice one of my favorite coping mechanisms. You just need to head here: https://www.anxiety2confidence.com/offers/geJcmQw4 to sign up for free.

Stay safe and be kind x

 
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PODCAST - How Competence helps build Confidence

Welcome to this weeks bumper episode!!!

I have yet another guest joining me this week to talk about how being more competent at something can significantly improve your confidence.

In this episode we hear from Inter 1 dressage rider and trainer, Amy Blount who has loads (literally loads) of great suggestions and tips to help you go from dreading "stressage" to confidently performing under pressure.

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This episode has loads of great tips even for non-riders as we discuss anxiety and how it affects our confidence and our ability to perform.

Find out:

  • The benefits of having a plan
  • Why adaptability is so important
  • The importance of visualising goals
  • Why even set goals and how they prepare you for success
  • The benefits of practicing under pressure
  • Useful tactics for performing under pressure
  • The importance of mental strength in dressage

And so much more!!

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Why your "locus of control" is so important for mental health

Locus of control and wellbeing

 

This blog has been inspired by a research paper I was looking at for my MSc Psychology that I am currently studying through the University of Derby. The paper itself was about something slightly different but I found myself interested in the concept of the locus of control and then excited when I realised its significance to anxiety and wellbeing.

 

What is a “locus of control”?

 

The locus of control is basically how much you think you have control over your environment, successes and failures.

A person with an internal locus of control is more likely to attribute their success to their own hard work.  These people will be more motivated because they believe that they can succeed by working hard and putting the effort in.

A person with an external locus of control tend to believe that they are less in control of their lives and that things happen through chance or luck. When things don’t go well they attribute...

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PODCAST - Locus of control and it’s impact on anxiety, depression and wellbeing

This episode has been inspired by a research paper I was looking at for my MSc Psychology that I am currently studying through the University of Derby.

The paper itself was about something slightly different but I found myself interested in the concept of the locus of control and then excited when I realised its significance to anxiety and wellbeing.

In this episode I talk about what the locus of control is, how you can work out where yours is and crucially the effect it has on anxiety, depression and wellbeing.

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References for the studies mentioned:

 

Spector, P. E., Cooper, C. L., Sanchez, J. I., O’Driscoll, M., Sparks, K., Bernin, P., Bossing, A., Dewe, P., Hart, P., Lu, L., Miller, K., De Moraes, L. R., Ostrognay, G. M., Pagon, M., Pitariu, H. D., Poelmans, S. A. Y., Radhakrishnan, P., Russinova, V., Salamatov, V., & Salgado, J. F. (2002). LOCUS OF CONTROL AND WELL-BEING AT WORK: HOW GENERALIZABLE ARE...

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PODCAST - How anxiety can make it difficult to lose weight

This week I am bringing you something a little bit different as I have invited a special guest to this episode!

I have invited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, Annalise Kirk to talk to us about how anxiety and difficulties losing weight can be linked.

In this episode we cover why anxiety can cause us to crave foods that are bad for us, emotional eating and crucially some tips that you can do at home to take back control.

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Annalise has created a unique online weight loss course with her partner, who is an experienced personal trainer, which combines hypnotherapy, coaching, exercise and meal plans. This course is ideal for complete beginners and can be done from the comfort of your own home!!

Annalise has very kindly offered a limited number of places at a very significant discount for listeners of this podcast so head to the link below and secure your spot before they all go:

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PODCAST - Will hypnotherapy work for me?

This is a question that I get asked regularly by people who are interested in hypnotherapy for anxiety but have often only seen hypnosis on the TV or at a fresher’s week show.

In this episode I talk about the difference between stage hypnosis and therapeutic hypnosis and the reasons why hypnotherapy may not work for everyone.

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What to do when anxiety is ruining your life!

Anxiety can often feel like it is completely ruining your life!

When I struggled with anxiety it lead me to fail my combined masters degree and meant that I couldn’t enter the profession I wanted to.

Although anxiety can feel completely desperate, there is hope and ways that you can get back on top of your anxiety.

What is Anxiety?

Put simply, anxiety is a fear of a future event.

This fear can occur because of previous experiences that have been negative, a new experience that you can't control or an experience that is normally fine but somehow you suddenly become scared of it going wrong.

Anxiety is both a mental and physical condition. The mental aspect in anxiety is the mental fear of something and this comes about because of negative thoughts. The physical aspect is the symptoms of anxiety which range from slight heart rate increase and butterflies all the way through to panic attacks and fainting (vasovagal syncope).

Why do we get it?

Our brains have evolved to react fast...

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Discover which common negative thinking patterns you have.

The way we think has a huge impact on our mental health. If you are looking to overcome your anxiety or just improve your mental health then first you need to know what thoughts are making things worse.

This download gives you a list of the most common ways we think negatively. All you need to do is see which ones you do most.

Also, keep an eye on your emails! I will be sending you a really useful video that goes with this exercise.