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Small business owners Insomnia & Anxiety

Small business owners Insomnia & Anxiety

Today in the newspaper there was a report of a business owner who burst into tears when she opened the latest energy bill.  We might all identify with this feeling of despair when the costs are rising so high, all your best efforts don’t seem to be...

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How to look good naked

How to look good naked

The return of cooler weather is a massive relief to many of us, not just pale, freckled redheads like me, but so many who hate the heat because it meant that they would be forced to show more of their body.  There is a reason that the long summer...

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How to cope with overwhelming bad news

How to cope with overwhelming bad news

Today I switched off the news. I am normally an avid news junky, constantly updating myself online and on the radio particularly when political events are lively and lots is happening. I used to thrive on it, vicariously enjoying the thrills of...

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Grief in the workplace

Grief in the workplace

I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts by Noah Rasheta called Secular Buddhism and he was talking about the five remembrances, which are what he describes as wake up calls that help us see the nature of reality more clearly. I love this...

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Sport and Performance Therapy

Sport and Performance Therapy

How RTT is the perfect fit for Sport and Performance Therapy. “It's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts''. I can still hear my mother’s voice consoling me after I had spectacularly crashed out of my junior school sports day sack race,...

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Divorce and Relationship breakdowns

Divorce and Relationship breakdowns

I’ll let you into a little secret. Before I was a hypnotherapist, I was a lawyer.  Much of my career I spent helping people to divorce after a relationship breakdown and in turn sorting out their house, finances and arrangements for co-parenting...

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How to fix your gut health

How to fix your gut health

If you want to have better mental health, first fix your gut health A word that I only learnt a few years back is microbiome.  After my cancer diagnosis I began researching the optimum way to eat for health.  It became my highest priority in the...

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How to cope with loneliness

How to cope with loneliness

I was once in a crowded lift heading up to a three day training course, and to my utter astonishment, the lady next to me turned to me, looked directly at me and said, “Hello, how are you today?” I almost bumped into the gentleman to my right, so...

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How to deal with menopause rage

How to deal with menopause rage

I laughed when I saw a recent list of menopause symptoms on a medical website. It said, ‘You may experience increased irritability.’  Completely hilarious, I would say that is the understatement of the century. Therefore I have put together my top...

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Connections

Connections

“Can you hear us?  We can't hear you?” I’m in the kitchen, surrounded by my family, they aren't all there in person. I’ve propped the laptop up at the other end of the table so that I can see my brother holding his baby up to the camera and my...

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Racing thoughts and insomnia

Racing thoughts and insomnia

I heard a story today about a man who didn’t want to go to bed because he knew that when he was alone in the dark, that was when the thoughts came to him and they were troubling thoughts about his health and his death and he didn't want to be alone...

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Trauma from childbirth

Trauma from childbirth

Your perinatal journey (pregnancy to parenthood) is deemed to be one of the most wonderful times of your life, but for some women the postpartum period, after giving birth is very far from being the beautiful bliss that they had planned for or...

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Getting clear on your WHY

Getting clear on your WHY

From time to time we all lose motivation and focus. It's easy to be distracted, to get busy with the day to day stuff, the urgent stuff, particularly when you are the one who is looking after others, and having to prioritise their needs.  Being a...

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International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day 2022

For 2022, International Women's Day is focusing on #BreakTheBias. It’s clear over the past few decades we have made significant progress and we’re living in more of a gender equal world, yet there’s plenty of room for improvement and growth. ...

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How to get unshakeable Self-Belief

How to get unshakeable Self-Belief

Why do some people seem to have such incredible confidence and others shake at the mere thought of taking action in their lives?  It can seem like there are two types of people, and if you feel that you are not in the confident category, it can...

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The practice of slowing down

The practice of slowing down

It's tempting in our 24/7 world of rolling news, access to the entire world online, and social media that never sleeps, to get caught into a trap of constant busy-ness.  I wanted to share my thoughts and tips on the practice of slowing down, to...

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Menopause and weight gain

Menopause and weight gain

Although it is well known that menopause CAN potentially cause weight gain, because of all the hormone changes that we women go through, it is really important to know that we have lots that we can do about it.   Our bodies respond to what our...

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Focus on the journey not the destination.

Focus on the journey not the destination.

This is the time of year when many of us lose or drop our motivation, the enthusiasm of the new year and those resolutions have given way to the reality of our day to day lives. The dark evenings, the murky cold and wet days make us want to...

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Tips on a better work life balance

Tips on a better work life balance

With 2022 in full swing, I wanted to share my Top Tips on a Better Work Life Balance with you. There is an imaginary world that some of us would like to inhabit, where we are blissfully happy in all areas of our work and life at the same time and...

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Healthy Weight Loss for 2022

Healthy Weight Loss for 2022

Christmas is a time for family and feasting, a celebration of time together with loved ones, or remembering those we love and wish we could spend time with. Christmas pudding, mulled wine, mince pies, it's all designed to be indulgent and warming,...

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Top Tips for reducing Anxiety at Christmas

Top Tips for reducing Anxiety at Christmas

 I wanted to share my tips top tips for reducing anxiety at Christmas with you. I blame the TV adverts for making us all feel that there is a ‘perfect’ world out there where normal rules are suspended for a few weeks while we all suddenly start...

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Diabetes symptoms and weight loss

Diabetes symptoms and weight loss

Being overweight  increases a person's risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  A diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes is often a real wake up call.  The doctors start hammering home to you that you must lose weight.  The brilliant news when it comes...

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Why can’t you sleep?

Why can’t you sleep?

Insomnia is something which many people complain of, and it's associated with all sorts of mental and physical ill health.  Sometimes it's the ill health that comes first, sometimes prolonged lack of sleep will cause ill health, and we just can’t...

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There is nothing to fix

There is nothing to fix

I have noticed recently some people describing themselves as ‘broken’.  I don’t mean in the sense that they have had a breakdown, a sudden major mental collapse, it's more that they consider that they aren’t quite like everyone else. They think...

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The stories we tell ourselves

The stories we tell ourselves

I’ve been thinking a lot about this today, the concept of telling ourselves stories. You see, we do this ALL the time. We make up stories and tell them as if they are true.  I don't mean the children’s bedtime stories, I mean the made up meanings...

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How to love how you look

How to love how you look

There are times in all our lives when we look in the mirror and can't believe that the image is us, wrinkled, haggard, fat or thin.  As the years go by this happens plenty, although in my case I was more unhappy at a younger age and more self...

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Mental health is linked to the food we eat

Mental health is linked to the food we eat

A recent study proved that there is a causal link between mental health and the diet that we eat. In particular the study was looking at the impact on our children and their mental health.  I wanted to share my expertise in agreement with how...

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How to be fearless

How to be fearless

I think that fear is an essential part of being a human.  We are not born with fears, but from a really early age, our parents start to teach us what we need to be afraid of, what we need to avoid to keep ourselves safe and what we need to...

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Saying No

Saying No

There is a movie with Jim Carrey where the premise is that he will say Yes to everything and to every request, to everything. It's a great film and apart from some cringeworthy sex scenes, overwhelmingly he learns to ‘go for it’ and discovers a...

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Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss Programme

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss Programme

I am convinced that diets don't work and we have been sold a lie. What really drives us to overeat are feelings and diets don't stop these feelings. My aim with this course is to bring the power and magic of Rapid Transformation Hypnotherapy to...

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Anxiety is Energy

Anxiety is Energy

I heard a great phrase recently, ‘Anxiety is Energy’.  It means that while you are feeling the feeling of being anxious, the energy which is anxiety is stuck in your body somewhere.  You can move this energy round , and ultimately out of your body...

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A fear of losing control

A fear of losing control

Anxiety shows up in our bodies as a flight/fight response to a triggering event or thought. It can be an unresolved or old trauma that is triggered, and sets off the response in our bodies.  I am constantly amazed by the power of our minds and our...

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Is trauma making you fat?

Is trauma making you fat?

There is an aspect of health and wellness that many people don’t talk about, you’ll rarely hear anything about this in the diet magazines or online slimming clubs, or mentioned by the overly enthusiastic personal fitness trainers who are constantly...

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Why diets fail

Why diets fail

Have you been overeating during the summer holidays, enjoying those cream teas in Cornwall? With a new season ahead of us and the warmer days disappearing quickly, many of us are turning our thoughts to how we can shift those extra summer pounds,...

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Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety

UK's Freedom Day and Social Anxiety I am noticing more and more people reporting feeling extreme levels of anxiety, whether it be concerns about going back to work in an office, or young people returning to school, or anxiety about mixing with more...

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