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Anxiety in Older Teens and Adults and How to Manage it in 7 Easy Steps

By Elaine Hodgins / February 3, 2021 /

The word “anxiety” has become as common as many other descriptive feeling type words, hasn’t it? People say to me: “I’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or condition” or “my anxiety is really playing up today – I feel so bad.” But what IS anxiety? Well, the dictionary says it is “unease about something…

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Losing weight – but is it a losing battle?

By Elaine Hodgins / December 9, 2020 /

If we asked one hundred overweight people this question, I am almost certain that ninety-nine of them would say a big resounding “YES!” Why? Why IS it SO hard to lose weight, maintain it and not feel that you are being deprived of all the nice things in life? The main reason is because it…

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Managing Your Own and Your Child’s Anxiety During Re-Opening of Everything After Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / August 6, 2020 /

A World of Worry! As the various countries all around the world starts to re-open after months of lockdown, every family is facing difficult decisions about how to cope. Is it safe? Can we start visiting family members? Can our teens be trusted to take care when socialising with their mates? Then of course there…

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“Being addicted to painkillers almost ruined my life!”

By Elaine Hodgins / May 20, 2020 /

A couple of months ago, a middle – aged lady called me and asked me if I would help her with her addiction. “What are you addicted to?” I asked, expecting her to say cocaine, alcohol, or even shopping! “I’m addicted to codeine” she said. “I was given it two years ago for a condition…

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Headstart to a Healthier Lifestyle!

By Elaine Hodgins / April 30, 2020 /

The reason I have called my new hypnotic weight loss programme: “Head-Start to a Healthier Lifestyle” is that initially all the thoughts about food do come from our HEAD don’t they! Whenever you talk to anyone about weight, dieting, healthy eating etc etc  they always say “I really need to do something about my eating/weight/lifestyle…

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Ease the anxiety over the Coronavirus

By Elaine Hodgins / April 1, 2020 /

It’s a scary time. We’re in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, with cities, towns and even entire countries shutting down. Some of us are in areas that have already been affected by coronavirus. People are getting ready for what may come. And all of us are watching the headlines and wondering, “What the hell…

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Losing weight is NOT all about the diet!

By Elaine Hodgins / February 19, 2020 /

Losing weight, in my opinion, is one of the hardest things for us to do. Why? Because we try and try to have SOME success… then we try again but it doesn’t work so well and we put all the weight back on – and some! Now I know that I, for one, have done…

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A Mental Health Disorder or just Being Untidy and Disorganised?

By Elaine Hodgins / February 12, 2020 /

With all the TV programmes on at the moment about “Hoarding” it’s very easy to see that people do get emotionally attached to their possessions isn’t it? However, I wonder where that line is that people cross between being a bit untidy and disorganised and hoarding? As a clinical hypnotherapist I have treated a lot…

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Are You a Helicopter Parent?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 24, 2019 /

Isn’t it strange how we always say: “I will never be one of those mums who hovers around their child the whole time and doesn’t allow them to grow up” and yet what do we do? We find ourselves “hovering” at every opportunity! I remember once being in the park with my little girl –…

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If stopping smoking was easy, would you do it now – today?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 9, 2019 /

Most smokers will say YES to this! I know there is a part of you that does want to quit – even though you may say “I love smoking – I could never give up!” Everyone has that fear that one day they will be sat opposite the consultant and he says to them: “I’m…

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