Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Why It's So Important to Lean Into Your Fears

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

The job of our unconscious mind is to keep us safe and protected - to keep us out of the way of potentially life threatening situations. Fear in these situations is obviously very useful, but the trouble is that our minds often connect up what should actually be neutral situations to something it perceives is harmful to us.

There Really Can Be Beauty in a Mid-Life Crisis

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

What do you think when you hear the term mid-life crisis? A quick survey amongst a few of my friends and colleagues brought up, fast cars, affairs with 22 year olds, crisis and difficulties - quite a negative opinion.

E Cigarettes - A Trojan Horse for Young Smokers

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

After years of embarrassing climbdowns and admissions the tobacco industry appears to be cleaning up its act and selling something that will not actually harm you. Really?

Do You Have a Fear of Being Sick?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Emetophobia, the fear of being sick, is a very common problem and for many can make life a misery. Whether it is a restaurant or any public place or even another person being sick, the fear of being sick can severely restrict your social and professional life.

Toilet Anxiety- Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Fear of needing the toilet, being caught short, of not finding the loo in time is a fear that blights both men and women, young and old. Many hours are spent planning the next toilet stop or an aisle seat for easy access at theatres and cinemas, one eye on the nearest toilet all the time.

How to Beat Perfectionism... and be the Best!

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

For some perfectionism is an internal wasteland where all positives are ignored and life is like wading through treacle. For others perfectionism makes the outside world never enough and disappointment poisons most activities and relationships. Perfectionists walk a tightrope where impending disaster is held at bay with extreme effort.

Harness That Voice in Your Head to Make Your Body Lose Weight

Sandra Roycroft-Davis | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Roycroft-Davis

I'm often asked about the conscious and unconscious minds - what they are and whether they really can work together to help people lose weight. Well first, what's the difference between the two parts of our minds?

Are You Addicted to 'Virtual' Approval?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

In this age of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. we are increasingly living our lives through the eyes (and comments) of other people. Have you ever stopped to think about how and what this means to you on a personal, emotional level? If someone 'Likes' your post does that give you a boost? Is your sense of self dependent on how many virtual 'friends' or re-tweets you have?

The Self-Esteem Trap- Don't Get Caught

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

Most of us want more self-esteem. We want to feel better about ourselves in some way. Yet most of the ways we to try to build self-esteem is a trap... How we build our self-esteem is a tricky business if it relies on external validation.

Finding the Success in Rejection

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

Without even thinking about how we are approaching life we often take the route that keeps us feeling secure and protected. Many people just keep things the way they are because they are familiar. Our brains like familiar - familiar feels safe.

Do You Believe You Can or Believe You Can't? Whichever It Is, You Are Right

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

How do your beliefs shape your experience of life? Are there areas where challenging those beliefs might help to shift things in a more positive direction for you? The great thing is that beliefs are just thoughts and we really do have the capacity to chose how we think.

Is 'All or Nothing' Thinking Bringing You Down?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

I often advise my clients to focus on the smallest of changes that they can make, as doing anything more than nothing is progress in the right direction. It's not the once in a while, big things that will create the biggest positive changes to your life, but a collection of little and often.

Okay, Time to 'Fess Up - How Many Diets Have You Tried?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

Generally, if you're overweight, there's a reason for it, and it's not just as simple as not eating the cake, otherwise you'd have done it by now, right? People who've been on a diet are 'experts' in their field.

Give Us Some Good News, Please?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

In my work as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist I see so many people in states of acute anxiety, depression and stress. One of the things that really makes a difference (and research widely supports this) is getting the unconscious mind to focus on the positives around us.

Achieving the Edge: What We Can Learn From our Summer of Sport

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

What makes this season interesting for me, as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Mind Coach, is watching the performances of all those competitors. What gives those at the top of their game the edge? Do you ever think about what makes the difference between someone who is performing at their peak and someone who isn't?

Who Decides Your Happiness?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

Have you ever felt that other people are holding you back? That the things or people around you are the reason for you being unhappy? Or perhaps that it's because of the train or bus running late that you are having a bad day. Have you ever considered that all this is a matter of perception?

How Do You Eat an Elephant? Achieving More in Your Life, One Bite at a Time

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

What is your elephant right now? Perhaps it's a work deadline, an exam, a job application or a weight loss goal - something that you feel to be really big and daunting and that you just can't seem to get started on.

Spring Clean Your Life - Living Deliberately

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

In the 21st Century we can live such busy lives that it's very easy to lose awareness of the ability we all have to control our emotions, our state of mind and the skill of planning for happiness. Rather than just letting life happen to you, how much better might it be to consciously steer it, through your actions, thought and feelings, in a more positive direction?

Are You Feeling Sleepy? The Effects of Stress on Sleep Patterns

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

Sstatistics show that 25% of the population of the UK suffer from a sleep disorder of one kind or another, resulting in them feeling tired during the daytime. Astonishingly, that's one quarter of everyone out there. Luckily though, many of these can be cured relatively easily through the right emotional and lifestyle adjustments.

10 Ways To Fight Britain's 'Insomnia Epidemic'

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

British people are a nation of insomniacs, according to a recent sleep study. The Mental Health Foundation found that nearly a third of Brits suff...

New Year, New You? How to Stick to Your 2012 Resolutions

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 03.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

It is true that many people end up putting the same resolutions on their list year after year and not making it much past the end of January before they are broken. If this resonates with you, how great would it be to achieve your resolutions during 2012 and not experience that groundhog day moment when you're writing your list next year?

Overindulgence? Or Perhaps a Healthier Christmas for 2011?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

Christmas is coming, and it might not just be the geese that are getting fat. Studies show that the average British person eats an incredible 7000 calories on Christmas Day.

How Can We Avoid the Stress of Christmas Present?

Kirsty Hanly | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Hanly

For many people Christmas and the run up to it can be a really stressful time. There are presents to be bought, the kids are on holiday and need to be entertained, huge meals are to be cooked, finances juggled to pay for it all, and to top it off we are expected to have lots and lots of FUN!