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  1. Today I left the house for the first time in 3 weeks.  19 days ago, I developed a cough and a whole variety of symptoms and have stayed home ever since.

    Don’t ask if I’ve had Covid 19 – maybe - who knows!  I’ve certainly been quite poorly and rather generously shared it with my youngest daughter and my husband.  I still wouldn’t rate my chances in a battle to escape a paper bag, although today I am definitely sure I’ll probably be fine.

    If you know me at all, you’ll know I am mentally pretty strong. I have wobbles like anyone else, but mostly I am a mindset mentor and I walk my talk. Heck, I make my living helping people overcome their fears and mental blocks.  Today though, faced with doing an entirely essential food shop, I was a quivering mass.  Going out of the safe confines of my home was truly scary and, had my husband been well, I would not have gone. I would have found a reason to stay here, cocooned in my lovely safe home.

    I remember, during a somewhat prolonged hospital stay after the very premature birth of my first child, a nurse telling my husband that I must be taken out for an ‘airing’ after a week – to prevent me becoming institutionalised!  I was fascinated by their view that it only takes 2 weeks for us to hand over all responsibility to ‘the institution’. Now my home is nothing like the Special Care Baby Unit, nor does it resemble any other form of institution.  However, it is a place where, feeling vulnerable and ill during a time of huge worldwide anxiety, I have been safely contained for three whole weeks.

    You can probably tell by the fact you are reading this – I survived.  I drove my car down the hill, my heart was palpitating, my palms sweating and my head pounding.  There was no traffic, which made driving less stressful, but it was seeing a half empty supermarket carpark which allowed me to breathe normally. It was strange, curious, bizarre, but I was fine. 

    Now, let’s just talk about that fear. 

    I am a strong, relatively well mentally balanced woman. 

    I was scared. 

    So how do you think those people who are already experiencing anxiety are doing right now?  It is a scary time, which is why some people will do crazy things to exercise some level of control.  We’re pretty good at getting a survival plan in place – it is a basic human instinct – but taking a pause to breath and be rational is more challenging and effective.  Once we know we are safe there can be a tendency to sink into that safety and lose sight of the bigger picture – to lose sight of what happens next.

    At some point, whether a month, two, three or more into the future, we will return to some level of normal activity. This will involve leaving the safe sanctuary of our homes and re-starting life in the big wide world, and it is going to make some people’s anxiety go through the roof. 

    The time to start dealing with this is now, before it becomes deeply engrained. 

    Being afraid of the unknown is perfectly normal.  The “I don’t know” is challenging for everyone.  Just know, that you don’t have to let the fear overwhelm you.  Reach out – if not to me, then to someone.

    As a clinical hypnotherapist, I can support you via Zoom, Skype or Messenger and am greatly experienced working with all types of anxiety and fear. Including my own!

  2. rest-52495_1920So, what is insomnia?

    It is a sleep disorder in which people have trouble sleeping. The symptoms vary according to the type of sleeplessness you are experiencing but the important thing to understand is - insomnia is typically followed by daytime sleepiness, low energy, irritability, and a depressed mood.

    How long does insomnia typically last?

    It depends greatly on the type of insomnia, and the cause of the sleeplessness, but can vary between a few nights and a virtually permanent state.  The general recognised types are

    • Acute insomnia describes a brief episode of difficulty sleeping
    • Chronic insomnia refers to a long-term pattern of difficulty sleeping
    • Comorbid insomnia occurs with another condition

    And the two typical symptoms are:

    • Onset insomnia which refers to difficulty falling asleep at the beginning of the night
    • Maintenance insomnia which is the inability to stay asleep for a beneficial period of time. (Struggling to stay asleep or waking up far too early.)

    There are a couple of other groups of people who experience extreme tiredness: 

    Parents of young babies and children can experience periods of disturbed and erratic sleep.  We’ve all known the chap who sneaks out to the car at lunchtime for a quick kip!

    Shift workers may experience symptoms of disordered sleep due to the struggles of having no sleep routine.


    There are many contributing factors to poor sleep, and in my practice I work with clients looking at how they might use some of these.


    • Causes – really a process of elimination
    • Sleep Environment – this is fundamental and can have a huge impact
    • Sleep Saboteurs – those things which prevent good quality sleep
    • Creating a Sleep Diary enables a clearer understanding of the issue
    • Contributing Factors to Poor Sleep – pain, stress and others
    • Complementary Therapies for Sleep – the facts and the fantasies
    • Sleep and Nutrition – basic dietary changes can make a substantial difference
    • The Mind-Body Connection – understanding and using that connection


    Each person is an individual, and different things work for different people so support might include stress management techniques, Mindfulness, Meditation and Mindset training, hypnotherapy or other support.


    If you would like to discuss how I can help you, your child or your team, drop me a message.


    Here’s what a client said,

    "As a long term insomniac I knew a cure would be difficult but Karen was a true professional who immediately put me at ease and after just two sessions was able to restore my sleep pattern and improve my wellbeing.  I would recommend Karen to anyone considering hypnotherapy."