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Andrew McDonald: Eight tips for helping to feel happier

Listen to country music: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Dolly Parton could make you live longer! Cardiovascular experts found country music affects listeners’ bodies by...
Toothache

Andrew McDonald: Avoiding toothache needn’t be a pain in the … mouth

Of all body pains, there’s nothing quite like a toothache. Maybe it’s that your mouth is so close to your brain that an oral...

Andrew McDonald: Nine reasons why pets improve mental wellbeing

Pets reduce anxiety. Studies have shown that playing with animals, even just for five minutes, helps fight stress hormones. This makes having a pet, particularly...
Alcohol

Andrew McDonald: Alcoholism – fighting fire with fire

Alcoholism leaves a trail of destruction wherever it appears. It devastates the health and wellbeing of sufferers and tears apart their relationships. Furthermore, it is...
Work office

Andrew McDonald: A mindful workplace is a successful workplace

Mindfulness makes the workplace a more productive environment for both employees and employers. Once simply a Buddhist practice firmly rooted in the East, mindfulness has...
Reading

Andrew McDonald: Reading keeps you (your brain, anyway) young!

Your mind, like your body, needs exercise. Working it helps it stay fit and healthy. Reading is one activity which stimulates mental activity, keeping...
hypnotherapy

Andrew McDonald: How you defeat your anxiety with hypnotherapy

You have two major parts of your mind. The conscious and the subconscious. The first is responsible for all the things you do deliberately, the...
Friendship new

Andrew McDonald: Saving friendships from the aftermath of Covid

Two years of limited socialising, or none at all, left scars. We’re out of practice in the art of being around others. Navigating inevitable bumps...
Good luck

Andrew McDonald: Good luck? Bad luck? Who can say?

We all experience bad luck. Events do, however, also take favourable turns for us. A problem many people have is the enjoyment of these occasions...
Chocolate

Andrew McDonald: Chocolate is good for you

Easter; annual festival when children, and some adults, gorge on sweet things. Also, the part of the Christian year commemorating Jesus of Nazareth’s crucifixion and...
Brain

Andrew McDonald: The benefits of feeling it will all be OK

Thinking is both a blessing and a curse. Properly harnessed, wonderful creativity emerges. Allowed to run free, it frets over the uncontrollable, big questions...

Andrew McDonald: Positive action is controlling the controllable

Living costs are rising fast and predictions are they will worsen over coming months. This is, at least for the individual, uncontrollable. You can choose...
World

Andrew McDonald: Much to learn from the more experienced

Cultural differences are plentiful between West and East. Some things are better here, others there and a myriad of nuances exist which are neither...
Grief

Andrew McDonald: Coping with grief

The sadness of a loved one’s passing is an unwelcome visitor for all of us at one time or another. The cycle of life dictates...
Office General

Andrew McDonald: Return to the office is not all bad

In every negative, there is a positive. For many people the plus point of covid lockdown and restrictions was being able to work from...
hypnotherapy

Andrew McDonald: How to make resolutions stick

Hypnotherapy works with your sub-conscious mind! That’s precisely why it is such a powerful tool in changing your habits and lifestyle. It quite literally has...
Spring

Andrew McDonald: Resolve yourself to restart your promise in February

How is your resolution for 2022 coming along? Many of us make promises to ourselves for the New Year. Few of us keep them...
Languages

Andrew McDonald: Language learning – the fun way

Believe it or not, there are easier ways to learn a language than the rotelike repetition of stock phrases in your chosen lingua. An activity...
Languages

Andrew McDonald: Saying it differently boosts mental health

It’s January, it’s cold, Christmas is over, lights in people’s windows which brightened darker nights are gone, bank balances have probably taken a hit...
Painkillers

Andrew McDonald: Getting rid of pain without painkillers

Let’s face it, though popping pills like they’re sweets isn’t a good idea, there are times when painkillers are necessary. Some people are so good...
Painkillers

Andrew McDonald: Avoiding the pain of painkillers

Sometimes you hear people complaining about the “nanny state” when it comes to medication. Somebody can’t get a pill for this or that and instantly...
Christmas Dinner

Andrew McDonald: The importance of eating healthily at Christmas

Yuletide is a time of indulgence. The one period of the year where everyone, or so it seems, expects and is expected to eat,...

Andrew McDonald: Letting go what you can’t control

Events which are bigger than us, that we have no way of controlling, are responsible for a great deal of anxiety. Whether bad news stories,...
hypnotherapy

Andrew McDonald: How hypnotherapy can help you

Hypnotherapy is powerful. Don’t take my word for it, research it online for yourself. There is a huge amount of good scientific evidence to...
hypnotherapy

Andrew McDonald: Hypnosis in the real world

Among the therapies which have been around a long time but are suddenly gaining popularity, hypnotherapy is perhaps one of the misunderstood. As soon as...

Andrew McDonald: Reduce Christmas stress

Christmas, the time of year we are all supposed to love. If we don’t, or at least if we reveal it, we’re likely to...
Keto Diet

Andrew McDonald: What is Keto? And does it work?

Keto, short for ketogenic, is a low carbohydrate, high fat diet which claims to get you losing weight quickly. According to keto experts, up to...
Alcohol

Andrew McDonald: Alcoholism – destruction in a bottle

Alcoholism wrecks everything. It rips families apart, devastates health, ruins bank balances and ultimately, if not overcome, kills. Problems with the demon drink are as...

Andrew McDonald: You are the key to overcoming your difficulties

“Sit down next to me” sing the rock band James. It is a call to people who are suffering bad periods in their life,...
Alcohol

Andrew McDonald: Not drinking in the 2020s

Prior to the 2020s, choice was limited for people who chose not to drink alcohol when socialising. Normal everyday drinking options were plentiful enough. Tea,...