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Andrew McDonald, Hypnotherapist and Mind Coach, can be contacted via www.kilkennytherapy.com or on 089 972 2991

Andrew McDonald: Recovery is a journey

Recovering from poor mental health is dependent on learning a whole new range of life skills. Once the crisis period of whatever condition a person...

Andrew McDonald: Overcoming vaccination needle fear

Needles are not something any of us looks forward to. Fortunately, unless we have an ongoing health concern, most of us don’t have to...

Andrew McDonald: Lockdown… To Be Or Not To Be?

Hopefully, we're well on the way back to freedom now. Few of us will be sad to see lockdown leave us. That said, with the...

Andrew McDonald: Mental wellness and new dads

Among the biggest events in life are your own wedding and becoming a parent. The former is more of a gradual process. You meet somebody...

Andrew McDonald: The father of hypnotherapy

A quick question. Who is considered the founder of modern psychology? The chances are you responded “Sigmund Freud” pretty much without thinking! Actually, if you...

Andrew McDonald: Staying motivated whilst unemployed

Of life’s more devastating crises, losing your job can feel like it’s up there with the worst of them. It’s no wonder as the...

Andrew McDonald: Happy work, happy mind

Most of us spend almost a quarter of our lives at work. Take into account the eight hours or so we spend asleep every night...

Andrew McDonald: Time management is key for our wellbeing

Stress destroys both our mental wellbeing and physical health. It can ultimately lead to chronic or even terminal illness. Stressful situations often develop when we...

Andrew McDonald: Be a fighter – put down that lighter!

Among the most difficult of habits to quit, smoking is pretty high up there. The mere idea of it is daunting enough. Should it...

Andrew McDonald: Dealing with difficult people

We all have to deal with difficult people. However, keep in mind one thing; you have to cope with them for a short time,...

Andrew McDonald: Music affects the mind – for the positive

Music affects the mind. There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about that revelation. What is worth exploring though is how different kinds of music interact with our...

Andrew McDonald: Ditch the diet – lose weight naturally

Last week we looked at why dieting almost always ends in failure. This week we’re going to look at alternatives. To kick things off, two...

Andrew McDonald: Diets do not work

The four words in the title above will come like a hammer blow for some and perhaps as a relief for many others. The truth...
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Andrew McDonald: Post-lockdown stress and how to deal with it

Whisper it! Keep fingers crossed! It looks like we’re on the final leg of Covid lockdown. With luck, we’re soon going to be back...

Andrew McDonald: Healing the past with your present – how it works

Regression therapy works by reassessing memories which get stored in your mind. As you know, both your conscious and subconscious minds are like sponges. If...

Andrew McDonald: Healing the past with your present

Sometimes the only way to move forward is by stepping back. Anxiety and depression are, as we have already discussed, very frequently linked to...

Andrew McDonald: Three ways hypnotherapy works for anxiety and depression

Hypnotherapy opens up your path to recovery from anxiety or depression by getting in touch with your subconscious mind. It does this via a number...

Andrew McDonald: The power of your breath

Did you know one of the most powerful things you possess is your breath? No, I’m not telling you to stop eating garlic or onions!...

Andrew McDonald: The benefits of being kind

THE NEWS in the last couple of weeks has been particularly tragic and shocking. The purpose of this column is not to make political points...

Andrew McDonald: The importance of sleep

There’s no doubt about it, the stress of lockdown and lifestyle changes it has forced upon us have had a massive effect on wellness. Common...

Andrew McDonald: Some fun and free apps to help you exercise

A slight change of tone this week. Today we’re going to look at free* phone apps you can use to encourage you to leave...

Andrew McDonald: What is Hypnotherapy? Or perhaps, what isn’t it?

If there is a question hypnotherapists are most frequently asked, “is it true you can control people” has to be it. Stage hypnosis has a...

Andrew McDonald: Getting out of Black and White thinking

Sources suggest we’re going to be stuck in a lockdown morass until May. Two weeks ago I said we would look at other things...

Andrew McDonald: Meditation – Don’t try to make it perfect

If I had a Euro for every time somebody said to me “I can’t meditate properly”, I’d be a rich man. I usually respond by...

Andrew McDonald: Beat the lockdown blues

This lockdown seems to be the most difficult so far for many people. Restriction fatigue has certainly set in. It’s also perhaps the worst...

Andrew McDonald: (New Year) February Resolutions

Did you make a new year resolution for 2021? If you did, how is it going? If it’s a breeze, congratulations, this article isn’t...

Andrew McDonald: How to remove stress associated with home schooling

Tuesday’s Covid announcement left confusion over when schools will reopen. Coronavirus restrictions have been painful for all of us. They’ve been excruciating for some. Among...

Andrew McDonald: Dealing with difficult emotions

You know the cycle. Something triggers a negative emotion in your mind and you start to fixate on the issue. No matter what you do,...