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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: 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...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

Andrew McDonald: Dealing with cold and flu season

Cold and flu season has started to make its unwanted presence familiar again. Last year, many of us were in lockdown for long periods and...

Andrew McDonald: How to stop the dreaded hiccups

Buddy Holly and Michael Jackson shared the same talent for using a singing technique few artists even seriously attempt, never mind master. A vocal hiccup...

Andrew McDonald: Parent/child sleep wars

The battle to get your kids to sleep is well-known to most parents. It’s a natural part of growing up when children test boundaries and...

Andrew McDonald: Explore a world from your home

The planned ending of Covid-related restrictions in October will come as a relief to most of us. Nothing is confirmed yet and, as with anything...

Andrew McDonald: Staying well online

If your friend said they spent their time deliberately annoying other people, how would you react? Be happy that their life was obviously productive and...

Andrew McDonald: Boost your mental health by reviewing your social media...

Over the past weeks and months that I’ve been writing this column, I’ve provided bits and pieces of advice for dealing with anxiety, depression...

Andrew McDonald: The benefits of a hot cup

Write a list of stereotypically Irish things and it’s guaranteed “a cup of tea” features prominently. In recent years this has changed with coffee becoming...

Andrew McDonald: Peer support through lived experience

In this column, we have already looked at how recovering from a mental health crisis is only the first stage on the path to...

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...

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...