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Andrew McDonald: Get a move on

You know you need to exercise. Doctors tell us so, as does the media, nutritionists, friends, acquaintances, peers, and our families. The idea sounds good...

Andrew McDonald: Healthy habits to keep up after Covid

For every negative, there’s a positive. Most of us hated lockdown and living restricted lives for long periods wasn’t something we welcomed. It was necessary,...

Andrew McDonald: Saving money sensibly

A while ago I suggested you acted on what you can control and didn’t fret about what you can’t. When it comes to family budgeting,...

Andrew McDonald: Summer days out in Ireland’s Southeast

School’s over for the summer. Kids will be at home for three months and, if you’re a parent, your anxiety levels are probably soaring...

Andrew McDonald: Beating bullies needs smart action

‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me'. So states the children’s nursery rhyme, familiar to most of us...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...