Christmas Anxiety

Navigating the Festive Season with Calm and Clarity: Tackling Christmas Anxiety with Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy

The festive season, often associated with joy, warmth, and togetherness, can paradoxically be a source of heightened stress and anxiety for many individuals. The pressure to fulfil expectations, the relentless pace of holiday activities, and the potential for family conflicts can weigh heavily on mental well-being. While it’s natural to feel some level of tension during this time, persistent anxiety can derail the festive spirit and hinder the ability to fully embrace the holiday season.

Harnessing Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy for a Calmer Christmas

Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) emerges as a beacon of hope for those seeking to alleviate Christmas anxiety and regain control of their holiday experience. SFH is a unique approach that delves into the underlying roots of anxiety, empowering individuals to transform their perspective and cultivate a more positive mindset.

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Addressing Underlying Anxieties

SFH practitioners work collaboratively with clients to identify the specific triggers that fuel their anxiety, whether it’s financial concerns, social pressures, or past holiday experiences that have left a negative imprint. By understanding the root causes of anxiety, individuals can develop targeted coping mechanisms to effectively manage their stress levels.

Shifting Perspectives through Guided Imagery

SFH employs guided imagery, a powerful tool that utilises relaxation techniques and visualisation exercises to transport clients into a state of calm and serenity. Through this guided process, individuals can envision themselves navigating the holiday season with ease, encountering positive interactions and overcoming any obstacles that may arise.

Cultivating Resilience and Positivity

SFH goes beyond symptom management and aims to foster a sense of inner strength and resilience. Therapists encourage clients to adopt empowering self-talk, reinforcing positive affirmations and shifting their focus towards the enjoyable aspects of the holiday season. This positive reinforcement helps individuals cultivate a more hopeful and joyful outlook.

Integrating Self-Care Practices for a Balanced Holiday

SFH is not just about mental conditioning; it also emphasises the importance of self-care practices to holistically support mental well-being during the festive season. SFH encourages individuals to prioritise adequate sleep, engage in regular physical activity, maintain a healthy diet, and limit alcohol consumption, all of which contribute to emotional regulation and stress reduction.

Beyond SFH: Additional Strategies for a Joyful Holiday

While SFH plays a pivotal role in alleviating Christmas anxiety, it’s essential to complement its approach with additional self-care practices tailored to personal needs. These practices can significantly enhance overall well-being during the holiday season:

  1. Prioritising Sleep: Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night to promote mood regulation and reduce stress hormones.
  2. Engaging in Exercise: Regular physical activity releases endorphins, natural mood boosters that combat anxiety and elevate spirits.
  3. Maintaining a Healthy Diet: A balanced diet provides essential nutrients for optimal mental health and energy levels.
  4. Limiting Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol can exacerbate anxiety and hinder stress management.
  5. Practising Mindfulness: Mindfulness techniques like meditation and deep breathing promote relaxation and reduce emotional reactivity.
  6. Seeking Social Support: Connecting with supportive friends and family fosters a sense of belonging and alleviates feelings of isolation.

Seeking Professional Guidance when Needed

If Christmas anxiety persists despite self-care efforts and SFH interventions, seeking professional guidance from a mental health expert is crucial. A therapist can provide personalised assessment, recommend additional treatment options, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and facilitate a comprehensive approach to managing anxiety.

Conclusion: Embracing the Holiday Season with Confidence

Christmas anxiety, while a common experience, can be effectively managed through a combination of Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy, self-care practices, and professional support. By adopting these strategies, individuals can navigate the festive season with greater resilience, positivity, and a renewed sense of joy and well-being. Remember, you are not alone in your experience, and there are effective tools available to help you create a more harmonious and enjoyable holiday season.

Relocating to Hayle and offering in-person therapy

I am excited to announce that I will be relocating my hypnotherapy practice to Hayle and offering face-to-face sessions in addition to my online therapy services when I’m settled in.

They weren’t wrong when they said house moving can be one of the most stressful periods of your life!

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I have been in business in Cornwall for almost 10 years, and I have had the pleasure of helping many people overcome a variety of challenges, including anxiety, stress, weight loss, and smoking cessation. I am confident that the move to Hayle will allow me to reach more people and help them achieve their goals.

Hayle is a growing town with a lot to offer, both in terms of business opportunities and quality of life. I am particularly drawn to the town’s beauty and charm, and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the community.

I believe that for some people face-to-face therapy can be more effective than online therapy. For example, people who are struggling with social anxiety may find it easier to open up in a face-to-face setting. Additionally, face-to-face sessions can help to build rapport between the therapist and the client, which is important for the success of therapy.

I am excited about this new chapter in my business, and I look forward to helping more people in Hayle and beyond.

Why I am relocating to Hayle

There are a few reasons why I am relocating my business to Hayle. First, I believe that Hayle is a great place to do business. The town is growing, and there is a lot of support for businesses in the area. Second, I am drawn to Hayle’s beauty and charm. The town is located on the coast, and there are many beautiful beaches and natural areas nearby. I am looking forward to being a part of the Hayle community and enjoying all that the town has to offer.

Room for change

Finding the right chair has been quite a quest! But now you have the option of a recliner chair or the traditional therapy bench/couch. Both have their own advantages, and I know which one I’d prefer 🙂

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New therapy room chair

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View from your chair

Wondering what the view would be? If you’re sat down in the recliner, this is the view (unless you’re asleep)

The benefits of offering face-to-face sessions

I believe that face-to-face therapy can be even more effective than online therapy for some people. Here are a few of the benefits of offering face-to-face sessions:

Build rapport: Face-to-face sessions can help to build rapport between the therapist and the client. This is important for the success of therapy, as the client needs to feel comfortable and trusting with the therapist.

Provide a sense of community: Face-to-face sessions can provide the client with a sense of community. This can be especially helpful for people who are struggling with isolation or loneliness.

Address specific challenges: Face-to-face sessions can be more effective for addressing specific challenges, such as social anxiety or phobias.


Depression can be a complex mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can manifest in many different ways, including feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and despair, lack of motivation or interest in activities, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and difficulty concentrating or making decisions. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can help manage depression by addressing its underlying causes and symptoms.

What causes it?

Depression is a complex condition, and its causes can be different for each individual. Some common factors that contribute to depression include:

  1. Genetics: Depression can run in families, suggesting that there may be a genetic component to the condition.
  2. Brain chemistry: Changes in brain chemistry can affect mood and contribute to depression.
  3. Life events: Traumatic events, such as the loss of a loved one or a relationship breakdown, can trigger depression.
  4. Chronic illness: People living with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease, may be more susceptible to depression.
  5. Substance abuse: Substance abuse, including alcohol and drug abuse, can contribute to depression.
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Treatment for Depression

Depression is treatable, and several treatment options are available, but for this article I wanted to focus on how hypnotherapy can help.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH): is a form of therapy that combines hypnosis with solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) techniques. It can be effective in helping individuals with depression by focusing on identifying and building on their strengths, and encouraging them to visualise a positive future. In SFH, the therapist works with the client to set achievable goals and develop strategies to reach those goals. The hypnosis aspect of SFH can help individuals relax and enter a more receptive state, allowing for deeper exploration of their thoughts and emotions. Through this process, SFH can help individuals gain a greater sense of control over their thoughts and feelings, and ultimately improve their overall well-being. While SFH may not be a standalone treatment for severe or chronic depression, it can be a useful complementary approach for those seeking relief from mild to moderate symptoms.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis to achieve a state of deep relaxation and focused attention. During hypnotherapy sessions, a trained hypnotherapist will guide you into a trance-like state, where you can explore your subconscious mind and make positive changes to your thoughts and behaviours.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help with Depression:

  1. Reframing Negative Thoughts: Depression often causes negative thoughts and feelings to spiral out of control. Hypnotherapy can help you reframe these negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations. By doing so, you can begin to cultivate a more positive outlook on life, and reduce the impact of depression on your mental health.
  2. Developing Healthier Coping Mechanisms: Hypnotherapy can also help you develop healthier coping mechanisms to manage your depression. You’ll learn relaxation techniques that can reduce stress and anxiety, helping you to feel more calm and centered. You’ll also be able to identify and address any underlying issues that may be contributing to your depression.
  3. Healing Trauma: Depression can sometimes be triggered by past trauma or negative experiences. Hypnotherapy can help you address these underlying issues and develop the tools you need to move past them. By releasing emotional blocks and healing old wounds, you can begin to feel more positive and hopeful about the future.
  4. Improving Self-Esteem: Depression can often lead to feelings of low self-esteem and self-worth. Hypnotherapy can help you improve your self-image and cultivate a greater sense of self-love and self-acceptance. By reprogramming your subconscious mind with positive affirmations and beliefs, you can begin to see yourself in a more positive light.


In conclusion, depression is a debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While medication and talk therapy are commonly prescribed treatments, hypnotherapy can also be a valuable tool in addressing the underlying issues that contribute to depression. By working with a qualified hypnotherapist, individuals can tap into their subconscious mind to uncover and reframe negative thought patterns, improve self-esteem, and develop healthier coping mechanisms. With commitment and persistence, hypnotherapy can be an effective complement to traditional treatments in managing and overcoming depression. It is important to seek professional help and support when dealing with depression, and hypnotherapy can be a valuable resource in this journey towards healing and wellness.

If you feel hypnotherapy may be able to help you on tackling depression, my name is Neil Cox and I’m based in Cornwall but also deliver therapy worldwide using online video consultations. Click the link below to book your first step towards creating a more fulfilling and positive life..

Anxiety disorders

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion. However, when a person feels disproportionate levels of anxiety, it can become a disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United Kingdom, affecting 8 million adults in any given year.

There are many different types of anxiety disorders, including:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): This is characterised by excessive, uncontrollable worry about a variety of topics.
  • Panic disorder: This is characterised by sudden, intense episodes of fear or panic that are accompanied by physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and dizziness.
  • Social anxiety disorder: This is characterised by a fear of social situations that may lead to embarrassment or humiliation.
  • Specific phobias: This is a fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights, spiders, or public speaking.

Anxiety Symptoms

The symptoms of anxiety can vary depending on the type of disorder, but some common symptoms include:

  • Worry: This is the main symptom of anxiety. It can be about anything, but it is often about things that are out of your control.
  • Physical symptoms: These can include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, and sweating.
  • Avoidance: People with anxiety disorders often avoid situations that they fear. This can lead to social isolation and decreased quality of life.
  • Changes in behaviour: People with anxiety disorders may also experience changes in behaviour, such as fidgeting, pacing, or having trouble concentrating.

Causes of Anxiety

The exact causes of anxiety disorders are not fully understood, but there are a number of factors that may contribute, including:

  • Genetics: Anxiety disorders tend to run in families, suggesting that there may be a genetic component.
  • Brain chemistry: People with anxiety disorders may have imbalances in certain brain chemicals, such as serotonin and norepinephrine.
  • Life experiences: Traumatic or stressful life experiences can increase the risk of developing an anxiety disorder.

Treatment for Anxiety

There are a number of effective treatments for anxiety disorders, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This type of therapy helps people to change the way they think about and react to anxiety-provoking situations.
  • Exposure therapy: This type of therapy involves gradually exposing people to the things that they fear in a safe and controlled environment.
  • Medication: There are a number of medications that can be effective in treating anxiety disorders, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines.
  • Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses relaxation and suggestion to help people change their thoughts, behaviours, and emotions. It can be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders, especially when used in combination with other treatments.

Hypnotherapy can help with anxiety in a number of ways. It can help people to:

  • Relax and reduce their anxiety levels.
  • Change their negative thoughts and beliefs about anxiety.
  • Learn coping skills to manage their anxiety.
  • Access their subconscious mind to address the root cause of their anxiety.

Hypnotherapy can be a good option for anxiety, and a helpful treatment for people who are struggling with this condition. If you are considering hypnotherapy for anxiety, it is important to find a qualified hypnotherapist who has experience working with anxiety disorders.

Living with Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can be a very challenging condition to live with, but there are a number of things that people can do to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. These include:

  • Getting regular exercise: Exercise can help to reduce stress and improve mood, both of which can help to manage anxiety symptoms.
  • Getting enough sleep: When you’re well-rested, you’re better able to cope with stress and anxiety.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques: There are a number of relaxation techniques that can help to reduce anxiety, such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga.
  • Support groups: Talking to others who understand what you’re going through can be very helpful. There are many support groups available for people with anxiety disorders.


Anxiety disorders are a common and serious mental illness, but they are treatable. If you are struggling with anxiety, please reach out for help. There are many resources available to you.

Insomnia and Sleep Issues

Sleep is an essential aspect of our lives, and getting enough restful and restorative sleep is crucial for our overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, many people struggle with sleep issues, including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and other sleep disorders. These problems can impact both physical and mental health, leading to fatigue, irritability, and decreased productivity.

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In this comprehensive guide, we will explore various tips for improving sleep hygiene, managing insomnia, understanding the importance of REM sleep and circadian rhythm, and discuss how hypnotherapy can help improve sleep quality.

Understanding Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene refers to the habits and practices that promote healthy and restful sleep. Good sleep hygiene is essential for our physical and mental health, and incorporating the following tips into your daily routine can help improve your sleep quality:

  • Set a consistent sleep schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends and holidays.
  • Create a relaxing sleep environment: Make your bedroom a comfortable and relaxing space that is conducive to sleep. Consider using blackout curtains, a white noise machine, or a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime: Both caffeine and alcohol can disrupt sleep and make it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Limit exposure to electronic devices: The blue light emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops can suppress the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep. Consider avoiding electronic devices for at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Engage in relaxing activities: Consider engaging in relaxing activities such as reading, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing exercises.

Managing Insomnia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it difficult to fall or stay asleep. There are several ways to manage insomnia, including:

  • Practicing relaxation techniques: Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation can help give relief and reduce anxiety, making it easier to fall asleep.
  • Establishing a bedtime routine: Going through the same routine each night before bed can signal to your body that it’s time to sleep, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Limiting daytime napping: Napping during the day can interfere with nighttime sleep, so it’s important to limit daytime napping or avoid it altogether.
  • Avoiding stimulants: Stimulants such as caffeine can interfere with sleep, so it’s best to avoid them in the evening.

The Importance of REM

REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is a vital stage of the sleep cycle that occurs approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep. During REM sleep, the brain is highly active, and this stage is associated with dreaming, learning, and memory consolidation. Adults typically require 7-9 hours of sleep per night, including REM sleep, to feel well-rested and alert during the day.

The Role of Circadian Rhythm

The circadian rhythm is the body’s internal clock that regulates many physiological processes, including the sleep-wake cycle. The circadian rhythm is regulated by exposure to natural light, with exposure to bright light in the morning and low light in the evening promoting a healthy sleep-wake cycle. Disruptions to the circadian rhythm, such as those caused by shift work or jet lag, can significantly impact sleep quality.

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Common Disorders

In addition to insomnia, there are several other sleep disorders that can impact sleep quality, including:

  • Restless leg syndrome: A condition characterized by an irresistible urge to move the legs, often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations.
  • Narcolepsy: A neurological disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden, uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep.
  • Sleep apnea: A condition in which breathing stops during sleep, leading to interrupted sleep and daytime fatigue.

If you suspect that you may have a sleep disorder, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider. Treatment options vary depending on the type and severity of the disorder, but may include medications, lifestyle changes, and/or behavioral therapies.

The Role of Hypnotherapy for Sleep Quality

Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis to help individuals relax and enter a trance-like state. During hypnosis, individuals are more receptive to suggestions and may be able to overcome negative thought patterns or habits that contribute to sleep issues.

Hypnotherapy may be used to help manage sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, as well as to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. During a hypnotherapy session, a trained therapist may use techniques such as guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualisation to promote relaxation and encourage healthy sleep habits.

Research on the efficacy of hypnotherapy for sleep disorders is limited, but some studies have shown promising results. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Sleep Research found that hypnotherapy was effective in improving sleep quality and reducing insomnia symptoms in individuals with insomnia. And for further information from the Sleep Foundation on how effective is hypnosis to help you fall asleep read their fact checked article here.


Sleep is an essential aspect of our lives, and prioritising good sleep hygiene is crucial for our overall health and well-being. By establishing a consistent sleep schedule, creating a relaxing sleep environment, engaging in relaxing activities, and avoiding stimulants before bedtime, you can improve your sleep quality and enjoy the many benefits of restful sleep.

If you’re struggling with sleep issues, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider to rule out any underlying sleep disorders. Additionally, considering hypnotherapy as a complementary therapy may also help improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia symptoms. Remember, getting enough restful and rejuvenating sleep is essential for a happy and healthy life.

Weight loss

Achieve Your Ideal Body Through Your Mind

Are you struggling with weight loss and feeling like you’ve tried everything without success? Maybe it’s time to try a new approach that focuses on your mind instead of just your body. Hypnotherapy for weight loss is a powerful and effective tool that can help you achieve your ideal body through your mind. In this article, we’ll explore the many benefits of hypnotherapy for weight loss and how it can help you achieve lasting results.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic approach that uses hypnosis to access the subconscious mind. It’s a safe and natural way to help people overcome a variety of issues, including weight loss. During hypnosis, the client is guided into a relaxed and focused state where the mind becomes more open to suggestions and positive changes.

Hypnotherapy to lose weight: How It Works

Hypnotherapy for weight loss works by addressing the root cause of your overeating or unhealthy habits. Rather than just treating the symptoms, hypnotherapy seeks to understand why you’re struggling with weight loss and helps you to make positive changes at a subconscious level.

During a hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will guide you into a deep state of relaxation. While you’re in this state, they will make positive suggestions and affirmations that are tailored to your specific weight loss goals. These suggestions can help you to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviours around food and eating, so you can start to make healthier choices and reach your ideal weight.

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The Benefits

Hypnotherapy for weight loss offers a wide range of benefits that can help you to achieve your weight loss goals and maintain your ideal weight for life. Here are some of the key benefits of hypnotherapy for weight loss:

  1. Helps to change your relationship with food

One of the biggest benefits of hypnotherapy for weight loss is that it can help you to change your relationship with food. Many people struggle with weight loss because they have an unhealthy relationship with food that involves emotional eating or binge eating. Hypnotherapy can help you to overcome these habits by changing the way you think and feel about food, so you can make healthier choices that support your weight loss goals.

  1. Encourages healthy habits

Hypnotherapy can help to encourage healthy habits that support your weight loss goals. During hypnotherapy sessions, your hypnotherapist can help you to create positive habits that become automatic and natural, such as drinking more water, eating more vegetables, and getting regular exercise.

  1. Increases motivation and confidence

Another benefit of hypnotherapy for weight loss is that it can increase your motivation and confidence. When you’re struggling with weight loss, it’s easy to feel demotivated and discouraged. Hypnotherapy can help to boost your motivation and confidence by helping you to visualize yourself achieving your ideal weight and feeling proud of your accomplishments.

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety can be major contributors to weight gain and unhealthy eating habits. Hypnotherapy can help to reduce stress and anxiety, so you can manage your emotions in a healthy way and avoid turning to food for comfort.

  1. Addresses underlying emotional issues

Many people struggle with weight loss because they have underlying emotional issues that contribute to their unhealthy eating habits. Hypnotherapy can help to address these issues and provide a safe and supportive space to work through them. This can help you to make positive changes that support your weight loss goals and improve your overall wellbeing.

  1. Positive self image

In addition to addressing emotional eating, hypnotherapy can also help individuals develop a positive self-image. Many people struggling with their weight may have negative beliefs about themselves and their ability to lose weight. Hypnotherapy can help individuals reframe their thoughts and develop a more positive self-image. This can lead to greater confidence and motivation to achieve their weight loss goals.

  1. Support and accountability

Finally, hypnotherapy can provide individuals with ongoing support and accountability. Many weight loss programs offer little support beyond the initial phase of weight loss. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, can provide ongoing support and motivation for individuals as they work towards their goals. This can be especially helpful for individuals who struggle with maintaining their weight loss over time.

In conclusion, hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool for individuals looking to lose weight and improve their overall health. By addressing the underlying beliefs, emotions, and habits that contribute to weight gain, hypnotherapy can help individuals make lasting changes and achieve their weight loss goals. If you’re interested in trying hypnotherapy for weight loss, contact me at Neil Cox Hypnotherapy to schedule a consultation and learn more about how hypnotherapy can benefit you. Alternatively please read the trusted NHS article for tips to help you lose weight.