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Ann Finnemore, Hypnotherapy, Coaching and Stress Management

I blog about the latest research, items appearing in the news, related books I've read and about how the various tools and techniques I use in therapy and coaching work. I also like to pass on any tips that could help you succeed in making any of those changes you've been thinking of (along with the occasional healthy recipe). I hope at least some of what I write makes you think -- that's always a good way to kick off a change of some sort!

Nobody wants a dead canary

Nobody wants a dead canary
As recently as the 1980s, canaries were taken into coal mines by miners as an early warning system for toxic gases. The reason for this was that canaries are highly sensitive to such gases and so they become sick (and even die) at lower concentrations than people do. Therefore, the...
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And out of chaos comes....

And out of chaos comes....
Our house is a bit chaotic at the moment – Steve and I are reorganising how we use our space, making room for new and revived interests and hobbies, clearing away things we no longer need or use and reorganising our office set-up.  It’ll be great when it’s all done,...
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Can you welcome criticism?

Can you welcome criticism?
How do you handle criticism of your ambitions and plans? Does it upset you or make you feel hurt and defensive?  What about if you actually valued it – how would that feel? Criticism can be very helpful to us. It can help us realise how much we really want...
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Turning setbacks into success

Turning setbacks into success
Whatever your plans to reach your goals in life, there will be times when you go off course. The more challenging or long-term the goals, the more likely this is to happen.  The way you regard these times has a huge impact upon how successful you will be eventually.  Your...
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Is one of these three obstacles holding you back from the success you deserve?

Is one of these three obstacles holding you back from the success you deserve?
May is a fabulous month – summer is on its way and the flowers are already in bloom. Mind you, it seems to come around more quickly each year! How many of you are still on track with your New Year resolutions and plans for2017 (do you even remember them)?....
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Don't let failure put you off - use it for progress

Don't let failure put you off - use it for progress
How well do you handle those times when you slip back from a plan? For example, if you’ve been making healthy changes to your lifestyle and then find yourself slipping back into unhealthy habits, do you criticise yourself? Do you blame yourself and feel like a failure? Many people see...
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Learning to welcome criticism

Learning to welcome criticism
How do you handle criticism of your ambitions and plans? Does it upset you or make you feel hurt and defensive? What about if you actually valued it – how would that feel? Criticism can be very helpful to us. It can help us realise how much we really want...
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This simple technique could help preserve your friendships

This simple technique could help preserve your friendships
A while ago I wrote a blog entitled " Are we really just arguing about socks? " about how many of the things that people disagree about are simply matters of opinion, different habits and personal taste.  From an objective perspective, such differences are usually trivial and yet they can...
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Two steps to begin your success

Two steps to begin your success
Do you ever wonder why you haven’t achieved a particular ambition or dream that you’ve had for a long time?  You’re certainly not alone if you have. Many people have long wanted to do something – whether connected with their career, their lifestyle or their health – and yet each...
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Is this the real fear that is holding you back?

Is this the real fear that is holding you back?
It’s common to see articles about how a fear of failure can hold people back from becoming as successful as they want to be. It seems to be a common theme in many articles, accompanied with advice on how to improve confidence or how to find more opportunities. Such articles...
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Enjoy a longer working life

Enjoy a longer working life
Nowadays it’s assumed that people will work until their late 60s and even early 70s. For some this will be because they choose to, for many it will be due to necessity. Some studies suggest that working for as long as possible can help keep people healthy. I suspect this...
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Simple ways you can definitely fit more exercise into your day

Simple ways you can definitely fit more exercise into your day
How often do you think “I’d do more exercise, if only I had time?”. I hear this a lot from people – friends, family, clients. Even myself at times in the past. I think it stems from a belief that exercise means a significant block of time (usually 30 minutes...
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