5 Ways To Boost Your Inner Peace

And help contribute to a better world!

It seems that as human beings we have been searching for inner peace for thousands of years. And I suppose the best way to describe Inner Peace is –  the absence of stress and anxiety.

Inner peace is being fully present in the now, not reliving what has gone on in the past or worrying about what might happen in the future. It might seem more and more difficult to find inner peace in a time of constant stimulation and times of stress and everyday pressures that spike your cortisol and adrenaline (your fight or flight hormones), there are ways that you can help yourselves to create your state of serenity.

Here are five Self Help tools that are simple to implement and are pretty much proven to boost your Inner Peace:

1.   Exercise

If we agree that Inner peace is the absence of stress and anxiety. It is widely accepted these days that exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active will boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from the worries going around in your head.

Exercising helps you because exercise

  • increases your endorphins, your feel-good hormones
  • acting as meditation in motion because it helps you to zone out.  
  • improves your mood, making you feel better and more positive

Exercise is one of the best ways to change your mental state by replacing negativity with positivity. You don’t have to start training for a marathon to benefit from physical activity either! Any type of movement will provide you with a greater sense of peace. The important thing is that you find some form of movement that you like.

Movement for you might be practicing yoga and the breathing techniques that go with the poses, working in the garden, going for a walk in nature and appreciating the smell of the flowers and the hum of insects and birds, or watching and listening to the waves crashing on the sand at the beach.

However, you may enjoy a more vigorous workout as well, such as a dance class, running or swimming. The most important thing is that you find an activity that you can connect with, because when that exercise gives you joy and lifts your spirits you have more chance of keeping it going in your Self Care routines.

2.   Meditate

Meditation has almost become mainstream these days with meditation being introduced to children at a very young age. Meditation is about quieting your mind it’s about creating discipline in your mind where you can learn to switch off that constant chatter in your head.

According to medicinenet.com, meditation is “a simple technique practiced for as few as 10 minutes per day that can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation”.

Meditation produces a state of deep internal relaxation, regardless of what is going on externally in your world.

3.   Set Healthy Boundaries

It can happen that through no fault of ourselves or others we are caught up in being at the beck and call of others. This can eat into our time for ourselves and to unhealthy boundaries

We need to set boundaries to help us take care of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. Healthy boundaries are needed to help us find a positive sense of ourselves, trusting in who we are and not allowing others to define us.

Psychology Today explains that the reason we have loosely defined, or unhealthy boundaries are because we want to be accommodating and helpful, we are unable to say no out of guilt, and we want to be liked.

But when we take steps to identify our own desires and put our values first, we are that much closer to inner peace.

Setting boundaries is not about turning our backs on loved ones that need our help.

Setting boundaries is about knowing when we need to retreat and rest to keep ourselves well enough to take care of loved ones that need our help

4.   Socialize and Connect with Others

A Harvard study by Dr. Robert Waldinger suggests that “meaningful relationships are a prescription for better emotional, mental and physical health.”

 There has been over eight decades of research, among 700 men who were teenagers in 1930s (and over 60 men who are still participating in their 90’s) which shows that:

  • social connections appear to be good for health
    • loneliness appears to be toxic
    • relationship quality matters
    • good relationships appear to protect our brains

There are a number of ways to strengthen your connection to others, such as making new friends (by volunteering or joining a club, for example) and working to improve existing relationships with family and friends.

And of course if you do either one or two above such as joining a class for exercise you will also tick off connecting with others and if you are doing something that you love the chances of you meeting up with like-minded people with a common interest increases, a Win Win situation.

5.   Journal

Writing your thoughts down on paper can help with organizing and processing your thoughts, writing can help to clear your mind and help you solve problems.

According to an article published by Michigan State University, journaling can act as an emotional release/escape and help you obtain clarity and rid you of negative thoughts.

A study published in a 2011 Psychological Science journal noted that writing down your thoughts and throwing away the paper can clear your mind and a clear mind, is a mind at peace.

I first heard about this practice when I was studying Dr. Sigmund Freud. It is one of the Self Help tools that has stayed with me to this day.

Each night before bed Freud wrote out what was in his head, a brain dump you might say and then threw that paper into the back of the fire ensuring that he went to his bed with a clear mind.

I hope you have found these five Self Help tools useful and begin to see that establishing your own Inner Peace has a positive ripple effect to what is happening around you and will spread peace to others.

Remember that when you are acting from a place of serenity and inner peace

  • You are more kind, generous, patient, and compassionate.
  • You are less likely to quickly judge others or take offence by their actions.
  • You will find more joy in connecting with others
  • You will raise your vibrations and emanate a frequency that encourages the people around you to feel a sense of Inner Peace.

When you find your own Inner Peace, you will help contribute to a better world!

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Emotional Intelligence in Personal Leadership

No matter who you are, we are all confronted by not only our own emotions but the emotions of everyone around us.

This is where Emotional Intelligence comes in but what is EI?

  • EI is our capability as individuals to recognize our own emotions and the emotions of others.
  • It is being able to discern between different feelings and label them appropriately
  • It is about our ability to use emotional information to guide our thinking and our behaviour.
  • It is also about how we manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or to achieve our goal.

How you as an individual manage these emotions has a significant impact on how other people perceive you, and more importantly how effective you are in your Personal and Professional life in getting things done.

When you work on your emotional intelligence, you can become better equipped to respond to stressful situations around you with a higher level of maturity.

Research by renowned researchers John Mayer, Peter Salovey, and Konstantin Vasily Peterides discovered people who have high emotional intelligence tend to become better leaders and are excellent in everything they set out to accomplish. 

The first person to use the term emotional intelligence was Wayne Payne in his doctoral thesis, A Study of Emotion: Developing Emotional Intelligence.

In his thesis, Payne compared IQ and EQ (emotional intelligence) and determined that EQ was superior because it covers a wide range of capabilities and aspects of our behaviour.

I’m sure you relate to that. How many people do you know that are super intelligent yet unable to stand in their own space?

Studying and developing your emotional intelligence will help you to understand the source and impact of your own emotions better.

It is important to develop your EQ or EI (Emotional Intelligence) because it helps to strengthen your self-awareness. Understanding your EQ will also provide you with the opportunity to understand other peoples behaviour and the underlying reasons why they act the way they do.

Developing your EQ is a skill, that can be learnt.

THE TRAITS OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

People with a High EQ are emotionally smart people, they are self-confident, self-aware, creative, and energetic. They are also much more capable of handling stress and knowing how to get along with others. They have a more optimistic approach to their life and don’t fear change.

Emotionally Intelligent people are the people who are successful in both their Personal and Professional Lives. 

So you can see why developing and strengthening your Emotional Intelligence is so important to allow you to move on in your life and to build your Personal Leadership skills

Here is one practice that you can develop to Increase your Emotional Intelligence and one thing that can prevent misunderstanding and enhance your Leadership Skills

Think about how you communicate

Your Non-Verbal Communication is the first form of communication to consider it is often underestimated and underrated. It has a tremendous impact on your emotional intelligence because it reinforces what you are expressing to the other person.

It is possible to convey an emotion or respond to a conversation without saying a single word. Your body language says something about your feelings. The way you position yourself in a room, your gestures, your voice, and your posture reveal your attitude to the people around you. 

Awareness Exercise: How do you carry yourself in meetings, where do you sit or stand how do you sit or stand. Make it a practice to people watch and see what their body language says about them.

Consider a time when you were trying to speak to someone and they continuously looked over your shoulder. How did that make you feel?

Verbal communication is the form of self-expression we use the most. We react to situations around us and communicate our emotions through the words that we speak. If you want others to understand you, then you need to ensure that your verbal communication patterns are clear.

One of the easiest ways that you can develop clear speaking patterns is by speaking more thoughtfully. The more thoughtful you become, the more measured your responses will be, and people will respect you for that.

Listening helps you to communicate better

Listening is a vital Personal Leadership skill that enables you to interpret and respond to conversations. When you don’t develop your listening skills, messages can be easily misunderstood, which can make communication breakdown and the person you are conversing with to become very frustrated.

How do you do that?

Make it a practice to really listen to what someone is saying to you, notice if you are thinking about what you are going to say, are you getting ready to jump in with advice. Are you lining up a similar situation that happened to you so you can tell them about it as soon as they stop for breath?

Give people your full attention and use the words that they use to clarify that you understand what they are relating to you

Considering that adding excellent listening skills to your Personal Leadership skills can enhance your productivity, boost customer satisfaction, and increase the sharing of relevant information, it is crucial that you make a substantial effort to learn this skill.

Please share any Insights below if any, I’d love to know:

What did you notice about your listening skills, Did you find yourself drifting, did you practice repeating back what was said. Did you learn anything about yourself?

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Your Immune System and Acupuncture

Your Immune System and Chinese Medicine

We all know that when we get run down our immune system can become compromised and leave us open to catching all kinds of flues and colds.

Traditional Chinese Medicine holds the same view but rather than allowing illness to take hold In Chinese Medicine, we look at preventative measures we can take to strengthen our immune system or as it is known in TCM our Wei Qi”

So What exactly is Wei Qi?

Wei Qi provides an “immune system-like” barrier that protects your body from harmful pathogenic factors that can cause illness and disease. When we are exposed to bad air, germs, and viruses, your first line of defence, according to Chinese medicine is your Wei Qi barrier.

Over time, your immune system (Wei Qi) can become weak and unbalanced this might be due to a few things: wrong foods, emotional stress such as grief, sadness, your inherited constitution, smoking, and pollution.

When your Wei Qi is down, you become prone to allergies, asthma, colds and even skin problems.

To sum it up, your health and the strength of your immune system depend upon the quality, quantity and balance of Wei Qi that flows within your meridian channels.

What you can do to help yourself

Eat well, cut out sugar and processed foods, exercise, get a good nights sleep

You can also use these two Acupressure Points to strengthen your immune system 

Here are two common acupuncture points to support your health in the lead up to winter. These points are located on both feet.

Rubbing these acupuncture points with your finger for 30 – 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body. Don’t worry about locating the exact spot stimulating the area around the points will stimulate your Kidney Qi.

Kidney 6 and Kidney 7 acupressure points

Kidney 6 – ‘Shining Sea’ This point is directly below the inside ankle bone. It is useful for a sore throat, calming your mind, insomnia, frequent urination, irregular menstruation, cramps of feet and hands.

Kidney 6 and Kidney 7 meridian points

Kidney 7 –Fuliu, Returning Current (Recover Flow)This point is located about two inches above your inside ankle bone and on the border of your Achilles tendon. This is a useful point for Tonifying your kidney energy, oedema, night sweating, diarrhoea, dry mouth, low back pain.

 

 

Book and Acupuncture appointment

Why not book an appointment to strengthen your Immune System ‘Wei Qi’

You don’t have to wait until your Immune System (Wei Qi) has become weak and unbalanced.

The very premise of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is preventative.

When we allow our Wei Qi to go down, we leave ourselves open to allergies, asthma, colds and even skin problems.

Your health and the strength of your immune system depend upon the quality, quantity and balance of Wei Qi that flows within your meridian channels.

To book your appointment 086 8381017

 

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7 Simple Tactics to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

Are your New Years Resolutions Fizzling out with the New Year Sparklers

Every January, about 40% of us vow to change one thing or another about our lifestyle. There are the usual favourites:

New Year’s resolutions usually come under one of the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Finance
  • Career
  • Personal development
  • Health and diet
  • Fitness
  • Stress management
  • Focusing on personal relationships

We start out full of intention and motivation but then 6 months later, 60% of us have completely forgotten all about our resolutions and what we were trying to achieve and they all fizzle out with the sparklers.

But carrying out your resolutions can be done if we apply some simple tactics, here are 7 to help you

  1. Define your Motivation

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. You are doing something you love. For example, you prefer jogging, going to the gym, or shopping by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions either to avoid something or for the reward. In other words, you prefer working out with your friends, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more.

2. Actions speak louder than results

Deciding on a goal for the New Year is always easier said than done. However, the tricky part is taking the steps to reach your goal. If you want to stick to your resolutions, it is better to break each step down into smaller goals, if possible, to make them more manageable.

Also, each time you achieve a goal, reward yourself and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement is crucial to help guide you as you push toward your goal and commit to your resolutions.

One way to keep everything in check is to make sure your actions are SMART:

  • Specific. Be specific about the result you want, this will stop you from making excuses.
  • Measurable. If you measure your progress as you go you will be better able to keep yourself motivated
  • Achievable. Break your goals down into smaller goals that together, achieve your bigger goal.
  • Relevant. Make your action relevant to your goal, otherwise why bother?
  • Time-bound. Set defined end dates for smaller and larger goals.

3. Be Honest with yourself

The more realistic your resolutions, the more likely you’ll see them through. If your goal for the New Year is to exercise more, then start small. Instead of planning a 5-day workout week, go for 20 minutes a day then increase gradually.

You’ll find that, as with all goals, as soon as you start seeing what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be pumped to do even more.  Your subconscious loves success. So, it’s crucial that you stay away from the “all-or-nothing” approach. Doing something, even if it’s a small piece of what you’d originally planned, and succeeding is much better and more productive than doing nothing at all.

Also, it’s equally important not to have too many resolutions up on the go at the one time. Make a list, prioritize them, and go from there. Once you feel the first one’s in the bag, go for the second, and so on. Focusing on one goal at a time will channel your energy and efforts there, helping you reach your target faster.

4. Think things through

Have a positive mindset remember you will always have set backs. Start again without berating yourself. Be smart and anticipate these obstacles so that when they do appear, you’ll be prepared.

For example, if you get bored when you exercise, choose upbeat workout music that’ll get you revved up. Or you can workout at home, as you catch up on your favorite TV shows. Buddy up with a friend to go to the gym with you, you won’t let a friend down. The idea is to nip the gremlins in the bud before they become stronger than your willpower that way you can overcome any obstacle that comes between you and your goal.

5. Be accountable for your actions

Accountability means you’re taking responsibility for the choices you’re making. This may seem easy to do at work when you have a deadline and a boss reinforcing it. It may not seem as easy when you’re home alone and skip out on cooking a healthy meal, and order take-out instead.

You can enlist the help of a friend or join a group of like minded people where you would know that you made a certain commitment to someone, it can be a walking group, a study group, simply sending a photo of your home-cooked meal on social media or, you can hang a calendar on your wall with progress notes so you can keep tabs on how far you’ve gotten and what still lies ahead.

6. Find a Lifestyle Coach

 If you want to get fitter and healthier most gyms these days have Personal Trainers to keep you motivated and depending on your resolution, there are all sorts of Life Coaches, Mentors, Career coaches Find someone that you personally resonate with to help keep you on track and who can be the person to cheer you on

7. Create a Vision Board

 Do you know that there is an actual science behind VB’s and that we have an information filtering system in our brains known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS) and that Vision Boards serve the role of programming our RAS to tune into the things that help us move closer towards our intentions.

There is a craft to creating a Vision Board that works A bad Vision Board can work against your RAS and leave you with a Vision Board that is just a load of pretty pictures and moves you further away from your intentions.  If you would like to know more about Vision Boards what not join me on my Next Vision Board Workshop You can contact me here.

A Vision Board will help you to stay reminded of what it is you want to achieve as long as you craft it properly.

Keeping your New Year’s resolution can seem scary at first. However, with these 7 tactics, you can do anything you put your mind to. Remember, once you accomplish your first resolution, you’ll find that it’s not only beneficial, it’s fun as well!

 

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7 Simple Tactics to Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

Every January, about 40% of us will vow to change one thing or another about our lifestyle. This tradition  rears its head every New Year when we resolve to change an undesired trait or behavior,  accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve our life

New Year’s resolutions usually come under one of the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Finance
  • Career
  • Personal development
  • Health and diet
  • Fitness
  • Stress management
  • Focusing on personal relationships

We start out full of intention and motivation but the 6 months later, 60% of us have completely forgotten all about our resolutions and what we were trying to achieve

But carrying out your resolutions can be done if we apply some simple tactics, here are 7 to help you

  1. Know What  Motivations you 

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. You are doing something you love. For example, you prefer jogging, going to the gym, or shopping by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions either to avoid something or for the reward. In other words, you prefer working out with your friends, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more.

2. Actions speak louder than results

Deciding on a goal for the New Year is always easier said than done. However, the tricky part is taking the steps to reach your goal. If you want to stick to your resolutions, it is better to break each step down into smaller goals, if possible, to make them more manageable.

Also, each time you achieve a goal, reward yourself and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement is crucial to help guide you as you push toward your goal and commit to your resolutions.

 Make sure your actions are SMART:

  • Specific. Be specific about the result you want, this will stop you from making excuses.
  • Measurable. If you evaluate your progress as you go you will be better able to keep yourself motivated
  • Achievable. Break your goals down into smaller goals that together, achieve your bigger goal.
  • Relevant. Make your action relevant to your goal, otherwise why bother?
  • Time-bound. Set defined end dates for smaller and larger goals.

3. Be Honest with yourself

The more realistic your resolutions, the more likely you’ll see them through. If your goal for the New Year is to exercise more, then start small. Instead of planning a 5-day workout week, go for 20 minutes a day then increase gradually.

You’ll find that, as with all goals, as soon as you start seeing what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be pumped to do even more. However, it’s crucial that you stay away from the “all-or-nothing” approach. Doing something, even if it’s a small piece of what you’d originally planned, is much better and more productive than doing nothing at all.

Also, it’s equally important not to have too many resolutions up on the go at the one time. Make a list, prioritize them, and go from there. Once you feel the first one’s in the bag, go for the second, and so on. Focusing on one goal at a time will channel your energy and efforts there, helping you reach your target faster.

4. Think things through

Having a positive mindset you will always have set backs. Start again without berating yourself. Be smart and anticipate these obstacles so that when they do appear, you’ll be prepared.

For example, if you get bored when you exercise, choose upbeat workout music that’ll get you revved up. Or you can workout at home, as you catch up on your favorite TV shows. Buddy up with a friend to go to the gym you, you won’t let a friend down. The idea is to nip the gremlins in the bud before they become stronger than your willpower that way you can overcome any obstacle that comes between you and your goal.

5. Be accountable for your actions

Accountability means you’re taking responsibility for the choices you’re making. This may seem easy to do at work when you have a deadline and a boss reinforcing it. It may not seem as easy when you’re home alone and skip out on cooking a healthy meal, and order take-out instead.

You can enlist the help of a friend or join a support group where you’d know that you made a certain commitment to someone, it can be a walking group, a study group, simply sending a photo of your home-cooked meal on social media or, you can hang a calendar on your wall with progress notes so you can keep tabs on how far you’ve gotten and what still lies ahead.

6. Find some to be in your corner 

If you want to get fitter and healthier most gyms these days have Personal Trainers who keep us motivated and depending on your resolution, there are all sorts of Life Coaches, Mentors, Career coaches Find someone that you personally resonate with to help keep you on track and who can be the person to cheer you on

7. Create a Vision Board

 A Vision Board will help you to stay reminded of what it is you want to achieve as long as you craft it properly, place it where you will see it daily. YOu can learn more about Vision Boards here

Keeping your New Year’s resolution can seem scary at first. However, with these 7 tactics, you can do anything you put your mind to. Remember, once you accomplish your first resolution, you’ll find that it’s not only beneficial, it’s fun as well!

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Natural Remedies For Aching Feet

Natural Remedies For Aching Feet

Foot pain is something that we have all experienced in our lives. After a night out in high heels, a workout in the gym, a long walk or a long day at work, even working in the garden your feet can be tired, achy, swollen, and heavy.

We often forget how important are feet are to us and how they help us to ground ourselves into Earth energy and how they help us to take a step forward into everywhere we go in life. It is only when our feet begin to ache that we begin to notice the stress we put on our feet.

So whether or not your feet are just tired or achy or you looking forward to sandal season Below are some lovely natural remedies that will ease your sore feet and have you feeling great again.

Alternate Hot And Cold

What to do, Fill one basin with cold water and one with hot water. Find a comfortable spot to sit, place your feet in the cold water for five minutes then, switch to the hot water. Switch back and forth for about of thirty minutes for maximum effectiveness.

How does it work

Alternating hot and cold baths alternately dilates and constricts blood vessels in your feet, this boosts your circulation and reduces swelling and achiness in your feet.

Elevate Your Feet – Elevating your feet for fifteen to twenty minutes on cushions or pillows How does it work  This will increase circulation in your legs and feet and help to reduce pain and swelling.

Epsom Salts –. There are two ways you can use Epsom salts to reduce swelling in your feet. You can either add Epsom Salts to a basin of hot water and soak your feet or add it to your bath and soak your whole body for about 45 to 60 minutes

 A word of caution here you can feel dizzy after an Epsom salt bath so be careful getting out of the bath and if possible go straight to bed. Shower off the Epsom Salts in the morning and all the toxins with it.

How does it work  Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulfate heptahydrate. Magnesium is known to help reduce swelling and therefore ease the pain, it will also draw toxins from your body

Soak In Essential Oils – Essential Oils can be used as an alternative to Epsom salts Add 10 drops of essential oils to a half glass of milk and then add to your bath this will help to disperse the Essential oil evenly

A Word of Caution here Never underestimate the power of essential oils, Choose from a reputable brand, be careful of over marketed brands. If in doubt consult with a qualified Aromatherapist and never mix more than two oils ie. a blend would be 5 drops of each or 10 drops of one oil in a half cup of milk never drink essential oils.

How does it work essential oils, help to increase blood circulation and reduce swelling. Essential oils are used in the same two ways as Epsom salts.

The best essential oils to use to increase blood flow are peppermint oil, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, and rosemary oil.

Vinegar Soak – The kitchen cupboard remedy If you don’t have Epsom salts or essential oils in the house, you can use vinegar. Vinegar helps to reduce inflammation and can be used in two ways.

First, you can fill a basin with hot water and add two tablespoons of vinegar; it is additionally beneficial if you add some salt to the water as well. Soak your feet for about twenty minutes.

Second, you can put equal amounts of water and vinegar into two basins. Make one basin cold water and one basin hot water. Soak a towel that is big enough to wrap around your feet in the hot mixture and squeeze out the excess liquid. Wrap the hot compress around your feet for five minutes.

Repeat the same process using the cold mixture.

The second process is a little fussy but will give you the benefits of vinegar as well as the hot and cold method to maximize blood flow and reduce swelling and achiness.

Preventative Self-Care Measures

If your feet are constantly sore or you are usually on your feet for a very long time take preventative Self-Care Measures. Invest in a good pair of shoes, stretch and massage your feet throughout your day. Visit a Chiropodist who will remove any pressure points and advise on proper foot and nail care

 

You can also build regular Reflexology Treatments to your self care plan.

Reflexology is a therapeutic method that relieves pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on your feet and hands. Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating nerves in your body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only eases the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well. Your Reflexologist will also be able to give you analysis of your feet and suggest some exercises to ease pain.Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinby feather

5 Ways Hypnosis Helps Stress

So much is said about stress and to put it simply there are two types of stress, good, and the bad.

The good kind raises your heartbeat, elevates your blood pressure, and gets you alert and ready for anything. You will easily know the difference between good and bad stress and when it suddenly flares up it might happen during a business meeting, excitement at a sports game or even when you’re driving and someone cuts you off.

This type comes and goes quickly You feel your adrenaline pumping in your veins and you are sharper, quicker thinking and your reflexes become faster.  You will feel your stress going away after a while as your adrenaline levels return to normal and your blood pressure stabilizes.

The stress we really have to be careful of is the second type of stress. This stress is chronic, you feel exhausted and worn out because you have been stressed over a longer period of time and it feels like it you have no way out and no peace of mind.  This creates havoc on your body, and your normal body systems begin to break down sometimes to the point of creating chronic diseases in our body.  Because chronic stress exposes us to cortisol and other stress-related hormones for longer periods of time than short term stress we can eventually find ourselves suffering from any of the following:

  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of energy
  • Lower or Weak immune system
  • Depression
  • Aches and pains
  • Type-2 diabetes
  •  Digestive problems
  •  Cancer
  • Higher risk of heart disease

There are many ways to treat your stress, such as meditation, exercise or massages, all of these will initially help you to relax and unwind and get some relief from your stress.

These practices should become part of your self care plan, however, this is just dealing with your stress on the surface. If you really want to get to the bottom of your stress and your anxiety, you have to dig down deep and find the source, a bit like pulling out the weeds by the roots instead of just trimming the surface.

That’s what hypnosis does, it helps you to get to the source of your stress. Hypnosis is probably one of the least-understood therapy techniques, even though it has helped with many physical and mental ailments over the years.

calm peaceful

What are the benefits of using hypnosis to treat stress?

1. It’s time-efficient.
One of its benefits of hypnosis is that you can get right to the source of your stress usually during your first session, which is quick compared to other methods of treatment.

2. Gets to the bottom of things. Through hypnotherapy, you can find what triggers your stress and anxiety. It could be due to a negative past experience, a certain situation that left its mark, or an illness yours or someone else’s. Regardless, your therapist can help you diagnose and treat your stress through hypnosis.

3. Hypnosis is Holistic. Hypnosis treats your body, mind, and soul as one entity.

4. Hypnosis is gentle and gradual.  Your session allows you to be safe and to explore where and how your stress is manifesting, what you are feeling and where all this is showing up in your body. Hypnosis will help with the self sabotaging thoughts that keep you stuck and because it is gentle and gradual you will be able to do this without feeling lost or alone.

5. You’re in control. In spite of what many claim or believe, during hypnosis, you’re awake and remain conscious the entire length of the session. The only part the licensed hypnotherapist, someone whom you trust, plays during the session is to listen to you, guide your suggestions of how you’re feeling, where it hurts, and how to get rid of the pain. Other than that, while you are undergoing hypnosis you stay conscious and in control the entire time.

The reason why hypnosis is successful is because when you’re in a trance, you’re in a state of deep relaxation.

This is when your brain is open to suggestions. It’s a way for you to unlock and  change your negative thoughts into positive ones, allowing you to break free of negative patterns, and learn how to react when you are faced with stressful situations.

Finally Hypnotherapy can help you change your perception of the stress-triggers that you have identified, in your life.


And since stress is created through your thoughts and perceptions, Hypnotherapy is a great way to lower your levels of anxiety and reduces stress, and if you can lower your levels of anxiety and stress, you are on your way to a happier, healthier, more balanced you.
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How Persistent are you?

How persistent are you when you meet a challenge?

Are you persistent enough to get things done?

What is Persistence?

The dictionary describes persistence as “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition” but here are a few other ways of describing persistence. 

Persistence is; your ability of continuously moving forward no matter what you might be feeling,

Persistence is; when you push past the point where you feel like you want to give up, throw your hands up in the air, surrender and quit altogether.

Persistence is; a combination of your desire and your willpower, your urge to get there, no matter what happens.

Being persistent is; having determination. Just like the waves wearing down a rock a litle at a time.

If you want to see persistence in action, watch any young child and how persistent they can be when they want something. The child never falters they will try every angle of persuasion until they get what they want, it’s pretty difficult to resist them.

Can you find your persistent child?

It might just be some fun to tap into your Inner Persistent Child and see how persistent you are when you want to be.

Close your eyes for a moment and think about a time when you were really persistent when would not give in until you got what you wanted.

How did it feel when you got what you wanted? Really feel the sense of achievement and all the other feeling you felt. 

Now imagine how your life is going to be if you can tap into that persistence whenever you want.

Are you persistent enough to achieve your goals?

Are you persistent enough to DO, BE and HAVE all the things that you want in your life?

 

Whether we admit it or not, there are times when we are ready to throw in the towel on a project and it takes courage to choose to carry on, until we reach our goal.

Being persistent comes from having a vision of your future and having a  burning desire to make your vision happen. Being persistent pushes you to give everything you’ve got until you make the impossible possible.

TIP: When you feel like you want to throw in the towel, look for that one next step you can take and begin with that one task, that first step, things might move slowly but stick in there, this is where you will find out how persistent you are. You can accomplish each small step and move on to the next step and the next, all you need to do is hold onto to your resolve and persist.

Every step you accomplish will build your confidence and you will move forward building each step on top of the next, and as you go through this process of building you also build your persistent levels.

When you have reached your lowest low and everything seems to go against you, keep your eye on your target. Dig your heels in and stay persistent, think of the persistent child, stand your ground and meet your challenges.

Believe me, we will all have many challenges and setbacks in this life and there is no way that we can avoid that.  But you can help yourself by building your persistence as you move forward and achieve your goals.

I’m here to help

Wisdom over Information 

Mary

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Slow your ageing 5 key Tips

Slow your Ageing process With these 5 Key Tips

Ageing is inevitable. No matter how hard you try, it will catch up with you eventuality, but that does not mean that you have to sit back and let it prematurely take your youth away.

No, there are things you can do starting right now to slow down your ageing process, and maintain your youthful looks and vigour well into an age nobody will be able to guess!

These tips are extremely simple- there’s no magic pill here. Read on to find out the five keys tips you should be doing:

Sleep More

Sleeping is one of life’s simple pleasures, and something that should come naturally to everyone. However, more than half of the adult population is chronically sleep deprived, in the sense that they get less than the recommended 8-9 hours nightly, for many days running.

Sleep is the one thing that everyone has going for them.

Sleep is the hit reset button for your body.

During sleep, repair ensues, so that proteins in skin are fixed, hormone production is ramped up, and the process of rebuilding in general. Chronic sleep deficiency inhibits the ability of the body to fix structural defects, including those already programmed in our DNA, which can accelerate greying of hair, wrinkling of skin and deterioration of organs

Get Your Veggies

Eat lots of vegetables. It doesn’t really matter which, but include a variety of different ones, as each bring something different to the table. Most vegetables are extremely low calories, making them perfect for bulk at mealtimes, as you can eat a lot, and not get a lot of calories. In addition, vegetables are full of fibre, which keep intestinal and colon health on point, as well as tons of anti-oxidants, vitamin and minerals, which fend off free radicals and compounds that damage DNA and promote ageing.

Let go of your Bad Recreational Hobbies

Sure, watching TV late into the night is a bad hobby, and it is damaging, but it is not bad in the sense we are referring to.

The ways we are talking about, relate to drinking, smoking and eating junk food. Excessive alcohol consumption places undue stress on your liver whose primary job is to remove toxins from your body. Undue stress on your liver, in some cases, results in your Liver being unable to do its job. The end result is that this accumulation of toxins in your body is bad for your health, and kick starts and accelerates your ageing process.

Smoking, on the other hand is worse in many aspects. With negative effects ranging from your lungs, to blood vessels and more, smoking can age you 25 years in just 5 years.

Smoking stops nutrients from being delivered to your body and your skin suffers. Smoking encourages ageing and wrinkles at a much younger age far than it should, and it goes without saying here that you increase your risk of dying from complications of the lung.

Stay Happy

We don’t expect you to be euphoric all day long, but being happy has proven benefits over being sad, or pouty. This can be explained by endorphins, which are feel good chemicals produced in the brain that boost mood, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and reduce stress levels as well.

Practicing mindfulness meditation is one of the best ways to develop your appreciation of the little things in life, and improve your happiness and outlook. Frowning just speeds up development of wrinkles and fine lines! So practice being happy!

Weight Train

A little jogging or cycling is good during any point of life, for cardio vascular health  but in order to diminish the effects of ageing, weight training is a must. Not only does muscle help you fill out your clothing, but it can also help prevent skin from sagging, wrinkling, or your posture from stooping.

Nothing screams old like a hunched back and sagging skin, but luckily, weight lifting can delay this for years to come, not only that, but your overall mobility will be kept in check, your bone density will stabilise and you will look great, so do some weight bearing exercises!


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How to make the most of your Acupuncture treatment

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Acupuncture can produce faster results than common medications, depending upon your condition.

You can get the most out of your Acupuncture Treatment and commit to healing.

Here are some tips to help you get the most from your Acupuncture Treatments.

BEFORE YOUR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

  • Keep an open mind. Positive energy speeds up any healing process
  • Refrain from alcohol and drugs (unless they are prescribed) for at least 12 hours before your session.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes for comfort. Make sure your clothing can be rolled up so that all of the necessary acupuncture points, ankles, knees, belly and arms can be easily reached
  • Eat a light meal or snack, you don’t want to be starving but you also do not want to be overly full. Avoid greasy, heavy foods that could upset your stomach.

DURING YOUR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

  • You will be asked for a comprehensive health history. Your personalized treatment plan will come from your answers.
  • Some questions may seem irrelevant to your current condition, but keep in mind acupuncture is a holistic practice and deals with all aspects of your Body, Mind, and Spirit.
  • Be sure to let me know about any other treatment you are currently receiving and any medications you are taking.
  • Answer any questions honestly and completely. Don’t shortchange yourself by using answers you think the acupuncturist wants to hear or omitting bad habits.  
  • Ask whatever questions you need so that you feel confident and well-informed
  • Once the needles are set, take the time to truly relax. I will take you through a  quick body scan starting at your feet and moving up to your shoulders and head to give you an opportunity to experience total relaxation to make sure your body remembers what it feels like to be completely relaxed.

AFTER YOUR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

  • To get the most from your treatment I recommend that for the rest of the day after your acupuncture treatment, that you avoid alcohol, stressful situations, caffeine, strenuous exercise, and heavy or spicy meals,
    It’s fine to go to work, school, or other activities following treatment, but avoid overexerting yourself.
  • Avoid strenuous activity and caffeine within a few hours of your treatment.
  • You may feel tired after your session, so take it easy drink plenty of water and stay at a comfortable temperature
  • Be realistic: There is no such thing as an instant cure it may take several sessions and some lifestyle changes
  • After each of your treatments take some time to yourself to reflect, take notes on how you feel, bring them to your next acupuncture session so any necessary adjustments can be made, at your next treatment.
  • If you are extremely drowsy you must rest. 

If you have any questions about your Acupuncture treatment that have not been answered here please feel free to call me on 086 8381017

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