It’s time to make self care a priority!

bracken opening by stream

This year I decided that I needed to get my act together so I set out on January 1st with a series of self care objectives in mind.

I started in January with a sponsored, month long dryathlon to raise money for the Woodlands Trust.  This seemed to extend right into the back end of February I got so carried away with it.  I’ve shaped up my diet, I’m continually increasing my exercise levels and introducing new forms of exercise into my repertoire, I’ve reinstated my fortnightly visits to the massage therapist and am receiving reflexology once a month too, I have cut back on social media time, and I am prioritising down time.  For the first time in what feels like at least a couple of years I feel fantastic,  I have energy, I feel more productive when I am working, and I feel rested when I’ve had time off.

As I sat by the stream in the picture above the other day enjoying the sunshine filtering down through the trees and listening to the birds singing, I began to wonder what had taken me so long to get round to making these shifts in my lifestyle and I came back to one of my biggest bug bears as a holistic therapist Read more

Where does time go?

BluebellsWe are well and truly in the midst of spring.

It’s a lovely feeling when our energy starts to wake up again at the beginning of February.  You can almost feel the life returning to your bones, and as the days go onwards and the weather starts to perk up a little we become more and more active.

I love those early days of spring where I find I have lots of ideas floating around, but I love this time of year even more.  The ideas that I was floating back in February are starting to come together now into something more concrete, ‘things which are actually happening’.  It feels exciting, and it’s great to be part of the flow,  working in tune with the rhythms of the year.  Not to mention that the bluebells are now starting to bloom too (that always gets me excited). Read more

How reiki helped me heal, and how it can help you too.

ReikiFrom sceptic to believer in one small step.

I discovered Reiki (pronounced ray-key) over nine years ago now, and it happened quite by accident. I have to admit at the time I was a bit of a sceptic.

It was a bad day, or so I thought. I was in training to become a holistic therapist, and it was a college day. I had been a passenger in a car accident a month or so before which had resulted in a whiplash injury and I had been suffering with pain in my neck and shoulder for weeks. I had woken at 5:30am (college days started early) to discover that I was full of a nasty cold and so not only my neck and shoulder hurt, but pretty much everything else too, and I was snotty (so, so snotty). I was miserable! Read more

Why autumn is the best time to see things through to completion

autumn blonde smlYesterday was the autumn equinox, also known as Mabon. On this is day of the year the dark and the light are in perfect balance with each other, the following day the dark hours start to increase as we head steadily towards the winter months.

I wrote a few months ago about how in shamanic culture it is believed that summer brings us into contact with the fire element, and how we can use this energy to support us in taking action so new projects and lifestyle changes can really get underway (you can read more about that here). Similarly autumn has its own element, and we see ourselves moving now into a time governed by water.

At this time of year we feel our energy naturally starting to drop off a little. When we work with water it brings us the strength and determination to keep going with things until they meet their natural end; so it supports us in seeing those new projects we started in the summer through to their completion. Read more

Ever feel like you’ve lost a part of yourself?

IMG_6449Let me ask you some questions…

Have you ever had an experience that resulted in you feeling as if you had lost a part of yourself?

Have you had a time in your life which left you feeling massively diminished?

Have you ever suffered a deep shock, something which has profoundly rocked your personal reality?

Have you ever found yourself wondering where did that …fun loving, happy, confident, open minded, playful, relaxed etc… part of me go to?

Have you ever had an experience which, although the memory fades, you have never quite gotten over?

Do you find yourself still being affected by events which happened years ago?

Have you ever thought it would be possible to get those parts of yourself which you feel you are missing back? Read more

7 ways to beat the seasonal cold blues

feeling blue smlSummers is definitely on its way out, and with the change in weather, and return to work and school after the summer break comes the first round of seasonal colds.

I’d like to share with you a few of my self-help tips for getting through a cold with as little suffering as possible.

The two key things which are going to speed your recovery are getting as much rest as you can, and drinking plenty of water.  However you might want to try some of the following to help you get through:

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Why thousands of people in the UK are turning to holistic therapies

Let me set the scene…

work stress smallIt’s Friday afternoon, 4:30pm. You’re sat at your desk, just another hour to go and then you’re out of here for the weekend. You can feel yourself willing away the seconds until that moment when you can just put everything down for a few sweet days.

You have spent the last five days sat at your desk, wedged into a tiny space in a chair that does very little to support good posture, typing away at a keyboard for hours on end, with your arms permanently in the forward reaching position. Just to throw in a little occasional variation you might give a little wiggle to the mouse. You have continuously contorted yourself into some of the strangest positions you can imagine (from an onlookers point of view) in order to see the screen which is sat in front of you more clearly, and to have much needed documents spread around you in order to do your work.

Your boss told you this morning that there was a huge piece of work he needed you to do that just had to be completed by the end of the day, not to mention the other three projects which you already have underway. Read more

Want a tasty, healthy option for dinner tonight? On the table in 15 mins!

mackerel recipeI’m lucky enough to have a father-in-law who is a keen sea fisherman. We have received a bumper load of mackerel this year so we have decided to start experimenting with some new recipes in order to stop this lovely fish from becoming boring.

Tonight we have had my favourite yet, and I thought I would share this fabulously tasty and healthy recipe with you guys so you can benefit too (we served it up with a beetroot, lambs lettuce, and rocket salad). Makes for a super speedy, very tasty and satisfying midweek supper 😀

According to the NHS Choices website: Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are said to help against cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, age-related vision loss and dementia. It’s a good source of vitamin D, protein, some B vitamins and selenium. It’s also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat good for our health.

Mackerel with orange and harissa glaze

(Image from BBC Good Food website, as seen in the link above)

What stories are you telling yourself?

what's your story smallWe each have a personal story, a sort of autobiography, ‘my story so far’ kind of thing. It is these stories which help inform our view of life and our experiences on-going.

Our stories develop over time. At first they are heavily informed by the people around us, parents, siblings, family members, family friends. Slightly later you encounter school, and teachers and childhood friends start to play a role in your story. Moving on again you start to venture out into the world and your horizons are broadened. We are forever experiencing, learning, and developing. It is the way life works. Read more