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

New year’s resolutions? Start on the right foot!

Happy 2016

It is traditional in our culture to make new year’s resolutions which we are supposed to start from the 1st of January.  We see people every year making a commitment to do certain things with their life and by the time we’ve hit February most thoughts of achieving the things we sought to do have gone completely out of the window.

Why is it then that we repeatedly make the effort to come up with a list of things we wish to do differently in our lives, when we know from experience that we are unlikely to meet the challenges we have set for ourselves? Read more

7 Day Stress Less Challenge

I am on holiday this week, but for those of you who are not so lucky I thought it might be nice to give you some prompts to remind you how to manage your stress levels.

I have produced a different mantra for you to focus on each day this week which will keep your attention on what is important and hopefully keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Day 7:

7 day stress less challenge day 7

7 Day Stress Less Challenge

I am on holiday this week, but for those of you who are not so lucky I thought it might be nice to give you some prompts to remind you how to manage your stress levels.

I have produced a different mantra for you to focus on each day this week which will keep your attention on what is important and hopefully keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Day 6:

7 day stress less challenge day 6

7 Day Stress Less Challenge

I am on holiday this week, but for those of you who are not so lucky I thought it might be nice to give you some prompts to remind you how to manage your stress levels.

I have produced a different mantra for you to focus on each day this week which will keep your attention on what is important and hopefully keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Day 5:

7 day stress less challenge day 5

7 Day Stress Less Challenge

I am on holiday this week, but for those of you who are not so lucky I thought it might be nice to give you some prompts to remind you how to manage your stress levels.

I have produced a different mantra for you to focus on each day this week which will keep your attention on what is important and hopefully keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Day 4:

7 day stress less challenge day 4

7 Day Stress Less Challenge

I am on holiday this week, but for those of you who are not so lucky I thought it might be nice to give you some prompts to remind you how to manage your stress levels.

I have produced a different mantra for you to focus on each day this week which will keep your attention on what is important and hopefully keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Day 3:

7 day stress less challenge day 3

7 Day Stress Less Challenge

I am on holiday this week, but for those of you who are not so lucky I thought it might be nice to give you some prompts to remind you how to manage your stress levels.

I have produced a different mantra for you to focus on each day this week which will keep your attention on what is important and hopefully keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Day 2:

7 day stress less challenge day 2

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