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

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

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