Self-care! Is it really achievable?

Self-care is a term that is often bandied about but what does it mean in practical terms. How can we really include self-care in our increasingly busy lifestyles? Is it even possible to do on a regular basis?

Self-care literally means a person’s ability to take care of the activities of daily living, such as feeding or dressing one’s self. However from a holistic viewpoint, self-care refers to how much we do for ourselves that nourishes our physical, mental and spiritual health.

If done on a regular basis, our lives are more enriched, purposeful and abundant.

Here are a few of my suggestions. Remember, if self care becomes routine just like a morning shower or breakfast, it becomes more achievable!

Make meditation or ‘time out’ a part of your day. I spend time every morning doing meditation. This may be 15 to 20 minutes if I have time, or as little as 5 minutes if I’m in a rush. This quiet time means that I start my day relaxed and clear in my mind. It is also the time when I get the best insights or ideas. Your brain needs some quiet time so you can think clearly and make the right decisions. When our brains are busy with a million things going on at once, we often can’t make the best decisions and new ideas are hard to come by.

Science has proven that regular mediation is great for our health as it improves concentration, reduces stress, increases self awareness, slows ageing and benefits our cardiovascular and immune systems. So have some quiet time just for you.

Exercise done on a regular basis is another important part of self-care. It doesn’t mean going to the gym if that’s not your thing, but just any form of movement that you enjoy. It could be yoga or dancing or a regular walk in nature. You may say that you are too busy and don’t have time but a simple walk at lunchtime will still be beneficial.

Being kind to yourself and show yourself abundance. Do something for yourself on a regular basis that makes you feel good. I have started buying myself flowers each week and getting them gift-wrapped. I love having fresh flowers in the house and having them gift-wrapped makes them feel more abundant. They don’t need to be expensive, it’s the simple gesture that counts. Another idea is to have a coffee in a cafe as opposed to one at home. Cafe-made coffee usually tastes so much better.

Practise self love. This can be really hard as few of us actively tell ourselves that we are loved. Louise Hay has a practise that she calls ‘Mirror work”. Each day when you look in the mirror, you tell yourself that you love YOU. The first time I tried this, I actually laughed as it felt so silly and uncomfortable. Now however, it feels great. Each morning before I get in the shower, I tell myself, out loud, that I love myself, I love and respect myself and I love and accept all aspects of myself. This can be quite daunting when you are looking at all your wrinkles and curves but it means that you love yourself for who and all that you are.

Other ways to show self-care is to look at what you put into your body. Eat healthily and buy healthy and life giving foods, cook nutritious meals and drink lots of water. Spend time with friends and do things you enjoy. Sharing a story or laughter is such an important part of our mental health.

Make yourself a priority because if you don’t no-one else will! We are all busy but how we treat ourselves often reflects how we want to be treated by others. Be an example to your children as they learn the most from you, especially when they are young.

Self care doesn’t need to be hard or take up too much time. Make it a part of every day and it will soon become the norm. Remember that you are a unique person. No one has your gifts or talents and you have something to offer to the world. So make sure that you are there abundantly for yourself so that you can then be there abundantly for others.

 

Warmest regards

Judy xx

 

Ps. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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References: www.goodtherapy.org, www.eocinstitute.org.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Staying on top of the Bugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There seems to be a lot of viruses and flu’s around this winter, however this does not mean you will succumb.

Having a strong Immune system means that you can laugh in the face of a virus and send it on it’s way. How can you achieve this? Well the following suggestions may help you stay on top of the bugs.

If however, you are already ill, they may help shorten the duration of your illness.

 

Ensure you get a good night’s sleep. This may seem fairly obvious but your cells rejuvenate during the night. Lack of sleep depresses the immune system and the production of infection fighting antibodies and anti-inflammatory agents. This increases the likelihood of succumbing to illness, so try to avoid those late nights, especially on a consistent basis.

Putting YOU first. This may seem like a strange strategy to prevent the flu but if you listen to your own needs and those of your body, you will remain a lot healthier. If you’re tired, rest! Don’t just do one more thing because your boss, partner or child has asked you. Listen to what you really want and how you feel. Consider your own needs before those of everyone else.

Vitamin C. Certain cells in the body that fight infection need Vitamin C to function. It certainly is necessary for the healthy function of the immune system and also facilitates the absorption of Iron, strengthening the body’s resistance to infection. Vitamin C can be found in foods such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, kale and broccoli.

Vitamin D. This important vitamin has been found to be deficient in much of the population due to diet, insufficient exercise and not enough sunshine. A lack of Vitamin D can increase your susceptibility to infection and can lead to increased autoimmunity. It is known as the ‘sunshine  vitamin’ because it is produced in our skin when it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D2 comes from fortified foods, plant foods, and supplements. Vitamin D3 is found in fortified foods, fatty fish, cod liver oil, eggs, liver, supplements and can be made internally when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

Zinc. This mineral is very important for your body to help fight infection, strengthen your immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells and assists in the growth of healthy cells. Many people have been found to have a mild zinc deficiency due to poor diet, mineral-deficient soils and the effects of drugs. Zinc can be found in oysters, meat, poultry, nuts and seeds and unsweetened chocolate e.g. cacao.

Probiotics. These are good bacteria that help in the digestion of nutrients that boost the detoxification of your colon. They also support your immune system because they have a direct affect on your gut. Remember, 70-80% of your immune system lies in your gut. Leaky gut, a condition whereby the gut is damaged and allows through previously filtered proteins, is a major cause of various conditions. These include food sensitivities, autoimmune disease and a weakened immune system. Probiotic foods include kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, apple cider vinegar and miso.

Herbs and plants such as Astragalus root, ginger, echinacea, elderberry, garlic, ginseng and oregano all stimulate the immune system, treat the symptoms of flu’s and colds, may be anti-microbial and reduce inflammation.

Exercise. There are so many benefits to regular exercise but one main one is that it reduces stress. As stress increase inflammation in your body, reducing the stress response may help protect you against viruses. Exercise also increases circulation and causes changes in white blood cells that may boost your immune response.

Essential oils. These are nature’s wonders in fighting infection. Many of them are anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so are an important part of your immune boosting strategies. The best ones to fight infection are Clove, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Myrrh, Oregano, Peppermint and Tea Tree oil. Essential oils can be inhaled via a diffuser, massaged into the skin with a carrier oil or added to a warming bath.   If I have a sore throat, I gargle with some warm water with a one or two drops of Tea-tree oil, making sure I don’t swallow the oil.

Reflexology. This is a powerful therapy for preventing infections, or if they have occurred, shortening their duration. Reflexology strengthens the immune system, increases circulation, reduces stress and help removes toxins from the body. I have seen clients who after regular treatments, have less colds, flu’s, infections or viruses.

Below you will find a Facial chart of Reflexology points that you might find helpful if you do get a virus this winter. These will help to boost your immune system and fight a sore throat if you have one. You can work these points up to three times a day. Click on the chart to see it magnified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know how you go and please comment below if you have any questions.

 

Warmest regards,

Judy xx

 

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References: www.draxe.com/probiotic-foods, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia, www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov, www.organicfacts.net, www.articles.mercola.com, www.medicinenet.com/vitamin-d-deficiency, www.medlineplus.gov, www.draxe.com/essential-oils-guide, www.draxe.com/how-to-boost-your-immune-system, Multireflexology Dien Chan by Patrick Aguilar & Anna Rosa.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Feeling Stressed …………….. Could my diet be contributing?

Last month I spoke about the effect that stress can have on your body and how our thoughts can bring about actual chemical changes. But did you know that the food you eat can have an equally damaging effect?

Inflammation is a normal and beneficial process that occurs when your body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. We all need some level of inflammation in our body to stay healthy, however this inflammatory response can  get out of hand.

If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to excess inflammation in your body. Stress causes inflammation and chronic stress affects the bodies ability to regulate inflammation, leading to disease. Low-grade chronic inflammation has been implicated in a range of diseases such as arthritis, asthma, allergies, stroke, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, depression and autoimmune diseases.

If we live on a diet high in sugar and full of highly processed foods, chances are that you are increasing the inflammation in your body. Sugar triggers the release of inflammatory markers in your body. It isn’t only found in the obvious foods such as cakes, chocolate, fruit juices, soft drinks, ice cream and biscuits or the spoonful of sugar you put in your coffee, but may be disguised as fructose, sucrose, corn syrup, lactose, maltose, malt syrup or  glucose.

Trans fats are another culprit. They are found in fast foods, fried products, processed foods and most margarines. Oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut and vegetable oils, all trigger inflammation. Other foods that are just as guilty, include refined carbohydrates such as white bread, crackers, white rice, white potatoes and many cereals. These foods have a high glycemic index which means they raise your blood sugar very quickly. This stimulates the production of products in your body that increase inflammation.

Other inflammatory foods include alcohol, dairy, processed meats, refined grains and food additives such as MSG.

Instead include more anti-inflammatory foods in your diet. Try and eat a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, fatty fish such as wild salmon, fermented foods  such as kefir, garlic, blueberries, broccoli, sweet potato, coconut, extra virgin olive oil, green tea and spices such as clove, cinnamon, oregano, thyme and turmeric.

Remember inflammatory reactions in the body are NORMAL, and needed. Our bodies are designed to deal with some inflammation – we just don’t want to be inflamed all the time.  This is what happens when we eat a diet high in inflammatory foods.

So make sensible choices. Eat well, take time out for yourself and decrease the stress on your body.

You will feel so much better for it!

Take care,

Warm regards,

Judy xx

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References: www.sciencedaily.com/releases, www.thatsugarfilm.com/diet-and-inflammation, www.articles.mercola.com/sugar-side-effects, www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritisdiet/foods-to-avoid, www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au, www.articles.mercola.com/anti-inflammatoyr-foods-herb-spices, www.wellnessforce.com/resource/top-10-anti-inflammatory-foods/

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Feeling Stressed…………is it all in my head?

Stress has become synonymous with our daily lives and it’s something that we all encounter at some time, if not on a daily basis. “I’m feeling stressed’ has become the new byline. Just think to yourself how often you say that you are stressed or your life is very stressful.

Does thinking that you’re stressed actually contribute to the stress response? If I think I’m stressed, will I actually feel stress?

Stress is our body’s response to a distressful or dangerous situation. It’s that ‘fight or flight response’ that protects us from harm. Adrenaline and Cortisol are released and our heart rate increases, our blood pressure goes up, glucose is released to our muscles. All these responses help our body prepare for flight or react in an emergency.

More and more research is showing the connection between our thoughts and the physical changes that they may cause in our bodies. As soon as we perceive a situation to be stressful, we tense up, become anxious and may feel ‘butterflies’ in our stomach. A part of our brain, called the Thalamus detects negative thoughts as a real danger, not just a perceived one and sends sensory and motor signals to the rest of our body. Hence even thinking negative or stressful thoughts will cause physical changes.

Stress can also be beneficial in that it can help you stay focused, be more energetic or prepare for a challenge. If the stress is short term, our bodies return to normal but if the stress is ongoing over a long period of time, harmful changes may occur.

Every part of your body is affected by stress. It can suppress your immune system, lead to chronic fatigue, affect your digestive and reproductive systems, speed up ageing and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. It may also lead to depression, anxiety and mood disorders.

The good news is that we can change our thoughts and hence diffuse the situation and decrease the stress response. If we are under constant pressure, take time out to see what changes you can make. What can you cut back on?

Learn to say ‘No’. Delegate! Ask for help. Everything doesn’t have to be done at once. Learn to prioritise.

Don’t try and be everything to everybody. Respect yourself and your time. If you can help someone, do it, but if it stresses you or exhausts you, politely say ‘no’. You might always try and do it all yourself, but perhaps it’s time to let go of that control and ask for help.

Look at how you react to others. Why do they trigger you? Can you respond differently and see their point of view as well. Trying to diffuse a potentially stressful situation may help avoid the stress altogether.

Also, try meditation. Numerous studies have shown the huge benefits of stress reduction from regular meditation practice. If we calm our minds, we become more focused, less reactive and our bodies become calmer. Reflexology is another great tool to deeply relax you and reduce your stress response.

 

Take some time out from those stressful thoughts. They may only be in your head but they affect every part of your body.

Take care and please let me know what you think.

 

With love,

Judy xxx

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References: www.helpguide.org/articles/stress, www.powerofpositivity.com/negative-thinking-affects-your-brain/

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Do you have Fibromyalgia………could Reflexology help?

 In my recent Webinar and eBook, I spoke about many areas of pain and how you could treat them using Facial Reflexology. However, what if the pain was everywhere? Could you still use these points and if so, how?

One such condition is Fibromyalgia.

In Fibromyalgia, Facial reflexology nerve points will help but there is a lot more involved in the treatment.

Fibromyalgia literally means fibrous tissue, muscle and pain which translates to pain that is felt in muscles and surrounding tissues. The pain experienced can occur all over the body affecting your muscles and joints. Your muscles may feel as if they have been overworked, even without exercise and sometimes they burn or have deep stabbing pains.

It is believed that painful sensations are increased because of the way the brain processes pain signals. There is an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals, (neurotransmitters) in the brain that signal pain . Also the pain receptors of the brain seem to develop a memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals.

Fibromyalgia is debilitating and exhausting and affects your sleep, memory and mood. It is also associated with tension headaches, jaw disorders, Irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, hypersensitivity to cold or heat, inability to concentrate, dryness of the eyes and mouth, numbness or tingling in extremities, abdominal pain and incontinence, as well as that awful neck, shoulder, back or hip pain.

Everyone experiences the symptoms differently and not everyone suffers from all the symptoms.

The cause is unknown though there are thought to be genetic influences, infections that trigger the onset, or some physical or emotional trauma and some consider it to be an autoimmune condition.

Treatment involves a healthy diet, regular exercise, strategies to help you sleep, relaxation and stress relief. Complementary therapies such as Reflexology, massage, acupuncture, yoga and tai chi have also been shown to help.

So how can Reflexology help if you have Fibromyalgia?

Facial Reflexology looks at areas of your face related to Traditional Chinese Medicine, where the imbalance in your body first commenced. Fibromyalgia is believed to have a strong emotional basis and it has been said that 85% of illnesses have an emotional basis. A traumatic event or a severe stress will affect different people in different ways but it will definitely affect your hormonal system.

Our hormonal system reacts to any stress by releasing adrenaline, our ‘fight or flight’ response. Insulin levels also increase as our brains need glucose to react and make decisions. Facial reflexology treats the gland that is most affected by the stress response and also the whole hormonal system. The reason a sufferer has so many symptoms is because the hormonal system doesn’t act in isolation. If one gland is affected then another will be affected and so on.

The Brain is also treated. Within our midbrain we have what is called the Limbic system. This is where our emotions and memory are stored and our memories of pain. In turn, other areas of the brain are believed to be involved and this affects our tolerance to pain.

A Facial Reflexology treatment looks at the whole body and treats it accordingly. It has been shown to help improve sleep by relaxing the body and assisting the  Hormonal system to regulate your sleep pattern. It  reduces IBS symptoms by relaxing the colon, eliminating toxins and reducing inflammation. It helps with mental clarity and fatigue by working the areas of the brain affected and most importantly, it helps reduce the pain by addressing the reasons behind it.

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition but treatments are available and there are many support groups in each state.

Remember that if you take an active role in your illness and recovery, you will feel more in control of your health and will have a much better outcome and recovery.

Take care,

With love,

Judy xxx

 

References: www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condtions/fibromyalgia. www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_reflexology. www.webmed.com/fibromyalgia/guide. Webinars of Lone Sorensen/Facial reflexology. Image ‘sad-girl’ dreamstime.com.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

 

Pain relief at the end of your fingertips

We have all experienced Pain throughout our lives and it can be very distressing and debilitating. When Pain occurs, our nervous system detects that there is an injury or underlying illness or distress in the body and we detect this as pain.

Facial Reflexology works with acupuncture points and nerve points on the face to help relieve pain. A Vietnamese form of Facial Reflexology that does this very effectively is called Dien Chan, Dien meaning Face and Chan meaning diagnosis or treatment.

It was discovered by an acupuncturist called Professor Chau. He discovered 564 points on the face that are related to the underlying nerves. Of these he currently uses 257 as he has found these to be the most effective.

The theory behind these nerve points is that when stimulated, the nerve point sends an impulse to the brain to release energy. This energy is then directed back to the corresponding organ. In other words, if you suffer from shoulder pain, when you press on the nerve point for the shoulders, a message is sent to the brain.

The brain detects the pain in that organ from the stimulation of the nerve point and endorphins are sent out to reduce the pain.

Stimulation of these nerve points is a very effective way of reducing or relieving pain. Rollers or implements such as the rounded tip of a ballpoint pen can be used or it’s just as effective to use your fingers.

Pain relief really can be found at the end of your fingers.

These points can be worked up to three times a day but remember – If you have had the pain for a long time, it may take days to a few weeks for your body to rebalance and adjust to the new normal.

I’m holding a Webinar on Treating Pain with Reflexology using the techniques of Dien Chan. I will be covering Headaches/Migraines, Backache, Period Pain and Shoulder Pain. Everyone who signs up will receive a FREE handout on treating headaches and migraines.

The Webinar is FREE too and will be held on Friday, 3rd March at 2pm. I would love you to join me.

Here is the link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8572091345be30ddd746f627e8486654

Take care,

Love Judy xxx

 

References: Multireflexology Dien Chan by Patryck Aguilar Cassara and Anna Roca. www.fht.org.uk, www.painaustralia.org.au

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

It’s a New Year – Anything is Possible!

magic-1688274_1920Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year to you all.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year period and had some time for relaxation.

The start of a New Year is always exciting as it comes with so much promise. We make plans for things we want to do, goals we want to achieve and places we might want to travel too. It also comes with resolutions that many of us make, only to have broken them by February.

I no longer make resolutions as I believe they put pressure on myself to achieve sometimes, unrealistic goals. How many times have we said we will lose weight, do more exercise or have more time off? Once the year swings into action, we very quickly forget the promise to ourselves and then feel guilty once we realise we haven’t made any change.

Instead, I now choose a word to describe how I want my year to be. This year my word is Magical, because that’s how I see the coming year. I have made notes of things I want to achieve this year in my health, business and personal life and I align them with my magical theme. I see great opportunities ahead and I am determined to make the most of them.

I also create a vision board so that I anchor my desires into reality. A vision board is a collection of photos that you cut out and stick onto a large piece of paper or cardboard. You include a photo of yourself because that’s what the board is about, and then add photos of things that you want to achieve e.g. meditation, wealth, travel, healthy eating etc. Be specific! Then, place the finished board in a prominent position so that you will see it regularly and be reminded of your goals and dreams.

Now it’s great to do this but you also need to take some action. As my theme for this year is magical, I need to take positive steps to bring the magic into everything I do. For my own health I am determined to have at least one day off totally for me. To make this happen, I have put this into my diary so that it is written down and I will follow through. I have also booked into a meditation course to enhance my relaxation. This is also in the diary.

I have plans for my business and I have started to take action on this. I went to a business planning workshop prior to Christmas and have pencilled in my plans for each month, the quarter and the whole year. Of course these are not set in stone but they give me a framework in which to plan and work. I also plan to have regular breaks and these are either booked in or written in my diary.

By setting actions, you help to make your plans more achievable. However allow for spontaneity and don’t feel that you can’t change things around. Have some fun and do what feels right for you and makes you happy.

So what are your goals for 2017? Is there something that you want to change about your life? Do you have a word that describes how your want your year to be? Once you have chosen a word, try and align each decision with that word. For example, if your word is ‘abundant’, look at the decisions you make on a day to day basis and ask if they make you  feel abundant. If not, what can you do to change things?

Take small steps but make sure you do take some, or nothing will change. Start slowly and implement the easy steps first. As you do things that make you feel good about yourself, you will feel more inclined to do more and tackle the harder steps. My ‘magical’ year involves honouring myself and my decisions and choosing to do only what is good for my health and happiness. I am getting better at saying ‘No’ to people and opportunities that don’t suit me. I love a glass of wine but only have one on occasion as I know it isn’t great for my health. I have a tendency to take on too much and try and do everything at once. This tends to make me feel overwhelmed so this year, I am pacing myself and giving myself more space.

Of course challenges may arise and life doesn’t always go as planned, but if you prioritise your needs as much as possible, you won’t feel angry or resentful if your plans occasionally change.

If you want to improve your health, write down all the ways in which you want this to change. If it’s more time for yourself, book in regular ‘me’ days. If you want to lose weight, start including healthier foods into your diet such as more fruit and vegetables, and cut down on sugar. Start an exercise regime that you love, even if it’s a walk around the block. Don’t see these changes as luxuries but as non-negotiable. Once you start doing them on a regular basis, they become the norm.

See this year as an opportunity to grow and live your life more in alignment with how you want to feel. If you so desire, choose a word to describe your year and start taking the steps to make your goals and dreams a reality.

Take care and let me know how you want to change.

Lots of love,

Judy xxx

 

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Happy Christmas

christmas-card-574742_1280It’s nearly Christmas time and another year is nearly over. I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown but I’m starting to think that I say this, at this time, every year. People say that as you get older, you seem to notice time fly by. There may be some truth in this, but I also think that a lot lies in how stressful and busy our lives are today.

With the advent of technology we are rarely unplugged from some machine, be it our phones, the computer or even the television. News as it happens, is now instant and we feel lost if we aren’t in touch with someone or not connected to whatever is happening on Facebook or the wider world. How often do we panic if we leave our phone at home when we go out? I know I do!!

christmas-balls-1891598_1280Christmas and the start of a new year is a great time to reflect. Have I had a good year, did I achieve what I wanted to, am I as healthy as I could be?

This is not a time to be judgemental or criticise yourself, for that serves little purpose. Take this time to look at what worked and what didn’t work in your life. Applaud yourself and give gratitude for all that you have done throughout this year. Then plan what measures you can put into place to change what you want to change. Do you need to change your diet, have more time off, put some plans into place for your work or business or improve your health?

Go out and buy a diary and start planning your year. If you need help changing your diet, make an appointment with a naturopath. If your health isn’t what you want it to be, make an appointments with a therapist who can help you. If you need more time off, block out days or weeks in your diary. If you want to make changes in your business, map out how these may happen over weeks or months.

The main thing is to take action and plan so that the things you want to achieve next year are doable. I plan to have more short breaks so every few months I will block out a weekend. There are things I want to do with my business so I have jotted down some ideas and broken these down into achievable tasks spread out over the year.

Remember also to be flexible for a lot of fun things happen when you are open to spontaneity. Enjoy your planning and take time out to do things that make you happy and bring you joy. Be grateful for the little things, for it’s the small episodes in our lives that remain memorable and give us pleasure, not necessarily the grand things.

Give thanks for this year and all that it has bought you. It may not have been exactly what you desired but we learn from our experiences and that’s how we grow. Give gratitude for all the ways you have grown this year.

Take time out to enjoy this holiday period. May it bring much love and laughter into your life.

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and thank you for being a very valued client and trusting in my care. I look forward to helping you achieve great health in 2017.

With love,

Judy xxx

 

Treating Pain with Reflexology

Signs of stress

 

We have all experienced pain at some time in our lives. It may be a small pain as from a scratch or simple cut, or it may be more severe, following a serious injury such as a fracture.

So what is Pain and how can Reflexology help?

Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that can start as a mild discomfort or as something more

severe. It can be irritating or agonising and we all experience it in different ways, depending on the actual pain and  our tolerance of it.

When pain occurs, our nervous system detects that there is an injury or underlying illness

or distress in the body and we detect this sensation as pain.

Pain may be acute when we have a sudden injury such as a sprain  or fracture or a medical incident such as appendicitis. This type of pain usually resolves once

the reason for it is treated.

However, pain may also be chronic where it lasts a long time.

It may follow an old injury that never healed properly, such as a back injury, or may be due to

degenerative changes such as arthritis.

Pain doesn’t always occur from a physical injury or actual tissue damage. It may be related to an emotional or social issue, can be influenced by our beliefs and is usually worse when stress is present.

How then can Reflexology help ease the pain or take it away completely?

Reflexology helps improve circulation and nerve supply to all parts of the body.

It helps eliminate toxins through lymphatic drainage and helps boost the immune system. Hence it helps more blood flow to any injured area bringing oxygen and nutrients to the cells. It also boosts the immune response which is part of the body’s healing process. When an injury occurs, inflammation follows. This is a result of increased blood cells flooding the area to begin the process of healing. Reflexology helps increase this response.

When pain occurs, especially if it is severe pain, we start to feel stressed. Our heart rate increases, our blood pressure rises and our muscles tense up. If we are able to relax and let go of this tension, the pain often diminishes. Reflexology assists this process.

Facial reflexology works on specific acupressure points to stimulate nerve endings. It also uses Vietnamese maps of the face to work on areas of pain related to dysfunction in the physical body. As a point on the face is worked for neck or shoulder pain, that area of tension or pain in your actual neck or shoulder, is released.

Reflexology also helps stimulate your Hormonal system so that ‘feel good’ hormones or endorphins are released. These work on the nervous system to help ease the pain.

Studies in the UK and Korea have shown an increase in the pain threshold and a person’s ability to tolerate pain, following Reflexology.  It has also been shown to decrease pain associated with cancer, arthritic pain, lower back pain, kidney stone pain and pain following surgery, just to name a few.

As so many people suffer from headaches and back pain, below are some points that you can work yourself to help with these issues.

Start off by using your index finger to rub up and down in front of the ears, 12 to 15 times. This stimulates the nervous system so starts the relaxation process. Then press firmly on each point for 30 to 40 seconds. Finish off by rubbing up and down in front of your ears for 12 to 15 times.

So simple and can be done up to three times a day.

Take care and let me know how you get on.

With love,

Judy xxx

 

References: www.fht.org.uk, www.reflexology-research.com, thanks and courtesy of Dien Chan, Multireflexology

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above reference. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

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What is Mindset? Can you change it or is it set in stone?

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What is Mindset? How does it affect us and can we change it? Is it important and does it even matter?

Our mindset is a set of attitudes and ideas that shape the way we think about ourselves and those around us. It determines the way we behave, our whole outlook on life and our attitude towards others. If we wake up every morning expecting the very best in life, our mindset is considered positive. However if we wake up and despair of everything that may or may not go wrong, our mindset tends to be negative.

It is determined by how we are brought up, our culture, our knowledge, the beliefs of our parents and those who influence our early years, and is affected by our experiences through life and what happens to us.

We may believe that we aren’t good at maths or athletics so we never try to excel in these areas. We may believe that we will never have a decent job because we were brought up to believe that. We may have been told that ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ or that ‘rich people are evil’, so we develop a negative mindset around work and money. We may have been told that we can’t sing or dance because we were never encouraged to as children, so our mindset determines that we can’t sing and we have two left feet!

On the other hand we may have been brought up believing that we can aspire to be or do whatever we want in life. We may believe that ‘the world is our oyster’ and opportunities are out there for the taking. We may believe that great health is possible so we do whatever we can to achieve this.

Our mindset may be determined at an early age but the good news is that it is not set in stone. Despite what beliefs we may hold, we can change these if we really want to. As we grow older, our beliefs may change from those we were brought up with. We become influenced by those we meet, the circumstances of our lives and the places we travel to. Our mindset may open up to the possibilities in life and allows us to change.

If we have always been negative in our outlook, we can change our beliefs and adopt more positive ones. It isn’t easy as our negative mindset may have been with us for a long time, but over time if we really work on it, we can change. One way is to start to develop a positive self worth and self belief by the use of affirmations. Firstly look at your beliefs. Are they self-limiting, for example, I will never be successful.

Have a look at this belief and see what lies behind it. Why will you never be successful? Were you told this as a child, did you ever try something once and you failed? Take positive steps to change this.

Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat regularly until your subconscious mind accepts them. It can take up to three weeks for your mind to accept an affirmation so it’s important to say them regularly. Examples are, ” I am successful in everything I do, Success comes to me with ease and grace, I am deserving of the very best in life, My life is abundant and successful”.

Another way to change your mindset is by having a vision of where you want to be in life and what you want to have. You can write this down in the form of goals that you want to achieve or you can create a vision board where you cut out or paste images of where you want to be in your life. An example is a board or A4 sheet with images of you, a great job, a new house, travel etc. I do one of these at the start of every year and work towards the things I want to achieve in the coming year.

Combine this board with your affirmations and take actionable steps to bring them to fruition. Keep in mind the things you love to do, that make your heart sing. Put feeling into your choices and affirmations. What brings passion and purpose to your life?

Another tool you can add to this is EFT.

Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping uses a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology to heal issues such as pain, fear, migraines, phobias or anger. It works by using your fingers to tap on specific points on the body located along energy meridians. See a previous post on this https://solevitality.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/13/eft-whats-all-the-talk-about-tapping/

Sometimes we also need to forgive ourselves or those in our past who have influenced our mindset. Forgiveness is not easy but it’s so important if we are to grow and move on. At the end of each day give Gratitude for the positive things in your life. Yes you may have had a terrible day, but there are always positives to be found. You may have spent time with a friend, had your shopping carried to your car, had a lovely lunch, had someone thank you for something, arrived home to a warm house. These are little things but they can influence how you look at life.

Adopting a positive mindset is important if we want a happy and productive life. We may have a belief that our ‘glass is half-empty” but we can change this. It takes time and it takes effort but is really worth it. I have done a lot of work around self worth and self belief and my attitude towards abundance in my life. I have used the mentioned methods with great success not only in my business but in regards to my health.

Dr.Ian Gawler found when working with cancer patients, that those who had a positive mindset had a much better prognosis than those who decided there was no hope. I have also worked with a reflexologist who had a client come to see her with terminal cancer. The doctors had given him 6 weeks to live. However this man refused to give up, had extensive intense reflexology and a year later was living healthily.

Our Mindset is incredibly powerful!

Every morning decide that today is going to be amazing. Give gratitude for your night’s sleep, your warm bed and healthy breakfast. Start each day on a positive note and begin to change the way you see the world.

What’s stopping you! Start today!!

 

Let me know how you get on in the comments below.

 

With love,

 

Judy xxx

 

PS. I also want to tell you about an amazing course that is opening in November. I don’t usually recommend things unless I have experienced them or found them to be really useful and this course happens to tick all the boxes. It’s about changing your Mindset around money. It looks at your beliefs and sabotages and your resistance to earning more.

Yes we do have resistance and blocks that are holding us back even though we may not know it! A friend and fellow business woman, Denise Duffield Thomas has an exceptional course called the “Lucky Bitch Bootcamp”. Don’t be put off by the name as it’s a fun course run over 6 weeks with a community of like minded women who now number over 3000. It is an investment but it totally changed my attitudes towards abundance not just in my business but in my whole life. Yes I am an affiliate but only because it has made such a difference in my life. Have a look at it here:  http://bit.ly/2e22exO 

Denise is very honest, funny and open in her explanations around business and how you can change your mindset and your life. Take a look now!! http://bit.ly/2e22exO

 

 

References: www.aureachout.com

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above reference. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.