Less is More

Less is More ……How to implement this in your Life!

Have you heard the term, Less is More? Let me explain.

I have recently returned from a conference on the Gold Coast where we discussed our attitudes around money, our boundaries and how this relates to our self worth and stepping up as women in our chosen industries.

Our host, the lovely Denise Duffield Thomas suggested we explore the concept of Less is More.

If you haven’t heard of this term before, you might be wondering what it actually means. In a nutshell, it means to stop overdelivering in every area of your life. It means to simplify things in your life so that they make your life easier and bring you more happiness. Less is More.

Let us look at some examples.

If you are always doing everything for your family, take a step back and have a look at how much effort this may be costing you. Can you ask for help, or get a family member to take over or share some of the chores? Can you and your partner take it in turns to do the cooking? Can you afford a cleaner or share the work with your family? Remember there is no written law that says You have to do everything. If you have children, ask them to do simple tasks such as putting their dirty clothes in the laundry or washing the dishes. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Remember, Less is More.

At work, can you simplify the submission you have put in or the work you are expected to complete? Can you ask your staff to help out? Can it be left until tomorrow? If it’s just you, put forward the required work but ask yourself if it’s really necessary to stay back, working late on a regular basis.

If you provide a service to customers, look at your boundaries around time. Respect your time and respect the time of your clients. Look at your boundaries in general. Are you clear about your expectations at work or at home? Are you doing things that no longer bring you pleasure? Simplify! Say no to the things in life that cause drama or wear you out. Learn to listen to your own needs. Say No to those who don’t respect you or your time or ask too much of you. You will not please everyone but we are not here to do that.

I believe we are here to be the best versions of ourselves, to live a life full of love, happiness and meaning. So start putting yourself and your needs first!

Let go of having to control everything. If a work colleague or your partner offers you help, don’t turn it down. It may not be done the way you would do it but does it really matter. If it saves you time and energy, it may be worth it. I used to control everything at home from paying the bills to doing the shopping, cooking and cleaning. As part of listening to my own body and my own needs, I started to slowly let go. It wasn’t easy but I learnt to ask for help. I also learnt to ignore the ‘dust’or the ‘wrong brands of food’ or the ‘stacking of the dishwasher’ that didn’t meet my high expectations. I learnt to Simplify and let it go.

Declutter what no longer serves you. This may be relationships where you let go of negativity and stress, or simply decluttering your home where we all accumulate excess belongings. Get rid of clothes you no longer wear, books you no longer read or items that have lost their shine or appeal for you. Don’t buy useless presents this Christmas. Think about your purchases and buy things that you know will bring joy. Also don’t go overboard on gift giving. Children don’t need 100 presents under the tree. Be with people you really like, use things that  give you pleasure, wear clothes that make you feel a million dollars.

Less is More!

This is because the Less you aim at perfection, the less you try too hard, the less you try and fit in to your day, the More you will gain in your health, relationships, energy and self worth. Give it a go. You may be surprised by the new energy and abundance that comes into your life.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. I truly value each and everyone of you and am very grateful for the trust you put into my treatments and care.

I look forward to working with you in a new and exciting year ahead as we grow towards more health, prioritising ourselves and enhancing the life we live.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

Who are your Energy Vampires……and how to get rid of them (without needing garlic).

Although we may not know it, we all have Energy Vampires in our life.

What do I mean by an Energy Vampire? Well it’s a person or event that robs you of your strength, energy and vitality. Something or someone that ‘bleeds’ you dry.

It’s that relative who is always asking you for a favour or the boss who is never satisfied with your work buts keeps asking more and more of you. It’s that friend who rings for a brief chat but is still talking to you an hour and a half later while you try to end the conversation. It’s the committee that keeps asking for your assistance although you are the one who volunteers all the time.

It’s the long queues at Christmas or the people who ring you at all times of the day or night. It’s the family members who expect you to do all the work and never step up to help themselves.

These are all Energy Vampires and we all have them in our lives at some point or other.

What can we do about them? The first step to eliminate them (and yes it is possible), is to recognise what people or events in your life drain your energy.

Once you know what they are, you can start implementing strategies to either remove them or to lessen the impact they have on you. Have a think about the people or events that cause the most fatigue or stress for you. Write them down. Remember that if you are stressed, your energy reserves are being depleted.

Start putting some strong boundaries in place around your time and energy.

If you are asked to help out, say you will let the person know. If you are too tired or really don’t want to commit, this gives you time to think about it and decide what really suits you.

If a chatty friend rings, say you only have a short time available and keep an eye on the clock. Then politely tell them you have to go.

If you boss is being unreasonably demanding, explain how you can be more productive if given extra time to finish something.

If you get phone calls out of hours, don’t answer and check your messages later. Most things can wait.

If the queues at Christmas exhaust you, shop early in the day before it’s too busy or shop online. Many things can easily be bought that way.

If family are putting unreasonable demands on you, tell them you cannot help this time.

Learn to say No and start implementing some boundaries around your availability and your time. You will find that some people may not like this but that’s okay. We are not here to please everyone.

Give yourself time to think before agreeing to something. The more you do to respect yourself and your own needs, the more energy you will have. The more you learn to say No, the more people will respect your boundaries.

People are often unaware of the amount of stress they cause or the energy they take from you. This may be because their own boundaries are weak. Be an example for them so that they can rethink the way they treat others and themselves.

Learn to prioritise what is important in your life. Do more of the things that fill your soul, make you happy and revitalise you. Let go of what isn’t important or delegate it to another day.

Let go of these vampires. Put yourself first and you won’t need any garlic. I can guarantee it!

 

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

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Who is the most Important Person in Your Life?

I recently asked this question in a Facebook business group and the answers were interesting. Many people said, “Their children are the most important people in their lives, or Their partners. Others said the answer was ‘Themselves’.

If you had asked me this question some time ago I would have said, My son. Although my thoughts still  immediately go to him, my answer today would be ME.

As a parent, especially when children are small, their needs tend to take priority. This is necessary for their survival. In our workplace, we may have demanding bosses and sometimes unrealistic deadlines need to be adhered to. However it doesn’t mean that your needs should not be met at the same time.

You may think that putting yourself first is selfish or inconsiderate. After all we were brought up to think of others and their needs. This meant that we would grow up unselfish and caring adults. However what happened to me and many others like me, was we totally forgot our own needs and prioritised everyone else first.

As a result, I kept giving until I had nothing left to give and became burnt out. I ended up tired and exhausted not knowing how to change this cycle without offending someone or hurting someone’s feelings by saying, ‘No’. I felt that I always had to be in control, or else nothing was done the way I thought it needed to be done.

Running a sole business certainly tests your Self Care. I would answer the phone at all hours of the day and night to attend to queries. I did not value myself in the prices I charged or in the hours I worked. Slowly I realised what I was doing and how it was affecting me and I now have strict boundaries around ME.

I learn’t to have boundaries around how others treat me and how I treat myself. If I am asked to help out I will say, ‘I’ll let you know’ and then give myself time to see if it suits me or my needs.

If I am tired I will have an early night and not stay up just to please my partner. When I am invited somewhere I will  see how I feel before accepting. I have learned to give myself more space and more time out. I learned to value my time and have stronger boundaries around what is acceptable or not. I have learned to let go of the control and ask for help when I need it.

By giving myself more time and learning to ask for help, I have become happier, more relaxed and more valued. Most importantly, I learnt to value myself!

The more you value and respect yourself, the more others will do the same. The more we fill our own well, the more we will have available to fill the well of others. If we are depleted we have nothing to give, however if we care for ourselves and our own needs first, we can then be there for others in a caring and whole hearted way.

When my son was small, I placed his needs ahead of mine all the time. I realise now that this was not a great example to guide him by as he would grow up repeating my patterns. Luckily I have realised this and am able to advise him otherwise.

I am not asking you to choose between yourself and your family. I am discussing this to raise awareness  about how much value we place on ourselves. Your family, your work and your friends are important but so are You! Remember that the more emphasis you place on your needs and self care, the more you will be available to help others.

So today if I am asked, Who is the Most Important Person in my Life, I can happily say, ME.

What about you?

 

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

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Understanding your fatigue …… and what you can do about it!

Feeling tired is something we are all familiar with. It can occur at the end of a busy day or after extensive exercise. It can happen after a run of late nights or after a stressful situation.

But what if you are tired all the time? Fatigue that lingers and is still present after a good night’s sleep needs to be looked at. It can occur as a result of a sleep disorder, or  a medical condition such as anaemia and can creep up on you over a period of time. Often we just keep going until we suddenly realise that we are tired all the time and have been so for ages.

You can also be chronically fatigued without having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The latter requires that you have certain symptoms before you are diagnosed. These include the obvious, fatigue, as well as unrefreshing sleep, impaired memory and concentration, exhaustion after exercise, joint pain, muscle pain, headaches and tender lymph glands. Always seek medical advice if you are always tired. It may be from a metabolic disorder such as a thyroid problem or an infection such as glandular fever and needs to be treated appropriately.

Another form of fatigue is Adrenal Fatigue. Although it is not recognised by many conventional doctors, those who work in Integrative medicine certainly recognise and treat it. It has been described as the 21st century syndrome. Our adrenal glands produce adrenaline and cortisol as part of our ‘flight or fight’ response to danger or stress. This enables the body to respond quickly, at times when we are under extreme stress or in danger. However if we are always on alert or in this ‘flight or fight’ mode, our adrenal glands end up exhausted. Left untreated, this can affect every organ and system in your body.

Now this all sounds very dramatic and obviously any persistent symptom of fatigue needs to be investigated. In the meantime however, what can you do, yourself to help alleviate your constant tiredness?

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Try going to bed earlier and stick to a routine. If you are fatigued, make an effort to be in bed by 10pm most nights. Make sure your bedroom is dark without any distracting lights from tv’s, computers or clock radios. Try and switch off from all devices 30 to 60 minutes before going to bed as their bright lights effect your melatonin levels, (the hormone responsible for our sleep cycle).

2. Drink plenty of water during the day. Every cell in your body needs water to survive and often fatigue can be attributed to dehydration. Keep a water bottle with you even when you are at home. I find that I drink the most water when I am sitting at the computer with a glass at hand.

3. Eat a healthy diet and include vegetables, good fats such as avocado, coconut oil and some protein into your meals. Don’t skip meals as this plays havoc with your insulin levels. Breakfast is especially an important meal as it should carry you through to lunchtime without the need for snacks. Include a cereal such as oats, homemade muesli or buckwheat with berries rather than a piece of toast.

4. Do regular meditation even if it’s 5 or 10 minutes. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of meditation in reducing stress and increasing your energy. It also gives you a mini power nap, as you switch off from everything.

5. Exercise every day. This may sound counter-intuitive if you are feeling tired, but even a short walk boosts your circulation, decreases stress and increases the release of those ‘feel good’ hormones.

6. Start implementing some boundaries into your life. Learn to say NO if something wears you out or you’re not happy doing it. Many cases of fatigue occur due to burnout or overwhelm. If we are always saying Yes to everyone else, we leave little time for our own needs or energy. Put boundaries in around your time and don’t always be available for everyone. You deserve some space too.

7. Ask for help. We don’t need to do everything on our own. Who actually benefits from this? It’s good to teach your children how to help out around the house and it’s so important for their own growth and learning. They need to respect you and your time, so be a good example for them. Let go of some of that control. Ask for help in cleaning and preparing meals. Yes it may not be done the way you do it, but does it really matter. I was in the same position and felt I had to ‘run’ the house. This only led to resentment and exhaustion. I now ask for help and accept that even though the dishwasher isn’t stacked like I would do it or the house isn’t vacuumed perfectly in my eyes, it doesn’t really matter.

8. Have regular treatments such as Reflexology to reduce stress. As previously mentioned, stress plays a huge part in whether we have energy or feel fatigued.

Learn to recognise your fatigue. If there isn’t an obvious reason for it, such as a very late night, then have it investigated. If your conventional doctor dismisses it, see an integrative one. There is always a reason why you are tired!

It’s your health and your life. You deserve to have the very best of both!

 

With warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

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References: www.medicinenet.com/fatigue/articles, www.adrenalfatigue.org, photo from Pixabay.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.

 

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

 

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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.