Do you treat yourself with Compassion?

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Do you treat yourself with Compassion?

This was a recent discussion in a Facebook group, where someone asked ‘how’ you treated yourself with compassion. People mentioned various ways they did or did not care for themselves and this got me thinking. How often do we really take the time to do this? Is it a regular practice or is it something we do ad hoc?  The Oxford Dictionary, describes compassion “as a strong feeling of sympathy or concern for the suffering of others.” Now we may not be suffering but do we treat ourselves with concern and sympathy and if so, how? In this case, I don’t mean ‘feeling sorry for yourself’ but treating yourself with real care and gentleness.

I believe that to really love ourselves we need to be compassionate to ourselves on a regular basis. This can mean anything from eating healthy foods to making sure you exercise regularly. It can be buying the best shampoos for your hair and not settling for cheap inferior products. It can be daily walks in nature, regular reflexology or massage or using organic pr0ducts that don’t contain nasty pesticides.

Most of us don’t really change our lives until we become ill. I, too was the same. I was too busy looking after everyone else’s needs to show any true compassion for myself. Yes, I ate fairly healthily and exercised regularly, but I didn’t care enough about myself to do the small things that really mattered. Not that I knew it at the time. I cooked generally healthy food, had holidays away once or twice a year, the occasional reflexology or massage and in-between, ran my business, looked after my family, ran around after my elderly mother, supported my friends, ran the household, volunteered if asked and generally burn’t myself out. I ended up exhausted with little energy to do anything else or be there for anybody. I had always thought that others needed me. If I didn’t do it, who would. Being a perfectionist didn’t help either. I had to control everything. However, I needed to change the way I acted and to do this, I needed to change the way I thought.

I realised that until I started to show some Compassion towards myself and be really conscious of doing so, nothing would change. So I started slowly to really appreciate who I was. Louise Hay talks about ‘mirror work’ where she tells herself that she loves and accepts herself, while looking into her eyes in the mirror each morning. This may sound very silly and feel equally so when you first do it, but it is something I now do every morning. At first it may feel very uncomfortable but after awhile you will get used to it and actually feel quite good. Another way is to create a vision board where you get a piece of cardboard and post on it pictures of yourself, as you are now, and how you want to feel and what you want to bring into your life. You can do this on the computer too. Find images of great health, meditation, nature,  dancing, playing an instrument, massage, healthy food or whatever you want to bring into your life. Then print it out and put it somewhere prominent so that every day you are reminded of where you want to be and what you want to bring into your life. Slowly you can start to then put this into practice.

I began by doing meditation every morning. I would set the alarm 15 to 20 minutes before I had to get up and would spend the time lying in reflection and stillness. Of course, this took practice as at first, I couldn’t sit still for 5 minutes or my mind would start wandering. However over time, it became such a gentle way to start my day and now if I rarely don’t do it, the morning routine feels very strange and something feels not quite right.

I also changed the way I ate to include more organic and wholesome foods.  I got rid of a lot of processed foods and introduced more vegetables which I now really enjoy. I still love my sweets but no longer crave them and only have them occasionally. I exercise regularly but usually it’s a walk in nature. As my energy increases I may include dancing which I love, even if it’s just around the house! I take regular breaks and try and go away every 3 months, even if it’s just a long weekend. This doesn’t need to be expensive as I look at cheaper options but I plan for this by putting some money away each week so when the time comes, I have my funds. I buy shampoos and facial creams that don’t contain ‘nasties’ and I listen to my body and its needs. If I’m tired, I will have an early night and make sure I get a good night’s sleep. I have regular reflexology and massage and care for my body. I have also learn’t to ask for help when I need it and not try and do everything for myself. I am still learning to let go of the need to always be in control but I am getting better at this too.

I also try and not be as judgemental and if something really triggers me, I may react but now try and look at the reason why. I have also become more aware of my thoughts. Its amazing how quickly negative thoughts can creep in and you begin to tell yourself that you can’t do something because you don’t know enough or aren’t good enough or it’s too hard. Being aware of these thoughts mean you can begin to change them and not be so hard on yourself.

I am learning to be gentle with myself and show myself more compassion. It isn’t always easy but the more I do, the better I feel and it has become the new normal for me. Yes it takes practice and doesn’t happen overnight, but if you really value yourself and the life you have, you can do it too. Everyone of us is worth it. We are all unique human beings that have gifts and abilities that no one else has. We owe it to ourselves to live the best life possible and to do this, we have to learn how to show compassion not just to others, but more importantly, towards ourselves.

What do you do to show that you really care about yourself? It may be nothing as yet. Don’t worry, I didn’t do very much for myself either at first. Just choose one thing that you can do to show compassion for yourself. It may be as simple as telling yourself that you are beautiful, when you look in the mirror every morning. As you start to believe in yourself, you will start to realise that you are worth it and change can occur. Unless you believe in reincarnation, you only have one life. Make yours a caring and compassionate one.

Let me know how you show compassion for yourself in the comments below.

 

With love,

Judy xxx

 

References: www.oxforddictionaries.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.

Are you feeling the stress? 10 tips to help you keep calm this Christmas.

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It’s that time of year again when life becomes a little crazy.

On top of our normal busyness, we have Christmas to organise. Food to bake, presents to buy, shops to navigate and all the social activities that we try to fit in. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed. However there are some simple measures that you can take so that you arrive on Christmas Day with a sense of excitement, not exhaustion and dread.

Here are a few tips. I hope you find them helpful.

  1. Write a list. This may seem pretty obvious but I find that if I write down everything that I have to do, I will be more organised. Write lists of presents to buy, cards to write and food that will need to be purchased. Most food can’t be bought ahead, apart from a Christmas cake or pudding. However if it is all written down, I won’t panic or forget something.
  2. Buy online or local. Most of my Christmas shopping has been done online. Yes I try to support the Australian industry but when I am super busy, I will buy from the most convenient retailer, be it in Australia or overseas. I then, don’t have to tackle all the crowded shopping centres. Just too stressful!!       I also try and shop at local stores. This not only supports local businesses but I can often pick up unusual and unique gifts.
  3. Limit your social activities. At this time of year there are lots of parties and work functions to attend. Try and choose which ones you really want to attend or have to go to, so you don’t become exhausted and burn’t out. The world doesn’t end on Christmas Day so there will be lots of other opportunities to see friends without the added pressure. If you do find that you are out most nights, try and not make them all late nights.
  4. When socialising, don’t eat everything that is offered to you. We can end up feeling bloated and full (not to mention gain extra weight), from all the extra food we are eating. If eating out a lot, don’t eat every course or limit your portions. You will feel much better afterwards.
  5. Watch the alcohol. We tend to consume a lot more alcohol at this time of year. While this is part of the fun, how you feel the next day is definitely not. Don’t mix your drinks if possible, make sure you eat something with your drinks and have lots of water in-between and especially the next day, when you will feel the dehydrating effects of too many beverages.
  6. Prepare ahead for the big day. If you are hosting Christmas lunch or dinner, prepare any food that can be done ahead. Dips can be made or purchased a few days ahead and brandy butter can actually be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to two weeks or frozen if made earlier. Write a list (again), for the days leading up to Christmas and write down what needs to be bought or made on the preceding days. This avoids a last minute panic on the day. Believe me, the more lists I write, the more organised I am.
  7. Take some time out. This may sound ridiculous at this time of year but even if you have a walk every day or a brief time out in nature, or even a short nap, you will feel more refreshed and on top of things.
  8. Ask for help and delegate. Get the family involved and don’t try and do everything yourself. It’s very easy to think that you need to do everything if you are the host, but if you arrive on the day feeling absolutely exhausted, you won’t enjoy all your hard work. I used to think that I needed to control everything for it all to go smoothly. Invariably it did go well, but I ended up totally stressed and tired before anyone even arrived. I have slowly learn’t that I don’t need to do it all and it will still be okay. Yes others may not do things the way you do, but does it really matter. Having a good time is far more important.
  9. It doesn’t have to be perfect. We can get caught up in buying the perfect present, having the perfect tree, the perfect table arrangement and preparing the perfect food, but why make it so hard for ourselves. Most people appreciate whatever you buy them and generally enjoy the day, no matter how the tree or table looks, so long as they have enough to eat and can enjoy each others company. From being a total control freak and having everything perfect, I now involve the family. It is much more fun and everyone enjoys being a part of the total preparations.
  10. Look after you own needs leading up to the big day. Have a Reflexology treatment so you feel more relaxed and less stressed. If you absolutely don’t have time for this, make sure you do so in the New Year so you start 2016 afresh.

These are just a few suggestions to help your Christmas go more smoothly. Christmas can be a wonderful time or can be stressful with the whole family attending. A mix of personalities can be challenging but ultimately everyone is there to have a good time and celebrate whatever Christmas means to them. Try not to stress and enjoy the day.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and trust in my care and wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas. I look forward to working with you in 2016.

With love,

Judy xxx

 

EFT – What’s all the talk about Tapping?

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YOU may or may not have heard of EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, so if not, let me introduce you.

 

It is an amazing emotional healing technique that is being used by thousands of people around the world. It uses a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology to heal a number of issues from severe pain, migraines, fear, phobias, guilt, anger, fatigue, negative beliefs and emotional upsets to Post Traumatic Stress disorder.

It works by tapping with your fingers on specific points on the body located along energy meridians. This achieves a balance in the meridian that has become disrupted, following a traumatic emotional experience. EFT has evolved from what was called Thought Field Therapy, a treatment created by US clinical psychologist Roger Callahan. Dr. Callahan discovered that stimulating an acupressure or energy point led to psychological relief for a client suffering from anxiety, and he continued to experiment to discover a series of useful points that not only helped anxiety but a whole range of other issues, including many chronic conditions.

Gary Craig, a scientist who studied with Dr. Callahan, identified further energy points that could be used to treat any emotional problem. He called this Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT and achieved excellent results with this approach on a wide range of both emotional and physical problems. You may  be very skeptical about this, so let me explain Why it works.

EFT activates the body’s healing system, as tapping on specific acupuncture points increases the level of endorphins, our ‘feel good’ hormones. Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that stimulation of these acupuncture points decreases activity in the Limbic system and other areas of the brain that deal with fear. Stimulation of these points decreases cortisol levels and our response to stress. They also directly influences the autonomic nervous system, balancing heart rate, blood pressure, the immune system, tissue repair and metabolism. Measurements of heart rate have shown a normalising of both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems with an immediate elimination of the stress response. Psychologists at Florida State University found rapid and lasting relief for patients suffering from a trauma or phobia. Further studies have shown the effectiveness of EFT to treat severe pain and chronic fatigue.

So How does it work? To get started, you need to concentrate on the issue that is distressing you the most. Think about the problem you are trying to resolve and feel the emotion attached to that issue, whether it be  anger, grief, fear, stress or anxiety. Rate that emotion on a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 meaning you have no distress, to 10 meaning you are very, very upset, in a lot of pain, furious or very anxious. You then devise a statement about that emotion, but be really specific. For example, “Even though I have really severe pain shooting up and down my back, that is stopping me from working and is depressing me, I deeply and completely love and accept myself”, or “Even though I’m really stressed about work because my boss is unrealistic about deadlines and expects too much of me, I deeply and completely love and accept myself” and so on.

By saying that you accept yourself, you are not saying that the problem is okay, but you are showing compassion to yourself and your situation and this goes a long way towards clearing the issue.

You then begin to tap using two fingers (your index and middle finger), on what is called the karate chop point on your hand (see diagram below), saying the statement three times. Some people use what is called the Sore Spot on your chest instead. Tap firmly but gently. You then move on to tap a sequence of eight points, mainly on the face, while saying your statement. Tap about seven times on each point using either hand, and working on either side of the face.

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Start with the inner corner of your eyebrow, then the side of the eye, then under the eye, under the nose, on the chin, the collarbone, under the arm near the bra line and on top of your head. Then tune in to yourself and assess how the problem feels. Is it still a 10 or has it shifted? If it is still there, do a few more rounds of tapping to help clear the issue. As you tap on an issue, other issues or emotions may come up. It’s often similar to peeling the layers of an onion. By peeling away, we may then come to the core issue so that we can deal with it.

 

This technique sounds very simple but don’t be surprised at how powerful it can be and how many emotions it might bring up. Be gentle with yourself. Give it a try and see how differently you feel. You might be pleasantly surprised. There are Youtube videos available online if you want to see the technique performed. Be aware that different people do slightly different variations of it . Two you might like to look up are Brad Yates and Nick Ortner who have a number of youtube videos.

 

 

Take care and give it a go and let me know how it works for you. I would love your feedback.

 

With love,

Judy xx

 

Ps. Please feel free to share if you have found this article helpful.

 

References: Tapping the Healer Within by Dr. Roger Callahan, The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner, www.eftdownunder.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.

How well do you Nurture yourself?

 

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Self-Care 

is the buzz word at the moment but what does it really mean and how do you care for yourself?

Women in particular, struggle with this concept as most of us are brought up to think of everyone else first. Society also plays a big part, as traditionally it was the woman who ran the household, did all the chores and brought up the kids. Some things have changed as most women now work outside of the home. However they generally still run the household, do a lot of the chores and bring up the kids, as well as hold down a job!

Where does self-care come into this, you may ask? Well, looking after yourself and prioritising your needs has never been more important. As women, we still tend to put family, work and our friends ahead of our own needs. As a result, we often end up fatigued, burn’t out and overwhelmed and sometimes as a consequence, ill.

I am just as guilty as the next person. I had prioritised the care of my elderly mother, my family and my business ahead of my own needs. Any appointments for myself, be it doctors or dentists, were put off as non urgent. I had a sudden wake up call after my mother passed away. I was left totally exhausted and realised that my self-care was virtually non-existent. I had health issues that needed to be followed up yet I had deemed them as unimportant or non-urgent. Wasn’t I just as important as everyone else? I believed so but certainly wasn’t acting that way. It suddenly dawned on me that I needed to seriously nurture myself if I was to live a vibrant life and be of any help to others

This mean’t learning to say “No” to everything that landed on my plate. For a serial “Yes” person, this was a huge challenge and continues to be so. However I am getting better at looking at my appointments, invitations and requests for help. I now prioritise what really needs to be done and more importantly, ask myself if it’s good for my health before making a decision. I also try and have a day just to myself every week. This involves a conscious effort not to work on the computer or on the business, but to spend time walking in nature, being in the garden or just sitting reading a book and having some quiet time.

What can you do then to nurture yourself? Are you a ‘Yes’ person too? Can you learn to say ‘No’? Do you always have to be doing something or can you just sit and enjoy your own company or some quiet time? Having a massage or reflexology, doing yoga, having your nails or hair done or going on a retreat are all nurturing things. They calm the body and the mind and help you to feel good about yourself. But doing these things on the odd occasion is not enough. They need to be part of your weekly, fortnightly or monthly routine. Doing things for yourself needs to be a part of your every day self-care.

It’s also very important to include something that you are really passionate about. This could be painting, surfing, exercise, cooking, gardening, music, horse-riding or photography. What do you love to do that really speaks to your heart and makes it sing? What ignites your passion so much that you forget the time and become totally immersed in what you are doing? How often do you do such an activity? I used to do garden photography on a regular basis and sell images to gardening magazines. Visiting new gardens and taking images of unusual and beautiful plants really filled my soul and gave me such a lift. It has been some time since I have done this and it’s only recently that I have realised that I need to rediscover my passion.

Caring for yourself, doing things you are really passionate about and really enjoying the life you have is what makes you wake up each morning with a sense of anticipation. Not many of us feel this way on a regular basis but we can change things, little by little to make our lives more meaningful. Putting the fun back into our lives gives us balance and is vital, not just for our physical health but also our mental and spiritual health.

How well do You nurture yourself? It’s never too late to start and even little things will make a difference. Wear your favourite jewellery or clothes, blow wave your hair and have your nails painted. Don’t wait for that special occasion. Make every day a nurturing, self-caring kind of day and you will be amazed at how wonderful you feel.

 

With love,

Judy

 

Let me know how you nurture yourself!

 

Do your Emotions affect your Health?

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We laugh, we cry, we’re angry, happy, sad, full of joy, sadness or excitement. We experience all or some of these emotions on a daily basis yet we often pay little attention to them or their effect on our health. Most of us have heard of the mind-body connection and are aware that our thoughts affect how we feel. If we are anxious prior to an important event, we may feel a bit nauseated or have to go to the bathroom more often. If we are feeling happy, we are generally more relaxed. However, did you know that nearly all disease has an emotional element.

According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the figure is as high as 85%. Our genetics, nutrition, diet and lifestyle obviously play a part in whether we are healthy or not, but our thoughts and reactions to circumstances in our life have an equal, if not greater effect. Emotions can actually change the shape of our DNA and trigger our genes to express health or disease. Repressed emotions, especially anger, resentment and hate have been shown to suppress the immune system leading to diseases such as cancer, infections and even rheumatoid arthritis.

Okay so how can this occur? Research from The National Cancer Institute in the USA has shown that strong negative emotions stimulate the nervous system, leading to a release of hormones into the blood. This leads to an alteration in cells that protect against diseases such as cancer. Neuroscientists such as Dr. Candice Pert, believe that an area of our Brain called the Limbic system, is involved in our emotional behaviour. Simply put, the Limbic system contains 85-95% of all neuropeptides. Peptides are tiny pieces of proteins that direct and influence every cell, organ and system in our body. They include hormones and neurotransmitters, (which relay signals between nerve cells) and act as chemical messengers. Research has shown that emotions affect the flow of these peptides throughout the body and can suppress the immune system. Feelings of anger or resentment, if suppressed, lead to a massive disturbance of our mind-body network.

Obviously most of us don’t go around consciously thinking happy thoughts. However we can make an effort to be aware of what we are thinking and try and see the positive in negative situations. This of course, may not always be realistic especially if we have had a really difficult day. There are however, positives to be found in every day and it’s a good practice to think of them before you go to bed. Giving gratitude for the good things leaves your mind and emotions in a beneficial state before you go to sleep.

Another important thing to remember is to look at emotions such as anger or resentment and ask yourself, what triggers these emotions in you. Why has a person or situation upset you so much? What really lies behind your feelings? Is it fear or does it trigger some old memory? We need to recognise such emotions and not suppress them. Practising forgiveness, though often difficult, lessens the attachment to the emotion and helps you to heal. This does not mean that you should blame yourself for having a particular illness or condone someone if they have hurt you. Forgiveness means you are letting go of the past and forgiving yourself as well in the process. If you are struggling with this, you might like to look up the ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness, called Ho’oponopono. It is deceptively simple but very powerful.

Those who practice metaphysics always look at the emotion behind a symptom or illness. For example, a backache can mean you are feeling unsupported, overwhelmed or under too much pressure, neck problems may indicate feeling stuck, inflexible or holding onto unresolved issues and sinusitis may mean frustration, insecurity or carrying deep guilt or sadness from the past. Whether you buy into this or not, virtually every thought we think carries an emotion with it.

Our subconscious carries many memories from our past and the way we react to situations is often the default behaviour that we have learnt as children. However as adults, we have the ability to change our thoughts, let go of our resentments and look at behaviours that don’t work for us anymore. Our emotions are there because they make us human but they can also be a powerful tool in helping us to heal!

With love,

Judy

 

References: Molecules of Emotion by Dr Candice Pert, Biology of Belief by Dr Bruce Lipton, www.articles.mercola.com/stress-linked-to-cancer, www.liveto110.com/the-emotional-cause-of-cancer, The Secret Language of your Body by Inna Segal.

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.

Why I don’t make New Year Resolutions.

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Happy New Year to all of my lovely clients and newsletter readers. I hope you had a peaceful Christmas and have a healthy, happy and successful year ahead.

The middle of January is already here and many of us may have made resolutions on New Year’s Eve to have a better year ahead. For many years I would do the same and make a resolution to change my life in some dramatic way. I would get fit, lose weight, be healthier, change my diet, have more time to myself etc, etc.  However, by the time February arrived I had either forgotten the resolution or decided I had plenty of time to put it into practice. After all, it was only February…..or April……or August.

Now, I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. I still look ahead to the New Year with excitement and anticipation but I think of the hear ahead in terms of a word that best describes my attitude towards the coming year. Let me explain………

Last year, my word for 2014 was ‘Abundance”. I decided to welcome more of this into my life throughout the whole of the year. WELL, come February, my elderly mother had a fall and went from hospital to rehab to no longer being able to cope at home and was consequently placed in residential care. A lot of my time (and my sister’s) was spent caring for her needs, selling her house and sorting out her finances. In between I was seeing clients and trying to run a business. It was exhausting!! Where was the abundance in all of this??

Although at times I found it very challenging, there was a lot to be grateful for and indeed, a lot of abundance to be found. Firstly, Mum didn’t break an arm, leg or her pelvis and my sister and I found a wonderful place with caring staff for her to live. I was able to have a fantastic holiday in July and another short break in October. Also my sister and I spent some special time together supporting each other and coming to terms with Mum’s frailty and mortality.

Other areas of abundance have been – spending more quality and precious time with Mum as her health deteriorates, numerous occasions with family to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and time having fun with close friends. Although there have been many difficulties throughout the year, there has been joy to be found in every day.

This year my word is ‘Trust’. I see this as trusting in myself and my gifts and abilities, trusting when I fear the unknown, trusting when I need to step out of my comfort zone, trusting in the Universe, God or whatever you believe in to support you, and trusting in the love of family and friends.

What do you do each New Year? Do you make resolutions that you know will have been forgotten or discarded by February or do you have a ‘word’ that resonates with you and guides you through the coming year. I would love to know…..

Take care and have a wonderful and exciting 2015.

With love,

Judy

Reminder that I will be having all of February off to honour and respect my own health.

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What’s top of your Wish List this Christmas…………is Self-Care up there?

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Christmas time is nearly here again. It’s a very busy, hectic time of year and it’s very easy to get caught up in all the stress of buying presents, organising the food, socialising and navigating all the crowds.

We’re busy writing lists, Christmas cards and wrapping presents. It’s very easy to forget to look after ourselves and to pay attention to our own needs. Having time out is not an option. After all, isn’t Christmas a time of giving?

Children write lists to Santa and family ask us what presents we would like. We’re busy thinking of everyone else and isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

I agree, that Christmas is about sharing, community and family. However it should not be at the expense of our own health. Self-care tends to be forgotten or completely ignored at a time when it is perhaps, most needed. We often arrive at Christmas Day feeling exhausted and wishing for it to all be over so that we can relax.

What if however, we arrived at Christmas feeling if not totally relaxed, more in control, happier and looking forward to the big day. How is this even possible??

Here are a few suggestions that may help you to arrive at Christmas excited and not totally burnt out.

  1. Write lists. Yes, I have mentioned lists before but lists do help us get organised. If we are organised, we are less likely to run around panicking without actually achieving very much.
  2. Put yourself at the top of every list that you write. This may help remind you to keep things in perspective and look after yourself.
  3. Try and have a few early nights. This isn’t always possible with lots of social engagements but you don’t have to accept every single one. Keep a few nights free just for you.
  4. Exercise, even if it’s a walk around the block. This helps clear your overactive mind and provides more oxygen and circulation to your cells to keep you energised.
  5. Eat healthy meals when possible. It’s easy to indulge in more alcohol, more food and food that’s not necessarily good for you, but try and make most of your meals simpler and fresher. If you are going to indulge at night, eat lots of salads and vegetables during the day.
  6. Water is always important for our health but particularly at this time of year. Eating the wrong foods, alcohol and more running around, dehydrate the body very quickly. Being hydrated helps you to feel more energised.
  7. Have some quiet time just for yourself, every day. Even if it’s only half an hour, take that time out of your busy day and meditate or sit out in nature. You will feel so much better for it.
  8. Share the chores and tasks on your list. Don’t feel that you have to control everything. Yes the tree may not be decorated the same and the table may be set differently but does it really matter. I have always been a bit of a control freak but have learned to let go over the years and it has brought me huge benefits. At the end of the day, you want to arrive at Christmas feeling excited, relaxed and ready to enjoy the day.

Take care and try not to stress too much. Know your limits and respect them and care enough about yourself to do what feels good for you.

I truly hope that each and every one of you has a peaceful, happy and relaxing Christmas and a wonderful New Year ahead.

Thank you so much for trusting in my care and treatments throughout the year and I look forward to working with you towards great health in 2015.

I have a wonderful new website thanks to a lovely lady, Kerry Richards from Florence Road. Please take a look. I would love your feedback. Also, I will be working all January but will have February off to honour and respect my own health.

 

With love,

Judy

www.solevitality.com.au

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