How much do you love yourself …….. and does it even matter?

How much do you love yourself?

You may think that this is a silly question and what in the world does it have to do with Facial Reflexology? Bear with me because it actually has a strong connection.

Does it really matter what we think of ourselves? I believe very strongly that it does. Many of us are brought up to be the ‘good girl’, the one who always thinks of everyone else first. As children, if we do what is expected of us, achieve what is expected of us and behave how we are expected to behave, we will receive praise and encouragement and in many cases, love.

We grow up as adults who learn to put everyone else first. Our careers, our partners, our children take priority and somewhere along the way, we come in at a very distant last.

Often, it is only when we end up exhausted, burn’t out or fall ill that we start to re-evaluate our lives. This was my story too. I would put everyone else’s needs before my own and going into a profession such as nursing, only added to the carer role I had taken on.

It was only when my own health suffered that I finally started to look at how I treated myself. The first question I asked myself was why? The answer was obvious. Self love! I started to learn more about self development and commenced doing Louise Hay’s ‘Mirror work”. If you’re not familiar with this, you start each day by looking in the mirror, deep into your own eyes and say ‘I love you (insert your name).’ This may feel really silly at first, and I know that I laughed out loud at what I was doing. But I persisted and another time, I cried. I realised that perhaps I didn’t really love myself as much as I had believed.

The more I did this work however, my attitude changed and I started to make changes around how I treated myself and how I let others treat me. I set up strong boundaries around my life, around my business and what I said Yes to. Now I can happily say that I do love myself and my whole life is better for it.

So what’s the connection with Reflexology?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, different emotions are held in different meridians. If there is an imbalance in a particular meridian, it is often related to a very strong emotion that we have experienced or not yet dealt with. Our face holds these emotion in the various meridians. If we don’t love ourselves deeply, we may experience feelings of grief or loss or we hold fear around our daily lives. We may hold resentment about how others treat us or take advantage of us. Grief and loss are held in the lungs, fear in our kidneys and resentment or frustration in our liver. Holding onto these emotions can lead to disease for they literally ‘eat’ away at us, cause stress and deplete our immune system.

So have a think about how you treat yourself. Do you like yourself and if not, how can you change this? Try and do the ‘Mirror work.’ It may feel silly and it is confronting but it will change your attitude towards yourself. Have a look at your boundaries and what is acceptable to you. If you have always said Yes when you really want to say No, start looking at why? Examine what feels right for you. If you don’t want to say Yes to someone or something, gently turn them down. Ask for help when you need it and don’t feel you need to be Superwoman.

Stop being the ‘good girl’ who is always there for everyone else. Put yourself and your needs first and then you will be in a much better place to serve others.

Start to tell yourself ‘I love You’ and really feel it. It will change your world.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: ‘You can Heal your Life’ – Louise Hay, Photo by Jon Ly – Unsplash

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.

Winter is the perfect time to nurture You with Reflexology.

Winter is the perfect time to nurture You with Reflexology.

Why have a Reflexology treatment in Winter?

Having a Reflexology treatment any time of the year is of huge benefit to your health. But having it in Winter is particularly beneficial as it helps to boost your Immune system.

Having a strong immune system  helps prevent flu’s and colds and if you do succumb to a virus, a healthy immune system will help you fight it off sooner.

The main components of our Immune system, include the thymus gland, the lymphatic system and the spleen. Our Thymus gland produces antibodies and during a facial reflexology treatment, this gland is stimulated. Our lymphatic system filters the blood from viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances and is extensively worked during a treatment. Our spleen helps filter the blood and destroys bacteria too. Again there are nerve points to work the Spleen.

Reflexology also improves nerve supply and circulation. Our feet and hands are often cold in winter and if a poor circulation is added in, the chances of getting chilblains increases.

Chilblains are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels that can occur in our skin in response to repeated exposure to cold. They can cause itching, red patches, swelling and blistering on our hands and feet and can lead to infection if not treated. By limiting our exposure to the cold and improving our circulation, they can be prevented.

The short, dark days of winter can also lead to feelings of despondency and depression so it’s an ideal time to do more nurturing things for yourself. Reflexology helps reduce stress and anxiety and it’s been well documented that Stress is a major cause of depletion of the immune response. Doing regular things to nurture ourselves is such an important part of our wellbeing.
Daily walks in nature, while rugged up, are invigorating and also help us feel better. Warming foods such as soups and casseroles are so welcome when at the days are long and cold. Buying flowers or picking them from the garden lighten the house and lift the mood. Regular meditation helps us start the day in a calm and relaxed manner.
Winter is not my favourite season but even though the days are cold, I choose to do things that lift my mood and nurture myself and Reflexology is one of my favourite choices.
So why not choose Reflexology this winter. Your body will love the nurturing.
Here’s a handy facial chart to help boost your immune system.
Enjoy and take care this winter.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chilblains, https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=tp10165

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.

We are energetic beings. How can we use our energy to heal?

We are energetic beings. We are all made up of energy. So how can we use our own energy to heal?

What do I even mean by this?

Our bodies contain many components including our nervous system and our hormonal system. Our nervous system and our brain are constantly sending electrical messages to every cell in our body.

This method of communication ensures our survival. This is electrical energy and can be measured. An Electroencephalogram or EEG measures this electrical activity in the Brain. An Electrocardiogram or ECG measure the electrical activity in our Heart.

Another way our cells are stimulated is through chemical messages via our Hormonal System. Hormones are chemical messengers that co-ordinate and stimulate responses and actions in the body. We have digestive hormones, reproductive hormones, stress hormones, ‘feel good’ hormones. These all operate on an energetic level but it is a chemical one.

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at our Chi, our life force energy and is used in treatments such as Acupuncture and Reflexology to clear blockages in a person’s energy so that the body returns to balance and healing.

The Chakra system is another way of looking at our energy. It is a Sankrist word meaning ‘wheel’ and is often depicted as spinning wheels of energy. Chakras are basically energy centres within our body that regulate all processes.

So whichever way you like to look at it, we are created and comprised of energy. To become and remain healthy, we need to balance our energy on a physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual level.

So you may ask, what can we, ourselves do to heal?

Firstly having a healthy lifestyle and diet has a huge impact on our energy. If the food we put into our body fuels our cells we will have more energy. This helps our healing on a physical level.

Our emotions also play a huge part in our healing and impact our psychological well being. It’s not simply a case of feeling happy or sad, but having a deep look at our thoughts and how they impact on our emotions.

Let me explain. Every time we feel anxious, or think a fearful thought or a negative emotion, we stimulate our hormonal and nervous system. Any emotion or thought that causes stress, no matter how small, results in the release of stress hormones. This is an energetic response of the body to cope with the stress. Not all stress is bad but a constant stimulation of our stress hormones, depletes our energy.

So how can we deal with this? Be aware of your thoughts! This isn’t as easy as it sounds as we are constantly thinking a million thoughts at once. But the trick is to notice when you are starting to think of something negative or fearful and immediately stop or change the thought. This takes practise but each time we do it, we stop that loss of energy.

According to Caroline Myss, author and international speaker, we leak our energy every time we  hold some anger or resentment towards another. This eventually depletes our body and our cells. We can stop this and return our energy by learning forgiveness.

The ancient Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono is something that I have used myself when I have been very hurt by someone. The words you use are, “I’m sorry, I forgive you, I thank you, I love you’. Now these words can be very hard to say especially when you are very angry or very hurt. But feeling resentment or anger doesn’t affect the person it’s directed at. It only affects you and by affecting you it affects your energy.  Learning to let go of the emotions attached to the feelings isn’t easy but it restores your energy and replenishes your cells.

Every time you think a positive thought or emotion, your energy is affected on a chemical level. You release Serotonin, the ‘feel good’ hormone. Serotonin impacts all parts of our body from our emotions to our motor skills. It helps with sleeping, eating, digesting, healing wounds, maintaining bone health and regulating our moods.

So when you are faced with a health issue, it’s important to look at the body as a whole. Yes our physical health is important but our energetic health is equally if not more, vital. For it’s our energetic response that determines how quickly we heal. It’s good to know that we can play an active part.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

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 living the life you are mean’t to live? If not, why?

Are you living the life you are mean’t to live? What do I even mean by this?

I believe that we are all born for a purpose – To live our lives to the best of our abilities and to make use of the gifts that have been bestowed upon us. Unless you believe in past lives or reincarnation, we only have this life, the one we are currently living.

As we go through life we take on roles, as students, business owners, entrepreneurs, retail assistants, doctors, nurses, teachers, healers etc. We become parents, partners, daughters, carers, wives or husbands and we become defined by the roles we have taken on.

But under all these titles, have you ever wondered who you really are? What do you really want out of this one amazing life? What do you want to do with your time here on earth?

These may sound like strange questions for a Reflexologist to be asking, but I have noticed that many people I meet and also see in clinic, aren’t totally at peace with their lives. If we carry feelings of stress and disenchantment with our lives, this affects our health. We may be in jobs that we don’t really like, but feel trapped and unable to leave. We may be overcommitting ourselves, trying to be the ‘good’ person or the ‘yes’ person, but deep down resenting the drain on our energy and time. We may be dealing with negative people but can’t see a way out or know how to avoid them.

Our bodies hold our emotions and if our prominent emotions are those of fear, anger, stress or worry, changes start to happen at a cellular level. We start to live in a state of inflammation with constant chemical reactions elevating the stress response, changing our DNA and decreasing our immune systems. Over time this leads to chronic disease, anxiety and depression.

Now I’m not saying that we should live in a bubble and pretend that we’re hippies and everything is going to be fine, though that’s okay if you want to live that way. I’m asking you to consider if you can make changes in your life to improve the quality of your life.

Can you change jobs if your current one leaves you feeling anxious and sick when it comes to Monday mornings? Can you slowly start removing yourself from some of your commitments or start asking for help? Can you start saying ‘No’ to things that drain you and ‘Yes’ to things that make you feel great? Can you remove yourself from situations or people that make you feel uncomfortable.

We all go through happy and difficult times in our lives and it’s not always easy to make changes. But do you want to get to 80 or 90 or even 100 years of age and regret the things you didn’t do in life? Have a look at what’s working in your life and what isn’t. Then sit down and list the things you want to change. Then look at how this can be done and slowly start making some changes. It doesn’t have to be difficult.

I changed jobs many years ago when I became disheartened with nursing and trained to be a Reflexologist. It took time but I knew that my life needed changing. I also decided some years ago that I wanted to meditate but thought I didn’t have time. So I looked at how I could incorporate this practise into my day and I now get up 20 minutes earlier every morning. It’s become a habit and I always feel better for it. I would love to do some Qi Gong but have yet to find a class. So to make it easy, I downloaded a practise online and do this at home. It’s not quite a regular habit just yet but I’m working on it.

So what can you do that will positively impact your life? Do you need to start making enquiries about a new job? Do you need to start saying ‘No’ to people you don’t want to work with? Do you need to start valuing your time and energy and raise your fees? Do you want to start including more fun things in your life? The more we procrastinate, the further we remain from our goals.

Remember that every positive thing that you do to make you happier and improve your life, will have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.

So start right now.

 

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

References: www.newscientist.com, www.forbes.com, www.jhunewsletter.com. Photo by  Gian Cescon on Unsplash.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.

5 Easy ways to treat a Throat infection and beat the bugs.

The weather has been really changeable lately with cold mornings, cooler days and the occasional blast of a lingering summer.

Research has shown that the change of seasons often brings with it an increase in the Rhinovirus, which causes colds. As a result many people have succumbed to one bug or another.

Despite my best intentions, I, too recently had a cold and a nasty throat infection. As most sore throats are caused by a virus, there are many simple measures you can take to shorten the duration and relieve the symptoms.

Here are 5 Easy ways to treat a Throat infection and beat the bugs!

  1. Rest! This can’t be emphasised enough. Your body needs time to heal and your immune system works best when you allow your body to rest and recover from the virus. Doing too much puts an extra load on a body that is already depleted. If you keep working, your energy is being used to do the work and not to fight the infection. Listen to your body and give it time to heal.
  2. Fluids! Increase your intake of fluids, particularly warm drinks such as tea. Chamomile tea is particularly soothing and acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce throat swelling and pain. Add honey, especially Manuka honey to soothe the throat and help with healing. Manuka honey is a very potent antibacterial, antiviral and an anti-inflammatory agent. Other teas that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are Slippery elm, Licorice root, Tumeric or Green tea. You can also buy blends of teas specifically for sore throats at Health food stores. Increase your water intake too, to help flush out toxins from your body.
  3. Vitamins and supplements! Increase Vitamin C and Vitamin D if you have a cold or sore throat. Vitamin C boosts white blood cells and the function of the immune system. Vitamin D protects against acute respiratory infections and helps boost natural antibiotic-like substances in the lungs. Other supplements that will support the immune system are zinc, echinacea, olive leaf extract or a combination supplement such as Armaforce or Immune Defence which contains many of the mentioned ingredients in one pill.
  4. Gargles! Gargling is a very effective way to treat the infection and reduce the pain of sore throats. Use a mixture of warm water and salt every few hours. Colloidal silver is another very effective remedy. It has a unique ability to control antibiotic-resistant superbugs and is also a powerful antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent. Essential oils such as Tea tree and Lemon are powerful antibacterials however they need to be used with care as they can be quite irritating. Only use one or two drops in water or combine with coconut oil before gargling and definitely don’t swallow. You can also diffuse oils such as lavender or thyme to help fight infections.
  5. Reflexology! Reflexology is a very powerful weapon in the fight against all types of infections. It helps boost the immune system, balances the body and helps the lymphatic system to remove toxins. I regularly worked points on my face to help me recover quickly and treat my symptoms. If you have a sore throat, this chart will help. Here’s the link:  https://solevitality.com.au/sore-throat-handout/

If a sore throat persists or worsens, always see your doctor and have it assessed. Most times it will be from a virus and hopefully the above suggestions will help.

Take care,

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: www.mayoclinic.org, www.aurorahealth.org, www.healthline.com, www.sciencedaily.com, www.draxe.com, www.tipsbulletin.com, The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood.

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 can you put Yourself first when you don’t have Time?

We are constantly being told to put ourselves first.

We hear it all the time. “How about You? You matter. Think of your own needs.”

We are learning more and more about the importance of listening to our bodies and prioritising our needs, but how can we do this in an increasingly busy world.

How can we put ourselves first when we just don’t have time?

Many of us have been brought up to put others first. As children we are taught to be kind and generous, to think of others. It’s considered selfish to make us number one. This is helpful to some degree but I believe that children should first be taught respect for themselves, then for others. Of course, it’s important to consider the needs of others but we need to remember our own needs too. As we get older, we often lose sight of ourselves and our own needs and never consider that our needs must take priority.

Women in particular, grow up as the nurturers. If we are nice and play by the rules we won’t be considered mean or nasty or the dreaded “B” word. If we have children we continue to play the game. Children are vulnerable, especially when young and it’s normal to be there to meet their needs. However if we never show our children that we have needs too, they grow up thinking that they don’t count either. They never learn to put themselves first. Not a great role model for their future selves.

So how can we start prioritising Us?

The most important thing, I believe is to have a great relationship with yourself. How much do you love yourself? How much do you respect your wants and dreams? If you laugh at the thought of loving yourself, practise what Louise Hay calls ‘Mirror work.’ Every time you look in the mirror say to yourself, ‘I love you.’ This may feel silly at first but the more you say it, the more you will feel the emotion.

Be aware of your language towards yourself and don’t criticise. Be grateful for your gifts and talents and don’t compare yourself to others. We are all unique and we all have our unique zone of genius. Be kind to yourself and do things that light you up. Spend time with those you love and less time with those who drain or deplete you.

This is all very well, you may say, but how do I find the time?

I think that if you really care about your health both on a physical and emotional level, you consciously make the time. You prioritise You into every day and every week. This doesn’t have to be difficult. I know that meditation really calms me down and sets me up for the day, so I get up 20 minutes earlier every morning. If I have a really hectic day ahead, I may only spend 10 minutes meditating but I know that it’s really beneficial for me so I do it.

I try and walk in nature every day because it is great for my physical and mental health. I don’t do it in the mornings but try and do it at lunchtime when I can. If I miss out one day, I don’t beat myself up over it. Things don’t have to be perfect.

I also have regular reflexology and massage because this supports and nourishes me. I plan these treatments and put them in my diary.

So how can you make time for what you love? I think the best way to start is by writing down what is important to you. Then think of the ways you can include these things into your life. Get up 1o minutes earlier if this is doable for you or make sure you take a lunch break each day so you get some time out, or have some quiet time in the evenings. Book in appointments for things you enjoy on a regular basis. Let others, including your family know that this is your time.  They make like to take note and do the same for themselves.

We all have the same 24 hours and we can easily fill every minute being busy. The demands of work and family can be all consuming but if we don’t prioritise time for ourselves, we end up burnt out and exhausted. I know, because I did.

I now include things that I love and are important for my well being into my week. I prioritise ‘Me’ time because this nourishes my body and soul and the more I am fulfilled, the more I am available to be there for others. Being depleted doesn’t serve anyone!

So start to remember just how important you are to the world. Put time aside just for You in whatever way that you enjoy.

Make this a regular part of your day just as eating your meals or brushing your teeth is. The more you do it, the more it will become a part of your life.

And isn’t that the best way to live!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

If Reflexology is on your list of prioritising You, give me a ring or email with any questions. I would love to hear from you.

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.

Does it pay you to stay strong? ………….. If so, how?

Does it pay you to stay Strong? How does this help you?

Growing up we are told that ‘big girls/boys don’t cry. Keep that stiff upper lip, don’t be a sook or a sissy.’

It’s acceptable to a point to show our emotions as children, but once we become adults, it is often considered a sign of weakness if we ‘ wear our heart on our sleeve’.

But keeping our emotions, be it grief, trauma or sadness bottled up, only delays the inevitable. Some day you will need to face that fear or loss, or it may contribute to disease.

I lost my younger sister many years ago. Although I grieved at the time, I had a two year old son to care for so I kept going and pushed down all those traumatic emotions. I told myself that I would have time to grieve later. I stayed strong, or so I thought!

Consequently I started to overprotect those I loved and worried endlessly if someone was late home. I tended to catastrophise events out of all proportion. This only led to overwhelm. It was exhausting trying to control everything and everyone in my life. After many years and lots of support, I learnt to let go, trust and show how I felt and not bottle everything up. I never forgot, but I learnt to deal with the pain of loss.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has believed for several thousands of years, that emotions are powerful energies that strongly affect our Qi ( our life energy) and our  overall health.

In the 1980’s Dr. Candace Pert  demonstrated the link between emotions and health. Dr. Pert discovered that certain brain chemicals called neuropeptides, which she called “molecules of emotion,” act as messengers between the mind and the immune system. Her findings revealed that thoughts and emotions directly impact the physical body and our health.

In Chinese medicine our emotions are strongly linked to our organs and the process of disease.

For example, our Lungs and our Large Bowel show how easily we ‘breathe’ through life, whether we have to control everything and every body or we have the ability of letting go. Our lungs also hold grief and if we haven’t dealt with that grief,  imbalances will result in that organ. If not treated, this strong emotion may lead to disease either in the lungs or elsewhere in the body.

Our Stomach and Spleen hold worry and stress and manage our immune system and digestion. If we are constantly worrying or not dealing with the stress in our lives, we may end up with a deficiency in our immune or digestive systems.

The Kidneys hold fear and constant thoughts of fear. If we are always fearful of life and what may unfold, this leads to an imbalance in our kidney energy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are our ‘life force’ and a key organ in sustaining life.

The Liver and Gall Bladder are where we hold anger, frustration or resentment. As the liver is involved in so many functions in our body, including our metabolism and energy, it pays to have a healthy liver.

Facial Reflexology detects areas of our body that are out of balance and treats these accordingly. However it also looks at the emotion behind the affected organ as many diseases are influenced by strong, repressed emotions.

So what are the benefits of staying strong? Yes it means we don’t fall in a heap or cry hysterically when something happens but who does this actually help? The people who might be embarrassed by your behaviour or does it help you? Sometimes we need to carry on until a time is suitable to grieve or deal with a trauma. However deal with it we must. No matter how painful something may be, unless we deal with it and get help to do so if we need, we will never be able to grow or move through life.

I’m not saying that it’s easy because it’s not. I know! It may be the hardest thing you have to deal with in your life. But dealing with your emotions, not always staying strong and allowing yourself to be vulnerable may just keep you healthy and living longer.

Let me know what you think. I would love to know your thoughts and if you would like a Facial Reflexology session to deal with some of these emotions, please let me know.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: https://www.tcmworld.org/emotion-commotion/Image: 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.

How do you welcome a New Year?

Happy New Year to you all!

How do You welcome a New Year?

It’s the start of a New Year, a time of optimism and hope for the next 12 months ahead. Do you greet each year with a round of parties, a quiet night in or a ritual to greet a new dawn? Or is it just another day or another year for you?

I welcome each year as an opportunity for growth and new adventures. Each New Year feels like a fresh start or a new beginning, a time to implement new ideas or take on new habits.

Some cultures have rituals to bring in luck and cast out misfortune. Homes are cleaned and old decorations burned to bring in good luck for the year ahead. Others write down or journal what no longer serves them, or things that they don’t want to bring into a new year and burn the offering. Some release lanterns with messages of hope. Others do a huge declutter to get rid of the old energy, bring in the new and start the year afresh.

What do you do?

Do you make a resolution that you know will be forgotten by February?

It is estimated that less than 10% of New Year’s resolutions are ever achieved because they usually involve a new habit, something we tend to think of in broad terms e.g. lose weight, exercise more, eat healthily. These resolutions sound great, but unless they are broken down into bite size pieces, it is highly unlikely that we will follow through on them. So instead of exercise more, say you will walk for 15 minutes every day. Rather than eat healthily, cut out one food that you know isn’t good for you. Make it achievable.

Or instead, do you choose a Word to signify what the New Year means to you and what you would like it to bring?

I do! I choose a new word each year to embody what I would like to see in my life over the next 12 months. After the champagne, celebrations and fireworks are over, I alway go out into the garden and gaze at the millions of stars in the night sky. I then give thanks for the past year and all that it has given to me. The next day, I sit quietly and meditate on how I would like the year to unfold. Then I choose the word or words that come to me and write them down. This year my words are Manifest, Peace and Trust.

There are a lot of things I would like to manifest in my life in the coming year – Great health, travel, abundance in all I do. However, I would like these things to be achieved in a relaxing and peaceful way, without stress or anxiety, all the while trusting in the outcome.

Whatever you do, make sure it’s significant. Each New Year is a gift. There are so many opportunities available to us, so much happiness to be enjoyed and so many adventures that we can participate in.

Take the time to envisage your year, then write it down, journal it or even do a vision board of images that relate to your year ahead. If great health is your aim, then book in a Reflexology session or see a practitioner of your choice.

The start of every year is a great opportunity to reflect on what you want. Grab it with both hands!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

References: Image: Pixabay – Chinese lanterns being released on the Lunar New Year. https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/brain-wise/201612/the-science-why-new-years-resolutions-dont-work

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.

Happy Christmas

It’s nearly Christmas and another year has nearly passed. I am writing to you a little earlier as this time of year gets very busy.

Christmas is a time of family and friends, a time of celebrating and a time of reflection. It can also be a time of loneliness for some and a time that others choose not to celebrate.

Whatever it means to you, Christmas is a great time to reflect on the year gone by. Has it flown by meaninglessly or has it had some significance for you?

Was this year one of growth or just days blurring into another? As we get older, life seems to pick up its pace and the weeks fly by at an alarming speed. We are all busier with seemingly endless tasks to fill our days.

We are always connected to others, the media, our phones or other devices all day long and can rarely find time to be still and appreciate all that has been.

Why not use this Christmas or certainly the quieter days afterwards, to look back on the year and give thanks for all that you have been through. Find gratitude even amongst the hardest of times, for this is how we grow. My husband was ill earlier this year and although thankfully, he is now well, it was a very stressful time. I certainly wasn’t glad it happened, but things could have been worse and I’m so grateful that he has now recovered.

This period of time was a huge learning curve for me, to not control everything, to let go and to accept what was happening and give myself time to rest. Sometimes we have to sit back when a situation is out of our control and give ourselves the time and space to just be and get through the days. No pressure!

So accept what has been, for you cannot change it and give thanks for all that you have achieved and for all the happiness and good things that have come your way. There are always lessons for us to learn in life.

Then, look forward to the New Year with excitement and enthusiasm for the next twelve months hold unlimited potential. It’s up to us to grab the opportunities and make the most of our days.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy, peaceful and abundant 2019.

Thank you so much for trusting me with your care and journey to great health, throughout the year. It is greatly appreciated!

Warmest Wishes,

Judy xxx

Can your Thoughts heal your Body?

Can the thoughts you think on a daily basis, actually heal your Body?

Can the millions of thoughts we think every day have any influence on our Health?

Many scientific studies have shown that our brains and our minds indeed, have a significant effect on how healthy we are.

One of the reasons for this is because nearly every thought we think comes with an associated emotion. If we wake up feeling positive and happy, these thoughts trigger the release of ‘feel good’ hormones that affect our body chemistry.

If on the other hand, we wake up anxious or fearful, we release stress hormones that immediately impact on our immune, digestive and cardiovascular systems.

Every thought, feeling, and emotion creates a molecule known as a neuropeptide. Neuropeptides travel throughout our body and connect with receptor sites of cells and neurons. Our brain takes in the information, converts it into chemicals, and lets our whole body know if there’s something to be feared or celebrated. Our body is therefore, directly influenced.

If we calm our mind during a practise of meditation, we are boosting essential brain chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins, which reduce anxiety and depression.

Practicing meditation also increases our body’s production of human growth hormone and reduces cortisol. Low levels of human growth hormone (HGH) have been linked to loss of muscle mass, body fat retention, heart problems and motivation issues. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced when we are under stress.  As mentioned, stress inhibits the immune system and has been shown to contribute to many diseases.

Think of the placebo effect. One of the most common theories is that the placebo effect is due to a person’s expectations. If we believe something will do what it is supposed to do, we will experience the perceived outcome. Research has shown that giving a sugar pill to someone in pain, who believes and expects that the pill will reduce the pain, actually experiences pain relief. If a person expects a pill to do something, then it’s possible that the body’s own chemistry can cause effects similar to what a medication might have caused.

Old cultures that believed in magic and witchcraft were very strongly influenced by these practices. If a person was told they had had a curse placed on them and would die, the ensuing belief and fear around this usually resulted in their death. Their thoughts influenced the chemistry in their bodies and the fear literally ate at them until they succumbed to a disease.

I recently attended a workshop with Dr. Joe Dispenza, a scientist, lecturer, teacher and author who spoke about the power of our thoughts and how we can use them to influence our lives. By the time we are 35 years old, 95% of who we are becomes a set of automatic behaviours and subconscious beliefs.  The way we act and respond to situations remains the same because we have been ‘programmed’ to act that way. It’s what we have always done.

If we constantly think the same negative thoughts, we will always have the same negative experiences.

The good news is that we can change. If we make an effort to see the positive in every situation, we can influence our health in a positive way. Scientific studies on brainwaves have shown how our brains respond to calming, happy and loving thoughts and how new neural pathways are formed in the brain.

Dr Bruce Lipton, a cell biologist, showed that our thoughts cause biochemical reactions that affect every cell in our body.

By concentrating on the good in our lives, we can bring more of that into fruition. This is not to say that nothing bad ever happens. But it’s how we respond to it, that makes all the difference. Even if we are unwell or having a horrendous day, try to switch your thoughts onto the positives in your life and give gratitude for what you have.

The sun is still shining, you have a home to go to and food on the table, you have family and friends. Yes these may seem very simple things, but if you change your thoughts to something positive in a difficult situation, you change the chemicals your body is releasing.

Regular meditation, concentrating on emotions of joy, love, gratitude and happiness, over time can indeed influence the Health of your Body.

Try it and see. I’m going to!

 

With warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

References: www.operationmeditation.com, www.webmed.com, ‘Mind over Medicine’ by Dr Lissa Rankin, www.drjoedispenza.net, ‘The Biology of Belief” by Dr Bruce Lipton, https://chopra.com/articles/harness-your-mind’s-power-to-heal-and-transform

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.