Meditation for my sanity

My journey with meditation has been a long one, and one that I wish I could say I sit down and do religiously every day for 20 minutes. But I don’t. I started meditating about 10 years ago, pretty much the same time I started learning more about alternative therapies. I found that through meditation I got a lot of clarity about different ideas, I found a place of stillness, and a way to connect with my spiritual side.

Now I try to meditate a few times a week, and I like to switch between guided meditations, or focusing on breath and clearing my mind of thoughts. The guided meditations that I use are on the Hay House Meditation Podcast.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/hay-house-meditations/id955266444?mt=2

There are so many to choose from depending on what you fancy working on at that time. Relaxation before sleep, chakra clearing, regression, grounding etc. They are all under half an hour and take you on a journey of connecting with yourself. When I first started all that I used were guided meditations as I found that was the most easiest to learn how to clear my mind, and learn how to become aware of my energetic body, and most importantly how to ground myself.

Meditating just by focusing on the breath can be very powerful. Think about all the women who only use the power of breath to endure labour and birth. It really is a powerful tool, that if done correctly can transform your body. Instead of shallow breathing into the top of your chest you want to inhale deeply down into your belly so that as you inhale your belly expands. This is done slowly over the count of 4, then pause before you exhale for another count of 4. As you start to slow your breathing down, you will probably be able to increase your count. Once you are thinking about your breathing it’s hard to start letting other thoughts into your mind.

Starting my day with meditation puts me in a good, positive head space for the rest of the day. Sometimes I like to repeat positive mantras to myself, this is a great way of sending yourself some self- love. Ending the day with a meditation can be a lovely way to relax before falling asleep, and generally if I start a meditation in bed at night, I don’t finish it because it just sends me to sleep. But an evening meditation to clear yourself of any negativity of the day, and being grateful for the positive things is a nice way to end the day.

There are many different modalities of meditation out there for you to try, so find something that works for you and that you’re comfortable with, starting off with just a few minutes a day. I prefer doing it sat at home, others prefer being out in nature, in a yoga class, or in a group space learning mindfulness. Whichever way suits you, you can still reap all the benefits of the peacefulness and hopefully keep your own sanity intact!

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Loving yourself this Valentines Day

Let’s leave the valentines romance on the shelf and focus on a bit of self-love this week. How often do you have a date with yourself? Take time out for you, to do something that you love? I would hope the answer is regularly, but I suspect it’s more than likely to be something that rarely happens. Just like you would pencil in a date in the diary, pencil your me time in as-well. That way, it’s more likely to happen, you can arrange childcare, your work or whatever it is and make yourself a priority. If you can’t prioritise you, no one else will!

Start searching for a workshop, a book club, a yoga class, a craft club, book a treatment, or go out for a coffee.  Just book in something regularly for once a month just for you. Then break it down into something small once a week. Spend an evening reading the book you’ve wanted to start for ages, or listen to a new podcast. Have the soak in the bath. Just some space where you can have some peace, recharge your batteries and focus on making yourself happy in that moment.

I’m suggesting this because the more we go out of our way to make time for ourselves, to treat ourselves, and make new social circles, all empowers us in different ways and takes us on a journey of self -discovery. The more joy you can find in small things in your life, brings you more confidence to try new things, meet new people, form new friendships and attract more love, for yourself and others.

Love has a ripple effect, the more love you have for yourself the more it reaches others around you, you attract more positivity back, once you shift your vibration onto a loving one, life changing moments can happen. I appreciate this isn’t feasible 24/7 but as often as you can consciously try to make a decision to react and just be, in a loving state of mind.

This Valentine’s day, don’t get caught up in the hype, whether you are in a relationship or not, make the focus on you, and treating yourself in a kind and loving manner.

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Natural Remedy Winter Tool Kit

Do you have a Winter health tool kit? My household was hit with the flu over Christmas and it made me think about putting together a winter tool kit. Firstly, we try natural remedies and when that needs an extra boost I will resort to Night Nurse! Some natural remedies that we tried whilst we were ill that you might find beneficial are:

  • Steaming. You just need a bowl of hot water or a saucepan full of herbal tea leaves and a towel over your head. Then you just breathe in nice and deeply and start to feel your airways open. If your sinuses are blocked then try to inhale through your nose the best that you can, after a few minutes it will get easier.  If your suffering with a sore throat breathe in through your mouth.
  • Herbal Tea, my partner is great at concocting various anti-inflammatory teas, and immune boosting teas, so get creative in the kitchen, or just buy some nice soothing herbal teas to keep you hydrated.  A warm tea is nice and soothing.
  • Vitamin C, increase your vitamin C intake. Fruits with the highest vitamin C are: Canteloupe, Citrus fruits, Mango, Papaya, Pineapple and berries. Time to get the blender out and make some fruit smoothies.
  • Salt. This is great if you have a sore throat, just add some salt to warm water and gargle a few times a day, it keeps the natural PH in your throat and mouth balanced stops unwanted bacteria staying in your mouth.
  • Epsom Salt Bath, this will relax your achy muscles and the Epsom salts pull out toxins that your body is holding onto, drink water after the bath to rehydrate.
  • Hydration, drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins in your system and to help your body regulate properly, you want the virus to work its way out of your body.
  • Echinacea, boosts the immune system, and its best to start taking the drops the second you feel an illness brewing. It’s a herbal remedy used for colds, flu, and upper respiratory tract conditions. I’ve been using this for years, and swear by it during the winter to ward off colds.
  • Rest and get as much sleep as possible, this is when your body recovers the most.

 

 

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De-clutter your life

I don’t know what it is about decluttering, but I love it, I love how it makes me feel, it’s such a cleansing process for me, and I feel great once it’s done. I do it quite often at least every 6 months, sometimes just my clothes or one room. But I started off the year with 1 week off before going back to work, and I had already mentally planned that, week would be spent clearing unwanted things out of the entire flat and re-organising what was left.

I wish I had taken some before pictures so that I had something to compare it too. Clothes needed sorting and refolding, the bookcase needed stripping because apparently it was to be used for all things other than books! The kitchen cupboards, don’t get me started on the state of those! It’s one of those things that living in a small flat you must stay on top of all the time and I don’t, so this is my need to blitz everything occasionally.

I really enjoy the process of creating more space, and to see how effectively I can reorganise something, thank goodness for Pinterest inspiration!! I enjoy taking things to the charity shop in the hope that someone else can get some joy out of what I’m not using. I love having less stuff and I can be ruthless with myself when I comes to getting rid of things. Apart from a few sentimental keepsakes it really bothers me how much I’m surrounded by material possessions, don’t’ get me wrong I do love my creature comforts and technology it’s the increase of other stuff that bothers me.

This has backfired a couple of times in one of my many clear-outs, when my partner has looked for something in the kitchen that he uses and unfortunately (it went missing!!!) Or there have been a couple of items of clothing that I had wished I had kept.

I don’t go all KonMari Method, although I do like how she folds clothes, so I gave that a go. That was amazing for freeing up drawer space, I highly recommend it, I just didn’t wait to see if the clothes wanted to speak to me, there was no time for that I had the other rooms to crack on with.

The plus side of this reorganising was an evening trip to Ikea. I love an Ikea trip, how many more candles or cooking utensils does one suddenly need on a Tuesday night. But because I was purging I resisted for once, we did however buy just what we needed.

By the end of the week I felt lighter, the energy was lighter, I felt mentally better, and the whole place looked tidier and well organised. It’s amazing how powerful it can be just to rearrange your living space and have a jolly good clear out. Why don’t you take a look around your room now and see what you can mentally list in 60 seconds that could go to a new home.

As well as the physical objects I think we can declutter lots of areas of our life, anything that isn’t bringing us joy any more should go. Emotions, feelings & experiences that we are holding onto that don’t serve us purpose now should be released to make room for things that make us happy.

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Reaching your personal goals

I’m having a very motivating January and I put that down to my goal setting at the start of the year. I’ve not bothered with unrealistic new years resolutions for a long time, instead this year I sat down and wrote down exactly what I wanted from life. I firmly believe that if we set small, realistic goals that are achievable we can accomplish great things

The way I work best is with various planners, notebooks, diaries and apps. It all seems to have doubled this year, but that’s ok, I’m putting what I have to good use. I’m a planner person, If I actually, have to take the time to write something down it gives it more meaning, and I’m more likely to follow through with it and in turn it makes me happier. My life planner has my personal goals written down inside, my marketing planner is all my business goals and ideas and my new fitness app has my nutrition and workouts scheduled. “Failing to plan, is planning to fail”, this is my new motto this year, and so far so good!

The best way that I have found to set goals is write down what it is you want to achieve and then break that down into smaller manageable steps, this way you can clearly see what it is you need to do to get there. The key to this is in the details, you need to be crystal clear about what you want, why, and how. Write down as many specific details as you can, this is going to make it easier to work towards and sometimes the universe can have a part to play about what comes your way. By being specific I mean putting a date as to when you want to reach, or receive something, write down on a blank cheque exactly how much money you’d like to receive this year, (don’t forget to date it!) Write down the exact number of lbs on the scale you want to lose, don’t be wishy washy and vague otherwise you have nothing to focus, and you need to stay focused.

You want to put as much energy into writing your goals list as possible, this sends positive energy out in a ripple effect and it can be surprising how much positivity you attract back. Another good tool to remain focused on the outcome is to create a vision board. This is a fun activity that you can get really creative. All you need is a piece of paper or card, some magazines to chop up, scissor, glue and stickers, pens etc if you really want to get stuck into it.

Just like going through the toy catalogue when you were a kid, go through the magazines and cut out pictures of what you would like in your life. I think with a vision board it’s good to dream big alongside your achievable goals. Stick on the fancy house, or posh car if that’s what you really want, have fun with it, but ultimately let it reflect what you’d like to attract, and let the magic happen.

So today find time to focus on what’s important to you, or go back over your list and be more specific.

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Castor Oil Womb Packs

Something that I have been regularly doing this year and I think that all women who suffer with heavy painful periods, trying to conceive, or fertility issues should do is castor oil womb packs. This is something that is really simple to do to improve your reproductive health and it’s actually really relaxing and feels incredibly soothing and nurturing.

THE BENEFITS OF CASTOR OIL PACKS

1. Increases Circulation

Castor oil stimulates the circulatory system, fresh oxygenated blood flows through the abdomen to the reproductive organs, which helps them to function properly. By increasing the blood supply it can help dissolve any scar tissue or damage from previous healing such as adhesions which can cause blockages around the ovaries and Fallopian tubes.

2. Boosts the Immune system.

Who doesn’t benefit from an immune boost every so often? The womb pack stimulates the lymphatic system around the reproductive area, which helps to remove waste product, cleanse and heal the ovaries, uterus and Fallopian tubes of any damage.

3.Detoxification & Reduced Inflammation

If the castor oil pack is placed over the liver this can be a great way to cleanse the liver, by increasing the blood circulation to the liver it in turns improves liver function. A good functioning liver is vital to remove hormones, drugs, and waste from the system. A sluggish lymphatic system can result in inflammation in the body. Inflammatory issues which show up in the reproductive system can be ovarian cysts, fibroids, and blocked Fallopian tubes. A castor oil pack is a great natural way to reduce inflammation and reduce the pain if your periods are painful.

4. Stress reduction

The action of taking 30-45 mins out of your day to actually lie down and do the castor oil pack can help in reducing your stress.  For that time period you are going to relax, and be focused on yourself. It’s a good time for positive affirmations to yourself, or meditation, or even to enjoy a good book.

HOW TO MAKE A CASTOR OIL PACK.

You need a few things, castor oil, I found the pukka brand in my local Holland and Barret store.

a hot water bottle, clingfilm, plastic container, flannel, bath towel, tissue/wet wipes (it gets greasy!)

soak a flannel in some of the castor oil, so that its saturated but not dripping. You will use the plastic container to store it in afterwards don’t wash it, just top it up each time with some more oil.

Get everything together, I like to do it in bed the duvet makes it cosier.  Place the soaked flannel over your lower abdomen just under your belly button to your pubic line. Place a large piece of cling film over the top to stop any oil escaping. Next put one half of the towel over the cling film then the hot water bottle and then the other half of the towel. You can also put a blanket or duvet on top of the towel to generate more heat. 

Thats its, lie back and relax for about 45 minutes.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU DO A CASTOR OIL PACK?

Its soothing to do on the first or second day of your period. If your not trying to conceive you can do it throughout your cycle up to 3 times a week.

However if you are trying to conceive you should only do it during the first 2 weeks of your cycle from the start of your menstruation until you ovulate. After that you should stop incase you are pregnant.

 

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Kikki K planner review

This is slightly off topic for me, but I want to share my love of Kikki K products. I recently purchased their gorgeous baby blue large planner, as I’m a list and organiser type person. I LOVE IT.

Firstly it wasn’t a whim  buy, I took a long time to choose what I thought would be ideal for me, and I have never spent that much on a diary or organiser before, so it had to be right. Secondly I love the Kikki K store in Kingston, London. It’s big, bright, tidy, organised, super friendly staff on all the occasions that I’ve ventured inside, and it just feels classy.

Once deciding on the size it came down to zip or popper, and blue or pink & grey. I loved the pink and grey zipped one, but I thought the opened sides gave it more flexibility to stick more stuff inside! And the large popper planner was  plain baby pink which isn’t “me” so I opted for the blue one, and I’m happy with my choice.

It works as a full life planner for me, I’m a self employed complementary therapist so I have designed my own work diary section, and use the kikki k one as a personal diary alongside my working week, which is what I’ve found works well for me. I can see both at once which is handy for when I’m booking in clients.

I am able to input all my business expenses, monthly turnover, and tax information in one section to keep on top of it all, and look at it regularly rather then filled away and ignored! And use the other tabs for personal expenses, new projects, anniversaries etc.

I feel much more organised using it, I stick a to do list at the beginning of every week, anything that wasn’t  done the week before gets transferred over and I can keep on top of things.

I bought the sticker pack to enable me to design my own tab pages and make it unique, and I also bought 5 clear envelopes to stick random bits of paper, receipts, and cut outs in.

Its been nice to grab just planner and my iPad, and go and sit in a cafe, enjoy a coffee and get some paperwork done, knowing everything that I need is all in one place. Win win for me!

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EXCITING NEW WORKSHOP FOR 2018

 

 

So I have exciting news to share with you all today.

I’ve collaborated with Life Coach Lois English to create a new community called Loving Alchemy.this is an exciting new venture where we can both blend our talents to create an environment where women can come together to transform their lives to their best potential. Through workshop and women’s evenings

In January 2018 we are set to bring you a 2.5 hour workshop on creating your vision for 2018.

Are you repeating patterns of behaviour time after time? Feel stuck in certain areas of your life? Know that you want to move forward but are unsure of where to start?

This is not going by to be another “set your New Years resolution lecture”. This is going to be a fun, relaxed, practical & creative workshop for women to lay the foundations for future success. We will focuse on helping you to realise your strengths, prioritise what you want from life, create action and review 2017. We will also be doing guided meditations to release old habits, and visualise your ideal life.
We will be finishing off by creating a vision board, which for those of you who haven’t made one before, it’s a fun creative activity that you take home with you to use as a visual tool in attracting more of what you want into your life, and to focus your intention on.

Venue is: The Heart, Twickenham. Saturday 20th January, 10.00-12.30
Spaces are limited so don’t miss out

For more details about Loving Alchemy and to stay up to date with our events  and how to buy tickets please follow the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1880791321950614??ti=

 

To to find out more about Lois and her Life Coaching services here is her website

http://www.loisenglish-lifecoach.com/

 

 

 

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new sleep safe during pregnancy campaign

I wanted to share the new campaign launched by Tommys, to help support you pregnant ladies.  New research suggests that sleeping on your back in the third trimester can potentially cause still birth.

if something so simple such as lying on your side could prevent that devasting outcome then share this with someone you know who is pregnant.

This is the link to the website.

https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/sleep-side-pregnancy-campaign

 

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Twickenham pamper evening events.

LADIES TREAT YOURSELVES!

November has turned into the month of ladies pamper evenings, which is going to be great fun!

The first date for your diary is  November 12th, in St Mary’s Church Hall in Twickenham.

Tickets are £5 and available by following the link below. I will be offering reflexology taster treatments, alongside lots of other lovely therapies.

http://www.clairegjewellery.co.uk/store/product/november-pamper-evening

 

The second event that will be attending to offer reflexology treatments is Homelink Day Respite Center ladies pamper evening. This is a fundraising event for the Center.

This is on November 18th 7-10pm in Whitton.

Tickets are £5.00

 

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