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Are you ready to simplify your life?

1 Apr

simplicity imageAt the beginning of 2014, I picked a word to focus on for the year: SIMPLIFY

I often have a number of projects on the go,  I work with many different clients and I like to challenge myself personally, so often my mind can be whirring with different ideas and thoughts.   By choosing to focus on the word, simplify, I have given myself permission to focus on one thing at a time.

When we simplify, we can let go of that feeling of overwhelm which comes when our attention is scattered.

Many of the clients I see are experiencing a form of overwhelm and I know that it is a common feeling for many of us.

That is why I have chosen to focus on the theme of simplification this month in my blog posts and Tuesday Challenge videos.

This week, I am inviting you to try out the concept of uni-tasking.

You may be familiar with the idea of multi-tasking.  In fact, we are encouraged to multi-task in today’s world.  People are complimented on their ability to do more than one task at a time.  However, when we try to do many tasks at once, our attention is scattered, we can end up feeling stressed and we lose the ability to be in the moment.

In my Tuesday Challenge video this week, I encourage you to focus on one task at a time: uni-tasking.

Watch the video below and comment at the bottom of this blog post if you choose to accept the challenge.

 

Take Action:  Are you prepared to accept the Tuesday Challenge?  Pick one area of your life where you normally multi-task and experiment with uni-tasking.  Let me know how you get on, your insights and experience, by commenting below.

How to deal with feelings of stress or overwhelm

25 Mar

simplicity image Many of us have to deal with feelings of stress or overwhelm at times.  Maybe life throws us a curveball, perhaps we have a never-ending to-do list or we feel that those around us are constantly making demands on our time.

Whatever the reason, when we are stressed and overwhelmed, it can feel difficult to cope.  We might find ourselves reaching for junk food, caffeine, alcohol or drugs.  We might experience physical symptoms, such as muscular tension, headaches, low immunity or even chronic disease.  Stress and overwhelm can also impact on all areas of our lives in a negative way, for example, our relationships, health, weight, fertility and general well-being.

So, how can you cope with any feelings of stress and overwhelm you are experiencing right now?  One of the best ways I have found, for myself and my clients, is EFT (emotional freedom technique).  This simple tool can be likened to emotional acupuncture, a way of shifting and releasing any unhelpful feelings.

I often use EFT in combination with hypnotherapy to help my clients achieve powerful results.  To give you a taster of this wonderful technique, I have created a video specifically designed to help you with any feelings of stress and overwhelm.   You can watch the video below and tap along to feel calmer and more in control.

 

Please do comment below to let me know how you found this video.  If you would like to know more about how EFT can help you, get in touch to arrange an initial chat.

How to Establish a Gratitude Practice

17 Mar

Gratitude imageMost of the people who come to see me want to make some sort of change in their lives, maybe they want to lose weight, feel more confident or perhaps start a family.  This means that there is generally something they are currently unhappy with.  When we’re unhappy or dissatisfied with an element of our lives, we can get tied up with thinking about it constantly. We can start obsessing with how overweight we feel or the fact that we just can’t seem to get pregnant.  This kind of thinking can easily turn into a downward spiral and it can be difficult to see a way out.

When we’re thinking unhappy, fed-up thoughts, we tend to get more unhappy and more fed-up – it’s the way our minds operate!  So, I work with my clients to break that negative cycle and encourage them to start focusing on what they are happy with, to adopt an attitude of gratitude.  Maybe you’re not particularly happy with your body at the moment, but what are you grateful for in your life?  Perhaps you have a wonderful, supportive partner, or children who inspire you to be healthier?  How about all of the qualities you have that can help you on your way – your organisational skills, the way you motivate others, your attention to detail?  These are all things you can be grateful for and when we start to focus on feeling grateful, we automatically start to feel good!

Have you ever noticed that when you feel good, life is so much easier? You have more energy, you can get things done and everything seems more enjoyable.  Well, by adopting an attitude to gratitude, you will be creating a shift in your mindset which makes it far easier to get what you want.

This week, my regular Tuesday Challenge video focuses on how to establish a regular gratitude practice.  Watch the video below and let me know how you are going to make gratitude a part of your everyday life by commenting at the bottom of this post.

5 Ways to Love Your Body

11 Mar

 

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I am on a mission; a mission to help women love and appreciate their beautiful and miraculous bodies!

Often as women we can be critical about the way we look or the way we feel. We focus on what we don’t like about our bodies and strive to be different, rather than appreciating what we already have.

The fact is that when we are constantly focusing on our perceived imperfections, we feel pretty awful (and it’s difficult to make any sort of positive change when you’re feeling awful!)

So, here are my top five tips to put a spark back into the relationship you have with your body.

1) Show some appreciation

I invite you to start noticing any aspects of your body that you do appreciate. What parts of your body do you like? Maybe it’s your luscious locks? Your smooth skin? Or that twinkle in your eyes?

What parts of your body serve you well? Maybe you have skillful hands? Or dancing feet? Perhaps it’s your sensitive taste buds that help you to be an amazing cook?

Think about how your body has been with you over the years. Your arms that have hugged your loved ones. Maybe your body has given you children? Perhaps part of you has healed from an operation or injury?

Once you open the door of appreciation, you will notice more and more things that you love about your body.

2) Watch your self-talk

The way we think and speak about our own bodies can be downright mean! Maybe you look in the mirror and think how awful you look? Perhaps you are always telling your partner or friends how much you hate a particular part of yourself? Maybe you are running a constant stream of self-criticism in your mind?

The fact is, we get to choose our thoughts and we certainly get to choose the words we say. So, make a commitment now to think and speak about yourself in a more compassionate way. Notice your self-talk and if you find yourself being negative about yourself, just say ‘Stop!’ in your mind and decide to think something more supportive.

3) Eat mindfully

I wonder if you find you are often grabbing food on-the-go, eating whilst doing something else at the same time and not noticing what you are putting into your mouth.

When we eat in this rushed, mindless way, we are not being kind to our bodies. We can end up eating food which doesn’t nourish us, over-eating and not appreciating the the food we are consuming.

When we eat mindfully, we eat more lovingly. The idea is to eat more slowly, without doing anything else at the same time and take time to savour and enjoy every mouthful. To find out more, take a look at a more in-depth article I wrote about mindful eating last year.

4) Move joyfully

We all know that exercise has many benefits, but many of us struggle with making it a part of regular routine. If you find that working-out is low on your list of priorities, start to look at exercise in a different way.

Think about ways of moving your body that feel good. Don’t restrict yourself to going to the gym if that doesn’t do it for you. What do you enjoy doing? Be open to new possibilities.

You might love dancing, gardening, walking your dog or swimming in the sea. Choose to exercise in a way that lights you up. When you pick something you enjoy, you’re much more likely to stick to it (and your body will thank you for this!)

5) Make self-care a priority

Finally, think about ways you can show your body some love. Self-care is another area that can find itself at the bottom of a long list of priorities, however it is vital.

What could you do today to be kind to your body? It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Maybe you could drink more water, get outside for a walk, relax with a candle-lit bubble bath, give your feet a massage, or do your nails.

There are many simple ways of showing your body you care. Commit to making self-care a priority and notice how it starts to change the way you think about your body.

When you begin to work with all five of these tips, you will notice a profound shift in the way you feel about yourself and your marvellous, magical body. If this article has struck a chord and you would like to benefit from Love Your Bodysome more loving suggestions, download a free copy of my new ebook, ‘Love Your Body‘.

This article first appeared in Smart Healthy Women magazine.

 

Could a Negativity Diet Help You?

25 Feb

Each week I send out a  Tuesday Challenge and this week I am inviting you to take part.

I am challenging you to put yourself on a Negativity Diet for the next seven days.  What do I mean by this?  The idea is to reduce (or eliminate completely!) negativity from your life.   You can do this by:

  • Not being drawn into negative, gossipy conversations with others.
  • Not grumbling or complaining about yourself, your situation or the people around you.
  • Watching your thoughts and noticing those times when you are critical about yourself. (When you notice your thinking, you can change it.)
  • Commiting to not putting negative status updates or comments on Facebook, or other social media.
  • Being aware of the information you are taking in through TV, newspapers and magazines and choosing to focus on the positive.

Why should you do this?  Well, the fact is that whatever you put out into the world, through your words, thoughts and interactions, you get more of that back.  So, if you are putting a lot of negativity out there, then you will get a whole load of negativity back (and I’m sure you don’t want that!)

If you choose to put more positivity and support out into the world, then guess what?  You will get a lot more positivity and support coming back to you.

Watch the video below for more details of the challenge and commit to taking part by posting in the comments below.   Let’s spread some positive vibes this week!

 

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