Wednesday, 13 July 2016
If you’ve just experienced that horrific realisation that you go on holiday in a month and are having those ‘where is the svelte figure I promised myself’ thoughts then panic not.
There’s still time to turn your bad habits around and install a better mind-set so that you can enjoy your holiday and return with a clear focus for the remainder of the year.
Days 1 – 6
Turn to your trusty journal and note everything down. Write down all the times you reach for the biscuit tin, or smuggle a Mars bar under your t-shirt so the kids don’t spot it. While you’re at it, jot down how you were feeling at the time (angry, upset, etc.) and the time of day. By doing this, it helps to give you an insight into your activities and the behaviour associated with each act/habit.
Days 7 – 12
Without an action plan then our changes will fall apart. Nothing in your life will change unless you put in the work – every day. Doing a daily act towards your chosen goal is the only way to succeed in setting up new, healthy habits.
Days 13 – 18
Don’t, under any circumstances, think that you can change a lifetime of bad habits overnight – this is like going ‘cold turkey’ and would be detrimental to your wellbeing. Instead, try replacing a bad habit with a good one. For example, do you reach for the wine at 6 o’clock on a Friday out of habit? Try replacing the wine with a meditation class, or a walk around the block. An alternative plan to doing things differently – serve your meals on a smaller plate, use a smaller wine glass, etc. This process is an easy way to change existing habits.
Days 19 – 24
Grab yourself a ‘buddy’. Whether it’s someone to weigh in with, go for a walk with, or someone who will keep you accountable to your action plan – having a friend or family member as your support team can work wonders.
Days 25 – 30
One month is a relatively short time to make a change, but even if you use this 30-day plan as a starting point, it will help you to make better choices.
Habits are tricky suckers as some of our bad ones may have been installed at a very young age. Don’t try to change too much, too soon and don’t give up. If it’s worth doing, then it’s worth spending the appropriate time to get it right.
Believe that you can make those changes and start to action it today.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
If you scroll down any social media feed you will find an abundance of memes with a variety of quotes – some are inspirational, some humorous, and some are very thought provoking.
I share quite a few of these on my Resolution Challenge Facebook page. Not because it fits my personal needs – although, some days these affirmations have been spot on! – I share them in the hope that they’ll help someone else.
When I ran my holistic health business, my clients were always at the forefront of my mind. If I read an inspiring article, I would save it as I knew it might resonate with one of my ladies. When I heard about a new meditation class or spiritual workshop, I would forward the details to the people I knew would enjoy these events.
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Why change the habit of a lifetime? I have no idea who said that, but it has certainly resonated with me over the years. Why indeed? Our poor brain categorises our actions as habits so that we don’t end up with mental fatigue. Having to make constant decisions depletes our energy and it’s, therefore, a welcome relief if there are habits in place to make that decision making easier.
But what if you really want to change a habit? Maybe it’s a bad habit that makes you feel guilty or sad, or perhaps you want to create a good habit and have it stick as a regular in your life. How on earth do you go about this?
I joined a gym yesterday. Don’t panic; I will NOT be clambering on any rowing machines or sprinting down a treadmill anytime soon. I joined so that I could utilise their swimming pool and abundance of yoga and Pilates classes (the added bonus of a coffee shop swung the deal!). I want to create a good, healthy habit in my daily life and meet like-minded people.
Thursday, 26 May 2016
#BookReview Moon Wisdom by Heather Roan Robbins
Author: Heather Roan Robbins
Category: Mind, Body, Spirit/Astrology
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
For the past couple of years, I have convinced myself that my emotions and overall mood has been linked to the moon cycle. After being diagnosed with severe depression last year I monitor my state of mind on a regular basis and try not to overwhelm myself with too many activities. I noticed that there were certain times of the month when I felt much lower than other times.
I decided to investigate this further and found Heather Roan Robbins’ book, Moon Wisdom, about transforming your life using the moon’s signs and cycles.
Heather explains how the moon sets the tone of the day and that it changes signs every two and a third days. By knowing where the moon is on any given day, you get a snapshot of the mood and general attitude for any particular day.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
We’ve all experienced those days or weeks that wipe us out.
As we become bogged down by work, family life and a hectic social scene, we may begin to forget certain things such as a friend’s birthday or to cancel a hair appointment. Neither of these scenarios are life threatening and certainly shouldn’t tip us over the edge, but when we take too much on, the cracks begin to show.
There have been many books and articles written on the benefits of a certain amount of stress in our lives. It can keep us on our toes, motivated to succeed and help us focus on an important task.
However, regardless of whether we believe that stress is good or bad, it can still have a detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing.
When we deal with an excessively stressful situation our body produces adrenaline and cortisol to help us deal with the threat – this is our fight or flight response.
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Week 5: Learn to let go.
Last time we looked at how self-love must start on the inside, you can read that post HERE. Today I want to talk about letting go of old emotions.
I’m one of the world’s worst for holding on to things from my past. I’ll admit that I’m getting better with age, and having a background in holistic health has certainly steered me down the right route, however, when our past is still impacting on our present then something needs to be done.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will have spotted the occasional post about my invisible illness and subsequent depression and anxiety. These are ongoing issues that I deal with in a variety of ways. Yesterday, for instance, I had my first EMMETT treatment, and it blew me away.
Today, I have woken up feeling human again – it’s been two years since I felt ‘normal.' A recurring theme that came up during my treatment was the tension in my neck, shoulders, and back (represents support issues). As a single parent to three teenage children, I guess it’s inevitable that I can feel unsupported on a day-to-day basis.
I’m sure many of you can recall a time when you tried to either ‘fix’ a friend or relative instead of sorting out your own health/emotional issues. I’m great in a crisis and can advise anyone on the perfect course of action, but if I need to turn that support around, I’m often unable to help myself.
The illness and depression have taught me to abandon any hope of being in control. It’s a doomed mission! Instead, I choose to be positive no matter what is thrown at me, and do you know what happens when I take this attitude? I started the process of healing.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
I've been blogging for three years now and I love it! I write this blog as well as a book/writing related blog over on Word Press - you can find it HERE.
The blogging and writing community is fabulous, and I’ve made many new friends through sharing, interacting and commenting on the incredible blogs that are out there.
To celebrate the best bloggers around, Sacha Black and her awesome team launched the Annual Blogger Bash back in 2015, and I’ve very pleased to say that it’s returning this year and looks to be bigger and better than before.