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5 Steps to Finding your Zen in the ‘Silly’ Season

As the silly season hits us at a lightening speed life undoubtedly becomes chaotic, what with shopping for gifts, end of year school productions, office parties and the like and as Murphy’s law has it, your child will run in at the eleventh hour in an absolute panic because they don’t have a gift for their new bff…….

‘Oh dear, I (insert expletive here) forgot!’ you think to yourself. Inevitably a late night dash to the shops follows…….

All of this extra ‘Merry’ Season activity can add more to the load of our already crazy busy schedules resulting in extra stress and fatigue.

One of the ways we can reduce stress and find some inner calm is through the age-old art of meditation. Meditation has proven health benefits, such as:

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Improves immune system
  • Improves breathing and heart rate
  • Increases energy levels
  • Increases mental clarity and memory
  • Improves mood…..

just to name a few.

Not sure where to start……..no worries here are 5 simple steps to get you going.

5 Simple Steps to Meditation

  1. Find a quiet place with no distractions
  2. If you’re usually active, try just sitting for 5 minutes at a time to get your body used to not doing anything.
  3. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing
  4. Take a few deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth
  5. Let any thoughts float away without paying attention to them

Try doing this for 10 minutes a day, it will get easier the more you do it and then you can increase the time.  If you are finding that it is difficult to shut off the mind chatter, try lighting a candle and focusing on the flame while breathing.  You’ll find in no time that you will be getting through your day with more flow and you will be able to cope more easily in times of stress.

So here’s wishing you a happy and more calmer Christmas xx

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5 Tips to De-clutter Your Mind

Well spring is finally here in all it’s glory! About time too…….I don’t know about you but I’m well and truly over the jeans and woollies.   Time to get those razors out and show a bit of leg……. Don’t you love just sitting outside with the suns rays just beaming on your back?

 

I’m definitely not a winter person. In fact I tend to hibernate, indulge in some comfort food, and sit on the lounge wrapped in a blanket with a nice cup of tea…….I would stay there all winter if I could. But there’s something about Spring that makes you feel more alive, more vibrant and ready to take on the world!

 

Traditionally Spring is associated with renewal, birth and Spring cleaning – getting rid of all that stuff that we have accumulated over time that has been clogging our space. We often spend a lot of time de-cluttering our wardrobes and our environment but how many of us allocate time to de-cluttering our minds?

 

Mental clutter can wreak havoc in our day-to-day lives, where we become forgetful, distracted, unfocused, even stressed and fatigued; Taking us away from the present moment and joy of life.

 

Here are 5 ways you can begin to de-clutter your mind:

  1. Create a daily list

By creating a list we can clearly see what needs to be done. You can take this a step further by diarising jobs and assigning a time frame for them to be completed.

  1. Have a notebook handy

So you can write down things that come to mind or ideas that you may have. That way you are not trying to carry it all in your head.

  1. Take time to meditate

Meditation is a great way to relax and clear your mind plus it also has heaps of health benefits; this will help you maintain ease and flow in your day.

  1. Attend to things as they come in

When we are busy we tend to put things in the ‘later’ or the ‘too hard’ basket. When we don’t deal with things straight away they tend to float around in the back of our minds, which causes stress, as it’s another thing that we are thinking about.

  1. Let go

There’s no point in worrying about things. Worry drains us of our energy and keeps us stuck. If it’s not serving you, let it go!

 

7 Secrets to Loving Your Self

 

Do you Love yourself?

Recently I had a somewhat intense Reiki session which had me in touch with some deep emotional feelings from my child hood which dare I say had me in a blubbering mess……as a result some significant healing took place. At the end of the session I was told (from a place of love and respect) to love myself……….Over the years through my personal and spiritual development this message has become more and more prevalent.  The great inspirers of our time such as Oprah, Louise Hays, and the late Wayne Dyer all talk about self love, in fact everyone and his dog is talking about it.  But what is self love? And more to the point, how do we love ourselves?

Where it begins

As a child I learnt that it was not ok to blow your own trumpet. Thinking of your own needs was considered selfish and admiration in one self was being self absorbed. In fact these actions were considered rude and arrogant. As I emerged from adolescence into adulthood I never really thought about the importance of self love, I just got on with life and did my thing. As my journey progressed into motherhood I devoted much of my time and energy to my family often putting my own needs at the bottom of the list……..I have realized over the years that as women and mothers, this is what we often do. We seem to have this inbuilt genetic trait as nurturers and in doing so we are usually so busy taking care not only of our family but everything else that goes on day to day, that there is no time for us, and the fact of the matter is that by the end of the day we are just too exhausted to care!

So what is self Love?

According to Mr. Google self love is regard for one’s own well being and happiness…..I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us do have concern for our own well being and happiness but do we make it a priority and do we actually love ourselves?  If you’re a momma, like most mums (present company included) your family’s well being and happiness probably ranks the top of the priority list.  I’m guessing your heart explodes with love; compassion and empathy for your kids and you let them know it at ever chance you get. So how often do you do that for yourself?  How many times a day do you say to yourself ‘I love you’?  When you don’t reach the lofty expectations that you have set yourself do you show yourself compassion or do you berate yourself??? When I think of self love I think about having a bath, a pedicure, a massage you know those physical things that we like to reward ourselves with. This is a great start.  But self love is so much more than that………..it’s about self acceptance, liking who we are (warts n all);  Being able to stand in front of the mirror in all our glory (ok, butt naked) and love the sexy, sensual woman staring back at us.  It’s about setting boundaries and taking care of our emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.  It’s about giving ourselves the same compassion, kindness and respect that we so willingly give to others. So how do we embark on this journey of self love?  Below I share some secrets to get you started.

7 Secrets to loving your self

  1. Give to you 1st, make yourself a priority – Remember the safety instructions when taking a flight? Put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping others. If you don’t take care of you and you keep on giving there will be nothing left of you to give.
  2. Set aside time for yourself every day – This gives you time to catch your breath and slow down. An hour is great but if this is not manageable aim for 10 minute increments throughout the day and then gradually build up to an hour.,
  3. Make good choices for your wellbeing – Choose foods that fuel your body, get more sleep and find ways to reduce stress.
  4. Ask for help when you need it – If you’re an independent kinda girl then the word ‘help’ just isn’t in your vocabulary. Just like you, even super heroes need help from time to time.
  5. Learn the art of saying ‘No’ – Our generous, giving nature means we often won’t say no and end up pilling more stuff on to our to do list, bringing on the feeling of overwhelm.
  6. Acknowledge what you do and what you’ve achieved – Recognize the things you do each day no matter how small and give yourself a pat on the back.
  7. Look in the mirror and say ‘I love you’ – this will feel uncomfortable at first, but stick with it, you’ll be amazed at the change.

          But most of all be kind and gentle you deserve it, you are an amazing human being! xx