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Stop & look up

How often do we just stop and look up or at the world around us? We seem to be so set on the next task or the next place to go that we forget to enjoy the moment and the place we are in. Looking up gives me a sense of perspective, whether it’s the wide open skies, a fascinating building I’ve not noticed before or even a plane flying over. I don’t know whether it’s what I see or just the stopping that brings that perspective but no need to overthink it. So today why don’t you take a moment to just stop and look up, it might just work for you too.


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Lymphatic System - keep it moving

The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system. Made up of vessels, nodes and organs, it is the body’s detoxifying network that removes excess fluid, toxins and waste from virtually all cells in the body. The lymph nodes filter the lymph fluid and produce antibodies to fight and destroy bacteria, damaged or harmful cells.

However, the lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump so relies on the contraction of muscles from movement, deep breathing, blood pressure and temperature to push the lymph fluid around the system through the lymph nodes and recirculate it back into the bloodstream.

Tiredness, infection, stress, lack of exercise and/or dehydration can cause the lymphatic system to become sluggish or blocked. This may lead to tissue swelling and the accumulation of toxins would prevent cells from functioning effectively leading to issues with metabolism and infections.

To help the lymphatic system operate at its full potential we need to keep moving. Regular exercise and keeping hydrated is something we can all fit into our daily routine, alternating our coffee/tea with a glass of water, taking the stairs instead of using a lift or escalator. Massage and dry brushing also help to keep this vital system working & keeping us well. Bouncing on a rebounder or mini trampoline is apparently very effective at getting your lymph fluid moving too.

So do your whole body a favour & keep moving.


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The Effects of Stress

When faced with a crisis, our body sets off a chain of chemical reactions to enable us to deal with the situation. However if our fight or flight response is continually activated it can overwhelm the mind and body resulting in irritability, headaches, raised blood pressure, digestive problems &/or muscle tension. Long term stress can be an underlying cause of more serious conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, eating disorders, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression & anxiety.

We live in a fast-paced, competitive world where a tip in the balance caused by overwork, concerns over finances, relationship issues, increased responsibilities, bereavement or just trying to keep up with it all, can create chronic stress. HSE statistics show that during 2015/16, 45% of all work day lost to ill health were down to work related stress. Even happy events like an impending house move, new baby or wedding can increase our stress levels.

So, what can you do?

Identify & tackle the cause of your stress
It may sound obvious but a happy event that is causing stress may be overlooked.
If you feel overloaded, consider delegating tasks? Talk to someone.
Step away from your desk if work is an issue. Use your lunchbreak to take a walk outside, the break will make you more productive in tackling the workload on your return.
Make a list of tasks then prioritise them.

Take time out
Take time for yourself to relax with a good book, take a trip out or try a new hobby.
Meditation has been shown to reduce stress so download a mindfulness/meditation app to your phone (there are several free ones) & listen to it.
Studies indicate that exercise improves your mental health so get outside for a walk or a run, take a yoga class or go for a swim, find an activity you enjoy.

Its all about Balance
We are all unique so try a few things to find what works for you. The key is relaxation to help restore your body’s natural balance to enable you to cope with stressful situations. Balancing work and home commitments with time to do the things you enjoy is vital.

Seek help from your GP if self-help doesn’t relieve the situation.

Useful resources:
NHS Stress
Mental Health Foundation Stress


Reiki

I want to share this article with you, written by Katrina Clark on the ReikiRays.com website.

Its sentiment resonated with me & reflects how I feel about Reiki. I believe Reiki is within all of us, is accessible to everyone and more importantly is hugely beneficial to us all.

So if you're curious about Reiki take a look at the article by clicking on the link below.

ReikiRays website


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Hydration

Are you getting enough water?

I always ask my clients this question.

Lots of us don't drink anywhere near the amount recommended by the European Food Safety Authority, which is at least 1.6 litres for women & 2 litres for men a day.

Water helps the body to flush out toxins, aid digestion, in fact, the body needs water to function properly.

Studies show that dehydration impairs our concentration, adversely affects our mood, our energy levels and causes headaches.

So if you're feeling sluggish, check how much water you've drunk or just drink a glass of water.



Meditation? So how do I fit that in?

Ironic that those who really need to take time out to relax are the ones who can't fit it in? I'm sure all of us have put something off because we didn't have time or didn’t think we had the time.

Much has been published about using meditation to calm our minds, make us more productive & happier but when are you going to fit it in? The last thing you need is something else to beat yourself up about not doing!

I thought the same & when I did try to meditate I found I couldn't settle or concentrate. I thought I had to clear my mind & I just couldn't.

So instead of trying to empty my mind, I started to accept the thoughts flying around in my head but not dwell on them. I started by spending 10 minutes with my eyes closed, just being aware of my thoughts. Once I relaxed about the process, I found it easier to fit in a 10-minute session. In the winter I found it easier during the evening, in the summer I found morning mediation worked for me. On really busy days, I meditate in the shower. If I miss the odd day I use a guided meditation or mindfulness app on my phone to guide me back into the practice; I find this also helps when I struggle to switch off.

The benefits of meditation for me is that I'm much calmer, I don't react as negatively as I used to, I can't remember when I last got really angry (at least when I wrote this). I find that I let the trivial stuff go & focus on the important things. I feel happier & more in control of my feelings - I don’t try to control situations because I feel able to cope with the unexpected.

So don't dismiss meditation, just find your way of doing it. A way that suits you & your lifestyle. The time spent really will be worth it.

My tips for meditation beginners
  • Give yourself 10 minutes
  • Find a quiet space where you won't be disturbed
  • Sit comfortably with a straight back
  • Allow your shoulders to drop & close your eyes
  • Take 3 deep, slow breaths then let your breath return to normal
  • When a thought comes into your head, acknowledge it & let it go (it can wait for 10 minutes)
  • At the end, open your eyes, stretch & carry on

    Give yourself 10 minutes meditation time every day for a week & see the difference it makes

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    My Journey with Holistic Therapies

    I first experienced Reiki when my sons were small & life was fraught following a family bereavement - Reiki put me back on track. I drifted away from it as life with two boys kept me busy but when I sought a change of direction, Reiki found me again. This time I trained as a practitioner & subsequently as a Master/teacher so I could share the positive effects of this wonderful holistic therapy. I am also trained in Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Uplifting & Rejuvenating Face Massage, Nutrition & Health.

    I love complementary therapies & have experienced the benefits they offer. I continue to practice mindfulness, meditation & Reiki daily in line with my Reiki training, I have found this immensely beneficial to my wellbeing.

    I am passionate about my work & keep up-to-date with research projects, new ideas and continue to train in complementary therapies.


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