How To Deal With Stress – 4 Easy Ways

How To Deal With Stress.

How To Deal With Stress – 4 Easy Ways

As much as we enjoy the emerging flowers and longer (slightly warmer) days during April, it is the time of year when we realise that time is going too quickly and there is a lot to do and plan. Maybe that’s why April is Stress Awareness Month; to remind us to take care of ourselves, and not let stress go unchecked. Here are 4 easy ways to deal with stress:

Meditation

Meditation does not have to be about sitting cross-legged, chanting, and reaching enlightenment. It can simply be about creating a moment of stillness in your mind as a way to become more relaxed. Just one minute, 60 seconds of meditation, can dramatically improve your mood, your productivity and the quality of your day.

Exercise

It can be difficult to make time for exercise when you are up to your eyes, and you are feeling stressed. But that’s when it becomes even more important. Exercise can relieve the physical symptoms of stress like fatigue, pain, and moodiness. If you can’t make time for daily workout, try to fit a 5-10 minute walk outside into some part of your day. A little goes a long way when you need it.  If you want to get healthy but hate the thought of a noisy fast-paced gym, and do have time for a regular class, you can do no better than visit The Body IQ Studio in Wolverton, Milton Keynes, to check out their classes.

Giggle and hum

Both laughter and music can lower the blood pressure. In fact, this study showed that 3 months of laughter or music therapy resulted in the same drop in blood pressure that could be achieved with a low-salt diet, losing 10 pounds, or taking a blood-pressure-lowering medication. So put the funny videos on or start singing along to the radio.

Bowen Technique and Aromatherapy Massage

Regular treatments can improve sleep, relieve headaches, reduce muscle pain, and improve moods. Plus, these therapies make you feel good. Read about Bowen Technique’s effects on stress and about how Holistic Aromatherapy Massage helps relieve stress.

When you feel good, you play more, work more efficiently, and take better care of the people you love. Schedule a treatment now to prepare for a busy (and fun) spring!

Commit to taking care of yourself this spring!   You may be surprised with the results.

Thanks for reading my ideas on how to deal with stress.  Remember to sign up to my monthly newsletter to be the first to receive special offers.

Sue


 

10 Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

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10 Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

Everywhere you go there are coughs and colds around and it is hard to prevent catching them. Having a cold can make you feel really miserable. Here are 10 things you can do to help relieve and shorten the symptoms.

  1. Echinaceaecinacea, 10 natural remedies for the common cold, choosewellbeing daventry, choosewellbeing northampton, choosewellbeing milton keynesthis herb can be bought as a herbal supplement or as a tincture from your local health food shop and is said to help boost your immune system to help your body fight off infections. Studies are mixed with some studies say that it doesn’t help to actually prevent a cold but that it can shorten the symptoms by a few days so that has to be a good thing. Take it as soon as you feel the symptoms coming on and continue for a week to ten days. The tincture is said to be a little more potent that taking the tablet form. Go for quality – a cheap product won’t give you the results you want.
  2. Zinc – again studies are inconclusive with some showing that although taking a zinc supplement may not prevent a cold, it may help shorten the length of time and the severity of the symptoms.
  3. Vitamin Cvitamin c, 10 natural remedies for the common cold, choosewellbeing daventry, choosewellbeing northampton, choosewellbeing milton keynesThis is one of the most studied remedies and again studies show mixed results, but out of all remedies this has most support of its benefits. Research shows that it can reduce the time you suffer from cold symptoms but it won’t prevent you getting one.  You can buy vitamin C supplements alternatively increase your intake of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, especially citrus fruit, sweet potatoes and kiwi.
  4. Chicken Soup – is it an Old Wives’ Tale? Possibly, but a very effective one! Chicken soup can help cold symptoms by easing your blocked nose. Recipe here. There is a compound in chicken soup called carnosine which helps the immune system. You need to take it regularly though so a constant supply would be required! MailOnline Article.
  5. Fluid – a warm drink relieves your blocked nose and soothes your throat and keeps you hydrated which is very important.  A cup of tea, black tea, green tea, honey and lemon, hot water, all important in keeping you hydrated.
  6. Hot Toddy – a teaspoon of honey, a small shot of whiskey, a squeeze of lemon in a cup of herbal tea helps to ease congestion, soothe your throat and help you sleep
  7. Garlicgarlic, 10 natural remedies for the common cold, choosewellbeing daventry, choosewellbeing northampton, choosewellbeing milton keynesgarlic has anti-bacterial properties and helps the immune system to fight infection. Taking a garlic supplement may help prevent colds when taken regularly. Better still use garlic regularly in your cooking together with onions and leeks which have similar properties.
  8. Steam – breathing in steam decongests and relieves your nasal passages.  See 10. below for ideas for steam inhalation using essential oils.
  9. GingerGinger, 10 natural remedies for the common cold, choosewellbeing daventry, choosewellbeing northampton, choosewellbeing milton keynesginger is a valuable consideration. The way to take it is to soak fresh ginger in some hot water, and drink the tincture. Alternatively include fresh ginger in your cooking. You can keep a root in the freezer and grate as you require it.
  10. Essential Oils – I would recommend keeping the following oils in your Aromatherapy First Aid Kit – Eucalyptus, Ginger, Thyme, Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon.   When you feel a cold coming on run a warm bath and add 2 drops of thyme, 2 drops of tea tree, 1 drop of eucalyptus, 3 drops of lemon and swish the oils around well before getting in the bath for a soak. Inhale deeply. For steam inhalation use 1 drop of thyme, 1 drop of tea tree, 1 drop lavender. Put hot water into a bowl, add the oils, and put your head just above the bowl with a towel over your head. Inhale deeply. All these oils can be bought from Neals Yard Remedies here.10 natural remedies for the common cold, choosewellbeing daventry, choosewellbeing northampton, choosewellbeing milton keynes

When you have a cold, keep hydrated, take time to rest, remember that colds last around 7 to 10 days so it will soon be gone. If you are always catching colds then it may be that your immune system is lowered, perhaps you are stressed and not sleeping well, so it may be that you need to look at your lifestyle and diet.

(See also my previous blog about Aromatherapy First Aid Kits here.)

Thanks for reading 10 Natural Remedies for the Common Cold.  If you like my blog please comment, like or share.

Sue

Bowen Technique in Northampton

I was born in Northamptonshire and a regular outing when I was a child was a bus ride to Northampton with Mum. Mum and Dad never learned to drive so it was buses everywhere. I was always terrified because as soon as Mum sat in a bus she fell asleep, and I was always thinking we would miss our stop, but we never did. It scarred me for life, as I hate bus travel now! I would love to include a picture of a bus but they just don’t make them like that anymore.

Bowen Technique in NorthamptonDoc Martens
Mum worked in a shoe factory which made Doc Martens shoes and boots. I always wanted a pair of Doc Martens with daisies painted on them, and I still haven’t fulfilled that dream. I might go shopping in a minute. Not sure how a Bowen Therapist in Doc Martens would look – pretty good I should think?

Kinky Boots?
So when you think of Northampton the thing you might think about is shoes and boots, (wasn’t the film Kinky Boots based in Northampton?), and Northampton Saints, and the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival to name but a few. Also my son has just moved into a flat in Northampton, and I have just started at Therapies At Wootton Fields, my new clinic. So much going on in Northampton! Well in my life anyway.

Bowen Technique in NorthamptonStaying Upright
So, high heels, very lovely to look at, not always so easy to walk in, especially when you are already 5’9” like me, so I am probably safer in a pair of Doc Martens to be perfectly honest. Did you know that 1 in 10 women wear high heels at least 3 days a week? However, a third have fallen while wearing them. Many women suffer permanent problems due to wearing heels for a prolonged period of time. It doesn’t just hurt your feet, it damages your back.

So here’s a few of the issues which your heels might be causing you:

Bowen Technique in NorthamptonOn Your Tippy Toes
Because your toes are constantly bent into an unnatural position, a range of ailments can ensue such as ingrowing toenails and damaged leg tendons. You can also develop bunions (I have personal experience of this.) You can cause nerve damage and can end up with knee and hip problems and your body tries to compensate by balancing your posture. Then you may get lower back pain, sciatica and may develop plantar fasciitis. The muscles in your calf may shorten and then when you take off your shoes you notice pain.  Just to mention a few things.

Lets Cheer You Up Again
Well that was all a bit depressing. So what can I do? I love my heels I hear you saying….
Okay so here’s the thing. You can do some things to help:

  1. Save the heels for the days when you know you aren’t standing and walking around too much.
  2. Get some heels which are a bit lower and have more room for your toes.
  3. Alternate what you wear, day by day, and maybe during the day, so take a pair to swop, and when you know you have to walk have a comfortable pair handy.
  4. Buy some nice soft insoles. Check your foot arch too, to see that you have enough support.
  5. Be sure that you have bought the right size shoes, often one foot is bigger than the other so you need to accommodate the biggest foot, yes I know it sounds obvious but we have all done it.
  6. Stretch your feet and legs every day.
  7. Bowen Technique in Northampton
    Last but not least. Get some Bowen.  If you are already in pain, come for a Bowen treatment. People suffering from a wide range of problems including plantar fasciitis, sciatic and knee problems have benefitted and obtained relief from Bowen treatments. Of course we don’t just deal with feet and legs, we deal with the whole body.

Sue

PS This blog was aimed at females, sorry guys, (unless you are wearing heels of course), but remember, men can have Bowen too.

Aromatherapy and Bowen in Northampton

Aromatherapy and Bowen in NorthamptonExciting news this week, as well as having a clinic in Milton Keynes, I now also have a clinic in my home town of Northampton at Therapies At Wootton Fields, you can check out their website here.  Easy to reach and plenty of parking.  There are ground floor treatment rooms too, so when booking if you have difficulty with stairs just let me know and I will be sure to book a down stairs room for your treatment.

Here you will find a super range of holistic therapies offering too many treatments to mention but to pick out a few there is Acupuncture, Allergy Testing, Counselling, Kinesiology, Life Coaching, Reiki, the list goes on, and now I am offering Bowen Therapy and Aromatherapy Massage to add to the menu.  (I am sure menu is not the right descriptive word for a group of therapies but I am sure you get my drift).

Also new this week is the ability for clients to book online directly with me, just click here to try it out, you can choose which clinic you want (MK or Northampton) and check at a glance the times and dates available.  It sends you an automatic email to confirm your booking. Look at me going all technological – not surprising from an ex IT teacher I suppose!

Looking forward to seeing you soon, all details of treatments available, prices, and everything else is on the websites homepage which you can find here.  If I have forgotten anything, just drop me an email.