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6 Science Based Reasons to Meditate!

1.  A 2014 study from the University of Amsterdam has correlated the practice of meditation with attention to detail and creative performance

2.  A 2005 study from the Harvard Medical School has found that meditation increases the thickness of your prefrontal cortex.  This cortex is the part of the brain associated with attention and self-awareness

3.  A 2010 study from the University of California also found that meditation increases your attention span

4.  A 2014 study from the International College in Thailand found that meditators have lower rates or burnout and cope better with stress

5.  A 2009 study from Aarhus University in Denmark found that long-term meditators have thicker brain stems

And finally –

6.  In 2014, a further study from the Harvard Medical School found that meditation increases the density of your grey matter in processing and perspective taking.

So what’s not to like? Learn to meditate and you will be happier, healthier!

Want to learn meditation?  At Ananda Healing we teach a tool box of techniques and meditation types so you have the right method for you.

Want to try something new?  How about our fabulous guided meditations/  They have been scien

How hypnotherapy can help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Recent news has held a number of articles showing an increase of people, mainly servicemen, suffering from, and seeking help for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But what is PTSD? How would you know if you’re suffering from it? How can you help yourself? And how can you get help?

Before becoming a therapist I served in both the military and the police, so I’ve seen my fair share of traumatic events. I’ve suffered from a form of PTSD following a life-changing accident, and seen a number of others suffer from the symptoms of PTSD. I’ve helped a number of people suffering from this, often hidden, disease.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how can you help?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following any traumatic event that makes a person feel helpless or threatens their safety. In the main  PTSD is associated with battle-scarred soldiers (combat is the most common cause in men) but any life experience that overwhelms you can trigger PTSD, especially when a person feels out of control. Some examples would include: War, Natural disasters, Car or plane crashes, Terrorist attacks, Sudden death of a loved one, Rape, Kidnapping, Assault, Sexual or physical abuse, Childhood neglect or any other event that leaves a person feeling trapped or helpless.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and police officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.

Main types of PTSD symptoms:

  •  Re-experiencing the traumatic event
    • Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
    • Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
    • Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
    • Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
    • Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma
    • Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
    • Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
    • Loss of interest in activities and life in general
    • Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
    • Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)
  • Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
    • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
    • Irritability or outbursts of anger
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Hyper vigilance (constant “red alert”)
    • Feeling jumpy and easily startled
  • Other common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Anger and irritability
    • Guilt, shame, or self-blame
    • Substance abuse
    • Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
    • Depression and hopelessness
    • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
    • Feeling alienated and alone
    • Physical aches and pains

PTSD shows differently from person to person and while the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.

How PTSD differs from a normal trauma response

Following any traumatic event almost everyone would show some symptoms of PTSD. It’s quite normal to feel stress, or numb, in, and following, a stressful situation. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events. In the majority of people these feelings are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but over time they ease. With PTSD the symptoms don’t improve, things don’t get better and they may even get worse. When a person gets stuck in a past event stress becomes PTSD and the sufferer remains in psychological shock. Their memory of what happened and feelings about it are disconnected.

How can I help myself if I’m suffering from PTSD?

Reach out to others for support

You may be tempted to withdraw from your loved ones or from society in general. But it’s important to stay connected to life and the people who care about you. Support from other people is vital to your recovery from PTSD, so ask your close friends and family members for their help.

Consider a support group, where you can share and help each other through this time. Support groups for PTSD can help you feel less isolated and alone. No local support group? Look for an online group.

Avoid alcohol and drugs

You may be tempted to turn to alcohol or drugs. But while they may temporarily make you feel better, they actually make things worse in the long run. Drug use worsens many symptoms of PTSD, such as emotional numbing, social isolation, anger, and depression. It also interferes with treatment and can add to problems at home and in your relationships.

Challenge your sense of helplessness

Overcoming your sense of helplessness is key to overcoming PTSD. Trauma leaves you feeling powerless and vulnerable so it’s important to remind yourself that you have strengths and coping skills that can get you through tough times. You could try volunteering your time, giving blood, reaching out to a friend in need, or donating to your favourite charity. Direct positive action empowers you and challenges any sense of helplessness.

Practice relaxation or meditation techniques

Find someone who can help with learning to meditate or can help you achieve a deeply relaxed state. There are many meditation teachers, and groups to help with this. Ananda Healing offers such services with Amanda Lund-Batchelor.

Spend time in nature

Fresh air and nature helps to bring about a sense of peace in many people. Studies have shown that an aimless walk in a quiet place can help to change the chemical balance of the brain and body, easing symptoms of PTSD and providing positive health benefits too. Focusing on strenuous outdoor activities can also help challenge your sense of helplessness and move on from the traumatic event. Evidence suggests that servicemen pursuing outdoor activities like hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing etc may help with PTSD symptoms and ease transition back into civilian life.

What help and treatment can I get with PTSD?

There are many different treatments that you can seek to help with PTSD. Being a master hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner I will focus on those. Especially when you take into account the following facts and figures. In “Psychotherapy” magazine (Volume 7, Number 1), different types of techniques were reviewed, the techniques that proved to generate the greatest success in providing lasting change were the following (listed in order of success rate)*:

  1. Hypnosis : 93% recovery after 6 sessions (approx. 1 1/2 months @ 1 session per week).
  2. Behaviour Therapy : 72% after 22 sessions (approx. 6 months @ 1 session per week).
  3. Psychotherapy : 38% recovery after 600 sessions (approx. 11 1/2 yrs @ 1 session per week).

Early treatment is always going to be preferable, so if you, or a loved one, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, contact Duncan from Ananda Healing to find out how he can help. As an additional benefit of the therapy at Ananda Healing, Duncan will donate 25% of all treatment fees to the Help for Heroes charity.
* Figures taken from healmyptsd.com

The need to feel loved

During the last few months, I have been doing a lot of reading of the recent studies of research into baby/child brain development.  Research now suggests that a baby’s brain will not develop correctly without the correct stimulus. Makes sense I hear to say.  So what is the most important stimuli?  Well hugging, holding, making eye contact, allowing your child to know it is loved, which in turn will allow your child to develop attachment to you and to others, seems to be the biggest and most important.  Again, makes sense.

Now I am not a child psychologist, but what I see here on many occasions,  are people needing that same stimulus; the need to be held, listened to (with eye contact) and to feel they are cared for, even if they have only popped in for a manicure!

So, what is my point?

Simply, that we are born with the desire/need to be loved and that lasts our lifetime.

 

Today, as you go about your day, make sure you make at least one person feel loved.  Now I am not sure if that will change anyone’s brain development but it will make a difference – I promise!

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Duncan’s weight loss and mud run challenge

Following on from my previous blog posts about my weight loss, and the benefits of the Body By Vi challenge, I took part in a new challenge over the weekend. I took part in a 6K mud run to raise money for my Scouts, 1st Burstow Scout Group, where I’m the Scout leader. The scouts did their part by helping me to raise sponsorship money and so far we’re totalling £560. A mud run sounds like fun so I’ll describe the challenges to give you more of an idea. As well as running across fields, woods, uphill and downhill we had to overcome other challenges such as; crawling under barbed wire through muddy cold and often stagnant water, swim about 40 metres across a 6 foot deep lake (so you couldn’t wade across), carry a car tyre up and down a hill, more wading through stagnant ponds, crawling through mud, jumping over fire pits, climbing through an electric lattice and of course a brilliant water slide! Anyway 48 minutes after starting I crossed the finish line and received my finishers medal!

Duncan before his weight loss challenge Duncan after hi weight loss challengeIf someone had told me 4 months ago that, having not run for about 17 years, I could complete such a task in a pretty good time I would have laughed at them and said no way. If you add to that the fact that all those 17 years ago I broke my back and had a load of metal screws fitted in my lower spine, it makes this task all the more improbable. Needless to say, I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved. I’m not writing this to brag though, I want to share with you how I did it, so you can do the same (it’s not compulsory to do the mud run bit, but you can if you like).

In May 2013 I weighed about 15 1/2 stone, had a 41″ waist and couldn’t run for more than 200 yards without gasping for breath. I started losing weight by using the Body By Vi Meal Replacement shakes, replacing 2 meals a day. Not only did I lose the weight I wanted, but I found I had more energy and was increasing my lean muscle mass. brilliant results on their own. Being the sort of person I am, a month later I decided to take things a step further and get fitter too. I started cycling to the station each day, a 7 mile round trip, and running to increase my endurance and weight loss.

In 4 months I’ve lost over 1 1/2 stone and lost 5-6 inches around my waist. I can now run at least 6 miles without stopping, and have increased my cycling to about 50 miles a week.

I can’t believe the difference between then and now, and Amanda’s pretty impressed too. See the difference in the pictures (sorry about the clown outfit, the fancy dress was part of the sponsorship deal with my scouts).

If you would like to speak to Duncan about your own Body By Vi weight loss challenge please email him or just give us a call.

How to improve the appearance of your skin, what ever your age or skin type

Ananda Healing Luxurios Arbonne Anti Aging FacialHow to improve the appearance of your skin, what ever your age or skin type

A FACIAL!

They seem to have gone a little out of fashion of late.  Is it because the young think they are only for the mature? Is it because the more mature think they are only for young problem skin?  Maybe it is because there are so many over the counter products now available to use at home?  Whatever the reason, at Ananda Healing we are keen to bring back the facial and here is why –

  • It is beneficial to ALL SKIN TYPES
  • It is deep cleaning, refreshing and rejuvenating
  • It removes dead skin cells giving you a healthy glow
  • It improves elasticity of skin
  • It is very relaxing
  • It stimulates circulation
  • It increases lymphatic drainage, thus reducing puffiness

A good facial makes you feel good AND it will make your skin look and feel good

We have a facial that is perfect for you whether you are young or mature, whether your skin is problematic or sensitive.

AND FOR SEPTEMBER ONLY WE ARE OFFERING YOU A HALF PRICE EVE TAYLOR AROMATHERAPY FACIAL TO PROVE IT!

Call and book a facial today for just £17.50, or order online using the discount code: SEPT_FACIAL!

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 6 It’s not just about the weight

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 6 It’s not just about the weight

There’s been a short delay on writing the next blog as I’m wanting to make sure it has some content worthy of reading. The last couple of weeks have been a pretty normal time for me on this “diet”. I went to play golf at the weekend and I noticed 2 things. I could fit into a pair of size 36 trousers (over my stomach) and I managed an entire round without having to resort to pain killers! Both of these are real milestones for me as I’ve never been able to complete 18 holes without them. The trousers I bought by mistake a while ago, and I’ve never been able to wear them.

It got me thinking, what other effects have I noticed? I weighed in at the weekend so those results speak for themselves, I’ve now lost a stone in weight and lost 3 1/2″ around the waist. Those are the facts, and the feel. When I touch my stomach it’s getting quite hard, still some fat to lose but I can actually feel my abs. When I look in the mirror I actually have started to like what I see rather than being repulsed by my gut.

Fitness-wise I’m still running, I’m up to 2.2 miles without stopping and feeling like I can actually achieve a reasonable level of fitness. I’m going to complete my challenge of the 6K mud run in October, and for that the aim will be to be running 5-6 miles without needing to stop.

Pain-wise my back is feeling so much better. With the exercise I’m putting it under more strain than before and yet, because of the weight loss and balanced nutrition, I’m in less pain. I feel more and more able to go without the need for my painkillers which will be a massive bonus.

All in all I owe so much to my decision to take on the Body By Vi challenge. I’m generally a very positive guy, always looking for the good in things, but I have to admit since breaking my back in 1997 I have never felt that I could have any control over my fitness and health.

If you want any more information about the challenge, and how you can join, email Duncan or check out the Body By Vi Challenge page.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 4 Why they call it a challenge

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 4 Why they call it a challenge

So here we are 4 weeks into my Body By Vi challenge. I know I keep saying about the positive stuff and there is plenty of that, but for a minute I want to chat about getting disheartened with it all. There are times when I have become disheartened, times when it would be easier to just stop and be fatter rather than fitter, times when I start to question whether it’s worth it. Especially when I see friends and loved ones having wonderful food and I need to sit back and have my shake! I think we all have times where we doubt our actions as we change our habits. But then is the right road the easy one or the difficult one? More often than not the right road for us is the difficult one, and this has proved to be the case this last week. I spent some time struggling this week, feeling hungrier during the day and when I got home I was so hungry I just wanted to grab anything I could.

I didn’t completely fall off the wagon though, I made it through another week and weighed in at my usual time. Seeing the results has hardened my resolve, yes it is worth it! Yes, I do want to go through this as I’m feeling far more energetic, slimmer, enthusiastic about life and ready to take on the World. I have now lost approximately 12lbs in the 4 weeks, almost a stone. I’m very much on track to reach my goal, well ahead of schedule. My waistline has shrunk by 2 inches too. Result!

So what am I doing to keep the demons at bay? I’m stepping things up! I’ve signed up to do a 6k mud run in October, and I’ve started cycling from home to Gatwick Airport and back each workday when I’m catching the train (Something I had been doing but had stopped as it was hard on my back). I’ll be starting a training regime to get fit for this mud run, so I don’t embarrass myself totally come October. It’s gonna be tough, but then the best things in life make you stretch your limits!

I’m going to use the mud run as a chance to raise some money for my Scout Group, 1st Burstow, so if you want to sponsor me please feel free to visit my Just Giving page, when I’ve created it!

If you want to find out more about the Body By Vi Challenge, or fancy joining me on my journey to a fitter, and thinner life just give me a call on 07917 879052, or email me!

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 3 Feeling great after a fortnight

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 3 Feeling great after a fortnight

Firstly an apology for the late posting of this blog. It’s been a very busy time for us at Ananda Healing, but no excuses.

Here we are, 2 weeks into the challenge and the weight is still coming off. Despite a barbeque and family meal out in the last week I’ve lost another 2lbs (so a bit slower than last week), but I’ve also noticed that I’m toning up more. I’m not particularly exercising more but I have noticed that my stomach is tightening back up and my arms are firmer. More about that in a bit, but it is a great feeling to get out on the golf course and feel so full of energy and vitality.

Amanda has noticed how my face has started to look slimmer, which is always nice, and also noted that I look younger, which is even better! When I’m looking in the mirror now I’m starting to see some of the old me there, looking more fit than fat (or at least moving in the right direction).

I’ve now lost about half a stone, so over a third of the way to my target in just 2 weeks. Even though the weight loss slowed this week I’m still easily exceeding my weekly targets.

But of course the big question is; am I feeling hungry during the day? Absolutely not, over the weekend I forgot to have my lunchtime shake so by the time we went out to dinner I’d had 2 bananas and 1 shake during the day, and still hadn’t felt particularly hungry during the day. When you consider I’d been working in the garden, playing golf etc I’d had a full day too. This had been my main worry as I know some people who’d done other plans and been hungry most of the time, but not with the Body by Vi.

Going back to the firming up, I was reading about the Body by Vi range and they aren’t just for weight loss. Because of their ingredients they are providing the body with the nutrition it needs rather than the rubbish we usually shovel in, so the toning up becomes an added bonus.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 2 A week in and feeling great

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 2 A week in and feeling great

So here we are, a week into my weight loss challenge using the Body by Vi range of meal replacement shakes. A quick reminder of my goal; I was 15st 10lbs and my goal was to reach 14st 7lbs in 90 days.

The results are looking pretty good, I lost 5lbs in the first week and I can feel my “love handles” shrinking. My trousers are definately looser, and my face has started to lose its chubbiness. As I said before I’m not able to exercise a great deal more than I already do, which isn’t really a lot, due to my old back injury, so the whole weight loss has to focus on my cutting down on the food!

I received some compliments too; people asking if I’d lost weight etc which is always a great way to verify the facts.

Other signs of the weight loss are that I feel more energetic (not less), less tired and able to concentrate more (especially in the afternoon when I used to feel a bit of post-lunch lethargy).

The most amazing part of this all is that I don’t feel hungry during the day so much. The initial couple of days had me feeling starving by the time I got to the evening and rushing to get a good meal inside me when I got home. Now though I’m feeling far better, more able to wait until a more normal time before eating in the evening. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still hungry come the evening but it’s not that all-consuming hunger that cannot wait.

The new habit I’m forming goes something like:

  • Breakfast, a Body by Vi shake made with skimmed milk and a banana
  • About noon, a piece of fruit (Banana, apple, nectarine or similar)
  • Lunch, a Body by Vi shake made with skimmed milk
  • About 3 pm, another piece of fruit (Banana, apple, nectarine or similar)
  • Dinner (anywhere between 5.30 and 8.00) a home cooked, reasonably healthy meal

The conclusion of the week; It’s working for me, I’m losing weight, feeling better and healthier all the time. Let’s see how much I lose next week, but at this rate I’ll have to create a new, more difficult target because, at this rate, this one will be finished within a month! I’ll check in next week with another update, but if you’re interested in joining me with your own weight loss challenge check out the Body by Vi challenge site.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 1 Where and How to Start

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 1 Where and How to Start

So here it is. I have known that my weight has been a problem for a long time, but getting into the right frame of mind to changing has been difficult. The main problem is that after injuring my spine in the mid 90’s and having surgery stopped me from doing a great deal of the exercise that I used to do. Before my injury I did used to be fit, playing, coaching and training at rugby, rock climbing, running etc which all stopped suddenly. Since then my weight has fluctuated between 14½ stone and 18 stone. At times I have been down to the gym but not on a regular basis, as I always seem to pick up injuries to my back. So I’m starting from a reasonably sedentary life.

Taking that as a starting point I weighed in at 15 st 10lbs, with a 41″ waist and 49″ chest. My goal is to lose at least 1 stone in weight and reduce my wait to 37″ within the next 90 days (so by 19th September 2013 to be 14 st 10lbs or less). As I’ve said above exercise is limited to cycling, the occasional walk, golf and working in the garden. Because of this I needed to reduce my intake to be able to lose the weight I needed.

This left me with few options; reduce portion size, stop eating snacks, etc (all of the fun stuff), but I’ve always enjoyed my food. I’d heard about meal replacement drinks and had always shied away from those as I didn’t think a drink could possibly fill me up (For those of you who know me I have a pretty good appetite). Then I was introduced to the Body By Vi range by my brother-in-law, Pat. I would’ve written this off as a fad, but I saw what it had done to his waistline! He told me that he was feeling incredible, with more energy and had lost some 9lbs in 3 weeks. He certainly looked a huge amount better than I had ever seen him! So that’s the start of my journey, 2 meal replacement drinks a days, and a bit of fruit if I’m feeling hungry in between.

I’ve been really surprised so far that I’m feeling really good. I make up a shake in the morning, one at lunchtime and maybe add some fruit or have some fruit during the day (literally one or 2 pieces). Come the evening I do appreciate my dinner and eat with a gusto, but I am feeling much better already. Weight wise I’ll let you know when I start weighing in!

I’m going to keep documenting my weight-loss here, as apart from anything else it helps me to keep on track. Follow my progress here or join me on the way to a healthier, thinner life!

If you’re wanting to start your weight loss challenge, but you can’t get your mind in the right place, look no further. Speak to Duncan about hypnotherapy or NLP to get you started and keep you on track!

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

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