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January is well and truly here. The weather is rubbish, Christmas is over, the decorations are back in the loft and the blues are looming in the wings. So how do we, not just survive, but thrive in January? Well here is our top 10 tips for turning January blues into January rock n roll
1. Put some dancing music on and sing and dance like nobody is watching! Nothing will change your mood quicker than some carefully chosen ‘up beat’ music. In fact you could even compile a selection of your favourite tunes especially for ‘down days’.
2. Give yourself a goal! It doesn’t matter what it is but write it down, tell everyone you are going to do it and then work out your plan to achieve it. Why tell everyone? Because you are more likely to achieve if you know everyone is watching and supporting you. If you don’t want to tell anyone else, tell us!
3. Rope in a buddy to join you – it is much more fun training for a Race for Life, Mud Run, or a Marathon if you have a friend by your side and you can keep each other motivated.
4. Watch a funny film or call a friend who always makes you laugh – laughter really is the best medicine. It actually changes the hormones and cells in your body – REALLY!
5. Book yourself a treat (remember we can always help with that one!) Something as simple is a manicure can really lift your spirits.
6. Grab some old magazines and a few friends then spend a couple of hours having fun making a 2014 Vision Board (follow link for more details)
7. Try and do at least one thing a week that is outside of your comfort zone – you will be amazed how great you will feel once you have done it!
8. Do something nice for someone else. Do it for no other reason than you can. It will be worth it, we promise.
9. Try some exercise. If you aren’t already, do something to get your body moving. It doesn’t matter what level of ability you have, there will be something you can do. Exercise releases endorphins – the happy hormone.
10. Find someone to hug. Even if you live alone you can find someone, the cat, your best friend, the neighbour’s cat or even the neighbour (make it clear you are not taking up stalking though 😉 ) The person you want to hug not around? Then picture them in front of you and you giving them a hug in your mind – it works.
Finally, from the Ananda Healing gang – HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2014 be your year.
We have always know that long-term stress is bad for you – the constant and prolonged release of the stress hormone cortisol is associated with a number of serious effects including high blood pressure, suppressed immunity, decreased bone density, impaired cognitive performance and many others. However, have you noticed the amount of recent research on exactly how bad it is for you there has been lately?
A recent study for the Lancet by Prof Andrew Steptoe indicates work related stress causes a 23% increase in the risk of heart attacks
Researchers in the US have now analysed the brain tissue from depressed & stressed individuals and discovered a brain shrinkage. It is believed the stress blocks the formation of new nerve connections disrupting the circuits associated with mental and emotional function, how stress and depression shrink the brain
More recently, Professor Sarah Berga of Emory University of Atlanta has released her research on the link between stress and infertility
SO – WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You have got to work. You can’t give your teenagers away (nice thought maybe) and the house/garden etc is not going to do itself. (Roll on the invention of the self-cleaning house we say!)
It is all about finding something you can do , for yourself, to reduce your personal stress levels and increase your levels of relaxation. What you do is going to be down to personal choice, but you have to find it, schedule it in and commit to it. After all, how hard would it really be to schedule in a weekly massage take a 20min walk in the park/ practice meditation? ANSWER – Not very hard, unless your stress levels are already becoming chronic and impacting on your mental well-being – then what? We would always recommend you visit your GP to get a correct diagnosis and then, any good GP will recommend a talking/counselling therapy. Again, who you choose should be a personal choice but we would recommend an ‘off the record’ chat with any potental therapist before committing. We always provide a free consultation either in person or by telephone before we would even allow a client to make an appointment for our hypnotherapy or NLP. You really need to feel you could trust and feel comfortable with your therapist to ge the best results.
We believe prolonged and/or chronic stress is a silent killer of our age. Do not ignore it. Have a look at some of the symptoms listed below:
- Difficulty with sleeping
- Constant tiredness
- Aching/tense muscles
- Deminished Libido
- Weight gain or loss (not due to dieting)
- Increased alcohol or drug intake
Do more than one of these apply to you?
Yes? GET SOME HELP
What I have found interesting is the number of women who come through our doors presenting vague symptoms of feeling below par but when you actually start working with them they open up to the distress they are feeling due to menopausal symptoms. It is almost as though women are still worried about talking about menopause. For every woman it is different and every woman will have to find the way that works best for her. Fortunately there are now people out there, like Kathryn, to give guidance and “break the silence”
Obviously, the one option most people know of is HRT (hormone replacement therapy) but what if you decide this is not for you, or that you still want to explore alternatives?
A recent study by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences gave a group of women either a plain oil massage, an essential oil massage (using lavender, rose, rosemary or evening primrose) and measured the results against a control group. The massaged women, especially the group using the essential oils, showed a decline in their menopausal symptoms
To me, as a massage therapist, I do not find this surprising. A regular massage is not only relaxing but also lowers blood pressure, lowers stress levels and increases you sense of wellbeing. All of which is good for anyone but when your menopausal symptoms include irritability, sleep problems and depression, it is not hard to see how a regular massage would help.
What about meditation then? Again, the benefits are so many for everyone, young, old, male, female. For me, I would recommend everyone meditate. I would even have it taught in schools along with the maths and English! But what is really interesting is the research from the University of Massachusetts with regard to menopausal symptoms. The research showed a reduction in the distress associated with hot flushes and insomnia. It also showed improved physical, psychosocial and sexual functioning. Impressive, don’t you think?
I have recently canvassed my clients who meditate on this very subject and the feedback I received is that meditation reduces stress, improves one’s sense of wellbeing and increases the ability to cope with the symptoms. Interestingly, the reduction in the stress also appears to lessen the symptoms with fewer hot flushes and improved sleep.
As with any anything, it is all about finding out what works for you. Trying out what is on offer and accepting if something doesn’t work for you, that’s OK, just try something else.