Help Your Unheard Self Be Heard

How often do you really hear what you’re saying to yourself? Have you ever thought about helping your unheard self be hear? “I can hear myself just fine thank you.  I hear myself all day long chattering away to myself in the background.”   Yo...

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Organising The Chaos Of Stress

Organising the chaos of stress is a fabulous skill to have but does this come from nature or nurture?  Life can be running along smoothly, everything is under control and your managing life beautifully, organising the little bits of chaos easily one at a time.  ...

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Why Stress When You Can Have Something So Much Better

Why stress when you can have something so much better?As a Lifestyle Change and Stress Relief Expert, people ask me, “Why Stress Relief Awareness Days?”There are two answers to this. The first one is the quickest so I will start with that one.Last August someone said to ...

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Opening The Doors To Your Emotions

In my last blog post, I talked about how emotions are formed and how we can connect with them. There are always going to be times when our emotions are triggered quite unexpectedly and the only way to manage them is to let them flow. Some people are afraid to allow themselve...

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Emotions

Emotions...     ...are great to have when you feel in control but can be hard to handle when we aren’t managing them as well as we would have liked. The thing is, emotions let us know what is important to us and triggers our behaviours. As we grow up we b...

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The Breathing Secret

Breathing?What’s so secret about that, you might be thinking, I do it automatically?Yes, we do, and as you know, our breathing alters when we’re asleep and during exercise.  Our breathing also alters when we are anxious, frightened, excited and during periods of concen...

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Quick Fix Holidays To Beat The Stress

How many times have you been tempted to book a holiday because you’re feeling ‘so stressed’? We all need a break, a chance to put ourselves in a different environment, unwind, relax, have fun, and see new and exciting things.  We are all guilty of th...

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Best things to eat before a workout

It’s super important to give your body the nutrients it needs to feel healthy and energetic, especially before a workout. What you eat before you exercise can have a huge impact on your performance, so we have put together some tips and ideas to help you create your ow...

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Why you should always start with your core!

Why you should always start with your core!Your core (or midsection) is the most important area of the body, weak core muscles can lead to bad posture, reduced athletic performance, back pain and increased risk of injury through everyday tasks.Becoming more aware of your cor...

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Cleanse your system after the festive season

Cleanse your system after the festive season Are you feeling a tad sluggish after the festive season? You are not alone, we are here to help and going on a strict low calorie diet isn’t the answer – Harrah! Follow our simple tips to start feeling lighter, more e...

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Happy New Year – Setting The Scene

Happy New Year – Setting The SceneHopefully by now you have written some of your goals for 2015 and established a real vision for why these goals are so important to you.Excellent!Now we need to set your action plans so that you’re in a really strong position to ...

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Happy New Year

The end of the year is nearly upon us, before you know, it will be New Year’s Eve, the strike of Big Ben and promises for 2015 will be made. Vast amounts of people make wild New Year’s Resolutions claiming they are never going to drink alcohol or eat chocolate ag...

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Happiness

 Happiness is an important part of how we can manage our life to be more fulfilled and successful in achieving our desires.  Unfortunately when you are ‘just’, busy getting on, there is always someone who is going to say;“Cheer up, it might never happen.”Or“Y...

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Stress: Which do you want, the control or to be controlled?

Stress – Which do you want, the control or to be controlled?Stress, distress, anxiety, tension, pressure, we all call it different things but they are all closely related. As a life coach and teacher of Developing Effective Thinking Skills, I listen to people talk about th...

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A Mother’s 18 ½ Year Reign

A Mother’s 18 ½ Year ReignIllustration by Vanessa BellLooking back over my 18 ½ year mothering reign, I have fantastic memories.  Like most parents of these ‘First Times’ experiences fill you with wonder, pride and some of the most frightening times of your life.  ...

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My Thoughts on Trust

Illustration by Vanessa BellMy Thoughts on TrustI haven’t really thought too much about the meaning of trust until it came up in a class I was teaching recently.  Some of the learners where stating:“You can’t trust anyone.”“They will bleed you dry of your ideas, t...

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Floods and High Tidal Waters

Illustration by Vanessa BellFloods and High Tidal WatersIf you have been following the ‘Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter’ then you will probably be at the same stage as we are in our household with UCAS applications in, offers being given, i...

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Change – Help!

Change – Help!Change!Something different!OH NO!I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to battling with the negative chatter in my head when something different comes along.  With all the best of intensions, even though we thought we had worked out the issues we ...

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Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter

Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter.  Forget the tennis, golf or Tour de France, touring the Universities ready for your daughter’s UCAS application can be far more gruelling and stressful.  You will have already waded through a metre high pile...

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Time Flies

Time Flies When I was little I always remember my Grandma saying, “I don’t know where the time goes it just flies by and the time goes by more quickly each year.”  At the time I didn’t have a clue what she was on about but she was absolutely right it does.  By the ...

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Unwanted Baggage.

Unwanted Baggage.There is good and bad baggage and we are all going to have different ways of looking at it.  For me, great baggage is equal to great memories, fun times, holidays, great feelings of calmness, love, happiness, and contentment but also some feelings of sadnes...

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Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Wine.

Christmas Time, Mistletoeand Wine. Christmas is a funny old time of year.  As with most religious festivals, the majority of us have forgotten what the festival is truly about and now see it as a time to spend with the family; giving presents, eating and drinking.  Oh, an...

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One Huge Balancing Act

One Huge Balancing ActFinding the right balancing act that suits everyone can be difficult especially when you have young children.  When I became pregnant for the first time myhandmade ceramics living had come to natural end; my imagination had dried up, a bit like writers...

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Pets Are For Life Not Just For Christmas.

Pets Are For Life Not Just For ChristmasFor those of you who aren’t animal lovers it must be hard to understand the complexities of love andcontentment people get from their pets.As a child I was never allowed a dog but I was allowed hamsters and rabbits.  However, I thin...

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A Teenager or an Alien

A Teenager or an Alien(Just Another Strange Mother)When I heard parents of teenagers saying their kids had turned into aliens I never really understood what thatmeant.  That was never going to happen to me! As I became a parent, like most of us, I had over confident expecta...

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The Trials of Holiday Preparations

The Trials of Holiday PreparationThe main holiday period is up-on us. The children are breaking up from school and the annual holiday is what everyone is talking about; at the gym, the hairdressers and at work.I don’t know about you but the preparations can be a little bit...

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Overcoming Conflict

We have all experienced conflict with others – our partners, siblings, friends, children, parents, in-laws (or outlaws as my other half calls them), the list could be endless.  Some will say their relationship thrives on this, but I’m not so sure.  The majority of us d...

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Exam Fever – Who has it the parents or the teenagers?

Exam Fever – Who has it the parents or the teenagers?We are now half way through the exams.  How are you bearing up?Over the Easter holidays my daughter was told she should be revising six hours a day for ten days.  How realistic is this?  Yes, in the ideal world with t...

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Setting The Table For The Family

Setting The Table For The FamilyIt is well known that the influence of the TV, as well as shift patterns, has made it more difficult for families to sit together for meals at the dinner table.  It is all too easy to grab a snack and happily munch away on the sofa or the flo...

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Making Bad Days Into Good Days.

Making Bad Days Into Good Days. We’ve all had them haven’t we, really bad days when everything seems to have gone wrong? It can make you feel really tense with your shoulders feeling all crunched up, miserable and irritable with everyone even though they might not have ...

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Exam Fever

Exam FeverIf your household is anything like mine your child will have already come home with their GCSE or A Level exam timetable.  This is now a reality and there is no turning back.  The timetable is on the fridge door if not in another prominent place in the house.How ...

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Keeping Up With Your New Years Resolution.

Keeping Up With Your New Years Resolution. So it is now 8 weeks into 2011... How is it going? Are you getting results? Is it going as well as you had hoped? It is at about this time that striving to reach your goal may have become hard work and perhaps your inner voice ...

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The Life Cycle of Showing Affection.

The Life Cycle of Hugs, Cuddles and Kisses.If you are touchy feely person like myself, you will understand the beneficial effects and the importance of having hugs, cuddles and kisses.  The warmth of someone  else’s arms around you, the kindness and caring that can flow ...

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Standing In The Cold

I know the weather is damp, drizzly and dismal and the mornings are still dark, but just think back to a month, six weeks ago to how cold it was.  Before we know it we will be travelling home in the light and the bulbs will be coming up in our gardens and parks.  The sun w...

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New Years Resolution

New Years Resolution Christmas has come and gone and 2011 is nearly upon us.  I don’t know about you but I was asked on the 16th December what my New Years Resolution was going to be. The BIG questions are;“What is your New Years Resolution?”Or“What is it that you...

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