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Step into Christmas! By Susan Chan and Ian Geddes:

December already!  Weeks ago I heard the first warning bells of Christmas.….the dreaded sound of Noddy Holder from Slade asking me if I was ‘hanging up a stocking on the wall?’

‘So here it is merry Christmas ……………..Everybody’s having fun’

Everybody’s having fun’. If only!

It is the season of goodwill. Yes, time for friends and family, good food, parties, exchanging presents and being able to forget about work and problems…well at least for a few days.  However I wonder if our expectations are not too high. We want it to be perfect. However there is a darker side to Christmas bringing levels of high anxiety. The Samaritans, recognise the two weeks either side of Christmas as their busiest time of the year.

I am Susan Chan, change and motivational coach, and I encourage you to identify the three common pressures at this time of year:

  • money and increased debt
  • relationships
  • high levels of expectation leading to stress and anxiety

I heard a mum saying that her three year old was getting a ‘Silver Cross Toy Pram’ for Christmas….at £320! Wow. It was easier when ‘all you wanted for Christmas was your two front teeth!

The media onslaught starts earlier and earlier every year. However on Christmas eve the adverts have moved to the ‘Sales’, ‘New Year’ and then losing weight and then booking up our summer holidays!

Have a great day, but don’t put yourself under financial pressure for months or even years.  Again as ‘Slade’ tells us, ‘Look to the future now………………….It’s only just begun’!

It is Christmas morning. The kids have been up since 04.15 and been feeding on chocolate and fizzy juice. They are as high as the Eiffel Tower! Dad opened the first beer at 09.20. Mum is frazzled. The turkey is still frozen and the tree lights have blown! Relax. The Visa  statement will not come for four weeks!

However we can do a lot to overcome the December blues and as Elton John said, ‘step into Christmas’.

So how can you survive the final two weeks leading to Christmas?

  • start your planning early
  • decide on a budget for food, booze and presents
  • post it up on a wall so you can see it and live within your budget
  • if folk are coming to your house, delegate. Who brings what? Who does what?
  • get all the taxi/car driving duties sorted out
  • talk with your loved ones about expectations. Get the reality check in place
  • compromises must be made. Everybody cannot be happy all the time.
  • track down the presents early. Amazon is great but don’t leave it for last minute delivery. You are just putting pressure on yourself
  • be aware of the early sign of emotional stress. (sleeping problems, anxiety, food and drink excesses, arguing)
  • learn relaxation techniques to help your mind and body
  • practise mindfulness relaxation techniques
  • buy some treats for yourself
  • if all else fails then have the telephone number of the United Nations peace keeping agency on speed dial if WW3 breaks out!
  • you can get help and support over this time and set yourself on a new path with promise and vigour.

Remember to have a great time!

When things settle and you are ready to make changes to your life, have a look through the pages of this site. There are a number of things that can help you…even contact Susan for information and direction

 

Posted in: Happiness, Ian Geddes, Living the dream, Relaxation, Stress Management, Work/ life balance
December 16th, 2017 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Steps you can start to take today to improve your work/life balance

Steps you can start to take today to improve your work/life balance

Ian Geddes and Susan Chan

Most of us choose to work. Most of us have to work to achieve the lifestyle we aspire to. Again for many of us we will work for a large part of our lives. There are many positive benefits to working including social, our relationships, mental, physical, emotional and financial. For some of us if we are in a good job which we enjoy, we benefit in all these areas. However when we are in a job that we don’t enjoy and don’t find a work/ life balance, we experience negative effects in all of these areas.

What are the risks associated with an imbalance? There are four key areas to consider:

  • Your health.
  • Your family
  • Your friendships
  • Your effectiveness

‘…never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life…’ source unknown

Our identity is often defined by our work, so it is important that we enjoy it and find a suitable balance between life and work.

So what can you start to do today to make that improvement? Here are a few work/life balance tips that may help you to manage your life more effectively:

These themes can be read in more detail in our book, ’A Mindful Compassionate Guide to a Happier Life’. We also have a bespoke course that tackles the challenges of gaining work/ life balance

Identify your priorities in life. The things you find important in life will become apparent to you when you change the way you think about your life. Life is very precious. Make time for the thing you really love and value. These things will be different for everyone, but they will all have the same result…. a happier you!

Make a plan. Once you have identified your highest priorities in life, make a plan for action. Make sure that you incorporate your management of time. Time is a finite resource, we have a certain amount and that is it. So really it is your most valuable asset and the thing that should be at the front of your mind when it comes to achieving a good work/life balance. Prioritise and manage time more effectively, allowing you to make time for yourself.

Dealing with stress and learning how to relax. Stress is real. It affects us emotionally and physically. Our blogs regularly cover what you can do to cut the causes of stress as well as taking steps to reduce the damage that it can cause.

Technology can have a positive or negative effect on your life. You need to decide the right time to address work voice mails, text messages and emails. Being ‘plugged-in’ all of the time erodes your personal life and it can hamper your effectiveness at work if you are constantly checking emails and answering phone calls. However, technology can offer the advantage of working from home to help both your personal and professional responsibilities. It is a balancing act.

Reflection activity: how to manage your lifestyle (adapted from the book, ’A Mindful Compassionate Guide to a Happier Life’ by Ian Geddes and Susan Chan

  • Take control. Make decisions and gain some power.
  • Never take your personal life and family for granted.
  • Be choosy. Adjust your work and life balance according to their value to you and not just what your employer demands.
  • Know your limits. Talk them over at work, after all it is only work!
  • Review your situation every 3 months. Review your priorities.
  • Allow space in your life. Stop and relax. Dedicate time for yourself every day.
  • Contemplate whether it is really all about money?
  • Don’t follow routines that are only there through habit. Allow your brain to be re-programmed to challenge these and find out what would improve situations, allowing you to thrive.
  • Accept that your life has many parts and be mindful towards them all.
  • Don’t be addicted to your work? What are you trying to avoid?
  • Be unavailable by telephone, pager or email for a part of each day and for at least one day a week. This will allow you to appreciate all aspects of your life.
  • Recognise that you need to look after yourself. Only then can you look after others. If you are healthy in mind, body and spiritually, then you will be happier. Show compassion
  • Practise relaxation, self-care and mindfulness with self-compassion every day
  • Remember you can say no! Why should you do something you don’t want or like?
  • Re-evaluate your perspective on life.
  • Remember the most that you can ever give is 100%.

 

Posted in: Coaching, Happiness, Ian Geddes, Living the dream, Relaxation, Stress Management, Work/ life balance
January 11th, 2017 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Looking good and feeling good by Susan Chan

Looking good and feeling good: an MOT for the mind, spirit and the body

The resolutions have been made. 2017 will be the year to get your weight under control. I’m Susan Chan and I work as a Mindfulness Premium Wellness Consultant and life coach, in the West of Scotland and beyond. I frequently get asked, ‘what are the main things that make a difference’?  There are so many tips that can promise to get you get on track, but how do you select the best advice for you?

At Susan Chan Associates we believe that you should never under estimate the power of your subconscious mind! Like most women l aim to look good, feel good and be energised. So how do you get motivated? Here is a list of 15 tried, tested and successful tips to have you in top condition for 2017!

  • Determine your goals. Keep a diary. Why do you want to gain control of your weight? Write down your target weight with the time frame. Keep a journal of your progress.
  • Recognise that there are interim steps to success. Have plenty of these ‘little steps’. Reward yourself every time you hit a target. It can be a massage or a pair of shoes. It does not matter as long as it is something that you love. (No, not chocolate!)
  • For every pound or kilo you lose, put an equivalent weight of sugar or books into a bag. Lift this up regularly! Note how good this feel. When you are going through a bad patch, this helps you to recognise how far you have come.
  • Some people like to keep a note of all the subtle changes in the body, their weight, hip, bust or waist statistics. A record of this will show how far you have come, giving you the motivation to keep on.
  • Search through your wardrobe and find a dress or pair of trousers  in what will be your target weight!  Now imagine what it will be like to wear it again. If you don’t have such a dress, go out and buy one in your ‘dream’ size. Keep one of your old ‘sacks’. You know that you will never need to wear it again.
  • Tell your loved ones in no uncertain way that you want and expect their support.
  • Realise that not every day will be successful. Don’t beat yourself up. Just get on with a new day. After all it’s a new day.
  • Search through the box of photos. Select a few images that remind you of good times…..when you felt good and looked good. Pick out an image when you did not look your best. Use it to remind you how far you have moved towards your target.
  • Take time to think about what you are eating. You can eat really well. Plan in advance your intake. Don’t punish yourself by denying all the little treats. Have some, but in moderation!
  • By all means go to a gym if that is your thing, but really all you need to do is walk a little more or take part in a gentle workout in your home.
  • Keep in your diary details of people that you admire with success stories to tell. Avoid the shock unrealistic articles in some of the more sensational magazines.
  • You can have a ‘buddy’, life or motivation coach to keep you focussed.
  • Avoid negative people. They can only drag you down. Be aware of those who are jealous of you and your success. Sometimes you need to keep your inner thoughts safe from such people.
  • Continue to reward yourself as you tick off the targets. Possibly a new hairstyle or manicure. The new you is now emerging.
  • Continue to visualise the new, healthy you. You look good, you feel good and you have lots of energy!

If you wish to find out more about some of the techniques that I use then contact me through the web or by phone (07980 849321)

One such technique is Mindfulness which is:

  • A skill that can help you to relax
  • A skill for health and well-being
  • A skill to sooth and calm the mind

A skill that can be introduced in a few sessions and be with you for the rest of your life. Mindfulness, a meditation technique aimed at focusing the mind on the present moment, produces measurable improvements in symptoms of anxiety and depression, alleviate feelings of stress and enhance quality of life.

So what is mindfulness, and how does it work? Mindfulness aims to achieve a relaxed, non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts, feelings and sensations by direct knowing what is going on inside and outside us, moment by moment. In everyday life, mindfulness is about learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, rather than ‘living in our heads’.

We also use hypnotherapy techniques. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention and concentration, enhanced by mental and physical relaxation. When you are relaxed and your mind is focused you are able to use your mind more powerfully. Hypnotherapy is powerful and effective. Hypnotherapy is one of the most natural, safe and self-healing techniques available. As you enter a relaxed state, your heart rate, breathing and metabolism slow down. A hypnotherapist can use this state of mind to encourage your inner resources to create desired and beneficial change. Hypnotherapy allows you to find meaningful alternatives to current (often unsatisfactory) ways of thinking, feeling or behaving.

We have courses that can help you and we have our own range of mp3 downloads that can assist you.

Posted in: Hynotherapy, Living the dream, Motivation, Relaxation, Weight Control
January 6th, 2017 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


A 10-point plan for a happier life! Ian Geddes and Susan Chan

1. Do less…not more!

Make a conscious choice to do less. How can you slow down when you are trying to do twenty things? Decide on what is important, what needs to be done, and let go of the rest. Put space between tasks and appointments, so you can move through your days at a more leisurely pace.

2. Be in the present. Be mindful.

It is not enough to just slow down — you need to be mindful of what you are doing, so attempt to be ‘in the moment’. Focus on what is going on right now. That means, when you find yourself thinking about something you need to do, or something that’s already happened, or something that might happen … gently bring yourself back to the present moment. This takes practise but is essential.

3. Disconnect. Have a rest from the ‘race of life’.

Don’t always be connected. You know that button at the top of your iPhone or Blackberry? Turn it to silent or even off! Better yet, learn to leave it behind one day a week. How did we cope before mobiles? Well, we did! Being connected all the time means that you are subject to demands. It is hard to slow down when you’re always checking for new messages.

4. Focus on people. That’s what really counts in life!

A little time spent with your family and friends can go a long way. It means you can really connect with people rather than just being in the same room as them. Again, be in the present. We can spend time with friends and family, or meet with colleagues, but we’re not really there with them. We don’t listen, we’re really thinking about ourselves and what we want to say. Just be present with the person you’re with.

5. Appreciate nature. Go for a walk now!

How often can we be stuck in our home, office, car or train, rarely getting the chance to go outside? Take the time to get out and observe nature, take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy the serenity of water and woodland. Exercise outdoors when you can, or find other outdoor activities to enjoy such as gardening, walking, taking the dog a walk, swimming or even just relaxing! Feel the sensations of water and wind and earth against your skin. Do this daily.

6. Eat slower. Be mindful.

Learn to eat slowly. Be mindful of each bite. Appreciate the flavours and textures. Eating slowly has the double benefit of making you fuller on less food and making the food taste better. Eating can be a social/ family event.

7. Slow down. Stop and look around you. Drive slower.

Avoid living life at 100 mph! Make it a choice to slow down when you drive. Appreciate your surroundings. Make it a peaceful time to live your life, and the things you’re passing. Driving will be more enjoyable, and much safer. You’ll use less fuel too!

8. Find pleasure in anything and everything

Learn to smile and laugh again. This is related to being ‘in the present’, but take it a step farther. Whatever you are doing, be fully present, appreciate every aspect of life, and find the enjoyable aspects.

9. Focus on what you are doing now.

This is the opposite of multi-tasking. Focus on one thing at a time. When you feel the urge to switch to other tasks, pause, breathe, and pull yourself back.

10. Breathe.

When you find yourself speeding up and becoming stressed: pause and take a deep breath. Immediately you will experience the benefits. Feel the air coming into your body, and feel the stress going out. By fully focusing on each breath, you bring yourself back to the present, and slow yourself down.

Check with Susan for the dates and times for the monthly relaxation meetings.

Susan Chan Associates

Posted in: Happiness, Living the dream, Mindfulness, Relaxation
January 1st, 2017 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


15 tips to remain motivated to ‘looking good and feeling good’ by Susan Chan

15 tips to remain motivated to ‘looking good and feeling good’

OK, the resolutions have been made. 2017 will be the year to get your weight under control. I’m Susan Chan, I work as a motivational consultant, Hypnotherapist and life coach, in Ayrshire and beyond. I frequently get asked what are the main things that make a difference?  There are so many tips that can help you get on track. Don’t ever under estimate the power of your subconscious mind! Like most women, I love to look good, feel good and be energised. So how do you remain motivated? Here is a list of 15 tried, tested and successful tips to have you in top condition for the spring!

  • Determine your goals. Keep a diary. Why do you want to gain control of your weight? Write down your target weight. And the time frame. Keep a note of your progress
  • Recognise interim steps of success. Have plenty of these ‘little steps’. Reward yourself every time you hit a target. It can be a massage or a pair of shoes. It does not matter as long as it is something that you love. (No, not chocolate!)
  • For every pound or kilo you lose, put an equivalent weight of sugar, or books into a bag. Lift this up regularly! Feels good. When you are going through a bad patch, this helps you to recognise how far you have come
  • Some people like to keep a note of all the subtle changes in the body, their weight, hip, bust or waist statistics. A record of this will show how far you have come, giving you the motivation to keep on
  • Search through your wardrobe and find a ‘dress’ in what will be your target weight!  Now imagine what it will be like to wear it again. If you don’t have such a dress, go out and buy one in your ‘dream’ size. Keep one of your old ‘sacks’. You know that you will never need to wear it again
  • Tell your loved ones in no uncertain way that you want and expect their support.
  • Realise that not every day will be successful. Don’t beat yourself up. Check your visuals, and get on with a new day
  • Search through the box of photos. Select a few images that remind you of good times…..when you felt good and looked good. Pick out an image when you did not look your best. Use it to remind you how far you have moved towards your target
  • Take time to think about what you are eating. You can eat really well. Plan in advance your intake. Don’t punish yourself by denying all the little treats. Have some, but in moderation!
  • By all means go to a gym if that is your thing, but really all you need to do is walk a little more or take part in a gentle workout in your home
  • Keep in your diary details of people that you admire with success stories to tell. Avoid the shock unrealistic articles in some of the more sensational magazines
  • You can have a ‘buddy’, life or motivation coach to keep you focussed
  • Avoid negative people. They can only drag you down. Be aware of those who are jealous of you and your success. Sometimes you need to keep your inner thoughts safe from such people
  • Continue to reward yourself as you tick off the targets. Possibly a new hairstyle or manicure. The new you is now emerging!
  • Continue to visualise the new, healthy you. You look good, you feel good and you have lots of energy!

Motivation coaches and therapists can empower you to make these positive changes for 2017. It could be weight control, learning how to relax or gain the confidence to tackle your resolutions, to feel and look good. Check our free relaxation and mindfulness mp3 downloads or make contact with Susan

Posted in: Confidence, Happiness, Living the dream, Motivation, Weight Control
December 19th, 2016 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Addicted to Social Media? Do we need a ‘digital detox’? By Susan Chan and Ian Geddes

We were having a meal out recently. As we looked around the restaurant, there were people at 10 tables. Apart from ourselves, only 2 other tables had people actually talking to each other. The other 7 tables either had a single person, couples or larger groups where a smart phone or tablet was being used! So, are we addicted to our smart phones or tablets and constantly seek out ‘free wifi’ hot spots?

In their Communication Market Report of 2016, Ofcom, noted the impact of personal digital platforms on our personal and working lives. The sample survey, (2025 adults and 500 teenagers) indicated that both groups ‘spend more time on media and communications, on a daily basis’, than sleeping. Wow!

Society is split over the positive and negative impact of this modern trend. There are positives such as the importance of being connected to friends, access to knowledge, being entertained and feeling safe. The negatives mentioned included, not being able to spend enough time on other activities, (such as housework, homework, relationships, exercise…), neglecting face to face contact with family and friends, the stress of always being available and unable to forget work. It is so easy to forget what is happening around you. You forget about being in the present, being mindful.

We were watching a Panorama programme about Facebook and the impact it has had on social interaction.  Also an article by Nick Collins in the Telegraph, commented on the growing numbers of people affected by what has been labelled as ‘Facebook addiction’. Research by the University of Bergen identified a link between addiction symptoms of anxiety and insecurity and a compulsive need to use social networking sites. The University of Chicago investigated the ‘desires’ and ‘urges’ from over 250 people and found that alcohol and tobacco prompted lower levels of desire than the need to check social network sites! 80% of parents (as reported by Matt Warman from the Telegraph) fear that their children could get addicted to social network sites. 30% of parents stated that they believe that the web can ‘rewire’ a person’s brain. There is no evidence for this. Of course it can be fun and so useful when keeping in touch with friends and family.

I was in a school over the lunch interval recently.  The weather was nice yet the indoor space was packed with lots of students busy on their phones and Ipads, busy ‘networking’ away. Possibly they were checking up on their homework (!) However it does seem that for some young people it may be more appealing to do this than actually interacting with the person sitting beside them! Where will we be in 10 years’ time? Will the bubble have burst or will we be even more hooked into virtual interaction?

The Ofcom Report also commented on the issue that adults are aware of this and an increasing number are having ‘digital detox’ periods when the phones and tablets are left at home. As wellness and well-being consultants we have many clients who feel that open and free accessibility through their phones and tablets, leaves them with a negative balance when it comes to their overall work/ life balance and relationships.

So, is it time to consider a ‘digital detox’?

 

Posted in: Happiness, Ian Geddes, Living the dream, Stress Management
August 21st, 2016 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Looking good! Feeling good! by Susan Chan

OK, the resolutions have been made. 2016 will be the year to get your weight under control. I’m Susan Chan, I work as a motivational consultant, Mindfulness and life coach, in Ayrshire and beyond. I frequently get asked what are the main things that make a difference.  There are so many tips that can help you get on track. Don’t ever under estimate the power of your subconscious mind! Like most women, I love to look good, feel good and to be energised. So how do you remain motivated? Here is a list of 15 tried, tested and successful tips to have you in top condition for 2016!

  • Determine your goals. Keep a diary. Why do you want to gain control of your weight? Write down your target weight. And the time frame. Keep a note of your progress.
  • Recognise interim steps of success. Have plenty of these ‘little steps’. Reward yourself every time you hit a target. It can be a massage or a pair of shoes. It does not matter as long as it is something that you love. (No, not chocolate!)
  • For every pound or kilo you lose, put an equivalent weight of sugar, or books into a bag. Lift this up regularly! Feels good. When you are going through a bad patch, this helps you to recognise how far you have come.
  • Some people like to keep a note of all the subtle changes in the body, their weight, hip, bust or waist statistics. A record of this will show how far you have come, giving you the motivation to keep on.
  • Search through your wardrobe and find a ‘dress’ in what will be your target weight!  Now imagine what it will be like to wear it again. If you don’t have such a dress, go out and buy one in your ‘dream’ size. Keep one of your old ‘sacks’. You know that you will never need to wear it again.
  • Tell your loved ones in no uncertain way that you want and expect their support.
  • Realise that not every day will be successful. Don’t beat yourself up. Just get on with a new day. After all it’s a new day.
  • Search through the box of photos. Select a few images that remind you of good times…..when you felt good and looked good. Pick out an image when you did not look your best. Use it to remind you how far you have moved towards your target.
  • Take time to think about what you are eating. You can eat really well. Plan in advance your intake. Don’t punish yourself by denying all the little treats. Have some, but in moderation!
  • By all means go to a gym if that is your thing, but really all you need to do is walk a little more or take part in a gentle workout in your home.
  • Keep in your diary details of people that you admire with success stories to tell. Avoid the shock unrealistic articles in some of the more sensational magazines.
  • You can have a ‘buddy’, life or motivation coach to keep you focussed.
  • Avoid negative people. They can only drag you down. Be aware of those who are jealous of you and your success. Sometimes you need to keep your inner thoughts safe from such people.
  • Continue to reward yourself as you tick off the targets. Possibly a new hairstyle or manicure. The new you is now emerging.
  • Continue to visualise the new, healthy you. You look good, you feel good and you have lots of energy!

Motivation coaches and therapists can empower you to make these positive changes for 2016. It could be weight control, learning how to relax or gain the confidence to tackle your resolutions, to feel and look good. Check our free relaxation and mindfulness MP3s or make contact with Susan at 07980849321.

Posted in: Coaching, Confidence, Happiness, Hynotherapy, Living the dream, Motivation, Weight Control
December 15th, 2015 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Top 7 Golden Rules for Healthy Eating by Susan Chan and Ian Geddes

We work with clients on a regular basis on issues relating to ‘weight control’ and healthy eating

Several techniques can work.

Mindfulness techniques can be successfully used to be more aware of your what you are eating.

Savour your food. Be aware of what you are eating. Eat calmly and be aware of your body becoming healthy.

You will need to break some habits.

The 7 ‘golden’ mindfulness rules for eating healthily

  • Give 100% attention to your food
  • Present your food attractively
  • Appreciate your food
  • Excite the taste buds! Take time to really taste your food
  • Eat when you are hungry
  • Chew your food slowly. Make the pleasure last!
  • Did you enjoy the experience? Do you feel good?

Mindfulness works most effectively when combined with regular practise.

 

Posted in: Confidence, Happiness, Ian Geddes, Living the dream, Mindfulness, Motivation, Stress Management, Weight Control
December 8th, 2015 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Step into Christmas! By Susan Chan and Ian Geddes

December already!  Weeks ago I heard the first warning of Christmas.….the dreaded sound of Noddy Holder from Slade asking me if I was ‘hanging up a stocking on the wall?’

‘So here it is merry Christmas ……………..Everybody’s having fun’

Everybody’s having fun’. If only. It is the season of goodwill. Yes, time for friends and family, good food, parties, exchanging presents and being able to forget about work and problems for a few days.  However I wonder if our expectations are not too high. We want it to be perfect. After all, Christmas is really for children.  However there is a darker side to it bringing some anxiety. The Samaritans, recognise the two weeks either side of Christmas as their busiest time of the year.

I am Susan Chan, change and motivational coach, and encourage you to identify the three common stresses at this time of year:

  • Money
  • Relationships
  • Stress and anxiety

I heard a mum saying that her three year old was getting a ‘Silver Cross Toy Pram’ for Christmas….at £320! Wow. It was easier when ‘all you wanted for Christmas was your two front teeth!

The media bombard us for months about Christmas. At midnight on the 25th they have moved on to New Year and a week later it is all about losing weight and going on a holiday! Have a great day, but don’t put yourself under financial pressure for months or even years.   ‘Look to the future now………………….It’s only just begun’

The kids have been up since 04.15 and been feeding on chocolate and fizzy juice. They are higher than the Eiffel Tower! Dad opened the first beer at 09.20. Mum is frazzled. The turkey is still frozen and the tree lights have blown! Relax, the Master Card Bill will not come for four weeks.  However we can do a lot to overcome the December blues and as Elton John said, ‘step into Christmas’.

So how can you survive the final two weeks leading to Christmas?

Decide on a budget for food, booze and presents. Post it up on a wall so you can see it.

Start your planning now.

Live within your budget.

If folk are coming to your house, delegate. Who brings what? Who does what?

Get all the taxi/car driving duties sorted out.

Talk with your loved ones about expectations. Get the reality check in place.

Compromises must be made. Everybody cannot be happy all the time.

Track down the presents early. Amazon is great but don’t leave it for last minute delivery. You are just putting pressure on yourself.

Be aware of the early sign of emotional stress. (Sleeping problems, anxiety, food and drink excesses, arguing)

Learn relaxation techniques to help your mind and body.

Practise Mindfulness to really know what ‘s happening.

Buy some treats for yourself.

If all else fails then have the telephone number of the United Nations peace keeping agency on speed dial if WW3 breaks out!

You can get help and support over this time and set yourself on a new path with promise and vigour.

 

Remember to have a great time!

Posted in: Happiness, Living the dream, Mindfulness, Motivation, Relaxation, Stress Management
December 8th, 2015 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Making a positive change through relaxation and visualisation by Susan Chan and Ian Geddes

Making Positive Change. Utilising the tool of relaxation and visualisation.

I remember a character called Eeyore out of ‘Winnie the Pooh’. He always sounded sad and he looked unhappy. Eeyore did not know what happiness and positivity would be like. So what about you? Does it affect how you think? Does it affect how you feel? If you give yourself time, peace and calm then a deeper tranquility will come and within this, answers. By the way, no matter what you think, you can effect a positive change. You are reading this now with what could be curiosity and that is a positive step. Now let your mind drift, taking yourself to a special place, where you can have calm, peace and space. Let your body relax and your mind will take you there. It you tune into your breathing, just a little slower, just a little deeper, creating space in a place of positivity. By asking yourself and by allowing yourself to go to a special place, your mind will present you with an answer. A wonderful book by Rick Hanson, entitled, ‘Buddha’s Brain’, suggests that so much of our body is built from what we eat and that our mind is built from all the experiences that we have. To a great extent the flow of what we experience, can have a way in which our brains and our minds shape up. Often we can recall different events. For example what we did last summer, or how it was to fall in love. Somehow most of what shapes our mind can stay locked in our unconscious and within this implicit memory it can hold many of our expectations, such as how we view relationships, even how we respond emotionally and our overall outlook. What is referred to as implicit memory hold the interior landscape within our minds. This includes how it feels to be you and that this can be built on a number of echoes from our past experience. In a way, some of those echoes are sorted into two piles, one that can help you and one that can harm you. So it is in our best interests to create, save and enhance the ones that are positive and let go of the others, that highlight the negative and harmful ones. As humans, there is a problem. We have a negative bias within our memory. The remedy is not to suppress negative experiences when they happen, they happen! Rather it is to foster positive experiences and in particular to take them in so that they become a more permanent part of you. Taking in the good, to help you in your positive change.

Posted in: Confidence, Happiness, Living the dream, Mindfulness, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Relaxation
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