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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


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


The Power of Positive Change

Depending upon the meaning we give to situations or events, we feel and behave differently. It is amazing how we can be motivated by what gives us meaning and purpose. Your mind has a massive unconscious control and influence on what you think, what you do and how you feel. So is the glass half full or half empty? You have the ability to change the way that you look at life, events and relationships. When you view something in a more positive way , we use the term re-frame.

Advertising is based on the power of encouraging you to view a product in  a positive way, to persuade you to feel good about buying a product. Public relations, marketing and spinning  information and even the shopping experience all place emphasis on providing you with a relaxed, enjoyable environment or ‘frame’. You are more likely to buy, be persuaded or convinced when you feel good.

Values: Create the right path for you: We need to accept that we can change and we have the power to create those changes for the better. Use the table below to help identify your barriers, spark ideas that could motivate you to positive change, then set your intentions to create that change.

 

What is holding me back from positive change?

 

My positive values that move me to change

 

  • It’s hard to change
  • I’ve always done it this way
  • I don’t deserve good things
  • I feel helpless
  • I’m a failure
  • I’m not clever enough
  • I can’t change
  • Life is always against me
  • I am afraid of the unknown and taking risks
  • I have an inner voice holding me back
 

  • Change is exciting
  • I choose change in my life
  • I deserve the best
  • I take responsibility for my life
  • I am successful at what I chose to do
  • I have the skills I need
  • I can change
  • I create my own options
  • I am ready to take a step into the unknown

The brain has a negative bias. In evolutionary terms we have to be ever ready for anything! This creates a fear, a need to have our minds concerned about other things. This can be hard work and there is a tendency to be negative in outlook. Knowing this means we have to be clear about ‘setting our intentions’, just as we would ‘set our sat-nav’ when setting out on a journey.

It’s the journey, not the destination that brings the joy!

 

Posted in: Educational Motivation, Happiness, Mindfulness, Motivation
August 3rd, 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


Keeping our children free from stress by Susan Chan and Ian Geddes

Childhood is supposed to be a carefree time when life is free from worries, with fun and laughter. All too often the reality is different. In the last few weeks I have been asked to help children to learn about mindfulness as a way to overcome stress. Having recently held a workshop with 30 15 year old children, I found out that there was not one child that did not have stress in their lives. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to remove that anxiety and reduce that stress? In the short time I shared with these young people, I realised how the day to day expectations put so many pressures on them. Sometimes there may be bullying, pressures to be family young carers, the demands of school work, body image, not having friends and even from having friends! The list is endless. So much for having a carefree life!
As adults we have days when we are anxious and having it tough. Many of us have developed the resources to pull us through. So what can we do as parents when our children start to show the same symptoms of unhappiness and anxiety? There have been many recent newspaper articles about bullying and cyber-bullying. Anxiety problems are becoming increasingly common in children, with over 1/3rd of 5 to 14 year old children showing symptoms. A recent report indicated that children, whose parents had training in mindfulness were twice as likely to show reduced levels of anxiety, when compared with traditional pill/ counselling treatment. A Millennium Cohort Study involving 6,500, 7 year old children who had a very sedentary lifestyle concluded that they experienced higher levels of emotional stress, anxiety and depression than those children who were more active. There appears to be a correlation between well- being and physical activity. Anxiety is a normal part of childhood and we have all gone through tough times, which tend to be temporary and harmless. However children who suffer anxiety disorder tend to experience fear, nervousness, shyness, avoidance, sleeplessness,’ clinginess’ and emotional numbing.
Basic mindfulness techniques help by keeping you focused using your senses, going with the flow, being attentive in the present. You can learn to be non-judgemental and letting go. The wonderful thing is that children and young people can be brilliant in mindfulness. As we learn to connect with ourselves then we can connect with others, and you can do it anywhere and anytime. Mindfulness life skills are an antidote for both parents and children.
So what can you do? Pay attention to their feelings. Stay calm when the child becomes anxious. Practise breathing and relaxation techniques. Never punish mistakes or lack of progress. Avoid belittling the child when he/ she fails to take part in an event or holds back. Modify your expectations and plan for difficult times. (E.g. take more time to get your child to school). Be aware of some of the stresses that your child may experience, e.g. at school or on social media sites.
There is no doubt that mindfulness practice can help children to become calmer and more focussed. It is a natural process that can be practised by children from a young age. Even before a child learns language, they can
see things as they are. All actions are spontaneous. They laugh, cry and sleep. They can instantly let go of the immediate past and move on.
As the child grows and develops he/ she can lose the sense of focused calm and their mind may lack the attention to ‘stay with it’. This is where mindfulness exercises can give the child relief from an over active mind. Happiness means different things to each one of us. I rarely meet any client who is ‘over’ happy! One of the things I ask new clients to complete when they come to see me for coaching is to complete a ‘life focus chart‘. This is useful to measure where the client is at the moment and recognise what they wish to change. Coaching explores these feelings and works with the client to set goals and take action to achieve their desired outcomes.
So, would winning £50 million on the lottery make you happy? Research by the New York Times indicated that we each have a baseline level of happiness. People easily adapt to living with less or more, without suffering many negative or positive consequences, but that when we are constantly pursuing more, we have to get even more to stay happy. This is called, “hedonic adaptation.” No matter what happens, good or bad, the effect on our happiness is temporary. Our happiness level can be influenced by how we think.

So you can’t buy happiness. So there!

Posted in: Confidence, Happiness, Living the dream, Mindfulness, Motivation, Relaxation, Stress Management
December 2nd, 2015 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Work- Life Balance with Susan Chan and Ian Geddes

Lifestyle surveys identify work life balance as the number one concern. When that balance is wrong then you have a problem.

Burn out. Overwork.  Stress. Ill health. Depression. Sleeplessness. Relationships. Performance.

Living the Dream. How to manage your lifestyle.
Take control. Make decisions and gain some power
Never take your personal life and family for granted. Complete this simple task. Make a list of all the things that are important in your life. Now attempt to place them in order of importance to you
Be choosy. Do not try to balance work and life. Adjust according to their value to you

So where lies the problem? Know your limits. if you are concerned about your work life balance then what can you do about it?
Review your situation every 4 months. Review your priorities
Allow space in your life. Stop and relax. Dedicate time for yourself every day

  • Have you actually accepted a pattern out of habit? You do not need to accept that. Allow your brain to be re-programmed to accept that your life is in many parts.
  • Do you have an addiction to work? What are you trying to avoid?
  • Be unavailable for a part of each day and for at least one day a week, 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.
  • Practise relaxation, self-hypnosis and mindfulness every day Remember you can say no! Why should you do something you don’t want or like?

Re-evaluate your perspective on life. Give yourself a regular check up by completing the ‘Wheel of Life’, every few months. Establish where you are and where you want to be.
Remember the most that you can ever give is 100%
What can you do  this month. Make an action plan. Remember the little steps add up to make the big leap.

You can get the balance right. How to manage your time. To focus on your priorities. To ‘de-clutter’. To change bad habits. To regain control.

The rewards make it worth the time and commitment to take far more care of your self. as the advert says, ‘you’re worth it!’

It’s your life and your balance. You have to do it your way. We can help you.

Excepts taken from ‘Living the Dream….The secret of being happy’, by Susan Chan and Ian Geddes


Wheel of Life analysis:

Coaching: Present situation: self analysis
On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being poor and 10 being fully achieved/ happy], grade each of the categories below, as they are at
this moment.

  • Social/ Leisure
  • Personal Growth and Development
  • Marriage/ Partner
  • Spiritual
  • Health and Well Being
  • Relationships, Friends and
  • Family
  • Wealth, Job and Money
  • Careers/ Job Satisfaction
  • Outlook in Life/ Attitude
  • Physical Environment/
  • Home

Total Score /100                                                    Date


• How has this changed since the last time you completed the chart?
• How do you feel about your life as you review this sheet?
• Which elements are you most happy with?
• Prioritise. Which elements would you like to improve?
• What steps can you start to make today to make those changes?
• What would a score of 10 feel like?
• How would you describe your work/ Life balance?

Posted in: Coaching, Confidence, Happiness, Living the dream, Mindfulness, Motivation, Relaxation
December 1st, 2015 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


Tips to remain motivated to look good and feel good

OK, the resolutions have been made. 2015 will be the year to get your weight under control. I’m Susan Chan, I work as a motivational consultant 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 emerging1
  • 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 2015. 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 01563 528801/ 07980849321.

Posted in: Coaching, Confidence, Happiness, Hynotherapy, Living the dream, Mindfulness, Motivation, Relaxation, Stress Management, Weight Control
January 1st, 2015 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


How to improve your work life balance

Any lifestyle survey identifies work life balance as the number one concern. We have more contact from clients on work life balance than any other single concern. Burn out. Overwork.  Stress. Ill health. Depression. Sleeplessness. Relationships. Performance.

Living the Dream. How to manage your lifestyle.
Take control. Make decisions and gain some power
Never take your personal life and family for granted
Be choosy. Do not try to balance work and life. Adjust according to their value to you
Know the limits. Talk this over at work, after all it is only work!
Review your situation every 4 months. Review your priorities
Allow space in your life. Stop and relax. Dedicate time for yourself every day
Is it really all about money?
Have you actually accepted a pattern out of habit? You do not need to accept that. Allow your brain to be re-programmed to accept that your life is in many parts.
Do you have an addiction to work? What are you trying to avoid?
Be unavailable for a part of each day and for at least one day a week, 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.
Practise relaxation, self-hypnosis and mindfulness every day Remember you can say no! Why should you do something you don’t want or like?
Re-evaluate your perspective on life. Give yourself a regular check up by completing the ‘Wheel of Life’, every few months. Establish where you are and where you want to be.
Remember the most that you can ever give is 100%
From this list jot down the five most significant points that you can do something about this month. Make an action plan. Remember the little steps add up to make the big leap.

We can help you to get the balance right. How to manage your time. To focus on your priorities. To ‘de-clutter’. To change bad habits. To regain control.

The rewards make it worth the time and commitment to take far more care of your self. as the advert says, ‘you’re worth it!’

It’s your life and your balance. You have to do it your way. We can help you.

Excepts taken from ‘Living the Dream….The secret of being happy’, by Susan Chan and Ian Geddes

Posted in: Motivation, Relaxation, Stress Management
January 16th, 2014 Share On Twitter Share on Twitter Share On Facebook Share on Facebook


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