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Sleep Solves Everything: 10 ways to get Happy Sleep

In a previous life, I think I must have been a cat.  Or maybe a giant armadillo!  Did you know they sleep around 18 hours a day!  To me that sounds like bliss!  I love sleep.  Especially in the winter, I love to hibernate.  If only I could live by the day light hours!

 

However, in the way we live our lives today, that just isn’t possible.  There is work, endless responsibilities and the latest Netflix release to watch.  As work life balance and boundaries blur in to one, sleep becomes over-rated with phrases such as ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’!  Some of us even wear our lack of sleep as a badge of honour, with workaholism causing a lack of sleep.  Some fear getting the proper sleep also equates to not being passionate enough about the work we do and the life we lead.

 

And yet sleep is vital for our overall physical heath as our body rests and more importantly for our mental health....

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Article published by Prime Women: Lifting the taboo on surviving the peri-menopause and menopause

My thanks to Prime Women for publishing this article to raise awareness of the Menopause & Peri-Menopause in November 2018.

I am well in to my 40’s and the ‘M’ word has started to become the topic of conversation with many of my friends.  I feel that it is time to lift the taboo on the subject, talk about it and share experiences and tips to survive what has always been branded as a horrible time of life.

I am a Health and Happiness Coach and approach both holistically and as far as possible naturally, without medical intervention.  From my personal experience and in doing research, I have determined that you do not need to suffer in relation to your reproductive life cycle and you don’t need a pill to thrive.   In fact, it can be simply enough to understand that your sexual hormones are out of balance and that you can take responsibility to look at your daily habits, your environments and work out what is causing any imbalance in your...

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Sammie: From Chronic Tiredness to Turning Cartwheels

This is a wonderful testimonial from a busy working Mum of 2 young children, running her own business who was on her knees with exhaustion and frustration at not being able to accomplish what she wanted to – lose weight and grown her business while still being present for her family.  Well done Sammie!

At 42 I found myself on the wrong side of 40. With two little ones (my youngest aged 2), a business, a busy husband and a household to run; I felt physically as if I was in my 80’s and emotionally done and as frustrated insomniac I was tired, chronically tired.

Everything hurt and nothing was working, I was finding it hard to get motivated, struggling to lose the baby weight and finding time to exercise, my work/life balance was not at all balanced, my kids and husband were suffering with my moods and I felt guilty. Guilty that I wasn’t doing anything right, guilty that I couldn’t do it, guilty I wasn’t spending more time with the family...

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Jo: From Stressed on Sundays, to Happy Mondays

When Jo first came to me for help, she was exhausted, lost her sparkle and zest for life after working more than a 40 hour week in a stressful, round the clock job as well as caring for her father after a cancer diagnosis.  There was no time for her or her ‘joy list’.  12 months on, Jo is living her happiest life yet and a life she has designed around her joy list!  To receive a testimonial from someone who refers to me as Mary Poppins has made me so happy as I know I have left a patient client with a ‘carpet bag’ of tools and techniques they can call on and empower themselves to feel happy and healthy.  

In Jo’s words: 

My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were understanding my life direction, believing in my capabilities and understanding my emotional headspace.

Ali was able to help me work toward these goals by asking open questions to get me thinking, listening to my crazy ideas and never, ever...

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Joe: The effect of diet on teenage ADHD

I have recently been privileged enough to be able to help teenagers understand the impact of their diet on their mental health; how high sugary treats and foods can lead to blood sugar highs and then the inevitable lows. This can exacerbate any anxious tendencies they may already have and therefore, guiding and suggesting alternatives that they enjoy can have wonderful effects.

This testimonial is written by Joe’s Mother:

Joe is 14 years old and was diagnosed with moderate combined ADHD at the age of 13. He is currently taking the prescription medication Concerta, which helps him with processing and concentration but we are very conscious of the positive role a good diet can also play in assisting Joe. Ali has offered great support in this respect and one of the major goals in diet terms is to reduce the refined sugar in Joe’s diet which not only helps him in terms of managing his ADHD but also in relation to teenage acne outbreaks which have been causing him a lot of...

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Andy: Raising awareness on the importance of men's mental health

Andy approached me after I had shared a talk at work on Mindfulness and how it can create harmony in the workplace.  He had been through an intense few months personally and professional and reached out for support.  Andy wanted to publicly share his testimonial for the men reading this, because he feels men typically don’t find it that easy or comfortable to talk about thoughts or feelings and hoped by sharing his experience that it might inspire others to take action if they feel they need support, in whatever guise.

My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were spending more quality time with family, especially my parents.  Getting into regular exercise and eating healthily and getting back into dating after a break up 6 months prior.

My coach was able to help me work toward these goals, initially just by going through the process of setting them out and simply explaining that in life, without goals, we often feel as though we are aimlessly...

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Clare: From darkness in to the light

Clare and I first met 3 years ago as part of a life coaching group and remained 'friends' on social media.  At the beginning of this year, Clare contacted me while she was at a very low point in her life and asked for help.  This has been tough journey for Clare, but I had the privilege to watch someone face into their darkest moments with dignity.  I love how Clare describes that she now wakes up each morning delighted to see what the day may bring.  She has moved from the darkness and in to a beautiful light that she has created herself, with an opportunity to manifest her life by design. And yes - it will include Clare & Ali Cookery Days - watch this space!  Her story is below:

 

My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were to find my joy in life, try and have less fear about moving forward with my life & less procrastination and to make some order of the car crash of a life that I unexpectedly found myself in.

Ali was...

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How Alice mastered her mind to master her life: From anxiety & despair to gratitude & joy

Alice was a complete stranger when we had our first conversation, as a referral from another client. Over the last 12 months, I have been honoured to witness an incredible transformation in Alice - from one of despair borne of overwhelming anxiety to a gutsy entrepreneur starting her new business with passion and motivation, confident in herself and in her own words grateful to be in a marriage where she and her husband have 'the most fulfilled and connected relationship we have had since we met'.

This is Alice's testimonial after working with me through my signature private transformational programme.

My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were :

  • Learn coping techniques for managing anxiety -  my new and unwanted companion!
  • To learn how to avoid my ‘default’ behaviors and recognise when I was behaving in those ways.  These behaviours were not ‘bad’ as such but they led to me being driven to the point of losing sight of what...
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