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I believe that Health & Happiness is our first line of defence Health & Happiness is our first line of defence in this current climate – where the individual health of each person and their happiness is paramount to keeping our families and our businesses healthy and happy too.
In this blog today, I would like to take some time to focus on the third pillar of my frame work – Happy Sleep and I want to share with you 5 ways to get you in to bed!
This blog is for you, if you find that you are doing any of the following:
I would like you to imagine a life where you sleep peacefully, deeply and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face every day with a spring in your...
Jane came to see me after being referred by a mutual friend; she had been struggling with some health issues and as a result was feeling very 'flat', unlike her usual positive self and was concerned about her future and her purpose going forward.
Jane and I met every 2 weeks to discuss her feelings and thoughts and I used talking therapy to allow Jane really say what she needed to say; we worked through several different exercises and techniques that allowed Jane to really connect with herself, to work through blockers holding her back from moving forward and finally, she found the diamonds within. In her final session with me, she was radiant. She was full of energy and smiles and ready for her next chapter in live.
When I first approached Ali and started my Heal Yourself Happy Transformational Programme, I was feeling quite lost had lost my mojo - knew that I needed to find my way again but didn’t know where to start. I felt quite rung...
Everyone has a story. The story of your life. There will always be high times of joy and light and laughter and regardless of what Disney would have us believe, alongside them, there are the low times, the darker times, even the desperate times.
However, when we tell our story, we can choose whether to write ourselves in as the victim or the heroine (or hero if I am to be PC). We have the choice. We hold the pen over the blank sheet of paper. We choose the words to fill the open silence.
So despite everything, I still write my my story as love story. And as with every good love story, there is heartache, heart break, long nights of despair before the dawn of a new hope, the promise of new life and the journey of healing.
I hadn’t seen Vicki in 5 years when we were reunited at Castle Howard in October last year on Vicki’s second book tour date in York. When we’d last met, we were both speaking at the...
During one of the first sessions that Ali came to see me, my house alarm had a fault and wouldn't stop going off! Rather than stress about it, we took a stroll into the garden and sat in the sunshine on the terrace. In some ways, this set the tone for the transition Ali went through - from loud upsetting noise, to finding peace and calm.
Here is Ali's story in her words:
I was very low after the death of my mum and my marriage breakdown 6 weeks after she died. I was struggling with running my business, looking after my daughter and adjusting to being a single parent. I had money troubles and I couldn't see how I could get myself out of this mess I found myself in.
My top 3 goals were to regain control of my finances, be happy, run my business easier. Ali was able to help me with these goals by breaking them up into separate entities, working out which one I wanted to focus on in that particular week. We wrote down action plans and I...
2 years ago, I was in a very different place to where I am now. I was holding on to those last few strings that attached me to the past and I was desperately trying to forge a way forward.
I found writing a very therapeutic way of getting my ideas and thoughts out of my head; it brought me clarity. On this day 2 years ago, this is what I wrote and I haven't looked back. I am sharing my words here as it is just one of the techniques I use with my clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression or worry. The thoughts they have are holding them back from a life they want to live.
This is what I wrote:
There comes a time, when you have to start moving forward and looking ahead, rather than revisiting the past or replaying the painful showreel of the trauma that devastated you.
This will take time. But as with anything, it is the first step that counts. It is the decision to focus more on what you want the next chapter to be. And...
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....
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...
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...
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...
Take the Heal-Yourself-Happy quiz and receive your personalised health and happiness report and your score in each area of your life - great for setting some SMART goals!