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7 Quick Tips to Get Over a Disappointment

7 Quick Tips to Get Over a Disappointment

I open this post with a caveat, the tips below are great if you are ready to stop dwelling but are finding it difficult to move on.  If on the other hand, you're currently enjoying spending time in the 'pit' (and sometimes you will want to and that is OK) leave this post alone, until you really want to move forward, it will only annoy you otherwise. 1.  Acknowledge your disappointment Has someone not lived up to your expectations or is it yourself that you feel disappointed  with? Pretending that the negative feeling isn't there,  only causes increasing  emotional stress, which always leads to physical tension, this is why acknowledging your feelings is so important. 2.  Get Quiet for 10 minutes  Take five minutes and focus on your breath – try some 7/11 breathing And then  Take five minutes and find as many things as you can, to be thankful for. If you find it difficult at first - go back to basics.   Be thankful that you're breathing, for the chair that you're sitting on, the roof over your head and so on.  Often, when we are dwelling on a disappointment, it can feel as though the mind is on a merry-go-round, racing from one negative or self-defeating thought to another.  By...

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4 Quick Steps to Instantly Lift Your Mood

4 Quick Steps to Instantly Lift Your Mood

If despite all of the joy and love flowing all around you right now during this festive period, you find yourself needing a slight lift, the following 4 steps will give you the equivalent of a jaeger bomb of that feel good feeling! 🙂   1.  Deepen your breath, ensuring that your inhalation is of equal length to your exhalation for around 20 seconds, some people find working to a count of 5 effective.   2.  Place your hand on your heart and imagine your breath is entering and exiting directly from your heart – do this for another 20 seconds.   3.  Start to think about someone or something that makes you smile for about a minute.   4.  Realize that you feel a bit better than before you started this exercise 🙂   And that’s it – easy as that.  This technique is one of many simple, but powerful breathing exercises from the scientists at the Heart Math Institute.  It’s perfect for those times when you’re feeling anxious, frustrated or have any negative emotions that you want to shake off quickly.  A Christmas present for life, from me to you.  Enjoy.     Photo credit:...

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Why Dieting Makes You Fat (Part 3) Top 10 Tips for Keeping The Weight Off For Good?

Why Dieting Makes You Fat (Part 3) Top 10 Tips for Keeping The Weight Off For Good?

Welcome to the final instalment of Why Dieting is Making You Fat.  If you have stumbled across this post first, check out Parts 1 and 2 here, to help you understand why it isn’t your fault you have kept falling off the diet wagon and this will make a lot more sense.  Otherwise feel free to use my top 10 tips to help you shed those pounds for good. I will say up front that if you're looking to lose 10 pounds quickly, in order to fit into the lovely little number you bought in the sales last week - the tips below won't be for you.  However, if you're looking to change your shape for the better and create a long lasting and sustainable way to manage your weight and your attitude towards food then my top 10 tips are a fabulous starting point. 1. Protein Eat protein with as many meals as possible, it takes longer for the body to break down and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. 2. Go Brown There’s nothing wrong with carbs when you go complex so switch your regular, white rice, bread and pasta for brown and wholemeal alternatives.  It might taste a little bit blah to start with, but get creative, experiment with your spices and learn to love lemon - it gives everything an extra...

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