Author: Becca Teers

Health news: Mindset Moments

Although I’m still hoping for our Indian summer this month, the change of season is approaching. The return to school and work and our busy routines kicking in again, can all be quite a shock to the system, especially after the wonderful summer we’ve had! It can be a bit daunting to have to throw ourselves back into every day life after the holidays, family time and relaxation of the summer. Here are some tips to help you to lift your mood and get motivated, whilst staying calm this autumn! Re-connect with your goals – it’s nearing the final quarter of the year. If you had set yourself some goals (personal/ health/work) for 2018, now is a great time to check in and take stock of how you’re doing. If you’ve achieved them- great! If you’re not quite there yet you can ask yourself whether these things are still important to you or not? If the goals are still valid then brainstorm the steps to get you further towards achieving them. If not create a couple …

Health News: Self-Care

What is self-care? Practicing self-care is including activities in our lives, to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.  Self-care does include the basic three; healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep, but there are other activities that we can do to make us feel good too. Why is self-care important? We are all so busy with our lives; taking care of others, working, looking after personal admin, running a home and fitting in socializing too. It can be very easy to forget about our own mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Often we are the last on the list of our priorities. This fast pace can go on for only so long before we start to suffer in some way. Whether it’s mental or physical symptoms such as anxiety, stress or physical illness, I believe the mind and body are very connected and stress does cause physical imbalance, which can lead to illness. Self-care is especially important at times of excitement, stress or when we’re especially busy or are experiencing big changes in our …

Take Action This Spring!

Whatever you decided that you wanted to achieve this year, if you haven’t already started to take steps towards your goals yet, now is the perfect time to get things rolling! After the winter months are finally over the spring is all about new growth, change and transformation. It is a hopeful season and a really good time to take action with a new habit or goal. Whether your goals and aspirations for 2018 are in the areas of health, lifestyle, career or financial use the following tips to get you going; Just get started! There is a wise quote from an ancient Chinese text; ‘ A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step’. Any worthwhile goal in life, whether large or small, can be attained by simply breaking it down into small steps and beginning to take them one at a time. Start at the beginning but always with the end in mind! As you work towards your goal always keep your focus on the end result, the ‘why’. How …

Are you SAD? Do you suffer from the winter blues?

As the cold weather and the darker nights and mornings draw in do you suffer from a lack of energy or low mood? Do you find it harder to get up in the morning and generally lose a bit of motivation and ‘lust for life’? Do you find it more difficult to focus on work or generally just feel a bit ‘down in the dumps’? If the answer is yes to any of the above you may be suffering from a bout of winter depression; the medical name of which is SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder). There’s sound scientific evidence to support the idea that the season can affect our moods and it’s thought that SAD affects 1 in 15 people in the UK. What causes SAD? We don’t know for sure what causes these changes in mood but scientists believe that part of the problem is due to the reduced hours of daylight. The theory is that when light enters the eyes it alters the levels of hormones in the body. Light is thought to …

New Year – New You? How to keep up with your new year resolutions past the month of January

It’s a familiar pattern isn’t it? We start the New Year with the best of intentions and all sorts of plans, ideas and goals, most of which fall by the wayside before we even get to Valentine’s Day! Here are some tips to help you keep your levels of motivation high and your goals more achievable; Don’t be too ambitious! David Allen said; “You can do anything, but not everything”. If you have a whole list of resolutions or goals, take three of them at a time and work on them first. Breaking your list down will stop you from becoming overwhelmed. Write your goals down. Researchers from Harvard Business School found that writing goals down was one of the key actions of successful people. A written intention represents a commitment on your part to achieve the goal, and this gives you more power and determination. Strive for balance- Try to have a mix of resolutions or new things you want to implement. Often it can be all about work or health, but it’s better …