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Aromatherapy

Alleviate Anxiety Naturally: The Power of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a remarkable technique to effectively reduce stress and anxiety. By harnessing the natural properties of essential oils, it offers a holistic approach to promote relaxation and emotional well-being. Choosing the right essential oils is crucial, as each oil possesses unique therapeutic qualities. Lavender and chamomile are renowned for their calming effects, while bergamot and ylang ylang uplift the mood. Methods of application include inhalation, topical application, and diffusion. Incorporating aromatherapy into a daily routine can be achieved by creating a relaxing environment with the use of diffusers or adding a few drops of essential oils to a warm bath. Ultimately, embracing the power of aromatherapy can provide a natural and effective means to alleviate stress and anxiety, enabling individuals to attain a greater sense of tranquillity and balance in their lives.

In conclusion, aromatherapy offers a natural and effective solution for reducing stress and anxiety. By harnessing the power of essential oils, individuals can experience a sense of calm and relaxation, promoting overall well-being. Incorporating aromatherapy into daily routines can provide numerous benefits for both the mind and body. So, why not explore the world of aromatherapy and unlock its potential to alleviate anxiety naturally? Start your journey towards serenity and tranquillity today.

Working From Home

How to Successfully work from home

When it comes to working from home, there are a few typical personality types:

The procrastinator – “I’ll get to my work first thing this morning! Right after I rearrange my pantry and wipe down all my windowsills… and that other thing I need to do…”

The stickler – “Everything has its place on the desk, and I will be in my chair by 8.45am for a 9am start, and I won’t move from this spot.”

The easily distracted – “Alright, I’m going to send this email and… HEY KITTY! Want some pets?”

The bludger – “Yes sir, I’ll send that now.” *Answers call from boat*

If you’re any of these, here are some helpful and balanced tips for successfully working from home (except if you’re the bludger… you may need to find a new job).

Set up your workspace area

Not having any particular place you’re setting up and logging on can leave you a bit aimless when it comes to getting started in the morning. Choose a dedicated area in your house to set up everything you need for your work, allowing you to get up and take a break from that area when you need.

Stick to a routine

If you’re used to getting up and performing a morning routine every day, it’s a good idea to stick to it. Set your alarm at the same time you would normally and do all the things you would ordinarily do in the leadup to work. A lack of routine might mean you sleep in, neglect your health, and have trouble starting your day.

Remove distractions where you can

If you know you’re easily distracted or a procrastinator, remove any known triggers that might have you wandering from your work. Moving away from an area with a TV, keeping your pets separate to your workspace, or making sure your work area is clean and uncluttered will allow you the mental space to focus on your work.

Take regular breaks

When you’re not in a typical work environment where you’re prompted to take breaks or stop for an informal chat every now and then, make sure you set reminders for yourself. Taking time out from work and from a screen can help you restore some balance and reset yourself for when you return.

 

 

Get dressed like you’re going to work

We’re all tempted to work in our slippers and pyjamas, and maybe skip the morning shower from time to time. But, getting up, showered, and dressed like you’re heading to work can help get you in the right mindset for a productive workday.

Steer clear of social media

Social media is the vortex of work distractions. The social aspect and endless waterfalls of content make it mighty tempting to surf for hours on end. Close and sign out of any social media tabs before starting your work, and only browse them when you’re taking a break.

Me Time

Why you need to spend more time with yourself

Human beings are naturally social creatures. We gravitate towards others and often seek comfort and companionship to enrich our lives – and there’s nothing wrong with that!
But, setting aside time to be alone with yourself is just as important for your mental health and balance as building and maintaining those social connections.

Solitude has historically been tarred with a negative brush with it being used as punishment, seen as a sign of bad character, or leading to feelings of abandonment, but it’s not all doom and gloom!

Being alone by choice

Loneliness is a feeling no one enjoys and can often lead to negative health impacts.  We generally feel lonely when we’re not alone by choice
On the contrary, choosing to spend time doing things solo can have a big positive affect on your mental and physical health.

Benefits of spending time with yourself

It’s great for your imagination and creativity

In a world full of noise and distractions, zoning in on your own ideas and sense of creativity can sometimes feel impossible. Eliminating those distractions frees up your mind to explore and unpack ideas on a deeper and more detailed level, analysing them without influence or external pressures.

Our minds are capable of incredible things, and the imagination is where so many great ideas are born. By allowing ourselves the alone time needed to focus inward, we nurture and feed our imaginations and creative freedoms.

It can be great for relationships

Relationships are often viewed as the coming together of two people into one union, but it doesn’t mean you should never be apart! Allowing yourself and your partner to spend time doing things alone feeds your sense of identity and highlights how special your connections really are.

It promotes self-reflection

Taking time for some self-reflection is one of today’s most neglected activities because it needs to be done alone. Reflecting on your behaviour, ideas, decisions, challenging situations, and anything concerning the self can be incredibly therapeutic and cleansing, and often provides clarity to the mind.

 

 

Great activities to do on your own

Go for a long walk in nature 

Surrounding yourself with nature, away from technology and life distractions is a refreshing solo activity. Breathing fresh air and practicing mindfulness in your surroundings is great for your mental and physical health.

Try a new restaurant

Taking a leap and doing something new can also involve some seriously tasty food. Dining by yourself allows you to focus on your meal – the flavours, textures, and atmosphere of the restaurant. And no, you won’t look weird!

Go to the movies

Is there a movie coming out no one’s really interested in seeing? Perfect! Take yourself out to the cinema, grab some snacks, kick back and enjoy a film on your own. If you can do it alone from your couch, what’s stopping you from doing it at the big screen?

How to take a break from alcohol

How to take a break from alcohol

 

For many, alcohol is a go-to substance to ease stress, relieve boredom, promote relaxation, or as a social lubricant. In many cultures, having a drink after work, with dinner, with a friend, or with a group is a perfectly acceptable (and sometimes expected) behaviour. But once you piece together all those drinks in all those settings, the amount you’re consuming might surprise and alarm you, and the effect on your health may be dangerous.

Taking a break from alcohol can give your body a much-needed rest from breaking down those toxins, and your mental health can also benefit.

Here are a few strategies for taking a break from alcohol.

Work out the ‘why’

Establish what your motivation for taking a break from alcohol is. It may be something like health, money, family, or relationships. Having a firm motivator is important to remind you of why you’re taking a break and the benefits that will follow.

Make a plan and keep yourself accountable

You may have a goal in mind for how long you want to kick the booze. It may be a month, six months, or indefinitely. Either way, it’s a great idea to write down a plan for how you’re going to replace alcohol in your routine, and what you’ll do in scenarios where you know you’ll be tempted.

Taking up a hobby such as sport or painting can be a healthy replacement for your 6pm drink and planning ahead for social occasions will mean you’re better prepared for temptations. If you feel like you’re going to cave in, always go back to your plan.

Find supporters and avoid peer pressure

If your circle of friends or family are regular drinkers, they may question your decision to take a break, and even tempt you to forget the whole idea. Peer pressure is a big factor that contributes to people’s decision to drink more quantities of alcohol more often than they ordinarily would.

It’s a great idea to find a friend or a few people to get on board with your choice and help support you through it. These individuals may also come to your assistance in social drinking settings or when you’re getting the third degree from others.

If you know your circle includes people that will pressure or question you, driving you to reconsider things, arm yourself with a handful of firm answers and statements for when you’re confronted, and stick to your guns!

 

Pay attention to how you feel

Taking a break from alcohol can have many health benefits for both body and mind. Pay particular attention to how you’re feeling and when you notice improvements such as more energy, less anxiety and depression, improved skin health, better sleep, and healthy weight loss.

The more you take stock of these benefits, the better equipped you are to keep going.

How to get good quality sleep

How to get good quality sleep

 

 

A whopping 35% of us report regularly having trouble sleeping.

Your brain might decide to analyse all the problems of the universe as soon as you hit the pillow, or it might wake you up at some ungodly hour and will not be convinced to go back to sleep.

Regardless of the type of sleep interruption, it has a huge impact on many areas of your life from affecting your immune system to your cognitive function when performing any task.

Luckily, there are a few simple tools you can use to get good quality sleep and wake up feeling rested, restored, and ready to face the day.

Start a sleep routine and stick to it

If your bedtime is all over the place, it may be contributing to your lack of sleep quality. Without a regular sleep routine, your brain doesn’t consistently get the signal that it’s time to sleep, and your window of opportunity will close.

Aim to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. This will help to train your brain to properly recognise sleep cycles when it’s time to rest, and when you’ve had enough. Try to avoid long naps (especially in the afternoon) and stick to short power naps instead.

Treatments that aid relaxation

Some people find Reflexology Indian head Massage Reiki and Aromatherapy Massage help to relieve stress and tension thus aiding in a good nights sleep.

Ease up on the caffeine

Easier said than done for those of us who are fiends for caffeine, but monitoring your intake is vital to a good night’s sleep. Caffeine can come in many forms from your run of the mill coffee, to that can of soft drink you had with lunch. It can be tempting to use it to replace the energy you’re not getting from sleep but can have both immediate and long-term negative effects on your body.

Try to confine your caffeine intake to before lunch and avoid any caffeinated drinks after midday. This will help your body return to its normal energy levels by time you’re ready for bed.

Keep up with regular exercise

Exercising has an impressive list of benefits and improving your sleep quality is a major one. Exercising triggers the body to release some of our cortisol build-up (the stress hormone) and helps restore balance to your body’s hormone levels.

Exercise can also leave you feeling energised, so try to get your workout in early if you can, or at least a few hours before bed.

 

Create an environment that promotes sleep

You may look around your bedroom and start to notice a heap of distractions that affect your sleep. This may be background light/noise from a TV, using the wrong pillow, or a temperature that is too hot or too cold.

Make a list of everything in your environment you think might hinder sleep and start to change or remove them. This might mean replacing your TV with meditation music or leaving your phone out of arm’s reach to remove temptation. Assess your mattress, covers, and pillows, and work towards finding the right ones to suit you and your sleeping preferences.

A little bit about me

A little bit about me

Hi, my name is Dawn Heys and I am a fully qualified Holistic Therapist Specialising in Reflexology, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, and also Aromatherapy. I started my Holistic journey in 1996 when I attended a full time Complimentary Therapies Course. I have a passion for all things that are natural and preservative free. Being a Fully Qualified Aromatherapies I can blend oils to suit my clients needs.

I am based at home in my Therapy Cabin. The treatment room is fully equipped to meet my client’s needs and provides a cosy, relaxed and confidential environment for treatments. It is the perfect location for a soothing treatment set in a landscaped Garden.

In addition to my training, I complete continuing professional development each year. I am a full member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and am fully insured I am also a member of the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register.
If you have private healthcare or a cash plan you may be able to claim some money back towards the cost of treatments.

If you have a private healthcare policy or cash plan please contact them directly for full details.

My approach
my aim is to maintain professional excellence in all the treatments I provide, to be caring, compassionate and reassure my clients they are in good hands I will be adhering to a strict cleaning regime as always.

I look forward to meeting you,
Dawn

Prevention Is Better Then Cure

AMPHORA FAMILY SIZE BUGS AWAY OIL 100ML

I would think that you have heard the old saying that prevention is better then cure, well it certainly is when it comes to insect bites.

They can turn into a very nasty infected area of skin. I have found that using Bugs Away oil  a natural insect repellent keeps those pesky little blighters at bay. This oil contains all natural products and is perfect for those nights in the garden when bugs and flies are all around.

How We Use Reiki

reiki healing

How We Use Reiki

If you have never heard of Reiki I will tell you a little bit about the energy that is transmitted through the Reiki practitioner. Whilst the client receives Reiki, the client normally lies on a couch fully clothed or sits on a chair whichever is comfiest. There can be a feeling of warmth tingling or a running sensation while receiving Reiki. All these things are normal no 2 treatments are the same.
Reiki is being utilised more in hospital settings than ever before, there is now clinical evidence of the results that individuals feel after receiving Reiki. Reiki works in harmony with other medical treatments lessoning the side effects of cancer drugs, helping broken bones heal faster lessoning pain in ear infections there are just too many situations that can be helped with Reiki to discuss here, the possibilities are endless.
I speak from personal experience working with Reiki energy for the past 23 years. If you would like to experience Reiki for yourself I have a deal on at the moment the cost for Reiki is £20.00 normally £28.00 just follow the link to book in. I am based in Worsley Manchester. Reiki can also be sent through time and space distantly so if you cannot make it to my clinic you can book for a distant healing session instead.

7 Ways to Indulge in Procrastination

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7 Ways to Indulge in Procrastination

In many ways “procrastination” is a naughty word. To some it implies laziness, being unmotivated, distracted, unfocused and countless other trigger words. It means that we aren’t getting the things done and we are failing as contributing adults.

 

Now maybe that’s an exaggeration, but maybe it’s not.  The point is we heap a bunch of responsibilities and pressure on ourselves. There is always a deadline and there is always the next thing to complete.

 

But where is the real procrastination?

 

More often than not we are procrastinating on our self-care and the things that really matter. This National Procrastination Week (March 5-11) we are all about the holiday that is devoted to putting things off and delaying those oh-so-important tasks.

 

The focus for this holiday isn’t inactivity, but in being active in getting a mental and emotional break which will lead to decreased stress and anxiety. And as massage therapists, we are all about that.

 

Here are a few ways you can indulge in procrastination. (Don’t worry, all that other stuff will still be there when you’re done.)

 

Read

Ahhh, a good book – there’s nothing like it. No matter the genre, reading is the quickest escape route into another land. Once you pass through that portal there’s no turning back. And if business or finance books are more your speed, there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes the escape is in learning something new. Grab your library card or pay your local athenaeum a visit. Many great reads await you.

 

Create

Is there a hobby or enjoyable activity you’ve been putting off?  Now is a good time to pick it up. Bake your favorite cookies. Cook a meal that reminds you of someone special. Knit a scarf. Write in a journal. Paint a canvas, an end table, or a masterpiece. Whatever your “thing” is lose yourself in it.

 

Clean

Raise your hand if you procrastinate on doing dishes and laundry. (*raises hand*) While some find household chores relaxing, others can’t stand them or just never seem to have the time for them. Cleaning has become a “hurry up and get it over with” activity. Slow down a little and do the dishes by hand. Even if you don’t find it relaxing, you’ll walk away with a little more gratitude for the modern-day luxuries.   

 

Exercise

In some instances, exercise has become another chore. We do it because we know we need to and it will keep us fit and healthy. Sometimes we don’t see the benefit until it’s over and working out becomes another task we must complete. Try approaching exercise in a new way. Find something you enjoy doing. Something you can look forward to. Try yoga or meditation (for those with busy minds, keep a notebook nearby to jot down fleeting thoughts) or go for a walk on a new trail or in a different neighborhood. Just get out there and move.

 

Drink

Drink coffee. Drink tea. Drink margaritas. Get dressed up for a night on the town or dress down for a night in. Fly solo or invite a friend. For some, socializing recharges their batteries while others find energy in solitude. Do what suits you and I promise you’ll feel refreshed.

 

Nap

Find the nearest hammock, couch or shade. Sleep is essential and we don’t get nearly enough. The benefits of sleep range from improved memory, sparked creativity, improved athletic performance and weight loss to lower anxiety and depression levels. Granted getting a good night’s sleep won’t prevent you from all disease, but quality sleep is a key factor in a healthy lifestyle.

 

Massage

It’s no surprise that our favorite way to indulge in procrastination is through massage. We would start and finish our day with a massage if we could. The mental and physical break in a treatment room cannot be beat. And if you’re still feeling the need to be productive, multitask by scheduling a massage at Dawnstherapies and nap while you are there!

 

In case you didn’t pick up on it, procrastination week is also about changing habits. It’s about incorporating enjoyable activities in our busy, stressed out lives. It’s about finding some peace while being productive and keeping things in balance. Being riddled with daily stress and anxiety serves no one. Especially you.

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