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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.

Tips For Sober October

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.

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

 

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

Father’s Day Gift Idea

Why Massage is the Perfect Gift for Dad

It’s not just stressed mums who appreciate a massage – hard working dads love to receive massages too, and what better time to treat your dad than Father’s Day?

Dads can be so hard to buy gifts for at the best of times. They probably smile when they are presented with yet another tie, gift set or Amazon voucher, but how happy could you make your dad with a thoughtful gift that will really benefit his health and wellbeing too?

For Father’s Day, it can be difficult to decide what to give the man who has given you so much. How do you show him just how much you appreciate him? This year, why not give the most special man in your life the gift of health and well-being and treat him to a massage?

Why a Massage Is a Great Gift

Even if your dad is a newcomer to massage therapy and probably wouldn’t book a massage session for himself, he’s probably always wondered what a massage would be like. Take the decision out of his hands and give him an opportunity to find out for himself with a massage voucher for Father’s Day.

As any massage lover knows, a massage isn’t just something you get after an injury or to relax when you’ve been overdoing it, it’s an important part of a healthy lifestyle that’s good for you in its own right. Massage therapy is a good preventative step you can take to keep yourself healthy; treating your dad to massage is a way of telling him that you care and want him to stay well. What better way to show a great dad just how much he means to you? If you need any more convincing, here are a few benefits you might like to share with him on Father’s Day.

What a Massage Can Do for Your Dad

  1. Regular massage can help to improve his physical performance. As men (and women) get older it undeniably gets a bit harder to stay fit, but scheduling in regular massage therapy can help by improving flexibility and overall physical performance, which means your dad gets to stay more active for longer.
  2. It helps to keep his blood pressure lower. Cardiovascular health is a big health concern, especially for men, and a dose of regular massage can be a real help with lowering blood pressure if it’s on the high side. It also helps reduce stress and tension.
  3. It’s good for raising immunity. Rather than dealing with the misery of colds and minor illnesses, strengthen his immune system with a massage so that he can fight them off better. Studies have shown that massage really does help to boost natural immunity and increase well-being, which will help your dad to fight off disease and improve his quality of life too.
  4. It helps to boost energy, and improve feelings of wellbeing and vitality.

With all those benefits, you have to admit that a massage voucher is much better for your dad this Father’s Day than another pair of socks or some whisky!

Isn’t it time you had a MASSAGE?

Balancing Too Much. Appointments Available!

DID YOU KNOW? Massage is one of the oldest physical therapies in the world and has such a strong history because there are a HUGE number of benefits to massage!

 

Some of the benefits of massage that you may feel:

 

☀️ reduced muscle tension

☀️ improved circulation

☀️ Stimulation of the lymphatic system

☀️ Reduction of stress hormones

☀️ Relaxation

☀️ increased joint mobility and flexibility

☀️ improved skin tone

☀️ improved recovery of soft tissue or sports injuries

☀️ heightened mental alertness

☀️ reduced anxiety and depression.

 

One of the first benefits of massage many people feel is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm – even if the treatment is not a “relaxation” treatment! This is because massage prompts the release of endorphins, which are the brain chemicals that created feelings of wellbeing.

 

Also, massage reduces the levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine.

 

Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system, so in this way massage can even help boost immunity.

 

Isn’t it time you booked a massage?

 

BOOK NOW email dawn@dawnstherapies.co.uk or 0161 790 0974

Aromatherapy Awareness Week 2019

 

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Aromatherapists worldwide are celebrating and participating in Aromatherapy Awareness Week, raising awareness and promoting the health benefits of aromatherapy.Aromatherapy Awareness Week 2019 highlights popularity of treatment for a range of clients

Released: 22/05/2019

Aromatherapy was recently highlighted in the 2019 FHT Member Survey as one of the top three therapies demanded by clients. The essential oils used in aromatherapy are highly aromatic, readily absorbed into the body via the skin and lungs, and are believed to affect the body on all levels – physically, mentally and even emotionally/spiritually. When combined with massage, which helps to soothe away muscular tension and improve circulation, an aromatherapy treatment can be either deeply relaxing or uplifting, depending on the oils and massage techniques used by the therapist.

Aromatherapy is used by people for a variety of reasons. Some use it to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems, while others use it as means of relaxation, or to help maintain good health and a sense of general wellbeing.

Aromatherapy massage and essential oils are commonly used in hospitals, hospices and other healthcare settings, to help support patients and their carers. The demand is increasing for complementary therapy in supportive and palliative care, as it provides symptom relief as well as emotional support to patients.

Making sure you’re in safe hands… The FHT’s aromatherapy members are listed on an Accredited Register, independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority and widely promoted to the public and healthcare commissioners.

Save 20% on an aromatherapy treatment during Aromatherapy Awareness Week by contacting your local FHT member Dawn Dawns Therapies 01617900274