MINDFULNESS MONDAY – WHAT TO FOCUS ON TO HELP ALLEVIATE YOUR PAIN…

We are all starting to get a bit excited about the let up on our lockdown but it can also cause a lot of anxiety and then more pain.

Happiful Magazine has written a great article on Mindfulness.

Many of us know by now that mindfulness is a pretty wonderful thing. It can reduce stress and anxiety, and generally help us to maintain our mental wellness.

Mindfulness meditation is often hailed as the ultimate mindfulness practice. But the brilliant thing about mindfulness is that it can be tapped into in so many ways. One creative idea is to take regular crafting activities and give them a mindfulness spin by slowing down, and letting the activity absorb your attention.

Counsellor Bethyn Casey incorporates creative therapy into her work, and believes crafting can be ideal for those looking for a different approach to mindfulness.

Research from the British Journal of Occupational Therapy suggests doing crafting activities on a regular basis can improve mood and increase feelings of relaxation. And Bethyn notes that being creative in this way can ultimately help us access difficult emotions, too.

By crafting, we’re just letting images, shapes, colours, and our intuition, lead us in different directions. Somehow the fun of the objects themselves can mean we drift out of boxed thinking and discover that something within us can quietly rearrange things in the background.

Suddenly we’ve put our tools away, and whatever it was that was stuck and knotted and inaccessible inside has somehow formed itself into something tangible that can be touched and explored.”

This article and many others in Happiful have inspired me to get a bit more creative at this difficult time. I focused too hard on just doing one project ( my shed) when in actual fact I had written a list of a number of things I wanted to do during lockdown. Because I just focused on one thing this created me more pain. Had I done it in stages and changed to another project I am sure I would not have suffered as much. I am a big believer in mindfulness and I have a few books on the subject.

A good one to try is Mindfulness for Beginners is an ebook by Beatrice Annhata…

Do you feel like you are…

Losing control of your emotions?
Experiencing anxious thoughts?
Feeling unusually irritable?
Unable to concentrate?
Stressed out more than usual?

You are about to discover an easy, straightforward plan to help you ease stress and anxiety, helping you reclaim the joy in your life YOU deserve! In this powerful new e-book, you’ll discover –

32 simple mindfulness exercises that you can practice virtually anywhere at any time! Its effective strategies help to minimize stress and bring you to a state of instant relaxation. It has proven techniques to eliminate anxiety and quickly regain rational thinking. There are powerful quotes to keep you inspired and motivated!

Mindfulness is simply being fully present in the moment…And it’s one of the most powerful techniques available to decrease stress and anxiety.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 40 million adults in the US are affected by anxiety, and millions more are afflicted with depression-related disorders. Overall, they estimate 18% of all adults have some form of mental illness.

Make no mistake about it – stress is no longer just an epidemic, it’s a PANDEMIC within a PANDEMIC.

And it can adversely impact not only your mental and physical health, but your professional and personal relationships as well.

But here’s the good news…

Mindfulness for Beginners gives you all the necessary tools and techniques you need to decrease anxiety and experience renewed peace of mind.

Mindfulness can also…

* Increase brain functioning
* Lower blood pressure
* Enhance immune function
* Decrease heart rate
* Heighten awareness

The benefits of Mindfulness are far-reaching and can significantly increase your quality of life!

This ebook is loaded with 32 proven mindfulness exercises to select from, Mindfulness for Beginners provides a bounty of fun and fresh exercises for you to enjoy practically anywhere at any time!

WHAT ARE COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES AND HOW DO THEY HELP WITH PAIN…

A Complementary therapy is one that can be used in addition to, or instead of, conventional Western medicine. BUPA explain that Complementary therapies are methods of trying to treat illnesses, and these methods fall outside of conventional medicine. Some complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and reflexology, are based on older or traditional forms of medicine. Others, such as osteopathy and chiropractic, are more recent developments. Things like herbal medicine can be seen as a very rough precursor to modern medicine; there are many medicines that have been discovered through understanding the effects of natural substances. Herbal medicines can be seen as ‘unrefined’ medications, with varying doses and sometimes with other ingredients in them.

The word ‘complementary’ refers to the fact that they may be used in addition to the conventional medicine approaches advised by medical professionals.

You can get a few treatments on the NHS via pain clinics but the waiting list is long but well worth getting on to. Some of the treatments available on the NHS are homoeopathy, herbal medicine, reflexology, acupuncture, nutrition, shiatsu massage and aromatherapy. You can also get some of these treatments from your nearest training college for a quarter of the price charged by normal salons.

You can also join some of the discount companies online that offer reductions in your area for a number of things, including include spas and beauty treatments.

Our doctors and health services are overstretched as it is, whereas most alternative practitioners have time to explore our problems in a bit more depth.

They should never be considered as a replacement for conventional medicine, but
the two can certainly go hand in hand. Any type of therapy can ease pain in specific areas but not any leave you pain free for long. They say some give you a placebo feeling but if they help just for a short time it’s worth having the treatment.

Some treatments are far from ‘new’, with documentation on aromatherapy dating back 5000 years.

With so many people now trying out complementary and natural remedies, it’s important you find out that they are fully-qualified.

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council’s register — has practitioners who meet the standards of proficiency for their field. They must also hold professional indemnity insurance, have no criminal record and agree to abide by a code of conduct.

FREE BOOK PROMOTION ON COMPLIMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES FOR PAIN…

I am running a FREE Kindle Book promotion of my book Complimentary & Alternative Therapies for Pain on Amazon from 15th December – 19th December.

I am planning on writing book 2 on this subject in 2019. I want to add more therapies and include different types of pain relief to book 2 but I would love you to review my book and comment on either Amazon or on my blog with any subjects or ideas you think I should include in my second book.

https://amzn.to/2C8fzjv

HOW WRITING/BLOGGING CAN TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND…

As most of my readers may know I started blogging back in 2007 after I had to sell my previous business due to illness.

I wasn’t the brightest of kids and in fact left school with just 2 GCSE’s in Art and Divinity. I had no idea what I wanted to do in life but had always enjoyed writing at school. This was mainly letters to family and friends but I would write page after page after page on what was going on at boarding school.

When I left school my Mum and Dad suggested I went to secretarial college first and then I had a skill I could use if I wanted to go down that route.

I took to shorthand and typing like a duck to water and for the first time in my life achieved a good grade when I left the secretarial college and immediately went into my first job as a secretary with a team of solicitors in Manchester.

I was happy at what I was doing but always fancied doing something myself and always thought I could write a book. Of course back in that day computers were not around and the only way I could get any information about getting a book published was by going to the local Library and reading up on it.

Situations out of my control changed all my ideas when the whole family moved to warmer climates as our Mum (in her 40’s) had suffered a bad heart attack and they advised somewhere warmer for her health.

I never settled abroad and just played around with part time work and looking after my Mum but unfortunately Mum took a turn for the worst and the whole family came back to the UK. We lost Mum at the early age of 53 and life seemed to change quite a lot after that.

I helped Dad out working for him at his offices and learnt all you would need to know about running a business. I then started a family of my own and worked part time and then stayed at home as a full time Mum which back in that day was the norm.

I started on my books again and entered some competitions and still have pages of children’s stories I had written but done nothing about. Fast forward another 25 years and five spinal surgeries later I sold my business and started writing for the local paper on news in my village.

The writing bug had come back and I set up Back Pain Blog I was on a different platform to WordPress which was mainly UK blogs but it closed down so I had to start again. Second time around I named my blog Back Pain Blog UK so people knew where I was based and amazingly I soon had followers and even some of my old ones that had moved onto WordPress had tracked me down.

Since 2007 I have written blogs and articles in magazines for a number of companies, some voluntary, and written on health, food, beauty and local news. I self published my own book on Baking Tips and a book on Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Pain,

I have also written a book for both my children on their life since the day they were born up until they reached the age of 30 years which included of 250 photos. They both treasured these and I have now promised them that I will write a story of their 93 year Grandad’s life who has passed away recently.

I am busy at the moment with an updated version of my Baking Book with lots of tips and all you would want to know about tea and afternoon teas which includes some of my personal recipes.

To say that writing has turned my life around is an understatement after leaving school with just two qualifications neither of which were related to English. I would encourage anyone who is in constant pain or lonely to try and write a blog and make some new friends along the way. It’s something to get up for and something which keeps your brain active.

I have in the last two weeks bought myself an iPad Mini4 which I am writing on at the moment as I can no longer lift a laptop due to the pain whereas this little iPad is perfect for writing on.

Feel free to ask me anything about blogging or self publishing just pm through my blog and I will happily get back to you.

FLOWER THERAPY FOR THE LATEST ‘HAPPY HIT’…

Seasonal changes can affect people in different ways, with some feeling quite blue and low. However, the latest ‘Happy Hit’ is available in the form of flowers.

Flower Sense has been created to serve the growing natural health community and is committed to increasing the awareness of the remarkable healing properties of flower remedies. They explain that ‘flower essences are energy remedies. Their action is not physical but works on the subtle body which of course may act on the physical. Their effects may vary for different individuals.’ Flower sense is founded by Clare Harvey, internationally known author of authoritative books on Flower Essences.

Chris Phillips from Flower Therapy UK is an experienced flower essence therapist who has worked with flower essences both personally and professionally over the last 30 years. Chris specialises in working with clients to uncover their individual blockages or imbalances, tailoring the programme of therapy to each person’s unique needs. Chris says ‘Flower essence therapy is the practice of using flower essences to restore balance between mind, body and spirit. Flower essences work by tackling the emotional and mental states which are often at the root of, or strong contributing factors in, most types of illness.’ 

Chris has also written a book ‘Treating Depression Naturally: How Flower Essences Can Rebalance Your Life’,  Flower essences can tackle the emotional and mental blockages that often lie at the root of illness. First popularised as a holistic treatment by Dr Edward Bach, creator of the popular Rescue Remedy, flower remedies are used by millions of people daily. Chris Phillips, a flower essence therapist with over thirty years experience, incorporates Bach’s and other flower essence systems in this helpful handbook, allowing you to tailor treatments to your unique needs and circumstances. Packed with insight, inspiration and real-life stories, Treating Depression Naturally offers a new way of thinking about and managing your anxiety and depression.