Posts Tagged ‘need to relax’

How lions can help you make your life better

20/01/2010

If self doubt and fear keeping you from doing the things you want to do in life,

If you have dreams, goals and expectations for yourself,

If you sometimes get frustrated and mad at yourself because you are not doing anything to make these things happen…

You are not alone, and the good news is that there is something you can do about it.

Remember when you were a kid and and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up?

A fire fighter, a movie star, Indiana Jones, a Lego man… yes, and I bet you didn’t flinch for a second or thought is this actually going to be possible at all, or how am I going to do this, or I am just not good enough to be a Lego man!

You believed anything is possible.

Your mind was working effectively: You want, you imagine, you go get it.

Many of my clients tell me they hate the way they look, that they feel fat, unhealthy, tired and depressed

When I ask them what’s stopping them from looking and feeling the way they want, the answer is usually: I don’t know, or I don’t think I can do it, or what if I fail?

Human self doubt and fear fascinates me. I say human because sometimes I can’t help comparing us to the animal kingdom.

Let me explain… African lions must hunt daily to survive. Actually, this seems to be the lionesses’ task and often they’ll hunt together. They’ll go somewhere where they know their prey is likely to hang out. Usually close to water.

How do I know this? Thanks to David, Attenborough!

The lionesses see their prey, devise a strategy, take action. They chase the prey until they make the kill, or the animal manages to get away.

If they succeed, great! If the prey  gets away, what do they do?

Do they spend hours on end feeling bad about themselves for having failed?

Do they decide there is no point in trying to hunt again in case they fail?

Do they give up hunting altogether as it seems they are no good at it cos they failed before?

No, they don’t. They look for the next opportunity.

Once I gave a client this example and he said: how can you compare, if lions stop hunting they’ll die and just get extinct.

To which I replied: Well, in my view, if you are not hunting for the things you want in your life, then you are not really living anyway.

If you spend your life wishing things were different, while doing nothing to change your situation…

If all you do is feel bad about the fact you are not doing anything, doubting your ability to do what you were born to do, fearing failure…

If you are not at least trying to live the life you want… are you really alive?

A good friend once shyly confided in me that they could not ride a bike without stabilisers.

I know a lot of people who can’t but they are all under ten years of age. My friend is twenty two.

I asked how come he couldn’t ride a bike without stabilisers. I knew my friend had been badly bullied as a child and I assumed maybe that had something to do with it. He said not at all.

I asked if it his parents hadn’t taught him. He said they had certainly tried.

Then I got really curious and asked: What happened then?

He replied: I guess I one day I just told myself I couldn’t do it… and so, I didn’t do it.

There’s no way a lion would ever give up that easily…

What is the main difference between you and that person who is living the life you would love to live, doing the things you want to do? Is it to do with talent, knowledge, experience, social status, money…?

Is it possible that they also doubt their ability sometimes, that they make mistakes, that they have ups and downs?

I believe author Susan Jeffers hit the nail in the head when she wrote: Feel the fear and do it anyway.

You see, someone who is doing the things you would like to do, and living the kind of life you would like to live,  may be fearful sometimes too, and go for it anyway!

Live your life like a lion,


Anna




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A Youth Injection without the needle or the poison

13/01/2010

The beauty and anti aging industries are worth  billions of euro.

Every year women and more and more men all over the world spend ludicrous amounts of money in a quest to look beautiful, sexy and young.

Fake lashes, fake hair, fair nails, fake breasts, thinified bodies, tightened and masked faces…

But does all of this really make people look more beautiful, sexier and younger?

And if so, at what cost?

It’s a known fact that many ingredients used in beauty, anti aging products, and make up are carcinogenic.

These chemicals are used by many of your favourite brands.

If you think lathering or injecting these products on your face and body is going to make you younger, think again.

If anything, they are making you age faster, and may potentially cause disease.

Add this to lack of sleep, stress, alcohol, smoking, dehydration, bad nutrition,  overeating, and a sedentary lifestyle… and you have the best aging cocktail in the world.

I am convinced that the less you mess with your body the better.

I got the best beauty tips from my gramma and my mum.

When I got married last August, a lot of my guests were trying to do the maths.

“Anna how come your mum is so young? She must’ve had you when she was very young” they said.

Many thought she was in her mid forties. She is in her mid sixties. And she looks more beautiful than ever.

I can count the amount of times she’s worn make up in her whole life with the fingers in my two hands. She’s never had a facial, a manicure, a pedicure, or any other beauty treatment.

Her beauty secret?

She washes her face every morning. She eats a mediterranean diet. She exercises every day. She relaxes with yoga. She sleeps like a log.

I do exactly the same, and a lot of people don’t believe it when they find out I am six years older than my husband.

The only products I use are completely natural and most of them I make in my own kitchen.

But what I think makes a huge difference is the weekly youth inductions I subject myself to.

I use nlp and hypnosis to induce myself into a state of deep relaxation that allows me to reprogram my mind to bring out the attributes of beauty and youthfulness.

At the end of a twenty-minute session, I wake up refreshed and invigorated. It usually feels like the best nap you’ve ever had.

I have done inductions like this with clients, and they tell me that afterwards, they look in the mirror and they can see and feel the difference straight away.

Remember when you were a child, and you were fresh, dynamic, full of energy, flexible, strong, fast, powerful, playful, bold, exuded positive energy and a boundless imagination…?

Youth and beauty are about so much more than what people can see on the surface. It’s about what people can feel from you.

You can be beautiful and young again, quickly, and with no harmful side effects.

All it takes is twenty minutes and a pillow!

Anna


Young and beautiful with NLP



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The one thing you need to do to quit smoking

11/01/2010

Singer Jamelia struck a cord last week when, at a TV program, she talked about quitting smoking. She said that to her it was really simple, and that “if you don’t want to do something, don’t do it”.

In order to smoke people have to think  about it, think of  a shop where they sell tobacco, go there, buy it, find a place where they can smoke it, open it, take it, hold it light it, suck it, taste it, inhale it, swallow it, find a place to put it off, put it off…

It takes a lot of effort, time and money to smoke.

To quit, all you have to you is… NOTHING.

Getting in shape, for example, requires a lot of effort and preparation.

To quit smoking, all you have to do is absolutely nothing. None of the above.

How do you do this?

Well, decisions define who you are. You make decisions every moment of your life, so, you define yourself every single moment.

The trick is in asking yourself the right questions.

Are you interested in having the quality of your life be better?

Some of my clients compare cigarettes to a good friend. But, would a good friend kill you? Would a good friend torture you for years so you die a slow painful death?

Some tell me they smoke because they are bored, stressed out, because they want to fit in, because they think it will keep them slim…

Others give me the excuse of a night out. But, does that mean every one else who doesn’t smoke stay home on a Saturday night?

And, if your best friend beat someone on a Saturday night out and said “well, I was drunk so… I couldn’t help it”, would you accept it as an excuse?

You might be thinking, well, Anna , you can’t compare, it is not the same thing, yada yada…

It is only when you have quit making excuses for yourself, and You’ve made the decision to quit smoking that you’ll start to think differently about it.

In fact, it is so easy to quit, it takes my clients just one session.

See, we all have choices. You can choose to spend your future in a hospital bed, spend your money in treatments, procedures, medecins, pain relief, an early tombstone…

Or, you can choose to quit now, and live the future you really want to live.

Anna




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Want to feel great and lose weight? Avoid these foods!

29/12/2009

People tend to think about food in terms of what it does to their bodies, i.e. it makes you fat, it keeps you trim… many don’t stop to think about the effect food has on their minds.

Food can make you full of energy, positive, razor sharp focused, clear minded, motivated, relaxed… or it can make you feel like crap, chronically tired, depressed, anxious, negative…

The following foods are so bad for your mind, and body, that I really can’t see any reason to eat them.

Not only do they have close to zero nutritional value, but they also give your body a nice dose of harmful toxins.

Avoid these at all costs and start to feel boundless energy and zest for life. Not to mention the slimming effects…

MICROWAVE POPCORN

Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid, in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize  and migrate into your popcorn.

In fact, getting rid of your microwave altogether is probably one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health.

WHEAT

Many people buy wheat bread as opposed to white bread because they believe it is more nutritious.

What they don’t know is that wheat is often contaminated with toxins and no matter what the form, wheat, whole wheat, cracked wheat, sprouted wheat… they will all be capable of causing the same problems including: celiac disease, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, infertility, and developmental delay in children.

Intolerance to wheat is far more common than doctors typically recognize. The human body hasn’t evolved to digest it. Wheat, and nearly all other grains, convert to sugar in the bloodstream, and rapidly accelerate aging and chronic illness in most people.

Most of us should limit or avoid wheat altogether.

SUGAR

An average doughnut will give you about 200 to 300 calories, mostly from sugar, and few other nutrients.

It will throw off your blood sugar and won’t stay with you so you’ll be hungry again soon.

Apart from the numerous negative physiological effects of sugar, which I won’t mention here, it can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness. It can reduce learning capacity, and increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves which can alter your mind’s ability to think clearly. It can  also cause depression, increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, worsen symptoms of ADHD, and even cause antisocial behaviour.

One can of soda, for example, has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colours and sulphites. The diet varieties are also problematic as they are filled with harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame.

Studies have linked soda drinks to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Plus, drinking all that sugar will likely suppress your appetite for healthy foods, which paves the way for nutrient deficiencies.

If you regularly drink soda, regular or diet, eliminating it from your diet is one of the simplest and most profound health improvements you can make.

FRENCH FRIES & CHIPS

Potatoes are bad enough when consumed in their raw state, as their simple sugars are rapidly converted to glucose that raises insulin levels and can devastate your health. But when they are cooked in trans fat at high temperatures, all sorts of interesting and very unpleasant things occur.

Anything that is fried, even vegetables, has the issue of trans fat and the potent cancer-causing substance acrylamide.

Foods that are fried in vegetable oils like canola, soybean, safflower, corn, and other seed and nut oils are particularly problematic. These polyunsaturated fats easily become rancid when exposed to oxygen and produce large amounts of damaging free radicals in the body.

These oils can cause aging, clotting, inflammation, weight gain and even cancer.

Due to its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is extremely stable and is not damaged by the high temperatures of cooking. This is why coconut oil should be the only oil you use to cook with.

ORANGE JUICE (AND ALL FRUIT JUICE)

Fruit juice has about eight full teaspoons of sugar per eight-ounce glass. This sugar is typically a fruit sugar called fructose, which is every bit as dangerous as regular table sugar since it will also cause a major increase in insulin levels.

Many commercial orange juices are contaminated with mould from damaged fruit that are processed. So if you drink commercial orange juice regularly you will be exposed to these mould toxins.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid fruit, just fruit juice. When the fruit is intact and whole, its fiber will somewhat moderate the release of fructose into the bloodstream as well as somewhat moderate insulin release.

Avoid  eating these foods and start to notice a surge in energy, mental clarity and a slimmer figure, in as little as 7 days.

If it doesn't grow in a field..

Start feeling great right now and let me know all about it!

Anna



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No energy? Do this to recharge your batteries

24/11/2009

Are the short winter days taking their toll on you?

If you are tired, stressed out and have no energy to do everything you need to do, it may be time to recharge your batteries. If the “winter blues” is getting you down, here is what you can do to get tons of energy, fast.

1. Eat more energising foods

In winter, a lot of people resort to comfort foods to keep warm. They connect the warming effect these foods provide with feeling good.

Many foods people consider comforting are in fact everything but, as they sap your energy and make you pile on the pounds. Beware of foods high in sugar,  simple carbohydrates, and the chemicals that many prepacked foods contain.

Make sure you eat lots of seasonal fruit and vegetables. There are some delicious and warming recipes you can cook, that don’t take long, and they will make you feel full and good about yourself.

2. Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of hydrating and nourrishing fluids like water (preferably filtered), green tea, decaffeinated herbal teas, and veg. juices. It is recommended you drink 8 glasses a day, and more if you exercise.

Stay away from coffee, sodas and other sugary drinks. These dehydrate you and play havoc with your energy levels.

3. Get your dose of Vitamin D

Essential for optimal health, yet, if like most people you work indoors all day, you may be deficient, and as a result feeling low in energy.

The best way to get vitamin D is through sunlight. It is harder to get it in winter, but you can still get some of the benefits by spending time outdoors every day. Whether you go for a walk, a run or a cycle… you will hugely benefit from it.

The other way to get it is supplementation with Vitamin D3. Please consult your health care practitioner to find out the right dosage for you.

4. Work out

Research shows that consistent exercise can help people battling depresion. Exercise affects your body’s levels of cortisol and endorphins.

Cortisol, which is produced in response to stress, increases blood pressure and blood sugar, weakens your immune response and can lead to organ inflammation and damage. But working out burns cortisol, restoring your body’s normal levels.

Exercise can also cause your brain to release endorphins, your body’s natural pain relievers.

5. Reduce radiation

A lot of us spend most of our days in front of a computer, a tv, or on our mobile phones. The electro magnetic field radiation these emit interferes with our biological energy levels, and this can cause fatigue, insomnia, and stress, amongst other ailments.

Take a little time to research how you can reduce radiation. Getting a low radiation mobile phone, and a radiation filter plate for your computer can help. It’s known that placing several cactus plants beside your computer can help too as these plants absorb radiation.

6. Think positive

By focusing on the things you can do to feel more energetic, you are thinking more resourcefully, which in turn will make you feel better about yourself.

As Winston Churchill said:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

7. Learn to manage your time better

In my post “How to get more done with the time you have” (Category: time management), I give you practical tips on how you can manage your time better so you can get more done with your day. When you put these tips into practice, you’ll notice you have more energy and you are more relaxed too.

8. Breathe

One of my most recent clients was so stressed out he held his breath without realising. He said that he was getting bad headaches and his neck was always sore. Then I pointed out to him that his shoulders were up to his head. Stress was causing “cronic shrugging” and he wondered why he was getting these pains!?

During our session we did breathing exercises and a  relaxing induction that lasted about ten minutes. He fell deeply asleep. When he woke up he said he felt like he’d slept for 8 hours and he felt refreshed and invigorated. He walked out with a spring on his step!

Take a few minutes every day to just take a few deep breaths and allow yourself to relax, as you let your mind wander and appreciate your life.

9. Help others

After performing good deeds, we are happier and feel our life has more purpose.

Selfless acts can help our life on many levels. And as they make us feel good about ourselves, they also affect our energy levels positively.

Put these tips into practice, and allow yourself to feel what it feels like to have an abundance of energy!

Talk soon,

Anna

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Need sleep? Follow my 10 tips for a good night’s rest

17/11/2009

1/ SET A ROUTINE

While we are all slightly different, aim for 8-9 hours sleep, as too little or too much can make you tired and grumpy the following day. However, try to go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. If you mess up too much with this at the weekend, it could disrupt your sleeping patterns for a few days afterwards.


2/ AVOID HEAVY FOODS AT NIGHT

Or going to bed in an empty stomach. Stay away from alcohol, caffeinated and sugary drinks for at least 8 hours before going to bed, as these interfere with your energy levels and will keep you awake at night. Drink plenty of water during the day so you don’t wake up thirsty at night.


3/ KEEP YOUR BEDROOM DARK AT NIGHT

And if you read at night, use a dim night light as a strong light will disrupt your body’s circadian rythm.

4/LISTEN TO SOFT MUSIC

Or hypnotic cd’s to help you relax. But avoid watching TV or listening to loud or rock music before falling asleep.

5/ ELIMINATE ALL ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

Including mobile phones and electrical alarm clocks at bedtime. If you have a TV or a radio in your room, turn them off and unplug them before you go to sleep as the energy waves they emit will interfere with your body clock.


6/ GET INTO A COMFORTABLE POSITION

Whereby your head, neck and body are well aligned in bed. Wear appropriate clothing so you are not too cold or too hot.

7/ TURN YOUR MATTRESS

Do this every 2 months or so to avoid bumps, and air your bedroom for a few hours during the day. Make sure your bedroom is cleaned and dusted often. If you suffer from allergies, dust, dustmites and other microscopic insects can trigger these and keep you awake at night.

8/ USE LAVENDER

A sprig under your pillow will help you destress. A small cup of chamomile tea about an hour before going to bed can help too.

Avoid pills full of chemicals that create “fake sleep” and make you feel groggy, tired, confused, or worse the following morning. These also mess with your natural body clock and many can cause harmful side effects.

9/ EXERCISE

The human body uses sleep to repair and recover. If you have a sedentary job and you don’t do any physical exercise, you may feel mentally tired, but if your body is not tired, you may it hard to fall asleep. Do some form of vigorous physical exercise daily, preferably in the fresh air. But avoid doing this late at night as this will too interfere with your biological clock.


10/ LEAVE YOUR WORRIES OUTSIDE YOUR BEDROOM

Write a “to do” list for the day after, and leave it on your breakfast table where you can pick it up in the morning.

Also, take a few minutes to put any worrying thoughts you might have down on paper, and also leave them outside your bedroom.

Whether there is something you can do about these thoughts or not, make a conscious decision to allow yourself to get a good night’s sleep, and you can come back to them in the morning, re-energised and refreshed, when you will be able to make better decisions.

If you have other suggestions feel free to post them here!

Sweet dreams!

Anna

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