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Improve your environment, improve your health

I’m just back from a visit to Richmond and thoroughly enjoyed exploring this beautiful London borough, lots of walking, and sunny mornings spent ‘people watching’ sitting outside one of the many cafes in this leafy escape.  When you’re in a new place (you know that feeling when you’re on holiday?) you notice so many things that are taken for granted in your everyday life, and I delighted in the variety of trees and plants (wisteria, rhododendrons in abundance) that surrounded me as I took in every new experience.  On Saturdays and Sundays the park is full of weekenders strolling with family and friends, running, or mountain biking the 955 hectares of open land.  And I’m sure that 95% of leggings sold annually reside in this town!  

Healthy Choices, healthy habits 

Not only is the country feel of Richmond  surprising, the town itself is quite delightful.  When out shopping, I was struck by the variety and quality of the food that was available to suit every dietary requirement.  I considered how much easier it is to make healthy choices when you are surrounded by so many options.  And I also thought of home, how beautiful life can be in the West Midlands and Warwickshire, and how I can upgrade my own “healthy habits” in my normal daily life.

Environment

I talk to many of my clients who wish to make changes in their lives – especially with regard to anxiety and weight control –  about the importance of their environment (one of the segments in the wheel of life) and sometimes it can be hard to explain.  What surrounds us has a huge effect on our overall health and wellbeing, which consequently affects every aspect of our lives.  Does your environment bring you joy, and encourage you to practice healthy habits or does it hinder you?

Research

Recent research from the Royal Society for Public Health shows that “people living in towns with a ‘healthy’ high street outlive those with an ‘unhealthy’ one by up to six years” (*) which seems to bear out my point above.  Some places seem to make it much easier than others to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Small changes

Today consider your environment – it may not be perfect, but with some ‘tweaks’ you may be able to improve your health and wellbeing significantly.   What do you love about it?  What inspires you to live your healthiest life?  What could be changed?  I’m not talking about huge expensive changes, start with small ones.  Is it time to give your home a spring clean, declutter your cupboards, throw out unhealthy foods or clothes that don’t bring you joy, educate yourself, or use your favourite crockery so that mealtimes become more of a joy? Drink your morning tea or coffee in a special cup in the garden, dust off your leggings, pump up the tyres on your bicycle, walk in nature – take a look around you at all of the beauty on your doorstep and leap into it.

After my break, some changes I’m making to enhance and celebrate my environment:

  • Declutter my fridge
  • Find a new walk from my house instead of taking the same route every time
  • Create a comfortable reading corner in my home
  • Join the town library and use it!
  • Shopping at the local farmer’s market, and upgrading my food choices
  • empty the ‘clutter’ from the boot of my car!

These are all thoughts that have been lurking at the back of my mind for ages – I know they will make a big difference to how I live my life!

Make your environment your biggest asset to a healthy mind and life. 

What small change are you going to make?  Let me know in the comments.

Are you ready to make some changes? Could you benefit from some help and support with getting clarity and setting goals?  Check out my coaching programme, http://cloudninehypnotherapy.co.uk/coaching/ and call me on ‭07904 099248‬ to see how we can work together – change your future!

(*) The Health on the High Street: Running on Empty https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/health-on-the-high-street/2018.html

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A Gift to Inspire!

I know, it’s a predictable picture for this time of year, but I hope it’s one that conjures up the feelings of joy, excitement and expectations of the season!  But does it inspire you?

Inspire others

Often clients say to me “how can I get my wife/mum/brother/uncle/best friend/colleague to come and see you? They would really benefit from your therapies! I keep telling them about you” and my answer is always the same – “you can’t”(unless, of course, they want to come) because:

Inspire with your actions

When they see you happy, overcoming obstacles and moving forward purposefully in your life they’ll be curious and want to come.
Maybe.

It can be so frustrating ……

……..when you make your own breakthroughs and really start living because we become so excited that we want to share the joy and help others to do the same!  You’ve lost loads of weight, finally quit smoking, you’ve learned to take control of your anxiety and move out of your comfort zone.  Or, with coaching,  gained much needed clarity, and confidently know which direction to take your career and your life goals.   But the truth is that you found support to help you overcome what was holding you back in your life when the time was right for you, others will do exactly the same.  They will know exactly when that ‘camels back’ is broken and will ask for help.  The best way to help others is :

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

This is so perfect – inspire those around you by being your best you.  Let them see how you have found the courage to overcome obstacles, practising daily habits that help you reach your goals.  You give them confidence to believe that they can do the same.  Who was it who said “actions speak louder than words“?

Be Proud

For my lovely clients who have overcome personal limitations in 2017 – and that’s ALL of you –  smile, shine and be extremely proud this festive season and beyond. Inspire and lift up those around you! And who knows, they may do the same in 2018!

 

In the last two weeks I have gifted 4 Cloud Nine Hypnotherapy and Coaching vouchers for a Mind Spa session to local fundraisers, for raffles, hampers or wherever they may be useful as a means of raising money for a good cause. Lots of people donate in this way, but for me it was the first time, and it felt really good to be able to help. I’m gifting my time, and I look forward to delivering! A gift voucher for a therapy session isn’t a usual gift, but I hope that the lucky winners will enjoy the mind stilling, relaxation and clarity coaching.

Mind Spa gift vouchers are available for £50 (saving £60 on the usual session price)  phone or email me and I’ll put it in the post in time for Christmas!  

A no-obligation client consultation is a chance to meet me and find out what I do, and how we could work together. Call or email me to make an appointment.