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Find The Joy

“Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.” – Immanuel Kant

Today is the last day of January! It’s hard to believe a month has gone by already. How has January been for you? Our minds are hardwired for survival so they automatically pay more attention to the negative stuff to find ways to protect us in the future.

There is another part of your mind, the positive mind, that really wants to see the positive stuff! When we start to notice the positive things going on in our lives, our attitude and success in daily life changes. We begin to see that while we may not be where we want to be, there is still wonderful things going on.

Take a pen and paper and make a list of the joyful moments. These can be moments so fleeting that we can miss them. What made you laugh? Who did you spend enjoyable time with? Where did you go that was enjoyable? What were the joyful moments at work? What were the joyful moments at home?

Watch your mood lift as you list out the joyful moments of January. It’s a wonderful exercise to do just before bed, to catch the joy from the day and feel thankful for the good and positive stuff in your life.

To find out more about therapies, meditation and yoga classes, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph on 31 Jan 2017

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Owning Our Stories

When it comes to minding our mind, or making changes in our life, it starts with one thing – owning our stories. It might mean realising that our finances aren’t as good as we’d like, or that our health isn’t as good as we’d like, or that we’re just not coping the way we’d like.

Owning our stories starts with being honest with ourselves. It’s the realisation that there’s no hiding from the truth. It’s realising that there are no more excuses. It’s time to face what we need to face. When we begin to own our stories, we begin to feel resistance, because our stories can bring up feelings of guilt, vulnerability, shame and fear.

When we own our stories, we can say that we feel afraid of our stories and we’re afraid of change. When we own our stories, it becomes difficult to stay where we are, and we take steps to change. Sometimes when we own our stories, we realise that we don’t need to change anything, everything is exactly as you want it to.

Brene Brown, a vulnerability and shame researcher, says that courage and vulnerability go hand in hand. When we own our stories, and allow ourselves to experience vulnerability, we gain the courage to move on and live our lives to their fullest.

To find out more about therapies, meditation and yoga classes, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in Connaught Telegraph on 24 Jan 2017

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Weight Loss Mindset

It’s that time of year when people are focused on achieving their goals and weight loss is one of the most popular new year’s goals. To achieve any goal, including weight loss, we need to work on our mindset. Losing weight can be stressful as we implement new ways of living. The mind can help us or hinder us, and it’s important to work with the mind and train it to help us.

Three things make up a weight loss mindset, or any mindset to achieve a goal – courage, compassion and connection. Losing weight means building the courage to do what we need to do to lose weight – eat healthy, exercise and manage stress.

During the process of losing weight, we need to be compassionate with ourselves. It takes a lot of work to lose weight, we need to learn how to do new things and sometimes we can be very hard on ourselves when we haven’t lost all the weight in the first month, or even week. We become easily disheartened, and it takes both courage and compassion to keep going.

Finally, we need connection to lose weight. We need to connect to family and friends and ask for their support on our journey. We need to connect with people who can help us, nutritional therapists, fitness instructors, and people who can help us manage stress.

To find out more about therapies, meditation and yoga classes, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph on 17 Jan 2017

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Recommitting to 2017 Goals

Today is 9th January. Only 9 days in to 2017 and I realised I was wondering if I should really be bothering with my new year’s goals!

It’s only 9h of January and already I was getting complacen, wondering if I should take down my vision board and chuck it in the bin!

As I journaled about it, I realised I needed to recommit to my 2017 goals. So I sat down and read by vision board. I’m not a visual person, I’m a word person, so my vision board contains sentences of words and feelings describing my goals.

Today I’m more focused, calmer and patient about my goals. How is your year going? Do you need to recommit to the vision of what you want your life to look like?

Best wishes,

Tracy Fitzgerald

http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

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40 Days of Clean Eating – Day One

As the Christmas season came to a close, I began looking forward to this day more and more. Today is the start of my 40 day yogic wholefoods diet. This means no meat, no fish, no eggs, no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods. After chocolate, wine, cheese, and cake over the last month, my body is craving food it can process and use as building blocks instead of processing food as toxins.

Often when I tell people about this diet, the usual response is, “but what do you eat? It seems very limiting.” So every few days of this diet, I’ll post a blog with a description of what I’ve been eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I never feel hungry on this diet. In Kundalini yoga, doing something for 40 days changes habits, so the effects of these 40 days will last for months to come.

Todays Menu:
Breakfast: Porridge with raisins, ground almonds and maple syrup.

Lunch: Homemade carrot, potato, cumin and ginger soup with toasted homemade porride bread.

Dinner: Vegetarian Sheppards Pie with green lentils instead of meat.

The porridge was delicious, the first proper breakfast I’ve had in a couple of weeks. The beody felt so relieved to be starting the day off well. I put ground almonds in the porridge for protein and that helps keep me filled until lunchtime.

I used whatever potatoes and carrots I had, chopped them up and put them in a saucepan with veg stock, ground ginger, ground cumin and some mixed herbs. I don’t follow a recipe. I usually adapt receipes I’ve used before and use whatever I have in the fridge and cupboard.

The recipe for the Veggie Sheppards Pie is from the BBC Good Food website . . . here’s the link to it: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10035/golden-veggie-shepherds-pie

Just had my soup now…so delicious…looking forward to dinner!

Best wishes,

Tracy Fitzgerald
http://www.relaxfromstress.ie

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Hello 2017!

The new year is here! I love new year. It’s a fresh start and a new beginning. We’ve reflected on 2016 and have an idea of what we want to achieve in 2017. One of the biggest pitfalls for New Year’s goals is we try to be successful in the first week of the year and spend the rest of the year in a state of self-criticism when we fail.

In Kundalini Yoga, when we choose something to work on, for example, a prosperity meditation, we practice it every day for 40 days to change the habit or 90 days to establish a new habit. We can use this idea for new year’s goals. You have 365 days to achieve your 2017 goals! Work on one goal at a time and you’ll begin to see fantastic results!

Tips to Achieve Your Goals:
1. Work on one goal at a time.
2. Ask for help. For example, if you want to lose weight, exercise, learn stress management or stop smoking, who can help you make life easier?
3. Make a plan and commit to it. Whether it’s making a meal plan, and exercise plan or meditating daily, commit to it for 40 days to change the habit.
4. Commit to your goal. Often the first 20 days are the toughest, and in the final 20 days, new habits become second nature.

To find out more about therapies, meditation and yoga classes, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in Connaught Telegraph on 3 Jan 2017

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