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Feeling Connected is a Basic Human Need

Feeling connected to each other is a basic human need. Feeling connected to ourselves is also a basis human need. Time and time again I see clients who are disconnected from their body and mind. They don’t see the connection between busyness and stress, or the benefit of being patient with themselves, or the effects of diet and exercise on their health. We numb ourselves to our feelings and try to carry on regardless.

The most recent example of this is the news of Prince Harry coping with grief after his mother’s death after 20 years. Just like Prince Harry, grief, anxiety, depression or any other feelings or emotions don’t go away just because we keep the chin up and keep going.

Chances are that are you read this, you know there’s something that wants to see the light of day so it can be released. We’re so focused on feeling afraid of being judged or being hurt by allowing our feelings up, that we don’t see how much we’re hurting ourselves by holding on.

There are many different ways to release buried feelings, such as counselling and art therapy, holistic therapies such as massage, Reiki and Bio-energy and yoga. It’s important to try different methods and find one that suits you and that you are comfortable with the practitioner.

To find out more about Indian Head Massage, Reiki and Kundalini Yoga, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Relax From Stress on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 25 April 2017

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What is Effective Relaxation?

One of the most challenging things we try to do is to effectively relax. Effective relaxation means we bring our mind into a calm and neutral space. From a calm and neutral place, we can calmly assess situations to find a balanced solution to situations.

We need relaxation, an uninterrupted time-out where we can be under no pressure, where our body and mind can come into a balanced place to reassess and adjust. It’s important to find a way to relax that suits you. It needs to be effective. You’ll know it’s effective when you feel calm and rested after it.

Regular effective relaxation helps to protect our heart and helps build our immune system. Being relaxed helps boost our memory, and helps us make better decisions, making us more effective at home and at work. Effective relaxation helps us to sleep better and become resilient to stress, which helps us improve our relationships.

Here are some suggestions to help you find your calm neutral mind.
1. Taking a walk, with the phone on silent, and not looking at it.
2. Meditating, or developing a practice like yoga
3. Simply having a quiet, uninterrupted cup of tea
4. Finding someone like a massage therapist, energy worker or reflexologist who can give you an uninterrupted time our.

To find out more about how Indian Head Massage, Reiki and Yoga can help mind your mind, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 18 Apr 2017

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How Busy Is Your Mind?

Busy, busy, busy! It can find it very hard to quieten the mind. We’re very busy during the day, but then as soon as we go to sleep, that’s when the mind is wide awake, even though the body is tired. That’s because we haven’t allowed thinking time during the day. Minding the mind means giving ourselves thinking time!

The mind is designed to be busy. It reflects on the past, and using information from past experiences, makes plans for the future. It does this as self-protection. To get enough sleep, to get through our to-do lists and to plan for the future, we need to assign thinking time during the day.

People come to see me when they are overwhelmed by the busyness of their mind. They need a time-out to stop the hamster wheel of their mind so they can think straight again. They need a phone-free, people-free time-out to reset and mind their mind.

It’s important to care for the mind by taking a time-out. This may mean connecting with a friend, going for a walk, exercising or practicing meditation. It’s important to care for the mind in a way that you love! What suits one person, may not suit the another person, so how are you going to mind your mind today?

To find out more about how Indian Head Massage, Reiki and Yoga can help mind your mind, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 11 April 2017

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Minding Our Mind At Work

National Workplace Wellbeing Day was on Friday, 31st March 2017. Wellbeing isn’t just about exercise and nutrition. It’s also about how we care for our mental health. We spend a lot of time at work, so it’s important to mind our mind at work. Watching how we think at work can improve the time spent there.

Workloads, workplace relations, or office politics can take its toll on mental health. Often people who come to me for Indian Head Massage or Reiki are trying to manage the stress of the workplace. Preventative care, or minding ourselves while we’re healthy, is a something that needs to be practiced more often. There are some steps we can take personally to mind our mental health at work.

1. Take personal responsibility for your work-life balance. Speak up when work expectations and demands are too much so employers can address them.
2. Take proper lunch and tea, trying to get out of the workplace if possible.
3. Try to draw a line between work and home. If you do need to bring work home, try to keep your work in a certain area of your home where you can close the door on it.
4. Develop protective strategies against poor mental health due to work such as exercise, regular therapies, walks, leisure activities and friendships.

To find out more about how Indian Head Massage, Reiki and Yoga can help mind your mind, visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie, contact Tracy on 086-2202734 or email tracy@relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 4 Apr 2017

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