Uncategorized

The Legacy of Heart and Compassion: Gratitude for Louise Hay

On 30 August 2017, Louise Hay transitioned from her body. Through her work, Louise Hay has helped generations of people to help themselves.  Through her books alone, such as You Can Heal Your Life, Louise taught positive thinking, affirmations, and how our thoughts and feelings affect our health.

Louise was 90 years young. What a life she has lived. She rose from the terrible challenges in life to become a beacon of light and hope for millions.

Over the last couple of years, the world has lost many celebrities, both musicians and actors. The transitioning of Louise Hay from this life is the one that has affected .e the most and I cried. As I looked through my books, searching for You Can Heal Your Life again, I notice how many books a f oracle card decks I have that were published by her publishing company Hay House. Louise’s legacy isn’t just in her own books and other products. Her legacy shines through all the authors signed by Hay House. Louise created a publishing company that published books of heart and compassion, that help people through their lives. That is some legacy to leave.

Louise Hay, both directly in her own work or indirectly through authors she supported, has impacted my life in a powerful way. Through her heart and compassion, I have learned to open my heart and become compassionate. Her legacy has helped me through my own challenges and will keep helping me. Her influence helps me in my own work with others.

As the saying goes, she was some woman for one woman! Thank you Louise, for your heartful and compassionate work, and for your immense legacy. Rest well.

Advertisements
Standard
Uncategorized

Back To School Anxiety

The kids return to school this week. Some kids have been looking forward to getting back to school. Others haven’t been looking forward to it. There’s always some anxiety with returning to school. Whether it’s starting school or going into a new class, children will be wondering what challenges there are ahead. Other children may be repeating a year and trying to cope with watching classmates move ahead, and make new friends. Adapting to the routine after the long days of summer can also cause some anxiety.

Children are at a fantastic age to learn how to manage their mental health. When they learn how to do it now, it becomes second nature to them. Encourage them to acknowledge their fears and anxieties. When we acknowledge our fears and anxieties and talk them out, they lose their strength. If a child finds it difficult to talk about their feelings, encourage them to draw, write or talk to a favourite toy.

Help them to discover their own strength when they meet the challenges of the new school year. Explore the world of guided meditations for children online or find CD’s that can be listened to before bed. Introduce children to kid’s yoga. This is a fantastic way for kids to learn how to manage anxiety by moving their body.

For stress management and mental health contact Tracy from Relax From Stress Holistic Centre on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph Newspaper on 29 August 2017

Standard
Uncategorized

The Mind and The Body

Over recent months I’ve become aware of the lack of disconnection many people have from their bodies. I often meet people in yoga classes or Reiki sessions who try to push their body with the strength of their mind. They ignore the signs of pain and discomfort in their body and believe that they can do anything if they just keep their minds strong.

Our body is a vehicle for our minds. To mind our mind, we need to mind our body. That means listening to messages from our body. It does not mean beating our bodies into submission by our minds. It is our task to allow our mind to get to know our bodies. By getting to know our bodies, we would understand the messages our body is sending us. We would understand the difference between hunger and comfort eating. We would understand the difference between aches and pains caused by overwork or caused by emotional stress. We would understand when we need to go slower or rest instead forcing our body into illness.

Minding our mind means minding the body in which it is held to prevent aches, pains and illness, or at least preventing our health getting worse. What would happen if we respected our body as much as we do our homes or our cars?

For stress management and mental health contact Tracy from Relax From Stress Holistic Centre on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 22 August 2017

Standard
Uncategorized

Overcoming Denial

Denial is something we all do. We deny our health when we ignore tight jeans by refusing to lose weight. We deny our health when we keep pushing ourselves when our body is screaming with pain or tiredness. We deny our health when we stay in situations that we know deep down are unhealthy.

Denial is a common defence mechanism. Defense mechanisms are often unconscious. Sometimes we don’t realize we’re using denial in the moment. Denial is the refusal to accept reality or fact, acting as if a painful event, thought or feeling did not exist. Many people use denial in their everyday lives to avoid dealing with painful feelings or areas of their life they don’t wish to admit.

Something often happens that means we can’t ignore denial anymore. Whether it’s losing weight, leaving a job or relationship or facing up to health issues, you can support yourself in overcoming denial, and make the necessary changes. Making changes is a stressor, no matter how big or small the issue seems. There are techniques you can use to manage this stress.

Find a support network of family, friends or professionals to help you. Develop a self-care programme consisting of healthy and enjoyable stress management techniques. These can include exercise, healthy eating, nature walks, yoga, meditation, massage, reiki, self-help books, journaling, courses or workshops.

For stress management and mental health contact Tracy from Relax From Stress Holistic Centre on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 15 August 2017

Standard
Uncategorized

Appreciating Routine

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” John C Maxwell

As we approach the last weeks of the summer, Back To School signs are up in shops as a reminder that, even for those of us without kids, that routine is on its way.  The change in routine can be nice for a few weeks.  Yet, there’s comfort in routine.  We know where we need to be and what time we need to be there.  Routine can get a bad name for being boring.  Yet it’s through routine that we settle into whatever we need to do to achieve our goals and dreams.

Sometimes we think no routine means we’re free.  Yet it’s through routine that we grow.  Like plants, our lives need a container to grow in and that container is routine. Through the routine of work, we create a container for challenge and earning money.  If we play sports, paint or have any hobbies, we need to create a container for them by making time for them.

Minding our minds involves personal development and growth.  By taking regular time to mind ourselves, we mind our mental health.  This routine can include daily or weekly exercise, menu planning, making time for walks, meditation, yoga, hobbies or massages.

For stress management and mental health contact Tracy from Relax From Stress Holistic Centre on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph Newspaper on 8 August 2017

Standard
Uncategorized

Scarcity Consciousness

Recently I came across the terms scarcity consciousness and sufficiency consciousness.  They are interesting terms.   Usually they are applied when people are talking about money, but they can be applied to health, relationships and other aspects of life as well.

In a book called “The Soul of Money” by Lynne Twist, “For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didn’t get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of. We don’t have enough exercise. We don’t have enough work. We don’t have enough profits. We don’t have enough power. We don’t have enough wilderness. We don’t have enough weekends. Of course, we don’t have enough money – ever.”

Do you believe that there’s never enough or that there is always enough?  What would it be for your stress levels to start noticing how “enough” your life is?  It may mean writing a gratitude list of all the things you have enough of.  When we appreciate what we have enough of, we have a foundation on which to build our lives.

 

For stress management and mental health contact Tracy from Relax From Stress Holistic Centre on 086-2202734 or visit http://www.relaxfromstress.ie.

Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 1 August 2017

Standard