Chronic stress and its effect on your health

 In todays fast paced world where so much emphasis is placed on achieving and getting things done that one of the most important things can often suffer, that of our health. By meeting constant demands and ignoring any signs of stress, stress can then become chronic and cause many further problems and at times other long term condition

Experiencing stress and the effects of it is really not worth it and it's always far easier to prevent than cure the effects of long term stress. Some of the most common symptoms of chronic stress to be aware of are;

  • Not sleeping well/ insomnia
  • Hyper arousal/ anxiety
  • A state of apathy (feeling very low in motivation)
  • Bodily aches and pains
  • Persistent worrying
  • Over eating/ loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Lowered immune system (persistent colds and flu)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Poor concentration and short term memory
  • And more

When these signs are ignored and symptoms of stress are not managed then there is the potential for chronic stress to lead to something more long term such as heart problems, depression and other conditions.

However the good news is that  the effects of long term stress can be managed and overcome once new healthy habits take over. By introducing regular exercise, relaxation and mediation and changing  habits of thought you can dramatically reduce any effects of stress and it recurring. With our health programmes we provide you with all this and more as well as the support you need to both manage and overcome stress and its effect on your life and finding inner peace is very possible.

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Overcome stress and find your inner peace

If you do feel that long term stress is something you may be suffering from then simply don't allow it to take over your life any longer. Book in for your free 30 minute Skype coaching session and discover just how much you can transform your health within only 6 weeks.

If you then decide to take a 6 or 12 week plan you will also receive a 20% discount, however this offer is limited to this week only in support of National Stress Awareness day, please contact as soon as you can to receive your discount and find your inner peace.

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Keeping a Gratitude Diary

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Having started a new gratitude journal this year and doing so with my son, I wanted to share with you all today the benefits that you can  get from this activity, not just for yourself but for your whole family.

Too often and particularly at this time of year we can become very focused on the future , which can be healthy but not when  forgetting the importance of the present moment and in being grateful of all we already have. It is important for us to be aware of this  because becoming too future focused can potentially lead to stress if we feel we are not meeting all the demands we set for ourselves. This is where gratitude comes in. 

For complete health and happiness gratitude needs to become a daily and consistent focus for us. By doing this we become more present and appreciative of what we already have. The combination of gratitude and goal setting is actually how we achieve our ultimate state of being and living in flow. To understand more on  this please check out this great video below with Vishen Lakhiani on the concept of Flow.

When we are very forward focusing people we have to be wary of falling in to the stress trap of becoming too results focused and instead remember to focus on flow.  When we are in this state, it is one of the most beautiful states to be in,  gratitude is what helps to bring us back to this state. Gratitude will also work for you if you find your mind slips in to the past a lot and you become focused on what is missing in this way. By bringing your focus on to gratitude you will  automatically become present and the more you do this the better you will consistently feel.

Stress and anxiety are caused by over-thinking the future and what you feel you have to do, low mood on the other hand is caused by overthinking the past.  By bringing your focus here and now and on to all you have to be grateful for, you will begin to find yourself more at peace. Peace through presence is what naturally comes through being in the present moment and  practicing gratitude is one of the quickest way possible to do this.

In just over two weeks of keeping our gratitude diaries I am noticing great benefits already for me and my son, being more here and now and therefore happier in this moment and what could really be more important than this?

Please give the gratitude journal a try for yourself and see how it can benefit your  life too. Then comment and let me know of your own experiences also in doing so or if you are already doing so too, it would be great to hear from you.

Gratitude and Blessings,

Miranda x

For more info on the benefits of a gratitude journal check out this great blog below too.

How Gratitude Can Change Your Life - The Change Blog

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The Art of Being Present

Can you think  of a time where you felt really present, completely there in the moment? To me this is the ultimate state, the art of being present, the state of being  in complete flow. When we are in states such as this, everything we do flows much  easier as we express ourselves freely without limitation. As Ekhart Tolle states;

"When you lose touch with your inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world."

By allowing ourselves to be in the state of presence more often we can become healthier and happier with ease. When we are truly present, all tension is let go of and fear and worry do not exist.

The next time you do find yourself becoming fearful or stressed; try simply bringing yourself back to now, feel the presence of your body, focus on what you can see and hear. Find yourself absorbing everything and simply noticing what is here and now. By doing so you will quickly regain your focus and clarity of mind, this simple exercise allows you to really be here and now completely  and the longer we can maintain this state the better for our overall health and wellbeing.

You may have some activities in your life that have this effect consistently on you already, I personally find that exercise is great for this. Try if you can to have more of these activities within your day and week and see the benefits you will gain from doing so.

To find out more about coaching and techniques in mindfulness and other health and wellness practices , you can contact me via the form below where I can get back to you with some further information.

Thank you, Miranda.

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Moving beyond your comfort zone

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Do you dare to dream..? Moving beyond your comfort zone is a prerequisite to achieving anything beyond where we currently are. It is about growing and becoming in to that person you really want to be in order to reach your full potential. This is never about rejecting or not being happy with who or where you are,  but it is about loving yourself enough to know that your capabilities and potential exist far beyond where you currently are.

We are always able to achieve more yet so many of us do not fulfil our full potential or even reach for it either out of fear, or lack of belief and action. However by taking small steps to stretch ourselves consistently we can move beyond our comfort zone and begin to achieve what we may have previously thought impossible.

I like to relate the process we go through when training in the gym with the process of moving beyond our comfort zone, it is essentially the same process, which goes something like this;

 1.) Starting point - Comfort zone= (Boredom)

2.) Begin to push beyond/ stretch yourself =(discomfort)

3.) Then move to  - Growth zone = (Pleasure)

The 2nd two steps are often seen as the same but I see it as one leads to the other, as in the example of gym training.  It begins when we start going to the gym (we have a new goal), so we need to push beyond our comfort zone and start taking new actions. When we do this we naturally begin to experience some growing pains or discomfort because it is out of our normal range. This is the point where we need to see this instead as part of the pleasure of moving forward. We then experience the pleasure of doing so.

As in the gym any growth requires us to move beyond what we are currently used to and every time we do and begin to stretch ourselves we not only become closer to our goal but also gain the pleasure from growing and becoming more.  When stepping out of our comfort zone to grow and become although it takes more effort it is also highly rewarding and worth all the effort.

Please check out this great video below on the magic of moving beyond your comfort zone and if your ready to step beyond your comfort zone send me a message below to arrange your free goal setting session today.

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Empowering Belief Systems

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We all have goals or things we would like to achieve in life but the question is do we really believe them to be possible, and if not why not?  What if we knew that no matter what we want to achieve that it is possible and without doubt we  can make it happen? What if you could choose empowering belief systems that support every goal or decision you ever make?

When you choose or create empowering beliefs to support your goals, the certainty created within you allows for the journey to become much easier as you seek out opportunities and all that supports your new empowering beliefs. As Buddha Stated;

'It is with our thoughts that we create our world'

Ultimately this transmits in to our belief system. Without a belief that supports the achievement of your goal(s) the journey can appear far more difficult or you may not even attempt it at all if your beliefs are very self-defeating.

The great thing is we don't have to accept the belief systems we have had up until now. We can choose our belief systems, so that they do become ones that support our goals and dreams.

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How can you know what your current belief system is?

To discover your current belief system in any area just takes a little bit of self reflection,  you can do this by looking at any area in your life and the results you currently have.  In addition to this the actions that you are taking, you can then begin to determine your belief system around it. You may already be very aware of the belief system you have in certain areas but perhaps not know how to change it or have thought it possible to do so.

Changing your current belief system

Changing your current belief system can sometimes be as simple as making the decision to change it, once you have become conscious of your self-defeating belief you are in  a good position to do so. When you make this choice  as long as you back it up with consistent action to create evidence for your new belief, then you will successfully change it, choosing empowering belief systems can really be this simple. If however your past limiting belief system goes a little deeper and has more background attached to it, it can be a little more complex to change. This is where having a coach or facilitator can really make a difference.

There are specific techniques within the field of coaching that facilitate this process so that you become so aligned with your new belief that the effects come almost immediately. When I first discovered this it was a real life changer for me, I had always known the power of belief but knowing that it is literally possible to achieve anything and that you can align yourself to support this in every way opens up a whole new world for you.

There is no reason why any of us should choose to accept limiting beliefs or limiting lives for ourselves and once we realise we have been doing this, for our own happiness it is then our choice and responsibility to change it. The only thing that can stop us is ourselves.

To find out more about how you can transform self-defeating belief patterns in to empowering ones please send me a message below where you can arrange a free initial coaching session.

Thank you for reading today, please share too if you enjoyed.

Wishing you all the best  in Health  and Happiness,

Miranda

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Taking time for yourself

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How often do you really take time out for you..? Taking time for yourself is something so important for your overall health and wellbeing, but also something so many of us forget or don't find the time for as we get older and have more responsibilities in our lives.

Taking time for ourselves can be something as simple as taking 20 minutes a day to read or meditate or whatever you really like to do. Everyone's circumstances are different  and if you can take more time out that is better, but whatever your circumstances are for your own health and happiness try to take  at least 20 minutes a day if you can. If we take regular time out then we can become more fulfilled  and subsequently more able to give to others. Compassion always works both ways, to truly be there for others, we have to also be there for ourselves.

Some other ways we can benefit from taking regular me  time are;

  • Having more energy
  • More calm and focus
  • Feeling happier in ourselves
  • Getting to know yourself better
  • Increased self worth and self-esteem

Without taking this important time for ourselves we can quickly become burnt out or dissatisfied in life. Taking more time for you will benefit both yourself and others,it will allow you to be at the best you can be and of course you are very worth it.

If having regular me time is not something you already do and you find that life is becoming overwhelming for you, then try taking some scheduled time out each day and see how much better you can begin to feel.

For more info on the importance of taking time for you please check out Dr Roz's video below.

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Facing Fears

Facing Fears

Facing fears is something many of us can or have struggled with, some of us may even just avoid doing anything scary by staying well within our comfort zone. However by doing this we are effectively limiting our life and preventing ourselves from having any new and exciting experiences. Instead we allow fear to be the one in control of our lives, deciding what we can or can't do. The question then becomes, is this what we really want for ourselves??

The easiest way to discover this is to simply ask yourself what you really want;  to begin, write down all the things you really want to do, be or have and then ask what is it if anything that is or could be stopping you? If any of the reasons are due to fear, which it more  often is what stops us from doing what we really want to do, then the good news is, you don't have to allow fear to stop you any longer.

I can however completely understand  how it can feel this way, sometimes fear can appear to be a huge barrier to us and actually when we begin to realise that it is far easier to face than we imagined it to be, we can then see that fear, like most barriers exists only in the mind. What happens is that we can attach the feeling of fear to something external. There are many reasons why this can happen and sometimes we do need to unwire the original cause to be able to move forward from it, however it is very possible to do so and far easier than we might think.

For fears that are not  so complex they can of course be overcome even easier, some simple methods for doing so would be;

  1. Just going for it ( feel the fear and do it anyway)
  2. Using Relaxation & Visualisation
  3. Tapping (EFT)

All of the above as well as other methods I use in coaching can be used to overcome the initial effects of fear and how this can make us feel when we approach something outside of our comfort zone. The first one of just going for it is a method I've personally used and still do after reading Susan Jeffers book, 'Feel the Fear and do it Anyway' when I was much younger. A book I would highly recommend.

This made a big difference to me as before then fear held most of the control in my life. By deciding to feel the fear and do it anyway with the things that I wanted to do, I then took my power back and opened up a whole new world of adventure.

I now coach and help others to do the same using methods that work very quickly to enable you to overcome any fear, no matter what. So that you can go on to achieve what you want to achieve and live the life you dream of.

For today only I'm offering a half price discount on the  'Overcome your fear package'. This includes;

  • An initial consultation,
  • Your full session, in which  we take as long as you need to fully banish the fear.
  • Your follow-up session where we fully test out the past fear and plan for your future success.

As a special black Friday to fully banish those limiting fears, I'm offering this package at a half price of only £150

Based on average sessions of 1-2 hours, that's up to 6 hours of my time for only £150.00!!

To make this offer even better I offer a full money back guarantee if you are not happy with the results, so you have nothing to lose, except your fears :)

If you are interested in taking up this offer today and would like to find out more, please send me a message below.

Thank you,

Miranda

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5 Ways to Finding Balance in Life

Finding Balance in Life

Finding balance in life can at times feel like we're on the balancing scales.Where we are having to re-adjust whenever something new is added to our lives, or simply when our lives change in some way.

In a time where we can also feel pressured by demands in different areas  of  our lives, how can it be possible to find balance so that we can achieve all we want to, whilst also being at our best?

This is something many of us as busy people can find a challenge, so today I just wanted to share some reflections with you on what I have found to be most helpful to becoming centred again.

Here  5 ways I have found most useful in doing so;

  1. Self-reflection - keeping a journal for all thoughts and goals can be really useful, really it's about us being able to find internal order and writing/ planning in this way really helps us to do this
  2. Taking time for you - When we're not nurturing ourselves we can become lost in everything else we have to do and eventually wear ourselves out.  time Make time for you, for doing the things you personally enjoy,  where you don't have to think of anything else.
  3. Advanced Planning - if we have large projects or goals, these can become overwhelming and so planning well ahead and chunking down by breaking them down in to smaller goals can really make it seem less overwhelming. Overall life balance can be incorporated in to this by using coaching methods as well.
  4. Meditation/ Relaxation - When we find internal balance our whole lives begin to feel more balanced overall. Everything always begins within, so this is a really great place to start. However long we can manage, even if only 5-10 minutes a day it really can make a powerful difference to our lives in finding more overall calm and balance.
  5. Regular Exercise - As with meditation and relaxation, regular exercise helps us to feel more internally balanced. It is also a time for us and where we can let go of any tension we may be holding on to.

Because our lives are always changing and adapting I do believe that finding balance is something where we have to adapt accordingly. Our lives are like waves in the sense that we are always changing and adapting, but if we can always begin by finding internal order and balance, then any life changes and busy schedules can be far easier to manage.

Please also share some of your own ideas and experiences here, it would be great to hear from you. If you would also like to arrange a coaching session to discover how much you can begin to improve your overall health and wellbeing then please contact me via the form below. Thank you,

Miranda

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Anything is Possible

Being just over half way in the 30 day blogging challenge now, I wanted to share something with you that happened last  time I took on this challenge back in April this year. Very unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, in the early stages of my last blogging challenge broke my right wrist :-/ . As you can imagine this made it quiet difficult for me to continue with the blogging challenge Instead it gave me a different challenge, one with my wrist, a challenge to prove that anything is possible.

I decided to use the experience of breaking my wrist positively as proof in how the power of positive thinking, as well as other methods can improve recovery time. I then tracked this in a few videos that I've added below. This kind of experience however was not new for me as is something I've had experience in professionally and personally on different levels. So this although a bit frustrating at the times, in my mind it was fairly easy to overcome. This is because the power of our thinking, our decisions always comes first

This is one important thing I coach on, that everything starts in our mind. You must believe something is possible and decide to make it happen and then you can. When you have enough conviction in something and the right methods,  truly anything is possible.

The common time for recovery of a broken wrist is 6-8 weeks, I managed to get the cast off in 5! Even the doctors and other hospital staff couldn't believe it. Not only this but initially it was  thought I would have to have surgery to re-adjust the bone, where I would have had to have metal of some sort holding it in place. After the first two weeks of X-rays, they also decided this would not be necessary.

For me this was a huge victory and also a relief as I didn't really want surgery and especially not any metal pins, if I could avoid it. Fortunately I managed to achieve all I set out to do and now my wrist is well recovered and back to normal again. More than anything though this particular challenge gave me the opportunity to prove what I already knew to be possible and true, and the knowledge enough to track the progress in advance.

The videos are now available for anyone to view as proof of what is possible with the power of positivity and belief. So anyone who is  or finds their self in this or any similar situation can also prove the same. We never have to allow unforeseen circumstances to get us down. There is always a way you can turn anything around and find the positive within it to use it to your advantage. Just believe you can.

Please check out some of the videos  below of my wrist recovery journey, the last one of my cast being sawn off  is of some amusing quality, complete with my elative joyous grin :) Please also share this post if you find it inspirational in any way and that also may be of help to someone you know. Thank you for reading today.

Wishing you the best in Health and Happiness,

Miranda

"Anything is possible as long as you believe it to be."

Finding Meaning and Purpose

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Finding meaning and purpose is considered to be essential for our overall health and happiness and many great books have been written on this topic. Essentially if we do anything that lacks meaning and purpose to ourselves personally, we will be unfulfilled and subsequently become unhappy.

It is not always the activity that we are doing that is the challenge, but the meaning and purpose we're are giving to it. If it lacks enough meaning to us then we simply won't be motivated to do it or be fulfilled in doing so. Meaning and purpose is highly personal and unique to each individual as it is linked to our overall value system (in how important we rate certain areas of our life).

What this means is if we are doing tasks that don't rate highly on our value system and also lack much meaning or purpose to us, this will then make us feel like we 'have to do it.' Not a good recipe for motivation at all.

So can you  find more meaning and purpose in those activities you currently  do that are currently lacking in it?

In short the answer is yes you can. You can find more meaning and purpose in pretty much anything once you know what is most important to you and begin applying it to the necessary tasks you  need to do. Another easy way of achieving meaning and purpose is to of course fill your life with more of the things you already find personally fulfilling and meaningful.

Too often we unintentionally fill our lives with mundane activities that lack much meaning and purpose in order to just to fill time. Or it could be that within the various activities we do daily that we do not look for the meaning and purpose that can be found within them. Our focus can then be elsewhere and not in the actual moment,this is another unfortunate side-effect of having too many unfulfilling activities in our lives.We can become in a state of wanting, waiting for time to pass and not being in the here and now.

"Attention shapes the self and is in turn shaped by it." ~ Mihaly Csikszenmihalyi

Every moment we have is precious, but whenever we are waiting for time to pass we waste each precious moment we are in. So how can we find more meaning and purpose in our everyday lives? The following tips offer some guidance on how we can do this more effectively;

  1. Match the task to your values -Find out what your highest values are and match the tasks you do more often to these. Once you discover your most important values, you can define most tasks to fit these.
  2. The power of focus - when you are doing any activity, being aware of what you are focusing on is extremely important. If your focus is on a part of the activity that is meaningless to you then you will be far less likely to enjoy it than if you find something you enjoy about it and bring your focus on to this instead.
  3. Being in the moment - when we are focused too much on an end result (weight loss for example) we can miss out on all the joy of the moment, of the process you are  in. If you are focused on the end result this can seem too far away to have much immediate importance to you. When in this situation, ask yourself; what meaning can I gain from it now, or what is my  driving force? There's is a lot of meaning to find in just being present.
  4. Fill your time with more tasks you already find fulfilling - This seems  obvious but unfortunately so many of us don't do this. We spend time in jobs we don't like, in mindless tasks and maybe find  the time to do something we personally enjoy at the weekend. Make time for the things you enjoy.
  5. Set goals - The pure act of setting goals gives activities more meaning and purpose simply because you know why you are doing them and if set well they are track-able and manageable. Making activities  just challenging enough, but also achievable.

What if you could find a way to make every day and every activity more enjoyable , to fill each day with more meaning and purpose? Fortunately you can.

If you would like to find out more  about how you can bring more meaning and purpose in to everyday, particularly for your health goals, please contact me below to arrange your free initial coaching session.

Thank you,

Wishing you the all best in health and happiness,

Miranda

"Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to be happy." ~ Victor Frankl

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