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Relax And Find Inner Peace… Yoga Is The Answer

In the early 90’s, on my quest for peace of mind, I embarked on the 4-year British Wheel of Yoga teacher-training course. As well as anatomy and physiology the training also included some Eastern philosophy and one of the books covered was The Bhagavad Gita. I’m amazed how often I dip into it to find timeless wisdom that can be so apt for today’s living.

One interesting aspect is known as Pratyhara (sense withdrawal). Just the action of getting out your yoga mat and doing some simple stretches can help draw our attention away from the outside world.

Drawing our attention away with practice.

Here’s an example, picture the scene. Obsessed by the notion that she must hear from her boyfriend by text, email or phone. Carly is addicted to checking her phone and email to see if he’s contacted her. Her insecurity has her stalking the boyfriend’s social media interactions, the knowledge of which, she uses to try to trip him up when they next talk.

Carly feels so desperate because he hasn’t called since the night before, that means she drinks more and has started smoking again. Her mind is everywhere with wild imaginings of his infidelity. Convinced her life is nothing without him, he finally calls and she is ecstatic. She is relieved, her mind reassured, the fearful emotions temporarily quelled she relaxes.

A couple of hours later the insecurity surfaces again. Her mind wanders back and forth re-running previous things he said. She picks apart the conversations, looking for evidence that she will be abandoned by her love. As her heart races, her nervous system cranks up. She needs a fix, something to fill the feelings of fear and the void of deep emptiness in the pit of her stomach.

This cycle does the rounds day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute.

If this sounds familiar, your next question will be, how do I stop this?

The mind and senses often dictate that whatever it is that we’re longing for is usually outside of ourselves. ‘It’s Over There’ so we strive to get there. We then find that the ‘There’ has become here’ and now there’s another ‘Over There’!

Carly, convinced that her happiness lay in the consummation of her desire to have her boyfriend’s attention means she can barely be with herself!

So how can Carly get out of the vicious cycle and create the opposite, a healthy positive analeptic cycle?

Yoga can be your answer.

Even if you’ve just started yoga the following will help to quieten the senses and give you more control of the mind. GET YOUR YOGA MAT OUT!

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The action of taking your mat out and laying on it for at least one minute is the starting place to bring about some peace. 

When you lay on your mat, focus on your breath and body, the attention is turned inwards.  The body softens, relaxes and releases tension. The senses are slowly drawn away from the outside world and it‘s distractions. Gradually a sense of peace begins to flow throughout. This is Yoga.

Do you fancy joining an online class?

Great! You’re in the right place, book here.

Interview with Psychologies Magazine Editor

Oh I almost forgot to say I was recently interviewed by Psychologies Magazine Editor talking about anxiety and ways to deal with it. Catch up with it and my latest episodes at https://anchor.fm/stresshacker 

 

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Yoga Online with Sue, and an Interview with Psychologies Magazine

Thank you for your fantastic response to my online yoga classes. Who knew so many of you would be interested! My technological learning curve continues! 

I will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know the days and times for my yoga classes.

I’m hoping to make the booking process really simple. And, if you work for the NHS, please drop me a line and I will gift the class to you in honour of your amazing hard work and dedication. We love you!

You can keep an eye on the Yoga section on my website for more information, and I’ll email those who have contacted me with further details soon.

 

 

Stresshacking your Anxiety – my interview with Psychologies Magazine

My next podcast: episode 8 is now up, and is sitting there lonely, ready and waiting for listeners, so please pass it on to anyone you know who may find it helpful at this challenging time.

The big question this week is: How do we take back control of our anxieties?

I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to “cope” with anxiety – you can kick it to the curb. ⁣

This episode contains edited extracts from my conversation with Suzy Walker from Psychologies Magazine on a recent Facebook Live event. They have conversations with experts every day at 1pm so tune in!  ⁣

Listen to Episode 8 of The Stresshacker podcast now:

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As always, I’m so grateful to all of you who have given me so much encouragement and positive feedback. I’m learning as I go and it’s great to have you along for the ride. If you want to contact me, remember it’s Sue@TheStresshacker.com. And if you can help me to spread the work by sharing my podcast with your friends (and leaving me a review on Apple Podcasts) that would be so kind of you.

Global Meditation – Join me!

You’re going to hate the next bit… I have an odd condition called discalcular, when I said that there is to be a global meditation on Saturday 4th  April I gave you the wrong time, Oops!

I’m sorry to say that it is actually at 3.45 am!!!

I will be getting up for that because it’s only 20 minutes and I think it’s extremely important. Here’s the link to find out more and if you get up at that time please know I’m there with you.

Learning to draw

I’ve always meant to learn to draw. Recently, I realised there was no point waiting until I retire to start doing things like this, so I signed up for an art class. It was meant to start soon. Needless to say it’s been postponed to later in the year…

I haven’t let that stop me, though. Here’s a drawing I did the other day of my dog friend, Puds.

I did the drawing from a photo from the Dogs Trust (which I’m about to start making a regular donation to). I showed my picture to my grand-daughter and asked what we should should call him/her. She suggested Puds. So, meet Puds!

And, for those of you who are running out of ideas to usefully engage your children try hopping over to author Alex Milway’s Youtube channel where he will teach your children how to draw a bear!

Finally, remember to stay hydrated at home. Drink plenty of warm drinks and your daily water intake. Do you know it helps conditions such as plantar fasciitis when you stay hydrated? It’s true!

xx

Sue

 

PS. There was an exclusive offer code to Psychologies Magazine readers for a FREE copy of Stress-Free Relaxation with Confidence (easily my most popular download) and access to my Wellbeing In A Week course. Listen to my podcast now to find out how to get hold of the code.

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It’s all about staying well and in control

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 The Stresshacker’s 12 Tips For Staying Well

  1. DRINK LOTS OF WARM DRINKS. E.G.s honey, lemon, ginger, cordials, tea, or coffee, in particular two dessert spoons of apple cider vinegar with honey in a big cup of hot water drink as it cools.

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  2. GARGLE You can use  apple cider vinegar or  an antiseptic mouthwash even diluted lemon juice in warm water.
  3. NETI If you are familiar with the practice use neti daily or if you feel nasally congested. DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN SHOWN HOW!
  4. DAILY MOTIVATION. Listen to something EVERY DAY that will lift your spirits. An inspirational speaker, podcasts, positive thinking guru’s find the one that floats your boat!
  5. PROGRAMME YOUR MIND AT NIGHT Use positive thinking hypnosis programmes as you to go off to sleep. If you wake in the night feeling anxious listen again.healing hypnosis program

Stress Free With Confidence. Healing Now. Super Charge Your Confidence. Assertive Empowerment Now. Breathe Easy can all help.

  1. COLDS If you feel the slightest sore throat, take any cough medicine from your shelf two dessert spoons diluted into hot water and drink. You’ll be       amazed at how quickly this works!
  2. CONGESTION If you’re prone to congestion in your lungs take turmeric tablets daily.
  3. SUPPLEMENTS Up your Vitamin C preferably naturally … I take 1000mgrms several times a week.
  4. PROTECTING LUNGS If you have any lung condition or weakness KEEP YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE COVERED! This is so important, cold, damp, windy air can inflame your bronchiole and alviolie – this will make you think you have a cold (it can feel like it but often isn’t!). This coupled with FEAR thoughts will drive you into a state of angst!
  5. STAY ACTIVE Take your arms up over your head – sideways up and down, forwards up and down. Punch the air with hands in fists moving arms in as many directions as possible. Pretend you are a boxer, move your feet around too if possible.
  6. CLEANLINESS Do I really need to say wash your hands? Wash Your Hands! A lot!
  7. PERSONAL GROOMING Stay well groomed. Don’t let your personal hygiene go, it’s easy to skip a bath or shower – don’t! Keep your hair washed too.
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Do you know who is holding you back?

Have you tried to change something about yourself only to find yourself back to where you were?

Maybe you got to your ideal weight, or you finally gave up smoking, only to relapse months down the line.

Perhaps, you thought you’d turned a corner by escaping a bad relationship or jettisoning a toxic friendship… only to find yourself slipping back into the same familiar patterns with someone new.

That’s what the latest Stresshacker Podcast episode is about.

Stresshacker Podcast Ep 6: Working with Parts of Yourself

Those of you who have been to one of my sessions will be very familiar with my sets of Russian dolls. I love to use them to explain how many of us get stuck with beliefs or emotions from our childhood, our teens or any other time in our lives.

I talk a little about the Russian dolls in this episode, and also show you a way that you can explore how parts of yourself may be limiting you from being your whole authentic self.

Listen now to find out how you can escape from old programming that is holding you back.

(and please do share this with anyone you think might benefit).

To listen to all previous episodes click here


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Order your half price Sleep audio today with World Sleep Day offer code!

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Are you getting enough sleep?

A while ago I went through a period of time where I found getting off to sleep and staying asleep difficult, so I made it my business to find solutions. Since then, I’ve worked with so many clients who have suffered from sleep disturbance for one reason or another.

In honour of World Sleep Day, I want to help you all have a better night’s sleep. So from today till the end of the month, all the Sleep products in my shop are HALF PRICE! Just use the offer code SleepWell at checkout.

This includes:

Sleep Well Now! Hypnosis Audio

Designed to break through insomnia and other sleep disturbances this hypnosis program is a unique approach to sleeping well.

  • Break the negative thought cycle about going to sleep.
  • Enjoy relaxing sensations that lead you into better sleep habits.
  • Improve the quality of your sleep.

The Art of Zzzs – Top Tips for Sleeping Well

A digital guide to help you get some zzzs.

Buy now from the Stresshacker store using the offer code SleepWell at checkout.

Or click here to get your copy of both.

NB. The code works on ALL sleep products so you can choose to buy the bundle or just buy one of the products – you decide!

International Women’s Day

That’s not all! I also have an offer code in honour of IWD. Just use the offer code IWD2020 at the checkout to get your copy of Assertive Empowerment Now! My hypnosis audio for anyone who wants to be a little more assertive.

It’s HALF PRICE in store now with the code IWD2020

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Please share with your friends!

PS. I’m off on a beautiful yoga retreat this weekend. If you’d like to join me on the next one, there are still places at our October retreat.