Healthy body, Healthy mind – when do you make time for your health?

keep calm and juiceI understand the link between a health body, healthy mind, the two are intrinsically linked. Through my coaching business I am working on the mind and through my health and nutrition business I work on the body! I have accumulated I fast amount of knowledge over the years but you never stop learning on this wonderful journey called life! I work extremely hard and I love my crazy busy life but sometimes you have to take some time out for you and your health! That’s why in August I took a seven-day retreat to Juicy Oasis Boutique Health Retreat & Spa deep in the heart of Portugal. The retreat is ‘Juice Master’ Jason Vale’s Premier Retreat:

This stunning juice, yoga and fitness retreat is set deep inside Portugal and overlooks a magnificent wide flowing river and is surrounded by deep forest and far reaching mountains. Juicy Oasis is not a ‘Spa Hotel’, but rather a retreat where you are taken on a very unique ‘mind and body seven-day journey’ to fully recharge, reboot and inspire you.

Jason Vale is the Juice Master!

Jason Vale has sold over 2 million books worldwide and is highly regarded as one of the most influential people in the world of juicing and health. Jason is the number one best-selling author of 10 books, DVD’s, App’s and CD’S on juicing, health, fitness and junk food addiction. Jason is also the ‘Executive Pro-juicer’ of his hugely successful and ground-breaking documentary Super Juice Me! Where Jason tests his theory that chronic disease is caused by toxicity and nutritional deficiency, and that the best way to treat disease is simply with high quality nutrition.

It’s a very empowering message, that your health is in your control! Much of the disease in the body is caused by the lifestyles and food that we eat. After-all prevention is much better than cure!

6 weeks since I was at Juicy Oasis and thrilled to report I have dropped nearly 2 dress sizes! I am doing my 5 Tibetans and rebounding every morning, Tracy Anderson DVD or Gym most days, Juicing 3 out of 7 days as a MUST and NO booze for the 6 weeks !! It definitely flicked my switch into improving my lifestyle, what will flick yours?

 

For more information visit the Juicy Retreat .

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Are you always ‘too tired’ when you get home from work?

Do you jump out of bed in a morning raring to go or can’t you wait until the time when you can crawl back in? Do you return from a busy day at work and collapse on the sofa with tiredness? You’re certainly not alone if you do, tiredness is the number one complaint that we visit our doctor with. It’s easy to blame our busy lifestyles with work commitments, family, household chores, travel etc But tiredness or fatigue is not always due to burning the candle at both ends.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists suggests that, at any given time, one in five people feel unusually tired and one in 10 have prolonged fatigue. Women tend to feel tired more than men.

Why is it that some people have bags of energy and pack so much into a day? Assuming there are no underlying medical conditions (check with your doctor) and your basic needs are met, like getting enough quality sleep, drinking enough water, getting enough exercise and the correct nutrition. It might surprise you to learn that 70 percent of our total energy is emotional—the kind that manifests as hope, resilience, passion, fun, and enthusiasm.

Highly energetic people learn to replace their emotional energy:

Learn to recognize what drains your energy—life situations, toxic people, or habits of mind like worry, guilt, indecision, and envy—and take steps to avoid or minimize it. Second, you identify what fills your tank—pleasure, prayer, novelty, anticipation, fun—and give yourself more.

Unlike physical energy which can deplete as we age, we can learn to increase our emotional energy year on year; it’s a never-ending renewable energy source!! Finding out what works for you is the key, recognize what drains your energy and take steps to change. Common energy drains could be:

1. Living up to someone’s else expectations

2. Loss of identity, not knowing who you are and what direction you’re taking in life.

3. Envy – Comparing yourself to others is a total waste of time! Look at what you have and be grateful! Showing gratitude everyday is a great energy booster!

4. Worry – torments and exhausts us. Taking action is a cure for worrying!

5. Unfinished projects / tasks. Either plan to complete the tasks or dump them! If you can’t find the time to do them either outsource or forget them!

 

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Read more:

Solving the Emotional Energy Crisis

Looking after number 1! Are you selfish enough?

Using Emotional intelligence to progress towards your goals Part 2

 

How to stay motivated at work.

The only person that can really motivate you, is you! But if you implement the following tips you will be more positive and have more energy to deal with your workday!

1. Start each day with a positive inputmotivation

Spend at least 15 minutes at the start of the day with positive input, this could be quotes you read, motivational books or CD’s. The commute to work is a great time to listen to motivational material, audiobooks are a great resource! If you have a “library” of positive thoughts in your head, so you can draw upon them if the day doesn’t go exactly as you’d prefer.

2. Tie your work to your life’s goals.

Always remember that there’s a deeper reason why you go to work and why you chose your current role. Maybe it’s to support your family, to change the world in some way, to help your customers, to make a difference: Whatever the deeper motivation, remind yourself that this workday–today–is the opportunity to accomplish part of that deeper and more important goal.

3. Keep track of what you have completed.

Making a to-do list and crossing out each task of as completed is a great way to stay motivated at work. Often when we are busy and getting tired we lose track of everything we have actually accomplished.

4. Express a positive mood

To many of us bring ourselves down to match other people, when asked how we are doing we often say ‘I’m ok’ or ‘hanging in there’, that sort of self talk sets you up for failure! Say ‘I’m wonderful’ or ‘feeling fantastic’, be positive it can only improve your mood!

5. Take regular breaks

Try and build into your schedule regular breaks throughout the day, After some time knocking away at the computer or whatever else you do at work, you can get tired or feel monotonous. That’s when you need to take that small 10 minutes break. Have a break from the computer and get a drink of water, stretch your legs and refresh it will make you more productive.

6. Do what’s important first.

Everybody complains about having too much to do, but few people do anything about it.  “20% of your activities are going to produce 80% of your results”  so do that 20% first, before you get to the 80% of your activities that is mostly wasted time. You’ll get more done, and you’ll get better results.

7. End your day with gratitude !

Exercising your “gratitude muscle” is the best way to make certain that you experience more success. Before you go to sleep, get out a tablet (paper or electric), and record everything that happened during the day about which you are (or could be) grateful.

You’ll sleep better and be ready for tomorrow–which will probably be even more fabulous than today.

 

None of these tips take a lot of time, just a little bit of effort to change your daily routine will have a big reward!

Looking after number 1! Are you selfish enough?

self·ish  

/ˈselfiSH/

Adjective
(of a person, action, or motive) Lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.
Synonyms
egoistic – self-seeking – self-centered – self-centred

 

 

The word ‘selfish’ can cause a negative reaction in most people; I am sure we have all grown up with parents telling us to ‘stop being selfish’. The above definition of the word selfish is in the whole negative so why am I asking the question ‘are you selfish enough’? Think about today’s most successful people, for example Richard BransonElon MuskMichael BloombergMaria Shriver and Joel Osteen. A common trait they all share is selfishness, they put their goals and objectives first, they look after their health. They know that you cannot achieve greatness if you are tired, uninspired, angry or wound up.

Read ‘Be more selfish’ –  a great blog post by Darren Hardy from Success magazine, he gives you 5 ways to become more selfish!

Are you selfish enough to succeed?

I’m extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end. – Margaret Thatcher

 

When we truly care for ourselves, it becomes possible to care far more profoundly about other people. -Eda LeShan

 

The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone. -Ayn Rand

 

Selfish means that you care enough about yourself to get your needs met; selfishness is a choice. Being selfish does not mean you will suddenly become irresponsible, abandon your spouse, children and friends. It simply means you recognize that you have to put yourself first to succeed. You will ‘get’ the notion that “If it’s good for me, it’s probably going to benefit others as well.” Most people try to be generous before being selfish enough to succeed, the problem with this is it’s not sustainable. As you become more successful (by being selfish) you will become more generous as you have the resources to help more people!  Taking care of one’s self enhances everything else we do.

Time is the most important asset we have, successful people know how to manage their time. We can not afford to let ourselves become tired and unmotivated because we are constantly being pulled in different directions by others. Put yourself on your own agenda!!

“In Mandarin Chinese, they have two words for selfish.  One means doing that which is beneficial to you and the other means hoarding, greedy, and cruel.  We, in English have pushed those two words together.”

 

6 reasons to set Goals!

The clocks go forward this Easter weekend in the UK marking the start of British summer time! I always take the opportunity to review the first 3 months of the year and find out where I am in relation to the goals I set in January.

Did you set any goals in January? If the answer is Yes, fantastic! If the answer is No, take the opportunity now to set your goals for the rest of the year!

6 Reasons to set Goals!

Goals breathe life into your days.

Goals- aligned with your values, get you to your greatness.

Goal setting promotes personal growth.

Where your focus goes- your energy flows.

What gets measured gets improved.

By setting goals- you have a framework and a decision matrix to drive better results.

John Tenniel's original illustrations of the Cheshire Cat - photo credit http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net/pictures/cheshire-cat-pictures.html

John Tenniel’s original illustrations of the Cheshire Cat – http://www.alice-in-wonderland.net

Extract from “Alice through the Looking Glass

  A conversation with Alice and the Cheshire Cat.

Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”- said the Cat

      “I don’t much care where” said Alice, “so long as I get somewhere”

          “Then it does not matter which way you go” – said the Cat

Q. What does this mean to us?

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

If you don’t know where you are going how do you know when you have got there? That’s ultimately what goal setting is all about. Everything in this world is created twice: First – creation in your mind, followed by the manifestation in reality. Without the mental creation, there will be no physical creation. When you set a goal, you already accomplish the first creation. When you don’t have goals, you are floating around every day.

Get laser focused and achieve your goals! If you have set them at the beginning of the year take the time to review; are you still on track? If you did not set goals in January, what are you waiting for?  Get them set now!

Please help me in 2013 and answer the following question in the comments below, I will be collecting your answers!
What phrases or quotes have you heard that has had an impact in your life?