Stress awareness day

Hi I’m Sarah and I’m a total stress head. There, I’ve said it! As it’s #stressawarenessday I wanted to admit to it and share some ways to help manage the overwhelm.

Here are some (not so helpful) things I’m really good at. How many of these relate to you?

  • I’m very good at beating myself up and saying unkind things to myself
  • I excel in unnecessary anxiety
  • I overanalyse and procrastinate over the smallest things
  • I always try and do too much and fit in ‘just one more thing’
  • When I stand in front of a mirror, my first thought is to see how far my tummy is sticking out
  • I keep trying to be perfect. I strive to do well in everything I turn my attention to – work, home life, friendship, being a ‘good military wife’.

Does any of this sound familiar?

I know my mental state has directly contributed to my physical symptoms. Learning to let go of striving for perfection has been a huge journey. Most of the time I can manage this but sometimes I’ll wonder why things are building up again and I’ll realise I’ve set unrealistic and unattainable expectations. *DEEP BREATH* Cue some tapping and repeating various phrases such as “It’s OK to be me” and “My best is good enough”. Of course, I’m only human and sometimes it gets too much and only a good cry/rant/long hot bath will do.

HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

Stress levels, anxiety and pressure affect us all and I share this list because I am well qualified to help you in your own unique and wonderful way.

Working both physically and emotionally I can help you, your children, your friends & family be truly listened to. Using kinesiology we can find out what the body says is going on (it often isn’t what you’d expect) and what is needed to rebalance.

Let me help you unpick what’s going on in your life, mind and body and work with you to create a personal plan back to wellness and feeling back in control.

THINGS THAT CAN HELP

  • Remembering to practice self-care – taking a moment, deep breaths, affirmations, quietening the monkey mind
  • Reminding yourself that THERE IS NO PERFECT! You cannot be all things to all people so start focussing on the things YOU want to do the most
  • Scribbling down thoughts in a diary
  • Having a long hot bath (my husband practically runs up the stairs to draw me a bath when he knows I’m feeling stressed bless him)
  • Talking to someone – whether it’s a friend or a therapist, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel once it’s out there and you can work through it

On Stress Awareness Day, take a moment to put yourself first. Think about what’s bothering you the most – is there anything you can do about it, anyone to talk to about it or anything that can help? If you’ve found yourself nodding to anything written above, get in touch to find out how I can help you feel stronger again.

Here’s a link to a previous article with some more practical advice to help: www.thrivehealthwellness.co.uk/stress-and-adrenal-fatigue/ 

Anxiety and EFT

EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique

Have you ever suffered with anxiety? I struggle with having irrational anxious thoughts at times and have been really focussing on self care techniques including EFT.

 

EFT techniques – watch this video

Do you struggle to control your thoughts? Do you ever feel the anxiety build and feel out of control? Learn about how to Silence the Chimp and use tapping (EFT) techniques to break negative thought patterns & worries, turning them into a strengthening, positive affirmation.

 

Watch this EFT video here: https://youtu.be/-q2yyU8cDoU

Bach flower remedies

Hands up if you like using Bach Flower Remedies? They are simple FABULOUS at helping us manage our emotions. Over the next few days, I’ll post about the most commonly used remedies and how they can help you.

Bach flower remedies show up as helping in the majority of sessions and I thought it would be helpful to share the most popular ones. Read below to see which fits with how you’re feeling and give them a try.

Each of the 38 remedies discovered by Dr Bach is directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. They are not necessarily a personality test answer but do help with how you’re feeling at a particular moment.

How to use:
Suitable for use with babies and children as well as us grown-ups, you can squeeze 3-4 drops under your tongue or pop in a glass of water. Adding them to a bottle of water you drink throughout the day will be a great way to provide ongoing support.

If you would like any advice on choosing a Bach flower to help you, please pop a question below or email me sarah@thrivehealthwellness.co.uk

Decisions

Decision making can be hard.

I’ve had a few clients in the past week facing some big decisions. While these two quotes may initially appear to be the antithesis of each other, take time to pause and reflect. Staying stuck in a situation because you are afraid to change it will lead to regret. Staying in a situation because you don’t know if it’s time to quit or try harder can drive you mad.

Close your eyes and picture yourself 3 years from now, or next year or even just at Christmas. Picture what life would be like.

  • What would you like to be doing?
  • Are you in the same environment?
  • How does this image feel to you? Does it make you feel relaxed and free, or nervous and tense?
  • Play out different scenarios in your head and pay attention to how your body and mind reacts. Do you sense tension or release, does your heart soar or feel trapped, can you see a slight refocusing of the image or a completely different picture?

When we feel stuck, we often know the answer deep down in our gut. Ignore everyone, deflect advice and give yourself time to connect with what YOU truly want. After all it’s YOUR life. When you feel you have chosen a path, discuss with people you trust, help them colour in the outline for you and feel supported.

I am always here to help you work through the scenarios and we can use a variety of techniques to reconnect with your gut instinct, make the right decision and live a life you truly want to lead xx

AWARD WINNER! Best Women in Business

Proud and humbled to have won the Best Woman in Business Award. Thank you Dorset Echo Industry Awards!

Thank you to the fabulous Gill for her nomination. I find it hard to talk about myself so thought I would let Gill’s words do the talking:

I am nominating Sarah in the Women in Business category as she is proof that you can completely change your life and turn a hobby into a successful and growing business within just 2 years!

She experienced the benefits of kinesiology when she was ill with M.E. using a wheelchair to get around, After treating family and friends in the evenings, her confidence as a practitioner grew to the point that she knew this wasn’t just a hobby anymore.

Thrive was created as she dreamed of a future of leading a life that she truly wanted. Transitioning from treating people in a spare bedroom to building a treatment clinic in her garden illustrates the change from hobby to business.

When she started Thrive Health and Wellness in Summer 2016 she had a small client base which has now grown to over 200 people and she began working on a full time self employed basis in March 2017 reflecting the immense growth of her business. In the past 18 months she also grown a team of over 60 people within Neal’s Yards Remedies Organic to reach a wider audience of people.

Word of mouth remain the most effective form of advertising and she still get a thrill every time a client tells her that their health has improved.

Reviews are flying in and demand for her services has increased, she is often being asked to treat people outside of her current location.

Being passionate about helping people and spreading the benefits of natural health, she has worked to find a solution, and recently launched The Thrive Tribe, an online community with huge growth potential offering free advice, information and inspiring discussion.

She is now developing online courses, webinars and a membership structure allowing people access to a wealth of wellness information wherever they are in the world.

The health and wellbeing industry is booming and Sarah and her Thrive Tribe will definitely be a part of it, spreading the ease and effectiveness of natural health solutions.