A Road Less Traveled: Self-hatred to Self-Love – A Woman’s Perspective 

Like so many of you I have lived too long thinking I had to be superwoman. Apparently it is the shame of women that we do not DO enough, despite that 70% of us are single parents, despite that, post credit crunch, we supply more than half the workforce, I could go on.  The point is, we are now unhappier than our male counterparts, 60 years ago when only a few of us worked part time, it was the other way around. I conclude only to simplify my own life.

I have recently published my first book, the self-will and determination that took while still running my hypnosis business, looking after parents, daughter, guests in my home was enough to wear me out. But then the cosmos decided to pelt me with debris from the past (courtesy of a would-be ex) while confusing my current lover to the point that I felt that was ending before its time. That took me to exhaustion point, my defences were down – boof! I got an energetic kick in the teeth.

A few weeks later while in Turkey for a friends wedding, normally a time to enjoy and recoup, I got worse. I realised this was so much more than my typical overwork burn-out.

The physical manifestation was UTIs – 3rd one and I just could not face another  course of anti-biotics. I felt really confused not realising then that UTIs could actually make you delusional. The self abuse was smoking, it must have been 15 years since I was a smoker other than the odd occasion having a drink – but there I was back into addict mode – I just couldn’t understand it. Spiritually I felt in the dessert, everything I thought had turned after a 10 year drought seemed to be rushing back to minus zero.

I asked my new guru – Google. Apparently it is very common in the case of autoimmune issues, that what is happening physically is also happening spiritually. The person is under assault against themselves. They can struggle with deep self-rejection combined with self-hate, but it often hides under the surface. In women the self-rejection comes out of a lack of being loved properly, usually from a father or another significant male in their life that has left them with an unhealed broken heart. Because of this, one can struggle with constant insecurity as to who they are. They are conflicted in their identity and self-worth. They are accused in their thoughts, so guilt becomes a constant motivator in their life.

Phew!

It resonated. I had become expert at covering up self-hatred and self-rejection with performance and driven-ness. I kept up a good facade, giving everyone the impression that things were good, when in reality, I was struggling inside. It was hard for me to express hardship and struggle without going into self-pity and self-loathing. I overcompensated for this by striving and doing more; never coming to peace with just being a child of the universe.

These realisations at first left me overwhelmed. I’d been that way since maybe 8 or 9 years old. How on earth could I change that now? I was tired, what could I do?

After a couple of days of feeling it was just too much. I remembered my own lessons from the book – just do something, just make a start, make a small shift. I decided to reprioritise meditation. Phase 2 was to reprioritise my eating and after that holiday I nursed my way back to health, one of the things I used was this

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Immunity Toner

Immunity Toner-    

1 tsp. finely grated lemon rind

1 tbls Turmeric powder

100 grams organic honey

2 tbls apple cider vinegar

Pinch black pepper

Mix Turmeric powder, apple cider vinegar & black pepper in a bowl

Add lemon rind & finally the honey

Pop it in a jar in the fridge & take 1 tablespoon every morning & wait for it to melt, wait before you drink water.

I used it for 4-6 weeks and during that time I started yoga and the gym again – slowly, slowly I came back to myself. My book was published and I could slow down.

Phase 3 was all about connection and while chatting with a couple of soul sis-stars, contemplating the weird energies around at the time, I became inspired to facilitate half a day of extreme nurturing for the beautiful women in my life. We all need it. Also to discuss the types of issues that stem from or effect our womanhood

So Women Gathering: A Woman’s Perspective on Self Care,  is an afternoon of nurturing for the beautiful women in my life where each woman is to bring something to share – an idea from a workshop or book or you discovered on your own; a special brew of tea; a quickee relaxation / massage technique – something we can use for ourselves easily. Either that or sing; play or read poetry to us, any offering you like.

Our day will be spent with an opening meditation, an informal circle of sharing of our experience and own perspective over lunch and shared nurturing afterwards.

Continuation..

As always life moves on, there was another layer of the onion and as always where we are in denial the wisdom of the cosmos intervenes. So it turned out that I only had a short spell of good health when I was in yet another round of personal crisis, I won’t bore you with the details but I know how things work well enough to recognise that it was time to do the deeper work. Let me explain-

The year before publishing The Me I Want To Be someone asked me to write the story of my life as a young model. When I sent them the outline the said I hadn’t dug deep enough. I didn’t know how – I did not feel myself to be a victim and I’m certainly no apologist but other than that I had never really thought about the why that lay underneath my life as a glamour model. I told them I wasn’t ready and that I intended to publish The Me I Want To Be first.

Meanwhile I thought to myself I’ll figure out the underbelly of my next story….

Well guys you know what happens when you place your order with the cosmos!

The emotional roller-coaster described above began. I realised not only that I had the underbelly of the story but that I had to write it. If as my friend, Robert suggested that book needs to be a movie, this would be part of the opening scene-

 “I was so relieved when I saw my best friend’s face and that she had managed to persuade her brother to come pick me up. Bruised and broken I staggered into the car and sobbed: “There were three of them”. After I told her about the gang rape, she said: “Well it’s not like you were a virgin, look at the state of your tights”. I was looking down at my trendy thick white tights now filthy and torn when her raunchy cackle cut through me like a knife. I never told another soul. I was fourteen.

I ran away.

Eventually I found a nude photo booth at the centre of Soho’s bright lights and learned how to portray the kind of fantasy that made taking money from men like taking candy from a baby. They saw nothing of the past that had formed me, they saw something else entirely, something that was hard for me to grasp but yet I honed to perfection. An armour of success and glamour was built around that broken little girl as I became known to millions of men as Vicki Scott, one of the UK’s most prolific nude models”.

I know I am not the only woman who has weaponised and traded off her sexuality but I also know I cannot write this next piece without knowing how you feel too. How do we feel about the things that we have grown to accept, think about as normal, not even realise are wrong?

So I would like to add to my original questions for this gathering which were: what does it mean to you to be a woman, and what do you need to be nurtured as a woman – what formed you as a woman?

If you can’t join us here gather your own woman folks and do something similar and whatever sex you are, give yourself the love you need – you deserve it and the world will be a better place full of beings who love and adore themselves, then we can truly spread the love.

Namaste

Vicki

Pain!

Searing, scalding, boiling, stabbing, dull, sharp, electric, throbbing, pulsating, red, heavy, larger than the universe….

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Back Pain

PAIN!

And if we are talking chronic pain it feels so relentless you think you’ll never get away from it. If you are a sufferer you know exactly what I am saying.

Whether you suffer because of cancer, psoriasis, frozen shoulder, complex regional pain syndrome, slipped disc, migraine, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, pain following surgery doesn’t really matter where it stems from, it is pain!

However you may be able to do more about it than you realise. Research has shown hypnosis to be significantly more effective than non hypnotic techniques for reducing  discomfort, axiety and distress during painful medical procedures compared to nonhypnotic techniques .

I was honoured very recently to give a talk at a self-management pain group here in Aberdeen. Many of them knew much more mind mastery than I ever will such was there determination to make the most of their lot and grab as much quality of life as possible.

There are two main categories of pain. Acute pain can be very intense but is only temporary and will end – like banging your elbow or knee – it passes quickly and you can bear it.

Imagine, however, what it would be like if you believed that the intense pain from that stubbed toe was never going to go away – or that it would sometimes go away and then always keep coming back, maybe even worse, for the rest of your life. You would then be experiencing ‘chronic pain’. That’s what these guys were dealing with.

mental-painObviously your psychological attitudes, beliefs, expectations and wellbeing all have direct effects on the way you experience pain. Depression, anxiety, boredom and relaxation all influence the intensity of physical pain. The mind and body influence one another and as I hope you are already learning hypnosis can be used to influence both the psychological reference to the pain and physical experience of it. But as I was saying these guys were already 10 steps ahead by the simple fact they were there. So I decided I could best serve by talking about hypnosis, self-hypnosis.

Many people think there is a difference between hypnosis guided by someone else and self-hypnosis. Experts agree, however, that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. Someone like me may help you guide or develop the trance, but you are always in control. It is your hypnosis. So we spoke about hypnosis for pain management. You see there was something I already knew something that they didn’t.

They were already experts at hypnosis

This is because anyone who has ever suffered from pain will agree that it has an uncanny way of getting your attention and you see that’s what hypnosis is all about too – shifting attention and focus.

Try it, close your eyes for a second and just become aware of where are you experiencing less comfort at the moment? How would you rate that discomfort 0-10 with 0 the best and 10 the worst? Just make a mental note of that. Let’s see if we can get a little more comfortable –

Sitting comfortably bring your shoulders up to your ears, take them around and back, allowing your arms to rotate outwards from the shoulder joints so that the palms of your hands face the ceiling as you create a space between your arms and the sides of your body …

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Relaxation – learn self-hypnosis

Now let your shoulder blades slide down towards your bottom…
Lengthen the back of your neck, allow your body to sway a little to find that balance…
Now let your bottom go…
I mean it, release your anal sphincter, softening the abdominal area… bringing a heaviness to your lower body…
Close your eyes… release your jaw… your facial muscles… and focus on a point between your eyebrows…
Now breathe deep into your belly…
As you breathe deep into your belly so your body naturally relaxes…
Your whole body naturally relaxes…
Deep
Natural
Relaxation…. 

Now wherever you felt yourself to be experiencing that discomfort just breathe into that area. Don’t try to change or alter anything just breathe into the area for a minute or two. Rate again and open your eyes.

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Self-hypnosis

You see hypnosis is excellent for producing analgesia and anaesthesia. ‘Analgesia’ is the absence of pain, whereas ‘anaesthesia’ means absence of any sensation at all. Hypnosis is used as a supplement to chemical analgesics for painful conditions such as burns, cancer, obstetrics, migraine, dental extractions and other forms of surgery. In some cases, those where the subject is highly hypnotisable, it can be the sole anaesthetic, whereas as a supplement it can be a benefit to even moderately hypnotisable subjects and clinical evidence supports that hypnosis can be helpful in reducing pain in the majority of cases

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Self-Hypnosis for Pain

So I continued to walk through the Steps for Self-Hypnosis and give some basic facts about the amazing tool we refer to as the subconscious mind (and not a lot of people know that). For more on the subconscious mind. They paired up and took the metaphors used to describe their pain and used them to create their own posthypnotic cues or suggestions to slot into the self-hypnosis. For example, ‘a stabbing pain’ can be ‘cushioned’ or buffered, a ‘burning pain’ can be ‘cooled’ and the pulse of ‘a pulsating pain’ can be slowed and eventually stopped altogether. A red pain can be painted white, a large pain made smaller – “shrinking and shrinking”, and so on thereby adjusting the level of comfort. The next step is to simply tell yourself during the hypnosis that the next time you are feeling uncomfortable you will…. For more on self-hypnosis

In my opinion as you probably already realise self-hypnosis is the best thing since sliced bread – use it as self-help. It is of course not the only way hypnosis can help. A client of mine, Sally, had multiple issues due to the stresses and anxiety she faces daily which manifested physically as pain which in turn led to more stress. We handled it by working through how to deal with present moment emotions as well as letting go of issues from the past. I guided her through that. Learning how to deal with certain issues allowed Sally to control her stress levels and live quality of life free of unnecessary pain or discomfort.

For more on Hypnosis and pain – …. Coming soon….

Water: the elixir of life

Tip 2 from the 7 keys to successful weight loss for life:- HYDRATE!

Water is the elixir of life, yet few of us drink enough of it. We can live for weeks and weeks without food, but only around a week without water. Water is the basis of all life and that includes you: your muscles are 75 percent water; your blood, the body’s transportation system for nutrients, 82 percent water; your lungs, providing your body with oxygen, 90 percent water; your brain, control centre of your body, 76 percent water; even your bones are 25 percent water. You are mostly water. Your planet is mostly water. You must drink. Dehydration can be disastrous. Water is crucial to your well being.

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Water: the elixer of life

 

 

You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink.

-Dr Batmanghelidj

 

 

WATER TABLE

 

 

Body Weight Target intake of water
140lbs (10 stones) 70 ounces (2 litres)
200lbs (14 stones 4lb) 100 ounces (almost 3 litres)
250lbs (17 stones 12lb) 125 ounces (3.5 litres)

 

Eat 70 percent water-based foods, of which 80 percent is veg and 20 percent fruit; 10 percent veg and fish proteins; 10 percent complex carbs; 10 percent oils.

 

If your body is over 75 percent water, it makes sense to eat at least 70 percent water-based or plant-based foods, in other words, fruit, veg, and salad – as these foods allow your body to cleanse itself. Let’s face it: if you are not cleansing your body, you are clogging it up. So to gain maximum nutrients, eat as much raw foods as you can: either uncooked, or cooked below a certain temperature, unprocessed, organic, conscious and wild! Include nuts, seeds, or sprouted whole grains. Raw may also include unpasteurized fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, or kombucha. Raw foods can be life-changing. There’s lots of choice – almonds, carrots, dates, avocados, limes, celery, cauliflower…

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Get your enzymes from raw foods: eat green veg or salad every day.

 

 

  1. Breathe

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    Losing Weight and Feeling Great

  2. Hydrate
  3. Eat healthier more nutritional foods – consciously!
  4. Move
  5. Master your Physiological State
  6. Becoming aware of your emotions – writing out and tuning in
  7. Rest, relax, listen to your recordings

7 keys to successful weight loss for life are taken from Losing Weight and Feeling Great

 

For more on Mastering the Body – THE ME I WANT TO BE – CLASSES

My deepest intention is to awaken, enlighten, and empower with
soulfully inspiring information, articles and products to positively impact
the richness and fullness of your life.

I would appreciate your comment below.

 

Love and Light

Vicki

Only if it brings love and joy

Despite having said in the last Spiritual Tours blog – “scrap secret santa, screw soppy sentiment and other obligatory gift plans and instead do what you really want to do and be with who you really want to be with”. I found myself lusting over Jamie’s fat filled delights while reading last Sundays papers and wondering if my parents really would be OK with a curry on Boxing day. Then I remembered that deprivation was hardly the point. Yes we have to be real but what was it Carolyn Myss said – if it doesn’t bring you love and joy – just don’t do it. Well I guess THAT is the point – if we are doing what we really want to do, are with who we really want to be with and are eating food mindfully and lovingly prepared we are going to feel good (even next day) and exude the kind of vibe that will propel us into the New Year with enthusiasm and hope.

So all you have to do is ask – what will bring you love and joy and do that. That’s it. Give yourself LOVE and JOY, you deserve it

And it’s a great time to start thinking about what you love – what you really love, what are you passionate about. If you are struggling ask yourself what you hate – you will love the opposite of that. To get the most out of the upcoming holidays just work out what you love and do that. That energy will make next year the one of your dreams. That’s what I’m going to do anyway. In fact I reckon I am going to have a go at sticking with that for the rest of my life, why not.

They say if you spend the next year doing what no-one else has done, you will have what no one else will have for the rest of your life.

I spent all of last year editing and preparing my book for publication, and since the title is “The Me I Want To Be” there was a whole load of inner work went along with that too. I’m looking forward to seeing what it brings to my life and to those I wrote it for (that’s YOU!) as it takes wings in early 2015. If you are interested pop your name on the waiting list indeed if you live near enough – book classes here.

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Loosing Weight and Feeling Great with Hypnotic Gastric Band

Anyway during November I had a little hitch in the recording process and while that sorted itself out I finished up another book that has been sitting in the wings “Losing Weight and Feeling Great.”

The whole ethos is forget all about diet and deprivation and just do what IS good for you. So bearing in mind the whole Christmas issue

– what we are expected to do, what we will do and what we could do etc –

which is what I hear in various forms from my clients with weight issues, Christmas is just very good at highlighting it, I thought I would like to share part of it with you. So that even if Jamie wins over juicing, and conformity beats soul comfort you can at least do ONE new thing that will make you feel better and start setting your mind to what’s next.

Remember “the flu” regularly shows up on the 5th of January just when we are due back to work. You can decide yourself  whether that is because it’s the time when exotic sounding bugs conspire to arrive from the east or because of the recent over consumption of fats, sugars, fermented products and general lazing around – never mind all the stress that comes if you happen to be the entertainer or feel stuck with someone you really don’t care for. Ok, ok, I’m preaching, I know! But Christmas can take its toll in many ways and for the hypnotherapist that is most obvious  around the middle of every January when I get booked up til Easter with weight loss clients – so I thought I’d encourage you to be GOOD TO YOU NOW if you don’t you will not be much of a help to anyone else anyway, so here you go:

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Loosing Weight and Feeling Great

 

7 keys to successful weight loss for life:

  1. Breathe
  2. Hydrate
  3. Eat healthier, more nutritional foods – consciously!
  4. Move
  5. Master your physiological state
  6. Becoming aware of your emotions – writing out and tuning in
  7. Rest, relax, listen to your recordings

 

As one long in the tooth therapist that’s basically what I have found to work and for sure none of them will do you harm, so here is No 1-

 

TIP 1 – Breathe: Ujjayi Breath

Ever wondered why yoga teachers have GREAT bodies????

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Breathe!

Yoga actually means the union of movement and breath and of course we all know that the study of yoga includes the study of the breath or pranayama. However it would be less commonly known that some breathing exercises increase the metabolic rate – which of course is a bonus to the waist line.

The following exercises using ujjayi breathing were shared with me by the lovely, Seda, during the summer of 2013 in Datca.

Ujjayi breathing is a breathing technique employed in a variety of Taoist and Yoga practices. In relation to Yoga, it is sometimes called “the ocean breath”. Unlike some other forms of pranayama, the ujjayi breath is typically done in association with asana practice.

Ujjayi is a diaphragmatic breath, which first fills the lower belly (activating the first and second chakras), rises to the lower rib cage (the third and fourth chakras), and finally moves into the upper chest and throat.

Inhalation and exhalation are both done through the nose. The “ocean sound” is created by moving the glottis as air passes in and out – in other words you just pretend you are breathing through the glottis. As the throat passage is narrowed so, too, is the airway, the passage of air through which creates a “rushing” sound.ujjayi The length and speed of the breath is controlled by the diaphragm, the strengthening of which is, in part, the purpose of ujjayi. The inhalations and exhalations are equal in duration, and are controlled in a manner that causes no distress to the practitioner.

OK here we go –

Abdominal Breathing 

That is deep into the lower belly, using the ujjayi breath.

Inhale, hold for 2 seconds then exhale.

Chest breaths 

That is into the lungs, using the ujjayi breath.

Inhale, hold for 2 seconds then exhale.

jaw lockAbdominal and Chest Breaths together

Inhale, 50% of the air into the belly, hold for 2 seconds then inhale the other 50% into the lungs, exhale

Jalandhara Bandha 

Engage Jalandhara Bandha – throat lock. It is performed by dropping the head slightly so that the chin is tucked close to the sternum and the tongue pushes up against the palate in the mouth. Practice full yogic breaths – breathing into all parts, belly and lungs together.

Practice at least 10 breaths and up to 3 minutes each of the four.

 

Let me know how you get on – if you fancy the book and recordings that go with it – have a look – Losing Weight and Feeling Great

I will bring you a tip a week until at least the end of January when my classes start and the weekends get busy again.

You might also want to have a look at the  – Turkish Retreat – Seda and I will facilitate in September 2015 –

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Time for YOU – sun, relaxation and deep nurtuting

 

Once gain have a wonderful holiday, love and blessings from me xxx

Naughty Nibbler to Magnificent and Manicured in one session!

I had loads of fun when Colin Armstrong of the Evening Express our local paper,  called me up asking if I would do a session with him for a series of articles on facing fears!

I expected something like fear of flying but he was frightened of hypnosis – too easy, I though – honestly I love it when clients are scared or cynical – it always seems to work deeply and strongly with them – go figure!!! Anyway I asked Colin for a “real problem” being the tease I am, also starting to lay the groundwork – and there you have my first trade secret – the session doesn’t begin when I get my pocket watch out as you may have been led to believe from the telly, but from the moment you pick up the phone – yes, you WILL change!

It turns out Colin was a habitual nail biter so we decided to go for that. He turned up with a photo journalist and we got that out of the way. The session was easy since through discussion and pre-session chats Colin and I  had already built up a natural rapport. We zapped through the usual case history and pinpointed the why, when, where and most importantly – what instead, and I’ll let Colin tell you the rest ….

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Colin and I have kept in touch and he had still not bitten at my 3 week check in – well done Colin!

How you can stop too

Stopping nail biting, begins with awareness.  First take a picture of your nails and examine them. See how bad they really are and how long you have been living with this problem. How long are you prepared to live with it – is that what you want your nails to look like forever? Or would you like to find new and helpful ways to deal with anxiety and stress as well as being proud of manicured and neat nails?

GET IN TOUCH….

WOMEN GATHERING AND VEGETABLE BROTH

I am loving the way our “Women Gathering” group has grown this year, a true sharing and a true collective – love it! It is an open group in every way – who comes – what we discuss – the constants are it is women only and there is always a meditation and a deeper relaxation whatever that may be. Our next meeting is on the 2nd November from 2.30-5 see event page and feel welcome to join us.

To give you an idea, last month we spoke about how to take care of ourselves over winter: ensuring we get outside to breathe fresh, take all the exercise we need and how best to allow this expansiveness to help counterbalance the contraction we experience as we approach the winter solstice when the urge to hibernate and rest is natural. We can also allow that stillness with a softness that will replenish and renew.

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Women Gathering

I am delighted to share more of the gems for to encourage that rejuvenation and rest within that we shared around the circle

– activate your sense of smell using the essence of rose, lavender and orange on wrists and temples.

– pierce the skin of an orange with cloves and place on the radiator or near the fire and your whole room becomes infused with this gorgeous scent.

– light some candles during the dark nights. One of the most relaxing and rejuvenation things you can do or yourself is simply sit quietly in candle light

– listen to relaxation music like Sufi music.

– eating healthy nutritious foods, prepared with love, winter soups and stews to warm us up

On the subject of food we decided to share recipes, here’s mine, you can place yours in the comment box below and if you have photographs send them by email and  I can add to Facebook. so others can benefit too

There’s more on Preparing for Winter in the previous blog

And in the meantime – enjoy the soup!!!

 

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Veg Broth

BARLEY AND VEGETABLE BROTH (6-8 people)

40g pot barley (pre-soaked)

2 tablespoons oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 celery thinly sliced

3 carrots

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 turnip, chopped

75g French beans, cut

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French Beans

Bouquet Garni

1.5 L water

1 tablespoon shoyu, salt and pepper

4 tomatoes skinned and chopped

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Soak the barley in cold water to cover for 1 hour. Drain well and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and fry until softened. Add the celery, carrots, garlic and turnip. Cover and cool gently for 10 min, shaking the pan occasionally.

Add the barley, French beans, bouquet garni, water, shoyu, and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 45 min, until tender.

Add tomatoes and parsley and cook for a further 10 min.

Check the seasoning and remove the bouquet garni. Pour into a warmed soup tureen to serve.

 

Come on – comment box below – share those recipes!

 

Taking care of YOU this winter

Develop Your Self Esteem

“Self-esteem is the quality above all others that determines how you respond to all the circumstances in your life.

A robust self-esteem improves the quality of your life and helps you learn to love yourself more. Taking even a little time just for you on a regular basis helps you realise that you’re worth it.

Take care of yourself

Doing something just for you means only for you. You may well enjoy a day with the family, thoroughly cleaning the garage or the kitchen take_care-630x320cupboards or wardrobe, but that is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about giving yourself something. It can be anything that is just for you, for instance, reading a good novel, going on a favourite walk, taking a long bath, resting when you are tired and caring for your body. Things like pampering yourself, having a warm and comfortable place to just be: a place you fill with love, preparing, cooking and eating what you love and taking time to enjoy it”.

Develop Your Self Esteem is taken from The Me I Want To Be by Vicki Rebecca – http://hypnotherapyaberdeen.co.uk/book-waiting/

Encourage a strong sense of self-worth beginning with looking after yourself this winter. Allow me to share an article, written by a friend Rasma Bertz

Dealing with the Onset of Winter

 

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Keep Cosy this Winter

Winter Anxiety

Many people feel stressed at the onset of winter, especially in the north of Scotland. Physiologically, this increases the need for B vitamins. B vitamins are depleted, not only by stress, but also by the usual winter increase in sugary foods and alcohol. While it is possible to take a B Complex supplement (like Higher Natures True Food B Complex), but it is also a good idea to increase foods including whole grains, lean meat, and milk (if you are ok with it). St John’s Wort and 5HTP are also useful supplements for those suffering with SAD (not to be used if taking antidepressant medication). You can also get daylight bulbs to put in your bedside and desk lamps. These really do make a difference.

 

 

St John's Wort - anti depressant properties

St John’s Wort

Winter Circulation

You are more likely to be affected by poor circulation in the winter, especially the older you are and the harsher the weather. Obviously, wrap up warmly when you go out – don’t be a slave to the fashion of exposed midriffs. If you get chilblains or cold toes and fingers then you may find Ginkgo Biloba useful. Make sure you are getting enough antioxidants like Vitamin E. For arthritic conditions, you may find Glucosamine Sulfate or MSM helpful. Winter Energy and Mood If you are feeling washed out and lacklustre, then topping up your Magnesium levels could help. Healthy snacks like nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are rich in Magnesium. Pulses (perfect for slow cooking) and whole grains are also high in this mineral. You can also take a supplement of around 300mg per day. Magnesium also supports the work of vitamin B in reducing stress levels. Winter Aches and Pains With the onset of the cold and damp your joints will need some support. Oily fish like sardines, mackerel, and salmon are rich in anti-oxidant essential fatty acids called Omega 3s. Combined with Hemp oil or pumpkin seeds to maintain a healthy balance of Omega 6 and 3, your joints will stay lubricated. Try to have around 3 portions of the above fish per week. If you don’t like fish, then you can take omega 3 or fish oil capsules. Winter Coughs and Colds Following my introductory advice, you can fight back against respiratory infections by boosting your intake of Vitamins C and E, beta carotene and anti-oxidants. The best sources of these include red and yellow peppers, kiwi and citrus fruit, green leafy vegetables and nuts. Higher Nature do a great supplement called Rosehip C which provides 1000mg of vitamin C, which can be taken daily. Here’s a chance to be a follower of fashion as well – keep your neck warm with one of the gorgeous long, colourful scarves available, and remember that you lose most of your heat through your head, so keep it covered!

How to Contact Ras

Email: rasma@quantumnorth.com

Website: www.quantumnorth.com

My deepest intention is to awaken, enlighten, and empower with
soulfully inspiring information, articles and products to positively impact
the richness and fullness of your life.

 

Love and Light

 

Vicki