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New Year, New You! Part 3: Stress

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Are you one of those people that breeze through life and a have a healthy work life balance or do you avoid taking time out until your body forces you to step back by falling in a heap?

Stress is a big co-factor to many health issues today and it is vital to make sure that you have tools that can assist you to manage your stress levels and how it plays out in your body.

A good place to start is being organised and sorting out your priorities. Each day give yourself your top tasks you need to achieve that day and set out a plan to do so, anything else you achieve that day is a personal bonus to you!

Also prioritizing your self/health is another important one, making sure that you firstly are at the top of that list. Always allow time for yourself, and try not to spread your self to thin trying to please the needs of everyone else. Learning to say no when required is of great benefit to you and your life; saying “no” to others is saying “yes” to yourself.

Meditation or very simply just stopping and connecting to your breath is one of the best tools for stress relief. You can take a class in meditation, try a guided CD or simply just sit and allow yourself to close your eyes and let your world go still for 5 minutes. Simply by stopping and taking 3 deep consious breathes can have a profound effect by bringing you back to your center, to the present moment. You can do this at your work desk, in the car at the lights, or even create a special place where you go each day to just Be. Be kind to yourself and take time out each day.

Finally, and where we can help you, regular acupuncture sessions can help you de-stress and cope with what life throws at you. Acupuncture allows your body to take back control. We are constantly under stress and pressure to perform, which can bring on disease and other serious health issues. Acupuncture is great for maintenance. It helps a long life become a better-quality life.

Acupuncture slows the body’s production of stress hormones. People treated with acupuncture often see results after one session and the results improve with continued treatment. Acupuncture is particularly helpful for people who want to limit drug use because it regulates the body’s chemical balance naturally.

Give your self the permission to take time out and, if you need that extra helping hand, let us relax you with an acupuncture treatment today.

Goal Setting

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Are your New Years Resolutions SMART goals?

 

Personal goal setting can mean the difference between achieving what you want in life rather than just dreaming about it. The right goals keep you focused on what matters most and avoids you spending years accomplishing what you could have done in a few months.

 

Goal setting is much more than simply saying you want something to happen. Unless you clearly define exactly what you want and understand why you want it the first place, your odds of success are considerably reduced. By following the Five Golden Rules of Goal Setting you can set goals with confidence and enjoy the satisfaction that comes along with knowing you achieved what you set out to do.

So, what will you decide to accomplish today?

Golden Rules

  1. Set Goals that Motivate You

To make sure your goal is motivating, write down why it’s valuable and important to you. Ask yourself, “If I were to share my goal with others, what would I tell them to convince them it was a worthwhile goal?” You can use this motivating value statement to help you if you start to doubt yourself or lose confidence in your ability to actually make the goal happen.

2. Set SMART Goals

You have probably heard of “SMART goals” already. But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART. There are many variations of what SMART stands for, but the essence is this – goals should be:

  • Specific.
  • Measurable.
  • Attainable.
  • Relevant.
  • Time Bound.

Set Specific Goals

Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction. Remember, you need goals to show you the way. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.

Set Measurable Goals

Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is simply defined as “To reduce expenses” how will you know when you have been successful? In one month’s time if you have a 1 percent reduction or in two years’ time when you have a 10 percent reduction? Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.

Set Attainable Goals

Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and erode your confidence. However, resist the urge to set goals that are too easy. Accomplishing a goal that you didn’t have to work hard for can be anticlimactic at best, and can also make you fear setting future goals that carry a risk of non-achievement. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you hit the balance you need. These are the types of goals that require you to “raise the bar” and they bring the greatest personal satisfaction.

Set Relevant Goals

Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take. By keeping goals aligned with this, you’ll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. Set widely scattered and inconsistent goals, and you’ll fritter your time – and your life – away.

Set Time-Bound Goals

You goals must have a deadline. Again, this means that you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.

3. Set Goals in Writing

Writing goals down makes them real and helps you stick to them.

4. Take Action

Don’t get so focused on the goal, you forget to take the steps to achieve them.

5. Stick With it!

Remember, goal setting is an ongoing activity not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Your end destination may remain quite similar over the long term, but the action plan you set for yourself along the way can change significantly. Make sure the relevance, value, and necessity remain high.

 

 

 

 

The balancing act. 7 Tips for a happier, healthier life. By Jessica Breust

 

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In Chinese medicine the body and in turn our health is viewed as a whole. Your feelings, attitude and emotional being is equally as important to your health as the physical, and often affects us physically as well if left out of balance for to long. In other words, our emotional state has a direct response to our physical well-being.

Below are a few of my life lessons and personal tips for a happier, healthier life. Enjoy.

 

1. Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been and focus on what can be.

 

 2. One of the simplest ways to stay happy is to let go of what makes you sad. Surrender it over. It no longer serves you. Now I’m     not saying go ahead and quit your job (unless that is what feels right for you), but maybe surrender over all the anger, frustration and pain you are holding onto around that situation and try viewing it from a different perspective. Be grateful for what it does offer you (lifestyle, etc) and what you have learnt from it (which could be patience).

 

3. Always laugh when you can. It’s cheap medicine. Take time out to watch a funny movie, go to a comedy festival, catch up with friends/family that bring you joy, act like a kid, just have fun! It’s great for letting go of stress, great for your heart health (in Chinese medicine joy is related to your Heart), and in itself is healing.

 

4. Take time to enjoy the simple things. Stop and smell the roses so to speak. Enjoy moments with your kids, laughing with friends and family, read a good book, go for a walk outside and smell the air, enjoy your favorite meal, explore where you live, and well you get the point. There is so much to be grateful for in the “little” things in life.

 

5. Take time out to sit and be still. In our day we go a thousand miles an hour, always on the go. If you did this to your car, it would eventually let go and fall apart. You do not want this for yourself! Each day stop take a few breathes and just let your world go quiet. Your breathe brings you back to centre, to the present moment. Stop and take 3 deep conscious breathes and see how you feel. You can do this at your work desk, in the car at the lights, or even create a special place where you go each day to just Be. Be kind to yourself and take time out each day.

 

6. Be grateful and forgive! Gratitude and forgiveness are amazing as in the process it sets you free and invites more good in. To forgive may be a tricky one in some cases, especially when you feel hurt, or used. But to forgive does not mean saying that another person’s actions or the situation was right or even ok, what it means is that you forgive that person/situation for not being what you wanted or expected to be and you set them free. In the process you free yourself, you are no longer attached to the problem or the pain and you can start to feel good again. Remember it’s also important to forgive ourselves, to long we beat ourselves up, forgive and set yourself free

To practice gratitude daily is a brilliant practice. It reminds us of all we have to be grateful for in our life, and in the process of sending beautiful vibes out to the universe it invites more in. This may sound far-fetched, but I’m a big believer in what you put out there you get back. By holding love and gratitude daily for all you are blessed with you start to focus on the good in your life, your energy and perception of the world, even for a moment shifts. Instead of focusing on all the don’t wants and don’t haves, you allow your being to take in all that you do receive daily and invite more of that in.

 

7. One of the greatest discoveries in one’s life is to realize that a person can change their future by changing their Mind and attitude. Start to see your world how you want it to be, focus on that. By combining this exercise with daily gratitude you will start to see things in your world shift. Don’t forget to act on it to. You can visualize as much as you like but you must also put action in to get a result.

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