Overcome that feeling of empty nest emptiness & distress!

Having driven my eldest son back to university last week and with my younger son back at school next week, I decided to kick start my “Don’t sleepwalk through 2017 ” Facebook theme for this is year, by posting a video discussing the so-called “empty nest syndrome”. While I have to confess to feeling relieved that there’s one less person in the house to feel responsible for, this wasn’t the case for me last year when the son I so cheerfully waved off on Sunday, took a gap year after his A’levels to travel and spend an extensive period with his father thousands of miles away.  While I still had my younger son with me, this was the first time…

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A laugh a day keeps that Christmas stress at bay!

Well we´re half-way there! Only 13 days till Christmas Day! My advice if you´re panicking? Give yourself and those around you the best anti-stress medicine of all – a daily dose of laughter! As I recounted in my daily “Xmas Zen Zap” video this morning – I was reminded of the importance of laughter as the ultimate Christmas stress-buster – when I woke up and promptly closed my eyes again at the thought of how despite being delighted that both my boys are now home for the Christmas break, the social events I can’t or don’t want to get out of are piling up, in tandem with my piles of ironing, etc, etc.  And while surfing on that monumental wave…

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Are you suffocated by your anxiety? It´s time to take your head out of the sand!

What does the word anxiety mean to you? While it’s no doubt something different for each person, I think it’s safe to say, we´ve all been afflicted by some form of anxiety during our lives. The dictionary describes “anxiety” as “a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome”. Emotions are the body’s reaction to the mind. So when that anxious ‘monkey mind’ is on the rampage and working in overdrive that is the moment to bring yourself back to the NOW. When we are feeling anxious and worried our mind is far from the present moment – it is focusing on a “What if this …. happens, what if … doesn’t happen” stream of consciousness.…

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