42 results for tag: stress


Self-help for Challenging Times

These are difficult times for all of us as we face every aspect of our lives with uncertainty. Bloody difficult. Naturally, we're all feeling the stressed out and powerless (hence the loo roll madness) and this will impact on our immune system at exactly the time we need to be in robust health. We need to find healthy ways to soothe ourselves especially when our hormones are shifting in menopause, a naturally more vulnerable time. As a highly sensitive person, I am familiar with over-stimulation and carrying generalised anxiety in my body and I am VERY good at self-soothing, it's become habitual for me. So while things are tough, I'd like to ...

7 Way to Make Your Menopause Work for You

Fear around the changes of the menopause can make physical and emotional manifestations harder to deal with, creating stress and isolation in what can be a time for growth. I was delighted that WellDoing published this article to show how to work with menopause instead of against it. You can read the full article here (Top marks to the editors for finding that rare thing, an image of a mid-life woman you might actually want to be friends with, they are very hard to find!)

Yoga Nidra for Menopause

I am very excited to share my four, brand new Nidras I've recorded especially for menopause; one for each phase and then one for Second Spring, which are now available for you to buy in my shop. Hooray! The magic pill for menopause is to slow down and rest, and then when you think you've done that, rest some more. One of the biggest gifts I've received has been Yoga Nidra which I've used pretty much daily for the last four years. Here are the Yoga Nidras I've created for menopause: Separation – bringing release and softness in perimenopause Surrender – bringing kindness and reassurance to both body and spirit Emergenc...

Six Ways to Help Period Pain

Menstrual pain is no joke, 40 – 70% of women of reproductive age experience some kind of pain, with 10% of women describing severe symptoms. That’s a lot of regular women with hot water bottles. In fact, there is no need for us to experience pain, it is not healthy or necessary. 1. Menstrual cycle awareness You know about pre-menstrual grumps I bet. OK maybe not grumps but it used to be full-on raging in my case. “Will you please stop breathing like that!!!”  But what if I was to suggest that your energy and internal weather changed all through your cycle?   Noting down your feelings and energy each day of your cycle ...

3 ways to ease shoulder pain

I must have massaged thousands of tight shoulders over the years, a classic sign of tension, the muscles get tight and can cause headaches and other kinds of misery too. In between your massage appointments, a little self-care will really help to ease shoulder pain. This video shows you simple things that you can do at home to create more ease and softness.   If you are interested in more easy exercises to bring more joy in your life, I have that covered too!

Is it just me or is it hot in here? How to manage hot flushes in menopause

You're about to do a big presentation, your outfit is awesome and you're totally up for doing what you have to do to clinch the deal. Just before you step up a creeping feeling of heat rolls up your body and face, and whoosh, your confidence is floored.Hot flushes are one of the most common menopause symptoms with 85% of us experiencing some form of temperature craziness in menopause. It varies from a warming up-drift to full-on sweats that require complete changes of clothes and/or bedclothes. Needless to say this can - Cause InsomniaDisrupt workDestroy confidence Hot flushes are caused by the relative decrease in oestrogen and rising follic...

23 Ways Menstruality Will Rock Your World

  In its simplest form menstruality is the process of tracking your energy and feelings as you go through your menstrual cycle each month. Just the process of mindful observation can create amazing change, check out my list! Curious to know more? Join us for our Woman Kind Menstrual Medicine Circle Gathering in Watford on 23rd September. You'll be your own guru No need to pay someone to tell you what to do, your body tells you what you need to heal. Automated spiritual practice Noticing where you stumble and dissolve will point the way to where your attention can be healing. Legal highs Resting and going slow when you bleed can give you natural ...

19 Gut Facts Every Woman Should Know

When was the last time you read a real page-turner? I’ve been lucky enough to find a fantastic book that I just could not put down. It wasn’t a romance or a thriller, this one is about guts, poo and bacteria and it is amazing. Giulia Enders ‘GUT, the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ’ is funny, engaging and beautifully written. Go get yourself a copy and it will change the way you eat. No time? No problem, I have mined the book for 19 of my favourite fascinating gut facts.   Warning, this article contains references to poo, burps and other stuff that may alarm you. BUT you may very well fall in love with your gut and ...

How often should I have a massage?

I once read that the divine Barbara Streisand flies her massage therapist everywhere with her, first class, so she never need risk her body in stranger’s hands. You can bet she'd be keen on getting her money's worth and have a massage every day. And she couldn't be blamed for requesting the odd bit of shoulder work in-between times too.   Those of us who are less well financially resourced can only dream of a massage twice a day. Instead we must look at how much time and money we have and plan with that in mind.    If you're well-resourced What does that mean? Here are some of the goodies you might be lucky enough to have ...

Download a Free Cycle Chart

You can now download a free cycle chart for you to learn your unique rhythm and develop your own self-care. It's designed to be suitable for women at all stages of life, with 32 spaces to accommodate the fluctuations of peri-menopause and cycle irregularities. So where ever you are in your journey, you can be the expert on you. Download your chart here Once you've downloaded the free cycle chart, print off a few copies and note the day you started your period on day 1. Add in the dates, I like to add the days of the week too, but it's not essential. Count forward until you get to today and note down the predominant emotion/feeling. There are more ...