Travel Delays – 4 Fantastic Ways to Stay Happy & Calm

You’re excited about your long-awaited holiday and can’t wait to finally get out of your stressful routine and into relaxation mode. However,  before that happens, you need to get there. 

Have you ever had one of those journeys when things didn’t go to plan? 

Although a travel delay can be frustrating, why is it that some people will become outraged and start to shout, yet another person will remain calm and deal with the delay as if it wasn’t even the slightest inconvenience? Is it that the former has more important matters to attend to? More important people to see?  Whilst this may be the case for some, others may be negatively reacting to what they perceive as a taxing situation.

Feelings of panic can arise when you’re caught off guard to an unexpected delay.  Although we know that this doesn’t help the situation, sometimes it’s difficult to control our reactions.

Here are  4 fantastic ways to stay happy and calm  

  1.   Be Prepared

First of all, accept that delays are possible. It makes good sense to plan extra time to allow for traffic jams and cancellations. Ensure you are packed the night before to avoid a last-minute rush in the morning.  By doing this you can keep stress levels down. Bring something that will help if faced with a delay, like a good book, magazine, music or journal. 

  1.   Breathe

Don’t underestimate the power of the breath. A couple of minutes deep abdominal breathing can rapidly release stress and tension. When unhelpful thoughts are spiralling out of control,  stress hormones are triggered which causes you to breathe more quickly to deliver more oxygen-rich blood to the body. Slowing down your breathing will help to stop this ‘fight or flight’ response and allow your mind to think more clearly and logically. 

  1.   Stay Positive

Being positive goes a long way, and every situation can be turned around if you allow it to. Many great things come from a structured and planned approach. However, there’s something to say for spontaneity and creativity. It’s important to keep an eye out for opportunities that are sometimes disguised. Maybe the delay will force you to sit down with a coffee and a chance to think about things you have put off due to your overactive life. Or perhaps you will have that ‘chance’ encounter that could lead to a special conversation or a connection with a long lost friend. If we don’t open ourselves up to possibilities and just stick to unhelpful thinking, we will only limit ourselves and miss some wonderful opportunities.

  1.   Attract Better Outcomes

When you focus on the negatives in a situation, you may notice that more negativity arises in your life. You may encounter a rude staff member at the airport, and all you do is think about how this made you feel, causing you to get angrier by re-living the experience. Once you get into this state, it’s hard to get out of this negative spiral. Your entire physical body changes along with the energy that you radiate, causing people to be wary of any interactions with you. However, if you are in a positive state, people will be drawn to your smile and energy and respond accordingly with kindness. 

There is much more to life than meets the eye. Energy is a significant factor in our everyday interactions and how we choose to focus our attention will determine our outcomes. So the next time you decide to wallow in a perceived unfortunate circumstance or situation, remember that you are in control of how you perceive something. So take a breath and be aware of your thoughts and actions, as they will ultimately determine your state of being. 

Happy Travels! 

Going beyond the exit – Reassuring ways to secure a new career

It can come completely out of the blue, an unexpected conversation that can stop you in your tracks, potentially bringing on feelings of stress, anger, vulnerability and fear for the future. Being told that your job is at risk, that you may have to re-apply for it or finding out that you are losing it altogether can be a shock and seem unfair at the time but  once the news has sunk in, it’s good to calm your mind so that you can put everything into perspective and plan your way forward.

Read these 5 reassuring ways to help you on the way to your new career.

1. Don’t look back in anger.

Give yourself a minimum of three days before you make any decisions about your future. Take this time to allow any feelings of anger and frustration to subside, logic and reason will come easier. When you are going through a difficult time be kind to yourself, allow yourself to breathe, relax and clear your thoughts. Get outside, go for a walk to the beach, take time to pursue activities you enjoy and meditate. There are many meditations out there to choose from including the extremely effective Meditation on Twin Hearts which has been scientifically proven to rapidly reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, it induces an inner calm and helps you to gain mental clarity.  High profile American entrepreneur and life business strategist Tony Robbins recognises the impact of the Twin Hearts meditation and now incorporates it into his global events.

2. Why?

Why do you do the job that you do?
What do you love about it?
What do you dislike about it?

Take time to really think it through. Be honest and ask yourself if this is the job of your dreams or perhaps you were just coasting along, fearful to take the leap on to something bigger and better.  Perhaps you have always wanted to start a new business but couldn’t find the courage to leave your job and make the change. Having the decision taken out of your hands can be a great opportunity to finally go in another direction.

3.Drive forward

It’s only natural to feel worried when you are going through a financial change in your life, especially if others are relying on you as the main breadwinner. Keeping your mind clear of doubts and fears are key factors to helping you secure a new job or change in career. Pranic Healers understand how to utilise energy, they understand how to keep motivation levels high, how to increase confidence levels and how to help you generate positive thoughts for the future. Booking in for a session can help you to draw a line under where you are now and propel you forward with drive and enthusiasm towards your next great opportunity. Pranic Healing therapists can work with you in person or online. Treatments generally last around 45 minutes and can be extremely effective.

4.CV

It may have been a while since you last wrote your CV,  updating it will be an important part of the job-seeking process. Did you know the mood you are in when writing your CV will directly impact the person you are sending it to? A positive, happy state of mind will give you a much better chance of securing the new position, people pick up on our moods, our energy,  through the written words.

5.GO for it!

Affirmations are a great way to enforce a positive state of mind, find one that resonates with you and repeat it over and over.

“Don’t just think about making it happen. Make it happen” Les Flitcroft

Visualize yourself already in the position or running a successful new business. Believe in yourself, dress smartly, think positively, smile, set your sights on the target and confidently go for it!

GOOD LUCK!

“You are destined to be successful” Master Choa Kok  Sui

3 Winning Ways to Bounce back from Sporting Defeat

Have you ever been in a race or match, where the opposition starts winning? If so, you might have felt an urge to fight back, similar to the fight or flight response. Or maybe your mind starts to create a magnitude of negative self-talk and self-doubt. As the mind creates these thoughts, the physical body starts to automate and act in a way that represents this by slowing down or giving up.

It’s the perfect opportunity for any inner beliefs of low self-esteem to pop up and be fed, and before you know it, you are in the hamster wheel of a negative mindset. “ I’m just not good enough”, “ I should have practised more”, “I give up”. Sound familiar?

As we enter into the sporting season, with the Wimbledon Tennis Finals upon us, we watch how dedicated athletes keep their focus and mindset on the match, even with millions of people watching from around the world.

1.Understanding the mind – The main aspect of succeeding

Down, depressed or even angry. It can take anything from a few minutes to a few days to bounce back. But do you bounce back?

We have between 20,000- 80,000 thoughts per day.  Each thought can be likened to a spark of energy. This then sits in what’s called our energy system, which is in and around our physical body. Scientists call this our ‘bioplasmic body’. Within a match, you could be creating a few thousand thoughts.

“In training, everyone focuses on 90% physical and 10% mental, but in competitions, it’s 90% mental. The mind is one of the main aspects of succeeding in sport whatever your level.”  Ben Ainslie, Triple Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist

Statistics show that our mind impacts our performance by over 75% and 3 factors influence sporting ability:

1. Fitness – which can be improved by increasing training

2. Technical skills – improved by study and practice

3. Mental skills

But how do you improve your mental skills or mindset?

 2. The secret to moving forward 

To do this we need to remove the tendency to repeat the pattern, as well as being aware of what improvements need to be made with regards to fitness and technical skills.

3. A new way to get ahead of your competitors

This can be done through a treatment called Pranic Healing. In China, some of the national sports teams have pranic healers to treat the athletes with sports injuries right on the spot, or just give them a boost of Pranic energy if required to achieve peak performance, mental and physical endurance.

Applying Pranic Healing, to remove the repetitive negative thoughts which can hinder the athlete, and replacing with positive thoughts such as courage, good self-esteem and self-worth and It can also work on the physical body by strengthening and energising. Muscle tissue and tendons can be soothed, healed and regenerated, seemingly looking miraculous to the outsider.

Athletes looking to find a marginal gain in their sport can learn the techniques of Pranic Healing for themselves or work with a Pranic Healing Therapist who will understand how to accelerate the rate of recovery of injuries, help them to overcome performance anxiety, improve mental strength and enhance performance.  By working alongside an athlete in this way remarkable results can be achieved.

If you are a therapist such as a physiotherapist, sports massage therapist, counsellor, then by taking the pranic healing classes you can enhance the skills you already use, making the treatment very comprehensive.

End of Term – 5 Ways to Sail through the Summer Holidays

The summer is finally here, and for parents with school children, there’s a long six weeks holiday looming. Many may be feeling relieved at the thought of a break from the rigorous term time routine but for others, this may bring feelings of trepidation about how to juggle childcare, work, daily activities plus how to cope with challenging behaviours that might rear up from children during this time.

Here are 5 simple but effective suggestions to help you sail through the summer:

1.     Downtime and Stillness

The end of term is typically accompanied by extremely tired and emotional children so allowing them to rest and recuperate is a crucial element to the start of any holiday period.    Slower mornings and easy days at home, reconnecting with toys, books and games that don’t involve the internet will help children to relax and clear their minds. The popular ‘Children’s Meditation on Stillness’ by Les Flitcroft is a great technique to introduce to them as it gives them a sense of happiness, calms their emotions and helps them to better manage friendships.

2.     Get Active

Fresh air and physical exercise offer so many benefits to the emotional and mental health of children. Days out will not only help them to discover new places and try new activities, but the fresh air will also help them to unwind and sleep well at night. Days by the seaside are particularly good as they are not only fun, the sea air is extremely therapeutic and enhances feelings of well being.

3.     Plan and create a new routine

Just because you don’t have the rigorous timelines of a typical school day doesn’t mean you can’t establish a “School Holiday” routine for you and the children – albeit a bit more relaxed. Planning the activities and structure of the day with input from the children will help them to feel empowered and encourage collaboration.  For some children, knowing what’s coming next helps them feel safe including retaining a bedtime routine.

4.     Boundaries and Praise

It’s all too easy to take a laid back, no rules approach during the summer holidays, however, children still need both boundaries and praise to feel safe and secure whatever the circumstances. You might want to get input from your children, age-dependent, to help set some of those boundaries (e.g. how many ice creams a week) so it’s all clear up front.  And then, of course, be prepared for those boundaries to be pushed, your buttons to be pressed and for emotions to run high when you say ‘no’ but know that your firmness now will pay off in the future.

5.     Look after yourself

Your own well being is more important than ever when you are out of your normal routine.  Your physical and mental health will have a direct impact on your children and when you are spending so much time together, it’s important that you are feeling good.

Try to build in some ‘me’ time whether it means getting up earlier than normal to do some meditation, in particular, the Twin Hearts Meditation, which is backed by scientific study and has been found to rapidly reduce stress and anxiety, or by planning in time to exercise. Running, dancing, a yoga class or some other activity you enjoy doing, will help revitalise your system, you’ll be less fatigued and have more energy to keep up with the children.

Above all else the summer holidays offer a positive and unique opportunity to reconnect with our children after a busy school year, treasure this time with them.