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Alcohol and you – Is it a healthy part of your life?

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/23/time-please-is-drinking-becoming-as-socially-unacceptable-as-smoking?CMP=fb_gu

 

Alcohol is so interesting inasmuch as it can be used for celebration and for self abuse.

Personally it has been present in some way in a negative capacity during the most traumatic events of my life.  Suicide, violence, arguments, alcohol has definitely played it’s part.

Yet for many people, alcohol simply adds a nice ambiance and is a reward after a long hard day.

What is your relationship with alcohol, does it help or hinder you in life?  Does it change your perspective and personality for better or worse?

Is it an occasional treat or a daily, weekly or monthly crutch.  It is fascinating the relationships we have with substances that reward us, or simply have the capability to change what we think and feel.

If you take a step back are you happy with the relationship you have with it or is it along with so many other things like drugs, sex, food, money, and relationships, something that has more control over you than you have over it?

If so, what to do?  Well I will be looking more and more in the future at how these relationships effect and impact our lives.  So stay posted……..

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Healthy Relationships – Does your body feel safe enough to relax?

How do the relationships in your life effect your health?  The impact of how you feel when you are around people will have a very big impact on your health for better or worse.  Whether you still hold physical and emotional patterns of how you reacted to parents or siblings when you were growing up or perhaps how you feel around work colleagues or friends.  Whether you feel relaxed or suffer with social anxiety.  All of these experiences will have effected the way you hold your body posture and the ease of how you literally move throughout your life.

Unless there has been physical injury, most trauma that I have seen in peoples bodies over the years is due to the impact of relationships and how people interact with each other.  Your body stores memories of every traumatic interaction and this can get re triggered if you find yourself face to face with a person that reminds you of a past situation, whether pleasurable or painful.

 

If you are someone who has undiagnosed physical pain with no obvious reason for your discomfort, it is worth checking in with your body to see how comfortable you feel when you are with others.  Notice whether your body feels more relaxed or tense when you are in the company of different people.  Start to get a sense of whether you feel energised or drained when you are in different environments.

Our body constantly responds to the environment we put ourselves in and it is worth starting to self assess where and when you feel most comfortable.  Rather than forcing or expecting that you should be ok in all environments or with all people.  Very often the first stage of healing is to put yourself in places and around people that feel safe to you,

 

 

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5 useful ways to make yourself feel good

How to make yourself feel good

Are you feeling well, energised and happy with the way your body feels on the inside and looks on the outside.

5 Ways To Make Yourself Feel Good

Throughout the year it is always a great to regularly review what works for your health and to build from there.  Maybe it’s time to learn something like a musical instrument, or get to that dance class you have been meaning to start.  Especially at the beginning of the year it is helpful to reinstate the things you love in your life.

Here are 5 useful ways to make yourself feel good

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Drink at least 2 litres of water a day.  Ideally drink a pint of water in the morning before any other food or drink.  This hydrates you and cleanses your body to get you off to a good start.  You need water and you need to drink a steady flow of it to stay hydrated.  Your muscles and other parts of your body are like a sponge or the earth in a pot plant.  If you let it dehydrate then when you have water it just goes straight through without absorbing.  However, if you keep yourself hydrated consistently then you actually absorb more and keep the liquid in your system for longer.  If you are someone who does not like water, then you can always have it warm, or add some lemon or mint to give some flavour.  Remember water makes up 70-80% of your body.  It is the most important medicine you will every take.

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Create activities each week that help you to relax and exercise.  Time out doing something you love gets the endorphins going and these chemicals are there to help you enjoy life.  So make sure you have created ways to make this happen for yourself.

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Get your time off for the year into your diary and plan everything else around it.  Mentally we do better when we know we are giving ourselves the time and rest our body needs, away from our work routine.  Even if it is time to stay at home and chill, psychologically you know you love to have something to look forward to, so give yourself the gift of it as soon as possible5 Ways To Make Yourself Feel Good.

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Have a clear out.  It is always energising to purge your life of things you no longer need to hold onto.  Whether it’s clothes in your bedroom, or tupperware in your kitchen.  What do you have lying around that does not serve you or give you joy.  It is always good to sort through stuff and get in touch with what you have lying around that you don’t want or need.  Maybe pass it on, or it’s passed it’s sell by date.  There is nothing quite like the feeling of clearing out and regaining your space.

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Check your budget and create an allowance for doing something you love.  This may sound strange but it is actually very grounding to check through your finances at the beginning of the year, and work out what you have to spend on yourself, away from all the necessary outgoings.  That way you can plan to do something really nice for yourself and have no excuse for not making it happen.  Money can get in the way for some people and interestingly enough, your health is something that can take low priority when it comes to your finances.  Actually, this is a false economy as the more we can invest in ourselves, the more productive and happy we become.  So whether it is time or money, make a plan to invest in yourself, you will definitely thank yourself for it later on.

If you are looking for other ways to look after yourself such as a massage or personalised
rehabilitation treatment for ongoing back pain, complete the contact form above and quote ‘Feel
Good’ for a 10% discount on your first session, if booked before the end of May 2018.

 

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