Boutique Event in Glitzy Harrogate

World of Wellness and Writing launches its first event. A boutique faird held in the elegant West PArk Hotel in Harrogate. There will be stalls showcasing nutritional advice and products to keep you focused, practices to help you recharge and find balance, experts in the field of fitness and posture, literary professionals and of course writing products and services.

WORLD OF WELLNESS AND WRITING LAUNCHES ITS FIRST FAIR

An elegant boutique fair to launch the wellness and writing events is being held in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate

This elegant affair is to be held in the beautiful hotel of West Park. It overlooks the open grounds of the Stray in the quintessentially English spa town of Harrogate. There will be stalls showcasing nutritional advice and products to keep you focused, practices to help you recharge and find balance, experts in the field of fitness and posture, literary professionals and of course writing products and services.

We’re on the Health and Wellbeing Show!!

You can discover new healthy lifestyle tips, writing materials/skills and attend mini workshops/presentation. It’s also an opportunity to find out what events and courses are coming up soon in your area. It is important to liaise and collaborate with your local community, both as an individual and a business. It is a very rewarding experience – both ways!

STOP! AND REFILL YOUR CREATIVE WELL

Do you work in a creative field? Are you a writer, author, poet, blogger, novelist, reporter…. or just have to write a lot of reports or marketing content at work? If so, how do you avoid burnout, keep your creative juices flowing, stay focused, become more productive, keep your energy levels up….? Don’t worry, at the World of Wellness and Writing, we have lots of tips and hacks to help you.

Being a writer does not involve musing barefoot through blossom-covered archways and pondering on the meaning of life as many think. The creative process is a demanding and often very draining experience.

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” ― Émile Zola.

As Zola says, it involves hard work. But to be a successful writer you also need several other key ingredients such as patience, passion, the ability to accept criticism, and so on. However, there is one fundamental ingredient required by writers that often goes unmentioned: Self Care.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF CARE

Self care is perhaps of the most important element in a creative person’s life. As we deplete ourselves of energy and constantly delve within to find new ideas, inspiration and drive, we need to look after ourselves. Sadly most of us don’t and we experience burnout or frustration.

Here at the World of Wellness and Writing we believe in promoting self care for all writers from healthy lifestyle choices to ideas for refilling your creative well.

Come visit our fascinating stalls and uncover the secrets to uplevel your writing… or just gentle and inviting ways to improve your wellbeing.

THE VENUE: WEST PARK HOTEL

Our boutique event is free to all and designed to inspire you to write and find a self care routine that works for you.

Venue for our first boutique fair

Just go through the front entrance fo the West Park Hotel overlooking the Stray and make your way to the back of the building to the private dining room. Wheelchair access.

Line-up of speakers + workshops

10am-11am
Susanna Lewis (aka A Yorkshire Girl) Writing as a form of therapy
11am-12pm
Promoting Yorkshire Authors – helping you from idea to published book
12pm-1pm 
Calligraphy Harrogate (workshop with Helen and Jools)
1pm-2pm
Martine Moorby (Reiki Master, EFT, spiritual health)
2pm-3pm
Meditation with Lou – join this relaxing session + feel the benefits
3pm-4pm
Kate Bunney: Young Living Essential Oils + Magnetix – improved wellbeing

We look forward to hosting many more such events, so keep a look out near you. Is your town ready for a World of Wellness and Writing Fair? Please write and let me know: Francesca Hepton (Founder)

Self Care for Writers: My Strategy for Success

Making it in the world of writing takes a lot of creative energy and self discipline. All the more reason to look after yourself. Relaxing, doing less, eating well, exercising and self care routines are all essential to helping you stay focused, productive and on top of your game. Take a step back to take a step up the success ladder.

Self care for writers may not be a sexy topic as we prefer to think of ourselves as artistes slogging away in dank rooms lit by smouldering candles. Romantic as that may seem, if you’re  healthy and have a balanced approach to your writing, you are more likely to have financial success.

Paying heed to your emotional and physical well-being is important for staying creative, healthy, focused and alert! Mindfulness, stretches, workouts, massage, self-care, meditations and healthy eating all play a part. This site gives you tips on how to combat depression, anxiety, exhaustion, and/or stress.

7 relaxation and revitalising techniques for writers - essential self care routine for success

The secret to success is simple: Living a natural, holistic life, making sure our wheel is balanced. The World of Wellness and Writing champions the concept of “Personal Wellness”, offering illustrations, explanations and courses to open up opportunities for writers to push through boundaries, feel better about themselves and be rid of the struggles.

WELLNESS BEFORE WRITING

Most websites addressing the concept of wellness in association with writing, usually refer to writing as a method for improve your personal wellbeing. Writing is often used as a cathartic method for releasing inner emotions, negativity and memories stored at a cellular level. This website however turns this process on its head. We are looking at how wellness can help the writer .

For example, you cannot perform if you haven’t got a healthy diet. Having the right nutrition and diet feeding and fueling yourself properly is essential (read the aloe vera story)

 Writing a book takes a huge amount of energy, in every sense: physically, mentally, emotionally, and creatively. Keep up your energy levels and focus with the right diet for you.

If you are physically uncomfortable or unwell this will be a hindrance to your performance as a writer. Most writers suffer from poor posture as we hunch over when we are engrossed din our writing. And when we get into the “flow” we can hold this position for hours without noticing. Take some easy steps to counteract this pain and potentially harmful writer’s habit.

Writers often sit for hours at a desk - discover how to relieve and even heal your back pain - free ebook.

Self care practices for writers bring balance to the choppy seas of a writer’s life. Learn to cultivate a life that supports your writing! By putting Wellness before Writing and you will perform better.

RELEASE YOUR INNER WARRIOR

Conquer self-doubt, find your true path and become a confident writer

That is why we advocate “stepping out of your body and onto the page”.

If you feel good about yourself and are working with all your engines fixing at 100%, it is amazing what results and work you can produce.

Simple tricks like eating healthily, getting enough sleep and having the right environment can improve your writing  no end. The same also applies to freelance workers of all kinds. I offer tips and routines her to help you become more energised, organised and productive.

I BELIEVE IN WORKING SMARTER NOT HARDER.

STRANGE AS IT MAY SOUND, BY DOING LESS YOU ACTUALLY ACHIEVE MORE. FOR STARTERS YOUR'RE MORE RELAXED AND LESS ANXIOUS. YOU BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE AS A WRITER BY DOING LESS. DON'T FORCE IT. GO WITH THE FLOW.

Only do what you need or want to. Ditch the rest. There really isn’t any more to it than that unless you are looking to make your life complicated. here are some tips to help you plan.

Don’t forget your local community

In order to sustain my personal wellness I noticed that I also needed to  have the right “community wellness” around me as well. By that I mean the right surroundings, support and stimulus. I am fortunate to live in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate in the north of England. Here everything is in balance, the architecture an open green spaces, the nightlife for the younger generation plus activities and communities for the older generation. We have a proactive local council who promote the physical and mental health of local residents whilst also providing a beautiful environment in which we live. This attitude is further supported by local business owners.

A town with a healing past and still developing business for the future. I’m very lucky indeed. What great assets does your town have to offer?

WHAT YOU NEED AS A WRITER

Some key ingredients to success as a writer

  • Personal wellness – you’re probably familiar with this but our blog posts will keep you informed of effective methods and provide you with informative articles on improving your wellbeing, explaining concept of personal wellbeing. A lifestyle.
  • The right surroundings from your home office, to your garden and town. Everything you see impacts on you. In a boxed dark room depressed, open spaces free to think.
  • Changes, stimulus – mental and visual: theatre, conferences, meet-ups.
  • Very active local community with its own Tribes and Book Clubs, Writing Circles, etc.
  • Variety and routine

MACRO level – celebrate and use your town

MICRO level – promote and support your personal wellbeing

When your energy is flowing, your chakras are open and your brain is firing you will set your pages on fire.

Use crystals to get your energies flowing freely. This will improve your focus, creativity and productivity as a writer.

Have a few freebie guides to self-help your way to this state of creativity and productivity. Guides on how to get organised the absolute key to any freelancer’s life, plus some help on getting published, retreats to stimulate your inner writing warrior and courses in Yogitivity that will change the way you live and write forever.

If you need to break free from bad habits, feel a little better about yourself and get focused, one of my own guides can help you with that. Remember self care and personal development are your secret weapons to becoming a great writer.

powerful books for self-care and personal growth to bring out the best in you as a woman

The Secret to Achieving Work Life Balance

Company Director and successful entrepreneur Sarah Sanpher-McDowell explains how she achieves the perfect work life balance whilst holding down a high-powered job and setting up a successful all-female trade alliance.

Is it possible to achieve the elusive work life balance?

Interview with Sarah Sanpher-McDowell
Founder of the Women’s Recycling Alliance

Company Director and successful entrepreneur Sarah Sanpher-McDowell explains how she achieves the perfect work life balance whilst holding down a high-powered job and setting up a successful all-female trade alliance.

Interview successful entrepreneur. Sarah Sanpher-McDowell explains how she achieves the perfect work life balance whilst holding down a high-powered job and setting up a successful all-female trade alliance.

Sarah’s professional background

Today’s guest is Sarah Sanpher-McDowell, a Director and entrepreneur based in Harrogate, UK. She is the creator of the Women’s Recycling Alliance – promoting and inspiring women in the recycling and waste industry – as well as a Director at the fast-growing, forward-thinking company Clearpoint Recycling Ltd. Her work has been featured on Stray FM Radio, letsrecycle.com and attracted the interest of leading female professionals all around the country!

I first met Sarah because our sons were best friends at school and we would chat whenever we would pick up or drop off. Our little chats at the door though soon became hour-length conversations, endless catch-ups by phone and ultimately a wonderful friendship. I have always admired Sarah for her strength of character and rational outlook on life. That is why I believe she epitomizes the perfect example of a Wellness Warrior. She embraces the gifts of the universe, practices what she preaches and is as stoic as any mythical Amazonian.

Sarah is a classic case of not judging a book by its cover. Her friendly demeanor and easy manner by no means take precedence over her astute and keen skills of observation and highly organizational mind.

Working her way to the top

This business lady has moved from the detailed world of finance and accounts into the heady boardrooms of directorship in an amazingly short period of time.

Working initially with owner operator businesses to free them up to do what they do best and assisting with business development growth.  Just 5 years ago, Sarah knew she was capable of much more. Although she also ran a very successful and thriving women’s networking group and highly sought after organisational services, her inquisitive and analytical mind needed to broaden it horizons.

She proved her worth as a business entrepreneur as she helped Clearpoint Recycling grow from just a 3-person enterprise to a flourishing enterprise offering employment to over 24 people in 3 years. Sarah nurtures and helps her personnel to grow both personally and professionally with her years of experience and perceptive, empathetic approach.

Work does not take over her home life

I think you’ll have gathered by now that beyond her highly convivial personality, Sarah is an estimable business woman, but she is also a wonderful, caring and devoted mother and wife.

In this interview, you’ll learn more about how Sarah manages to be positive and purposeful ALL the time, how she’s managed to strike the perfect work-life balance with grace, be more confident, and how to create an inspiring alliance in a male-dominated sector giving women in the waste industry the opportunity to network, hone their professional skills and become a force to be reckoned with.

You will also discover:

  • Sarah’s personal wellness ritual to being happy, healthy and grounded
  • How Sarah manages to not just survive but thrive in a male-dominated industry
  • Why Sarah went from freelancer to full-time Director and what the benefits of that decision were for her personally
  • How Sarah intends to help women in the waste industry
  • And finally, Sarah’s advice for anyone who wants to set up an alliance or take that first step in realising your passion and how this is possible in conjunction with your full-time job and sustaining a happy home life.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS with time slots

Thank you for being here Sarah 5:20

Q1. I thought we’d kick off with perhaps the most burning question our listeners will want to know the answer to. How do you strike the perfect balance between work and your personal life?

The benefits are self-evident as you are fit and healthy, motivated and extremely focused. Morning routine: 6:15

Weekend routines and family values. 7:40

Do you think this balance is possible for most workers? And if so, why aren’t more people, in your opinion, able to strike this balance? 10:20

11:50 Sarah’s personal morning routine

Q2. Onto the more serious stuff now. You were initially working for Clearpoint Recycling on a freelance basis. You became such a valuable asset they lured you back into full-time employment. Do you have any regrets about going back to full time work and what made you accept their offer? 14:10

Q3. Do you miss anything about being a freelancer?

Q4. Now it is no real surprise to know that the waste and recycling industry in the UK and in fact worldwide is predominantly male. In fact 78% of the employees within the waste, energy and water industry in the UK are male. That is a very high percentage. Is that one of the reasons why you wanted an all-female alliance? And what other things motivated you to start up the Women’s Recycling Alliance? And tell us a little bit about it. 18:55

Women's Recycling Alliance. Connect with like-minded women in our industry.
Grow your network.
Develop new personal and professional skills.
Discuss industry related topics.

Could having more women in the recycling industry help downturn the trend for more waste?

Q5. What is your motivation behind the Women’s Recycling Alliance 19:37

Q6. What sets your alliance apart? Women in a male-dominated industry 24:30 Inclusive of men 30:00

Q7. The senior executive vice president at Veolia, one of the UK’s market leaders in waste, water and energy management services, Estelle Brachlianoff, is a wonderful example of how a woman can be successful in a male-dominated industry – will you be inviting her to one of your future events? 32:14

Q8. Any parting advice to women in particular who are in a male-dominated industry and feeling the extra pressure? 33:10

Thank you for your time, Sarah. I do not know how you manage to remain so composed and focused with your angel feathers perfectly unruffled with so much going on in your life. Must be those early morning workouts!

Well done on your accomplishments and I wish you every success with the Women’s Recycling Alliance!

A wonderful role model

Sarah is a pure role model of the perfect mother, perfect business women and perfect friend. You do not begrudge her this success for she is down to earth and genuine. If we had more of her kind of caring and no-nonsense individuals in business, companies would be a happier and more productive environment.

Interested in getting in touch with Sarah or seeing her successful Women’s Recycling Alliance? Useful contact details below:

Go for personal growth and develop your lifestyle with these tips for improving your habits for a healthier lifestyle and 6 inspirational personal development books

5 Signs of a Burnout

Burning the candle at both ends?
5 signs that you may be chronically fatigued because your body is on constant ALERT mode. If you are, here are some steps to reverse the effects.

Are you burning your candle at both ends?

Discover how to diagnose the signs of whether you're burnt out from working too hard and 4 tips on how you can overcome a burnout.

I never believed or paid any attention to people who told me that I’d burn out. “Be careful, you’ll burn out at some stage if you carry on like this!” I thought I could go on forever working like the fury, fitting into other people’s schedules but never stopping to take time out for myself – what  waste of time I would think. If it wasn’t productive, I didn’t do it. Then I stopped and looked at myself. I had been scurrying for so long I had forgotten what I liked to do, what my favourite meal was, how to dress nicely when not at work, how to simply have fun for no reason, I was constantly tired and worried and anxious… does this sound familiar?

What are the signs of a burnout?

1. Tiredness

An obvious one. Even though you’ve had 6+ hours sleep. You become chronically fatigued even if you have a lie-in or two lie-ins because your body is saturated with free radicals and toxins caused by stress. Your body is unable to let the energy flow freely or the nutrients to be digested properly because your system is on constant ALERT mode.

5 signs of a burnout and how to recover and refuel.

2. Short attention span

You are struggling to concentrate on your work. Your mind flits constantly and is easily distracted. Could be too much caffeine or the hangover, but your fatigued mind needs a proper rest – that does not include flicking through social media for an hour!

3. Workaholic

Are you constantly pushing yourself to do, do, do because you haven’t achieved what you wanted in life and think that working hard is the answer?

wellness harrogate

4. Emotionally exhausted

Are you feeling empty. Do you feel sad or even depressed? Are you short-tempered when you don’t mean to be. You are drained. Are you retreating into your turtle shell. Can’t face the world?

5. Low self-esteem

Putting others first. Don’t do nice things for yourself because you don’t think you deserve them. Constantly saying negative things to yourself. You are literally dragging yourself down.

What to do to avoid a crash and burn

1. Give yourself some love

You need to start respecting yourself and give yourself a break. Recognise your accomplishments. Work smart not hard.

wellness harrogate

Try meditation, yoga, breathing classes – release the stress that is clogging up your body. Let it out through exercise, cut back the hours you work, stop, you will be more productive and less stressed!

2. Me time – chillax

animal cat face close up feline

It may sound obvious but try to cut back on work relax on a regular basis. Your mind and body need to refuel.

Keep a diary of how you are feeling so you can monitor if you are feeling more in charge of yourself again or if you are still experiencing fatigue and anxiety – then it’s time to get some therapy from a professional. It is worth it, because you are worth it.

3. Create positive daily rituals

A nice slow wake-up before the chaos of the day. If you are not so tired you can get up a little earlier, fit in a little stretch, 10 minutes quirt time to get your head sorted (or stroke the cat or dog), a yummy breakfast, long shower, wear something nice.

Take a walk at lunch, meet up with friends instead of working late, have a nice bath or go for a foot massage. Say nice things to yourself. Create an easy achievement list and a wish list of some treats you can do just because you want to! Repeat 3-5 positive affirmations (things you are grateful for and positive things about yourself) when you get up and before going to sleep. Try aromatherapy with a burner in your room or crystal healing grids… get creative!

Set up your own self-care ritual. Draw a bath, choose a book, light a candle... enter the world of wellness and writing
Draw a bath, pour the oils, light a candle, choose a book

4. Home spa

If you can’t afford the time or money to go on a break or retreat, then do the next best thing. Create a spa or mindfulness retreat in your own home. Do this at least once a week. But preferable 3 to 4 times a week. Self care can range from doing anything that makes you happy like wearing your comfy jumper and reading a great book. Or taking a salt bath. Having a facial at home. Listening to music and massaging your pressure points… get creative with your DIY self-care ritual.

Free self-care kit for desk-bound professionals. Helping you to destress, find calm and focus.

Act now before it is too late

Don’t ignore your tired state, it will not simply go away. If you leave it too late your fatigued and over-stressed body will develop other ailments and long-lasting problem or damage. A holiday cannot sort this out, it will simply be a time for your body to let the illnesses in instead of a time to be enjoyed. You need a little holiday time everyday. You need to get the work life balance right. Instate the law of Kintalini into your personal life. Get your chi flowing and develop a more positive attitude about yourself. You don’t have to be perfect. Being happy is much better and more satisfying!

Spirituality & Wellness Diploma

Benefit both on a personal and professional level from this pioneering qualification integrating Spirituality and Health and Wellness.

This is the first Spirituality and Health qualification to be on the Ofqual Register.

ALMOST SOLD OUT! HURRY!
Explore and deepen your spirituality and get a nationally recognised qualification at the same time – two courses for the price of one!!

What could be better! You gain SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT and WELLNESS COACHING plus you receive a professionally recognised qualification at then of your course!

spiritual growth and wellness coaching

 CI Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness.

You will be part of a like-minded and friendly group meeting on 8 weekends
from March to November 2019.

The course is tutored by Martine Moorby, one of the region’s most trusted and reputed wellness and reiki mentors. Entry by application only. Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness (VRQ) Ofqual Qualification Number: 601/8673/2 Sector Subject Area: Health and social care

The course has received a 5-star rating based on more than 1,000 positive reviews. An explorative course, students learn the answers to some fundamental questions about to become more compassionate on a day-to-day basis and enhance their wellbeing. For instance:
– How do we create time and space for ourselves?
– How do improve our practice of spiritual companionship?
– How can we make better decisions?

personal spiritual growth

In particular, the course demonstrates how ongoing personal development can help us arrive to carefully analyse our situation and rid ourselves of tension and help others to do the same. Students learn the value of slow self-exploration over quick and rash spontaneous and reactive thinking.

Taught by wellness mentor Martine Moorby in Harrogate, this highly beneficial and sought-after course is self-paced,  with 1 weekend a month of personal tuition and workshops over a period 8 months. For just £1,370 payable in 8 easy instalments you can gain personal spiritual enlightenment as well as wellness coaching – plus get the certificate to boost your professional credibility and integrity.

wellness coaching

The course consists of four units

1. PERSON-CENTRED SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Study and experience the spiritual practices that benefit health and wellbeing. Clarify and implement your own daily spiritual health practice. Appreciate  the diversity of approaches in your fellow learners. How best to support others in developing their own spiritual health practice.

2. SCIENCE AND CONTEXT
The important historical relationship of spirituality and medicine.   The evidence base and science of how spirituality can benefit health. The relevance of all this to your own personal experience and that of your colleagues and clients.

3. DEVELOPING REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
The crucial importance of ongoing honest and emotionally literate self-examination and self-care. This is built on a foundation of mindfulness and the compassionate witnessing of your thoughts and feelings. Implementing your own reflective practice. The mental health challenges that may be linked to spirituality.

4. SPIRITUAL CARE IN PRACTICE
Builds on the knowledge and practice of the other three units.  The fundamentals of giving spiritual support. Whole-body listening, empathy and holding. Leading individuals and small groups into meditation. Risk-assessment and referral. Working in multi-disciplinary community teams.

To enrol in Harrogate visit: Martine Moorby

Signs of a Burnout

Burning the candle at both ends?
5 signs that you may be chronically fatigued because your body is on constant ALERT mode. If you are, here are some steps to reverse the effects.

Are you burning your candle at both ends?

I never believed or paid any attention to people who told me that I’d burn out. “Be careful, you’ll burn out at some stage if you carry on like this!” I thought I could go on forever working like the fury, fitting into other people’s schedules but never stopping to take time out for myself – what  waste of time I would think. If it wasn’t productive, I didn’t do it. Then I stopped and looked at myself. I had been scurrying for so long I had forgotten what I liked to do, what my favourite meal was, how to dress nicely when not at work, how to simply have fun for no reason, I was constantly tired and worried and anxious… does this sound familiar?

What are the signs of a burnout?

Tiredness

An obvious one. Even though you’ve had 6+ hours sleep. You become chronically fatigued even if you have a lie-in or two lie-ins because your body is saturated with free radicals and toxins caused by stress. Your body is unable to let the energy flow freely or the nutrients to be digested properly because your system is on constant ALERT mode.

wellness harrogate

Short attention span

You are struggling to concentrate on your work. Your mind flits constantly and is easily distracted. Could be too much caffeine or the hangover, but your fatigued mind needs a proper rest – that does not include flicking through social media for an hour!

Workaholic

Are you constantly pushing yourself to do, do, do because you haven’t achieved what you wanted in life and think that working hard is the answer?

wellness harrogate

Emotionally exhausted

Are you feeling empty. Do you feel sad or even depressed? Are you short-tempered when you don’t mean to be. You are drained. Are you retreating into your turtle shell. Can’t face the world?

Low self-esteem

Putting others first. Don’t do nice things for yourself because you don’t think you deserve them. Constantly saying negative things to yourself. You are literally dragging yourself down.

What to do to avoid a crash and burn

Give yourself some love

You need to start respecting yourself and give yourself a break. Recognise your accomplishments. Work smart not hard.

wellness harrogate

Try meditation, yoga, breathing classes – release the stress that is clogging up your body. Let it out through exercise, cut back the hours you work, stop, you will be more productive and less stressed!

Me time – chillax

animal cat face close up felineIt may sound obvious but try to cut back on work relax on a regular basis. Your mind and body need to refuel.

Keep a diary of how you are feeling so you can monitor if you are feeling more in charge of yourself again or if you are still experiencing fatigue and anxiety – then it’s time to get some therapy from a professional. It is worth it, because you are worth it.

Create positive daily rituals

A nice slow wake-up before the chaos of the day. If you are not so tired you can get up a little earlier, fit in a little stretch, 10 minutes quirt time to get your head sorted (or stroke the cat or dog), a yummy breakfast, long shower, wear something nice.

Take a walk at lunch, meet up with friends instead of working late, have a nice bath or go for a foot massage. Say nice things to yourself. Create an easy achievement list and a wish list of some treats you can do just because you want to! Repeat 3-5 positive affirmations (things you are grateful for and positive things about yourself) when you get up and before going to sleep. Try aromatherapy with a burner in your room or crystal healing grids… get creative!

Act now before it is too late

Don’t ignore your tired state, it will not simply go away. If you leave it too late your fatigued and over-stressed body will develop other ailments and long-lasting problem or damage. A holiday cannot sort this out, it will simply be a time for your body to let the illnesses in instead of a time to be enjoyed. You need a little holiday time everyday. You need to get the work life balance right. Instate the law of Kintalini into your personal life. Get your chi flowing and develop a more positive attitude about yourself. You don’t have to be perfect. Being happy is much better and more satisfying!

 

 

 

Mother Nature’s Gift

Up until the 19th century Aloe vera still one of the most popular over-the-counter remedies until it was pushed into the darkness by conventional medicines, and herbal medicine spiralled in decline. Thanks to recent research and case studies, Aloe is back in its full glory

When we find something amazing, human tendency is to either hide it away to covet it just for ourselves or to shout it from the roof tops and share its beauty so that all may reap its rewards. Aloe Vera has been the victim of both. So let’s get to the root of the matter and explore what has been dubbed the Medicine Plant.

Queen Nefertiti

A rich past

The aloe plant was left to wilt in the dark for many a decade after its initial heyday when it was used by the Egyptians in their renowned beauty regimes and in their mummification rituals. Right up until the 18th and 19th century it was still one of the most popular over-the-counter remedies until, more recently, it was pushed into the darkness by conventional medicines, i.e. more “orthodox” options. Mainstream pill-popping took over as herbal medicine spiralled in decline.

But did Aloe really ever go? It uses are so vast and the people who use it are so diverse, there was no chance of keeping this wondrous plant out of the light for long. It never really disappeared… it is too powerful for that!

Weird and wonderful uses

1. To ward off evil
Aloe vera is used to give spiritual baths to block and ward off evil spirits. This method is  observed in many spiritual belief systems across the world. The common consensus is that Aloe vera has the ability to block evil spirits.

2. To prolong beauty
This use should come as no surprise no wonder it is so powerful considering the ancient civilization of Egypt used it to preserves the integrity of the physical body during life and death. It keeps the skin looking fresh for the living. It contains properties that maintains the collagen of the skin and prevents the elasticity from becoming loose. It was one of the ingredients in embalming fluid.

3. Re-calibrate our frequency system
Thank to its electrolytic properties it helps the cells that are experiencing blockages or that are not communicating with each other. This is because the plant contains electrolyte minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium, which support important physiological processes resulting from our nervous and cardiac systems.

aloe vera

Aside from its use in spiritual and mummification rituals, there are real facts to support this miracle plant’s health benefits: (source PubMed)

  1. Helps Constipation
  2. Helps Burns, Scars, Cuts and Hair
  3. Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  4. Improves Digestion and Detoxifies the Body
  5. Aloe Vera is Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal and Anti-viral
  6. Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen
  7. Helps the Immune System
  8. Improves Circulation and Cardiovascular Health
  9. Protects the Kidneys
  10. Helps against Diabetes
  11. Helps with Weight Loss
  12. Helps With Candida Overgrowth
  13. Slows the Growth of Cancer Tumors
  14. Increases Energy Levels
  15. Helps against Ulcers, Crohn’s Disease and IBS (Irritable Bowel Sydrome)

Yes it is a long list! And it is not exhaustive.  Thanks to recent research and case studies, Aloe is back in its full glory; it is even growing in importance in the mainstream medical branch with its inclusion in a CAM report, which examines alternative and complementary medicine and determines how providers of such therapies and remedies, such as herbal medicine, can be regulated.

The Aloe plant has a rich and varied past, and I believe it is set to have an equally fruitful future.

If you are interested in finding out more or sampling some products, visit the Forever Living Products site where you can be assured of sustainably grown plants, and start your journey to good health today.

The natural way to succeed

To be successful both in business and saving the planet is downright impressive. Susie Ma Founder of Tropic has created a range that is ethical, sustainable, leaves skin feeling silky smooth and completely natural. Find out more about this amazing entrepreneur.

If the products you use to look after your skin make you feel good, help to look after our planet and are a pleasure to use then you’re on to a real winner.

Susie Ma Founder of Tropic skincare products managed to create just this and is without doubt an inspirational lady. She has created a range that is ethical, sustainable, leaves skin feeling silky smooth and completely natural.

Susie Ma Tropic Skincare
Susie Ma – Love for nature

To be successful both in business and ethics and looking after the planet is downright impressive. Not to mention the speed in which this remarkable entrepreneur has manged to enter the Forbes Under 30 list!! From humble beginnings in 2010 to a fabulous launch in 2013. #greenbeautyrevolution

Tropic Ambassador
Tropic Ambassador Jennifer Wheelan

It was thanks to a lady called Jennifer Wheelan that  I discovered this amazing story and can now have endless fun with my daily cleansing and moisturising routine – so I am just doing my good deed and passing on the great news. Jennifer offered a whole range of amazing beauty and cleansing products:

The Good for you Tropic products were my favourite, but there were also Kushboo soap bars that are are individually handcrafted, engraved and hand wrapped. Kushboo soaps are 100% natural and do not contain SLSs, parabens or other chemicals. They use only the finest ethically sourced natural plant based ingredients. Their soaps contain natural fragrances using pure essential oils, and look good enough to eat!

 

And I must not forget Susie Ma’s magic balm!

Healing balm
Tamanu Healing balm

The multipurpose Tamanu Healing Balm helps to repair scarred and damaged skin or just give your dry hands much needed moisture that lasts the whole day.

Go on! Brighten up your skincare range… naturally!

 

Let’s Dance

Invigorating Salsa nights – Dancing is essential to inner happiness and harmony and salsa offers all the magic and intense passion life can offer.

Mental & Emotional Benefits of  Dancing

Incredible as it may sound dancing improves your body as much mentally as it does physically – and maybe even more. Dancing is essential to inner happiness and harmony and salsa if one form of dance that offers all the magic and intense passion life can offer.

Invigorating Salsa nights are hosted all over Harrogate:

salsa harrogate
Dance your way to happiness

 

Is it endorphins, mindfulness, or simple fun? Experts around the world prove that dancing lowers levels of stress hormones and significantly
lowers levels of depression.

Counteracting the onset of depression

Depression affects about 121 million people worldwide. Finding an affordable , non-intrusive and effective treatment is an absolute must for society, not just on an individual level but also on a macro level where we are seeing depression impacting on productivity and as a srpingboard to further illnesses.

What better way to combat these effects than dancing!?

Naturally dancing comes with so many other benefits like improved cardiovascular function, increased body strength, improved balance and posture, enhanced agility and
coordination, as well as boosting your self esteem and confidence.

An antidote to aging – Just like Tai Chi but with more zazzle!

Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels . Two recent studies in the U.S show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and proprioception held in the cerebellum. Through regular exercise that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week anyone can maximise their brain function. (source: Salseros LA

Salsa Harrogate
Learning salsa requires you to focus attention and be fully present in the moment, much like the practice of yoga. Salsa is unique in that you must maintain constant awareness and connection with your partner.
This mindful focus can switch off the negative thought patterns associated with stress and depression.In a related study, dancing Salsa reduced cortisol, the hormone associated with stress. Dancing with a partner to music has more positive effects than dancing alone or moving with a partner without music.

Research also suggests that freestyle partner dancing may offer the best benefit
of all. So get your salsa shoes on and step up to the beat.

Thanks to Salseros LA