May 7th, 2013
First, catch your elephant.
OK, this isn’t really about eating elephants. Because of all the things elephants need right now, being eaten probably isn’t one of them.
But if you did have to eat an elephant, it would probably feel like a mammoth task. (I know. Listen, I wanted to write ‘mammoth tusk’, so you’ve got off lightly here).
Sometimes life can feel as though we are faced with an avalanche of insurmountable challenges.
When it does, we feel overwhelmed. Overwhelm is horrible. It’s a tightness in the throat, a shallowness of breath, a twitch of anxiety in the stomach. And when we feel overwhelmed, we stop. Either stop being effective, or just stop dong anything at all.
So here are twenty seven things you can do when you feel overwhelmed. Now wouldn’t that be horrible? You’ve got too much on your plate then someone adds twenty seven more things that you have to think about.
Nope, not twenty seven. Just two. Count ‘em. One. Two.
Two simple, effective, manageable ideas that help me, whenever I notice a sense of overwhelm is slowing me down. Try ‘em out for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
April 23rd, 2013
Last week I could hardly walk. It was very painful, and entirely self-inflicted. Here’s what I did to create this problem for myself, and some ideas so that you can do things differently and learn from my mistakes. Read the rest of this entry »
April 23rd, 2013
Blink. Blink again. And again.
Blinking is what spreads valuable tears over the surface of the eye. As you’re reading this off a screen, your blink rate is half what it would be if you were walking around.
Yes, half. 50% less.
It’s an incredible difference, and explains why prolonged work on a computer can lead to sore, tired eyes and eye strain.
So take a post-it, write the word ‘Blink’ on it, and stick it where you can see it. Look away from the screen, widen your visual field and blink, blink, blink.
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April 9th, 2013
Last week, the Alexander Technique was featured in the UK edition of OK magazine. It’s a celebrity gossip magazine, and the piece mentioned the benefits of the work for improving posture as well as many of the celebs who have studied the Technique: Hilary Swank, William Hurt, Joanna Lumley, Sir Paul McCartney, Pierce Brosnan, Sting, Julia Sawalha, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Saunders and Ruby Wax.
In fact, there are tons of famous people who have taken Alexander Technique lessons. It really is the A-listers secret weapon.
But why? What makes this work so valuable to this particular group of people? And just because it works for them, will it work for you? Read the rest of this entry »
March 25th, 2013
I’ve had a problem with my eyes recently. My left eye kept watering. At first I thought nothing of it, but after two weeks the skin around the eye had become red and sore. It felt painful and looked terrible. I decided to pay a visit to the opticians.
The problem, it turned out, was not that I was making too many tears but that I was making the wrong kind. Oddly enough, having the wrong kind of tears and a constantly watery eye are symptoms of having dry eyes.
So my eye waters constantly for two weeks because I have dry eyes? Yep. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of tears. Obviously I’ve become intrigued and have been doing a bit of research. The result: I’ve discovered tears are amazing! Here are the top five tear facts you need to know. You’ll never weep in the same way again. Read the rest of this entry »
March 25th, 2013
We all have difficult days. Days when we need a quick fix to feel better and lift our mood.
Sometimes tasks are challenging and push us out of our comfort zone.
Other times, people push our buttons and we get a big emotional reaction that flares up.
Or we didn’t get enough sleep, or eat properly yesterday, or we’re dehydrated – it doesn’t take much to knock us off course.
There’s one simple fix that will always help you to feel better instantly. It’s this: Read the rest of this entry »
March 12th, 2013
Sometimes we all get stuck. Can’t go forward. Can’t go back. Can’t get clarity. You work away on your problem, getting tired with all that thinking, but you get nowhere.
To get unstuck, try this exercise in ‘full-bodied’ creativity. Read the rest of this entry »
February 26th, 2013
Your undercarriage, your nether regions, your squidgy bits – the human pelvic floor is a bit of a minefield. Here’s a user’s guide. Read the rest of this entry »
February 22nd, 2013
If you’ve bought the Love Your Back programme, you’ll know that one crucial part of building a daily ritual of positive self-care practice is to really focus on the benefits that you get.
Yes it’s inconvenient to have to do your lying down.
Yes you’re too busy / tired / stressed.
Yes it’s noisy and chilly and you’ll have to move the table to find space.
Do it anyway.
Because once you get there, you know how great you feel.
You feel rested. You’re calmer. Your back is easier. Your shoulders have unfolded. You can breathe.
That’s the part to focus on. Really soak up and luxuriate in the positive benefits.
Why? Well, we are hard-wired to love pleasure and avoid pain, BUT as neuroscientist Rick Hanson points out, our brains act like teflon with good experiences, and like velcro for bad ones. Those bad parts are the parts we remember. The good stuff slips away like fried eggs out of the frying pan. Read the rest of this entry »
February 12th, 2013
There are a lot of things I love about the Alexander Technique, but at the very top of my list is the lying down practice.
It’s simple but profound.
It’s easy but rich.
And it only takes 20 minutes per day. Read the rest of this entry »