Mind Your Selfie is an Irish campaign to promote positive mental health awareness.
2016 has been a very interesting year for America. Living in Arizona since 2012, I feel overall Americans don’t really exercise their right to freedom of speech. I do know many who definitely don’t hold back! I hope not to offend any Americans by writing this, as I am generalizing, but, I know in their hearts, they just don’t want to offend anyone. By suppressing their real thoughts and feelings however, they hold themselves back from being truly free. I am speaking as an Irish person who knows how Europeans express themselves freely without fear of doing so.
The 2016 Presidential elections gave the American public the chance to speak freely. It helped release a lot of frustrations and anger. Anger needs to be released and more importantly managed without causing harm to anyone. I have always wanted to know people’s personal politics. It has always fascinated me. I like to see all sides to the coin. I am from Ireland where we all love a good heated discussion, from the family home to the pub! There needs to be an outlet where we can all express ourselves without fear or violence or else we will feel oppression. Is this suppressed anger why America has so many violent cases of gunfire?
The election is over and the results are in. Now is the time to manage our frustrations, anger and disappointments – as life continues. So how to do this: go to the gym and exercise?; - go to the pub? - have fun with friends! - practice yoga, mindfulness, meditation or all three together using sophrology?
Sophrology helps people cope with anxiety, anger, fear and stress. It helps you to focus on the positives in life and walk away from the negatives. With practice it becomes part of your sub consciousness. We all need to work on ourselves to have inner peace.
Everyone wins. Inner peace in one person spreads and affects everyone. So does the opposite. Which do you prefer to spread?
A year ago I decided to change my outlook on food and generally on eating. I also had enough of being overweight. It all began when I decided to eat only vegan meals for over 21 days. You know the diet Beyoncé did. It turns out it was a great way to kick-start a new healthy way of eating and finally lose the weight I had put on over the years but it wasn't actually from following this diet... Some of the vegan meals were delicious and easy enough to prepare. The not-so-nice bits were the after-effects of certain foods… I became aware of what I was able to digest.
So, I decided to apply sophrology awareness to all food & beverages I was consuming. In the last year I lost 40 pounds... I have not joined any gym. I am not a sporty person and would never go out and walk in this Arizona heat!
So how did I do it? Mindful eating. Want to know the best part? I am enjoying food much more than I have in the last 10 years! I can eat everything!
My only regret is that I never kept my clothes from my slimmer days.
If I can do this, believe me you will too. Instead of wanting to want it – I actually did it. I listened to my own body. For the first time I didn’t follow any fad diet.
Would you like to learn how to use sophrology to lose weight? Click on my contact page to schedule an appointment.
Exam season has arrived. You have put in all the hard work. You have done your best. Then what happens on the day of the exam? You begin to feel a little tense, your heart beats a little faster and your breathing becomes a little shorter. You see your school friends beside you writing away furiously while you have found yourself staring at the paper in front of you...
What has just happened? Your mind has gone blank and all knowledge you previously possessed has flown out the window. You cannot organize your thoughts and panic sets in. Has any of this ever happened to you? Do you have the tools to combat this when it does?
Whether you are studying for an exam; preparing for a job interview; doing a presentation; auditioning for a role; asking your boss for a raise; asking your bank manager for a loan, etc., etc., you will be under a certain amount of stress... Your chance of succeeding depends on how you manage your stress on the day.
Sophrology uses simple breathing techniques and mindfulness that will help alleviate any panic situation, such as exam stress.
By training ourselves consciously to act rather than react in times of challenge. We create new habits that subconsciously aid us to make a better decision and not a rash one.
So next time you are sitting in the exam hall, wouldn’t you prefer to have all the tools to succeed?
I have been doing sophrology for some time now with two of my favorite girls, who I have decided to call The Sophro Girls. They will be checking in now and then to give some feedback. Let's refer to them as Big Sis and Little Sis. I think that I will just let the video do the talking in this one! Check out their interesting analogies!
The youngest person I have taught Sophrology to was four years old. She is one of the Sophro Girls which you will see more of in later blogs, but let's call her Big Sis for now. Big Sis was just 4 years old when she had her first Sophrology session. It wasn't planned to do a session with her but at the time I was training to become a sophrologist, so anyone willing to give it a try, I would practice with...