Embrace the power of your breath

While breathing may seem like a natural every day occurrence, many people will do it on autopilot. Little do they realise how powerful this basic physiological activity really is. On autopilot, most people tend to breathe in short and sudden gasps three times quicker than the five or six they need to feel and perform at their best. Your breath is the most powerful tool, after your brain, which allows you to live a happy, healthy and full life.

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What are the benefits of nose breathing?

It’s no secret that when your breath is restricted it impedes your body’s ability to function at its peak. As a result your energy levels decrease and you find it difficult to sleep. The build up of toxins in your body can lead to long term health problems including cancer as found by Nobel prize recipient and German physiologist, Otto Warburg, in 1931. His findings showed that when the body’s cells are starved of oxygen through poor breathing techniques, those cells can transform into cancerous ones.

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How to optimise your nose breathing?

We know that nose breathing is more effective, but for some people there are difficulties in achieving this. For example, when you are constantly congested, mouth breathing may seem easier and less work. However, there are no filters like inside your nose to prevent toxins entering your mouth.

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How to Distinguish Urgent vs. Important

Whether at work, home or play; the ability to distinguish between what is important or urgent can be the difference between success or stress. “What is urgent is never important. What are important are never urgent”. This quote by former American President Eisenhower in 1954 may seem like a strange thing to say however, when you break it down, it actually makes sense.

When you recognise the two are not actually the same, your ability to function and improve your effectiveness in life becomes easier – and less stressful.

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How correct breathing can minimise your risk of illness?

What if I told you that you could minimise your risk of getting sick simply by changing the way you breathe? You probably won’t believe it’s possible, but yes it is.

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Do you suffer from SAD?

Do you find yourself feeling a little down as the colder months settle in? Do you feel unmotivated and lack energy for the things that would normally interest you?  Don’t worry, you are not alone. There are many people who feel like you do when the weather turns grey, dark and depressing.Continue reading “Do you suffer from SAD?”

Emerging calmly from lockdown

I finally got to the movies last weekend as there was one film I was curious about. Ironically, it was called Locked Down. It was only a matter of time before someone made a movie about 2020. But it also got me thinking about the different coping mechanisms each person employed to handle the situation of being locked down; either with family or on their own.

As more and more countries emerge from the year that was 2020, things may look and feel a little different in the short term as the world readjusts. While many people and organisations have focused on the negatives that year brought, there are many more positives we can learn from being locked down.Continue reading “Emerging calmly from lockdown”

How can I prevent burnout?

As you are aware, when your stress response is prolonged it can lead you into the dangerous territory of burnout. Once burnout strikes it is often hard to make a full recovery.

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How your stressors lead you towards burnout

Your health and wellbeing are key to you living a long, healthy and energetic life. But the pressures of your daily life can often come between you and your happiness.

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Fatigue: On the Road to Burnout

Fatigue is more than just feeling tired and drowsy. It can be described as a state of mental and physical exhaustion which impacts on your ability to be effective at work, home or socially.

Fatigue happens when you do too much without getting enough proper rest. It is your body’s way of communicating that you need rest. When you feel the signs of exhaustion, it is time to stop and take notice.Continue reading “Fatigue: On the Road to Burnout”