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Here at Blossom Wellbeing Cheshire, in Bramhall. I will update this page with the latest details about the various developments and evolving treatments I am undertaking. I will also upload posts about my loyal clients and talk about the benefits they have received from my healing Reiki energy, EFT and fertility services.
|Posted on 20 February, 2018 at 17:30||comments (1)|
On Friday whilst out for my morning walk, I realised I had looked at my social media ten times in the space of 30 minutes. Oops!
I was arguing with myself, that it was ok, as I use social media for my business, but really this was just an excuse - I was social surfing.
It got me wondering just how many times I check Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram during my day.
If I checked ten times in 30 minutes, that's a potentially a crazy 320 times in a whole day!
It's official; I'm addicted to social media!
I asked my Blossoms in my Love, Life, Blossom and Bloom group what their social media usage was like too.
Quite a few agreed, they spent far too much time checking different platforms.
I promised to come up with a challenge, and here it is; the 7-Day Social Media Detox challenge.
Now, I don't want to shoot myself in the foot here (as my business is mainly marketed on social media) but this challenge aims to reduce the amount of time spent on media (while still engaging regularly with me lol), not a complete detox.
I am hoping the challenge I have created will help make you more productive and positive throughout your week.
I am going to swap social media surfing for personal development study instead, to help grow my business.
I turned my phone off for most of yesterday as I went to the beach with the kids and friends and by the end of the day, I felt more peaceful and calm, which has got to be a good thing right?
You can start this challenge whenever you want, just pick the day you are on. I would love to know how you get on with it though.
I have created a cute printable for you to record your results, which has extra prompts for you; all you have to do is opt-in by clicking this link.
Please come and share your results with us over in the group
|Posted on 16 February, 2018 at 7:40||comments (0)|
I have been known to talk a lot (who moi?) about chemical detox and I give weekly classes on how to lead a more non-toxic lifestyle, so it will be no surprise to you I am writing on it today!
There was an a article on the front page of The Telegraph this morning, which caught my attention (Actually, I have to be honest I don't read the newspapers but my Mother and Michael send me clippings every day).
The title is: "Household cleaners "as bad for the lungs as 20 cigarettes a day". (Click on the link to read the full article).
The article is based on research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas.
What questions does the article bring up for you? I know, for me, I have concerns on how hourshold cleaners may affect my Mother who has COPD ad then I wonder what affect it has on children and their little bodies?
Now, I used be THE Bleach Queen.
I would start at the top of the room and work my way down bleaching everything in sight.
I LOVED the chemical smell of everything being properly clean, I think this is because my mother used to bleach everything when I was growing up.
However, I have done a MASSIVE u-turn since I started Blossom and have learnt how harmful household chemicals can be.
I was shopping in Asda, last week and I noticed that Fairy Liquid now have a new product which states 0% Perfumes. 0% Dyes.
I use a mix of brands now in my home Method, Ecover and doTERRA and I also make my own natural products (when time allows).
If you are interested in learning how to lead a more natural lifestyle, I hold essential oils classes every Tuesday evening at The Botanist in Alderley Edge.
If you would like to book on please send payment for £10 via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org stating which date you would like to attend.
Please share this blog with any who may benefit from it, and give the gift of wellbeing.
|Posted on 15 February, 2018 at 2:25||comments (0)|
You get up in the morning and set the intention to have the best day, thinking you are on a high wavelength as you start your day.
Then for some unknown reason, something will happen to throw you off balance.
Perhaps you become angry as you can't find your car keys, you leave the house five minutes later than you should have done, the traffic is heavier than usual on the way to work, and you get there late and get told off by your boss?
Then you open your emails and a find whole ream of problems which needed rectifying like yesterday?!
You are getting more and more stressed and knock your coffee over in a rush to finish a report while answering a colleague's questions.
It's now 9.35am, your head is banging and you are frazzled amd overwhelmed. What can you do?
You have to control or the day will run you.
It's time to take a deep breath. If you can, go outside for five minutes and get some fresh air.
Take control of your breathing and begin to slow it down. Consciously breathe in through your nose for four counts and out through your mouth for four counts.
Do this until you start to feel yourself relax.
The conscious slowing down of the breathing activates a relaxation response and fools your brain into thinking it is ok and no longer in a stressful situation.
Before you go back to work, ask yourself who needs me most in my A-game? Then focus on working on that one task until it has been completed.
Aim to be mindful in each task you begin.
Another trick you can try is to go into the bathroom and meditate for 5 minutes. I am a big fan of meditation.
Not the nicest of places to go I know, but you are in a private space, where you can't be seen or interrupted and who is going to question you or stop you from going to the bathroom?
Close your eyes and begin to breathe slowly.
As you breathe in and out, repeat the word "release" in your mind. Do this for five minutes before returning to your workstation.
I also recommend working for no longer than 45 minutes at a time; you are probably laughing at me now.
I'm not going to lie I have been a victim of working non stop to get my workload done.
However, you will produce better work and be more on top of your game if you take regular meditation breaks, even if just for five minutes.
Why not try these techniques for one week and comment on your results below? I would love to know how you get on.
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|Posted on 14 February, 2018 at 5:45||comments (0)|
Happy Valentine's Day my beautiful Blossoms!
Now, I have had it drummed into me for many years Valentine's Day is just commercial, and many people hate it.
As a hopeless romantic, I absolutely love the idea of it; I always thought my life was going to be filled with hearts and flowers; the reality has been slightly different.
I think I went through my whole school life never getting a Valentine's card. The only thing I did receive was feelings of sadness and rejection by the end of the day.
In the year's that followed those feelings of dread began to appear even before the big day.
I remember once when I was newly married, giving my husband the money to give to his secretary to go and buy me a Valentine's day card.
The card never materialised, those feelings of sadness and unworthiness consumed me, and I left and retreated home to my mum's, without saying a word, expecting him to come after me (seems naive now lol).
Four days later at 7.30am, he arrived on my parent's doorstep with and an armful of cards for me.
There were Happy Birthday cards, Get Well cards, Good luck in your New Home cards all kinds of different cards.
The last was a RIP card which had written inside, "You want cards you got ******* cards".
Whatever your thoughts on Valentine's Day, what I have learnt over the years, is that there is one type of love that is the most important above all others; Self-love.
I'm not talking about the conceited kind of love.
Self-love is the hardest kind of love of all to learn. It took me until I was 41 to start to even like myself, let alone love myself.
Self-loathing and self-sabotage seem much easier somehow?
Last night, I went to a lecture in Manchester on The Science of Self Esteem by Dr David Hamilton.
It was excellent and a lot of what he was saying he could have been talking about me (and many others in the room).
David educated us on the different experiments which have been conducted to measure the effects of self-love on the brain; we even tried one ourselves.
In his book, I Love Me, published by HayHouse, David presents 27 powerful exercises to help you retrain your brain:
- Increase your own self-worth
- Connect with your authentic self
- Attain greater sense of happiness and general wellbeing
- Create stronger and more connections with others.
You can't control what others think or feel about you, but you can control what you think and feel about yourself.
Learning to love yourself is the most important love of all (reminds me of a song!).
Others can't love you authentically unless you love yourself first.
Today, celebrate the most important and sacred relationship of all, the one you have with yourself.
For me, I am super lucky today; my girls have thoroughly spoilt me... Apparently they were beside themselves with excitement when they found everything in my Blossom brand colours! They are so adorable!
Just in case, you don't get a card today, Happy Valentine's Day!
Love & Light,
|Posted on 13 February, 2018 at 3:10||comments (0)|
We love Pancake day in this house!
I may have mentioned to you all once or twice that I have gastritis, so I have to be super careful with what I eat.
I also really struggle with wheat, some dairy and gluten.
There is no way I'm missing out on such a yummy day though!
So what's the alternative?
I make healthy pancakes of course!
I'll share my recipe below:
2 medium eggs
1 ripe banana
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
pinch of cinnamon or I add 1 drop of doTERRA cinnamon bark oil
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Blend all ingredient up - I use a hand blender.
(you can add blueberries, but I prefer without)
In a frying pan add a little coconut oil.
When the pan is hot; drop a little of the mixture into the pan and cooks until browned on both sides.
These are the lightest, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat, and you will never want to go back to the other type again!
Let me know how you get on with the recipe. Happy Pancake Day!
|Posted on 9 February, 2018 at 6:35||comments (0)|
For National Toothache Day, I have this fabulous guest blog from Mr. Gregory Marshall, Dental Surgeon, at Beautiful-Smile in Bramhall, Cheshire.
Keeping your teeth and gums in great condition is really important for your general wellbeing and your health.
Mr. Marshall says,
"I believe an essential part of Dentistry is listening to, and understanding individual patients needs; this underpins all assessment and treatment planning. Many years experience providing predictable and stable results reduces future treatment needs. ."
A patient came to see me two years ago.
She needed a filling replacing that had been causing her pain for some days, but it had started to ease off.
She is generally anxious about dental treatment and although I advised her that treatment as soon as possible would avoid escalating problems, using the extra care and attention that is usually adopted for her, I also explained that she may find delayed treatment difficult to cope with as it would more than likely, not be a simple filling.
She opted to ‘wait and see.’ I saw her earlier this week and she had been in great pain, unable to sleep etc.
The solution was as I had suggested two years earlier, more difficult for both of us and less simple.
Between us, we resolved the problem.
What may seem like ‘a bit of toothache’ can escalate.
Tips for avoiding toothache:
• Only brush the teeth you want to keep. This may sound obvious and patronising, but please think about it.
• Attending for regular dental inspections might be a pain in the behind, but it is better there than in one of your teeth- believe me; if you have never had toothache, once you have had it, you will never want it again.
• Avoid altogether, or at least reduce, your weekly intake of carbonated drinks. They weaken your enamel by dissolving microscopic layers and allow bacteria to invade the underlying tooth structure, I am afraid even the diet, sugar free and no added sugar drinks are still acidic since they are carbonated (carbonic acid) and mostly have healthy Vitamin C added (ascorbic acid) Add these together and drink them every day and Bingo!
• You don’t have to avoid them like the plague, but reducing them will pay long-term dividends.
• This damage will happen every day so seeing a Dentist or Hygienist every 6 months will be too late.
• Don’t drink ‘healthy’ fruit juices at breakfast and then brush your teeth. This will remove small amounts of enamel every time you do it. You need to brush your teeth BEFORE drinking fruit juices or one hour after, which is hardly practical.
• Think about what you eat and when you eat it. If this becomes a habit and part of your life, it will have benefits beyond avoiding toothache.
Greg has been involved in the treatment of PHOBIC, ANXIOUS, NERVOUS and not so nervous patients for many years and has experience in the use of SEDATION, HYPNOSIS AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES such as cognitive behavioural therapy.
If you would like any further information or to book an appointment you can do so via the following links:
Phone: 0771 409 1359
|Posted on 8 February, 2018 at 10:35||comments (0)|
I am thrilled to welcome this guest blog by my lovely colleague, Heather Coppard.
Heather is a fully insured and qualified Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Practitioner registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (ADCHyp, GQHP). Heather has over 25 years experience in healthcare, having previously practiced as a qualified Nurse (BSc Nursing studies) and Health Visitor (Diploma in Community Health Studies). This experience has allowed Heather to work with many people and gain a wide understanding of medical conditions and the impact that such issues can have on people’s lives. Heather has always had an interest in the mind-body connection in relation to health and illness and is passionate about the potential benefits that people can experience through hypnotherapy and mindfulness. Heather sees people for a wide range of issues including stress management, anxiety, exam/work pressures, performance anxiety, unwanted behaviours and fears/phobias.
EXAMS!- what does that word conjure up for you?
For me, I can still clearly remember the smell of our school hall, the sound of the enormous clock ticking at the front and the incredible feeling of relief when they were all over.
When my son went through his GCSEs last year I was reminded of just how tricky this period can be and how important it is to have strategies to help and support them and us!!
In my job, I have supported many young students to help them cope positively with exams and so I felt fairly well prepared to guide my son.
He took it in his stride, revised hard but also continued to enjoy the sports and hobbies that balance his life.
He was happy to adopt mindfulness techniques and felt that these helped him to calmly manage both his revision and exams.
His school were also well aware of the importance of mental health and included mindfulness strategies as part of their exam preparation.
There were still challenging times, when he thought an exam hadn’t gone so well or when there was yet another exam/curriculum change to deal with and the night before results wasn't much fun!
Being completely honest I had also underestimated how stressful it would be for us as parents supporting him through this.
We were lucky though, we knew how to help him and also how important it was to look after our own mental health.
I was really glad that I had my own well developed strategies to help me keep calm so I was more help to him when he needed me.
I also treated myself to a couple of fabulous reiki sessions which were blissful!
Chatting to friends with kids of the same age, confirmed they were all feeling the same way and surprised by how challenging it was for the parents and not just the kids.
They all said that they wished they had been more prepared practically and emotionally and that got me thinking about what I could do to help.
Quite rightly much of the exam preparation is focused on the kids.
Teachers are so pressured though in terms of delivering the curriculum that sometimes study skills, life skills and mental health support may be overlooked.
It’s these skills though that can really make the difference to our kids success and well being.
If young people have developed self help strategies and resilience, then they will cope more readily with any challenges that face them.
Practising techniques like mindfulness has also be shown to improve concentration and memory - key factors for exam success! I
f we as parents are more prepared for what lies ahead, we can also get ready to support our teenagers and be calmer ourselves in the process.
One day I was talking to my friend and colleague Penny Silver and we realised that not only were we seeing more teens in our practice for exam stress management, we were also seeing more parents who were describing increased stress during their children’s exams.
Thats why we have decided to offer a course to parents to help them prepare for this important parenting phase.
The course helps parents to identify any unhelpful coping strategies that their teens may be using and suggest alternative healthier strategies.
The course covers lots of practical and useful information and provides a variety of helpful tips and techniques for parents and teenagers to practise.
We look at mindfulness, Hypnotherapy, EFT (tapping) , Reiki and aromatherapy and how both parents and children can benefit from these practices.
ADCHyp, GQHP, MSc Management Practice, BSc Professional Nursing Studies, Diploma Community Health Studies (Health Visiting), Diploma In Adult Nursing.
Heather is available for appointments at Blossom Wellbeing Cheshire, please contact me on 0773614197 or
For further information please see:
|Posted on 8 February, 2018 at 10:20||comments (0)|
As a mummy of two beautiful little girls, I have seen how my own girl's mental health challenged during their early formative years.
As babies, they came into the world all smiley and happy, beaming light in every direction.
As children, they begin to use vast amounts of mental energy learning so many new things, right behavioural patterns, pushing boundaries, finding their place in the family and the world.
Then add on top going to school, making new friends, striving to be the best at everything they do, packing in tons of extra school activities, insecurities, feelings of rejection, abandonment, not being good enough and the stress slowly starts to dim the light.
You do your best to understand what is going on with your children. However, you can end up feeling helpless and vulnerable, primarily when they can't communicate what is going on for them. All you can do is love them, be there for them and try to help, as much as they will allow you to do.
It's heartbreaking watching your child hurt, sobbing, distraught and many times they don't even know why; seeing the frustration on their face when they can't explain to you what is going on and it turning to anger.
As they grow into young adults and the pressures of social media, cyberbullying and hormones kicking in can sometimes be just too much for them, and their self-esteem takes a kicking.
I was called "weird" or "quirky" at school, and I remember how much this affected me and left a lifetimes imprint on my brain. (Although I have to say, as an adult, I would now celebrate being called quirky!)
I see it all too often nowadays kids not having a positive word to say about themselves. I know this is not a new thing, but I do personally believe with social media they continually see unrealistic images, and this has a detrimental affect on them. I have overheard girls as young as ten saying they want botox and big lips; they are too fat, asking friends is their bum big enough?
Children's Mental Health Week is all about it being OK to be yourself.
"When we have a positive view of ourselves, it can help us to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others."
I am seeing more and more young children coming to me for support. Sometimes as a parent you can be too close to your own children to for them to be able to open up and sometimes my own prefer to talk to someone else other than me.
Some parents and children look for alternatives to talk therapy, such as Reiki, EFT and Mindfulness and this is where I can help.
I work with children (with parental supervision) in my holistic practice to teach them how to be happy with who they are by learning tips tools and techniques to help them manoeuvre through life's challenges; that it's OK to fail and is part of the learning process.
This week to mark Children's Mental Health Week, I have collaborated with Heather Coppard From Cheshire Bridge Hypnotherapy. The workshop is aimed at parents of teenagers to help them cope with GCSE/ A-Level exam stress.
We have a blog coming up next with all the details, so be sure to look out for it.
If you would like any information on how holistic treatments can support your child, please email me at email@example.com
I also recommend:
https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/parents-and-carers/ for a top tips download
|Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 16:00||comments (0)|
I am creating some lovely, new, free content for you in the form of a wellbeing podcast series! I'm super excited about this!
I would love your help though please.
I have any idea of what I plan to create, however I would LOVE your input to check I'm in the right track?
If you will kindly take a few minutes completing this survey I will love you forever!
None of the questions are mandatory, however the more information you can provide the better the content and format the podcast will be
Love & Light,
|Posted on 5 February, 2018 at 4:40||comments (0)|
A very quick blog thsi morning as I'm getting ready for the Female Entrepreneur Association networking event I'm hosting today at the Pointing Dog in Cheadle Hulme.
Well, my children are over the moon, I have just told them it's National Nutella day!
Now we have all heard the bad press about Nutella (we love it so) I'm not going to go into that here as this page is for purely positive news lol!
However, I do have an alternative, healthy recipe for you.
(Image from http://www.hollandandbarrett.com)
There are lots of different versions out there on the web, but this one comes highly recommended by my good friend Louise from Lulu's Healthy Kitchen.
(Image from www.evergreenhealthfoods.co.uk)
Tomorrow night at my Essential Oils LIfetstyle Class, in Prestbury, Cheshire, I will be teaching the version Louise has given me.
You can book on to the event via the hyperlink above or via paypal - firstname.lastname@example.org
or email me for the PDF, and I will happily send it on to you at email@example.com