I just heard on the radio as I was shopping, that April is, pet care awareness month. I thought it was stress awareness month! May be this is actually the same after all.
Is awareness the only common denominator?
You may think pets and stress have nothing in common. Other than the word ‘awareness’, but research has shown that caring for a pet helps reduce stress.
This may be because, as we become aware of our pet’s needs, it helps us to see a bigger picture. Also whilst you are focussing on them, you are not dwelling on your problems and anxious thoughts, especially those we can’t do much about.
The fact pets offer unconditional love, they won’t answer back or tell you to stop moaning or being needy, (which is rare in humans) is also very comforting.
This is part of the reason so many people seek the help of coaches, counsellors and other therapists, as they are impartial and offer a listening ear.
Change though natural, normal and vital, is something we humans struggle with.
We often fight change and want to keep things the same to help us feel secure. But this is a topic for another post.
With the change in season, we become more susceptible to illnesses such as colds and flue. Also as discussed at the death café this is the time when more people die, not in the winter as many people think.
You probably know you can support your immune system by:
getting enough sleep
keeping well hydrated
eating good food
but did you know the echinacea plant is also helpful.
In my early days as a practitioner, I recommended Echinaforce, to a client who spent most winters on antibiotics.
At the time, I was not sure how much it would help.
What I did know was that Bioforce (as it was called then, now A Vogel) was a reputable company, with organic liquid products. I prefer liquid as it is more easily absorbed than tablets, partly due to the fact many people are dehydrated.
I also knew the Urva Ursi, a remedy, I had taken for cystitis had worked brilliantly for me. It was even more effective than antibiotics. I figured that if that one worked then may be Echinaforce would too.
My client decided to take Echinaforce. He was ready to find something that could help. That year, he ended up only needing three lots of antibiotics, for the whole of that winter, and only one the following year.
This convinced a sceptic like myself, that herbal remedies, even though they are natural, they are really powerful! They also have the added bonus that they rarely have unwanted side effects.
I needed to be convinced then, we’re talking about 20 years ago, as I had not long come out of nursing school. I had been brainwashed that plants and natural remedies could not help, despite the fact most drugs come from plants! Thankfully I could see through the hypocrisy and followed my own path!
I watched this TED talk, about finding a job you love; not because I was looking for a new job but because,I was compelled to watch it, as the title intrigued me and I got side tracked (as you do) after looking for a different talk, about jobs and work in Poland, which looked at the difference in culture, and this is what came up in the search.
I agree with it entirely so thought I would share it.
Anything is possible if you believe it!
My school reports made me think I was not much good and at writing especially. Because I believed what others thought and believed it was just how I was, so it was for years… Until I decided to do something about it.
Having run my own business for at least ten years and won two business awards, I began the think: ‘I can’t be as bad’!
I began to listen to how I thought of myself and saw an advert, about online courses, that mentioned not letting your gremlins get in your way and this was when I realised I was the only one stopping myself.
The things I conquered that I thought I could not do are:
– reading in public (speaking was never an issue but reading was horrible)
– writing a book. I am the author a book of English nursery rhymes which I translated into French, keeping the meaning, rhyme and the melody.
– I am still on this journey as I am half way through a bilingual alphabet book and have started writing a health coaching book about stress relief. Watch this space!
Writing my first book also meant starting a second business where I read children’s stories in public. Challenging your beliefs makes all sorts of other things happen you couldn’t have even dreamt of.
I hope this talk inspires you to:
do the things you love
grow by challenging your beliefs about what you can’t do.
Let me know what beliefs you think are holding you back.