New year – New You

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New year is one of my favourite times of the year. It’s like we get to start a fresh and get our teeth stuck into new things, New people to meet, New experiences to have. We have this optimistic view that everything is suddenly going to change and we are going to transform into this new shinier version of ourselves.

Well at least that’s how I view New Year. And even if it doesn’t last I think it’s a great way to start the year. This year I started with a clear head (no hangover) fresh as a daisy, start as I mean to go on. I’ve got my plans and goals and am hoping to achieve them all. I do have more motivation this year than any other. Turning 40..eek.. and still so much I want to do.

Here is a few that may inspire you

Learn a new language.

Been learning spanish for the last 20 years..on and off.. I’m now fluent in Spanglish.. and only I can understand me. .

I realized learning a language is a whole new skill altogether and the process of acquainting with a new language and culture is a totally a mind-opening experience.

Pick up a new hobby.

Beyond just your usual favorite hobbies, is there something new you can pick up? Any new sport you can learn?

Examples are fencing, golf, rock climbing, football, canoeing, or ice skating.

Your new hobby can also be a recreational hobby. For example, pottery, Italian cooking, dancing, wine appreciation, web design, etc.

Learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects, whether physically, mentally or spiritually

Take up a new course.

Is there any new course you can join? Courses are a great way to gain new knowledge and skills.

It doesn’t have to be a long-term course – seminars or workshops serve their purpose too.

I’ve been to a few workshops and they have helped me gain new insights which I had not considered before.

I love Udemy courses and I’m now on my 15th. They are fun, cheap and a fab way to learn just about anything.

Create an inspirational room.

Your environment sets the mood and tone for you. If you are living in an inspirational environment, you are going to be inspired every day.

Minimise

So I have been on this journey for the last year or so. It is actually harder than just chucking your wordly goods out. Especially with a family, but it feels amazing and cuts cleaning by more than half and saves me a tonne of time deciding what to wear or searching through a pile of junk to find a bloody bobble. I now have places for everything…. well almost everything.

I have a tonne of other things I want to do this year, climb some munroes, go on a meditation course, take some amazing photos of some wild animals, do more yoga, laugh more, lighten up, volunteer with animals, my list goes on and on.

Right I must go as one of my resolutions was to spend less time on the Internet.

Reflexology – How does it actually work?

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How Does Reflexology Work?

Reflexology helps release stress, which in turn helps the body heal and regenerate itself. There are several theories about how this process work.

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Theory #1: Reflexology works with the central nervous system.

illustration of the central nervous system This theory builds on research done in the 1890s by Sir Henry Head and Sir Charles Sherrington, who began to show through their research that a neurological relationship exists between the skin and the internal organs, and that the whole nervous system adjusts to a stimulus.

According to the theory, the reflexologist’s application of pressure to feet, hands, or ears sends a calming message from the peripheral nerves in these extremities to the central nervous system, which in turn signals the body to adjust the tension level. This enhances overall relaxation, brings internal organs and their systems into a state of optimum functioning, and increases blood supply (which brings additional oxygen and nutrients to cells and enhances waste removal). It positively affects the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, immune, and neuropeptide systems in the body.