Isn't it strange how things just happen? I've set as part of my goals for this year the twin aspects of clarity and focus (because I get so easily distracted - thank you facebook!). And co-incidentally, as I was scouring google I came across Donna Eden's 31 day eye challenge! Perhaps the Universe is giving me a signal.
I do spend a lot of time on the computer, I can feel that my eyes are not as flexible as they used to be and as I've been wearing glasses for the past 30 years, I thought this challenge might be good and it certainly wouldn't do any harm.
So on 1st January I started the challenge. (Almost) each day of the January I went onto YouTube and spend between 4 and 10 minutes doing the challenge along with some of Donna Eden's students. And I really do feel it's made a positive difference!
Now I can't say that my eyesight has improved (I'll need to wait for my next eye test to know if that's the case), but my eyes do feel more relaxed and lighter and brighter.
I would recommend this routine to anyone who uses a computer or phone for any length of time (which is probably 95% of the people reading this). And I've enjoyed doing it so much that I decided to record a session to share with you. It's easy to do; the sequence is easy to remember; and it can be done in about 4 minutes flat. So, have a watch of my video and next time you're about to jump into the car, or at some point during your working day, take 4 minutes out to do your eye exercises.
I find that the best results happen when you do the eye exercises regularly - it's like any exrcise really - so add it to your daily routine for the best results.
They say the eyes are the window to the soul and my Neuro-Linguistic Programming training suggests that the position of your eyes indicates which part of the brain you're accessing, so the eye exercises might also help to clear negative thoughts and feelings - if you keep it up (as do the Emotional Detox sessions that I offer).
Here's the link if you want to have a go:
Comment below if you've tried it and let me know how you got on.
Have you given thought to what the New Year might bring for you? Are you turning your thoughts to a healthier, wealthier, happier version of yourself? Are you trying to temper those unrealistic expectations
New Year resolutions generally don't work because they are largely a wish list of WHAT you want, without any great detail of WHY, HOW or FOR WHOM you want it. And without asking and answering those other questions, you're unlikely to have the tenacity to keep going when the going gets tough.
If you're not really clear on why you want something, and if that WHY is not really compelling TO YOU then you're likely to find the momentum drops off really quickly. Wanting something because someone else values it is not a great motivator, but if you really, really want it, that motivation is likely to take you to your desired end point. And if the consequence of not getting your desired outcome is negative, then you'll be even more motivated. Knowing why you're sacrificing to get your outcome, will help you though the bad times.
Many resolutions begin with a plan, but if the plan is too tough and the sacrifice too great is will be very difficult to sustain. Will power will only take you so far. Much better to take the long view. If you know how you will achieve your plan, then pick one thing and do it consistently until that action becomes a habit. And give your habit time to bed in - it takes about 3 months to really establish a habit. Pick one small habit every month to establish into your routine and by the end of the year you will have stacked a dozen new habits that have the potential to transform your life.
The reason why habit stacking works so well is that it becomes effortless once the habit is established. The habit becomes part of your routine: you don't need to think about, you just do it.
So, for example, you'd like to get healthier - you're sick and tired of being sick and tired. You want it for YOU - you really would like to feel better and have more energy. The consequence of not having it is that you will continue to feel sluggish, sleep poorly and not enjoy life as you would like to - and that would be bad because you're sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. You decide you need to change it, but HOW? You want to exercise more, eat more healthily, drink more water, and get a better quality sleep. So far it's all fairly non-specific and nothing that falls into a routine. So how can you transfer these into habits? What about, dropping the car off 1 mile from work, so that you have to walk to and from work to the car, increasing your exercise by 2 miles a day? Or start the day with a glass of hot water and swap your evening drink with a glass of water or a herb tea? Or batch cook a pot of soup one day a week, so that you can swap the Greggs baguette for some healthy home make soup? Or book a regular reflexology treatment to help you de-stress, detox and get a better sleep?
Beginning to get the picture? Imagine how your life (and health) would change if you walked 2 miles a day; drank 2 glasses of water or herb tea instead of regular tea/coffee/alcohol; swapped a bowl of soup for your lunchtime bagette; and booked in regular treatments to help you de-stress. And you're only at April! Imagine what habits you could introduce in the rest of the year to transform your life!
Give it a try and let me know how you get on ...
I'm going to cheat this month and share some content, rather than create it myself. After all, why reinvent the wheel. I've just come across this video from Hethir Rodriguez which I thought was worth sharing, so I hope you find it useful.
I run a Fertile Mind & Body Programme which consists of an initial consultation to gather information and formulate a plan of action, followed by 12 weekly reproductive reflexology sessions plus 12 weekly Baby Making Mindset sessions. The normal price for this is £1000, but I'm offering the first 3 participants a 50% discount - how's that for a Black Friday offer!
My blog this month is straight from the Fertility Network UK website highlighting Fertility Week, so if you've been affected by fertility issues, read on:
"BBC Radio5 Live Breakfast Fertility Day, Tuesday 29th October 6-9am
BBC Radio 5 Live will be talking candidly about all aspects of fertility and creating families in a network-wide Fertility Day on Tuesday 29 October. 5 Live Breakfast will focus on positive solutions and finding support for anyone facing fertility challenges, after Wake Up To Money has looked into the (big) business of commercial fertility treatment.
Throughout the day 5 Live will be looking at fertility in BAME communities as well as embryo adoption and male infertility. There will be an exclusive interview with Sally Cheshire who is head of the UK’s fertility regulator the HFEA. Celebrities will tell their own stories, with Izzy Judd sharing how she and husband (ex Mcfly singer and former Strictly winner) Harry Judd underwent IVF treatment to have their family.
The Emma Barnett Show will link up with BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show when they’ll ask why fertility is such a difficult subject to talk about.
5 Live’s award-winning Mum Takeover and a Sex Takeover in 2018 were big hits with the station’s audiences, featuring a combination of fearless digital features and full and frank on air chat.
5 Live’s special fertility day is part of Fertility Week – a partnership between BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Content will be online at www.bbc.co.uk/fertilityweek and BBC Sounds will also feature a highlights package from both networks.
Monday 28th October #MentalMatters
Infertility is a disease that is not only about your physical health, but one that can affect your mental health too. It is so important to look after and be kind to yourself. Which is why on our #MentalMatters day, the kick-starter of National Fertility Awareness Week, we will share tips from mental health experts, as well as testimonials from real people within our community. This day is not just about raising awareness about fertility and mental health but providing our network with solutions to help you navigate through this chapter in your life.
Read the results of our Fertility Network UK Survey on the Impact of Fertility Problems.
Tuesday 29 October #FertilityInTheWorkplace
Most people going through fertility treatment are of working age. It’s important to both know your rights as an employee, and how to provide a supportive work environment as an employer. For our #FertilityInTheWorkplace day we will share research findings in collaboration with Middlesex University,Experiences and psychological distress of fertility treatment and employment.*
The key to #FertilityInTheWorkplace really is flexibility and understanding. Don’t forget to check our social media on this day, where we show how proposing a supportive workplace can be made into a reality and make a real difference to employees going through fertility treatment.
Wednesday 30th October #MenMatter
Men are half of the fertility equation but may find it harder to express their feelings. Unfortunately, there is a severe lack of promotion of male voices in this community. To raise awareness of this, Fertility Network UK will spotlight he male voice and share testimonials from men facing infertility.
Fertility Network will also share an all-important documentary, The Easy Bit, which focuses on the male experience.
Thursday 31st October #FertilityEducation
71% of young people are not aware of lifestyle factors that could affect their fertility. We share results from our own Fertility Education project #FutureFertility. as well as Cardiff’s University’s Guide To Fertility.** It is essential to provide targeted information to a diverse range of age groups.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November #TheFertilityShow
Fertility Week culminates in The Fertility Show at Olympia, London – the biggest and best-attended fertility show in the world. Fertility Network is proud to be a partner of the show. Join us there https://www.fertilityshow.co.uk/london
Saturday 2nd November – #WorldFertilityDay
Hosted by IVF Babble, World Fertility Day is a day to share your stories, be empowered with knowledge and learn from leading global experts. Click here to find out more.