Embrace the Winter Blues

 

Winter can be a challenging time for us to keep healthy and well. Not just physically but mentally as well. We can often feel like just staying indoors, eating a little bit more, not exercise and for some people even socializing with friends and family takes a back seat. There have been many studies done on our how winter and less sunlight can affect our moods and energy levels. But rather than give yourself a hard time about your lack of energy, why not just try a different approach. In the bygone days of working outdoors and being more focused on surviving rather than existing, we would have bunkered down after working hard in the fields in finer weather gathering our food and produce for the long winter months ahead. This is where the saying, ‘make hay while the sun shines’ originates. Nowadays, we attribute this saying to making money and wealth! How time changes are perspective!

Yet this is the time to ‘make hay whilst the sun shines’ - internally. I find winter one of the best times to dive a little deeper into my personal meditation practice. Meditation is not hard to learn but it does require practice and dedication. Over the past 7 years, I have taught hundreds of people how to meditate and find it one of the most rewarding parts of my business. Beginner meditation courses are a great way for you to start, where you are introduced to easy to learn, practical methods of meditation for your home practice. Meditation is now being widely accepted as an integral part of health and wellbeing amongst healthcare professionals and meditation rooms are now found in most hospitals in Australia. It is also being used in schools around Australia to support students. Recently, a ground breaking research study funded by the Victorian Government has found that mindfulness meditation can lead to improved quality of sleep, less anxiety and better exam results for students. The results showed the positive impact was wide-ranging, with students reporting significant reductions in bullying incidents and disruptive behavior in the classroom as well as improvements in sleep quality, concentration, behavior and engagement. At risk students benefited the most; students who experienced higher levels of emotional distress before participating in the program showed the biggest improvements. In their own words, students said the exercises made them “feel confident”, “I helped me get relaxed”, “I felt more energized” and “it was nice to slow down for a little bit”.

 

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Meditation is an effective way to reduce the winter blues, reduce stress and anxiety and once you have a self-practice, it’s free. Give it a go; you may surprise yourself how easy it is to learn.

Lee Clements is a Yoga and Meditation Teacher in Newcastle NSW. She is co-owner of Sensom Health and Wellbeing which is located in Lambton, NSW. Lee is a also a Remedial massage therapist, Aromatherapist, Reflexologist and producer of Meditation for Beginners - a guided meditation CD.

Embrace the Winter Blues

Embrace the Winter Blues

Don't Panic Mr Mannering

Recently we completed the fit-out of our business. Initially this was to take 6 months but as life goes, it actually took 11months. Of course at times it was very challenging but if anything, the delays, the extra hidden costs etc., have given me an opportunity to put into practice what I teach with Yoga and Meditation. Don’t sweat the small stuff (don’t panic Mr Mannering!), take a deep breath or two, be grateful, patient, honest and be kind to myself and others. Sounds simplistic in some ways but the benefits certainly out way the other option of unraveling under stress.

 

How is your life treating you? Or can I ask, how are you treating your life?

Perhaps read this question again. What does it mean to you? Do you allow life to run its course or are you someone that likes to take control of the reins?

Do you ever feel like you’re wearing too many hats? Mum, Dad, sister, brother, employee, employer, friend, therapist, superman/woman?

 

Do you place immense pressure on yourself or do you think it comes from other people in and around your life? When I’m out and about talking to people I often hear people say that they’re too busy to exercise, do yoga or meditate, sometimes with a tone that they are actually proud of themselves for being so busy! This is not sustainable long term for physical or mental wellbeing. Sometimes we may try too hard to have it all but something has to give…. generally it will be you!

What good are we to anyone if beneath the surface we ourselves are not coping well? Isn’t it better if we do fewer things and do them well, as opposed to spreading ourselves too thin? Perhaps there is an opportunity for you to release the pressure valve and explore practices that support you rather than put yourself under the pump. Maybe today you can let go a few things from your to do list.

Lee Clements

Lee Clements is a Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Massage Therapist. Lee embodies the spirit of her teaching. With over 35 years of personal and professional experience in the area of Health and Wellbeing, Lee brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to her relationships with clients, students, family and friends.She has studied as a meditation teacher with Dr Ian Gawler, Paul Bedson, Dr Craig Hassed and has lived and breathed ashram life with her spiritual teacher Osho. She is a Level 2 Yoga Australia teacher and continues her studies with Yoga with a daily practice and retreats each year. Lee can be found teaching Yoga and Meditation and offering simply amazing body therapies at her beloved business Sensom Health and Wellbeing which is situated in the beautiful suburb of Lambton in Newcastle NSW Australia.

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Self Kindness

Self-Kindness. What does this mean to you? Do you show yourself the same level of compassion, love and care you show to your family, friends or voluntary community organization where you may donate your time and energy? Do you even give yourself a second thought?  

 

Research has shown that if we can be kinder to ourselves then we tend to look after ourselves better. We will do things that will help us look after ourselves better rather than punish ourselves or set ourselves targets that are impossible to achieve. Don’t know where to begin?

 

On of the ways you can support yourself is turn off social media for at least a day per week. It’s very easy to get caught in comparing yourself to others and before you realise, the green-eyed monster has started to creep into your thinking. This can also make you feel stressed.

Try having a techno-free day. When we are being distracted by smart phones, tablets and computers we’re having our attention drawn away from our family, friends and the here and now. Switch off your phone, television, computer and potter around outside in your garden or local park. Perhaps invite a friend over for a cuppa. Talk to your family or friends, do a yoga class or perhaps learn how to meditate. At the end of the day, spend a minute or two taking note of how calm and unrushed you have felt by simply turning off your mobile device for a short period of time. Set yourself a goal of one day a week of turning off your devices. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but I assure you that you will feel calmer and less stressed. Why not encourage your family to join you in having a one-day a week techno free day and do a yoga class together? You will all reap the benefits.

Lee Clements

Lee Clements is a Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Massage Therapist. Lee embodies the spirit of her teaching. With over 35 years of personal and professional experience in the area of Health and Wellbeing, Lee brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to her relationships with clients, students, family and friends.Lee can be found teaching Yoga and Meditation and offering simply amazing body therapies at her beloved business Sensom Health and Wellbeing which is situated in the beautiful suburb of Lambton in Newcastle NSW Australia.

 

Float with Sensom

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Taking time out.

What are you thinking when you look at this image of a person lying in a sun drenched hammock?

Do you think to yourself, Oh I really need a holiday? Or perhaps this image serves to remind you that you are pushing yourself a little too hard and you may need to relax and take some well earned time to rest, relax and reflect. Sometimes, it is the little things that make a difference in our overall health and wellbeing. So, perhaps the next time an image, a song or an aroma grabs your attention in some way, take that as a sign to stop what you are doing and take some time out....for you

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