Dogs. With their cold noses and warm hearts they seem to somehow possess the ability to make us feel better about life. … The benefits of human animal interactions are becoming increasingly clear, and it is not just as pets that people are benefitting from animals, but also as part of a whole range of what is known as ‘Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI)’
“Taking control of your child’s breakfast means you can give them the best nutritional start to the day, which will enhance their health, moods and future eating habits.”
“I started waking up early every day just so that I could do my journal and feel prepared for the day.
It made me feel more in control and it literally felt like my brain breathed a big sigh of relief
I didn’t have to try and remember everything any more… it was all in the journal.”
When it comes to our children, too often we find it hard to allow them to stand on their own two feet.
But what are we really teaching them? Are we, in fact, helping them at all?
Size 10 or size 28 we should be able to adopt a more healthy attitude to what our body looks like and just what an amazing job it's doing no matter what it says on the clothing labels we purchase . . . There are steps that you can take to reinforce a positive body image and as a result create a lasting feeling of body confidence and maybe even a little bit of self love! Steady on!
As the nights are drawing in and we have all been basking in the heat of the summer sun, September is the month to take stock and to start looking after ourselves boosting our immune systems and strengthening our coping strategies for stress. So we can fight those wintry bugs and colds!!
"As we head into September, here are some of my best tips to help you stay calm over the coming weeks and months.”
One of the activities I often use with clients is the Feelings First Aid Kit. Much like a physical first aid kit, it is a useful toolbox of things to help us when we are emotionally hurting.
In our first guest blog, Natalie Qureshi, birth coach, guides us through the technique of hypnobirthing.
I was delighted to receive an email yesterday, from the lovely Jayne, over at Raring2go! Bury, to say that The Calm Within has been nominated for an award! The awards are for family friendly businesses in the area, and I am so pleased that The Calm Within has been considered. My idea has always been for the business to offer services that support the family as a whole. For me, the awards help to raise the profile of the company, helping me to reach more families who could benefit from teh services available.
There is still time to add your vote, which would be really appreciated. To do so, click here. Voting closes at 11:59pm Tuesday 8th May
Thank you in advance, Aislinn.
When was the last time you spent quality time with YOU? Practicing self-care, taking time to look after your mind and body and spirit, isn’t a selfish act, but a necessary one
It’s approaching that time of year again when parents and teachers alike are trying to manage the feelings that surround the SATs. We want our children to do well, but don’t want them to be anxious or feel pressured. The SATs don’t look to be going away anytime soon, so what can we do?
As the bereaved, sometimes we find ourselves in the position of trying to reassure others. People can feel anxious about “making it worse”, or may feel uncomfortable with displays of emotion, so may avoid mentioning the deceased person’s name, or may try and change the subject.
It’s coming up to the end of the year, a common time for reflecting on the year that’s passed, and looking forward to the new year ahead.
Too often, we scrutinise ourselves, looking for something to improve, looking for flaws. And we set unrealistic goals. Those goals are frequently unmet, and we end up feeling worse than when we started.
I don't remember when it got quite so big in the UK. I do remember, as a child, my siblings and I having a party at my Grandma's, wearing binbags for capes and DIY witches' hats, bobbing for apples. We may have gone trick or treating once or twice. But I don't remember there being such a sensation around it.
It's hard, in the chaos of summer holidays, to find that little moment of peace and calm, but it's absolutely something worth doing. ... I've had a kind talk with myself this weekend, and decided to consciously make that time for myself.
In the Relax Kids programme, we use seven steps to relaxation; this is applied to all our classes, whether they are with babies, children or adults. Every so often, I tune into a specific step, really focusing in on it and practising more myself. Recently, it's been the turn of step 6: Believe. In this step, we think about affirmations.
About 6 months ago, I moved my business from my bedroom and kitchen to an actual office! ...
One of the last things to sort has been the bookcase in my bedroom ...
As I’ve been sorting through them, I thought it might be an idea to share my favourites.
“Are you listening to me?!”
“Don’t ignore me!”
"Did you hear what I said?!"
Sound familiar? If you are finding that your child often seems to ignore you, or just doesn’t appear to be listening, the following suggestions might be helpful.
In one of my Baby Mindful classes recently, we were reflecting on the importance of self-care, taking time to just be whilst our babies are resting or content, rather than trying to do. We talked about the importance of savouring the moments when we are both content, just "being" together, rather than trying to do lots of jobs, chores or errands.
And I was reminded of the poem that hangs in my kitchen, beautifully created by my sister-in-law, on the birth of my daughter. It still hangs there and, though my babies are now 7 & 3, it still holds just as much wisdom. To sit and cuddle them, being truly present with each other often feels like a luxury, as homework, household jobs, work all get in the way.
Having had a few days away with them, I was reminded of the sheer joy and pleasure to be taken in truly being with them, not with one eye or thought on something else, but 100% in the moment.
It's not easy to let go and ignore the washing up or the to-do list and there are times when things do need to be done. But, as with most things in life, it's about finding the balance.
You can discover more about Baby Mindful here.