Inner Confidence

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!

Nominated!

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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.

New Year, New You?

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.

Being with my baby

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.

 

 

Bubbles of calm

As part of the Baby Mindful programme, we blow bubbles.  Not the saliva-filled bubbles babies like to blow, but bubbles from tubs!  They are fun, pretty, make a glorious "pop" as they burst, and babies love to track them with their eyes and, as they get a little older, reach for them, and try to chase them.  

But we were reflecting in our class today about another purpose they have; they help us to control our breathing.  In order to produce the bubbles, we need to take a deep breath, focus, and breathe out, slowly, steadily.  

Controlling your breathing, exhaling in a slow, steady way, sends a message to the brain to slow the heart rate.  It activates the parasympathetic response, which helps us feel calmer, more relaxed, reducing the flow of cortisol (the stress hormone).

It's a simple yet effective way to slow and control our breathing; feel calmer, stiller.  And if you wanted to take it a little further, you could imagine your worries, fears or frustrations being in the bubbles and floating away.  You don't even need an actual pot of bubbles; just use your imagination.  Think of dipping your bubble wand into your bubble liquid, take a deep breath and blow out.  Slowly, steadily, completely.  


You can find out more about Baby Mindful here.  For further information about learning to find your calm within, please do get in touch.