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Hello everyone,

Here we are at the end of October, and I have no idea where the time has gone this month!  It has certainly been another busy month. I have spent some time recently learning more about crystals. I am currently undertaking Level 2 Crystals and Crystal Healing (Certified) Practitioner’s Course taught by Karen Reed from the Peace Tree. Karen is a fantastic tutor and it’s been another fascinating course. I have to complete three case studies before I am qualified so I will tell you more about that future newsletters.

Time to relax...

We all know we have to breathe to stay alive. But did you know that breathing sends information to the brain? If we’re stressed, or anxious or angry, our breathing becomes more shallow and often more rapid. This sends a message to our brain to say the situation has become more stressful or that its unsafe. 

So, we need to remember that if we breathe slowly and in a relaxing way, it sends a signal to our brain to say we feel safe and calm.

Calming breathing exercises can help manage stress. Practicing breathing techniques regularly has real benefits to your physical and mental health. I tend to use Insight Timer to meditate, but there many free resources, podcasts and more information available online to help you with mindfulness or breathing exercises.

So why do breathing exercises help? The way you can breathe affects your whole body. Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress. They are easy to learn, and you can do them whenever you want, and you don't need any special tools or equipment. Over time, these exercises can become something you do automatically, whenever you feel tense or stressed. This can help you become more relaxed in general.

The following calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere according to the NHS.  You will get the most benefit if you do it regularly, as part of your daily routine. These breathing exercises can be done standing up, sitting in a chair that supports your back, or lying on a bed or yoga mat on the floor.

Remember to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Loosen any clothes that restrict your breathing.  If you're lying down, place your arms a little bit away from your sides, with the palms up. Let your legs be straight, or bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor. If you're sitting, place your arms on the chair arms.

If you're sitting or standing, place both feet flat on the ground. Whatever position you're in, place your feet roughly hip-width apart.

Let your breath flow as deep down into your tummy as is comfortable, without forcing it.
  • Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth
  • Breathe in gently and regularly. Some people find it helpful to count steadily from one to five. You may not be able to reach five at first
  • Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from one to five again, if you find this helpful
  • Keep doing this for three to five minutes

During the next week, try finding five minutes in your day, and breathe. Are there benefits to making this a habit? See if you notice a difference after a few weeks.  

Festive Shopping and Pamper Event in November

I’ll be at two festive shopping and pamper events next month (November) organised by Tropic Ambassador Barbara Hunter.

Taking place in Wokingham on Saturday 6 November between 10am and 2pm, and Thursday 11 November between 7pm and 10pm, why not come and enjoy a taster Reflexology session - £10 for a 20-minute foot or hand reflexology treatment including consultation time?

As well as Tropic, other local businesses who are joining the event include Daisy Cakes by Sarah; Jane Machin mini massages; Lisa Hill Pilates; Tonic Beauty; Randall & Newson; Dots Glorious Dots and Happy Mood Art.

There will also be a raffle with prizes to win from all stalls. Tickets cost £1 and all money will be split between Prostate Cancer UK and The Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Please get in touch if you’d like more information or contact Barbara for more details:


Grounding (or earthing) is the practice of physically connecting with the earth for the benefit of your health and wellbeing.  It’s a therapeutic technique based on the belief that, by allowing our skin to come into direct contact with the earth (be it dirt, rock, the sea or river water), we’re literally ‘grounding’ ourselves – electrically reconnecting with the earth by soaking up its negative charge, to help us rebalance.

Some of the signs that indicate you may need to spend more time connected to the natural world include:
• Being easily distracted
• Feeling ‘spaced out’
• Regularly overthinking, ruminating or get stuck in your head
• Engaging in personal dramas
• Experiencing anxiety and perpetual worrying
• A constant need and desire for material things and possessions
Other signs can include difficulty sleeping, weight gain and slow-healing wounds.
I find the following poem also helps me with grounding, so I find a quite place to sit with my bare feet on the ground and read the following:

I am grounded
My spirit is grounded deep in the earth.
I am calm, strong, centred and peaceful.
I am able to let go of fear and trust that I am eternally safe.
I am worthy of all things Beautiful
[By Carly Marie]

That's all for this month....

My diary is open for November and December, so please get in touch if you would like to book an appointment.  I hope to see you soon.

If you haven’t seen my Facebook and Instagram pages please take a look and give it a like (if you do!)

Love Andrea x

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