Blog – Staying in the moment

On the Facebook group I am a member of I saw a person post that they didn’t know how they would get through the rest of winter.  I recognise that… I really do.  Here we are in January, the Christmas festivities are over and it just feels like a long slog until spring.

I have probably written about this quite a few times but it keeps coming up for me; staying in the moment is so important.

I gave this advice to that person today… give it a go and see what you think.

For one moment forget about the future. It will be fine without you worrying about it for a moment.

Really concentrate on this moment. What do you need to do right now to get through this moment? Do you maybe need a glass of water? Or a pee? Maybe you just need to breath. Maybe all you need to do right now is sit and breath. Can you do that? You can ask the same in the next moment, but right now just sit and breath. You don’t even have to breath “right” just pull air into your lungs somehow, and push it out again. You don’t even need to think about it, your body can do it all by itself.

There will come a moment when you need to do something more challenging but you know, whatever it is, in that moment, you’ll cope. Trust this and then forget about it.

Think about what it takes to clean your teeth. If you do it, moment by moment it goes like this: in one moment all you have to do is pick up your toothbrush, in the next moment you will only have to pick up the tooth paste, the next just take the lid off, the next is just squeezing the tube, and so on.

Our lives are just a series of “what do I need to do in this moment”. Because we can often cope with planning multiple moments we can let our mind run ahead or ignore what is needed, but when that becomes too much we need to bring it back to this moment. It makes living achievable.

Stay in this moment until you see you can do it. You’ve got this. You’ve got a 100% success rate so far for staying alive.


Article – Essential Oils For Seasonal Affective Disorder

A really great article explaining the science behind SAD and then how essential oils can be used to reduce the symptoms

“To help tackle seasonal affective disorder successfully we should use the essential oils known to uplift and energize together with others that bolster the emotional system, and a few to help you get a good night’s sleep”

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Article – Vitamin D Council – How do I get the vitamin D my body needs?

“The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight and by taking vitamin D supplements. You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food.

The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This can happen very quickly, particularly in the summer. You don’t need to tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D. You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to begin to burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live in the world and the color of your skin. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced”

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Article – L-Tryptophan VS 5-HTP – Which one is better?

“L-tryptophan vs 5-HTP is something people ask about a lot! Both of these great dietary supplements are converted into the same neurotransmitters (serotonin and melatonin), responsible for promoting a healthy mood and great sleep. You can find L-tryptophan as an amino acid in many food sources. You can only take 5-HTP as a dietary supplement.

In this article, we’ll explore the question of L-tryptophan vs 5-HTP. We look at how both of them work, and which supplement is more effective. We’ll also explore safety issues with using both of the supplements together in a stack. Learn more about them here!”

Article – Vitamin D And Sunlight: How To Know If Your Sun Exposure Is Producing Vitamin D

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding sunlight and the production of Vitamin D. People commonly think that if the sun is up and they are outside in the sun, they are going to produce Vitamin D. This is not the case!

There are many reasons why you won’t make Vitamin D in the sun—even during the middle of the day. But most significantly, the sun cannot stimulate your production of Vitamin D if the sun isn’t high enough in the sky.

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Article – The weird history of vitamin D — and what it actually has to do with sun

As you soak in rays of almost-summer sunshine, your thoughts may turn to vitamin D — because you probably know it has something to do with the sun. But do you actually know what it is?

Humans are kinda capable of photosynthesis, and they use it to produce what scientists believe to be the oldest hormone that has ever existed on earth. It’s vitamin D, and it’s been around 750 million years, ever since tiny phytoplankton began cranking out the stuff in what is now the Atlantic Ocean.

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Blog – Quick tricks to help you sleep

Do you lay awake at night not particularly worrying but simply thinking about things?  Maybe it’s shopping lists, tasks you need to do in the morning or something you mustn’t forget.

Here are a couple of tricks that you can employ to help you get back to sleep:

Use a notepad or a reminder on your phone.

If there is something you must remember to do, write it down.  Either keep a notepad by your bed or use a notepad app on your phone.  I use Google Keep and I also create reminders on my phone that beep at me when I need to do something I might forget.   In doing this you are getting the thought out of your head and the paper can remember it for you.

Use my mother’s trick of “alphabeticalising”

This was a trick my mother taught me years ago and I have used it so many times when I can’t sleep.

  1. Pick a subject that you know fairly well, I go with crystals, birds, towns or countries usually.
  2. Start at the letter A and name something from that subject, so if I was going with towns I would go with Amsterdam.
  3. Move on to the next letter and repeat the process.  B – Berlin.
  4. Keep working through the alphabet until you get stuck.  This is what you are aiming for.  When you can’t think of a town repeat the letter in your mind waiting for a word to appear.  So if I was stuck on J I would be laying there thinking “j….j….j…j….ja…. jb…jc…jd….je…jf….” trying to see if a word pops into my mind.
  5. Hopefully, while you are repeating the letter you drop through the gaps and fall asleep.
  6. If you get to Z and you’re still not asleep pick another subject and go again.  At the worst times I limited myself to green crystals, knowing that green is the most common colour in my collection but is still limited.

This could be considered a form of mindfulness, you’re repeating what equates to a mantra that blocks out the thoughts and bores your mind until you sleep.

Use audiobooks

My most common tool is an old MP3 player with an audiobook that I have heard before loaded onto it.   It lives in it’s speaker dock and when I wake I turn on the speaker, unpause the audiobook and set the volume.

When I started using this I could lay back and listen, in the dark, with my eyes closed.  Knowing the story meant I didn’t need to listen to hear what happened next and I could slowly drift off to sleep.  These days I have programmed my brain to recognise the process of turning it on as an instruction to go back to sleep and I rarely hear more than a few seconds.

Bach Flower Remedies

These are really effective for these situations and the most common one would be White Chestnut.  This fits the situation of annoying random thoughts perfectly.  I keep a bottle by the bed and if I really can’t get back to sleep or wake a number of times I take a couple of drops straight from the bottle and I am off again.

If this particular remedy doesn’t work then look into Oak, Mimulus, Aspen, Impatiens, Olive or Vervain.

Sleep is really important in living with SAD and if we can get this right then a lot more of the symptoms become easier.