11th December 2015 – 3 STEP PLAN TO A PEACEFUL, RELAXING AND MAGICAL CHRISTMAS…

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Rushing about like mad before Christmas? ….RELAX!

To be in with a chance to win our very popular “10 Minute Meditations For The Busy Woman” app (usually £7.99!) you just need to go on to our Facebook page and nominate who you think needs the download and say why in the Comment box. Also share the post and like the page (so we can contact you afterwards if you win!)

Competition closes 9am Monday 14th December. The ‪#‎winner‬ will be selected at random and will be notified on our Website! Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: These recordings are not designed to be listened to by anyone suffering from epilepsy or severe mental health issues, including psychosis. The information and guidance given by Nicola Haslett and Samantha Redgrave-Hogg are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. If you are unsure of the suitability of these recordings in anyway, please consult a medical practitioner before listening. It is especially important to seek advice from a medical practitioner in cases of mental health disorders or severe health conditions. We recommend you listen to your chosen album for a minimum of 21 days.

 

 

4th December 2015 – YOUR 3 STEP PLAN TO A PEACEFUL, RELAXING AND MAGICAL CHRISTMAS:

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IMPORTANT: Do not listen to hypnosis recordings whilst driving or operating heavy machinery.

Disclaimer: These recordings are not designed to be listened to by anyone suffering from epilepsy or severe mental health issues, including psychosis. The information and guidance given by Nicola Haslett and Samantha Redgrave-Hogg are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. If you are unsure of the suitability of these recordings in anyway, please consult a medical practitioner before listening. It is especially important to seek advice from a medical practitioner in cases of mental health disorders or severe health conditions. We recommend you listen to your chosen album for a minimum of 21 days.

Be Fabulous Darling!

Here are our top ten ways to INNER FABULOUSNESS!!

1)      Positive self-talk. Listen to the way you are speaking to yourself: is it kind or harsh? Would bigstock--smell-of-summer--30579713you speak to a friend in this way? Endeavour to be as loving towards yourself as when you feel good about yourself you will naturally look great.

2)      Find time to relax and let go. Meditation and self- hypnosis are wonderful forms of relaxation and will refresh and relax your entire being.

3)      Value your unique qualities, work out what makes you truly you and don’t be afraid to show your true self to the world.

4)      Forget perfection, it doesn’t actually exist! It can’t do as people’s assumptions of you are always based on their model of world and their insecurities and have little to do with you anyway.

5)      Never compare- you are good enough and there is only one YOU.

6)      Treat your body well and do nice things for it. Your body and mind are not separate entities but one and the same so maintain both to the best of your ability and listen to the important messages it has for you.

7)      What makes your heart sing? When we work out what our soul purpose is and do what we enjoy, we let go of stress easily and embrace those challenges that life brings.

8)      Live in the moment. Anxiety and fear exist only in the past or in the future. Right now there is nothing to worry about so enjoy it.

9)      You are nothing but love. The fact you are here is a total miracle so appreciate your magnificence and embrace those imperfections. When love yourself unconditionally you will feel complete in every way.

10)   You are pure potential. What you learnt growing up is not who you are nor was it personal, it was just part of your early journey. Visualise how you want your life to be every day in big bright colours and connect with the feeling of having achieved this bliss. If you can see it, you can be it.

New Born… the first few weeks

Life with a Newborn: The first month

By Nicola Haslett

 

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The moment you meet your baby for the first time is nothing less than truly magical. After 9 months of pregnancy you finally get to see that precious little being that’s been living inside of you and it’s an experience you will never forget. You can feel joyous and euphoric, exhausted and overwhelmed and anything and everything in between.

I am sitting writing this with my 3 and a half week old baby boy attached to me in a sling and would love to share with you my tips on how to enjoy the first month and how to overcome any challenges you might be facing. I have settled into motherhood well, but just like every other new mum I have found some days extremely challenging and I would love to share with you what has helped me to survive those days that I felt were going to send me over the edge!

Here are my top 10 tips for getting through the first month:

1) Get Support

I cannot stress to you just how important it is to have a strong support system around you! When you’re tired and emotional you can start to feel very alone, so having others to support and encourage you through the difficult times is priceless. This support system can be made up of your partner, family, friends, midwife and also online resources. I have found some excellent online communities for new mums that have helped me beyond words. At the click of a button I’ve received comforting words of advice from other more experienced mums and simply chatting to other mums who are going through exactly the same thing has made me realise that what I feel is completely normal. Also having people around you to remind you that you’re doing a great job can really give you a boost and help you to feel more confident as you settle into motherhood.

 

2) Be gentle with yourself

You’ve just had a baby, you’ve been through an intense physical experience and now you’re trying to work out how to look after a newborn, as well as trying to establish breastfeeding and do all of this with very little sleep. So why do so many women, myself included, put so much pressure on themselves to be a superwoman during this time?! I’ve felt like a failure because I don’t know why my baby is crying. I’ve felt guilty for feeling sad and blue when I should surely be feeling happy all of the time. I’ve sacrificed opportunities to sleep because the house needed cleaning and I was trying to prove that I could still ‘do it all’. But what we really need at this time is to be gentle with ourselves. So take a step back, do what you need to do and no more. Allow yourself to feel however you feel and let go of expectation, judgement and pressure. Also, don’t be scared to say no. If things are tough and you don’t want visitors just say so…you’re allowed to! Most people will understand that at this early stage you need space to bond and settle in and if they don’t understand then it’s tough! You and baby come first.

 

3) Make baby your priority

Looking after your baby is a full time job and will take up most of your time, especially if you’re breastfeeding. By making baby your priority and letting the other things go (such as doing the housework) you will feel emotionally stronger and more equipped to deal with the demands of a

newborn. Use your support system and let them help you. Have others cook for you and do the housework and just concentrate on looking after baby…and of course YOU!

 

4) Wear your baby!

Imagine what it’s like for a newborn baby: You’ve been cosy inside of the womb for 9 months and then suddenly you are born into the world and you feel vulnerable as you become used to your new surroundings, sensations and physical needs. Newborns understandably want to be close to mummy and nature intended it to be this way, but of course it can be demanding if your baby wants to be held all of the time. So what’s the answer? Wear your baby!! There are many baby wraps and slings available at a reasonable cost and believe me when I say they are LIFESAVERS! So when your baby won’t settle anywhere else but with you, grab the sling and wear your baby as you go throughout your day. No matter how unsettled my baby is, the moment I put him in the sling he calms down and usually falls asleep, leaving me with both hands free to do what I need to do…like write this blog! The sling creates a womb like environment, helping baby to feel comfortable and secure and helping you to remain sane.

 

5) Do what makes you feel nice

Just because you have a newborn, it doesn’t mean that the days of looking after yourself have gone and that you can never pamper yourself ever again…it just means there’s a lot less time to spend on these things. Looking after a baby can be anything but glamorous: You have breast milk down your top, baby sick on your shoulder and it seems that there’s never enough time to take a bath, let alone pamper yourself. Well here is where your support system comes in. I find that taking half an hour out a couple of times a week (at least) whilst my partner or family look after the baby gives me time to do something for me that just helps me to feel renewed and ready to continue with the demands of parenting. So whether it’s a bubble bath, putting on a bit of makeup, painting your nails, meditating, doing some yoga, reading a magazine or taking a nice nap, it can make the world of difference.

 

6) Toughen up – babies cry!

My baby was extremely peaceful and content for the first 2 weeks of his life. All he did was eat and sleep and the only time he cried was when we changed his nappy. Then around 2 weeks old he ‘woke up’ and realised he had a voice! He still doesn’t cry a lot; however he absolutely has his moments where he is unsettled and crying for no apparent reason…and it’s hard at first. As his mother I hate to see him cry and all I want to do is fix things for him. I found it extremely difficult hearing him cry and it felt like it was breaking my heart at times. I would cry too and I felt like I couldn’t handle it! Sure, I can cope with the practical demands of parenting, but the emotional? That’s TOUGH! Then my midwife gave me an excellent piece of advice: Toughen up because babies cry! When I stopped associating his cries with there being something wrong I was able to feel stronger and get through the unsettled evenings with him crying, without crying myself! Of course I would check to see if he needed to be fed or changed etc, but if not then all you can do is comfort your crying baby, realise that it’s completely normal and wait for the storm to pass.

 

7) Get out of the house!

It can be very easy to hibernate when you have a newborn. After all, there’s so much to do and it can take so much work and effort just to get you and baby ready for an outing. However, being stuck in (especially in the winter months) can feel very depressing. Even going out for a walk every day gives you a change of scenery, some lovely fresh air and a whole new perspective on things. Also, the motion of the pram can soothe baby and settle them into sleep so it’s a win-win! It’s natural to feel nervous about going out, especially on your own, but I promise you’ll feel better for it and baby will enjoy it too. You may even meet other new mums on your outings!

 

8) Sleep when baby sleeps

Everyone tells you this, but it honestly really does help! In the beginning I used the time my baby was sleeping during the day to tidy the house, but after a couple of weeks of very little sleep I started to feel absolutely awful and realised that I had to sleep when baby sleeps…for my own sanity! You have to simply forget time, forget that each day is divided into night and day and just grab some sleep when you can, whatever time of day it is.

 

9) Be organised and think ahead

Night feeds can be a killer. You wake up exhausted in the middle of the night to feed your baby and the last thing you want to be doing is trying to find your breastfeeding pillow…so get everything ready before you go to bed and it will make things much easier. Every night I make sure I have everything I need such as my breastfeeding pillow, a glass of water and a full stock of nappies and wipes on the changing table for when I need them.

 

10) It doesn’t have to be depressing…

Waking up in the middle of the night when you’re exhausted can get you down (especially on those cold winter nights!) so do what you can to make your surroundings as nice as possible. I find it easier for now to sleep and feed my baby in the spare bedroom so I have made that room my sanctuary. In the middle of the night when my baby needs to be fed I turn on the lamp, put the tv on, grab my breastfeeding pillow, get comfortable and I’m set to go. I used to feed in the baby’s room in the rocking chair (which is lovely!) but I started to feel that all I was doing was rocking back and forth in silence, apart from the ticking clock reminding me of the time…NOT FUN! Now it feels much better and I even enjoy the feeds once I’m awake and in the swing of it. Even if I’m not watching the tv, it helps to have some sound and lifts my mood. Do what works for you – just make your environment as relaxing and comforting as possible and it will make those nights easier.

 

So there you have it…my top tips for getting through the first month! Remember that you don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to be a superwoman and you don’t have to be anything other than who you are. You are learning and finding your way, just as all mums are…give yourself a break and enjoy the journey! J (…and I will try to take my own advice!!)

Calm Childbirth! Are you or any of your friends expecting? Here are our top tips :-)

bigstock-Beautiful-pregnant-woman-relax-34971539Welcome! Congratulations if you are already expecting!! Being pregnant and giving birth can be a truly magical and powerful experience, so here are our top ten tips to help you or your friend along a little! Remember this though… everyone has inherent wisdom and knowledge already to have a calm childbirth, aren’t you amazing?! Our calm childbirth hypnobirthing audio can be found on the App Store, i tunes, website and all major online retailers if you fancy a great bit of relaxation, woo

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1)      Learn the art of self -hypnosis. Our Calm Childbirth hypnosis audio teaches you to feel more calm, centred and in control during your pregnancy and labour through powerful visualisations, positive affirmations and relaxation techniques. Hypnotherapy has wonderful therapeutic benefits and can shorten the length of labour, reduce the need for drugs or intervention, promote lactation, help you enhance positive feelings about childbirth and increase the bond between you and your baby. So get practicing for the most wonderful day of your life!

2)      Trust in your body. Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time without drugs or intervention.  Caesarean births are much higher than they should be and there is still a tendency for women to give birth lying on their back within our hospitals. Your body and your baby will tell you what to do so just trust your natural instincts, this may involve: moving around; being in a place with dim lighting; immersing yourself in water or giving birth vertically rather than horizontally.

3)      Surround yourself with the right people. It would be a great idea if you found a midwife that is either supportive of hypnobirthing or even does it themselves. You also have the option of hiring a doula, who will help you through the discomfort and act of your behalf when it comes to interacting with medical professionals. If neither of these options is possible then definitely choose a birthing partner who will support and comfort you at every stage of your experience.

4)      Choose a healthy diet. Cutting out refined foods and sugars will increase your energy and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and swelling. It will also keep you fit and healthy for both your pregnancy and birth.

5)      Sign up for prenatal yoga. You could check out your local classes or buy a DVD and practice from home. I would recommend Tara Lee’s Pregnancy Health DVD and found this to be very helpful and accessible. Yoga can help you control your breathing, open your hips for childbirth, improve strength and flexibility and relieve aches and pains. Your local hospital may also run free physiotherapy classes where they can teach you the correct posture during pregnancy and help you avoid back pain and sciatica.

6)      Explore complementary therapies like pregnancy reflexology, acupuncture or homeopathy. These may help relieve any anxiety, reduce discomfort, reduce the length of time in labour, help the baby arrive on time and increase overall wellbeing.

7)      Start to connect with your baby. Talking to your baby can help strengthen your bond on a deep level and help he or she get to know your voice. You can talk to your little one about your plans for the day, how you feel about meeting them for the first time, play little games, say ‘I love you’ and massage your belly.

8)      Write a birth plan. This not only helps your midwife know your requirements but helps you set your intention for a smooth childbirth and enhances your visualisation skills as to what you want to happen on the day.

9)      Start making friends now. You can join free birthing classes at your hospital or find an independent birth preparation course during your pregnancy, which will help you find support and form friendships for when the baby is born.

10)   Keep an open mind. Sometimes things don’t go to plan and intervention or drugs are necessary. If you are finding it difficult or too overwhelming then actually certain drugs like the epidural can allow the pelvis to relax and do its job more effectively by relieving any discomfort so the baby can descend more easily.  Whatever happens, having a healthy baby in your arms in the most important and awesome part of it all!

WHY ARE MY CAR KEYS IN THE FRIDGE? 17/01/14

bigstock-Beautiful-pregnant-woman-relax-34971539Why are my car keys in the fridge? A bad case of baby brain during pregnancy! Pregnancy Blog

For those of you who don’t know, I am currently 22 (or is it 23 weeks?) pregnant and am having the worst case of baby brain known to man. I’m missing appointments, forgetting things, calling people by the wrong names, losing EVERYTHING and feel incapable of stringing together a simple sentence. To be honest even writing this blog is taking it out of me. I had to eat 19 pieces of toast to gear myself up for such an intense cognitive task. Having a 2 year old doesn’t help strengthen those all important neural pathways as I spend 11 hours a day talking with Poppy’s Makka Pakka and Upsy Daisy dollies (sorry to anyone not from the UK who isn’t familiar with ‘In The Night Garden’ 😉 So as to not lose all my clients, friends and husband….well clients and friends…. my enormous bump and I decided to take it upon ourselves to find out why I’m such a little scatterbrain. The answer made me feel much better… it’s to make me a good mother! According to a psychologist in California, due to fluctuations in hormones and fetal movements, pregnant women can experience absent mindedness but it means they will be able to concentrate more effectively on the newborn’s needs after the birth. ! Phew, forgetting I took my child to the supermarket yet again is only to make me a better mummy in the long run. Only joking  I just thought I would reassure any pregnant women out there who are also feeling as woolly headed as I am that it’s perfectly normal. My advice is not to give yourself a hard time but have a giggle at the silly things you do and go with the flow. After all it’s such a precious time and your baby will appreciate you being a bit relaxed and dreamy. So the next time you find your car keys in the fridge you can have a right old chuckle and look forward to doing even sillier things when your newborn baby likes to come alive at 2am every morning 😉
Lots of love to all you expectant mothers.
Sam and bump x

When life gives you lemons, grab some Tequila and Salt! (or maybe just make some lemonade)

We’ve all had those days when things just don’t seem to go our way. You wake up late, miss your train, work’s a nightmare, you get home late, there’s nothing to cook for dinner and the kids are screaming…you get my point!!! But is there a point where we can turn things around? Well yes, I believe so!

The law of attraction states that what we think about, we bring about. What we focus on, we manifest in our outer world. So when something goes ‘wrong’, your reaction to that situation and the emotion and energy you put into it is creating the rest of your day and actually the rest of your life.

Now of course it’s only natural when something isn’t flowing for us, to initially become frustrated, angry or upset…BUT if you can take a step back and look at the situation from a different angle, I bet you would feel a whole lot better and you wouldn’t carry that frustrated energy around with you throughout the rest of your day! Perhaps easier said than done you think?

Well, it’s all about perception. No THING can actually make you feel negative, but rather your perception of that situation or experience that can spark off the emotion. So let’s say you’re stuck in traffic; one person may go into a rage and spend the whole time in traffic feeling angry and then the rest of their day feeling miserable. Another person may initially feel irritated by the situation, but then take a step back from it and decide to make the most of it by putting on the radio and having a sing-along or calling a friend for a catch up (hands free of course!) or just simply BEING. It’s all about how you CHOOSE to look at the situation. You may not be able to change what’s happened, but you can definitely change your perception of it.

If you’re finding it difficult to put this into practice just ask yourself “is this really going to matter in a week’s time? A year’s time? 5 years? 10 years?” Most things probably won’t. The majority of things we worry about never even happen and the majority of things we feel stressed about really aren’t that important, yet we seem to waste so much time and energy on them.

Life is full of ups and downs and there will obviously be times when you find yourself in a situation that is genuinely upsetting or difficult to deal with, BUT learn to let the little things go, enjoy life and spend more time in the present and not only will you generally feel a whole lot happier and much more relaxed, but you’ll feel so much stronger when you are faced with a real challenge.

If you find yourself feeling regularly stressed out, it’s so important to take some steps right now to bring down those stress levels. You could meditate daily, listen to a self hypnosis recording, practice Yoga or just simply begin by taking half an hour EVERY day to just simply BE. You don’t need to hurry through life, your life is special and important and the more relaxed you feel on the inside, the more easily things will flow on the outside.

So relax, let go of the little things and enjoy life!

With lots of love and blessings to you, my beautiful Soul Sisters! Nicola xxx

 

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Panamania! A spiritual healing retreat :-)

So I am writing this blog from a wonderful place near the Volcano Baru in Panama… and it’s such an amazing and high energy place that I felt inspired to talk a little bit about my journey and why I have travelled across the world to be here. I was extremely privileged to be invited here for an intensive (and I mean innntteeeennssseee!) week of spiritual transformation… and it really has been a life changing week.

I chose to leave my family (which was extremely hard!) to be here at this small retreat in the Americas so that I could receive amazing energetic clearing and healing. This has really allowed my luminous body to be free from all the gunk I had been carrying around since childhood in a very significant way. My teachers in this process are deeply spiritual men and women working within the shamanic arts, who dedicate their lives to the divine and creating a harmonious internal world. The process has involved one-on-one chakra cleansing sessions and evening ceremonies lasting about 4 hours, in which intense clearing takes place, as well and some awesome chanting, meditations and teachings from the wise souls here. Am aware it might all sound a bit hippy dippy to some of you but it really does seem to work haha.

What am I learning…. I am now deeply aware of intention in life, what the divine really means, when darker energies are at work, how to be silent and how to access the amazing inner resources I already have… as we all have. We all have access to a divine intelligence, which our souls came into this life with, but got lost along the way… mostly through parental and societal conditioning.

I’ve got Panama mad and hope to return at some point in the future and would encourage you all if possible to look into reputable sources of energy medicine and the shamanic arts. It even inspired me to write a new app Divine Healing, into which I poured so much love and positive energy. Nicola, my fellow Isis Bluing, came here last year and also experienced a transformative time. She plans to return soon so I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this special place at some point.

For now, as always, much love and light.

Aho,

Sam xbigstock--smell-of-summer--30579713