What are Chakras?

What are Chakras?

You may have heard of Chakras or this may be completely new to you. I’m here to tell you what chakras are, The 7 different types, what they do and why we need them to stay in balance.

Chakras are circular vortexes of energy found in 7 points of the spinal column. Each Chakra is connected to different organs and glands within the body. Our chakras are responsible for keeping our life balance in order. If a Chakra is out of balance then the energy life becomes blocked and this can cause physical and mental disruption.

7 types of chakras and their purpose and negative causes:

1. The Root Chakra – Located at the base of the spine. This chakra is connected to the earth element and governs the 4 primal urges. These being food, sleep, sex and self-preservation. If this chakra is overactive, we can surer from anxiety and jitteriness. Physically it can cause lower back issues, hip pain, ovarian cysts, prostate issues and digestive problems.

2. The sacral Chakra – Located at the pelvis. This chakra is associated with the water element and helps to regulate emotions and desires. When this Chakra becomes unbalanced we can face issues such as addiction and gluttony. Physically we may see obesity, hormone imbalances and restlessness.

3. The Solar plexus Chakra – Located at the centre naval. This chakra is connected to the fire element and helps us to digest not only our food but also our life experiences. When our solar plexus chakras are out of balance we feel anger, greediness and a lack of compassion or empathy. We may suffer issues with our appendix, pancreas, liver, and kidneys.

4. The heart Chakra- Located at the heart centre. This chakra is associated to our spiritual level and is connected to the air element. It also helps us to connect to love, peace and openness. When This chakra is overactive we lose our sense of boundaries and make unhealthy choices. Physically we can feel heart burn, Increased heart rate and palpitations.

5. The throat Chakra – Located at the base of the throat. This chakra relates to “speaking one’s truth” It helps us to find self-expression. Findings that this Chakra is not balanced can cause us to feel ignored, and invalidated. Physically people suffer with more sore throats, infections and mouth ulcers.

6. The third Eye chakra – Located between the eyebrows. This chakra Is the seat of our mind, consciousness and unconsciousness. It helps with our intuition, vision, prophecy and inner knowing. If our third eye is out of sorts, we feel overwhelmed and distracted.

7. Crown Chakra – Located at the crown of the head. This is the doorway to pure consciousness and helps us to connect with divine energy and our higher selves. Underactive crown chakras are normal as this helps us to calm the energy levels down and keep our heads in order.

Balanced chakras are important to help our inner energy flow. Without this balance we can often feel unwell and not quite like ourselves. Often if one of our Chakras is off then our others will become unaligned also. There are ways in which we can rebalance chakras and these are mindfulness, meditation, massage and Indian head massage. Rebalancing chakras will help to improve physical and mental health.

Holly’s health corner- coping with work

Many of you know I went on long term sick in the middle of 2018 due to Anxiety. I have been working towards getting back into work over the past couple of months and taking things slowly. 

When you suffer from Anxiety work can become extremely stressful. Not only as a business owner but for anyone working along side this difficult condition. Over the past 5 years of owning the salon I ended up sending my body into overdrive due to personal circumstances. This is one of the main reasons I ended up very unwell last summer. As a business owner I find it very difficult to take time away from work. Although I already have a human baby who I adrore, my work is like a second baby to me. I use to spend hours and hours at home trying to juggle a busy life of being a mum, running a business, keeping to deadlines, ordering stock, spending time on work social media, advertising, spending time with family, friends, housework…the list goes on and for many people like myself it never ends. Now, everyone has plenty of responsibilities to tackle in their daily life but those who struggle with anxiety can often forget to add in the “rest” part of the day. I also find resting very difficult because its often the time when my thoughts will wonder, But that’s a blog topic for another day!

When you’re stressed, anxious, depressed etc the last thing you feel manageable, is work. All you want to do is hide away. Stay home and not face the day. Things can get worse by this and your body can actually prevent you from leaving the house. When we feel like we need to take time off work that then causes more stress. For me personally I felt like taking time of work being unwell made me a failure. Not being able to get up and do the job I love was so difficult. But my body was telling me to stop. Spending time off work away from the salon made my anxiety worse. All those feelings that you’re letting other people down because you can’t make it in exacerbate anxiety and so the vicious cycle begins.

It took me many months to come back to work (let alone leave my house) and slowly but surely I’ve done it. What’s been most important is to take things slowly. Not to rush back into doing everything you feel like you have to do because ultimately the only thing in life you have to do is look after yourself.  I started by spending a few hours in the salon. Then a couple of half days. I’m still currently only here 3 days a week working longer hours and eventually I would like to be back up to 4 days. When I’m at work it’s a distraction. I have a purpose when I’m here and the anxiety improves because I am doing something that I enjoy. There are days when I can’t manage and times when I want to run back home but this feeling is slowly diminishing and I’m finding work easier and easier as time goes on. 

My advice to anyone who is struggling with mental health and if it’s affecting their work would be to tell someone. Tell your boss, tell your doctor, tell your friends. Anyone that you think will lead you in the right direction. Sometimes pushing on isn’t the answer and this can take things too far and before you know it you have no choice other than to not be able to go to work because your body is in shut down mode. Get the help you need before it’s to late. It really is that simple. 

When I’m at work. I work. When I’m at home I spend the time finding who I am again. Having the balance between the two is enabling me to get back the life I’ve always wanted.

If work is your main cause of stress then make sure you really sit down and figure out what it is that you want. Life is too short to spend in a job that you hate. Regardless of the pay cheque you receive at the end of the month. I’m certainly not suggesting you leave your job straight away. Give up all your responsibilities but taking the time to seek your other options can be really beneficial. For me taking a step back and allowing my body and mind to recover has improved not only my mental health but also my business.

I have been very lucky in the sense that my transition back to work has been at my own pace and although people feel they may not have the same opportunity as I do when it comes to taking thing slowly then it’s time to see what’s the most important in life. You. Your physical and mental wellbeing and your happiness. 

Thank you for reading! If you’re enjoying these posts then please comment below either on Facebook or directly to this blog post. If there’s any areas you would like me to cover on how I cope in daily life or anything you find anxiety provoking then please do let me know 😌

Holly x

 

Holly’s health corner – Stress Buster

Hello everyone! 

Over the past few months I have been researching and planning a brand new treatment for you all to help reduce anxiety, depression and stress and below is what I have created! 

Alchemy Stress buster massage.

A 45 minute scalp, neck, back and shoulder massage for £35. The best thing about this massage is it give you a chance to get some time in for you and it comes with a donation to charity! As I have wrote on my previous blogs, massage has a huge impact on helping to relieve the symptoms of mental stress and can improve your health and well being. Every time we perform one of our Alchemy Stress Buster massages at Alchemy we will donate £5 to Mind BLMK. A charity well known for supporting positive mental health and wellbeing. They are a fantastic charity and I am excited to be working with them in order to raise money for a cause that is so close to my heart. Had I not been through the experiences that I did in 2018 I would have never thought to introduce such an important and life changing treatment not just for you but for others too! Mental health is now something I am very passionate about and will use Alchemy as my platform to help others in need.

As you all know I get my regular weekly massages and have found them so beneficial to my mental health and always find it reduces my anxiety and brings me back down to earth. At the end of each month we will be donating £5 from every  Alchemy Stress Buster Massage directly to Mind BLMK and will be posting regular updates on how much we have raised. 

You can book these treatments with ALL the therapists at Alchemy including myself! I want to thank Mind BLMK for their personal support over the past 6 months and hope you will join me in supporting their cause further. 

Thank you 

Holly x

 

Holly’s health corner – 7 daily steps to mental health

Hi All, 

Today I want to talk about the 7 daily steps I take to improve my own mental health. These are things I’ve tried and tested over the past 6 months and these 7 are the ones I’ve found work best for me. Not all these things will be necessary to everyone and you may find you want to add things in and swap things out for other mental health steps but below are mine 😊

 

  1. Medication- currently this is the number one priority in my road to recovery and that is taking the medication prescribed by my doctor to help me progress in my journey. Not everyone needs medication and not everyone likes to take tablets that might change their moods and that’s absolutely fine, However in my case it was and still is a necessity. I hope to one day come off anti-anxiety medications but as it stands now I’m happy to take them 😊Be sure you speak often and thoroughly with your doctor so you can get the right medication for you and always, ALWAYS take as prescribed.
  1. Meditation- This has been a saving grace for me. I used to meditate on and off but often found it didn’t help me in the moment, so I gave up. I recently starting meditating again for 30 minutes every day before bed. Now, I’ve heard lots of people say they just don’t have the time to fit meditation in but there’s some great meditations you can find online that are only a minute long. Everyone can spare 1 minute out of their day to ground themselves and give a short amount of time for a break. It took me a long time to find the right types of meditation that worked for me and now that I’ve found it, I know I’ll never stop! 
  1. CBT- Cognitive behavioural therapy. There is absolutely masses of information on CBT online if you don’t know what it means. The basic concept is to change the way our minds think and process information. Rather than thinking negatively or getting into downward spirals its about training our brain to think logically and structured in a much more positive way. Many times thoughts have popped into my head like “I’m not good enough” “I’m worthless” “I can’t do anything right” and so on and so forth. These types of thoughts are damaging and destructive. Not only are they things you would never say to a friend they’re certainly things you should never say to yourself! There’s plenty of ways you can use CBT to help you such as breathing, grounding, positive affirmations and positive writing. You just need to find the ones that work for you and in time those negative thoughts will leave and the positive ones will come. 
  1. Exposure- One thing that massively impacts those who have anxiety is that it really prevents us from doing the things we want. It gets in the way of us truly living our lives because we end up so caught up in the fear of “what might happen” rather than what is happening. Exposure is about getting yourself to face the things that frighten you. It could be leaving the house, joining a club or anything at all! No matter how small or silly you think it might be it is something you can overcome! By taking small steps to expose yourself to things that make you anxious over time the anxiety lessens and it will be like you were never scared at all. Now although this is on my 7 daily tasks it isn’t necessarily something that is done every day. For me my goal is to leave the house every day and get some fresh air. I’m not frightened of being outside although when I was very unwell. I found it difficult to even leave my bedroom in fear of fainting. So now I make sure I get out and about every day so I never slip back into that feeling again! It’s important that any small step you take towards facing a fear is a huge victory compared to not trying at all 😊
  1. Relaxation- The best part of the day. The part of the day when I find myself spending some time to do things that are relaxing. For me personally that’s cross stitching, baking or writing in my bullet journal (more on that in a future blog). It’s a time of the day to reset, spend some time on yourself and reflect on what really matters to you in your life. Relaxing things are different to everyone, Some people find going to the gym relaxing or cleaning the cupboards. It really is anything YOU want to do rather than what you feel you HAVE to do. We aren’t built to be on the go all the time and this is often where mental health issues such as anxiety stem from because we are too busy working and living our lives to suit others that we forget to look after ourselves. That’s why relaxation. Daily. Is so important!  
  1. Sunlamp- With this cold and damp weather it’s easy for us to slip into feeling miserable and wanting to spend all our time inside and cosied up. It makes tasks more difficult and mundane when the weather is not great. I was recommended a sunlamp to help with vitamin D. These are amazing for anyone who suffers from Seasonal affective disorder. You sit in front of your lamp for 30 minutes per day and it helps increase the vitamin D in your body, makes you feel more energised and less sluggish. You can use it when you’re getting ready for work. Doing your make-up, Eating your breakfast or on your lunch break at work. It really doesn’t matter when or where you use it as long as you use it! I love mine and I use it every day without fail.  
  1. Vitamins- Our bodies just don’t store enough of the vitamins that we really need. Every day I take vitamins to help improve my strength, my mind and my body in general. I am trained in the knowledge of how important vitamins are but not everybody knows! Get yourself some vitamins. Do some research and find out the ones that will work best for you and any concerns you might have that just need a little extra help. 

All these steps are things I try and do every day. They’re second nature to me now and I don’t have to think about doing then as they just subconsciously fit into my day due to habit. They make me feel good, they make me feel happy and I know they’re all good at improving my mental well being and who wouldn’t want that! 

If you have any questions about anything in my blog today feel free to contact me. I hope you manage to find you daily steps to mental health whether it’s 1 thing or 10 things.

Good luck and thank you for reading! 

Holly

Holly’s Health Corner – Thank you.

I was amazed at the support I received from my return to work blog last week. Thank you so much for all your responses and taking the time to read my blog about where I’ve been the past few months. It’s been wonderful having people reach out, share their stories and relate to me.

It truly has touched me and made me realise how wonderful people can be!

I am on the mend taking each day as it comes and getting stronger and stronger! I think the most important thing I’ve learnt during this process is to take the pressure off yourself. When we end up in states of depression and anxiety it’s easy to feel guilty and bad for the people around us. But what we need to do is go inside ourselves. Look after our bodies and our minds. This is something I’ve been doing non stop every day for the past 3 months and trust me it works. I am not my usual self and have a long way to go with good days and bad days but with the tips I’ve been provided with I’m getting there.

Simple ways of doing this are by accepting the way that you feel. Giving your body the nutrients that it needs. Breathing. Meditating. Doing things you enjoy. Talking to people and regular massages.

The regular massages have massively helped me as they help to rebalance the toxins in the body. Reduce depression and anxiety. Lift mood. Remove physical tension and relax you. I’ve had one every week for the past few months and I definitely notice an improvement. It’s also a nice excuse just to have some pamper time.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is also one of the best things I’ve felt that has aided my recovery. Seeing a private therapist on a weekly basis and being provided with daily techniques I can use makes a huge impact. I’m not a therapist but i have learnt some really great tips I’m happy to share with you all!

Don’t forget for my return and to all those who need a little help we are offering half price 30 minute massages for £14 up until Christmas just call us on 01908 567766 or visit http://www.alchemytherapycentre.com