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How to feed your mood

Feb 15, 2020   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Nutrition, Yoga  //  No Comments

Amazing research into how we can really give ourselves a lift in mood and motivation and energy and feel so much more in the right mood to move on with our life.

Microbiome of the gut is essential to well-being. It must be diverse and of multiple strains and in plenty supply. Those of you suffering daily with IBS, general low feelings, tummy upsets and digestive unrest are especially and quickly improved with the correct dosage of the correct pro/pre biotic.

This might sound like “what??” to you – please feel free to give me a ring or email for more explanation and direction.

It seems too from ongoing research around the world that gut “flora” is affecting many health conditions we want to improve. I have myself been using probiotics for around thirty years, not being able to tolerate anti-biotics. I wouldn’t be without. And so the gut-brain axis as we can acknowledge this connection now – is becoming an important and deeply interesting really does affect your mood. Lifts the senses from feeling “low”. Are you affected? Do you feel interested in learning more? Having this tailored to your system is so important. Your system is unique.

I am here to resolve these issues for you.

Nov 15, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Yoga  //  No Comments

Let us remind ourselves why we love YOGA!

It has us smile! Yes indeed. A smile that pervades the whole Being. It works to release tension. The physical body relaxes as it stretches and becomes supple. Regular yoga practice will reduce back pain. Chronic back pain will find relief. It has been noted in studies that blood pressure can lower. Heart rates come to settle into better rhythm. If too fast, it will slow, and if too slow it will normalise. Restless leg syndrome symptoms diminish. If we suffer from anxiety or depression or a sense of loneliness, these moods will improve. Yoga usually boosts mood. And, it does mean if done with thoughtfulness, we are living absolutely in the NOW. Not worrying about the future or regretting the past.

Breathing techniques pull the body and mind together in a positive fashion. Calmness descends and a sense of purpose results. Good feeling endorphins result with a happy yoga session. Muscles strengthen and lengthen. Balance becomes steady, which reduces the concern of falling. Posture improves dramatically which supports good breathing and a smooth supply of life affirming oxygen. Stiffness in the joints gradually reduces and all in all, we feel so much better, optimistic, motivated, settled, relaxed and yet energised. And sleep? Oh yes, we sleep soundly!

Just a few of the reasons we LOVE yoga!

Colour your world Beautiful

Oct 19, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, Nu U Program  //  No Comments

Now we are in Autumn Days and Autumn Life, our whole world changes.

We look to wear different colours. We eat different food. We go different places. We sleep different hours. We talk different topics. We are excited by different things. We have different Energy. And that’s the point.

Be aware that your Energy is different, and that’s fine, that’s appropriate. What is not fine or appropriate is to resist the change, the difference to a few weeks ago when we were living in Summer. That attitude creates Stress. Stress we all know, we are well informed, goes against our Well Being.

I began this company many years ago, and found much resistance to the concepts that now we find usual. Back then, no one admitted to Stress. Now hardly anyone admits to No Stress! So what to do? Become Aware, of being in the Now, of learning to understand your system.

Hans Selye was the scientist who came up with the word Stress – and explained this was his word for the sensation of what was actually Change.

Some of us cope with Change, some of us find it a big challenge that causes un-ease, dis-stress, dis-comfort, worry. Worry exhausts us. Some do not know where to start. The good news is that there are many ways of overcoming this potential fear, this half-full glass attitude, this low mood, this whole world of fear. You can learn new strategies and enjoy that process of putting to right, what is mightily wrong. Put them to use to alter your life for the good, for ever.

Here at LifeHolistics, there are bountiful forms and ways that are tailored to your unique system. Via thought, realisations, new information (Coaching) food and drink (Nutritional Therapy) movement (Yoga one to one or group) breath (new amazing Breathing skills) deep relaxation (Reiki) cleansing (Reflexology) new colour decisions (Colour Therapy/analysis) empowering – all of the therapies available to this.

So let Autumn be the start of as said Nu U, or at least Changing with optimism, re-gaining perhaps your previous Energies, or new outlook that suddenly has you think you have indeed Coloured Your World Beautiful.

Be in Touch, to explore and change Stress into Excitement and Transformed Feelings which will create Positive Elements – that bring your existence into good shape.

Autumn Days

Sep 24, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

Breathing exercises, deep breathing, slow breathes during the day help to bring in steady energy as the days lengthen and temperature cools.

Autumnal Days Wellness

Sep 24, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Nu U Program  //  No Comments

Autumn is here – we need to change our habits, our lifestyle, our diet, our environment. It can be a beautiful, warming time.

It’s a time to gather in, to collect, to gain from the summer abundance.

What does this mean then? Your habits need to be more connected with the change in temperature. Preparing for sleep a little earlier. Creating softer lighting for the evening. Having wraps and warmer clothing clean and ready. Planning your ideas for the coming winter activities that take note of the changing weather. Perhaps more baths with soothing/relaxing oils.

Perhaps the exercise needs to alter a little taking note of less energy already available: that the body may need to vary what exercise is taken to include the changing daylight hours, the lower and wetter conditions. Not expecting quite as much in stamina as energy is released to deal with the changes of everyday life.

The food we eat and the fluids we drink are so helpful, and need to be designed to cater for our changing needs, no matter how subtle. Soups are a glorious change for autumn days. Still packed with nutrients, but more quickly nourishing. A very fast way to introduce a huge variety of different vitamins, minerals, enzymes. The fruits come in bumper crops of our native apples, pears, vegetables, now becoming more root-type based. Internal warmth from warming foods gives us energy to feel comfortable and deal with external coldness, keeping muscles relaxed and ready to go! And importantly, keeps up the mood that often sunshine brings.

The environment we work/play and simply live in will change too. More unnatural lights pervade the day, in the office, in the home, in the gym, in the shops. They are decidedly energy sapping and headache making if not correctly aligned with our need for light. Attempt to find some daylight each day. Walk as much as possible in the outdoors, preferably near the green that is slowly turning to golds, browns, yellows and rust colours.

By these ways and acknowledgement of our changing environment, we are gathering and using the goodness already there, to prepare for the more challenging weather days yet to come.

Lots of ideas are available here at Life Holistics if you need more assistance in the changes that must be made now to prevent depressed days, weeks, aches in muscle and joint pain, too much weight gain from heavy foods, sore backs and distressed stomachs, turning to alcohol too much…. be in touch than be down in the dumps!

Aug 26, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, Nutrition  //  No Comments

Is the sun good for you? Is there a better way to gain sunshine skin?

We really do need the sun for good emotional well-being. However, this is cancelled out if your desire is simply to gain a darker coloured skin tone. In the end, a tan is simply evidence of damaged skin! And because more and more the temperatures are revving up and we are encouraged to be out and about more for emotional well-being, the danger is ever present of developing skin cancer. To give yourself a much better chance and much happier skin and good colour that is healthy and attractive – what can you safely do? Well of course, cover yourself in correct sun barrier cream. Cover yourself in loose light clothing. Keep out of midday – 3pm sun at least, stay in the shade. All of this am sure you know. But did you know that eating all the warm coloured foods will bring a warm coloured glow to your skin? Yes, food as carrots, apricots, canteloupe melon, peaches, nectarines, orange peppers. All of these foods are packed with colour enhancing properties.

3 daily support thoughts

Aug 19, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, Nutrition, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

A simple way to add to your positive arsenal – remind yourselves as many times as you like of just 3 things/people/places that bring a sense of goodness and a smile to your Being. Every day. Try it.


May 6, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Brilliant time of the year to tackle issues you are conscious need changing. Everybody does it, everybody needs to jump on it now to be the best you can be at this point.

One-to-One Yoga available

Feb 1, 2016   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Nu U Program, Yoga  //  No Comments

Hi there, if you are reading this because you are interested in your yoga education being done on a one-to-one basis, just give me (Anne) a ring 01423 421460 or email

Sometimes its just a whole lot better learning exactly what you need in your own space and time.

As I am based in the Whole Body/Mind and have been for many years, I will understand any “fears” or hesitancies and know how to keep you safe, encouraged, improving, and happy. Give it a go.


Coaching NorthWest is no more! But Life Holistics is!

Jan 24, 2016   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Please be aware that all the wonderful work for your health and beauty from the inside out is operating within

this new phase of Life Holistics. This has always been there, but is now taking leading light along with Yoga Health

because Anne is now based in Yorkshire, and not the North West. Her time there was wonderful she says within her work:

move to a new place to live and spread the good word though is her Nu U.

Those in the area of and around Merseyside can still contact Anne for phone consultations, email, and Skype.

Those in Yorkshire may love to come along to the new yoga classes.

emails are and

(if you find you have written to anne@coachingnorthwest, it’s ok, it will still come along.)