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Aug 23, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, News  //  No Comments

It is now know for sure that desk jobs are really not good for you!

We are now generally a more sedentary nation – many people are sat at computers for their work – and millions more at tv, home computers etc.

We are known to have generally, 50 – 75% of our time sitting. We are largely inactive!

Unfortunately, sitting still for hours at a time is a major health risk – even if you are good at going for a run, going to the gym at the weekend, or even doing a workout every day.

Stunned? Yes, me too.

People who watch up to 6 hours of TV for instance in a day, or sit at computers can expect to die 5 years earlier than those who don’t!


Inactivity releases a huge number of metabolic changes eg, muscles turn into atrophy and lose the mitochondria (where we make our energy in the cell), and the ability to be endurance-type muscle.

These also burn fat – eventually the blood becomes very fatty, and it (fat) also gathers in muscle (remember heart is a muscle!), liver and colon – where it isn’t supposed to settle.

We become insulin resistant, and glucose will gather in the bloodstream as in diabetes. In 3 days we can produce insulin resistance – so we don’t use up the glucose, it is laid down as fat.

Ok, so exercising say up to an hour an day is beneficial – that’s every day! But what we DO need to do  is keep moving. Fidget even, stand up, walk about, go get a drink, do the dishes, stand up to write an email – move around 5 minutes in every hour – that makes an astonishing difference to the glucose in your bloodstream.

The message really is this: ( from Alpa Patel of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta who analysed data from a 14 year long study of 123,000 adults of middle age)  – “anything is better than nothing. Just getting up and moving at all is taking a big step in the right direction.”

Am afraid the otherwise result is the possibility from the study results that 37% higher mortality rate for women, and 17% higher rate for men – just for sitting still!

(NO, we don’t know why yet, the difference between the genders exist.)



how to switch off your brain! (5 minute trick)

Aug 2, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching  //  No Comments

On a daily basis we think thousands of thoughts!

When it comes to switching off at the end of a busy working day – and knowing you are maybe facing the family with more issues to resolve – how do you walk away from the “Office” in your head?

There are a variety of ways, but best of all, please use one that doesn’t include alcohol! This does not in fact resolve, but create more issues.

One very simple trick I gave a Mum who is having a fabulous career running her own company – but surrounded by 3 daughters issues at the end of a strenuous day….

A piece of paper and a pen – that is all she needed.

To pen in a time she must stop the Work Load. Then onto that paper she wrote any remaining ideas, thoughts and things to do for the next day.

She was given 5 minutes to complete this task.

It works. In 5, Chris was able to empty her mind of relevant tasks and thoughts for the next session at the Office.

Then she could return home, and Be IN THE NOW, be present, be focused on her family.

Her mind wasn’t constantly turning over ideas and thoughts for the next day.

Brain was clear, work was switched off , nothing lost.

Blank sheet, pen. It works after any busy activity.

Let me know how you get on!



ASSUMPTIONS are a dangerous thing……

Jul 20, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

…they are often based on incorrect thinking, or flawed, partial knowledge.

Before you assume your next decision about a situation or worse still, a person and their behaviour, recollect if you are actually assuming the facts.

Even better, have a week catching yourself and “assuming” – then don’t! Watch the difference that makes.

Keep yourself sorted!

Jun 26, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, Nutrition  //  No Comments

Do chronic situations, emotions, especially suppressed, angst, anger, lead to lifestyles that encourage and then maintain weight issues?

In my experiences as a Nutritional Therapist and Life Coach, Yes, definitely.

Go to my pages and understand that this does not need to be the case.

Care for yourself, treat yourself well: Life is for living joyously – and at the weight you want!



Jun 5, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching  //  No Comments

The benefits and passion of Coaching NorthWest have been focused on Wellbeing – on exactly the problems the heading presents if ignored.

In the States, a very well known business lady is calling out for a Conference on Burn Out.

Read these stats and comments as quoted from her article in the Sunday Times: ” Success is measured on two things: money and power. But it’s time for a third metric, one founded on wellbeing, wisdom and our desire and ability to give back.”

“Women in stressful jobs have a nearly 40%increased risk of heart disease and a 60% increased risk of diabetes. ….we are used to men having heart attacks in their fifties, but it shouldn’t be happening to anyone.”

She wants “Less stress, more living.”  This is a highly respected and motivated business woman. She is declaring war on Lifestyle demanded of most employees to have a business “succeed”. “What is the price we are paying?” she asks. “behind the facade of of a successful life, the job, the kids, the husband – ….. what are we leaving unattended?”

She speaks of learning to meditate – simply because she thought she was too busy to learn, when that was when she needed it most. She speaks of not eating junk food because it messes up mind and body, of doing yoga, of finding ways of sleeping well, without chemical aid, of having sessions of speaking to remove mental stress.  – IE all that is addressed at with Anne at Coaching NorthWest!

Arainna Huffington says this in her speech to a Graduating Class at Massachusetts College – “traditionally expected to tell grads how to go out there and climb the ladder of success, but I want to ask you, instead, to redefine success. Because the world you are heading into desperately needs it.”

Amen to that. What do you think?




Prozac “prison” Yet 47 million prescribed in the UK last year.

May 27, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching  //  No Comments

To quote an article in the Sunday Times by Kathy Brewis “officially Prozac is not addictive.” Then the article goes on to describe the debate surrounding this drug.

She describes the “torment of trying to escape her addiction”. There is no support for those attempting to get off this drug. Long term use, it appears, has shown up many undesirable side effects, including, according to this article, bone fracture, haemorrhages and stroke.

She calls for, having described her ordeal of wanting to remove Prozac and deal with her issues instead, “time for mental health practitioners to think again about alternative treatments for depression”

David Healy is quoted as author of Let Them Eat Prozac”…….he says “Significant numbers of people find it awfully hard to come off Prozac and, when they do, they endure very physical problems that can go on for years.”

The World Health Organisation says the leading cause of “ill health world wide” will be Depression by 2030.

This is serious. Would you rather not face the issues, hit them before they hit you with continuous stress levels? It’s a long dark tunnel back to health if you are caught up in this web.



Negotiation – do you know what is needed?

May 13, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

Do you understand the basic needs of NEGOTIATION?

A daily conversation of negotiation takes place for all of us – from a simple unaware state (eg, what time do you want dinner?) to a formal meeting for the known purpose (eg changing the timetable for shift workers, or settling a chronic dispute.)

To consciously negotiate we need at least two people – though some may argue we can negotiate with ourselves!

Those involved must wish to reach a settlement, and choose to be honest and open about their requirements.

Those involved must also be willing and able to satisfy the needs of the other, not need to be following another’s dictate.

There will be interests in common and interests in conflict, and there must be appreciation of this before an approach is made.

And importantly, those involved  must be ready to compromise.

If there is total agreement about the targets or problems involved, and no actual conflict, then this will lead to a harmonious conversation, and is not negotiation! You may be attempting in fact to have the other totally agree with you, without listening to their needs and reasons why. It is because there are conflicting interests that the need for negotiation arises. And the acceptance that compromise will be required.





Feb 13, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, News, Nu U Program  //  1 Comment

11.30am  – 7.45pm March 4th at Houghwood Golf Club – a Yoga-thon!

You don’t need to have done yoga before, just come at any time that is good, stay for as long as you want/can. Take from the sessions what you need, enjoy, and please leave a donation for DIAS. This brilliant charity works to support victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse. so badly in need of funds, which have been heartily affected by the cuts.

1 in 4 people are affected at some time in their lives. Children are massively affected.

For more info, or any questions about the Yoga-Thon -ring 01744 612391 or

Refreshments will be available all day. Thankyou!

Jan 21, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching  //  No Comments

Quote from Einstein to encourage you in the search for improvement of our situations – and why hiring a Life Coach isn’t a bad idea! – “We can’t use the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” (the problems, situations, issues etc).

Learn to become resilient to pressure and change to the “norm”

Dec 7, 2012   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching  //  No Comments

An important part of self growth which includes your responses to those you work and live with on a daily basis. Everyone is challenged, everyone faces Change. There are skills to learn and use to benefit your Wellbeing through tough times, but also in daily living. It is easy to continue in patterns and habits of learned unchallenged behaviour. It is an excellent way forward to solve problems and reduce stresses – that lead to moroe problems if left untackled.

Life Coaching addresses these situations. It’s also important to have the right nutrients in your system to back these stratergies.

Winter is an excellent time to address these issues and come through in much better shape. If you have Self Esteem you will confront these head on to achieve your best results.