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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 19, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, News, Nutrition  //  No Comments

ITV invited Anne to take part in a Tonight Programme, which is aired on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm.

The subject matter is “The Great British Diet” and will be a week long event.

We looked at Breakfast, and the amount of sugar, fat and salt in a typical breakfast, given that the majority of households buy cereals, smoothies, juices, breads for this meal.

A group of Postmen were invited to choose a breakfast, and were interviewed about their choices.

There was some shock when we chatted to them about the contents of the foodstuffs!

It is important that we are aware of the levels of sugar fat and salt we are voluntarily ingesting.

All of these, taken daily at too high amounts will produce real health major problems.

If you are unaware of what these are, are unaware of how much you are taking of really non-nutritious and decidedly unhealthy products, Anne can help sort it out for you.

It’s easy in a busy life to just fall into a regular habit that is going create the most awful symptoms that will develop into serious illness ahead.

Yes, we are all busy people, but if you can understand that we need the RIGHT fuel, ie, the RIGHT foods to keep your precious body and mind functioning smoothly and healthily, then you need to be very aware of what you buying from the supermarkets.

The TV programme experience for me was interesting. The information imparted in there is vital.

You don’t need to wait for the programme to find out what it is that you need to be eating and drinking, what you are really not realising is not at all ok……01744 612391 or Let me show the benefits of an excellent British Breakfast! It might even save your Life.



The benefits of commitment? (to anything)

Jun 6, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence – regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.”

This quote from Vince Lombardi tells us to in another way to focus on doing our best, at whatever we are choosing to be interested in, large or small – it might be changing the food you eat, or the number of times you smile and relax, the hobby you are involved with; or the effort you put in at work, a major new challenge – or the effort you put into working out how you look after yourself or your Staff?

The benefits are immense, the quality of life improves, constantly.


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?




Vit D – Sun or Supplement?

May 27, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

Be aware that unless you are seeing enough daily sunshine between March and September – and who does in the UK? you are likely to be low in levels of Vit D.

Vit D shortage can be happening without you knowing, and low levels are indicated in many conditions, including cancer (Anticancer Research publication). Supplementation is easy. Please speak with your doctor or Nutritional Therapist.

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.



Wasting your money on Supplements?

May 13, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Nutrition  //  No Comments

If you are (happily) taking more interest in your wellbeing, and may have read articles which encourage you to buy nutritional supplements – STOP!

Please be aware that that is what they are – supplements. Firstly, find the correct support (ie qualified professional) to work out if your foodstuff is actually giving you the correct nutrition for your system, not a whole bunch of other people’s. Secondly, then, you can be safely recommended any necessary supplements.

Thirdly, a simple blood test, if you are concerned, taken by your local surgery will inform if you are low in vital nutrients, eg Vit D – of which there has lately been much in the press.

Don’t be unnecessarily alarmed or conned – take these simple steps to save, time, money and worry.

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.