Book Launch Of A Darker Shade Of Blue

It Finally Happened

It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post and a lot has been going on.  As you know we have had lots of lockdowns which has resulted in me having to put my business on hold; which has been extremely frustrating as it was just getting started and I managed to turn it into a not-for-profit CIC (2 weeks before the first lockdown).    But one of the positive things that have happened since my last post is my book launch of A Darker Shade of Blue.

Book Launch Of A Darker Shade Of Blue

I took the time during lockdown to finish putting my book together; “A Darker Shade of Blue”.  For those of you who do not know I have been compiling a collection of poems from people struggling with their mental health and also by the loved ones of people struggling.  It has been a very emotional ride but one of the most rewarding.  Being able to give people a voice is so important; raising awareness is key.

So the book was finished several months ago and is now available on Amazon both as a paperback and also on Kindle.   I will warn you now; it’s emotional but beautiful and I feel honoured and humbled that people were wanting to help me on this mission and to the people that donated a poem I am truly grateful.

For people who would like to purchase a copy, you can find the link here.

Now available as Kindle and Paperback via Amazon

I really do not want to close the business Karma Times, as it is something I am passionate about.  I am currently working for someone who has given me a wonderful opportunity, an all-expenses-paid job working out in St Lucia which I couldn’t refuse and there is the possibility that this will lead to turning Karma Times into Charity status; which is my ultimate dream.  Whether I do this from this side of the ocean or the other will remain to be seen.  But either way, I will make sure I have the most amazing team to run it and I will continue to carry on working in the background and also go back to giving 1 to 1 treatments etc.

My next blog post will be all about my time here so far in St Lucia and will share some incredible photos with you.  I’ve so missed writing my posts.

Will write soon

Tracey xXx

 

 

3 Ways of Coping with Anxiety

Anxiety is on the increase

Life has changed immeasurably in the past few weeks and months.  We are all dealing with uncertainty.  Fear, doubt, financial concerns, and family stresses sow the seeds of anxiety.  As Donna Booth explains, our need to contribute, combined with a growing sense of helplessness, often causes anxiety to spiral.  It’s essential to take a moment or two for yourself to get everything back under control.  So today I am going to share with you 3 ways of coping with anxiety.

3 ways of coping with anxiety

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is excellent for bringing your attention out of your head and into your body and helping you to manage emotions.  You can do it anywhere, at any time, without people noticing.

Sit comfortably and place one hand on your belly.  Imagine there is a balloon in your belly and imagine filling the balloon with your inhalation.  You should notice the hand on your belly rise.  Don’t worry if it is your chest that rises first, the more you practice, the easier it will be.  Hold the air in your lungs, and then exhale slowly.  The secret is to go slow:  Time the inhalation (4 seconds), pause (2 seconds), and exhalation (6 seconds).  Practice this for 3-5 minutes.

Progressive muscle relaxation

By tensing and relaxing the muscles throughout your body, you can achieve a deep feeling of relaxation.  This exercise helps you recognise where in your body you are holding tension.

Sit back or lie down in a comfortable position.  Follow the instructions below, tensing each body part for about 10 seconds.  Notice how the feeling of relaxation differs from the feeling of tension.

Feet – Curl your toes tightly into your fee, then release.

Calves – Point then flex your feet, then relax.

Thighs – Squeeze your thighs together tightly, then relax.

Torso – Suck in your tummy as if you were trying to touch your spine, then relax.

Back – Squeeze your shoulder blades together, then relax.

Shoulders – Scrunch your shoulders up to your ears, then drop them.

Arms – make fists and squeeze to your shoulders, then drop them.

Hands – Make a fist by curling your fingers into your palm, then stretch your fingers wide and relax.

Face – Scrunch your facial features as if you were trying to get them to meet in the middle of your face, then relax.

Full body – Squeeze all muscles together, then release the tension.  Deep breath in, deep breath out.

Using Your Senses

This exercise brings you back into the moment.  It can be done very quickly, or you can take a little more time on each sense.

  1. Notice five things that you can see.  Look all around to take in all your surroundings.  Look for small details you would usually miss.
  2. Notice four sounds that you can hear.  Listen closely to everything around you and further away.
  3. Now three things that you can feel.  Think of how the air feels on your skin, and how your clothes feel on your body.
  4. Notice two things you can smell.  What scents are present?  What does the air smell like?  Take some time to appreciate the sents.
  5. And finally, one thing you can taste.  Do you have something you can eat or can you taste the air or the inside of your mouth?Above all, make sure you take time for yourself, don’t feel you must use this time to do ‘all the things’.  Pause, breathe, take care of yourself, be with your loved ones, and give yourself time to consider the parts of your life that you want to carry forward into your new future.

    I hope you enjoyed this blog post, 3 ways of coping with anxiety and I will be writing about many others in the future so make sure you hit subscribe so that you don’t miss any of them.  Thank you for reading.

Love and Light

Tracey xXx