4 Reasons to Love Parsley

4 Reasons to Love Parsley

Parsley is often used as a garnish but there is so much herb than this. Adding a sprig to dishes has some impressive health benefits and a lot more nutrients than you might think!

Here are 4 of the great benefits of parsley for better health:

#1 It’s Full of Antioxidants

There are lots of flavonoids in parsley and these act as antioxidants that help to protect against damage to cells.

One of these is vitamin C, which can neutralise free radicals and stop them wreaking so much havoc in the body. Free radicals are linked to lots of different diseases so you may be able to protect against some of them if you have plenty of antioxidants in your diet. And parsley is definitely one way to get the ball rolling on this!

#2 It’s Heart Healthy

When you think of heart healthy nutrients, folic acid probably isn’t the first one that springs to mind. Its ability to reduce homocysteine in in the blood protects the blood vessels.

If you have a lot of homocysteine molecules in your body, there is a big risk that your blood vessels will become damaged and if you go on to develop atherosclerosis (a condition that affects the blood vessels), this can make you a lot more likely to have a heart attack or stroke,

Foods that are rich in folic acid can reduce this risk and parsley ticks this box too.

#3 It Can Protect Against Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis may be an autoimmune condition but some studies have suggested that you could be less likely to develop it if your diet includes the right nutrients.

Vitamin C could help with this and one study found that people who didn’t get a lot of vitamin C in their diet were more likely to develop arthritis compared to those that had diets rich in vitamin C . The study focused on polyarthritis, which affects two or more joints at the same time.

You don’t need to go overboard with how much vitamin C you get though as some studies have suggested that too much can be bad for the joints.

#4 It Could Fight Cancer

Parsley contains a number of volatile oils, some of which have been shown in studies on animals to have the potential to fight cancerous tumours.

 

 

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5 Ways to Overcome Negative Thinking

5 Ways to Overcome Negative Thinking

Do you regularly find yourself thinking negatively about yourself and the world around you?

Most of us have negative thoughts every now and again but if negative thinking is a chronic, long term problem, it can have a very significant effect on your mental health and wellbeing.

At its worst, negative thinking can affect your quality of life and this can be a sign that you’re suffering from depression or an anxiety disorder.

Negative thinking can have a snowball effect and tends to be very hard to control. And the more you acknowledge them, the more these thoughts feel true.

Types of Negative Thinking

Negative thoughts can fall loosely into categories such as these:

  • Predicting the future – “I’ll fail at this” or “this will be a total disaster”
  • Reading other people’s minds – “They don’t like me” or “people think I’m boring”
  • Catastrophizing and thinking the worst -Expecting things to go wrong and seeing a potential downside to every scenario

Negative thinking is often “all or nothing” and very much black and white.

Whereas someone with a more positive mindset may see shades of grey in their thinking that they can latch onto, negative thinking tends to be at the worst end of the spectrum.

You’re likely to think about all of the things that could potentially go wrong rather than focusing on the more realistic outcomes.

Overcoming Negative Thinking

One of the great things about our minds is the ability to change things up. Your thought patterns aren’t set in stone and with the right tools, it’s definitely possible to swap negative thought patterns for healthier and more positive alternatives.

  • Find the “Grey” Areas in a Situation

Negative thinking usually leads you straight to the worst possible outcomes in a given situation so you’ll need to stop your mind from thinking in such extremes. There will almost always be a number of more realistic outcomes that you can focus on instead and these “grey” areas are where your mind needs to go to instead.

One way to do this is to write down the worst case scenario that is running through your head and then list some of the outcomes that are more likely to happen. This forces your mind to think about alternative outcomes rather than focusing solely on the original negative thought.

  • Reframe Your Thinking

It’s not always that easy to put a different slant on your thinking, especially if you’re so used to being negative with your thoughts. Being able to find a more positive take on a situation can help you to see things in a very different light but this often means that you have to go against your natural tendency to think the worst and this isn’t easy.

This is where Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or hypnotherapy can help you to refocus the way that you tend to think so that you can look at things from a different angle.

  • Not Over Generalizing Situations

Negative thinking often blows situations out of all proportion so that they take on much more significance than they probably should do. For example, a date that doesn’t work out can leave you thinking that “I’ll never meet anyone” or I’ll never be happy”.

If negative thinking wasn’t controlling your mindset, you’d be much more likely to chalk it up to just not being compatible with your date rather than fearing that it sets a precedent for the future.

  • Not “Mind Reading” Situations

Another big part of negative thinking is “mind reading” a situation when you don’t actually have the evidence to back up your fears.

If someone doesn’t text you back, you may jump to the conclusion that they don’t like you, for example. In reality, it’s a lot more likely that they’re just busy and haven’t had chance to respond yet or they were in the middle of something when they got your text and have forgotten to reply.

Neither of these scenarios is any reflection of how they feel about you

  • Spending Time in the Moment

Being “in the moment” gives you the opportunity to pull back from your thoughts and focus your attention elsewhere, namely on the things around you rather than yourself.

How Blogging Can Help Your Health Business to Grow

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You may have heard that having a regularly updated blog on your website will help to grow your business but as a health/wellness professional, you may wonder whether this applies to you and what the benefits may be for finding new clients.

Here are a few of the ways that blogging can help you to reach out to more clients:

More Clients Can Find You

Having more content on your website gives potential clients more opportunity to discover you and it opens the door to being found by people who aren’t necessarily even aware of how your services could help them.

A potential client may go online in the hope of finding some information on how they can manage a health condition and come across your blog post on how that very condition can be treated through hypnotherapy or aromatherapy, for example.

This person probably wasn’t even looking for a hypnotherapist or aromatherapist before they started searching and may not have had any idea of how you could help them before they found your blog post. Having read your post and realising that you understand their situation and are perfectly placed to support them, there’s a good chance that they’ll have a look around your site to find out more about you.

The end result? You’ve significantly increased your chances for potential clients arranging an assessment or booking an appointment with you because you recognised the importance of creating content on topics your clients are looking for information on and using targeted keywords to help these posts to show up in front of these people.

You Can Convert More Clients

The main focus for your blog posts should always be based on delivering high quality content that your readers can learn from but that doesn’t mean you can’t include a reasonably subtle call-to-action in your posts to encourage potential clients to arrange an assessment with you or book an appointment. Just be careful not to do an overly hard sell as this can put people off and makes it hard to build trust.

Your Brand Will Be Stronger

Your business is also a brand and this can be really important for encouraging potential clients to come to you for help and support. If they are in the market for working with someone in your niche, they may be looking at some of your competitors too.

To stand out over others, you need a strong brand and a regular supply of quality content can help with this. If potential clients like what they see from your blog, they’ll see you in a very positive light and can be persuaded to choose you.

You Can Build Stronger Authority

High quality content doesn’t just build trust with potential clients. It can also strengthen your authority in general, especially if your posts are linked to by other sites and gain backlinks that increase your domain authority. This can help you to rank higher in search engines and gives you more potential to get in front of potential clients.

How Long Will Results Take?

It’s unlikely that you’ll suddenly see a big surge in clients when you first start blogging and it can take a few months to start seeing results. Don’t let this put you off though!

The more you blog on topics that potential clients will be interested in, the more chance you have to get in front of them and convert them into clients, especially if you’re targeting keywords that aren’t . Once you have a steady stream of content on your blog, you can start seeing the benefits but it’s important not to give up too soon. Like all forms of content marketing, blogging is a long term strategy.

What Does It Mean to Live in the Moment?

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Being “in the moment” is a big part of mindfulness and it’s been shown in studies to be really effective in helping us to feel happier.

A big study into wellbeing found that daydreaming, thinking ahead and going off track with our thoughts in general are a lot more likely to make us feel miserable.

Participants were asked to log in and say what they were doing at that particular moment, how happy they were and whether they were thinking about that activity.  In almost half of cases, their thoughts were elsewhere and this seemed to be directly linked to their mood.

This led researchers to claim a link between not being “in the moment” and feeling unhappy, even if this tangent includes positive thoughts about something that we like or enjoy.  They believe that the distraction is what was making a lot of the study participants less happy, rather than their emotions being the cause of their wandering mind.

The Importance of Being “In the Moment”

There’s a lot to be said about the wellbeing benefits of being able to stay “in the moment” with our thinking but it’s not always that easy to actually make this happen for any great length of time.

Our minds are very good at veering off on tangents, sometimes to the past or the future. This can work against us in some cases and encourage thoughts about things that may happen further down the line (but often never do!).

Most of our negative thoughts tend to involve dwelling on things that have happened in the past or worrying about what could happen in the future. Living more “in the moment” takes this away and forces us to focus on the here and now, which is often a lot less stress inducing.

A busy, active mind is only part of the problem though. Add in the fact that most of us also have incredibly hectic lives (and increasingly blurred lines between home and work in many cases) and it’s not hard to see why few of us spend much time “in the moment”.  The end result? Our busy minds take control of us.

You can change this through mindfulness, which is all about spending time in the present. This helps to distance yourself from your thoughts and take a step back from them.

How to Be “In the Moment”

Mindfulness doesn’t involve fighting against your thoughts. The key thing is to acknowledge your thoughts and let them wash over you. You don’t need to push away any of your thoughts or even pass any judgement on them at all. You just want to observe them.

Savour the Moment

Mindfulness can be practiced in lots of different scenarios but you may want to start off with something that you enjoy to get into the habit and experience the benefits.

Next time you’re eating a food or enjoy or doing an activity you really enjoy, take the time to really focus on what you’re doing and the way it makes you feel. For food, concentrate on taste and texture, for example.

Most of the time, we rush through everyday things including eating and drinking but they’re a great opportunity to spend some time “in the moment”.

Focus on Something Else

One mistake that people often make when trying to be more mindful is to overthink things.

Focusing your attention on outside things can help to distract yourself from the ‘talk’ that is happening in your mind.

It can also be a good way to make it easier for you to avoid attaching any kind of label to thoughts that come into your mind and judging them. This way, the thought come and go in your mind without it gaining the same significance compared to non mindful thinking.

Accepting Feelings and Emotions

A lot of the time, we’re actively trying to fight against emotions, especially negatives ones such as stress, anxiety, sadness and pain. Rather than making things better, this usually only makes us feel worse.

Being “in the moment” with your emotions means accepting that they may be out of your control. You’re not admitting defeat and you still have complete control of how you manage the emotion(s). The key thing is not to let it overwhelm you or to focus your attention on it. Acknowledge it by all means but then try to turn your attention to something else.