How To Combat The Post-Holiday Crash Cold!

Read On For How To Combat The Post-Holiday Crash Cold!

Are you one of the many suffering from the New-Year cold? Did your holiday season wither you down and suppress your immune system? Are you stuck in bed or wrapped in many warm layers indoors, with a runny nose, red eyes, sore throat, and aching body, sniffling away after you just finished making your New Year Resolutions? I completely understand, all that running around, non-thermal party outfits, holiday indulgence and little sleep or rest has now got your body fixed in “Recovery Mode”! Fear not, your cold is just a way for your system to clear out 2014’s toll on your body and prepare for a rejuvenating 2015!

So to help support you, here are my amazing Cold-Combatting restful tips to help you recover quicker and begin enjoying your New Year!

A-woman-suffering-with-a-cold-at-home. People with chronic pain can find the winter months a bit harder, the chill making bones and joints feel extra creaky or the pain more intense. And with a few tweaks to our daily habits, all of us can enjoy a pain-free season of warmth and comfort.

Eat for warmth: Protect against winter’s extra pathogens (viruses and bacteria) that can trigger inflammatory responses. At the first tiny tickle in my throat, I immediately launch into ginger & lemon cleanse mode: Clear soups and broths with extra ginger, ginger and oregano tea all day—basically ginger in or on absolutely everything. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory quercetin keeps mucus thin and fights pain, as well as helping with digestion. Other great warmers: Sea buckthorn tea (also packed with quercetin); extra virgin olive oil and cayenne pepper in soups (as hot as you can have it!); and a few drops of grapefruit seed extract in a small glass of water–all warm us from within while fighting bacteria and viruses that trigger inflammatory responses.

Feel for warmth: Steamy baths and showers are great in winter. Not only does the hot water help raise your core temperature to stave off cold-related aches and pains, it turns your bath inhalation treatment! Just add a few drops of eucalyptus to the bath or shower (or steam room at the gym) to keep your sinuses and lungs clear and congestion-free.

Move for warmth: Every part of you—mind, body, and spirit—will hum along more happily if you stay active throughout the winter. If you live in a colder climate, invest in some good winter walking boots, technical fiber gloves, and a comfy hat/scarf and warm coat that will block the chill. Make sure you have reflective patches on your outwear and wear a headlamp before sunrise or after sunset. No excuses to not keep that body moving! It’s for your wellbeing! The seasonal changes and influences on light can also make outdoor exercise a challenge, which can exacerbate seasonal blues. My tip to keep your brain upbeat during the darker months is to expose your face upturned to the noonday sun (from a safe environment away busy areas), every single day (even just for 5 minutes!) so the pineal gland behind your eyes can keep your biorhythms well balanced. Also, feed your body & neurons at least 3 grams of brain-building omega 3s every day as your brain and joints absorb fish oil best, but flax seed oil is great, too, especially for vegetarians.

Rest for warmth: Allowing your body to downshift, release stress, and fully embrace this natural cycle of rest and renewal can counteract the overload that taxes our adrenals and ages us prematurely. Enjoy a hearty weekend breakfast of steel cut oats with manuka honey, dates, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Then scoop a little coconut oil into a cup of hot coffee, grab some slippers or cushy socks and a blanket, and snuggle in for a movie or a book with someone you love. cold I know it can be stressful figuring out which remedy or herbal tea is the best one for you and your symptoms. There are so many options and every one has a different purpose, from soothing your throat to helping you sleep, to just tasting good. Having recently experienced by own post-holiday recovery mode, with the common cold going around I thoroughly recommend the following remedial tea, which will not only clear up your symptoms, it will also protect your internal systems, boost your immune system and get you ready to start 2015! Combine the following in a pan and boil with 2 cups water for 5-10mins. Pour into a cup, wait 2-4mins to cool, then sit back, sip and enjoy, letting all of your distress melt away…

1. Ginger – Anti-viral. Containing nearly a dozen antiviral compounds, it is also pain-relieving, antiseptic, and antioxidant. Helps prevent and treats colds, sore throats, and inflamation of mucus membranes. It also reduces pain and fever and encourages rest.

2. Echinacea (leaves/petals) – Anti-bacterial. Increases levels of properdin, a chemical that activates part of the immune system responsible for increasing defence mechanisms against viral and bacterial attacks.

3. Garlic – Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. Contains several helpful immune-boosting compounds, including allicin, a potent, natural antibiotic. Best used raw.

4. Sage – Antiseptic, anti-bacterial. Sooths sore throats, promotes good digestion, and helps ease menstrual cramps.

5. Goldenseal – Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. Immune stimulating, increasing blood supply to the spleen. The chemical berberine in goldenseal activates white blood cells that destruct bacteria, fungi, viruses, and tumour cells.

6. Peppermint – It is not only a painkiller for headaches and reduces fevers by inducing sweating and cooling of the body, but it helps bring up mucus and other material from the lungs, bronchi, and trachea during bronchitis, colds, and the flu.

7. Blackberry (leaves or fruit) – The fruit is very rich in vitamin C, and the leaves can be used in teas.

8. Cinnamon – Anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal  Helps stop vomiting and relieve nausea, and increases restricted blood flow.

9. Clove – Antiviral, anti-fungal  antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. Helps fight infection and ease pain.

10. Lemon – Another rich source of vitamin C, squeeze some into your tea.

11. Chamomile – Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. Natural sedative.

12. Lemongrass – Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal  Relieves digestive ailments and fluid retention, improves blood circulation, and dilates blood vessels.

13. Oregano – A general tonic and immune booster.

14. Rosemary – Antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-parasitic  anti-fungal. Good for the nerves and has a stimulating effect.

15. Tumeric – Antioxidant, anti-imflammatory, anti-fungal  and anticancer. It is a blood purifier, and helps lower blood sugar levels.

16. Elderberries – Antioxidant. Boosts the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis

17. Bee Pollen – Immune booster. Preventing infectious diseases such as the cold and flu (it has antibiotic type properties).

18. Manuka Honey – Immune boosting, highly anti-bacterial. Treats ulcers, strep throat, cold sores, skin infections, cuts and abrasions. In addition to this healing and warming tea, ensuring you’re topped up with Vit C, Vit D and Zinc (consult with your physician if you are deficient) for the best way to protect your immune system and recover from your cold, flu, infection or virus.

pressure-cooker-bone-broth-5 A Healing Diet Staple: Bone Broth First and foremost, homemade bone broth is excellent for speeding healing and recuperation from illness. You’ve undoubtedly heard the old adage that chicken soup will help cure a cold, and there’s scientific support for such a statement. Broth or “stock” plays an important role as it’s easily digestible, helps heal the lining of your gut, and contains valuable nutrients. Abnormalities in your immune system are a common outcome and such immune abnormalities can then allow for the development of virtually any degenerative disease. Bone broth has amazing benefits to your body, and in addition to reducing joint pain, inflammation, and promoting healthy joints and bones, it’s phenomenal at healing the gut and protecting your immune system. Even more, it inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses, etc.: Research from over a decade ago found that chicken soup indeed has medicinal qualities, significantly stopping infection. Women-Winter-l Remember this time off is important for you to heal, reflect and strengthen your immune system. Don’t try to force the recovery, allow it to take it’s time, and use my tips to catalyse the process in an effective, supporting and nourishing way! Send me your thoughts after you read through. I would love to hear your thoughts and how this has helped you heal and combat your post-holiday crash cold! I look forward to seeing you soon.

All my Best, Manjot 🙂

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How To Do Something Better Than A New Year’s Resolution

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Read On For How To Free Yourself From Physical Pain & Make 2015 The Year To Change Your Future!
How has 2014 treated you? How did this make you feel? Did your resolutions for 2014 pan out the way you planned? Have you had moments of revolutionary changes or did this year drag on without the changes you wanted? Have you experienced life-changing epiphanies or are you still waiting for ways to make things work for you? Do you desire 2015 to be the year to change your life? Are you excited for the changes ahead? Do your new year resolutions feel too far out from your reach? Will you give up after the 3rd week of January? Do you wish for more support, guidance, help and love to get you to your goals?

If you answered any of these questions with a yearning to make 2015 your year to own, read on for ways to fulfil your resolutions, and even better, to begin living a life that creates abundance in your body, mind and spirit; making your resolutions a piece of cake! Because however 2014 was for you, 2015 will be even better!

We’ve all been there, we reflect on the areas of our lives we wish to improve the most and share the following statements: “This year I’m going to…..This year I promise to…My new years resolution is to…”

And what happens? I know there are a lot of blank faces and memories flashing before you right now as you ask this question to yourself. Year in year out, why do we make these resolutions as a force of habit with the best intentions at heart to fulfil them, yet we struggle to carry through any with much success, or at the first challenge we give up?

So just for you, I have found a better way, a solution to this, and it’s based on a simple yet powerful reinforcement. Before you continue reading, I want you to think about your answer to these questions: What happens when we struggle? What do we tell ourselves when we come across challenges? Why do we feel the way we do, when we “fail” at something we long for?

…We fill ourselves with self-doubt, negativity, overwhelming lethargy, “why bother” thoughts and forget to love & encourage ourselves, we forget to be patient with ourselves, we forget we can only try to be our best. And most of all, we don’t put BACK-UP PLANS into place! The plan that will push up t our goal if our initial motivation doesn’t get us there; the plan that underlines all ultimate plans by supporting us with consistent & confident reminders of the choices we can make, and the results we want.

The back-up plans come from training our brain to adapt to a new way of thinking & the deeper, spiritual part of our being, the part where we can manifest skills that lead to practical changes – therefore using the POWER OF INTENTION is one of the most valuable and important skills we can master!

So here are my favourite new-found tips from Deepak Chopra that I want to share with you on how to be consistent for a whole year to give you a greater chance for success, fitting every lifestyle, belief-system & personality to create and live your envisioned dream goals!

The Four Intentions

I want a joyful, energetic body.
I want a loving, compassionate heart.
I want a restful, alert mind.
I want lightness of being.
As you’ll have noticed, these 4 intentions evolve from your body, through your emotions, to your mind and beyond your spirit; connecting all 4, which encompass our feelings, thoughts, sensations and visions. So just as everyone has a natural flow in their life, these 4 intentions, once put into place can replace the struggles, hard-efforts and resistance to create an easier way of living so we can carry through out new year resolutions with ease & grace!

Here’s a great routine to practice and start inhabiting the power of intention by connecting to your body, emotions, mind and spirit as one. Although this seems hard in theory, these steps will make it simple & effective for you to reach your goals.

Step 1: Create & set your day’s agenda – In the morning, take some time to sit quietly before beginning your day’s activities. This is your valuable time for setting the inner agenda for the day ahead, in a calm & quiet focus. If you already meditate or practice quiet mindfulness, you can add these 4 intentions at the end of your session to add more clarity.

Step : Breathe & connect to your heart – When you’re comfortable & your mind is settled, follow your breath, easily and effortlessly, for five minutes, breathing in and out with your natural breath, not forcing anything. At the end, place your attention on your heart and continue breathing at a quiet and peaceful pace.

Step 3: Repeat the 4 intentions – Repeat, taking a pause between each one to let the intention find its place inside you. You may have different thoughts or responses to each intention as you repeat this, and this is okay as our mind-body connection is fluid. Be easy and calm with any response that comes to you, and return your attention to your breath & heart before saying the next intention.

E.g Quietly say the first intention: I want a joyful, energetic body. Wait a moment to let your attention go to any image, feeling, sensation or thought that arises. Simply notice the response, don’t judge or try to change it, however it is; then put your attention back on your heart and silently say the second intention: I want a loving, compassionate heart and repeat this practice.

The purpose here is to get your attention to loosen up, relax, listen to your body & go where the mind naturally wants to go. If you find that any response feels too strong or causes distress, open your eyes, take a few deep breaths until you feel centered again, then go back to the next intention. Don’t force anything.

Step 4: Quiet settling – When you have finished the four intentions, sit quietly in a settled state for a few minutes. Then get up and go about your day and begin your activities.

Following Up

Simply by saying the intentions and adding this to your daily “Quiet Time” routine, these intentions will enter our minds, so we affect far more change than we realise, by enforcing it with WILLPOWER.

Following up with the practice will enhance your intentions and make YOUR RESOLUTIONS EASIER TO ACHIEVE.

1. Reminders: When you’re confused or in a dilemma remind yourself of the intention that is best suited. i.e – If you’re full from a meal and temptation kicks in, where you find yourself staring at a rich, indulgent dessert, repeat to yourself, “I want a joyful, energetic body.” IT’S THAT SIMPLE. And remember, the choice is ours so do as you wish, order dessert or not, without judgment.

When we remind ourselves of our intentions, over time, this highly valuable step aligns us with our highest intention without stress! Which is why it’s perfect and calming to reach resolutions faster & more effectively!

2. Stress: The opposite of flow is stress. If you’re stressed, the first and most productive thing you can do for yourself is to get out of the stressful situation as quickly as you can. Find a quiet place, take some deep breaths, centre yourself, and repeat your intentions, especially “I want lightness of being.” because you are telling your higher and most powerful self that you don’t want to align yourself with stress, and want to align yourself with peace, calmness & serenity. There’s nothing worse than allowing external struggles to effect our goals, so don’t let it!

3. Reinforcement: The best reinforcement is being aware of your daily journey. At the end of your day, write down the positive things that happened during the day in regards to any intention that you feel is starting to come true. It can be something as simple as someone making you smile at work, enjoying a walk, appreciating natural beauty such as the weather, feeling grateful for your children or partner, or being inspired by a poem or scriptural, sacred passage. These are moments where flow replaced struggle, and you overcome negativity, and reinforce wellness, positivity & wisdom. Acknowledge them, be grateful for them and they will increase.

4. Regrouping & Categorising: The days can be very busy, tiring and demanding. After expending all of your energy, going to sleep allows your brain to reset for the coming day, recharges your body with it’s physical wellbeing and nourishes the peaceful part of your being. Before going to sleep, as you lie in bed, in those moments before sleep comes, be aware of the four intentions. Review body, emotions, mind, and spirit. You can repeat the intentions or simply let your attention go to these four areas in a positive, optimistic mood. Saying something as simple as “thank you” is enough to create a positive shift.

These great intentions throughout this simple & effective program is far more efficient than simply making a resolution. These will take you to the next step with clarity, ease, reinforcement because this connection is what we deeply desire; and in doing so, will shift areas of struggle within you and unite your body, mind and spirit, so you can accomplish far more than your yearly resolution!

Send me your thoughts after you have read through! I would love to hear your thoughts and how this has affected your life, new year resolutions & you!

I look forward to seeing you soon and serving you in 2015!

All my Best & wishing you all a safe, healthy, beautiful & very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Manjot 🙂

If what you have read today resonates with your health & wellness vision and you or anyone you know who would love to have a complimentary discovery consultation with Manjot please email:info@mkdosteopathy.com and we will arrange this for you.

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Is Christmas Killing You?!

4 Ways To Stay Pain-Free & Sane Through The Holidays!

Read On For How To Enjoy Your Holidays Pain-Free!

It’s finally here…the holiday season is upon us. This year’s late Black Friday festivities deposited us directly into December, leaving us less time to prepare and cranking up the pressure that much sooner for the remainder of the holiday season.

For some, the adrenalin-pumping go-go-go of the holidays is a fun rush. For others, the stress and overwhelm can be frustrating and cause pain, which becomes all the more isolating during what’s supposed to be a joyous and hospitable time of the year.

And by keeping just a few key commitments to yourself, you can enjoy the pleasures of the season, without the pain, frustration, overwhelm or the dreaded holiday stress!

QUESTION: Besides struggling to stay calm & steer clear of all the tempting foods that increase my pain levels, I’m worried about sticking to my remedial advice & exercises while I’m traveling and staying with family. I’m doing so well – how can I avoid falling off the wagon during the holidays and keep sane whilst surrounded by all of my family?

ANSWER: The holidays can be full of fun festivities, but all the fun and socializing can often lead to holiday burnout. Not to mention managing all the tempting foods and potentially tricky family dynamics. First off – you’re not alone! So many of us go through the same stuff every year: stress because of family tensions, traveling, being away from our routine, etc, and it’s anything but easy. But here’s the good news: You can stick to your health & wellness commitments during the holidays, and I’m going to give you a few tips on how to do it. After all, what’s an adult committed to maintaining their healthy lifestyle to do? Stay committed to 4 principles of sanity to keep yourself balanced and vibrant during the most hectic months of the year.

Here are my top 4 simple strategies to stay sane and pain-free through the holidays.

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Make Your Time Good

Do not try to “make good time” on your ‘next car trip’ or ‘next family get-together’. We can’t improve time by speeding through it. We can only make time good by being present, taking deep breaths, finding the beauty in the voyage and enjoying every moment. Sure, make this convenient and organised for you; leave before peak travel hours, and opt for a less congested route. But if you do get stuck in traffic, surrender. Go with the flow. Choose to make your time good. You will get there either way.

Same goes for your flight – embrace flight delays. Buy yourself a funny, romantic or crazy book in the gift shop and lose yourself in the pages. Avoid mind-altering substances that drain you (coffee, cocktails, in-flight wifi). Treat the plane like a flying spa to avoid the stress and welcome the time: Bring your anti-inflammatory nettle tea bags. Drink ½ liter of water per hour in the air. Spritz your seat with colloidal silver spray and yourself with rescue spray. Hide behind your eye mask and earplugs; just completely zone out. With this mini-detox, you’ll arrive rejuvenated and better able to resist the cakes, chocolates, alcohol and other pain-causing, crazy-inducing carbs waiting for you at all those parties.

When you’re out of town or away from home, DO NOT stop your remedial advice and personalised exercises! Bring everything you need with you when you travel. Whatever it takes – just keep moving! Incorporate the whole family. Get a game of touch football going, play tag with the kids, go cross-country skiing – whatever encourages your family to get outdoors and be healthy together.

This holiday season FOCUS ON FUN. Remember why we have holidays to begin with? Let fun be the focus, and things will instantly lighten up with your family and friends. If an event is becoming crazy stressful, take a step back, take a deep breath and delegate responsibilities to ease your load.

Balance Your Binges

Now, about those parties. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence once in a while. But your system can only rev so high for so long. Balance every feast with a bit of planned famine. Don’t drink alcohol every day—you’ll inflame your liver, the site of our selfish, angry energy (which can occasionally trigger family spats…). After a big night out or a huge meal, stick to pain-fighting bone broth (its glucosamine and chondroitin soothe arthritis and joint pain), nourishing green veggies (to help strengthen your immune system and cleanse your gut) and anti-inflammatory ginger & turmeric tea (your liver’s best friend) for 12 to 24 hours, to allow your metabolic system reset.
Binge on social time, too: Instead of scheduling a meal or coffee with one friend at a time, plan one big reunion and get everyone together at once. Stay up late, laugh yourself silly, and then set aside some solid downtime the next day.

Strengthen your inner voice to say No. If you’re overwhelmed by party invites and already dreading the string of sugar and alcohol hangovers that lies in the months ahead? Just say no! It’s ok to do things your own way. You don’t need to go to every cocktail hour, and you certainly don’t have to drink and sugar binge at every social gathering. Feel free to use your, “No thanks,” as freely as you feel the need! Don’t binge, but do indulge a tiny bit. You can’t totally deprive yourself or you’ll be miserable. Trying to abstain completely from treats, not only during the holidays but in your everyday life, is a surefire recipe for disaster. However, give yourself limits – have one treat, and work it into your calorie allowance for the day.

Do You and no-one but You! Herd mentality can be strong over the holidays, particularly if you’re spending them with your extended family. The best way to make sure you’re getting the healthy food and exercise you need is to remember that it’s ok to be different. Moreover, you don’t need to intrude on anyone else’s routine, or malign their choices, in order to justify your own. It’s ok to be different! It’s what makes us unique!

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Keep Drinking That Warm Water With Lemon

Seems like such a little thing, doesn’t it? Wake up, head to kitchen, get warm water, squeeze lemon, drink. Little, yes, but mighty. Lemon’s antioxidants bolster your immune system, zapping any viruses picked up at the party. The burst of vitamin C lowers cortisol, increases iron absorption and keeps asthma at bay. The lovely smell increases your alertness and concentration. But most importantly, this daily ritual helps you center and ground yourself in your own life, every single morning, even if you’re standing in your mother’s kitchen. Use that moment to replant your healthy habits’ foothold in your life, even in the most hectic times. Set your intentions to stay true to yourself and steer clear of pain, whether from inflammatory foods or inflammatory emotions.

Relax and take quality personal “Me Time”

When all the socializing gets to be too much, take a moment (or a few hours) to be by yourself in a setting that refills your proverbial bucket. Whether that means taking a walk, taking a nap, doing yoga, or otherwise clearing your mind, remember that it’s ok to take time alone to reassert your sanity. Also, avoid saboteurs – if a particular member of your family always brings you down or ridicules your lifestyle decisions, avoid him or her! Limit your conversation with that person. If friends or relatives can’t be supportive of you and health & wellness goals, don’t share the details of your life with them. Then they won’t be able to berate or criticise you.

Lastly, just relax. Remember that things might fall apart every now and again, and there’s always time to pick up the pieces and start fresh tomorrow. Take a deep breath and know that relaxing in the midst of total mayhem is a great way to gain a different perspective.

No matter how crazy the season, you can stay sane. You can be pain-free. Remember: This is your time. Stay Present & Make it Good.

Send me your thoughts after you read through. I would love to hear your thoughts or questions on how this helps you throughout the holiday season!

Wishing you all a healthy & safe holiday season!

I look forward to seeing you soon.

All My Best,

Manjot 🙂

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Healing, Health & Happiness Through Gratitude

Read On For How To Cultivate A Healthy, Happy & Healed Life With Gratitude

Do you want to know how gratitude can help your health? Are you interested in the ways gratitude can heal you from your pain? Do you want to know how to increase gratitude in your daily life? Are you looking for abundance in your health, love, relationships and life?

If so, read on for this Thanksgiving-inspired newsletter! Dedicated to my wonderful American patients, friends and to all those who are looking to cultivate a healthy and healed life by incorporating gratitude and living in appreciation to delve into a new realm of health from within!

American Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude and it’s such an incredible opportunity to turn inward, reflect, and appreciate all the good in life. When you live your life with gratitude, it it much easier to enjoy the spirit of giving; to those around us, to those less fortunate, to those who you can make a difference to the lives and futures of, and of course – to yourself.

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The simple practice of giving thanks each day will help you to create a continuous cycle of positivity, happiness and good health. And when we cultivate being thankful, making it a part of who we are; our mindset shifts, which in turn makes you feel healthier, happier and more connected to the world, yourself and those around you.

So here are my tips on how to cultivate gratitude for your health, this holiday season:

How Does Gratitude Affect Our Health?

Boosts Immunity: Reduces your stress and supports your immune system
Inspires Joy: Erases your worries, turning your frowns into smiles
Increases Energy: Helps you sleep better at night
*Research has shown the above and also that you’ll be able to cope better with daily problems, stress, and improve health behaviours!

How To Be Grateful For Your Health By Practising Self-Care:

Eat Well: Drink more water, eat more plants and reduce processed foods
Sleep: Dim the lights and switch off from all electronic goods before bed & make your bedroom comfortable
Exercise: Choose activities you love and walk more
Be Happy: Prioritise joy, make time for play and think positively
*Also, change the way you converse with yourself. By having a more positive inner conversation, your mood will also be higher!

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How To Be Grateful For Your Relationships By Cherishing Them:

Share Time: Visit your family and spend quality time with them
Call Them: Give your parents or siblings a call – they would be thrilled to hear from you!
Meet Up: Reconnect with dear friends
Express Yourself: Give hugs and tell friends and family that you love them
*When you focus on specific things you love and appreciate about the close people in your life your relationships can improve!

How To Create Abundance By Being Grateful:

Abundant Thinking: Staying open to new and unexpected of prosperity helps you see new opportunities when they show up
Appreciate Work: Thankfulness for work helps you do a better job – turning it into a job you love or attracting a career of your dreams
Celebrate All Wins: Cheering on successes of family, friends, and colleagues helps you recognise and attract your own successes
*When you celebrate the beauty that exists in your life by appreciating the love and support that is here for you, we don’t focus on the love or support you feel is missing. When you focus on what is present, it will increase & intensify. So the way to abundance is to accept and celebrate what is, through awareness that you are worthy & good enough!

How Can You Pay It Forward?

Give: Do something nice for an unassuming stranger. Simple gestures like holding the door, giving up your seat, or letting them pass you in line can brighten up their day
Volunteer: Read to the elderly, clean up local parks, serve food to the homeless, or use another special skill you have. Search for volunteer opportunities in areas that are close to your heart
Mentor: Be a positive role model – help a child by mentoring through a program or show the way to success by mentoring someone starting out in your field
*Giving back is such a beautiful act within itself, when you’re filled with gratitude, it inspires kindness and connection within you; so provides transformational life changes.

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Gratitude Mantras – I Love These!

Repeat these great daily mantras, or craft your own throughout the holiday season and beyond! Remember the conversations we have with ourselves, in our minds are so strong, they have the ultimate power to change our minds and who we are.

– I am thankful for my HEALTH. It’s more valuable than money or any superficial wealth
– I am thankful for my FAMILY & FRIENDS. There support of me is heart-warming and knows no end
– I am thankful for EACH DAY IN TIME. My youth I will cherish, but for it, I will not pine
– I am thankful for the FOOD I eat, whether it’s a big hearty meal or a tiny tiny treat
– I am thankful for my warm bed in MY HOME. It’s the place I rest and dream, and can call my very own

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So here are my holiday season and health challenges for you over the next month; with Christmas around the corner and prospects of a stressful and busy few weeks; I would like you to take time every day to give thanks for 3 things and write them down in a journal. The second challenge is on each of those days, for you to take a moment to give a grateful gift to someone – in the form of a compliment, a smile, a kind gesture, or perhaps a helping hand.

In addition, I want you all to know how incredibly SPECIAL you are! Your unique presence, gifts & love in the world are cherished and valued! And I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you! Leading women out of pain to live their vision of a healthy, happy & healed life and being given the honourable opportunity to work & serve you makes me feel so blessed and grateful!

So have a wonderful & gratitude-filled weekend ahead and send me your thoughts on my challenges for you over the next month. I would love to hear your thoughts and how this has affected your happiness, health and outlook on life.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

All My Best & Wishing You Good Health,

Manjot 🙂

If what you have read today resonates with your health & wellness vision and you or anyone you know who would love to have a complimentary discovery consultation with Manjot please email: info@mkdosteopathy.com and we will arrange this for you.

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Is Pain Affecting Your Sex Life?

Read On For How To Free Yourself From Physical Pain Into A New Realm Of Intimacy
Do you experience physical pain? Is this stopping you from being intimate with your partner? Is your relationship being affected by this change in intimacy? Are you fearful or unhappy due to all of this? Are you getting frustrated by trying to maintain a healthy sex life? Many of the millions individuals who suffer with back pain will experience this.

If this is true for you or someone you know, please continue reading for my great tips ways to alleviate this pain, reconnect with your partner and bring happiness back into your life.

Firstly, I want to reassure you that you are not alone in feeling this way. Chronic pain can lead to sexual problems and when you’re in pain; the last thing you probably want to do is be intimate with your partner. However, a key component to healing this aspect of your life is to remember the importance of remaining close to your loved one. A healthy, intimate relationship can positively affect all aspects of your life. And a healthy and healed body can make a big shift in this important area of your life as an opportunity to welcome a deeper level of intimacy.

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The good news is that back pain doesn’t have to mean no sex, though it may mean taking a different approach to lovemaking, which can be a good thing for your relationship. The first important step is to get a back pain diagnosis from your doctor or health care professional. Remember that sexuality is an integral part of normal, healthy relationships. So I am always happy to answer any questions about how a specific back condition might affect it and the greater impact on your life, for you to follow the advice to take forward.

And I have some great tools below that will reassure you and help you to take the next steps towards healing from your pain.

Many people living with pain often have fears about sexuality and intimacy with their partners. I have tips below for the 3 biggest fears:

Fear of rejection by a partner: It is so common for people with chronic pain to feel that their partner is no longer interested. You may wonder if a partner is less attracted to you because you are in pain.

Tip 1: Share your feelings and fears with your partner and listen to your partner’s concerns and be open to accept support. Communication is critical and will help address anything unspoken to reach a resolution. This is so important otherwise, one partner may mistakenly interpret a reluctance to engage in sexual activity as an excuse for not wanting to be close, which can lead to feelings of rejection and resentment, which can then spill into other aspects of the relationship. Be open and clear so your partner can understand what you’re experiencing.

Fear of pain associated with sex: It is natural to worry that sexual intercourse will cause you more physical pain, especially if you’re already in pain from movement.

Tip 2: You can address this concern by experimenting with different positions that are more comfortable. Depending on your specific pain, where it is and how it progresses, it’s very important to understand what position is better for you and which position could cause more harm. For example, if it is painful to bend forward, positions arching your back may be more suitable. Whereas if it is painful to bend backwards, positions lying on your back and bringing your hips towards your chest may help. The use of pillows under your head, back and stomach (if lying on your front) is also an important tool in getting comfortable. Also, remember to keep everything slow and gentle as any movements that hurt should be avoided or consider light touch to start or a shower to relax your body before.
Please consult with me if you have any questions surrounding this, as it’s vital to use these tools to aid healing, not facilitate pain. Please Note: Never “push past the pain” as this can make your pain a lot worse!

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Fear of failure to perform: Pain, depression, medications and alcohol can all affect sexual performance or the ability to get aroused or have an orgasm. Sometimes, failure or difficulty to perform is caused by stress and anxiety. In addition, physical pain is a huge component of stimulating stress in your body, so it can feel like a ‘Catch 22’.

Tip 3: It’s important to reduce the tension and create an atmosphere where neither you or your partner feel rushed. In many cases, patience and understanding can help in overcoming performance problems. Stress management and learning to listen to what triggers your pain is important for healing and also finding the right comfort to break through the barriers that are causing anxiety within you. Start with a simple relaxation technique, such as to lie on your back and begin with slow deep breathing for a few minutes; this helps calm your anxiety, relax your body & mind and increase oxygen levels.
If you suspect a medication may be affecting your sexual performance consult your GP.

My last tip: Try to enjoy this new phase of exploration with your partner. Just because back pain may limit one’s physical abilities, it doesn’t have to limit sensuality. Trying new positions can be a rewarding journey of exploration that leads to a new intimacy between partners. Never underestimate the power of candlelight and soft music to create a relaxing and comfortable ambience. The negative effects that pain has been causing in a couple’s sex life can sometimes spill over into other aspects of the relationship. Therefore, being able to restore healthy sexual relations will lower stress, and lower stress often leads to less pain. The ultimate combination:
Personalised Advice + Happiness + Fulfilment = Less Stress = Less Pain.

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Send me your thoughts after you read through. I would love to hear your thoughts and how this has affected your life and relationship.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

All my Best,

Manjot 🙂

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3 Questions People With Pain Really Need To Ask!

How have I been sleeping?

Ask yourself: Why are we full of excuses to miss out on sleep? Why is it that when we push ourselves or are pushed to the limit, where the first thing we do is skimp on the one simple, 100% free remedy that can help us most? As I’ve written about previously and always teach my patients: Sleep is your body’s most important, efficient and effective process to detox and replenish your energy stores, recover and restore your body’s health. However, somehow and very commonly, we seem to easily find many reasons to justify missing out. We don’t give ourselves permission to rest, recuperate, and revive our body, health & lives. Why would we give up this one free, beneficial and resourceful remedy?

Going through that check-list in your mind, finishing that report or that ironing at the expense of just two or three hours of sleep can trigger the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals called cytokines that increase pain-causing inflammation in your entire system and increase cortisol levels with an irregular sleep pattern, pushing your body into adrenal overdrive, causing fatigue, lethargy, poor memory and concentration and a negative feedback of chemicals being released into your body that cause chaos and are detrimental to your health.

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For example, losing this little sleep can increase your blood pressure and blood sugar, both of which can also heighten inflammation, and can increase your risk for metabolic syndrome, even if you show no signs of disease. Studies have shown that missing a few hours a night, a healthy young person’s fat cells are 30% less sensitive to insulin, meaning, you would technically become diabetic. Therefore, sleep is important to regulate your body’s internal systems!

Have you noticed poor sleep habits are making your looked aged? In short, here’s why: researchers summarised that subsequent to lack or poor quality of sleep, metabolically ages you 10 to 20 years. So instead of wasting money on chemical cosmetic products to reduce your fine lines or dark circles, simply look at improving your sleep pattern.

But don’t fear because luckily, this effect can be reversed with an equal number of solid nights of sleep. When it comes to sleep, quantity really is quality. Try to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night, avoid skimping and give yourself permission to truly rest and heal from your day; and take a 20 to 30 minute nap during the day, if at all possible. Studies have shown this to be beneficial for your organs including your brain, heart and liver!

 Have I been escaping with eating, drinking, drugs, shopping, TV, sex?

How do you spend your day? What are you focused on at work? Where is your attention at home? How much time and energy do spend on you, for you or by yourself? These are questions we should ask ourselves when we’ve spent the whole week catering to other people’s needs because as a result, we often resort to subconsciously escaping to avoid thinking about what’s really causing our physical and emotional pain.

The problem with depriving ourselves of feeling and being aware, is that, while trying to make ourselves feel better, we end up giving ourselves even worse problems with addiction, extra pounds, unsustainable debt, and many others problems that can spiral out of control and become harder to change. It’s these issues that can have a greater impact on your life including work, relationships, love, sex, fulfilment, true satisfaction and passion for life.

Instead, we wrap ourselves in the fogginess of our numbing “go-too” vices and forget that we need to nurture ourselves to move through our pain with love and attentive care, to really figure out what is the root cause of our pain and to compassionately work through this to a stronger and healthier us.

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A recommendation I suggest to my patients is to create a “me-space” at home, an undisturbed, safe and peaceful place, where you can go to be recharged and re-connect with yourself from a stressful or tiring day. I also suggest making a list of self-nurturing activities that you can turn to for support whenever you feel yourself reaching for a drink, a smoke, a chocolate, a meaningless fling or sexual encounter. I find that a 20-minute soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts or Lavender Sea salts, 4-6 drops of black pepper oil or lavender oil, and a cold flannel over the eyes usually works well for a relaxing and calming effect.

 What am I saying to myself?

Have you ever stopped to think about what conversations you’re having with yourself throughout the day? Most people will say no, which can work against us when we’re in physical and emotional overwhelm. Here’s why: When we’re on the go constantly, we sometimes don’t even stop to question the content of our own thoughts, let alone change them. And our self-conversations have tremendous power when it comes to soothing or intensifying our pain. Our thoughts create neurochemical waves in the brain that can directly halt our pain or make it worse. This effect is even more pronounced among those of us with chronic pain. Studies have shown evidence where patients experiencing chronic pain, swapped negative thoughts for positive ones, resulting in significant reduction in pain levels.

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Believe it: We have the power and strength to relieve our pain simply by changing our thoughts and the conversations we have with ourselves.

I strongly advocate personalised positive affirmations to my patients who are struggling with physical, emotional or mindful blocks. A great way to start off the day is by giving thanks with gratitude before the day begins. Then look in the mirror and repeat 3 times: “I believe in myself. Every cell in my body is healthy. I am getting stronger every day. I feel more powerful, more positive, and pain free.” Although it may seem uncomfortable or awkward to begin with, remember that you’re creating new pathways in your brain to resist pain and to invite peace and reduced pain.

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You deserve to spend time nurturing yourself, and making yourself a priority, and you should start with your thoughts. This practice alone could be the most powerful shift you make toward a pain-free and positive life.

If you yourself or anyone you know have been wondering about these questions and experience pain in a way that has become frustrating and destructive to your body, your self-esteem and emotions, your relationships and your life, please contact me at info@mkdosteopathy.com.

I would love to hear from you and learn about your story and struggles; so I can support you to make changes in freeing yourself from pain to regain control and power of your body, and not let pain run you and your life.

I look forward to serving you!

Wishing you good health and all my best,

Manjot 🙂

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Pain – My Top FAQs From My Patients!

Pain is a signal, a warning from the body that something is not quite right. You might think you got that kink in your neck from the car accident from sleeping funny during the night; or the slow burn in your lower back from sitting all day in front of the computer. But when you look into that pain you slowly uncover something even bigger: The truth about your life, your relationships, your work, and your state of mind.

All pain, every single kind, is both physical and emotional. And all pain, when you learn how to face it, understand it, and let it go, can help clear your path to a better life.

Here are some common questions Manjot hears regarding pain management from her patients.

What role do emotions play in pain?

 All emotions are normal. They’re neither good nor bad—they simply are.

Problems don’t start because of emotions themselves. The trouble comes in when you don’t express them, release them or deal with them. Then layers of buried emotion or emotional traumas build up like scar tissue, causing adhesions in your fascia, the layer of tissue that envelops and stretches around all your muscles and organs. The function of fascia is for this fluid and flexible tissue to allow your body to move with pain-free natural freedom. These festering, unprocessed, unreleased emotions clog up your circulation, fluidity and generally create disharmony within your body. Once you actually really see and feel it, and can pinpoint where the pain is actually coming from, you can consciously begin to increase the flow of your body’s natural painkillers and anti-inflammatory chemicals to help you release the pain and start to heal.

We experience all of our feelings, thoughts, actions and reactions through connections between our nervous system and our muscular-skeletal system. Check out all the parts of the brain that intersect together with the musculoskeletal system when we experience strong emotions:

  • The limbic system: the site of our instinctual emotional reactions
  • The hypothalamus: which connects up with the endocrine system and the gut organs
  • The amygdala: where we process sensory information into memory and learning
  • The cortex: where we regulate emotion

Every emotion we experience leaves a trace throughout these areas of the brain. Those same exact feelings can be re-triggered by anything we experience, whether in the real world, through our senses, or purely in our own minds. When we experience the same thought patterns, they form neuropaths in our brains, so if the same route is always taken to deal with a negative emotion; this can be dysfunctional and lead to further problems in our mind, body and life.

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What role does sleep play in pain management?

Sleep is the most regenerative, restorative; automatic biological process humans have—so why on earth do we skimp? Many people pretend they can get by on 5 or 6 hours a night – but nothing could be further from the truth. We need at least 7 hours of solid sleep a night in order to stay out of sleep deficit. Chronic sleep deprivation leads to horrible consequences: memory loss (and eventually brain damage); excess pounds; increased insulin; increased hunger and stress hormone levels; increased blood pressure; and decreased immunity. Without enough high quality sleep, your body does not have time to rest and regenerate, and your tissues age, literally, overnight. But improving sleep may nudge you out of negative feedback all by itself. A study of patients with chronic sleep deficits found that just one month of improved sleep significantly reduced their levels of tumour necrosis factor and C-reactive protein, both markers for systemic inflammation in the body.

How do I locate where my pain is really coming from?

Consider these common areas of pain, and their potential physical and emotional sources:

Site of Pain Possible Physical Cause Possible Emotional Cause
Low back pain (in women) Ovaries, pelvic disorder,

kidney stones,

adrenal fatigue, post-pregnancy recovery, endometriosis,

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,

muscular-skeletal involvement

Loss of power; buried emotions,

lack of emotional support, feeling unloved,

holding back love, guilt, stuck in the past,

“get off my back”, fear of money,

lack of financial support

Low back pain (in men) Sciatica, prostate or

kidney stones, colon conditions

Anger issues; stress of unsatisfying job/home life
Acute mid-back pain/shoulder level Poor circulation,

liver condition, anemia,

low blood pressure,

lung conditions

Feeling anxious; palpitations; difficulty sleeping;

fear of the future

Hip pain Arthritis, infection, hernia,

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Fear of going forward in major decision,

Nothing to move forward to

Knee pain Joint involvement, cyst,

deep vein thrombosis

(poor circulation), arthritis

Stubborn pride and ego,

Inability to bend, fear, inflexibility,

won’t give in

Ankle & Foot pain Ligament sprain, arthritis, gout Inflexibility and guilt.

Ankles represent the ability to receive pleasure,

Lack of joy in meeting new experiences

(bunions)

Stiffness Arthritis,

neurological conditions,

poor nutrition

Rigid, stiff thinking, inflexibility in life

 

Our body movement is reflective of our inner world. It’s important to understand how live inside your body, to keep your body aligned and work towards living pain-free. This allows you to become conscious in your body while instinctively bringing awareness to your life. This is when your body and mind connect. In my experience I see this automatically benefit the lives of my patients by helping them make decisions that are in their best interest of their health, from choosing better foods to choosing a career that suits them better because a clearer mind helps you to expend less energy everyday and sue that energy to towards a body and life that you love!

What are some common ways that people hide from their pain?

Consider the ways you might be hiding from your pain:

Do you eat your emotions?

Do you drink them?

Do you spend all day working, working, working – never taking time to take care of yourself or your body, to rest and replenish?

Do you spend the night awake, staring at the ceiling—and then use caffeine to get through the next day?

Do you use your phone as a shield from the world—constantly checking email, Facebook, Twitter? Does it feel like a crutch? An addiction? A lifeline?

Do you stay away from the gym or the yoga class, blaming your bad back or your injured shoulder—when you know that movement and exercise is actually exactly what you need?

Do you feel shame about your body and hide yourself inside, away from the sun and the fresh air?

Do you deny yourself the joy and the pleasure of being alive—and you’re not even sure why?

If you yourself or anyone you know experiences pain in a way that has become frustrating and destructive to your body, your self-esteem and emotions, your relationships and your life, please contact me at info@mkdosteopathy.com.

I would love to hear from you and learn about your story and struggles; so I can support you to make changes in freeing yourself from pain to regain control and power of your body, and not let pain run you and your life.

I look forward to serving you!

Wishing you good health and all my best,

Manjot 🙂

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