Four days until the New Year….

Time to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year to come. Reading about the loss of George Michael saddens me, as I reflect on a year which contained so much loss. High profile celebrities were dropping like flies – and too many died too young. Prince, Bowie and Michael are just a few who shaped my youth and were taken too young. Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne made me giggle – and still do. The world was blessed by their presence.

On a personal level I lost my closest friend in April, a blow from which I struggle to recover. Whilst George Michael had a history of drug taking and a lifestyle in opposition to longevity, my dear friend V, simply had unfair, bad luck. She was a paragon of healthy living and a nobel fighter. Never was one so undeserving of being taken so soon.

So looking forward to the New Year – I take advice from the good and learn from the examples of the weak. I reflect on my own goals, but hope to chunk them down into units which will allow me to achieve – and sustain…..

Here we go…..!

Chain Reaction 2017

This blog site is somewhere to share ideas, news and articles, but essentially with humour and fun!

I hope to share ups and downs then support one another as we set, achieve and celebrate reaching goals.

  1. Diet
  2. Lifestyle
  3. Emotional wellbeing
  4. Fun

Come along for the ride!

We each have a metaphorical chain around our neck!

It made of positive and negative links.  Each link is a piece of baggage – good or bad, past or present, but each one can be polished and shaped up for the future! Our mind, body, wellness, friendships and spirituality are all intertwined. For example, carrying extra weight is linked to having little or low self-esteem. This prevents us from wearing or doing things that we would like to – such as sunning on the beach or achieving a sporting goal. Having low self-esteem links to negative thoughts, moods swings, negativity and depression.  Sometimes we cling on to friends who may not have our best interest at heart, and spend too little time with people who make us feel good!

Positive links include: Some feel-good factors rely on other people’s input:

  • A hug or a compliment
  • Getting praise at work or a promotion or pay rise
  • Getting praise at home – for a meal well cooked or a pretty flower arrangement

Many, in fact most, we can influence ourselves. –

  • Achieving a goal – no matter how small – writing thank you letters, finishing the washing up before “Game of Thrones” starts on TV…..Ticking off an item on a to-do list!
  • Improving your health – following through with regular check-ups or making small amendments to your life lifestyle can have big and immediate effects on your life.
  • De-cluttering life – sorting out a cupboard or reorganising the kitchen. Filing overdue paperwork…
  • Selecting the people around us – people in our lives can be classified as “drains” or “radiators”  – no explanation needed !– I am sure you know what I mean! We need to hold on to the radiators and let go of the drains!
  • Taking “me time” – whether you want to finish a good book or meditate, it takes effort to make it happen.
  • Saving money or reducing debt – economise, consolidate, budget and managing money is not an obvious skill, but effective management can reduce stress and anxiety about debt – or allow saving to hit a goal!