Are you a doormat for others? Centaury Bach flower may be the remedy for you!

Are you a doormat for others? Centaury Bach flower may be the remedy for you!

Do you know someone that serves on every committee, helps out at every event or party, runs errands for his or her parents, does almost anything for friends and relatives, or a wife who jumps to serve every need before her husband or children even ask?

If you know that person well enough to suggest that he or she needs help, suggest a bottle of the Bach Flower Essence Centaury. (If that person is you, get yourself a gift by all means!)

In the negative Centaury state, service, devotion to a cause and a genuine desire to help an individual, friends and the community has turned the person into a doormat and made them unable to say “no” to any request from almost anyone. As a result, people suffering from a negative Centaury state are often tired, overworked, and slightly resentful in their heart of hearts that others take advantage of their good nature. However, their desire for recognition and validation prevents them from developing their own individuality and therefore, they continue to help and volunteer and be a conscious helper at all times. They are simply too fearful of rejection from their near and dear ones and strangers alike to allow their own distinctive personalities to develop and to stand up for their own wants and needs. This behaviour becomes a vicious cycle, and they get trapped in it!

Some healers and thinkers believe that the negative Centaury state may represent a desire of the personality to avoid growing up. By choosing to remain emotionally child-like and doing as they are told by others, these people can avoid learning to discriminate and decide for themselves, and as a result, all their choices are made for them.

It is believed that People with emerging psychic abilities often fall into a negative Centaury state for a period of time. This is the result of a lack of balance when the psychic faculties become stronger than the will, inadvertently leading to a negative Centaury state. In this state, sufferers are easily made unsure of themselves, hurt, and upset. Their hypersensitivity may also make them become physically ill for no apparent reason. People who fall under the spell of “enlightened” teachers, gurus and more influential personalities are especially at risk of losing their own personalities and weakening their own chances of personal development.

People suffering from a negative Centaury state may need the energy from the Bach Flower Essence Centaury, which can help them restore contact with their Higher Self and the inner powers of their own will. After treatment with this Bach Flower Remedy, people may realize that rushing to assist anyone and everyone is not always helpful to others, as they hinder the learning process for both parties and benefit no one. They will also be able to say “no”, and will be able to give service when and where it is appropriate and genuinely required.

Centaury Bach flower remedy is especially indicated after a prolonged illness when the person has been weak and unable to do anything for himself. At this time, Centaury remedy will give new vitality to mind and body and allow the person to “return to the living.”

Intolerance? BEECH Bach flower remedy to the rescue!

Intolerance? BEECH Bach flower remedy to the rescue!

Almost everyone we know, at some point or the other, judges others by very narrow standards, and can become highly critical and even arrogant. Luckily, most of us do not remain “stuck” there in that negative mental state and can come down from the high pedestal we stand on and be “down to earth” once again.

Unfortunately, some people continue to remain in this state of arrogance and superiority, totally focused outward from a critical point of view. Unable to focus inward and digest their life experiences and be flexible in their thinking, these people, called in Bach Flower therapy as “Beech people”, because they suffer from the negative symptoms of the Beech Bach flower remedy, also experience trouble with physical digestion and rigidity of the body.

People belonging to suppressed minority groups, such as African-Americans for example, develop into Beech personalities. Having been subjected to years of hatred, humiliation, disappointment and battered self-esteem from other segments of society, they withdraw and build their own set of values. These private values then serve to insulate and protect them from the slings and arrows coming from the outside and in fact, even help them elevate themselves to a position of superiority over their detractors and oppressors. In some cases, entire families exhibit the Beech personality state! The Beech personality feels cut off from the greater whole, even while it longs for unity, a fellowship of souls, and harmony. The arrogance and criticism are merely a shield that has been erected in an effort to protect the individual from emotional pain.

Unable to face criticism, scorn, or disapproval from others, an individual in need of the Beech Bach Flower Essence suppresses his or her own feelings to such an extent that she cannot possibly understand or empathize with the feelings of others. In an extreme Beech state, the sufferer’s tolerance levels fall so low as to become unduly upset over such simple things as another person’s speech patterns or small gestures. That then, is truly the pinnacle of intolerance!

After a Beech personality takes Beech Bach flower remedy, they may let go of their limited value judgements. Criticism is transformed into understanding and the individual finally experiences sensitivity, genuine love, and tolerance for those who are different from himself or herself.

Dr. Bach’s Beech flower remedy may help us to re-connect with our Higher Self and with the Unity of the Universe. It can help us return to a state of joy, cheerfulness, and tolerance for those around us.

The Importance of Sleep Hygiene

The Importance of Sleep Hygiene

Sleep? Who’s She?

Sleep is so important for so many reasons. Getting 8-9 hours of sleep increases your energy-levels, encourages a better eating-routine, and helps keep your mind clear and ready for what the day may hold. However, sleep is also difficult for so many reasons. Whether you have insomnia, anxiety, racing-thoughts, or simply can’t get into a good routine, lack of sleep is a common issue that we have all come across at some point. Unfortunately, it is easy to become caught up in a toxic relationship with sleep. When you can’t sleep, things that you struggle with are amplified, and when things that you struggle with are amplified, you can’t sleep. It is a vicious cycle that, while stressful, can absolutely be broken out of.

What is Sleep Hygiene?

Good sleep hygiene is very important, especially if you are somebody who struggles with insomnia or the vicious cycle of sleeplessness. Despite how it sounds, sleep hygiene is more than going to bed scrubbed and showered. Good sleep hygiene is a lifestyle change that encourages healthier sleep habits and an overall improvement of quality of life. Practising good sleep-hygiene is an accessible, inexpensive change that anybody can do. It is important to note that while it is healthy and a great thing to incorporate into your life, practicing good sleep hygiene is not intended to replace medical treatment for diagnosed sleep disorders, and that it is always a good idea to check in with your physician if you are having chronic sleep issues.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some surprisingly simple tips for incorporating good sleep hygiene into your life: 1. Your bed is for sleeping

With the ongoing pandemic and the safety protocols that have come with it, more and more companies have been operating remotely. As a result, many people’s homes have also become their office spaces as they work from home. Even though it can be tempting to work from the comfort of your bed, it’s important to be sure to keep your bed separate from other aspects of your life, such as work and school. I also avoid playing video games, eating, and watching tv while I’m in bed. Keeping your bed separate from the rest of your daily activities will help you begin to associate your bed with sleep.

2. Remove any time pressures

I used to have an alarm clock near my bed, and I would watch as the numbers changed; an unnerving neon reminder that I still couldn’t sleep. Removing any clocks or time-displays is a good way to help avoid becoming stressed or fixated with how late it is or how much time is passing. If you need an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning, keep it on your nightstand but cover it with a light cloth or piece of clothing, allowing the alarm to do its job without needing to see the numbers.

3. Fine-tune your environment

Making a couple of small changes to your bedroom or sleep area can help make it a better environment for rest and relaxation. One way that I have done this is by

hanging a tapestry between my bed and the rest of my room, turning my bed into its own comfortable little island. That way, when I leave my computer desk after a day of working or writing, heading to bed feels like walking into a whole different environment. Other easy actions such as opening a window, lighting a candle or incense, playing some white-noise or calming lo-fi music, and setting up comfortable lighting are all things that can help setting up your environment for a good night of sleep.

4. Avoid stimulants before bed

If you are a coffee-drinker or an energy-drink fan, be sure to stay conscious of how much caffeine you are consuming. If you drink caffeinated beverages on a daily basis, try to set an alarm or give yourself a time that signals when you should stop drinking anything with caffeine in it. I would recommend doing so in the late afternoon. If you are used to drinking coffee or soda in the evening, try replacing it with a drink that helps promote good sleep, such as warm-milk (or a non-dairy alternative), water, or decaffeinated tea. My personal favourite evening beverage is sleepy-time tea that has chamomile and lavender in it. Having a little routine like that helps signal that it is almost time for bed.

5. Keep a Routine

Speaking of routine, while following the same schedule every day may feel monotonous, consistency is key when it comes to establishing a healthy sleep-schedule. This doesn’t at all mean that there is no room for spontaneity in your schedule, it is also important to not be rigid. The goal isn’t to make sleep the focus of your entire day, but to encourage continuity and healthy habits. A couple of things that I have incorporated into my daily routine involve setting my alarm at a similar time every day, exercising in the morning rather than at night, and eating earlier. I also have added a couple of acts of self-care, such as drinking my favourite tea before bed, taking a bath or shower before bed, doing a relaxed activity that I enjoy such as reading or knitting, and making sure that my sheets are cleaned regularly.

Sleep On It

Even though all of these tips are great ways to help improve your sleep hygiene, the most important thing to do is to be kind to yourself. Sleeping isn’t easy, especially with all of the stressors that happen in our daily lives that keep us tossing and turning at night. Try to not become too discouraged if you do not immediately succeed at getting into a steady sleep routine. If you have a couple of sleepless nights or mornings where you sleep past your alarm, applaud yourself for trying and embrace the day despite the rocky start. You are taking steps towards self-care, and that is the most important step that you can take.

Intolerance? BEECH Bach flower remedy to the rescue!

Intolerance? BEECH Bach flower remedy to the rescue!

Almost everyone we know, at some point or the other, judges others by very narrow standards, and can become highly critical and even arrogant. Luckily, most of us do not remain “stuck” there in that negative mental state and can come down from the high pedestal we stand on and be “down to earth” once again.

Unfortunately, some people continue to remain in this state of arrogance and superiority, totally focused outward from a critical point of view. Unable to focus inward and digest their life experiences and be flexible in their thinking, these people, called in Bach Flower therapy as “Beech people”, because they suffer from the negative symptoms of the Beech Bach flower remedy, also experience trouble with physical digestion and rigidity of the body.

People belonging to suppressed minority groups, such as African-Americans for example, can develop into Beech personalities. Having been subjected to years of hatred, humiliation, disappointment and battered self-esteem from other segments of society, they withdraw and build their own set of values. These private values then serve to insulate and protect them from the slings and arrows coming from the outside and in fact, even help them elevate themselves to a position of superiority over their detractors and oppressors. In some cases, entire families exhibit the Beech personality state. The Beech personality feels cut off from the greater whole, even while it longs for unity, a fellowship of souls, and harmony. The arrogance and criticism are merely a shield that has been erected in an effort to protect the individual from emotional pain.

Unable to face criticism, scorn, or disapproval from others, an individual in need of the Beech Bach Flower Essence suppresses his or her own feelings to such an extent that she cannot possibly understand or empathize with the feelings of others. In an extreme Beech state, the sufferer’s tolerance levels fall so low as to become unduly upset over such simple things as another person’s speech patterns or small gestures. That then, is truly the pinnacle of intolerance.

After a Beech personality takes Beech Bach flower remedy, they may let go of their limited value judgments. Criticism is transformed into understanding and the individual may finally experience sensitivity, genuine love, and tolerance for those who are different from himself or herself.

Dr. Bach’s Beech flower remedy helps us to reconnect with our Higher Self and with the Unity of the Universe. It helps us return to a state of joy, cheerfulness, and tolerance for those around us.

Smiling on the Outside, Sad on the Inside? Try Agrimony Bach flower remedy!

Smiling on the Outside, Sad on the Inside? Try Agrimony Bach flower remedy!

Are you the type of person who always wears a smile despite being unhappy on the inside? The kind of person who never appears morose, moody, upset, sad or angry, but is actually all of those things and more on the inside? Is it always raining on the inside but sunny on the outside as far as your demeanor is concerned? Well, you may just be an Agrimony kind of person that requires Agrimony Bach flower remedy for all your suppressed worries and anxieties!

People who need the Bach flower remedy Agrimony are inwardly troubled by fear, sadness, worry, anxiety and a host of other negative emotions. They worry excessively about their illness, finances, or problems with their work and personal life, but they ALWAYS present a cheerful and carefree face to the outside world and never reveal their misery and pain through the spoken word or through their body language.

Agrimony people are generally quite sensitive folk and desire peace and harmony in their own lives as well as in the lives of others, so they go out of their way to be kind to others, and even make sacrifices for them. Because they spread cheerfulness and joy no matter where they go, and at the same time downplay their own problems in their lives, they’re very popular people and loved by one and all. Unfortunately, despite all the love they may receive from friends and strangers alike, they are not very happy and content on the inside! That is because Agrimony people not only hide their negative feelings from the world, they actually hide those feelings from themselves. It is just who they are by nature, and it is very hard for anyone to make the Agrimony person speak of or reveal their inner tribulations.

When Agrimony folk are alone and left to their own devices, all their suppressed worry, anxieties and negative feelings rise to the surface and causes them mental turmoil. Because of this, they avoid being alone and throw themselves into all kinds of activities that keep them busy – parties, social work, volunteering – anything that keeps them busy and avoid their own inner thoughts and feelings. That person you see working for every charitable group in the community may be sorely in need of Agrimony because he or she is trying to escape his own inner misery. Agrimony folk also bounce from one organization to another, because they are easily distracted and have little staying power.

Because Agrimony people fear confronting their own inner feelings, they quite often turn to alcohol or drugs to drown their sorrows and avoid any sort of contemplative thought. Many a folk who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are usually Agrimony type of people. Luckily, the Bach flower remedy Agrimony can bring this person back into balance and enable him or her to constructively reflect on their inner problems.

Unbeknownst to most Agrimony people themselves, the tendency toward an Agrimony personality often begins in childhood. Children who have been taught by their elders not to show their distress, to suppress their feelings and to always to observe proper social conventions are especially at risk of developing into Agrimony personalities. When these children go through normal childhood stages of loneliness and sadness, Agrimony will help them communicate more easily.

Agrimony is the Bach flower essence indicated for the release of inner tensions, anxieties and other hidden emotions that have been suppressed for too long. It also provides relief to people who are suffering from extreme anxiety disorders and even PTSD, in which unpleasant memories have been suppressed and buried. Agrimony helps to restore a cheerful disposition and increases confidence in those who take it. After treatment, the person will finally feel safe in facing both sides of his or her personality and openly discussing life’s problems with ease.

Overcoming Insomnia Naturally & Safely

Overcoming Insomnia Naturally & Safely

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder wherein you have trouble falling or staying asleep. This condition can range from mild to severe, depending on how often it occurs and for how long. It can be chronic (ongoing for over a month) or acute (short-term or a few days in duration). Chronic insomnia means having symptoms at least 3 nights a week for more than a month, while acute insomnia lasts for a lesser period of time.

People who suffer from insomnia may have trouble falling asleep. Other people may fall asleep but wake up too soon and be unable to sleep after. Others may have trouble with both falling asleep and staying asleep. So you see, insomnia affects different people in different ways, since people are different. In any case, insomnia may cause you to get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep, because of which you may not feel refreshed when you wake up, and your mind might feel cloudy and full.

Two types of Insomnia

There are two types of insomnia. The most common type is called secondary or comorbid insomnia. Secondary insomnia is the symptom or side effect of another problem, such as an emotional, neurological, or other medical or sleep disorder. It is the side effect of some other underlying problem that has not been resolved. More than 8 out of 10 people who suffer from insomnia are believed to have secondary insomnia, and these can also be caused by certain medical conditions, medicines, sleep disorders, and substances. Secondary insomnia often resolves or improves without treatment if you can stop its cause—especially if you can correct the problem soon after it starts. For example, if caffeine is causing your insomnia, stopping or limiting your intake of the substance may cause your insomnia to go away.

The other type of insomnia is called primary insomnia. This type is not due to a medical problem, medicines, or other substances, and is caused by many life changing events such as PTSD, long-lasting stress and emotional upset. Primary insomnia isn’t a symptom or side effect of another medical condition. This type of insomnia usually occurs for periods of at least 1 month. A number of life changes can trigger primary insomnia. It may be due to major or long-lasting stress or emotional upset. Travel or other factors, such as work schedules that disrupt your sleep routine, also may trigger primary insomnia. Even if these issues are resolved, the insomnia may not go away. Trouble sleeping may persist because of habits formed to deal with the lack of sleep. These habits may include taking naps, worrying about sleep, and going to bed early.

Insomnia isn’t easy to cope with. It can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and a lack of energy. It also can make you feel anxious, depressed, or irritable, and you may have trouble focusing on tasks, paying attention, learning, and remembering. This can prevent you from doing your best at work or school. Insomnia can also make you feel drowsy while driving, which could lead to an accident.

Lifestyle changes, including better sleep habits, often help relieve acute insomnia. For chronic insomnia, your doctor may recommend a type of counseling called cognitive-behavioral therapy or medicines.

Emotional disorders that can cause insomnia include depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are examples of common neurological disorders that can cause insomnia.

A number of other conditions also can cause insomnia, such as:

* Conditions that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and headache disorders

* Conditions that make it hard to breathe, such as asthma and heart failure

* An overactive thyroid

* Gastrointestinal disorders, such as heartburn

* Stroke

* Sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep-related breathing problems

* Menopause and hot flashes

Insomnia & The Bach Flower Remedies

The Bach Flower Remedies can help you when you have problems sleeping or wake up in the middle of the night and are unable to go back to sleep due to repeated unwanted thoughts:

The Bach Flower Remedies can help remove stress and worries so that the body and mind are able to relax. When the body and mind are calm and tranquil, sleep comes naturally and insomnia is lessened in its effect.

The following Bach Flower Remedies can help when dealing with insomnia:

Impatiens: When we get irritated and impatient to the point where sleep doesn’t come naturally. People who are short-tempered, quick-thinking and always do things in a rush out of impatience need this remedy to help them sleep.

White Chestnut: When our minds are very hyperactive and thoughts keep going over and over our head, it is impossible for the mind to be calm, relaxed and tranquil. White Chestnut remedy helps to calm the mind, lessen the thoughts in our heads and find tranquility and a good night’s sleep.

Star of Bethlehem: This is a great remedy for grief, emotional and physical shock, heartbreak, sadness, depression and PTSD. All of these conditions can prevent us from falling asleep, and Star of Bethlehem can be a blessing in this case.

Vervain: This is the remedy for those who are highly strung and over-excited by nature. When such people are too excited about a project or idea that sleep is impossible, this remedy can help calm their minds and relax them enough to fall asleep.

Mimulus: The remedy for shyness, nervousness and timidity. For those who are afraid to sleep in a dark room because of all kinds of phobias.

Olive: When you are totally exhausted physically and mentally, and have no strength to go on for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is the remedy to give you renewed vitality and help you get a good night’s rest.