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Mel Collie | Your Brain Tells a Story

Mel Collie | Your Brain Tells a Story

Most of us have a mobile, laptop, i-pad or something similar. Not that Im going to give you a lecture on posture, though I do help fix peoples posture and bad backs, I am going to shine some light on using the computer and our past stories.

When we are looking at the screen our eyes, narrow, our inner corners of our eyes become stronger, telling our brain that our world is only as wide as the screen. This reduces our movement and range. Our brain believes what our eyes are telling it, it has to, it relies on the messages the eyes send back in order to ensure that you don’t over do a real with your arms or you might hurt your shoulders.

Does that make sense?

So, your brain creates limitations around what it is used to, and this shows in the way you move and feel. Your joint mobility, flexibility and strength.

A child from an unhappy home harbours those memories as they grow up. The brain is like a computer, it doesn’t forget anything that it believes is a threat to your survival.
It remembers the “don’t do that” or the “you are too stupid do do that” or the ” you will never be good enough” or the ” keep out of my way”.
Without even realising it, as an adult, your responses to people around you will be affected because your brain remembers.
It creates the story and plays it over and over.
The amygdala is the alarm bell, it holds the stories, as your brain sees it, its recalling them to keep you from doing any damage, from threatening your survival, thats why we can lose strength and feel like curling up when stressed.

Your brain is like velcro for bad news, and teflon for good news, its hard wired for suffering. So much so that its how we live our lives, barely seeing the happiness in every moment we have, always looking for the next new shiny object to make us happy, when the happiness can only happen when we look inside of ourselves.

So, be more aware when you are next anxious, in pain, feeling depressed. Your brain is uncertain of the future, of whats going to happen next, its searching (its searching Google if you like!) for all the past experiences that it can relate to. Its slowing you down ultimately, so you find it hard to find a solution, stops you from getting out from under the duvet and living life to the full.
Nowadays we numb it, through food, alcohol, Facebook.
Im not going to tell you to read positive quotes, but instead Im going to do what is so simple, I think Ive emailed you about it before

Thats it
Just breathe into your lower belly for 1 minutes a day x 10.
the oxygen will tell your brain its not under threat, and will calm down the nervous system.
We need oxygen to function, and its reduced when we are anxious, we breathe into the upper chest then, its shall breathing, our brain worries we are under threat of survival, it closes you down, slows you down.

Its part of our survival programme we created for survivors of abuse to boost self esteem, wellness, fitness, a holistic approach. You can find out more about this amazing programme here.

Mel Collie


Mel Collie | Can You Lose Belly Fat By NOT Exercising?

Mel Collie | Can You Lose Belly Fat By NOT Exercising?

Well, yes and no…but..if the YES answer is the one that YOU want to hear, then get these 2 tips into your life right now:

1.Reduce your caffeine intake – thats tea as well as coffee, but also diet drinks containing caffeine too. Why? Well caffeine can increase a hormone called cortisol, which isn’t a bad hormone, we do need cortisol, but when it remains high due to caffeine intake plus stress (which can range from getting the kids to school on time to opening a gas bill to your boss giving you a deadline for a report at work, to being dehydrated) So a mix of multitasking (stop it now…) and caffeine can increase your cortisol production which can stay in your body for up to 18 hours. You might also find that any joint inflammation or pain you have will reduce as well, as caffeine can increase inflammation, worth a try if you suffer from arthritis (for example) This could be because of the chemicals in the coffee (especially ground roasted type) so if you LOVE your coffee, choose an very good brand of organic coffee bean that you ground and filter yourself. The same for tea, choose an organic leaf, as for diet drinks, theres no organic alternative, because its just aspartame and caffeine, so swap those for water or start your herbal tea addiction. I started with peppermint tea, discovered I hated fruit teas, but loved mint teas, tulsi tea, some of the clipper teas (sleepytime is lovely) and green tea

2. Sleep. Increase the quality of your sleep and your belly fat will react in a good way. Sleep is the number 12 factor in reducing your belly fat, improving your hormonal balance and reducing carb cravings the following day. Get to be by 10.30 about 5 times a week, you can do all 7 days if you want to. So lights out by 10.30, but get off the laptop/mobile an hour beforehand, take some Magnesium tablets, ensure your bedroom is really dark (blackout blinds are great if you live near street lights) turn the digital clock around to face the wall (the glow can disrupt sleep), put the mobile away from the bed or outside the door.Have a cup of Sleepytime tea (clipper) or Valerian tea – a herb that helps you sleep, so dont drink it during the day or if you are about to go for a long drive πŸ˜‰

3. OK – an extra tip – Breathe deeply 10 times. Sounds easy doesnt it. OK, so as you focus on breathing deeply into your lower belly, keep the focus on the breathing, bring it back as soon as your mind wanders, this is better than counting sheep…it helps to calm the brain down, relaxing you, ready to fall off to zzzzzzzzz land.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Mel Collie

p.s. if you hate exercise, change the word, as exercise can be a horrible word describing painful things that you might really not like. Try “movement” or “mobility” or “oiling the joints” or “age defying shapes” or “keeping young time”. Move your body more, and use those 3 tips, and see some serious changes for the rest of your life, as this is the only one you will be getting on this spinning rock.

Mel is a Pilates and holistic coach in North Wales helping clients from back, shoulder , knee and ankle pain, posture issues, Β fat loss, anxieties and improving sleep πŸ™‚

She only does 1:1 sessions because thats where the magic happens, every session tailor made for your brain & body, not someone elses.