Last year was quite a strange and depressing year for many people, with worrying global geo-politics, economic uncertainty, rife high profile sexual harassment and a series of natural and man-made disasters. Undoubtedly, this has an impact on our collective health and well-being, but we need to look forward to a brighter personal and professional future. Our destiny is in our own hands.
Someone asked me the other day when I was first introduced to holistic health and wellbeing. I had to think a bit, because my family weren’t the type of people who went to spas, meditated or practiced the Alexander Technique. After a few moments, I realised that I had actually been introduced to several holistic ideas before I even started school.
I remember being stung by a nettle and my aunt showing me how to find a dock leaf and how to use it to relieve pain. A few years later, I can recollect her explaining that about half our family had a very high pain threshold and could think pain away. She taught me to mentally travel down my veins or arteries and visualise the pain disappearing. In retrospect, I think she also knew a fair amount of child psychology, but it’s still a technique I use today.