Strip Naked & Re-Dress with Happiness is the first book published by my friend and colleague, Maria Hocking. The book aims to teach you how to survive and thrive through personal challenge, and to guide you on a journey to becoming the absolute best version of yourself. Maria tells her own story of facing adversity, not just once but several times throughout her life, and shares her knowledge of turning challenging situations into positive gifts.
Maria is an inspirational speaker and motivational trainer who thrives on helping people change their lives. In the book we learn how her journey through adversity led her to become the person she is today. And that's something I believe everyone can take from Maria's story: that the things that happen in our lives are meant to happen for a reason, to make way for something even better, like a stepping stone from one chapter of our lives to another. Even if you aren't currently going through a difficult time, this book will help you to reflect on past experiences and move forward.
The book encourages you to 'get naked' and let go of the person you thought you were, and to re-dress with the person you really want to be. A key feature of Strip Naked is the 'changing room tips' which include tools and techniques to help you understand your emotions and behaviours, allowing you to move through personal challenge. The book helps you to think about what you would really like to be doing with your life, and what action you need to take to get there. Through Maria's story and the changing room tips, we are reminded that life really is too short not to aim for our true goals and dreams. If you are feeling lost in life, this book will help you to discover your true purpose, and encourage you to start creating a life of positivity and genuine happiness.
Maria's positivity is contagious; since reading this book I have found myself trying to look for the good in every situation, no matter how big or small, and as a result I feel so much more positive in general. Even if there doesn't appear to be a positive side right away, I look for a lesson that can be learned. It has also helped me to look back on difficult times in my own life and realise the reasons why things happened, or what I have learned from the experience.
If you want to learn how you too can be a happier, more positive version of yourself, get yourself a copy of Strip Naked & Re-Dress with Happiness and prepare for some life-changing magic!
Vouchers make the perfect Christmas presents. In an age where we are dominated by consumerism and materialism, why not focus more on enjoying experiences in life? Instead of buying another material possession which is likely to get put into the back of the wardrobe or given away by the recipient if it is unwanted, treat someone to a gift voucher so they can enjoy a truly relaxing experience.
Often the people who would benefit the most from holistic therapies are the people who are too apprehensive to try them. Does this sound like someone you know? Go on, give them the encouragement they need to help boost their wellbeing – it could just be the best present they ever receive!
From mini taster treatments to heavenly pamper packages, there's sure to be something for everyone at Tranquilla Rosa.
My mini treatment vouchers make the perfect stocking fillers. A little pampering treat is a great way to relax after a busy year.
Or let the lucky recipient choose for themselves – one mini treatment is £11, or pick 2 for £17, 3 for £28 or 4 for £34.
The Sea of Tranquillity is another ideal stocking filler. This 30 minute stress-busting treatment is only £17 and is deeply relaxing and rebalancing.
GIFTS FOR HER
Does your mum, gran, partner, auntie, sister, daughter, niece or friend deserve some me time? Perhaps they’ve had a difficult year, or are always too busy looking after others to stop and have some time just for them.
Ideal gifts for her include:
GIFTS FOR HIM
Struggling to find the perfect gift for the men in your life? Treat them to a gift they perhaps wouldn’t choose themselves. Once men realise the benefits of holistic therapies, they usually keep coming back for more!
Ideal treatments for men include:
GIFTS FOR TEENS
Teenagers can suffer from stress just as much as adults, what with school/college work, exams, social pressures, skin problems and more. A de-stressing treatment could be just what they need to help feel happier and healthier.
Treatments best suited to teens include:
Unsure which treatment to go for? Don’t forget my vouchers are available to buy for any value of your choice, so the recipient can choose their own treatment. Please get in touch if you have any questions and to buy your vouchers.
Although Christmas is an exciting time of year for many, it’s easy to get caught up in a mad rush trying to get everything done in time for the big day. This panic of needing to tick off everything on your to-do list, combined with parties, visiting family and friends, meal planning, gift wrapping and much more, can easily lead to a build-up of stress.
At such a busy time of the year, it’s more important than ever to make sure you look after yourself especially well to help stay healthy, get enough sleep and be able to truly enjoy the festive season.
Here are some easy ways to deal with Christmas stress.
Write it down
Write a list of everything you need to do. Putting things down on paper helps to reduce the mental chatter in your head that can make you feel panicked about how much you think you have to do. Put tasks in order of importance, and try to work out which ones need to be done now and which ones can wait until later. For example, you won’t need to stress about prepping your sprouts two weeks before Christmas! If you have work or other deadlines, make sure you plan your other things around them so there are no disruptions.
Don’t take on more than you can manage; accept that you cannot do everything. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. Can your partner sort presents for their side of the family instead of you having to do it as usual? Can someone else help to cook Christmas dinner? Would doing the Christmas food shop online make your life a little easier? If there’s a task you hate doing and it’s stressing you out because you feel you don’t have time to do it, could you ask someone to do it for you? Whether that’s wrapping presents, writing cards or cleaning the house, ask a friend, family member or even a professional to help you out so you have more free time.
When you are extremely busy and running on adrenaline it is easy to get a quick energy fix from sugary drinks, snacks, and processed foods, but this is often followed by a dip which can make you feel exhausted and irritable. This is especially true at Christmas, when there are boxes of chocolates and mince pies being handed out left, right and centre. Although festive treats are part of the joy of Christmas, make sure you keep the rest of your diet balanced to ensure you stay feeling your best. Choose complex carbohydrates (wholegrains) to slowly release energy, and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, pulses, nuts and seeds.
Get More Sleep
Aim for at least eight hours a night to help you recharge. An hour before you go to bed, do something relaxing such as reading, meditation, or having a bath. Write down any worries or tasks you need to do tomorrow and try to forget about them. Relax each muscle group in your body and breathe slowly and gently.
Get Some Me Time
Make sure you schedule some me time during the festive season – it will help you to relax and feel refreshed. A brisk walk will burn off excess adrenaline, and the clean country/beach air will make you feel revitalised. Listen to soothing music to help calm your mind and body, or book a massage, reflexology or spa treatment to rebalance and ground you.
Most importantly, try not to focus on making sure everything is perfect; relax, have fun and enjoy the magic of Christmas!