Kukuwa®African Dance and Laughter Yoga for #Wellbeing

I decided to combine African Dance and Laughter Yoga as these are two things I do to make me feel good. Over the last year, I have ran many sessions and the feedback has always been positive, leaving those attending feeling very happy and ready to make the most of their day. I am both a qualified laughter yoga leader and an African dance workout instructor. I bring to the sessions my bubbly personality and my mission to spread happiness and good vibes. I am also the UK Laughter Champion 2022.

Kukuwa®African Dance for Wellbeing

Kukuwa® African Dance for wellbeing

There has been lots of research dating back to the 1980s which has shown that dancing regularly can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. It is an instant mood-booster as we dance to the beat of music from various parts of Africa and get our happy juices flowing. You don’t even need to know the moves just feel the beat and dance with other like minded people.

Our Kukuwa® African Dance Workout sessions are suitable to all ages and levels of fitness. The same classes are suitable for beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels of fitness. All the dance routines are such that one can choose to either walk through the whole dance class or keep up with the normal pace of the class. All dance movements are low impact, and both seniors and children can participate. Pregnant women can also take Kukuwa® Dance Workout from the start of their pregnancy to full term, depending, of course, on the approval from their doctors.

LAUGHTER YOGA FOR WELLBEING

Laughter Yoga is a complete well-being workout, developed by a medical doctor from India Dr. Madan Kataria and it has spread across many countries. It is a combination of deep breathing exercises from yoga and laughter exercises, which oxygenates our body and brain, makes us feel more healthy and energetic. I don’t tell jokes, we just laugh, because it feels good. During the session you will enjoy various laughter exercise like Milkshake laughter, Snort Laughter, Various Animal Laughter and also have time to create your own laughie. Read more here https://confidentqueengenny.com/tag/the-laughie/

Coping with long term stress

We all experience temporary feelings of stress as  part of our daily life; but when  these feelings become long-lasting or chronic, they can have a severe impact on our health and wellbeing

Long term or Chronic stress can seem overwhelming, and at times you may feel unable to regain control over your life, hence it is important you don’t suffer in silence but seek professional medical guidance, advice and support from your doctor who could also refer you to specialist.

Some self-help techniques you can try includes include;-

  1. Finding what is causing your stress and finding ways to deal with them yourself or seek professional advise
  2. Developing a tool box of tips and techniques  you can use
  3. Sharing how you are feeling to others you trust
  4. Practising breathing, relaxation, laughter yoga,  and many other  techniques.

If the self help techniques are not working for you than you should seek professional medical advice from your doctor or specialist in this area.

Check out the NHS sitehttps://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/feelings-symptoms-behaviours/feelings-and-symptoms/stress/

You will be ok, You will feel better, just don’t suffer in silence.

Tips for Stress Awareness Month #StressMangementTips #StressAwarnessMonth

Stress is linked to physical, mental, and emotional health. During Stress Awareness Month we are encouraged to learn about what triggers our stress and how we can best manage it using various tips and tools. I will be writing weekly blogs every Monday in April sharing things I have done to help me cope and manage stress based on my experience and from other individuals and organisations.

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I have also written a self help book Crown of Smiles, which is a very practical. I share my journey from the time when I became divorced and a single parent of two boys, At about the same time my house was going to be repossessed, I had a lot of debt and was made redundant from my job.

The struggle was real and though at times I felt like giving up my faith kept me going and when I saw the smiles on my children’s faces it gave me hope and motivated me to seek help to cope with the sadness, depression and stressful moments. The book’s title is all about putting down my crown of sadness and replace it for the Crown of Smiles with hope, faith and gratitude that life will work out maybe not as how I had hoped, but hw it was meant to be.

According to the Mental Health Foundation in the United Kingdom, it seems that 74% of UK adults have had a moment where they’ve felt so stressed that they’ve been too overwhelmed or unable to cope with the situation. Not only that, but it has been estimated that between 75% and 90% of all visits to doctors are related to complaints or concerns whose root cause is stress.

So if we can make time to understand what cause us stress we can find ways to mange it, as we really cannot avoid stress. It is part of life.

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Tips to manage stress #StressManagementTips

Stress is part of life and even though we may not be able to eliminate  it all, we can find ways to help us cope and seek help when we find we cannot cope or don’t even know what to do.

Take the time to look at your life and find out who or what situation triggers stress in your life.

Answer this question – What can you do about it? Look at the options you have

If you are not sure what to do about it, is there someone or an organisation who you could talk to about it?

If you can’t do anything about it because it is beyond your control, just breathe, release it and let it go.

Honoured to receive award at National Happiness Awards

I am quite excited and honoured that our Confident Children and Parents Project made it to the finals of the National Happiness Awards

The National Happiness Awards are the UK’s premier happiness and wellbeing event. They recognise the happiness heroes in business, the public sector and schools throughout the UK.  Read more here http://www.laughology.co.uk/happiness-awards/national-happiness-awards-2019

 

Congratulations to our short-listed finalists in the Happiest Team category at this year’s National Happiness Awards! 👏👏

🌟Confident Children and Parents
🌟NEL Healthcare Consulting
🌟CanDoELLA
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Congratulations and best wishes to all our fellow nominees and the team at Laughology who organise this annual event.

Here are some photos of some of our team members having a great time in the midst of amazing people helping to make the world a better place,

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My day out at the #TottenhamExperience in photos

In the 80s and early 90s I used to live in Tottenham and enjoyed going to the matches in White Hart Lane.as a supporter.  As I moved out of the area and started a family I did not have time to go to the matches and mostly watched on TV.  I was very excited when the new stadium was built and it was a dream come true when a friend booked for us to go on the Tottenham Experience Tour

I felt very welcomed as I went through the security – the team where very nice and welcoming. We got to walk around the shop and its was as if I was a child left in a sweet shop to choose whatever I wanted.

The tour started with a short history and promotional clip which I really enjoyed.

One of my favourite moment of the tour was running excitedly from the tunnel

 

I learnt so much about our club and it is definitely a tour I will recommend you to book https://bit.ly/2CBzR4t

 

Some of the highlights in photos- 

 

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How to stop the same bad situation happening in your life #21DayGoalChallenge

The other day, I was thinking about certain things that keep repeating  in my life, and why they kept happening. I researched and  read a few articles about this online, I realised it was really down to what I was saying and my belief

This kept repeating in my life.

I am self employed and one of the problems I have had for years is that I will do work for clients, but when it came to them paying me, I had to keep chasing them and threatening to take legal action.

After reading various articles on the subject – of why the same things keep happening to  you! I discovered that the clients who paid me on time, where the once I was happy to do their work with no problem and I kept saying how good it was to work with them because they always paid me on time.

 

The clients who had a history of paying me late mainly did this because I had no proper payment terms with them, and some I no longer enjoyed the work I was doing and resented the fact they paid me late. I was also having serious financial setbacks which was causing me stress to the point that I was just taking work on just to be able to make ends meet.

 

I had to make some changes as I was getting I very frustrated with the while situation. I started to belief that my clients will pay me on time because they appreciated the great work I was doing for them and where happy with my work. I started to say “ I have good clients who  have the money in their account to pay me well before their due date of payment

 

I also made some practical changes:-

  • I gave notice to the clients who where constantly paying me late.
  • I put in place my payment terms which I sent to every client
  • I made sure every new client paid a deposit
  • I added interest will be charged for late payment of my invoice

 

The key to break the “same problem” cycle is to recognize and acknowledge your mistakes, learn the lesson, and move forward.  Whether you are younger or older, you can always learn something new. Problems are only life’s way of teaching you a lesson.

Check this article -4 Steps To Remove Recurring Problems From Your Life   http://www.finerminds.com/happiness/4-steps-to-remove-recurring-problems-from-your-life/

 

Don’t suffer in silence

How are you feeling today?

Whatever you are going through don’t bottle it all in. It’s ok to talk to the right people who will not judge you and are interested in your wellbeing. Never feel ashamed, embarrassed or guilty if things have got too much. You are not alone. Talk, ask for help, don’t keep quiet.

 

Talk to someone

Sometimes it’s hard to talk to family or friends. You may not want to burden those close to you or you might feel ashamed or find it difficult to ask for help. Talking about how you’re feeling to someone, can help you to put things into perspective and help you to feel more positive about the future. There are many organisations with people who can listen to you in a safe, non judgemental and confidential way.

Wherever you are in the world I hope their are organisations like the samaritans here in the uk who can help. I used them at a time in my life when i felt  depressed and did not want to talk to my family and friends. I found the samaritans very helpful and non judgemental.

Make a difference day!

 

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We all have opportunities every day to change the world. It’s amazing what just a small effort by an individual or group of individuals can do to change the world, or at least their local neighbourhood. Make a difference Day was established to help encourage us to take one day a year to try to make a difference in the world and also to try each day to do the same!

Today I shall be out and about just sharing my smile to as many people as i can!

Read hear https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/make-a-difference-day/

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How to celebrate Smile Power Day #SmilePowerDay

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Smile Power Day

Nobody knows who came up with the idea of dedicating a whole 24 hours to the involuntary contraction of the zygomatic major muscle, but one thing is certain: we’re the only creatures on the planet that can do it. Whether fate smiled upon you or not, you can always find a good reason to smile. So grin from ear to ear, look on the bright side and smile your troubles away, just like the great Dr. Seuss suggested: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  (Read more https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/smile-power-day/ )

 

Share a Smile with someone else

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Do the one minute smilence and celebrate Smile Power Day

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Put on your Crown of Smiles and celebrate Smile Power Day

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I created the idea of Crown of Smiles as a way of helping me each day to take time out to chill out and smile! I also wrote the book Crown of Smiles, having recovered from a period of depression, sadness, low esteem and confidence with the help of family and friends and various organsations as a way of me helping others who may ne going through similary expenses.

How to put on your Crown of Smiles

1.   You can either make a crown of smiles, or you could just imagine you have an invisible Crown of Smiles.

2.    As you put on your Crown of Smiles on your head, imagine you have a jar of happy oil which is being poured over your head.

3.   As the oil goes through every part of your body, from the top of your head to the sole of your feet, imagine your body tingling as you experience inner joy which lightens up your face with a beautiful smile.

3.  You can mow  start to move your body doing your happy dance as you say say “WooHoo BoomBoom I feel good”.

Get a copy of my book ” Crown of Smiles

£4.99 paper back + £2.99 postage

£2.50 kindle version

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