Diana Olafsdottir
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The beginning of a new year is synonymous with reflection and change – how can I positively change and improve my life from one year to the next? What do I want to achieve and how do I go about it?
We´ve looked at some of the top New Year´s resolutions made and look at how we can help you achieve them. We are certain that if health and wellbeing is a top priority on your list, acupuncture and/or coaching can help you achieve your goals.
Here is how:
Resolution 1: Weight loss / weight management
After a month full of gatherings, excessive eating and drinking, and complete disregard for whatever regime you may have had beforehand, losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution people tend to make. Acupuncture can assist you in reaching your target weight by encouraging digestive function, balancing emotions, improving metabolism, reducing appetite and managing cravings.
This is achieved through regular treatments, as well as dietary advice, which focuses on minimising any strain on the digestive system, thereby strengthening it. The points are chosen through identifying your individual imbalances, and from a Western medical perspective certain points have been shown to increase the function of the nervous, endocrine, and digestive systems, which in turn boosts energy, aids the absorption of nutrients, regulates the bowel, controls overeating and reduces anxiety.
Acupuncture can be a powerful tool for healthy weight loss, both on its own and as a secondary tool to other weight management programs.
Resolution 2: Learn something new
If you’ve decided to take on a challenge in the new year, such as learning a new language, or to further your skills in your chosen field, acupuncture can help. Various studies have shown acupuncture to improve memory, concentration and regular relaxation and good sleep facilitate general mental clarity.
Resolution 3: Feel better – pain free
If pain is standing in the way of you leading a healthy, happy life, acupuncture can help. Pain relief is one of acupuncture’s greatest accolades and the most recognised of its therapeutic benefits. It can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of origin or location. Acupuncture also increases blood flow and thus speeds up the natural healing process.
Resolution 4: Reduce stress
Stress is the root of all evil as they say, and so many of us suffer from it. In the short term it’s a driver to getting things done and therefore beneficial, but once it is sustained over long periods, it can lead to illness – both mental and physical. Acupuncture has been shown to have an effect on reducing stress and anxiety, as well as lowering blood pressure.
Various self-help techniques work well in combination with the acupuncture, such as yoga, breathing techniques, relaxation, and moderate exercise.
Resolution 5: Quit smoking
This is one of the ‘big ones’ on the list of popular New Year’s resolutions. In the short term, acupuncture can help reduce the craving. This applies mostly to the first 48 hours, when the nicotine is still in the system. However, most smokers will tell you that they’ve given up many times, without hassle, for weeks at a time. Some however, will report dull headaches, irritability, restlessness and a battle with increased appetite. In these cases, acupuncture has a role to play. It targets not the addiction but the symptoms of withdrawal.
The bigger problem is usually around the habit of smoking, rather than the physical withdrawals, so there may be other interventions needed or lots of will power!
The role of Coaching in facilitating change 
Coaching is all about enabling change. Often the goals we set ourselves are overly ambitious. Have you ever decided to run a marathon and stopped when you decided that 5k was already a bit hard? well so have I. The best way to ensure you achieve your goals is to make them SMART. Read how I tackled Stoptober if you want to know more.
Coaching holds you accountable for what you say you are going to do, helps you refine the goals, so you are actually addressing the right stuff at the right time, and makes sure you have someone with you every step of the way to support and challenge your thinking.
I use coaching with a lot of my clients who struggle with anxiety or pain to break patterns, enable them to see their ailments from a fresh viewpoint and help them find out what they don´t know they don´t know (think about it, how do you know what you don´t know?).
Acupuncture and coaching go hand in hand but I work with my clients to design a programme that suits their individual needs. I have clients that only come for acupuncture (if it really is just a back pain, plain and simple, well let´s not complicate it), and equally if you are healthy and just want someone on an equal footing to bounce ideas off and help you achieve your goals more effectively, well that works too! As an experienced practitioner in both physical and emotional wellbeing, I could be the perfect partner to making your 2015 a successful, healthy and fulfilled life.
I  would love to hear from you if you´re wondering how we could work together.
Happy New Year!
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