To come back to worrying for a moment, I want to share with you the things that have concerned me, and made me rush to hospital to get checked out. I have had skin reactions: red bumps on my legs in the hair follicles, and huge lumps under my arms.
How do you feel when you get out of bed each morning? In great shape and ready to face the day or do you have an underlying niggle, a pain you've never been able to address? Unfortunately, for many of us it is the latter. What do you tend to do about it? If your answer is nothing, then you are one of many people who are ignoring regular pain.
The power of your mind can help you release anger, guilt and shame, bringing you to a state of peace and wellness. By repeating special phrases, or "mantras" to yourself, you can program your mind in a more positive way.
Ms. Boyle and myself (Susan is 52, I am 49) were already in our twenties and struggling to make sense of an often uncaring and, yes, bullying world with no idea we had the syndrome, no knowledge that there were relevant charities to turn to and nothing else to do but struggle along.
I'm so attached to the centre of the 'Red City' and the maze-like alleys of its old town, the medina, that I am always reluctant to leave. Any hotel outside of the city walls... was going to have to really impress to contend with my love for those intimate places in the old town.
Most of us want more self-esteem. We want to feel better about ourselves in some way. Yet most of the ways we to try to build self-esteem is a trap... How we build our self-esteem is a tricky business if it relies on external validation.
I'm not here to tell you to be out and proud and publicly sober during Christmas. It's pointless. And it won't work. It's about doing what makes you feel most comfortable. Getting the attention off you and back onto everyone else. So here's a few handy lies to tell your office drinking cronies.
GK Chesterton, the great author who inspired Gandhi to end British colonial rule in India, observed: "I owe my success to having listened respectfull...
I believe that we all wear masks. The mask of perception. The way we would like to be portrayed. The one where we appear a certain way, yet we have this other part to us, that we don't allow anyone to see. So is it actually a mask of deception?
When we are bombarded with invitations and people saying; "We really must catch up before Christmas" we can choose to take some simple and grown-up steps to get through the silly season with your dignity and credit card intact.
Ask any sports star or pop star what they want and, without hesitation, they will say a 'Gold' or 'No. 1.' They set ambitions and then go about achieving them. I'm not saying we should all want a number one song in the charts, but shouldn't we all be setting goals for ourselves? Join a gym? Learn how to cook properly? Find a hobby?
If you've never been on a chemo ward, you'd be forgiven for thinking it would be full of people hooked up to machines, looking thin, grey, exhausted. And to a degree, you'd be right. We are all hooked up to machines. However, what you perhaps don't expect is the inspiration, comradeship, hope and laughter that spills from the room.
You may be actively cultivating skills that make you less productive, while eroding your health and happiness at the same time. It doesn't have to be that way.
Addiction is like a chasm opening up before you and enticing you to keep walking despite the dire consequences ahead. Not that you are likely to realise the dangers at the time. My addiction 'of choice' was gambling.
Feng Shui, a popular ancient Chinese Philosophy focusing on creating harmony in our private and business environment, is based on this. Practicing Feng Shui gives balance, fun and success in our life, love and work. When we create an environment that we truly relate to, we automatically feel happier.
A better plan then, may be what I encourage all of my training clients to do and that is lose some weight in anticipation that you may 'overeat' a little. That way you could enjoy some of what you fancy over the holidays and come through the whole experience weighing what you normally do.