I turn 22 tomorrow. Part of me is excited because, you know, presents but the other part of my wishes everything would just SLOW DOWN. The little 8 year old inside me still can’t quite comprehend that she’s an adult now, going to work and renting her own little house. When I first moved in I wasn’t ready for it, but I had no choice but to learn and learn FAST. That has often been the case with most of the lessons I have learnt throughout my 22 years on this earth. Life comes at you quickly and sometimes you just have to go with it and hope for the best. 

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Started from the bottom…

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Now we’re here.

  1. Always have a sanitary towel in your bag. You never know when mother nature is going to come-a-calling and you should always be prepared. After a few accidents and more than a few girls asking me if I had one spare in bathrooms, I learnt my lesson.
  2. You’re not going to ‘like’ everyone, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get along. Back in year 8 if I didn’t like someone they were automatically my worst enemy. As I have grown up I have learnt that I don’t have to ‘like’ someone to get on with them. It doesn’t mean they are bad people or that we have to be enemies, it might just mean we’re different and that’s okay – you’re not going to like everyone.
  3. Not everyone is going to like you. Following on from number 2, not everyone is going to like you and guess what? That’s okay too.
  4. Bitching says more about you than it does them. When I was younger everyone bitched about everyone. It was cruel and unnecessary. I learnt overtime that bitching about people said more about me than it did them. If you have a problem with someone the only way to resolve it is to speak to them.
  5. Pee after sex. This came as a shock to me but yes, pee after sex. Nobody wants a water infection.
  6. Relationships should be 50/50. You should never have to bleed yourself dry to maintain a relationship. Relationships should be an equal balance of give and take.
  7. Always have a bottle of water in your bag. Hydration really is key! Plus, bottled water is expensive and bad for the environment.
  8. Water looks a lot like vodka and lemonade – just keep your mouth shut. If you don’t want another drink just order tap water. Trust me, no one will notice and you’ll thank yourself for it the next day.
  9. Endings are a part of life. Endings aren’t always nice but they are a part of life and symbolise growth and change.
  10. There is no shame in vulnerability. I used to think that in order to get anywhere in life I had to be hard faced and emotionless. Remember all the Facebook quotes glorifying this? Turns out, there is no shame in vulnerability. In fact, I have grown up to find it an endearing quality in others. Without vulnerability I found that life was very lonely.
  11. Sex and self respect do not correlate. When I was younger I firmly believed that sex and self respect went hand in hand but overtime I have learnt that that is not the case. People have both self respect and sex – the two do not correlate. If they are happy and safe then it really doesn’t matter how many sexual partners an individual chooses to have.
  12. You’re going to need anti-ageing creams sooner than you thought. Okay so I haven’t got wrinkles and I’m not greying just yet BUT there is no harm in erring on the side of caution. I have recently brought myself an anti-ageing eye cream to help with early signs of ageing. Kind of expected that to be a purchase I made closer to my 40’s but there you go…
  13. Coffee is cheaper if you just make it at home. Yes I know this is obvious but honestly you will save SO much money if you cut down on your coffee shop habit and just make it at home.
  14. The laundry is not going to wash itself. Turns out it was Mum who did it! Who knew?
  15. You are your own priority. I spent a long time trying to be a people pleaser and it got me nowhere. The more I tried it seemed the less I was liked. I learnt that your happiness should be your first priority. The more I put me first, the more I found people like me who loved and supported me for who I am.
  16. Things hardly ever go to plan. Literally EVER. You really have just got to roll with every new opportunity. As a self confessed ‘planner’ this came as a shock to the system but hey, that’s life for you!
  17. Not everyone has the same heart as you. Sometimes people can be cruel and work from a different moral compass to yourself. Take lessons from these people should you come across them and remove them from your life. Do not sacrifice your inner peace for anyone.
  18. Mum knows best. It didn’t take me long to learn this but it did take me a long time to accept it. Mum’s really are always right. My Mum knows me better than I know myself and her advice always come from a place of selfless love.
  19. You don’t owe ‘looking pretty’ to anyone. Don’t want to wear make up? Don’t. Can’t be bothered to wash your hair? No worries. It took me a long time to learn this but you don’t have to ‘look pretty’. You do not owe being ‘visually appealing’ to someone – you are worth so much more than that.
  20. Heartbreak hurts but you get over it. I have had my heart broken. One time I never thought I would EVER get over it but I did. I still think about that person from time to time but it is usually with fondness. Heartbreak is a part of life. It sucks but you’re going to be fine.
  21. Dry shampoo is a gift from the gods. I thank the gods for the day dry shampoo was invented. Honestly the day I learnt I did not have to wash my hair every single day was a wonderful one.
  22. You’re never alone, even if you feel like it. There are times when I have felt very lonely but I have learnt that I am never alone. In a world where anyone is just a phone call away and friendships with your online pals are as real as friendships with those you have known in person you really are never alone. I promise.

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My last celebration living at home. 

I hope I never lose the little 8 year old inside of me who still jumps in puddles and will go out of her way to do the hop scotch on her route home from work. I might be an adult but I always want to be a child at heart. I always want to keep hold of that youthful, carefree fun whether I’m 22 or 82. Happy Birthday to me. 

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“We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public’ – Bryan White.

Jamie x 

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One of the greatest hurdles I had to overcome when I first began training was getting over ‘the fear’ – I was terrified of going into the gym. It seems strange now, right? I am a qualified PT and work for Gymshark for god sakes but, believe it or not, there was a time I avoided PE like the plague and the thought of walking into the strength and conditioning area in the gym gave me literal nightmares. Overtime I have picked up a lot of tips that helped me to build confidence in the gym and end up not only loving training in my free time but also making a career out of helping others to love it as well. I strongly believe that every single person deserves to feel confident, happy and safe in a gym environment so I hope that some of these top tips will help some of you new gym-goers out there! 

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Have A Plan

If I could only give one piece of advice it would be this – have a plan. Not only is this going to help you smash your workout but it is also going to mean you’re not wandering around aimlessly and feeling awkward (speaking from experience with this one!). Give yourself a bit of time before your gym session to plan what you want to achieve – that way you can give bits a bobs a google if you’re unsure and walk in with confidence and smash your session.

If you’re struggling with planning your own work out…

Get A Trainer

We’re nice, I promise, and most trainers, if they’re worth their salt, will teach you proper form and help you create a tailor made plan so that when you go at it alone you can smash it. Do your research and get yourself a trainer that is right for you. It can be expensive but, as I trainer and online coach, I really do think it’s worth it. Having somewhere there not only for accountability but also to provide motivation and mental support is invaluable when you’re feeling nervous.

If you’re interested in getting an online coach and want a bit more information, get in contact with me on jamieleejenkinsfitness@gmail.com. The initial chats are totally free and although I can’t be there with you, I am available all the time to offer support and guidance.

If you can’t afford a trainer make sure you have a least got yourself a…

Get A Good Gym Induction 

A good gym induction is vital when first joining a gym. Even if you have been training before and think you know the ropes don’t turn one down. They are a great way to feel at ease in a new environment as well as gives you a chance to get to know the staff. It’s also the perfect opportunity to assess your fitness levels and workout what your goals are. Having goals will help give you the motivation it takes to fight to nerves and do it alone.

This leads me on to my next top tip…

Do Your Research 

Every gym is different and they all have a different ‘vibe’. Don’t be nervous about going to look around the gym and even having a taster session before committing to a membership. Even now there are some gyms I feel a lot more at home in than others. It is important to work out what you are looking for from your gym and what it right for you. Have a chat with the people who work there who will be more than happy to offer any help and advice. It might sound daft but it is really worth making a consideration choice when it comes to which gym you go for. If you like the atmosphere and the people there you are much more like to feel at ease and want to go back.

Invest In Some Killer Gym Clothes 

Now I know that I always say you don’t need anything apart from yourself and some motivation to smash your sessions so this might seem a little hypocritical, but I speak from experience when I say that feeling fresh in a brand new outfit really helps with confidence. I used to always say that I would only buy nice gym clothes if I knew I was going to go (kind of like a reward) but this time I got them before and they acted as the best incentive. I have learnt that feeling good in gym clothes isn’t about my having the ‘perfect’ body, it’s about celebrating the body you have at the time and how incredible it it. Be your own cheerleader and invest in some gym clothes – you won’t regret it.

My recommendations: Gymshark, FLEXXFIT, H&M, Primark, Wearwolf Clothing.

Take Your Headphones

Music always motivates me. A little bit of Survivor and you can guarantee I’m going to absolutely dominate my workout. Having your headphones in also helps you to zone out and focus on your own workout. As much as I love chatting to people in the gym, I know this can be intimidating (not to mention distracting) and so having your headphones acts like a bit of a deterrent.

Don’t fancy listening to some bangers? That’s fine, instead…

Get A Gym Buddy

Joining a gym is a new venture and so it is completely normal to be nervous. Just like with anything else, having someone there by your side for a bit of moral support can be really helpful. Having a friend there with you will make the whole process a lot less intimating and will also provide some accountability in the long run.

Don’t have any friends you can drag along with you? No worries, instead you could always…

Go To Classes

Classes are a fab way to meet people and get yourself used to the gym environment in a fun and safe situation. When I first started training I had no one to go with and so I decided to go to a ladies only boxing class. I went along on my own and got chatting to a lovely girl. Flash forward 9 month and she is one of my best friends and my ride or die gym buddy. Without braving a class I never would have met here, and what I sad, sad world this would be… 

Remember, everyone has been there

As I mentioned at the beginning, we have all been there, myself included! ‘The Fear’ is not uncommon so don’t think that every single other person in the room is an expert – the chances are the majority will just be your average person trying to keep fit and healthy. Keep in mind you have just as much right to be in that room as every single other person, whether they are training for a competition or wanting to lose a few pound. Every single person has a goal and everyone should feel comfortable and valued in a gym.

So there you have it, my top tips that I have picked up over the last few years. I will say that the majority of people are very friendly and willing to help. Of course you get some nasty people but I have been lucky enough to only come across kind and supportive people on my journey. Remember that you’re doing it for you. ‘The Fear’ is hard to overcome but I promise you that it is worth it. 

Jamie x 

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It’s no secret that I am a huge coffee fan. I never used to drink it but final year at University got the better of me and I went from a milky Latte to a black Americano with an extra shot in the space of about a month. Nowadays I have coffee every single day without fail, whether that be from a coffee shop or chilling on the sofa at home. Coffee has a bit of a bad rep when it comes to health and fitness (one of the reasons I avoided it for so long) but is it really all that bad? Can squatting and shot-ing ever mix? What is your coffee habit doing to your fitness goals?

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We’ll ignore the huge slices of cake, shall we? 

I have been doing my research and found both positive and negative ways in which coffee is having an impact so sit tight, get yourself a cuppa and let us begin… 

Positives

We’ll start with the positives and you will probably be pleased to hear that there are a lot.

  1. Calorie Burner: The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned around 15% more calories during the three hour period post-exercise than those who took a placebo. This comes down to the fact that coffee contains caffeine (surprise, surprise), which you probably already know is a stimulant. What you might not know is that it has also been shown to enhance our metabolic rate and can help increase fat oxidation as a result of this – cappuccino anyone? 
  2. Athletic Performance: You might also be surprised to hear that sipping coffee has also been linked to improved athletic performance according to the International Society of Sports Nutrition. This is due to the fact that caffeine stimulates the central nervous system. Research has shown that that it can help with memory and concentration, which subsequently helps when it comes to your workout. This leads us on to our next benefit…
  3. Pre-workout: Pre- workout can be expensive but it turns out that everything you need might already be sitting in your cup board (or, you know, at your local Costa). As well as hoping with your performance, a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning has revealed that caffeine can also help to reduce DOMS when it was compared with a placebo. Less time needed for muscle recovery more time to make the gains!

Negatives 

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news and there are some pretty bad ways your coffee habit could be impacting your health and preventing you from achieving your fitness goals.

  1. Calorie Intake: We’ve talked about how coffee can help when it comes to burning calories but make the wrong order and you could be adding a lot more calories to your dinner break. It’s estimated that 34% of us (ahem, me) fall victim to what is called ‘upselling’. Picture the scene: you’ve ordered a small latte and the cute barrister has told you you can upgrade for only 50p extra. Seems like a good idea, right? Wrong. This could apparently result in an extra 17,000 calories over a 12 month period. Of course it depends on your coffee preference but certainly food for thought.
  2. Anxiety: Perhaps not directly linked to your workout but certainly important to consider, coffee consumption, due to the caffeine, triggers the release of the same hormones involved in the fight-or-flight response. This can lead to increased feelings of anxiety and has the potential to exacerbate any existing anxiety disorders.
  3. 40 winks: Despite apparently helping with performance, if you’re drinking coffee within three hours of heading to bed you could be increasing the time it takes to drift off by up to 40 minutes – that’s a lot of extra counting sheep. Being sleep deprived can have a huge impact on your whole day, not to mention your workout.

So there you have it. As you can see, science has been anything but conclusive and there are both positive and negatives ways coffee can impact your health and fitness. My thoughts overall? Everything in moderation. I personally find myself more motivated, awake and content after a coffee in the morning (not to mention I enjoy the taste). I usually go for a white Americano with almond/coconut milk so it is not too calorific. Every so often I will treat myself to a dirty chai but it’s all about being aware. Stay hydrated and maybe cut back on the syrups and you’ll be fine.

What’s your go to coffee order? Let me know in the comments below.

Jamie x 

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Sources:

https://www.verywellfit.com/the-neurological-benefits-of-muscle-building-creatine-3121392

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24901809

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http://www.womenshealthmag.co.uk/nutrition/happy-hour/7744/coffee-effects/

http://www.womenshealthmag.co.uk/beauty-style/skin/2759/is-your-morning-coffee-wrecking-your-skin-with-acne-and-dehydration/

https://www.nutracheck.co.uk/calories/calories_in_drinks/calories_in_coffee

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/calories/faq-20058100

https://www.muscleandfitness.com/features/edge/think-coffees-bad-you-think-again

https://www.health.com/nutrition/5-reasons-to-drink-coffee-before-your-workout

Hey guys and gals and happy September (madness, I know!). Over the next couple of months, Universities all over the country will be inundated with freshers starting what will probably be for most their first adventure away from home. I finished 3 years at Warwick University this year. I have quite literally been there, done it and got the T-shirt to prove it. Whilst the 3 years were the most challenging of my life, they were also moments that were some of the best and I learnt a hell of a lot about myself, other people and how to survive on pot noodle because you’re too hungover to go to the shop (essential life lessons really). For anyone heading of to University this year, I thought I would share with you some of my tips for survival – everything from feeding yourself to going clubbing. So, let’s get started.

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I made it!

Moving Day. 

Okay, so it’s moving day. The car is full and your Mum is crying. Moving day is an odd day – you’re excited and very, very nervous, but there are a few things you can do to make moving day just that little bit easier.

  • Take snacks (a box of Celebrations always goes down well): Having something to offer your new flat mates is a create ice breaker. I went to people’s rooms and introduced myself with a box a Celebrations and everyone appreciated it (even the parents). It might sound cringe but it is a nice way to open a conversation if you’re feeling a little nervous.
  • Only pack your winter clothes: Apart from a few dresses and fancy shoes, there is no point taking your whole wardrobe with you to University. One, it is probably not going to all fit in your wardrobe and two, you really don’t need it. You’ll be back home again at Christmas so you can mix things up then.
  • Buy stuff there: It might be nice to feel prepared and buy everything you know, just incase you get the urge to make your own yogurt or remove the core from an apple with only one appliance, but you really don’t need to clear Ikea out of its kitchen section. You’re not going out of space – there will be shops! If you find you need something when you’re there, just pop to the shop. It will probably save you money and some room in your parents car boot.
  • Keep your door open: Everyone says this but it is so true. Keeping your door open is a great way to let people know you’re there and willing to chat. It seems like nothing but just smiling and saying hello to someone walking past could start a new friendship.
  • Bag yourself a decent cupboard: I got to University very early and bagged myself the best cupboard in the kitchen. Not too far away from the cooker, but far enough away that it wasn’t going to be in front of everyone’s work surface. If in doubt take your Mum – they always know best.
  • Register with the University Doctor: It is super easy to do and the University will probably send you information on how to do this prior to your moving day. My University Doctor has been fantastic (they really helped during my tougher times), particularly during those first few weeks where I was pretty confident I was dying. Turns out it was just freshers flu – better safe than sorry. 

If I had to do moving day again: I am pretty happy with how my moving day went but I do think I tried ‘too’ hard to make a good first impression that I was not 100% true to myself. I know it is hard and I did my best but I would try and be more myself.

The First Few Weeks. 

Moving day is done, the hard part is over… Now what?

  • Get up half an hour earlier: You’re probably going to get lost and so you need to allow time for this. If you do get to your lectures and seminars early, it is also a great chance to chat to your course mates outside. It might seem like a pain after your third night out in a row but it is definitely worth it.
  • Don’t feel like you have to go out every single night: Your University is likely to have pulled out all of the stops for freshers week and there will be something going on every single night. Just because there is something happening it doesn’t mean you have to be there. I know, I know you’re only ‘fresh’ once and the FOMO is real, but if you don’t fancy it just don’t go. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to make up for it.
  • Eat 3 meals a day and drink plenty of water: Everything will be a bit of a whirlwind for the first few weeks so it can be really easy to neglect the basic necessities. Make an effort to eat three meals a day and always have a bottle of water with you in the day (it will help with the hangovers as well). They might not always be the healthiest meals and they’ll probably be nothing like your Mum used to make, but make sure you’re eating.
  • Mingle outside your halls: It can be easy to think your flatmates are the be all and end all. Of course, get to know them – for lots of people they end up being some of their best friends. However, there is a whole University full of people for you to meet. Don’t restrict yourself!

If I had to do the first few weeks again: I definitely would make sure I met more people outside of the flat and my seminars. I kind of got myself into a little bubble and when that burst I was in a tough position. I’ve learnt that it is not about meeting one best ever friend in the whole wide world you’re going to have as your maid of honour and love forever and forever – it is about meeting a range of people and learning about them whilst also learning about yourself.

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Uni was ‘first class’ (see what I did there?) 

Going Out.

You’ve not been out without you BFF since year 7 who turned 18 a month after you and it’s all getting a bit daunting. Drinks are more expensive than your home town and you can drink for literally nothing in the game of never have I ever. You ask yourself, Am I really that boring? as your new neighbour finishes her third pint.

  • Have an emergency £10 on you at all times: There were many times during my first year that I was stranded in a night club having missed the last bus home. I’d recommend always having an emergency bit of cash just incase you need to get a taxi. Even if it’s just £10 in you phone case, you never know when you might need it.
  • No one will notice if you get a glass of water: Don’t want a drink? Don’t worry. Turns out water and vodka and lemonade look a hell of a lot alike (even more alike when you’re surrounding by drunk people who are seeing double). If you don’t want a drink just get water. You don’t have to tell anyone if you don’t want!
  • Eat before going out: I sound like a mother, don’t I? This one is probably self explanatory but make sure you line your stomach before drinking. I failed to do this many times (often on purpose) and I seriously suffered the consequences.
  • Take condom: Okay, maybe I sound a little less like a Mum now… The reality is that you might end up having sex with someone and it is vital that you’re protected not only from pregnancy but also from STI’s and other nasty things.In the heat of the moment, neither of you are likely to fancy wanting till tomorrow so it is always best to be prepared. Even if you never ever use it, it’s there. You might also help out a friend in need.
  • Learn to say no: It’s okay to say no. People won’t like you less. If you don’t feel comfortable then please, please, please do not do things solely to impress others.

 

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Grad ballin’

If I had to do ‘going out’ again: I was very stand offish to boys when I went out as I was terrified of letting my hair down too much. In hindsight, I wish I would have let myself have a bit more fun. So what if you snog someone on the dance floor? When it comes to alcohol though, I would certainly have said no a lot more often and not tried to be the cool one doing all the shots – not big and definitely not clever.

Societies. 

Okay, your house mates are cool, but there’s more to you than just your address. What do I do when lessons are over?

  • Be willing to try anything: I never in a million years thought I would have my own radio show but I ended up absolutely loving it. If something tickles your fancy, give it a go! Be open to trying new things – you never know, you might love it.
  • Go to the Freshers Taster sessions, even if you have to go alone: Everyone is in the same boat at freshers sessions, so even if none of your flat fancy Doctor Who Society or Debating Club, just go! The exec board will be on their best behaviour (I promise, I have been there) and do everything they can to make you feel as welcome as possible!
  • Don’t worry about it all ‘looking good on a CV’: Sure, running my own radio show was pretty impressive on a CV, but it’s not all about that. If you fancy cocktail making club over Politics Society then that is totally fine. Societies are a great way to let your hair down and enjoy yourself.
  • Go on tour: I went on HistSoc tour in first year and it was incredible. I had such a good time and it is a great way to make new friends with similar interests. It is also useful if you fancy yourself as the next President or Social Sec – who doesn’t want to be a BNOC, right?

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Little fresher Jamie on the HistSoc tour. 

If I had to do ‘societies’ again: I would absolutely do a sport. I was terrified of the sports clubs because I wasn’t particularly great at anything and I had heard terrifying things about their initiations. It’s true, sports clubs tend to be a little wild, but they are also such a tight-knit community. You don’t even have to be that good – there are beginners classes! Warwick Netball, if you’re ever looking for an alumni member… 

Staying Healthy. 

Embarrassed yourself drunk? Check. Turned up your 9AM after next to no sleep? Check. Eaten a healthy balanced meal in the last 8 days… Yeah about that. 

  • Buy some fruit: Getting your five a day is surprisingly challenging when you’re eating for one.Get yourself some apple or a punnet a grapes. Not only are they healthy snack but they’re also a super easy way to get in some greens without having to whip out your Grandma’s steamer that she promised you’d need.
  • Drink plenty of water: I’ve said this before and I will say it again – drink lots of water. It’s going to keep you healthy, help the hangover and it’s free – a students best friend.
  • Join a sports society (or the gym): Staying active is super important so get involved. Even if you’re only playing hockey once a week, it’s better than nothing! I also met some really lovely friends through going to the gym (and ended up qualifying as a PT and getting a job at Gymshark).
  • Make time for food shopping: I was the worst at food shopping, I mean really really bad. It might surprise you but if you don’t keep stocking up on food, you actually run out of food. I know, it shocked me too… Schedule a day once a week to do a food shop and make a list throughout the week of what you’re running low on. I’d also recommend getting delivery as it will save you time (and money) in the long run.

If I had to do ‘staying healthy’ again: No surprises here but I would food shop! I would probably also have started the gym a little earlier and joined a sports club.

So there you have it – some of my top tips! But don’t just take it from me, here are some recommendations from others who have been there and done it. 

‘Don’t feel like you have to go out every night with your uni friends – you might get FOMO but your body will thank you for a rest every now and again’ – @emilycatmuir

‘I’m a lecturer at college. I tell my students going to uni 3 things have to be right or they won’t be happy. 1. (Pick a) good, interesting course. 2. Good uni and facilities and 3. Great location/city.’ – @Islandbeauty77

‘My top tip is make sure you have mugs, tea and coffee all ready for the first meeting with your fellow hall mates- I’ll make sure my daughter has some.’ – @Roots2Success

‘Live your absolute best life’ – @kerrismackley

I hope you have the most incredible time at University. It’s hard and not every day is going to be good. By second year I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, but I did. Make the most of everything and have fun – you’re going to smash it! 

Jamie x 

 

Hey guys and gals! How are we all doing today? 

For about a year now I have been seeing a meditation/reiki practitioner. The first couple of times I went I was very unconvinced by the whole thing but recently I have found myself really benefitted from the sessions and able to practise the skills learnt myself. In my last session a few months back we worked with crystals. She asked me to choose a crystal from her collection and hold it during the session. Erm, you what?

Anyway, an hour later I had finished the session and my crystal was boiling hot. Apparently my own energy and that of the crystals (again, you what?) had ‘infused’. Holding the crystal had allowed me to dissolve my negative energy and increase the flow of positive energy and vitality throughout my body. I fobbed it off a little but you can bet the next time I went into a shop selling crystals I picked one up and I have been using it since. I’m pleased to say that I have found having my own crystal incredibly helpful and so I thought today I would explore the idea of healing crystals and whether or not the benefits associated with them are rubbish or reality. 

Luna is definitely a fan! 

What are healing crystals?

The healing power of crystals has been celebrated throughout history, being traced back to the ancient Egyptians who once believed these gems had the power to restore health. Recently, these supposed ‘healing crystals’ have seen an increase in popularity as more and more of us are convinced that crystals have energy properties that can work within our own energy systems. Krista Mitchell, a crystal healing teacher and author of the book Change Your Energy: Healing Crystals for Health, Wealth, Love & Luck, has been teaching people how to heal themselves since 2004 and is convinced that these natural means of restoring energy are the way to a balanced body and mind. In theory this means that if your life and emotions are a little out of whack, say you’re starting a new job or have an exam, these rocks can help to restore a sense of emotional balance. ‘Crystal healing’ is a term that applies these ideas to a certain type of therapy. This involves placing gem stones on your body or in nearby places to help draw out negative energy.

All sounds pretty good, right?

But what does science say?

Hate to be the one to break it to you, but science remains unconvinced. The truth is, there is zero scientific evidence that that crystals have any healing properties. In fact, the majority of scientists out there would probably fob it off as B.S. Let’s be honest, this probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to you – it certainly didn’t to me – so why do I bother? Well, they might not heal your ailments, but they might soothe the soul.

My Experience and the Power of Placebo

When my mental health was at its very worst, crystals did nothing for me. I needed professional and medical support and there is no shame in that. Healing crystals are not going to suddenly heal your bumps and bruises, they are not going to cure depression, but healing crystals have worked wonders on helping my find a sense of calm. Now, I don’t want to sound all Eyal from Love Island but it’s true. As I have learnt how to control my emotions through support and a lot of hard work, crystal healing offers me the opportunity to be mindful and present and explore resources beyond present options.

It didn’t happen straight away and it took a lot of perseverance, imagination and acceptance. Just as with mindfulness, my healing crystal acts as a physical reminder to quieten the chaos going on in my mind and reconnect with the present. The crystal is not magic by any means, I know it is all coming from inside my own body and mind but I am convinced that through openness and a belief in the potential for calmness, I have found a way in which I can reconnect and enjoy life without the stresses of the outside world.

I keep my crystal next to my bed and when I attempt to practise meditation I will hold it in my hands. If I am feeling particularly stressed I will hold my crystal and take a moment to contemplate and reassess the situation. I have found this is what works best for me. Some people keep their under their bed, some have them in their bag or even in their bra so it is with them at all times! I like to keep mine in my bedroom in ‘my space’ as a way to literally and metaphorically escape.

Which crystal is for me? 

Depending on how deep you want to go, each crystal supposably has a different intent and you can therefore choose a crystal based upon your purpose. My crystal, for example, is Rose Quartz. This stone is known as the love stone and is meant to help to enhance your self love and positive energy, opening you up to all different forms of love. I just think it’s very pretty.

A few other examples are as follows:

  • Amethyst: It helps to control disruptive and addictive behaviours and allows you to enhance your intuition.
  • Citrine: This the stone of success and enhanced your individual power.
  • Soladite: This stone helps to clear up any confusion and maintain concentration.
  • Aventurine: This is known as the stone of luck – whether that be luck in love, fortune or your career.
  • Aquamarine: This beautiful stone helps us to brave the unknown and can lead to increased creativity.
  • Clear quartz: This stone is known for encouraging focus, balance, positivity and clarity.

If you’re wondering which might be best for you, you can take this quiz. Not sure how accurate these things are but it’s worth it just for a bit of fun! The Energy Muse blog is also full of loads of great information about crystals and their healing powers if you are interested – I would really recommend taking a look!

‘Everything in Life is Vibration’ – Albert Einstein

Whether simply placebo or natural healers, I believe that your thoughts are in line with the vibrations of that which you surround yourself with. Healing crystals have provided me with some sort of accountability to make time for myself and that’s good enough for me. 

Jamie x 

 

Sources: 

https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/culture/articles/a31572/what-are-healing-crystals-how-to-use-them/

https://www.hellomagazine.com/healthandbeauty/2018022346560/what-are-healing-crystals/

https://www.holisticshop.co.uk/articles/introduction-guide-crystals

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a19934992/what-are-healing-crystals/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sonimacom/do-healing-crystals-reall_b_12117920.html?guccounter=1

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