It seems there's more to relaxing than I first thought. In my quest to restore Stig with some sanity, I discovered the website of the wonderful Heather Bestel. Heather is a qualified psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. She also specialises in relaxation techniques. "Helping you move from mad dash to organised serenity" is her mantra.
I've always been sceptical of the whole positive thinking and loveliness approach, but given Stig's condition, two autistic kids, and a very short fuse, it's time I accept that Hayes House could do with some serenity. Desperate times...
I have got to know Heather a little over recent weeks and she is fantastic. She is very frank and open on her website about her past and the reasons for choosing her career. Heather's motives to pass on the wisdom that has been so helpful to her in escaping a turbulent past are clear. Not that you have to be traumatised in any way to benefit from the art of relaxation. She has a free download called More Me Time which is aimed at busy women primarily, but contains advice and know-how that most people could benefit from.
Heather has a range of CDs for sale including Just Ten Minutes; all you need for total relaxation, Deep Sleep, 7 Secrets for Quitting Smoking and she is launching a new range of CDs in July called Magical Meditations 4 Kids, for 4-7 year olds and 8-11 year olds.
Sam had the privilege of a sneak preview of the new 4-7 year olds CD, as Heather was looking for reviews from children about her material. Sam loved the recording and it definitely had the desired effect. He lay on my bed with his eyes closed and smiled all the way through the "Magical Space Adventure", one of the special relaxation stories. Never have I seen him so calm and relaxed. You can read what he had to say about it, along with reviews from other children, on Heather's new Magical Meditations 4 Kids Blog.
Heather has been nothing but friendly and helpful to me, without so much as a sales pitch. There are few like her left in the world and her material, what I know of it so far, is definitely helpful. So I'm pitching for her, and for me because I have become an affiliate. I can't wait for the full kids' CDs to come out and in the mean time I'm getting Stig her relaxation CD.
If you're on the verge of mental meltdown, struggling to find a bit of "me" time, or just looking for the proverbial warm fuzzy feeling, have a look at her stuff.
You can read about Heather or buy any of her material, as well as download her free More Me Time e-book (PDF) here
Heather is also on Twitter and Facebook.