CHILL OUT: Psychotherapist Shirley Hughes helps people forget their worries with a new CD.
CHILL OUT: Psychotherapist Shirley Hughes helps people forget their worries with a new CD.

Shirley's CD will help you relax

EVEN in supposedly laidback Byron, it can be difficult to relax.

But a little help is now available for those residents agitated about DAs, KFC, NYE, CSG, the LEP and the ATO or the thousand other slings and arrows of modern life.

It's a CD made by McLeod's Shoot psychotherapist Shirley Hughes called The Calm Zone - which guides the listener into just that state of being, with myriad health benefits.

"Relaxation is a vital part of life," Ms Hughes said. "But the stress of our busy lives often affects our moods, our thinking and our nervous systems.

"Regular deep relaxation can be an antidote to help us return to the harmonious state of equilibrium. It can be life transforming as it instantly improves mental, emotional and physical health."

Ms Hughes says tension and stress are some of the most common problems she deals with in her practice. She also finds that people are not sure how to relax or, if they try to meditate, find it difficult and give up.

It was because of this and her own belief in the power of relaxation that she recorded the CD, to take the stressed or insomniac through an easy and addictive beach meditation.

You don't have to "do" anything, "just find some time to play it, even when you go to bed and you'll find that your body and mind slowly relaxes", Ms Hughes said, who has used these techniques to deal with challenges in her own life.

Prioritising time for yourself, even 30 minutes a day to tune out, will pay long-term benefits.

"Just say no to others' demands and carve out some time to yourself. It's crucial if you want to feel happier and healthier."

The Calm Zone CD is in selected shops, by phoning 6684 7324 or through thecalmzone.com.au


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