Covid update and how to improve your immunity

Covid update and how to improve your immunity

Covid Update

So how are you all doing?  It’s been a tough January that’s for sure and I’m disappointed to report that the Just Be Clinic will remain closed for now.  I won’t give a reopening date as it’s so unpredicable at the moment but suspect it won’t be during February.  Those of you with appointments for February will have received a cancellation email by now. 

I hope you are all coping and have things to keep you occupied.  Thank you to those that have kept in touch.  I know some have been unwell but thankfully you have pulled through.  Remember, I’m here at the end of the phone of email if you need anything.

I signed up for an online course in Face Reflexology and will be adding this wonderful treatment to the Just Be Clinic once I qualify.  I also did a webinar with Prof. Luck O’Neill about the Covid vaccine, organised by the Irish Reflexologist’s Institute, to hear first hand the facts about the vaccines coming to the market and here are some of the hightlights:

  • there are 40 vaccines currently under development and each will improve with time and protect us from all variants of the covid virus
  • It is ok to take the vaccine if you are on immune suppressants as the covid vaccine is not a live vaccine
  • If pregnant and called for the vaccine, chat with your GP before deciding on what to do.  Pregnant women that have taken the vaccine did not have side effects
  • If you suffer from allergies, you will be monitored for 30 minutes after the vaccine is administered for any side effects.
  • Vaccine benefits far outweight any minimal risk of side effects

How to support your Immune System 

As an Immunologist, Prof. O’Neill also highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy immune system.  Here are his top tips:

  • STRESS is a big negative on the immune system.  Avoid stress where possible and do everything to relax the body, mind and spirit.  Normally I would help here but remember to practice mindfulness, breath, take a bath, read a book, anything you love to do to help relax.
  • Maintain a balanced diet
  • Take a Vitamin D supplement in winter
  • Iron is required to absorb vaccines, so if required take an iron supplment (check with your GP).
  • Exercise – walk outside at least 15 minutes a day
  • Good sleep – even 1 bad night’s sleep can reduce your white blood cells by 50%  I’ve also attached some research to show how massage can boost white blood cells by up to 70%.  Again, something to look forward to when I reopen. 

For now stay well and stay safe
Yvonne

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CLOSED until end of January 2021

CLOSED until end of January 2021

Following last night’s announcement by an Taoiseach and a recent email from the Irish Reflexologist’s Institute, I have decided to close the Just Be Clinic until the end of January 2021.

Previousely, the Irish Reflexologist’s Institute advised we could work under Level 5 doing Reflexology only.  However, having received a complex email before Christmas (section below) and the agressiveness of the new strain of Covid 19, I feel it best for me, my family and your safety to close now.  

Please note that under each new restriction the government have just brought in, the laws are different and we will have to review each one in order to see if we can return to work. We will keep you informed as always.  Right now we are UNABLE to work under the new restrictions on Christmas Eve presently.  We will aim to have answers in January after the Christmas period when we can consult the legal team and will keep you informed.

The Irish Reflexologist’s Institute may well tell us next week we can continue to work but for you and myself to have clarity, Just Be will remain closed for now.  I will of course contact anyone who has a booking for January in person and for now the online booking system is off.

Having said all that, the vaccine is now available in Ireland so there is a lot of hope in 2021.  So I’ll bid you a very Happy New Year and see you all soon. 

Please take care of yourself, stay safe and I’m here at the end of the phone or email if you need a chat.

Love & Light
Yvonne

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Thank you and Happy Christmas

Thank you and Happy Christmas

What a year?

I’m not going to dwell on this year other than to say thank you for sticking with me and to say well done on getting through it. We all deserve a happy, peaceful Christmas with our nearest and dearest and I hope all your wishes for 2021 come true.  

As I mentioned in my last email, I can stay open going forward even if some treatments are restricted under levels 4 & 5.  So the online booking system is now live for January if you haven’t booked in already. 

Or, if you would like to purchase a gift voucher, I can email one to you or you can ‘call and collect’ on Tuesday 2pm-5pm.

For now stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

Love & Light 
Yvonne
 

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Another lockdown… how to stay focused and fulfilled

Another lockdown… how to stay focused and fulfilled

Disappointingly, I had to close the Just Be Clinic again but this time round hopefully it’s only for 6 weeks.  But what if it isn’t?

Well first of all, this lockdown feels different because while some of us are at home, others can go to work, the schools and creches are open and ‘essential retail and services’ can stay open.  Whilst the Irish Reflexology Institute and other regulartary organisations are fighting for holistic therapies to be recognised as and ‘essential service’ I thought I would share some of my thoughts on how to remain focused and fulfilled during lockdown No. 2 and beyond.

Routine is so important for our overall wellbeing.  Try to keep to your existing routine as much as possible while having activities and things to do that will help fulfil your long term dreams or goals. Below is an example of what my daily routine can look like:

  • Get up at the same time everyday
  • Exercise or go for a walk within the 5km guidelines.  Try to leave the house every day, even if it’s just to drop/collect the kids at school.
  • Have a hearty breakfast and tidy the kitchen
  • Get washed and dressed for the day regardless of what the day holds
  • Make the bed and tidy the bedroom ready for a peaceful sleep tonight.
  • Call someone for a chat over a cuppa
  • Next, do the things you have to do such as laundry, shopping, preparing meals, pay bills, or declutter.  Do the hardest job first and ease into lunchtime.
  • For the afternoon, do something you enjoy such as reading, drawing/painting, singing, dancing, gardening, decorating or crafts.  Whatever makes you feel good.
  • Dinner/Tea time followed by a quick tidy up before chilling.
  • Socialise with friends/family on a video chat while enjoying a coffee or drink.
  • Watch TV or catch up on Movies or box sets.
  • Enjoy some personal care such as a bath, facial, manicure, pedicure, or meditate.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night and switch off any blue light devices.

I find keeping a daily routine has helped me cope with stress and anxiety.  I’ve been very irritable over the whole situation so I do mindful activities such as jigsaws, colouring or reading and I’m planning to try upholstery too, so I’ll share how that goes. Above is my first jigsaw of this lockdown and I’ve made my very first Tart Tatin from the apples in the garden. 

Make a list or mood board of what you want to acheive, it will help you focus.  Even writing this blog is helping me to plan my days ahead.  And only do what makes you feel good.

For now sending you all lots of love and light
Yvonne

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Our new normal….

Our new normal….

I don’t know about you, but I had some amazing highs and some awful lows during lockdown so I’m thrilled to back at work and seeing you all again.  I was a bit nervous about how it would go but you are so supportive and not a bit phased by the new protocols, so a massive thank you to you all. 

My main concern has been my Mum but I’m over the moon to tell you she’s now settling in to her new home.  She decided it was time to go to a nursing home and I really struggled with this as I always thought I would take care of her. However, it’s the best decision for her and I’m adjusting to a new routine as is she.  We haven’t seen Mum for 14 weeks while she was in hospital and unlike the rest of us, Nursing Homes are still under alot of restrictions.  Thankfully, I’ve been approved to take Mum to dialysis, leaving her limit of 2 visitors per week to other family members.  She was so happy to be out in the car and watching the world go by.  I really feel the eldery have and still are paying the real price of Covid-19.

So now it’s time to discover what our new normal is?  Really think about what you missed most and what you can afford to drop.  For me I missed face to face connection with people the most, so I now get that from my work, friends and family.  It was very exciting when we were able to meet up and have a meal and I took full advantage.  The mask wearing has become second nature to me now as I’m wearing one alot between work and when I see Mum.  Jim and I have also decided we won’t be travelling abroad until we feel more confident about a vaccine or elimination of Covid-19 and like many had a staycation this year.  We’re are also adapting to online activities through Zoom and other mediums. 

If nothing else, this is now a great opportunity to reflect and decide what your priorities are and to only act on the things that you feel will give you joy, health and happiness.  Of course, there will be challenges along the way but we all now know we can now overcome the greatest challenges.  Just remember, the destination hasn’t changed, just adjust the course you take and the timeframe.

#justbreadth #justbelieve #justbe

Love & light
Yvonne

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Reopening 29th June

Reopening 29th June

I’m beyond excited to tell you that the Just Be Clinic will reopen on Monday, 29th June 2020.  You can BOOK NOW online or call/text 0868968409.

I know some of you are just as happy to be getting back to some normality but there will be some changes before and when you arrive at the clinic.

1. if you feel unwell or have been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, please wait at least 2 weeks before booking your appointment.
2. I will confirm the day before your appointment by text, but again if you feel unwell I would advise cancelling your appointment.
3. On arrival I will meet you at the door as before but no hugs or hand shakes and you will be asked to sanitise your hands.  If you wish to wear a mask please do, but it is not necessary.  However, I would ask you to bring your own drinking water for after your treatment.
4. As a practice, hygiene standards have always been top priority but you will notice that I will be wearing PPE to protect myself and you from the risk of any cross contamination.  We must remember, that there is still no vaccine or cure for Covid-19 so maximum precautions will be taken as per government guidelines.
5. The room will be ventilated during your treatment so please wear warm comfortable clothing.
6. A break between appointments will be necessary to clean down any surfaces that may be contaminated so please be patient if there is a delay between appointments.

Most importantly, you will feel comfortable and secure as before when you visit the Just Be Clinic and rest assured I will take care that you relax and get the maximum benefit of your treatment.

I can’t wait to welcome you back so please BOOK NOW if you haven’t already done so.  Also, please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns about booking going forward.

Love & light
Yvonne

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