The days are shorter, the sun slants at a shallower angle and we won’t be able to make vitamin D until next March or April. At this time of year, I usually remind you that a vitamin D supplement is a good idea and something you’ll need for your Vitamin D to work is magnesium.

Why we self-sabotage and stay stuck

Recognise that uneasy feeling of knowing you really want to do or address something but keep putting it off?

Ask yourself right now: “Is there an aspect of my life where I keep sabotaging myself? How do I feel about it and where do I feel it in my body?”

You might want to sort out your anxiety, your self- worth, your confidence, your anger, your mental health issues. You might want to lose that weight, join a gym or change career direction.

Whatever it is for you, how often do you have the intention – and maybe even dip your toe in the water but then just not take it any further?

You’ve done it, I’ve done it. The reason we do it is to protect ourselves, because succeeding or taking action potentially exposes us, our perceived weaknesses and “Can’t Do Its”. It doesn’t feel safe.

Sabotage feels safer than taking those first steps, safer than having to get a result of some kind. Pressure from others doesn’t help.

“When are you going to sort that out?” “Why haven’t you done anything about that yet?” It’s feels threatening to the safety barrier we’ve built around ourselves. Staying stuck feels safer than taking action. At least we know what it feels like, even if that’s not very good. It’s familiar and it’s our barrier that we – often unconsciously created for a reason.

We beat ourselves up time and again. “Why can’t I do it? “I should be much further forward by now!” “I’ve been struggling with this for so long”.

What’s often less apparent, is the underlying negative emotions, feelings and beliefs that we keep on just stuffing and keeping down, so that more and more accumulate.

Until we can find and identify those things and work to release the energy of them that is stuck in our bodies, we continue to sabotage ourselves.

If this is you and you feel ready to move forward, why not get in touch so that I can help you release the things that have been holding you back. You’re worth it!

Rosie Stevens MA Psychotherapist and Coach

Tel: 07939 106560


Magnesium is important for your heart, your brain, energy production, insulin sensitivity and much more. It’s essential if you take calcium. Deficiency is linked to acid reflux, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, depression, constipation, fatigue, insomnia, muscle problems like cramp, fibromyalgia and post- exercise soreness. Having suffered for years, I was thrilled that it also helps Raynaud’s. As soon as there was a cool, damp day even in summer, I’d touch something cold and the circulation in my fingers would just switch off. I’ve had to warm up cutlery before eating and have occasionally been in so much pain that I cried. However, since I started taking magnesium, my fingers have stayed pink.

Most people are deficient, but it doesn’t show up with a simple blood test because your


The clinic offers a wide range of services: physiotherapy, remedial massage, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and small group exercise classes.

Our physios have a combined 50+ years of experience in physiotherapy and exercise rehab, treating pain and sports injury.

We offer physio-lead hydrotherapy for pre and post-operative patients and for people struggling to exercise on land. The benefits of moving in (warm) water, within a group is well documented and has been proven to help reduce recovery time.

We have physiotherapists who are qualified to treat a range of symptoms using acupuncture, for example, chronic pain, anxiety and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes.

In the clinic, we now offer a range of small group exercise classes focusing on different abilities and specific needs. Designed for people continuing on after physiotherapy treatment and those wanting to work on mobility, flexibility, strength, injury prevention and improving posture. These are available to all ages.

Regular massage can be used to help maintain healthy functioning muscles, as well as treating overworked and injured muscles. Working alongside physios, our massage therapist has gained a deeper understanding of how the body functions and the way muscles work.

For appointments, call 01900 822008, or email

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body will keep levels constant, even scavenging from your bones and muscles for the sake of your heart.

The main food sources are kelp, wheat (only wholegrain), nuts, soya (best only eaten fermented) and coconut. You could also take tablets, soak in an Epsom salts bath or spray an oil mixture on your skin.

Check out ‘The Magnesium Miracle’ by Caroline Dean, or her blog

Top tips: Boost your health with magnesium

N.B. Don’t take magnesium if you have kidney failure, very slow heart rate, bowel obstruction or Myasthenia gravis and check with your doctor about any medication.

Jackie Wilkinson Nutrition Coaching 07782 477 364

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