<![CDATA[Paula Hunter - Psychic Naturopath - Blog]]>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:17:32 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Stress Effects on Your Body and Behavior]]>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:23:06 GMThttp://paulahunter.ca/blog/stress-effects-on-your-body-and-behavior
Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kinds, during busy times at work, when managing your finances, or when coping with a challenging relationship. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK - some stress is actually beneficial - too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically.

The first step to controlling stress is to know what the symptoms of stress are but recognizing these symptoms may be harder than you think. Most of us are so used to being stressed, we often don't know we are stressed until we are at the breaking point.

WHAT IS STRESS?

Stress is the body's reaction to harmful situations - whether they are real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is "fight or flight," or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises.

Stress means different things to different people. What causes stress in one person may be of little concern to another. Some people are better able to handle stress than others. And, not all stress is bad. For example, stress is what gets you to slam on the breaks to avoid hitting the car in front of you!

Our bodies are designed to handle small doses of stress but we are not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without ill consequences.


COMMON EFFECTS OF STRESS

Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Stress can cause:
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal
  • Exercising less often


HOW TO MANAGE STRESS

Taking steps to managing your stress can have numerous health benefits. Aim to find active ways to manage your stress. Inactive ways you may use to manage stress may seem relaxing, but they may increase your stress over the long term. 

Exploring stress management strategies are very important.

Strategies include such things as:
  • Regular physical activity
  • Relaxation techniques (deep breathing, meditation, yoga, reiki, tai chi, massage, etc.)
  • Hypnosis 
  • Essential Oils
  • Reflexology & Acupuncture
  • Keeping a sense of humour
  • Socializing with family and friends
  • Setting aside time for hobbies, such as reading a book or listening to music

If you're not sure if stress is the cause or if you've taken steps to control your stress but your symptoms continue, see your doctor, naturopath, professional counselor or therapist or holistic practitioner.

References:  Mayo clinic guide to stress, WebMD
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<![CDATA[New Location for Sessions in St. Stephen, NB]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:21:27 GMThttp://paulahunter.ca/blog/new-location-for-sessions-in-st-stephen-nb
Front waiting room area of the Holistic Health and Wellness Center in St. Stephen.

I am pretty darn excited to be part of a collaboration of fellow holistic practitioners in St. Stephen.

At the beginning of February 2019, the doors opened at the Holistic Health and Wellness Center located at 89 Prince William Street in St. Stephen.

This space offers our clients a variety of services (by appointment only) through the various practitioners that are sharing this space. While you will not be able to walk in for a service at the current time, you can connect with all of the practitioners to book your appointment.

​The center will be offering services such as massage therapy, accupuncture, reiki, life coaching, hypnosis, aromatherapy, naturopath consultations, sound healing, psychic & medium readings, colour therapy, meditation and other events.

Therapists are sharing room space with a partner and their is a wonderful open area that can be booked for other courses and events for the public.

I will be taking bookings 2 days a month currently (by appointment only) for my St. Stephen and surrounding area clients. I will be providing services of psychic & medium readings, hypnosis, reiki, aromatherapy consultations and naturopath consultations.  

Dates available for sessions:

February 27 - 11 am to 6 pm
March 13 - 11 am to 6 pm
March 28 - 11 am to 6 pm


To book your session, contact me at "psychicnaturopath@gmail.com" or by calling (506) 321-0400.
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<![CDATA[Welcome to 2019!]]>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 03:48:42 GMThttp://paulahunter.ca/blog/welcome-to-2019I don't know about anyone else but I can't believe that it is 2019 already!

I remember as a kid, wishing that I was older to be able to do some of the things I wanted to, often being told I was too young and had to wait until I was older. 

Now that I am older, hey, life... you can slow down now anytime!

The new year has brought changes for me. I finished counting my inventory yesterday (yes, I was late but not too worried about it) as it took me a few days to complete it on my own. I never realized how long it can take to count incense sticks and tumbled crystals.

The end of 2018 has seen the official closing of "Celestial Treasures" but not on the work that I do. I am still in the same space, I still have product there (which I will be moving online to sell) that is available to my clients or you can simply give me a call or drop me an email if you are looking for something. I have plans to still keep crystals, essential oils, bath bombs and my aromatherapy products that I have been creating. It it my plan to attend different craft fairs this year, to move things online, and to sell the other stock that I have remaining.

Like I said, if you still want to stop in if you are in the area, give me a shout and if I'm around, I'll be happy to let you in. If you would like to drop in, you can contact me to set a time and I'll be happy to assist.

This year is about new beginnings for me and I have lots of new plans jumping around in my head.

For now, its getting some clients in the doors, working on putting some products online, now that I have my new website in full swing, and beginning to work on 2 other projects that I have in my head. 

I'm excited for what 2019 is going to bring for me!

Paula Hunter - Psychic Medium

Paula has been providing readings professionally for over 20 years to clients all over the world. She is a Reiki Master, Clinical Hypnotist, Certified Aromatherapist and has her Naturopath Membership with the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada. She also has her Bachelors and Masters of Metaphysical Science.

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<![CDATA[2018 in Review]]>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 03:04:07 GMThttp://paulahunter.ca/blog/2018-in-reviewWhat a year 2018 has been not just for me but for many. It has been a year of challenges, changes and letting go. Not just for me but I have seen it reflected in my clients as well. A year to let go of things that no longer serve us, facing our fears and pushing through them as we grow spiritually.

The beginning of this year saw many changes for me and the store. Retail wise, everything dropped off that the store got very quiet. It was a tough time for us and I had to make some major decisions that I didn't want to make. I struggled for a few months, both financially with the store and emotionally as I didn't want to let go of what I had created. I almost felt at times that I was a failure and I went into a depression for a time.

I remembered when I first opened in uptown Saint John, about a year after I opened, my guides told me I would be moving home. At the time I didn't see it but 3 years later, I moved into a location in St. George. I thought that was the move that they wanted me to make and I just needed to keep going. 

Things were good for about 1 1/2 years before everything dropped off. I realized, through my emotion that I needed to make changes again, which I struggled with considerably. In June of 2018, I made a decision to move home to our property where myself and my husband owned 10 acres, trying to lower my costs and keep things going. The move saw many changes for me and the store as being off the beaten path paid its toll. My client base was still steady but the store dropped off considerably more.

In November, after much consideration, I realized it was time to let the store go and to focus more on my client base. Again, a very tough decision to make. I loved running my store and helping others. I began to realize that the work I did was about helping and healing and as with all things, I had to be open to making changes in my life both personally and professionally. For 6 1/2 years, it was all about the store and I had found that I didn't have much of a life outside of that existence. It was time to begin to take back some of my life as well and I decided at the end of this year, it was time to close the doors to the retail space permanently. It was time to put my energy into my services to continue to work with people. 

My guides had always spoke to me about becoming a teacher and helping others. With that in mind, Celestial Treasures will officially close at the end of December. I will move my remaining products that I have online for purchase. It is my intention to continue to sell crystals, essential oils and create aromatherapy products for my clients. The product I have in the store will be open to my clients but I will not restock certain items as I sell out (I will open for those who are interested in the few products lines I plan to continue by appointment or giving me a call). I will work at formulating more aromatherapy products, teaching and train (this is where my membership and mentorship program will begin), working with clients and begin some further training as a Naturopath.

It has been a year of change and a lot of emotion. I finally made the decision for change.

Although I don't know where 2019 will take me, I am finally at peace with the decisions that I had to make. I understand that unless things had changed with my business, I would never had changed. Sometimes a hardship can be a doorway to something better and that is what I am focusing on moving into 2019. Everything was bringing me into a new beginning. Achieving my Naturopath membership now allows me to provide receipts to my clients that can be redeemed against most extended health programs.

So.... 2019 will bring the development of a metaphysical membership program, the creation of an online mentorship program, getting my remaining products and new aromatherapy blends online, moving the whole creation more to an online perspective. It will see me focus on my branding as a "Psychic Naturopath" and continue my training with a Naturopath certification program I've had my eye on for 2 years. 
This will allow me to continue my learning to help others heal - body, mind and spirit - and help them to become their authentic self. This has been a journey for me this year in finding out who I really am and to recognize that everything that I have been doing surrounds helping others heal and take back their lives.

With this in mind, I start anew with 2019 and we will see what the year has in store for me and my new business. I will still be providing my services of Channeled (Psychic) medium readings, hypnosis, reiki, aromatherapy consultations and naturopath consultations while I continue to expand my skills set to continue to help others heal from a natural wholistic prospective.


I would like to thank those who supported the store over the past 6 1/2 and I look forward to continue to working with my clients moving forward.

Seasons Greetings and I hope everyone has a great holiday.

See you in 2019!
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