HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING ONE MINUTE AT A TIME

Up until the age of 15, I was blessed with pretty good health. The odd cough or cold or infection here of there - probably to do with the fact that my diet mainly consisted of nutella on bread, and vitamins were pretty much a foreign body for me - but generally, girl did good. Fast forward to my 15th birthday (literally 12pm on the day itself) and I found myself about to be having an emergency appendectomy - why oh why do we have the goddamn thing when it does sweet F A anyway? - with a whole host of problems to follow.

No seriously, I now have 3 incurable long term illnesses. Lol, yay me!

That sounds so much grimmer than the reality that it is but you know, just putting it out there for those that only see the picture perfect Insta-life.

But despite the fact that my health is pretty darn shoddy (BRB while I fetch the violins), one thing that worries me the most is my stress levels. I am a born worrier/stress head/over analyzing Olivia/[insert your own choice of worrier synonym here] and day to day life, paired with the fact that although I have a job that I adore, it is seriously stressful at times, means that sometimes the stress gets a little too much. I work for myself which means only I am responsible for paying my mortgage and coffee, copious amounts of food and flights to New York and I put an extreme amount of pressure on myself to constantly be producing good, relevant content. Oh and pair that with the day to day stresses as well that we all have to cope with...

We got one seriously stressed out, run down gal pal on our hands here.

But instead of constantly running to western medicine, recently I've invested time into looking into other, more natural alternatives and this is when the Hayo'u method become a part of my life...

Now, I'm going to be totally honest - I mean, this is me after all, brutal Betty is practically my middle name - before meeting Katie Brindle, creator of the Hayo'u method, the idea of Chinese medicine to me was just a bit of a fad. I just didn't get it, like, surely some odd tea leaves and ailments and needles poking out of everywhere ain't doing nada for my stress levels? But Katie's Hayo'u method is different, and the way she spoke me through what Chinese medicine is and what it can do (alongside western medicine) really did completely change my narrow minded opinion. [insert hands up/hallelujah emoji here]. 

Katie realises that we are really busy with extremely limited time - I mean, sometimes I can't even squeeze a Grey's Anatomy in before bed #firstworldproblems - so she created the Hayo'u method which consists of 1 minute rituals that you can do anywhere, at any time... something that all of us can squeeze into our hectic schedules. Katie created the method after her own personal trauma - she was in a car crash, suffered extremely bad whiplash and ended her dreams of becoming an opera singer - and because she has a passion for educating people about how we can heal ourselves with the wisdom of Chinese medicine. Essentially it's all about regaining a balance of energy as the Chinese believe that energy plays a huge part in physical diseases (I know. I know that first off this sounds like some sorta tree hugger nonsense but bear with me.. ) and after discussing my own health with Katie, she quickly established that while I have a lot of inspiration and the ability to burn the candle at both ends - this obvs means working late, girlfriend is the biggest granny in existence and hasn't entered a club in about 4 years - 3 areas of my health is where the imbalance of energy has taken it's toll and this is why I had to get stuck into the method to give myself the best shot of rebalancing everything again.

I could genuinely go on about this for an age because there is so much more to it and my descriptions definitely aren't doing Katie's work justice so I'll link up everything you need to know about the Hayo'u method again here and move onto the rituals themselves because after all, these are what will hopefully make a difference for you too. But in short, Hayo'u believes in self care, it believes in understanding our own bodies and using simple rituals to prevent us from having to go to the doctors for western medicine, but if that's needed - which a lot of the time it absolutely will be - it's a method to go alongside it and give your body the best chance of being it's best self.
The Rituals


The morning ritual is a combination of shaking, twisting and drumming. Starting off by shaking out your entire body means that you invigorate the circulation, wakes up the muscles, organs and joints of the body and clears out any stagnation (meaning it works particularly well in the morning as it gets you ready for a busy day ahead). I actually also love this because you definitely look like a massive wally doing this and there is no better way to start a day than to have a good ole laugh.

The twisting stimulates the kidneys and awakens the digestive organs and adrenals. It loosens up the spine and shoulders, increases blood flow bringing in a rush of nutrients and Oxygen to the area and the best thing is that you literally just twist your body and swing your arms so that your hands tap the front and back of the kidneys.

Finally, the drumming. This is the step that makes you like "oh jesus, I have well and truly lost my sh*t here" but it's one of my favourite steps. Watch the video linked above for the correct order of where to do it so you don't feel like a headless chicken but by doing this, it invigorates the body's whole energetic system, releases the muscles and joints and stimulates the body's defensive energy against disease.

I am totally aware that that makes me sound as if I've lost my mind but I guess the proof is in the pudding. 

The breathing ritual is ridiculously easy and consists of Expel, Descend, smile. And in much easier terms, take 3 deep breaths to expel stale air, then with your eyes closed... breathe in through the nose for 5 counts and out of the mouth for 5 counts, and as you're breathing out, imagine something that really makes you smile and, well, smile away.

The breathing technique be it simple, does an amazing job at calming the mind, slowing your heart rate and basically helps you to be the sassy, cool, calm and collected gal pal that I know you are.




I know exactly what you're thinking, "Oh, so you tapped your body all over and did some funky smiley breathing thing, does that actually work?"

Well, yeah... for stress and anxiety, absolutely, and there are a few reasons as to why I think it did. I think it reduced my stress levels because there is nothing more relaxing/soothing than taking a moment to yourself to just breath. It instantly slows down your heart rate, the rapid beating in your chest and for me.. allowed me to take myself out of the moment. I also, if I'm being totally honest, believe that just doing it, actively taking out the time to try and help and heal myself automatically gives you that boost of positivity, of wellness, of mindfulness. And I think that in itself made me relax a little more too.

Now, before you think I'm packing my bags to run off to join a cult and spend the rest of my life around a campfire singing kumbaya, I do feel a responsibility to you all to be completely open minded about this. What works for me, might not work for you. And 100% vice versa. I also don't want anyone with serious illnesses thinking that this is all of a sudden going to be a cure, because it isn't... but it isn't intended to be. For example, it was mentioned that I may be able to tolerate gluten after using this method because my body will heal itself enough to tolerate it. That won't happen. Coeliac disease means that every time I eat gluten, the villi on my bowel is damaged irreparably, and the sad truth is that no amount of rituals will stop that from happening. However, I do feel that the breathing, the tapping, the twisting and the general realisation that I actually have to look after this body that I'm living in has definitely improved my fibromyalgia symptoms in a way the western medicine hasn't been able to so far.

And for that, I am eternally grateful.

Not to mention my biggest worry of all, my stress levels. The rituals, and the Hayo'u method's overall outlook has helped me become a more calm, chilled, balance and I actually think a better version of myself, and I think that alone is pretty frickin great.
I am aware that I have rambled for a helluva long time about this but I think it's only natural when something so new, and so different comes along and the majority of my readers won't know about it. Because as much as I laugh at myself and joke that this corner of the internet serves no other purpose than silly rambles, the truth is that I do have an audience, and I do have a responsibility to share anything that might help you, help yourself to heal. 

So to wrap this post up and let you get back to your cups of tea and biscuits... the Hayo'u method is something that I 100% recommend each and every one of you try. If you're stressed or anxious, please just take a minute out of your day. If you have other illnesses and western medicine isn't quite cutting, try this alongside it. After all, what do you have to lose?


I would love to know if you've tried the Hayo'u method or are thinking of trying it? What's your opinion on Chinese medicine? I always love to hear your thoughts :)

As always, thanks so much reading!

xx

*This post was kindly sponsored by the Hayo'u method but all photo's, thoughts and extreme love of simple things that make a huge difference, 100% my own.

57 comments

  1. This is amazing. I loved reading this post! It's really great to practice things like this, because sometimes medicine just isn't the answer and it's definitely not the answer to all problems out there.
    This post has inspired me to really take care of my body (because I don't do very well on that front). Good luck with the method! xx

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    1. Ah thanks so much Josephine, so happy you enjoyed it and are inspired to look after yourself a little more!

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  2. I suffer terribly with stress and anxiety, I just woke up from a nights sleep where I've clearly been clenching my jaw the WHOLE time because it feels like it's wired shut and I've got a headache!
    I'm off to shake and drum!!!

    Sinead xx

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    1. Oh Sinead, so sorry to hear that, really hope this can help or you find something that can!

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  3. Really enjoyed this post! So well written & the photos are gorgeous <3

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    1. Thank you so much, that really means a lot, so happy you liked it!

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  4. The idea of one minute rituals sounds very easy to slot into a busy day

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  5. You are so beautiful, and i love your photo, amazing

    Trista

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    1. Ah thank you Angelica, that's so sweet of you!

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  6. I've always heard about Chinese medicine but never really looked into it! I always love reading your posts as they are so relatable to anyone with health issues & no one seems to understand that being self-employed is virtually the only way to go when you suffer from health conditions that employer's will never fully understand! Stunning photo's btw!

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    1. Thank you so much lovely, this is such a nice comment. If I can help anyone in a similar situation then I've done my job! Really hope you're feeling well at the moment!

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  7. I can get really stressed and anxious sometimes and taking a few minutes just to close my eyes and focus on nothing but breathing seems to helps so much x

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    1. You're so right Heather, even just a few minutes of looking after yourself can really make a difference!

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  8. I haven't tried Chinese medicine myself but I'm a big advocator of naturopathy and I definitely think that western medicine alongside things like this is a perfect combo. A little of this, a little of that- you know?

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  9. You are gorgeous and this was very interesting and fun to read ^^ I love the way you're open to us and share your thoughts x


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    1. Thanks so much, this is a really lovely comment!

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  10. These are lovely tips and amazing things to do! I love all these photos too!! <3

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    1. Thanks so much Amelia, so pleased you like them :)

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  11. This is such a lovely post, and gorgeous photos!

    Sophie x

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie, so pleased you liked it and the photos!

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  12. I read a few books about Chinese medicines and some rituals, it is crazy that there are so many things which cures things when they are used in the right amount. It is an interesting topic and I think everyone should be aware of the effects of it. I will be trying one minute morning rituals so hopefully it will also be working for me as well, even feeling more energetic would be better than nothing right? :) x

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. So true lovely, I definitely think it's something everyone should look into!

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  13. i actually love these kinds of things but i've never heard of this one, you've made me want to give it a try though!

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    1. Definitely give it a go Danielle, I'm really enjoying it so far!

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  14. You are so beautiful darling! These pictures of you are just incredible! I loved reading your post! I haven't heard of the Hayo'u method before, but it does sound amazing. I've heard learning different breathing techniques can help you with anxiety etc, and I've always been meaning to add it into my daily routine. So I'm going to try that morning ritual tomorrow and see how it makes me feel! Wishing you all the best with your health darling! Xx

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    1. Aww thank you so much lovely, you are so kind! Definitely give it a go, it seriously wakes me up in the morning.

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  15. I've really been wanting to try chinese medicine for my acne and gut, it sounds so exciting (and bloomin' great for the mind too!)

    Lauren x
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    1. Ooh I've never heard of it for those reasons but it literally works for so many things so definitely look into it lovely!

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  16. I've definitely never heard of this kind of ritual or ever looked into Chinese medicine, so this was a really interesting read. Will definitely have to try it out for myself x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. I honestly think it's something that everyone would benefit even looking into to, so easy and really calms me down.

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  17. This is so interesting and I firmly believe whatever gives you some you time in our crazy lives helps. I have to get back to yoga and stupidly am so busy I haven't had time. What kind of an excuse is that. Our emotional well being is crucial. You are such a gorgeous girl inside and out and you are a total supermodel here, I hope you know how beautiful and talented you are. We are always so hard on ourselves but it's important to take note and reflect on everything. Lots of love x

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  18. LOVED this post Ellie. Going to definitely try out this method, it is the simple things that make the world of difference. Such beaut photos too! Immy x

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  19. This sounds so promising and amazing! So glad you found this and it helps you. Looking gorgeous here hon, love this post. I hope this method has made a difference!

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  20. What a beautiful post. I feel the same way. Some days they are just too much for me.
    I think I will give this ritual a try!
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  21. This 1 minute ritual sounds really good, considering the fact that almost all of us are stressed or anxious nowadays, definately, I'll try this out, thank you for sharing it, Elle :)

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  22. Wow such a powerful post. I'm so glad you've found something that can help you as an alternative to medication, I am too such a worrier and make myself physically sick with worry often. I'll definitely look into this as it definitely can't hurt :) sending you lots of love and well wishes xx

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  23. I will definitely be giving this a go & I'm so delighted that you have posted about it. I have a number of incurable, life long illnesses too and I have tried most therapies out there but this is new! I'm excited! xx

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  24. I really enjoyed this, and I'm definitely going to try this out. I'm also a perpetually stressed person and these morning exercises sound very simple and effective. Really, really great post. :)
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  26. Oh I absolutely loved this post. I find that taking magnesium supplements has really helped to lower my stress and anxiety levels but I can't wait to try this. x
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  27. Lovely post Elle. I'm sure there isn't a single person that can't say they deal with stress lately, but it's how you overcome it and if anything, as you say, how you start your day.
    I love this little ritual.. Simple and free. :)

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