Christmas down under

November 20, 2011

Since we have had Maree here I thought I might tell you about Christmas time ‘down under’ (I was brought up in the North Island of NZ and moved to Queensland in Oz in my early 30’s) I have been in England 7 years, just long enough to put up with the cold weather, well, at least until the festive decorations come down!

Now, if you were to drill straight down through the earth from here in Herts, you would probably come out in Dunedin or Christchurch in New Zealand, and while it would be exactly half way around the world, summer time, and12 hours further into the day, you wouldn’t be standing upside down. Isn’t it amazing how wonderful gravity is and how the whole universe works.

So, yes, it is summer time over there now. The school year is coming to a close with exams, parent interviews, end of year reports, school plays, and all the hustle and bustle of planning summer holidays, christmas presents and everything all at once. Schools finish mid December and the next school year begins early February.

One of the first holiday jobs was to go off with Dad into the countryside to find a tree branch that could become a Christmas tree.  The lovely fir trees you have for Christmas trees here do not grow in those warmer climates. All we got were plain, often scraggy, pine trees, but we knew no better because everyone had similar, if they didn’t have a fake ‘shop’ one. The pine smell was nice though and the tall branch was secured in an old bucket and decorated. We had no concept of a white Christmas, we had never ever even seen or touched snow!

Naturally the Christmas presents we liked were bikes and outdoor stuff for the summer holidays, fun things to do in the swimming pool or at the beach, kites, model planes that you made and went out and used, remote control stuff that you took out onto the front lawn and driveway, or down onto the sand at the beach. Of course books, movies and computer games are really popular, too, and because school is out for 6 whole weeks presents can be fully enjoyed all of the holidays

We didn’t stand on ceremony on Christmas day. It went like this… wake up, open a present left by your pillow, usually a book. (left to keep you entertained while Mum and Dad got to stay asleep until at least 6am) Then, all up and off to the Christmas tree to open the presents with breakfast somewhere in amongst that. It’s likely grandparents had stayed the night to allow them to join the fun, but if not then we all had to wait around for them to front up before we started. It was far better when they stayed over.

After breakfast, depending on your point of view it was off to church or the beach. If the latter it was a good opportunity to try out some of the new pressies and have some fun in the warm water. Often anyone coming for Christmas lunch might come along, too.

In Queensland preparations for lunch were minimal; everyone brought something. We usually had cold meat, and interesting salads laid out on the breakfast bar and we helped ourselves, most often still in our swimwear, and ate it out under the pergola. The weather was too hot for much else.  However, sometimes we’d make a fuss, dress up summery, use our nice table and sit down properly under the ceiling fan. Although we liked to have Christmas pudding and icecream we usually felt stuffed full afterwards!

The kids would then be ready for a fun swim in the backyard pool, the adults happy to chat, or do the jigsaw puzzle. Some sort of outdoors game often happened later in the afternoon; we had a badminton net up. The evening meal would be a bbq, the kids having great fun in and out of the water ‘til late.

A fab Christmas followed by summer holidays, often camping at the beach if you weren’t already there.  A fitting way to finish the year!

Enjoy your Christmas and know I am here if you need help with new years resolutions such as stopping smoking, weight loss, sports improvements, help with worry, confidence, and the like.

My soothing hypnotic CDs and mp3’s are worth checking out for Christmas presents, they offer real help for confidence, sleeping and healing. Find out more on www.marilyntuck.co.uk, or just call and ask 07962 811907.

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Stopping smoking

October 23, 2011

This is for those of you who smoke and have talked about giving up.

Now, whether you consider cigarettes and smoking are a big part of your life, or not, it doesn’t really matter, if you have to have that first smoke of the day, every day, you are addicted. Smoking is ruling your life whether you like it or not.

It is a habit, constantly there, reminding you that you need to light up throughout the day. That you need to go out, hover in a sheltered corner in the rain and cold, walk away from a good conversation, isolate yourself. I am sure I don’t need to tell you this.

If you think about it smoking has actually become a huge part of your life – your day revolves around where you can smoke and where you can’t, how many you have left, when you need a smoke, and why you need to smoke. You know you use it to calm down, to get away from difficult situations, to think, to clear the air, to relax, to accompany a drink, and so on.

You may be aware of the smell of smoke in your hair, your mouth, your clothes. It’s something you are continually covering up. And if you think you can smoke secretly, think again, others do know you smoke, they can see and smell acutely.

You also know that if you haven’t talked about giving up at some stage then someone close to you probably keeps reminding you that you should. This, of course, makes you dig your toes in. No one likes being told they should do something.

I should point out here that nicotine is one of the most poisonous substances known to man. The nicotine extracted from one cigarette and injected directly into the vein will kill in seconds. It is enough to kill a horse. Yet, nicotine is just one of the many toxic substances, including arsenic, cynanide, carbon monoxide, and prussic acid, in a cigarette.

Believe it or not a smokers body is in constant stress. It is continually trying to fight off these substances and it is continually being fed them. It gets no time to relax. Nicotine is a vaso constrictor, arteries narrow and the heart has to work much harder to push the blood around, getting vital oxygen to every organ, while rubbish in the lungs reduces their capacity to produce the oxygen. Resistance to infections, viruses and cancers is impaired due to the immune system being otherwise occupied. Reproductive potency is detrimentally affected…. And so it goes on.

Every cigarette that you smoke will rob you of six minutes of life expectancy.  If you smoke 20 a day that’s 2 hours, that’s 30 days of your life gone, and £2000 of your hard earned cash up in smoke… every single year.

So, who is in control here?  You, or the fags?

The comforting thought is that you were born a non smoker and you have the blueprint within you somewhere that can be reactivated. There is hope.

If you want to be free of smoking then get some hypnotherapy now. There is a higher chance of this method working than any other.  The price you pay will actually save you money, lots of it. It will give you more energy, lots of it. You will actually take back control and you will feel a huge sense of achievement.

I offer a 2 session stop smoking programme, First – experience hypnosis and be motivated.  Second – Stop and thoroughly enjoy the change.

More on the website or phone 07962 811907 for a chat.


Stopping smoking

January 19, 2011

This is for those of you who smoke and have talked about giving up.

In past articles I have talked about removing blocks that maybe holding you back, blocks that are stopping you putting your foot down and enjoying life. These blocks could be things like anxiety, emotional hang ups, all sorts of worries, weight, health and habit issues.

Now, whether you consider cigarettes and smoking fall into this category in your own life, it doesn’t really matter, but smoking has certainly settled inside you permanently. It has indeed become a habit and is constantly there reminding you that you need to light up at various times throughout the day. That you need to go out the door, need to hover in a corner from the rain, need to walk away from a good conversation, that you need to light up and take time out. I am sure I don’t need to tell you this.

If you think about it smoking has actually become a huge part of your life – your day revolves around where you can smoke and where you can’t, how many you have left, when you need a smoke, and why you need to smoke. You know you use it to calm down, to get away from difficult situations, to think, to clear the air, to relax, to accompany a drink, and so on.

You also know that if you haven’t talked about giving up at some stage then someone close to you probably keeps reminding you that you should. This, of course, makes you dig your toes in. No one likes being told they should do something.

I should point out here that nicotine is one of the most poisonous substances known to man. The nicotine extracted from one cigarette and injected directly into the vein will kill in seconds. It is enough to kill a horse. Yet, nicotine is just one of the many toxic substances, including arsenic, cynanide, carbon monoxide, and prussic acid, in a cigarette.

Believe it or not a smokers body is in constant stress. It is continually trying to fight off these substances and it is continually being fed them. It gets no time to relax. Nicotine is a vaso constrictor, arteries narrow and the heart has to work much harder to push the blood around, getting vital oxygen to every organ, while rubbish in the lungs reduces their capacity to produce the oxygen. Resistance to infections, viruses and cancers is impaired due to the immune system being otherwise occupied. Reproductive potency is detrimentally affected…. And so it goes on.

Every cigarette that you smoke will rob you of six minutes of life expectancy.  If you smoke 20 a day that’s 2 hours, 30 days a year, plus £2000 up in smoke!

The comforting thought is that you were born a non smoker and you have the blueprint within you somewhere that can be reactivated. There is hope. Certainly hypnotherapy has helped many I’ve seen.


My spring newsletter

May 6, 2010

Ok, it is a couple of months since my last newsletter but here is the latest, my spring one.  It’s got little snippets of interesting info  click here



Special stop smoking free teleclass: Wed 10 March

March 7, 2010


To mark World No Smoking Day this next Wednesday, March 10th, I have teamed up with Sarah Holland to produce a teleclass to help smokers quit using EFT.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) uses acupressure to release emotional ‘stuff’ holding people back. It is very simple to do and can easily be done listening to the instructions while on the hour long phone call. The beauty about this is you can be in your own home anywhere in the world and still get benefit. No travelling, no money involved, and no smokes at the end!

We should really be charging for this, as we would in our clinics, but we figure that this is a special day and lets help as many smokers as possible to quit. The beauty about helping people quit is we add years onto their lives, it is a very rewarding job.
To register click here