Posts from the ‘Mind, body and soul’ Category

Smile, smile, smile

Smiling uses up to 26 muscles, so there really is no excuse for not giving your face some exercise.

Go on, get smiling, it might even make you feel better!

Smile and the world smiles with you, so the saying goes…So have a “smile” day!

Pick a day of the week to be your “smile day” and smile at everyone you meet. Ok, in general, people can tell the difference between a real smile and a fake one, so don’t force it too much, but ten to one, by forcing a smile to begin with, you’ll end up doing it naturally.

Look people in the eyes when you smile and use your whole face – you can see a smile in your eyes.

Smiles are infectious – see the reaction you get, I bet you’ll be spreading smiles all day (read this poem if you don’t believe me!).

And since I’ve got you smiling, why not up the game and start laughing.

Make yourself laugh at least three times a day. Looking in the mirror and pulling funny faces may do it for you. Or watching a comedy on TV. Or thinking back to some funny experiences you’ve had, or watching old videos of the kids. Whatever works for you.

And finally, lighten up.

A lot of things in life cause frustration but most of it isn’t really that important. So what, if the driver behind you cuts you up, as long as no accidents were caused? So what, if you missed your bus and had to wait 10 minutes for the next one? So what, if your hair’s a mess/you’ve got a spot on your chin/your bum’s a bit wobbly?

Practise shrugging off life’s little irritations and allow yourself to SMILE.

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Happy Father’s Day

Take years off your neck

From your chin to your cleavage, your neck and décolletage is often neglected, and as a result it can really show your age.

Here are some tips to work some magic on this delicate area.

1 Drink more water – it really does hydrate your skin (so it’s good for the whole body!)

2 Wear SPF15 daily, even in winter and increase to at least SPF30 in hot sun, not just on your face but down your neck and on all exposed skin.

3 Wear a scarf. In winter a warm woolly one will protect the thin neck skin from cold winds, while in the summer a soft silk scarf will prtoect you from the sun.

4 Use the right pillow. I admit I have trouble with this one, finding the right pillow/pillows for a comfortable night’s sleep. Normally one pillow is enough as any more than this raises your head too high. If you’re sleeping on your back this can push your chin into your neck creating creases in the skin. The same goes for sleeping on your side (which I do), which can press vertical lines into your cleavage!

5 Look up. If you work on a computer and you’re looking down at your screen you need to adjust your chair so you’re no longer looking down, or elevate screens and phones/stack books under your laptop to raise it up. Otherwise you’ll get a crease like a smile either side of your chin.

6 Try some simple firming exercises and a nourishing care routine (look out for my next post…).

Check out this exercise to unlock your neck.

And for an extra-special treat, try out our Rejuvenating facial massage which massages the face, neck, décolletage and head.

Thought for the day

Why you should celebrate failure

In this crazy world of ours where success is everything, maybe it’s time we embraced our failures and saw them as stepping stones on our way to something better. Here’s a summary of an article I read recently on the subject.

Knock-backs are a necessary part of life, be it in the workplace, at school or in our love life.

Failure can be quite an emotionally-charged word but mostly it’s in our heads – it is “just” a question of not getting the results we hoped for. Unfortunately some of us take the disappointment of not getting that result more harshly – or personally – than others.

Some of us worry about other people’s views of them and assume people are actually paying attention to our “success” or “failure”, which is probable rarely the case.

Unrealistic expectations can be blamed also for our feelings of failure. The trend for instant fame created by reality shows (think TOWIE or Big Brother) promotes a culture where people expect things to be handed to them on a plate.

Parents who have high expectations of their offspring may make it difficult to accept failure whereas those who say its OK to make mistakes are more likely to get over disappointments and move on.

Failure can be turned into something positive by looking at it as useful feedback on what we’re good at (or not).

We could ask ourselves “To what extent did failing get me closer to my goal?” Anything that moves you forward is positive.

Failure can lead to better things. Recognize that after a knock-back something wasn’t right for us, but something BETTER will be.

Read about people who have not just failed but have been through very difficult situations, like adversity or disability, and see how they coped.

Stop comparing yourself to others who you think are better than you. They’re not, they’re just different.

Keep trying and then try some more. The writer Samuel Becket said:


JK Rowling (see our Harry Potter quotes this month) tried 12 times to have her manuscript for Harry Potter accepted. “Failure taught me things about myself I could have learned no other way.

Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue, was sacked from her first job as junior fashion editor. “I recommend being fired. It’s a great learning experience.

Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, took 1000 tries before it lit up. He said “The light was an invention with 1000 steps.”

Oprah Winfrey, the TV host, lost her first job as a reporter and was deemed “unfit for television news”. She said “Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.


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