Posts from the ‘Mind, body and soul’ Category

Be grateful

According to some experts, practising gratitude helps you see the good that’s in your life, and “through consistent practice you’ll feel happier”.

As a simple exercise, before you go to bed every night, write down 15 things that you’re grateful for.

15 sounds a lot.

Let’s try 5 to start with, and work up…

Let me know how you get on.

Oh, and thanks…for reading this!


Essential oils to put you in the right mood

No time to take a break and unwind?

A few drops of the right essential oils can leave you feeling calmer and more relaxed.

Choosing the right oils is important

But which ones to choose?

Frankincense works well as a general “switch off”.

If you’re looking for deep relaxation, try vetiver.

Re-energise your senses and boost confidence with a mix of geranium, patchouli and ylang-ylang.

Find a quiet space, shut your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Concentrate on each breath in and out, at least 10 times, whilst inhaling your chosen essential oil.

Thought for the day

Watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban reminded me of this quote from Sirius Black (thank you JK Rowling

How true.

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.

Thought for the day

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.