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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.


UNWIND from being busy

Or how to stay calm when you have a zillion things to do!

OK, so we women are supposed to be good at multi-tasking but hey, don’t push us.

If you’ve read or watched the Harry Potter stories, you’ll probably remember Professor Dumbledore’s aptly named pensieve, this sort of magic cauldron in which you could put your thoughts when your brain is overcrowded so you can see things more clearly. How many times have I  wished I weren’t a muggle and could have one of those!pensieve

Here’s a quote from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Dumbledore speaking to Harry):

I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.

But since we lesser mortals (or Muggles) do not have one, here is the first of a series of 4 posts giving you some ideas on how to relax from our busy lifestyles.

1 minute wonders

1. Just BREATHE. Sounds obvious I know but the idea is to BE AWARE (as Jean-Claude Van Damme would say) of your breathing, a minute of mindfulness concentrating on just that.

Simply take four or five deep breaths right into your stomach (place your hands on your stomach to help you concentrate).

It’s the simplest way to help release any stress building-up.

2. DRINK SOME WATER. Being dehydrated is a trigger to stress because the body reacts negatively to not having enough fluids. DON’T WAIT TO BE THIRSTY to drink.

Here's my Decathlon water bottle

Here’s my Decathlon water bottle

Do like me, keep a water bottle always to hand and sip at it regularly throughout the day. I purposefully bought a bright pink water bottle with measurements on the side (it holds up to 750ml, from Decathlon in France if you’re interested) so I know how much I’ve drunk in the day. I try to refill it, but hey, I also drink three-four cups of tea and herbal tea, so that adds to my fluid intake. Develop a water habit. You’ll feel perkier and your skin will love you for it (plus point).

3. SMILE. Stop frowning all the time (maybe you don’t, good for you) and make an effort to be nice to people. Force the smile if you must (but don’t grit your teeth, it’s a dead giveaway that you’re not being sincere!) and soon you’ll be doing it naturally. Smiling tells your body you’re happy which produces endorphins that make you feel good…so you keep on smiling.

Check out this poem about smiling.

4. SNIFF. Using certain essential oils in a burner or on a handkerchief to inhale can calm. Try lavender, sandalwood or ylang-ylang.oils

Make a date for next Friday to get some ideas for some 5 minute wonders.

How to de-stress and regain calm

Feel frantic? Try these easy tips to slow down and help you feel more in control of your life.

1) Imagine your way to having more energy

Take a few minutes out and visualise energy flooding into your body.

This takes a bit of practice, so start sitting down and taking five slow, deep breaths, with your eyes shut.

Then imagine that what you’re breathing in is not just air, but a long wisp of pure, shining, golden energy.

As you hold this inside you, the energy starts to spread through your body.

As you breathe out, imagine the breath expelling all the fatigue from your body and mind, getting rid of it like an old puff of grey cloud.

Do this for another ten breaths, and you should feel the benefit.

2) Tackle something small to see big

When you fell that life is running away from you, stop and take control of a small area of your life in a physical sense.

Tidy and sort out your desk or the bathroom cupboard, for example.

Regaining the advantage over even one bit of chaos helps you feel more able to move forward.

3) Smile

This is probably the last thing we feel like doing when stress is mounting, but if you can raise a smile at someone, not only will they smile back, but you’ll feel better, as the mere act of smiling tricks your body into feeling happier.

See my earlier post for a smiley poem.

More de-stress tips to come.



Having a bad day?  Feeling unhappy, stressed, down.?


It may be the last thing you feel like doing but if you can raise a smile at someone, not only will they smile back, but you’ll feel better, as the mere act of smiling “tricks” your body into feeling happier.

Don’t feel like smiling? FAKE IT until you do it naturally (this really does work).

Here’s a little poem that my sister sent me a while back – it says it all.

So get smiling!


Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu,

When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.

I passed around a corner and someone saw my grin,

When he smiled I realised, I’d passed it onto him.

I thought about that smile and then realised its worth,

A single smile like mine could travel around the earth.

If you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected.

Let’s start an epidemic quick and get the world infected.