Sometimes no matter how much things are seemingly going our way, there comes a time when like a lightning bolt it hits you that you feel unsettled, upset or down in some way. This realisation may be because of circumstances beyond our control that have happened to us directly but it can also be because of a reason that we just can’t seem put our finger on. At times it can seem that the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you just don’t care for anything or anyone in that moment, all you would like to do is curl up in a ball and let the world pass you by. There is a little light at the end of the tunnel that you feel you’re falling into, there is something that you can do, what? You may ask, well a little often forgotten ritual called self care or self love. Taking care of yourself is not selfish and is something that you can do not only to feel better about yourself but also to become better placed to interact with and even help your nearest and dearest.
Here is a list of things that you can do when things seem a little tough and you’re spiralling down to that dark place.
1. Allow yourself to feel and take on your feelings wholeheartedly without trying to dissect or analyse them.
2. Be kind to yourself and use self compassion by talking to yourself like you would a good friend.
3. Make yourself some tea honestly the power of a good cup of tea in this situation is underrated
4. Get comfortable by putting on some easy, relaxing clothes
5. Put on your headphones and listen to some of your favourite music to lift your mood
6. Get outside and go for a walk in nature without the distraction of technology
7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it may seem like the last thing you want to do but having a roommate, friend or partner do something as small as cooking dinner can make a world of difference.
8. Indulge in some healthy escapism like watching your favourite shows, movies or even planning a holiday somewhere by pining ideas on Pinterest.
9. If you read lose yourself in a good book or magazine or blog!
10. Spend the day in bed, not always ideal but if it helps you to recuperate then go for it.
11. Take a nice relaxing bath or hot shower to soothe you
12. If all else fails do feel free to grab a chunky blanket and curl up under it till you feel better.
what things do you do when you’re going through a tough time?
The weather these past few days here in the UK has been nothing short of wonderful, lovely, sunny and well full of the joys of spring! With the warmer days finally arriving my thoughts naturally turn to keeping myself and my son suitably hydrated. I do like to mix things up during the warmer months and experiment with different thirst quenching but health focused drinks. At this particular time my drink of choice is Kombucha, what is kombucha you may ask? Well kombucha is a fermented drink that is made traditionally from green or black tea, it was first recorded in Asia around two thousand years ago. It is basically a natural soda or fizzy drink and not only tastes great it comes with some added significant health benefits as it contains beneficial bacteria and yeast. It is classed as a food but regular consumers of kombucha may have noticed that it is said to;
Enhance mental clarity
Maintain probiotic health
Provides an energy boost
Aids in the detoxification process
Improves gastrointestinal function and metabolism
I honestly can't believe that this is my first post on this wonderful drink as it is one of my favourites. Kombucha can be brewed by yourself at home and the process for this is quite simple although I will cover the home brewing aspect of this in another post. I currently purchase my kombucha at my local health food store and I like the fact that it is brewed right here in the UK although there are so many brands out there now on the market so I am in the process of sampling as many varieties as I can. The cool thing about kombucha is just like conventional soda / fizzy drinks it comes in a variety of naturally infused flavours such as raspberry, lime, elderflower and so on. All in all it is a refreshing and highly nutritious thing to drink especially ice cold on a hot and sunny day but can also be enjoyed any time of the year really. It really is a natural and better alternative to reach for compared to conventional fizzy or soft drinks which can be full of extra added sugar and unwanted chemicals, preservatives and colouring.
Have you heard of or tried kombucha before?
~ E xx
Spring is well and truly here in the UK and with it comes some very unpredictable weather but with a few sunny days sprinkled in between it is possible to bring some hygge (hue-guh) from the cold and dark autumn / winter nights into the the lighter fresher days of spring. Below is a by no means exhaustive list of some ways that you can bring the Danish concept of Hygge into spring.
Have a picnic - If the weather permits and you have the perfect spot it's worth it to get outside and chow down on some health and nutritious food whilst enjoying the sunshine
Plant something - Being green fingered at this time of year not only gives you a sense of achievement, it is therapeutic too.
Bring in some fresh flowers - On that note, getting some flowers indoors whether freshly picked or bought is a great way to bring the outside of spring indoors and helps to uplift the mood and in some cases provides a beautiful scent too.
Open windows - Let that gorgeous spring time air in it's good not just for you but for your home to to let the fresh air circulate
Go for a walk / Ride a bike - A double whammy!, you get to go out in the beautiful spring weather and get some exercise to boot which gives you those lovely endorphins that keep you feeling good and lift the mood.
Light a candle or put up some mood lights - There's something to be said for creating a cosy atmosphere with some lights or burning a lovely scented candle, be sure to get some clean and non toxic burning candles if you do!
Get some vitamin D in the sun outside _ Just go outside and enjoy the lovely sunshine when it's available, this helps to get that all important vitamin D that is good for the bones.
Bake _ Baking some healthy treats is not only a nice nutritious way to get some much needed nutrients it also fills your home with a lovely and cosy aroma.
Journal - Putting pen to paper and writing down our thoughts is a great way to de-stress and is very therapeutic too. It can help us set intentions and give us direction toward our goals.
Listen to some uplifting music - not enough can be said for putting on some funky and uplifting music, it's a great stress buster and sets the tone for many a memorable spring moment.
What is your favourite activity to incorporate into your spring routine?
For the longest time I have wanted to invest in a Himalayan salt lamp but never quite got round to it. Well the universe is always listening to your heart’s desires as they say and I recently had proof of this when on my recent trip to visit family I was gifted the most beautiful Himalayan salt lamp. To say that I was ecstatic would be accurate. This lamp is a welcome addition to my home especially in my bedroom where it lives and comes with many benefits for health and well-being which I want to share. It is amazing that this little lamp comes with so many benefits and I’ll go into these below;
. Purifies the air: It pulls water molecules out of the air which contains allergens, pollutants, bacteria and mold.
. Reduces air borne infections and electromagnetic radiation by balancing negative and positive ions which in turn reduces electromagnetic radiation.
. Eases allergy symptoms and provides asthma relief.
. Improves your mood
. Promotes better sleep.
. Increases energy levels .
. It is a environmentally friendly light source.
Have you got or used a Himalayan salt lamp?
As the weather teases us with getting a bit better here in the UK and we get the days are getting a bit lighter with the promise of spring arriving, I have been thinking about incorporating some new products into my facial skincare routine. I currently have a few problem areas on my face with a few dry spots beneath my eyes which I have been wanting to treat for some time now. I had a few requirements which are the usual non toxic, made with natural and animal frindly ingredients. In addition to the standard requirements for me I wanted the product(s) to be made in the UK and also be at a price point that was affordable so as to be sustainable for me to carry on using them for the forseeable future.
Enter Evolve a brand of skincare products that encompasses all of the things I mentioned before and more. The two products that I have chosen to start with are the rainforest rescue blemish serum containing williow bark, acai and copaiba for combination to oily skin and the daily renew facial cream which contains peptides, argan oil and hyalluronic acid. I felt that these two products were exactly what I needed for my dry thirsty skin. After using these two products consecutively for 3 weeks and I can say that I can see a marked improvement in the condition of my skin. My dry patches have all but disappeared and my pores are definitely less visible too. The fine lines that I have had around my eyes have also diminished.
All in all I can say that I am very impressed with Evolve, their ethos as a company and their products so far. I was happy that my order arrived on time and also as a little treat I received a few samples of their other best selling products which I am yet to test. I'm so happy to get my skin ready for spring when it finally arrives.
Have you heard of or used any products from Evolve?