DAYLIGHT TO CANDLELIGHT … CHRISTMAS DESTRESS
Brighten your mood at any time, especially as winter draws in fast, by embracing a few feel-good mini must-dos that are mood-enhancing to do for you...and YOU alone. Find your Happy Now… something to inspire you: 'sharing IS caring'
TO FEEL SETTLED ... I burn, whether home or away (and so always pack in the case if abroad) my fave incense sticks (guaranteed not to spill) called Pavarti by Nitiraj that I buy from The Wilde Ones (my favourite little wild bohemian shop down London's King's Road, SW3 - def worth a visit)
TO FEEL ENERGISED ... I love adding lemongrass to soups and Thai-style curries as it gives all my senses an unexpected zing. Lemongrass is also a great antioxidant, believed to reduce a fever, pain or inflammation. The aroma too is just divine and is one of the key ingredients in my GOJO Uplifting blend which I burn heavily in the evening outdoors on the patio.
TO FEEL RESTED ... Take a power nap for 20-40 mins (or however long feels right) mid-afternoon to boost your memory and your senses. Just curl up on your favourite cushion, in a cozy lounge chair, a soft blanket and phone on silent. Try not to OVER sleep to ensure it doesn't affect your evening sleep later.
TO FEEL CONTENT ... Make your time matter. Make a list of the things that bring you joy. It could be a clear orderly space, a brilliant new book, a piece of music that makes you smile, a deeply memorable movie that touches a nerve. This is your moment to start an 'emotional wellbeing for life' list to help bring in sunnier thoughts and actions every day wherever you can.
TO RECONNECT ... Look up and around you more. Everyone walks around on their phone more now, bumping into people - or weirdly stopping when they 'sense' there is another body in front of them but never looking up and registering that individual. How far removed are we becoming from each other? Whether city or country, look up, appreciate architecture, landscape, nature, beauty in everything, including each other. It is there...we just need to keep looking, appreciating, and not ignoring.
TO SLEEP BETTER ... Windows ajar, a couple of Kalms (herbal tablets with Valerian herb to send me off, 3 tabs will knock me out); then breathe slowly and calmly, in for seven and out for 10... wake up refreshed.