You might be familiar with the words, “Self-care is more than just scented candles and bubble baths.” Or words to that effect, anyway. And it’s true, self-care is so much more than that – it’s a toolkit that’s unique to each of us.
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Life in lockdown can feel like an anxious time. Of course, as we continue to adjust to the ‘new normal’, feelings of anxiety and overwhelm are to be somewhat expected. But what is clear, is that it has become essential to look after our minds and bodies by finding ways to create moments of calm.
One country whose wellness practices we can look to (and take inspiration from) is Sweden. From the land of the midnight sun in the far north to the sandy coastline of the south, Sweden is a country that takes its leisure-time and spa visits very seriously.
Below you will find expert tips from Swedish beauty experts Oriflame, for creating mini Swedish Spa moments to help you lay back, breathe and indulge in a...
Do you remember the last time you did absolutely nothing? Switching off both body and mind is becoming an increasingly difficult thing to do, but its importance is perhaps greater than ever. Many of us know the health benefits of meditation, but the practice can be hard to master. Floatation therapy could offer an alternative, not only freeing the mind but also the body.
A floatation tank is a self-enclosed tub containing Epsom salt-infused water. Heated to body temperature, the idea is for the water’s buoyancy to hold your body as you let go entirely and experience deep relaxation. By removing sensory stimulation, your brain wave patterns will slow and you should find yourself feeling relaxed not only in...
According to one study, an overwhelming 88% of us head out into the garden to help improve our mental wellbeing, while another revealed over 80% of us feel happier after visiting gardens. But what therapeutic benefits can gardening have? And how can we make the most of them? We explore seven simple ways getting back to nature and spending a little quality time in our gardens (or with our window boxes and favourite indoor plants) can help boost well-being.
1. Improve your physical and mental health – gardening can have a surprising impact on our overall health and well-being. Along with encouraging a healthier lifestyle, gardening offers a range of
No matter how you celebrate, the holidays can be a stressful time filled with responsibilities, juggling family and friend expectations, all while making sure you still have the time to enjoy the moment yourself. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and stress of Christmas and the New Year, but wouldn’t you like to feel a little more present this year?
Whether you are looking for a way to relax ahead of the holidays, treat yourself for being one step ahead of the crowds, or are fighting off a seasonal bug and want to start putting your own well-being first, make this December all about presence, not presents. We share seven ways you can relax, unwind, and enjoy the little moments this holiday season.
Keeping active – during the cold, wet winter months, it can be tempting to stay curled up indoors under a heavy blanket with a...
A holistic, complementary well-being technique that has been gaining popularity recently, sophrology is seen as a modern evolution of mindfulness and meditation. Blending together Eastern philosophies with Western science to create balance, tap into your own resilience, give you the strength to deal with life’s challenges and open you up to happiness, sophrology was first developed in the 1960s by neurologist and Professor of Psychiatry, Professor Caycedo.
Offering a structured method to optimise health and well-being, sophrology consists of a series of easy to do mental and physical exercises. When practised regularly, it can encourage you to have a healthier, more relaxed body and a calm, more alert mind...
Whether you are about to enter your first year at university or are returning for a new term, going back after the holidays can feel daunting and unsettling. Journaling can be a good way to track your thoughts, explore your emotions, and uncover the silver lining when feeling overwhelmed.
A great tool for raising our self-awareness, journaling can not only help us to be more aware of our thoughts and feelings but can also prompt us to take better care of ourselves and encourage self-care in our routines.
Regularly journaling each morning can help us feel calm and prepared for the day’s upcoming activities. Alternatively, writing down our thoughts each evening can help us clear our minds, release and reflect on our day, and focus on the small positive moments we may have overlooked. Journaling can help us reflect and explore our whole emotional experience...
I distinctly remember my doctor telling me I was just a ‘headache-y’ person when I was younger. I was at the GP again, in floods of tears because I just couldn’t take the headaches anymore. When I hit my teens I had a couple of migraines, but thankfully they didn’t take root and I haven’t had any recurrences.
I was recommended over-the-counter painkillers and, finally, prescription medication. This helped a small amount but I hated being reliant on it and, after years of being on the medication, I was advised to come off it. So I started to seek my own ways of overcoming the pain.
Now, in my thirties, I can safely say that I no longer have daily headaches. Yes, they do still pop up from time to time, but when they do, I consider them warning signs that I’m not looking after myself and need to start upping my self-care practice. Here are a few things I’ve...
As stereotypical as it may be, many of us Brits do like a good cup of tea. There’s just something very comforting about sitting down and taking a few moments to sip and relax. But how about taking things a step further?
If you’re keen to be a little more mindful in everyday life and even start up a regular mindfulness practice – your tea could hold the key.
Setting aside five to 10 minutes a day to mindfully make and enjoy a cup of tea can be your prompt to sit quietly, root yourself in the present and practise mindfulness.
How to make your daily cuppa more mindful:
Choose your tea carefully
Think about how your body and mind are feeling right now. Are you feeling...
With more than 250 different variations of massage therapy available around the world, understandably, it can get a little confusing. This is why we want to take a closer look at the therapy, massage therapy has so many benefits and there are types to suit a variety of needs, from injury prevention and recovery, to relaxation.
Today we’re speaking to massage and holistic therapist, Outi Holmes about the benefits of deep tissue massage and the common reasons why people may seek treatment.
What are some of the benefits of deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage is one of the first (and in my opinion, most enjoyable)...