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Take a Moment to Renew and Refresh this Easter

Easter is historically a time for renewal and rebirth; for many it brings a fresh perspective to life and is the perfect opportunity to pause and take stock. With the Easter story symbolising a ‘fresh start’ and the promise of better things to come, people often take to activities such as Spring cleaning; this often occurs because people have more energy and motivation to organise and declutter their homes. Equally, you can use this time of year as the chance to re-evaluate any bad habits that may have been picked up over the long, dark winter, in order to make way for a new you, and a renewed perspective on life. 

Much like the joyful blossoms that transform the outdoors in spring, you too can use this time for a personal regrowth.

By incorporating a few simple ideas and visualisations into your daily routine, it is easy to gain a fresh outlook on life, using the energy found through nature to bring forth a new you…

Re-root

Try taking a Savasana practice outside. The warmer weather brings the perfect opportunity to take your yoga mat into the garden to be physically present with the fertile earth. Laying out on your back, close your eyes and try to actively hear nature’s sounds; whether that is the birds tweeting, the leaves rustling, or the bees buzzing, there are so many ‘background’ sounds that we fail to engage with on a day-to-day basis. But by mindfully tuning into them, you accept the inherently positive energy of nature into yourself. 

Why not take this a step further, by incorporating Peppermint Essential Oil into this practice? Applying it on the chest, the fresh, invigorating scent helps you to refocus your senses and attune to the energy of nature. 

Re-nourish

Eating the right foods can help you to feel renewed and revitalised. Take advantage of the fresh produce that becomes so readily available in spring; these nutritious ingredients can deliver a new sense of self from within. By consuming positive energy, this is naturally radiated out of the self. Likewise, understanding how best to adapt to your body’s needs puts you in a better position to embrace the surrounding world, and approach opportunities as the best version of yourself. 

Wearing a Magnetic Bracelet can assist in blood flow around the body, encouraging the nutrients you consume to re-energise the whole self. 

Re-align

Moving your body is one of the best ways to create room for change. In yoga practice, twisting movements can be hugely beneficial in releasing compressed muscles, whilst encouraging enhanced blood circulation. Laying flat on your back, hold your left knee to your chest with your right hand, and cross it over your right leg. At the same time, extend your left arm (this adds to the twisting motion). After holding in this position for several breaths, this pose can then be performed with the opposite leg. 

Encouraging the release of tension built up in the muscles, the body is left refreshed and cleansed. However, the benefits are not just physical. Many yoga practices can help you to create mental space and clarity, ready to take on new challenges and embrace the surrounding world. Diffusing oils such as Journey On inspire confidence and courage, so that you’re prepared to embrace new opportunities when they appear.

Renew and Refresh

So, this Easter weekend, take the opportunity to unwind and take pause from your busy life. Reconnect with your body and soul by trying a new meditative practice; this can help you to re-establish your connection – not only with yourself – but with the positive energy from the natural world too. 

Finding a practice that ‘works’ for you and can be implemented into your normal schedule, can be a powerful catalyst in maximising your very experience of the journey we call life.

Remember, it’s also important to allow yourself a treat from time to time – what better excuse than this wonderful chocolately festival?!

Happy Easter!

Yoga & Oils

Yoga & Oils

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Whether you do Yoga at home or you go to a class, the use of essential oils can really enhance your practice! The purpose of this blog is to share information on how Yoga and essential oils may support overall wellness for healthy individuals.


BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Before beginning, drink 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red. This amazing drink, helps give energy and is an excellent supplement for all over body wellness. Try adding a drop of Lemon Vitality oil to it for added benefits & taste as well.  

Ningxia Red combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with pure Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils, along with blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices to deliver a whole-body nutrient infusion. This powerful formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health-supporting benefits, while ongoing research continues to reveal exciting new properties on this ingredient. Enjoy NingXia Red daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe. Ningxia

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KEY BENEFITS:

  • Sustain energy with the combination of select wolfberries and other superfruits. Contains powerful ingredients which are involved in many antioxidant processes and may help prevent against oxidative stress.
  • Balanced ingredients make NingXia Red a whole-body nutrient infusion for health and wellness support
  • Delivers citrus essential oils containing d-limonene, a powerful component in citrus oils.
  • Halal and Kosher certified in 750ml bottles (Halal Certified in 60 ml sachets)
  • Powerful formula includes wolfberry which is touted for its health benefits

STAYING HYDRATED

Fill a large glass water bottle with water, and add 1-2 drops of your favorite uplifting oil. A personal favorite is Lime Vitality + Peppermint Vitality.  This combination tastes so good and has lots of benefits too!  Staying hydrated during your practice is so important!  Here is a little more info on the choice of these two oils in particular, for drinking water.

  • Lime Vitality oil:  Lime oil today, is best known throughout the world as a way to help support a healthy immune system. When taken internally, lime may provide antioxidant support and aid in weight management. Lime Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Vitality oil: Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort. When inhaled it can help in curbing your desire to snack, which is helpful since yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach! Peppermint is also uplifting and may help clear the airway, helping you achieve your deepest breaths. Peppermint Essential Oil

KEEPING YOUR YOGA MAT CLEAN

It’s important to keep your yoga mat clean, using non-toxic, chemical free cleaners.  You can use the Thieves Household Cleaner, Thieves Spray or make a recipe of your own to use.  Try the following oils to spray on your mat before and after your session:

*Enjoy the smell of this combo when surrendered into Child’s Pose.

To make your own spray you will need:

  • 4 oz spray bottle
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Witch Hazel
  • 3-4 drops Lavender
  • 3-4 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • Fill remaining with distilled or bottled water.

You can vary what oils you use in the spray to your liking, and the amount of drops as well.  Spray your mat again at the end of class to disinfect.


SET THE MOOD FOR YOGA

Set the mood for yoga, either at home or bring your diffuser to class if the instructor allows it!  Fill your diffuser with something that calms and grounds you.  If you are not allowed to bring a diffuser into class, consider using a lava bracelet, and put your oils on that – to breathe in throughout the class.

Some great suggestions are:

  • Believe
  • Inspiration
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Stress Away

Often we need to check in with ourselves to see what we are seeking before our practice. Do we need guidance?  Or grounding?  Set an intention for your practice.  I mix up what I use in my diffuser depending on my intentions – you honestly can’t go wrong with any of these suggestions, whatever your mood may be.

  • For an energizing early morning or mid-afternoon practice:  Try Grapefruit, Lime, and Patchouli. This blend is emotionally and physically uplifting and will help get you going while helping to balance your emotions.
  • If you are expecting and practicing prenatal yoga, or have a new baby:  Try diffusing Peace & Calming or Gentle Baby for a calming or soothing aroma.
  • For a hot yoga (Bikram) or power yoga session:  Try Valor and Lime for an energizing and detoxifying aroma.
  • If you are winding down your day with a bedtime practice:  Try diffusing Lavender and Cedarwood or Tranquil.
  • For seasonal practices, try one of these:
    • Christmas Spirit or Frankincense and Myrrh (Christmas or worship playlist)
    • Autumn: Nutmeg and Cinnamon
    • Winter: Balsam Fir and Wintergreen
    • Spring: Geranium with a Citrus Oil, such as Lemon.  Or combine the uplifting aroma of your favorite citrus oil with the cooling and energizing scent of Peppermint or Spearmint.

APPLY TOPICALLY

Apply Grounding, Harmony or Magnify Your Purpose to the bottoms of the feet.  1 drop to the base of each foot, rub feet together and hold for a minute. Also try applying Grounding to the base of the skull, one drop.

  • Grounding Oil:  A relaxing and balancing blend of essential oils that provides a stabilizing influence. Emotional chaos can lead to poor decisions, Grounding helps you cope with reality in a positive manner.  Contains White Fir, Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Pine, Cedarwood, Angelica and Juniper.
  • Valor Oil:  You can also apply Valor to the bottoms of the feet to help promote balance and alignment, and refresh your energy at a cellular level.

FRANKINCENSE

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. Diffuse or apply a drop of Frankincense to your third eye Chakra (6th Chakra at the brow, above the base of the nose).  Frankincense oil can help you get in touch with your spirit and may elevate your meditative experience. It is mentioned over 52 times in the Bible, when considering the fact that the Hebrew word for incense was usually referring to Frankincense. It has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries.


BREATHING

Breathe Again, RC, Peppermint and Spearmint support the respiratory system during Yoga. Apply Breathe Again roll-on to your chest and neck, rub in and inhale the scent from your hands, take 2-3 deep breaths. If you do not have the roller, you can use Peppermint or Spearmint. This will help with the deep Ujjayi breathing.

Breathing in yoga is vital. Your breath will help get you through the more difficult postures. If you feel congested, apply Breathe Again or RC along your sinuses, and the bridge of your nose as well. As you move through each pose, occasionally inhale the oils from the palms of your hands.


YOGA & CHAKRAS

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You may wonder what chakras are. Studied for thousands of years, the Chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 B.C. The word chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit in the oldest writings, the Vedas. It is spelled “cakra” but pronounced “chakra.” According to Hindu tradition, the chakras are wheels of light or energy centers running along the spine up to the top of the head. Though the first studies of chakras were Hindu in nature, the principles can be applied to Christianity or other religious practices as well.  The chakra system, made up of seven main chakra points, is connected to our body not just on a physical level, but on an emotional, spiritual and mental one as well. When one of these chakras becomes blocked, there is an imbalance of energy that can result in poor health. There are a lot of ways to counter the imbalance that can occur in our bodies’ chakras and allow the energy to flow properly. This includes massage, reflection, meditation, acupuncture, aromatherapy and Yoga. Another often overlooked therapy to enhance the body’s chakra state is the use of essential oils.

Applying oils to your Chakras:

  • Root Chakra:  The root area represents our foundation in life. Staying grounded in present; releasing anger & other deep-seated emotions. If you are feeling scattered or imbalanced try applying Cedarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Ginger, Cypress, Valor, Grounding or Abundance to the base of your spine/coccyx or bottom of the feet.
  • Sacral Chakra:  The sacral point holds the seat of our emotions. It is the center of sexuality, emotion and creativity.  If you feel burdened or weighed down emotionally try applying Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Rose, Rosemary, Patchouli, Jasmine, Harmony, Inner Child, Forgiveness or Peace & Calming to your lower abdomen, slightly below navel.
  • Solar Plexus Chakra:  The solar plexus region relates to our self image. It is the source of personal power, confidence and self – worth.  If you lack self confidence or self esteem apply Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint, Juniper, Basil, Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Lemongrass, Harmony, Sacred Mountain, Acceptance or Release.  The solar plexus is also an area for energy.  If you feel particularly tired or run down, add these oils to your upper abdomen; between navel and rib cage for a pick me up!
  • Heart Chakra:  The heart locale symbolizes your ability to love and be loved. It helps open the ability to give/receive love and the ability to heal from sadness.  Apply Lavender, Bergamot Rose, Geranium, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, Acceptance, Humility or Joy over your heart to feel soothed and softened.  
  • Throat Chakra:  The throat area represents your ability to communicate and trust your own intuition. It is the center for communication, thoughts and emotions. Try applying Roman Chamomile, Basil, Spearmint, Lemon, Tea Tree, Lavender, Patchouli, Hyssop, Hope, Valor, Envision, or Believe to your throat to bolster these aspects of your life.  
  • Third Eye Chakra:  The third eye relates to our wisdom, imagination and ability to make decisions. It helps purify negative thoughts and tendencies; stimulate intuitive thinking. Try Frankincense, Lavender, Rosemary, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Helichrysum, White Angelica, Awaken, Dream Catcher, or Transformation to assist mental clarity apply between the eyebrows.
  • Crown Chakra:  The crown is located on the very top of your head.  This is an excellent point to apply essential oils for connecting with God. It is the center of spirituality and enlightenment.  Apply Frankincense, Jasmine, Rose, Myrrh, Lavender, Three Wise Men, Gathering or Inspiration to aid in your spiritual connection and prayers.

AFTER YOUR SESSION

After your session is over, you may want to support your muscular system with Deep Relief, PanAway, Copaiba, Lemongrass, Aroma Siez or any other favorite soothing oils. Try soaking in a hot bath using a cup of Epsom Salts with 3-5 drops of oil to relax and soothe the muscles.  Mix the oils with Epsom Salts prior to putting into bath, so that the oil isn’t just floating on the surface of the water.

For extra muscle support, apply 1-2 drops diluted Panaway on location.  Or use the ready to go roll-on, Deep relief.  Another great blend for muscles is Peppermint, Aroma Siez and Copaiba diluted with a carrier.  Apply as often as needed.  Young Living also carries Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream, which would be a great addition to a post-Yoga routine.

Happy Yoga-ing!

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Spring Forward!

Happiness is the meaning and purpose behind life. But how can you help others towards happiness, and how can you promote it within yourself?

As buds burst from slumbering soil, the hopeful promise of Spring comes happily into focus.

Happiness and the Promise of Spring

The winter months in the UK are long and often dull, cold and wet. For many, the beginning of Spring signals a fresh start – the chance to look forward with excitement to the weeks and months ahead.

For sufferers of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the coming of Spring brings with it a promise of happier, healthier times. The weather can have a stark impact on our moods, and there is no wonder that winter can be a difficult time for many. SAD is surprisingly common, with approximately one in three people suffering from symptoms during the darker days of the year. 

However, it’s important to remember that many mental health issues are not confined to one season; millions of people live with poor mental health throughout the year.

What Can I Do to Help?

Mental health problems don’t display themselves like broken bones or grazed knees. Therefore, it’s a good idea to be mindful that anyone who looks ‘fine’ on the outside may actually be suffering internally. 

We all have mental health: from the smiling barista who makes your morning coffee; the quiet postman who nods a ‘hello’ to you every day; the helpful sales adviser at the other end of the phone; the timid little girl who lives at the end of the road… Do we honestly know what anyone is really going through at any particular moment?

The easiest way you can help?

Be Kind

Kindness is an underestimated quality; showing kindness to another person costs nothing, but its value can be priceless to the receiver. 

It’s important to try to be kind – in whatever situation we find ourselves. So, instead of getting angry in a frustrating scenario, try to exercise a little patience and a kind word to make a positive difference.

Reach Out 

Be mindful of those around you and keep in touch with them – friends and family, distant relatives, neighbours and work colleagues. Pick up the phone or grab a coffee. 

Listen

Listening is another underrated quality, and the simple act of carefully listening to someone who is struggling can be of great comfort to them.

Point People Towards the Help They Need

People suffering from mental health problems in the UK can contact Samaritans 24/7 on 116123 or email jo@samaritans.org and the charity Mind also provides professional support.

The Importance of Self Care

It’s wonderful to be in a position to help another person. However, it’s so important to ensure that we keep a crystal clear focus on our own wellbeing too! After all, you can’t help other people effectively if you don’t look after yourself!

Take time out for you – meditate, exercise, socialise, eat well and sleep well. Spring in the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, being mindful to the natural changes happening around you – the emergence of bright colours and floral scents.

Environment

It’s so important that you enjoy an environment conducive to health and happiness in both your home and workplace. Keeping your living space clean and tidy can have positive benefits to your overall wellbeing and quality of life. You can create an uplifting ambience in your home by diffusing Grapefruit essential oil; the fresh aroma brings the Spring season inside whilst also promoting healthy skin.

Spring Forward!

The gentle chirp and whistle of the dawn chorus; glowing daffodils with crisp, verdant stems; fresh, scented air and the cautious emergence of the sun… there are so many beautiful things to enjoy about the coming of Spring.

So – no excuses! Get out and about and encourage a friend or neighbour to join you. And bring nature inside – flowers, fresh air and natural oils to make for a healthier home. 

Above all, never underestimate the power within nature to transform, renew, heal and uplift – all throughout the year!

Have you got Spring fever yet?

As the snowdrops delight us, the daylight hours are longer and the green shoots of spring are all around us, our thoughts turn to outdoor activities. That could be brushing the dust off the bicycle, finding the golf clubs, or looking for your trusty gardening gloves. What you choose means engaging a set of muscles that you probably haven’t used for quite a while. So what are the top tips for easing your way back into outdoor activities after a long winter layover?
1. Be kind to yourself – the weeding / sweeping doesn’t have to be achieved in one day nor the 50km bike ride on day one! Little and often is the golden rule!

2. Plan the activity – it’s more fun with someone else whether it’s walking a new route, or turning over the soil in the garden – listen to music if you’re on your own or catch up on a podcast you’ve been meaning to listen to!

3. Warm up first before commencing – start with some gentle stretching and make it a routine part of the activity. You will regret it otherwise and will soon become familiar with DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) which is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after unaccustomed or strenous exercise.

4. Try something new – it’s never too late to take up a new sport or activity – joining a club means that there are other newbies learning and it’s more fun too.

5. Enjoy yourself – whilst there is the “no pain – no gain” theory of pushing yourself to achieve, being outdoors for most of us should be joyful. The positive gains of being in the fresh air are bountiful – surrounding yourself with negative ions (those are the good ones) from the Earth’s natural enery – particularly abundant near water and trees. Your mental health will also benefit – movement at any level creates a more positive mindset and that will impact on your relationships, your work and your purpose. Go figure!

6. Remember to hydrate before your start your exerise, during to keep those hydration levels up and afterwards to flush away the build up of any lactic acid you may have generated. Stretching afterwards will help stimulate circulation, increase flexibility and relieve tension. This helps bring more oxygen to your muscles which can help reduce lactic acid production and rid your muscles of an accumulation of lactic acid!

Lastly, if you do ‘over do’ the exerise, as an advocate of wellness, I would encourage you to find a natural way of managing the pain – there are plenty to choose from such as essential oils and magnetic therapy. Certainly a better option than an pharmaceutical one!

What’s your Spring fever going to be?

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Case Study: How Magnetic Therapy Served a Sceptic

A blog post from a Wellbeing Living Customer

Profile:

28-Year-Old Male

  • Chronic pain in left hip
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Some anxiety

The Situation

I am 28 years old, and have lived with a problematic left leg since I was 16. 

As a keen runner and hockey player, a pain in my hip began without warning and quickly became quite debilitating. The pain failed to subside and even started to affect my ability to walk.

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I had 18 months of physiotherapy, which consisted of various stretching exercises and many hours of ultrasound therapy. Podiatry followed, before a consultant recommended surgery. The surgery helped with symptoms initially, but the problem returned. Further surgery followed, and so did the end result. And, at this point – now aged 20, I was at a loss as how to proceed.

So I stopped running, and in reality, had given up on being able to enjoy sport again.

The Chosen Therapy

I have always felt rather sceptical about alternative therapies. But, having met Katein May 2018, I was curious about her offerings. Kate radiates wellness and wisdom; she inhabits the healthy lifestyle that she advocates, and shows a great deal of passion for the work that she does.

We spoke at length about my condition, and Kate suggested I try using the ‘Power Heart’. It is a small curved copper triangle magnet, with a counterpiece in stainless steel. Kate explained that the increased bloodflow to the affected area would be the most beneficial aspect of this therapy, working alongside the natural anti-inflammatory properties of copper to reduce any swelling or inflammation. Having tried all manner of treatments and therapies (including massage and acupuncture), I was willing to give magnetic therapy a go. 

Power Heart
Power Heart

But, I looked at the magnet and – despite its smooth appearance – imagined how uncomfortable it might be – how it would become an inconvenience, and how the metal would be cold against my skin.

The reality? The Power Heart is fitted in an instant, and sits on the skin so comfortably that you quickly forget that you are wearing it every day. After less than a month of using the power heart, I started to notice that the tenderness in my leg was starting to reduce. And the improvements continued! Having tried what seems like every kind of solution to my problem, I fully expected to draw up magnetic therapy on the long list of failed therapies. But months later, I can honestly say that the Power Heart has been life-enhancing – helping me to manage my condition to the point where I am able to run and play sport in moderation. It’s been great for my overall health and fitness, as well as for my social life, so the benefits have been manifold!

In addition to the Powerheart, and as a more general boost to my wellbeing, I was offered the Silicone Magnetic bracelet with negative ions. Having suffered with some anxiety and poor sleep, I have noticed significant improvements in both areas after wearing the bracelet for a couple of weeks. It is also an incredibly comfortable accessory with a smart, discreet appearance.

Silicone Magnetic Bracelet
Silicone Magnetic Bracelet

The Verdict?

I’m incredibly grateful to Kate for helping me to overcome a painful problem which has affected my ability to enjoy life. I have worn both accessories for a number of months now; not only am I able to run without pain, I also feel a significant improvement to my overall sense of wellbeing – better sleep, enhanced relaxation and reduced stress..

Now, I wouldn’t be without my Power Heart or Magnetic bracelet – I wear them both all the time. I would highly recommend a chat with Kate; whether you are in pain, or simply looking to facilitate your own wellbeing, Kate will guide you towards the best possible solution for your individual needs.

Thank you Kate!

February 2019

How to Get the Best Night’s Sleep

If you’re tossing and turning all night, hitting the snooze button more than once, then loading up on coffee in the morning, you might be among the many people wishing for a better night’s sleep. Sleep issues have become a common problem in our modern society. Over 68% of the UK population report that they have a bad night at least once a week and a quarter of them say that they experience poor sleep most nights. That’s a lot of missing sleep!

Maybe you’re wondering if you struggle with insomnia. How can you tell? The general definition of insomnia is that it’s an inability to fall asleep easily and/or stay asleep easily all night, even when you have a restful environment for sleep.

Everyone gets insomnia occasionally. Sometimes before a big test or important interview you might have trouble sleeping, and that’s pretty normal. But if you have issues sleeping on a regular basis, especially three or more nights per week, and if it’s been going on for months or even years, you probably have chronic insomnia.

When you don’t get enough sleep, the next day is usually pretty rough. You’ll typically feel drowsy, have trouble thinking clearly, have a hard time concentrating, and lack energy. You might even get irritable and angry easily, which doesn’t bode well for relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Chronic insomnia can also lead to serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, and depression.

So how do you get back to sleep and move to a healthy sleep cycle? Here are some of the best tips to help you slumber peacefully all night, every night.

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Top Tips for A Great Night’s Sleep

Tip 1 – Turn off the TV and all electronics an hour before bed. The blue light coming from the screens of your television and devices suppresses the release of melatonin with is an important hormone for sleep. Keep your electronics out of your bedroom, if you can, and definitely make sure all electronic lights are out at night. Most people don’t realise that using electronics before bed can affect their sleep. Consider removing your phone from your room and not using it for your alarm. If you must keep your phone in your bedroom, be sure to turn it on “Airplane Mode” and turn off the Wi-Fi.

Tip 2 – Take some time to relax before bed. Good choices for relaxing activities include meditating, reading a calming book, or listening to peaceful music. Make sure your pre-bedtime activities are relaxing and make you feel sleepy.

Tip 3- Exercise every day. It can help you sleep better at night, so make sure to include at least a brisk walk in your daily schedule. Just make sure you don’t exercise at night, as it can “amp” you up causing you to have a hard time settling down for sleep.

Take sleep promoting supplements and herbs. These include magnesium, melatonin, and valerian (a herbal tea). Try them out to see if they’ll work for you and adjust the dose as necessary. ( Look for a good holistic store or health shop for advice ).

Tip 4 – Create a dark bedroom. Your body takes cues from your environment, so your bedroom needs to be dark in order for your brain to believe that it’s time for sleep. Train your circadian rhythm again to get back to a healthy schedule by ensuring that your room is always dark. If you can’t make it pitch black, wear an eye mask to block out the remaining light.

Tip 5 – Find out what’s causing you stress. This is especially important if you spend a lot of time thinking about your worries while trying to fall asleep or when you wake up in the middle of the night. Try writing a sleep journal right before bed to get it all out on paper, leaving your mind free to relax for the night.

Tip 6 – Review your pain relief. Are you taking unnecessary prescriptions? When was the last time you reviewed your daily / weekly intake of pain medication? Have you considered alternative therapies to manage your physical pain? When the body is stressed and/or in pain, it is much more difficult to relax and therefore sleep. Consider magnetic therapy (a magnetic eye mask also helps create the perfect calm and dark environment) hypnotherapy, Reiki, reflexology, acupuncture, Bowen technique, and aromatherapy using essential oils.

Tip 7 – Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine may be the cause of your insomnia, especially if you ingest it in the late afternoon or evening. Reduce your intake and keep it to a morning routine. Then you’ll give your body enough time to wind down in the evenings for rest. Alcohol is known cause of insomnia too. Consider your daily / weekly intake and make adjustments accordingly. Increase your hydration to at least 1.5 litres of still water per day. Try magnetising your water for maximum absorption and the right pH balance.

Create a bedtime routine. The human brain and our circadian rhythms love routine. By creating a routine, you’ll signal to your brain that sleep is coming soon. Keep to the same bedtime hours, if possible. After a while, you’ll notice your body is immediately triggered by the routine and starts to feel sleepy.

Tip 8 -Take a warm bath. Include it as part of your bedtime routine, adding in lavender essential oil to increase your sense of relaxation. Add in a little meditation and you’ll start to feel sleepy right away.

Tip 9 – Sip a cup of relaxing, warm tea. If you love tea, stock up on some that is known to promote relaxation, such as chamomile. An hour or so before bed, brew yourself a cup and sit in a calm place to sip on it. Make sure it’s caffeine free though. It might be a great thing to do whilst writing your sleep journal or taking a bath.

Tip 10 – Get help if you need it. If you’ve tried all these things and you’re still struggling to get to sleep, reach out to a holistic doctor, practitioner, or wellness coach. They can help you find out what is causing your insomnia, such as an imbalance of cortisol, adrenal, or other hormones. They can then help you find the solution to get back in balance and get back to sleep.

Sources:

https://www.sleepfoundation.org

https://sleepcouncil.org.uk

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-sleep-better

https://wellbeingliving.co.uk/2019/01/11/its-dry-january-yet-you-need-to-drink-more/

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Are YOU Living in a Toxic Environment?

With our planet facing an unprecedented environmental disaster, governments around the world are acting to clean up the air and oceans and save entire ecosystems. Businesses are becoming increasingly environmentally friendly, and action is being taken at household level too. 

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Plastic in the Environment

The seeds of change are beginning to take root, with the quality of air in towns and cities improving and more eco-friendly products being produced. 

But whilst the external environment is beginning to improve, millions of people are unwittingly living in toxic surroundings.

A Toxic Household

You keep your house spotlessly clean and tidy. You use organic products and eco-friendly, non-toxic detergents. But your house is STILL full of harmful airborne toxins, in the form of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS).

What are VOCs?

VOCs are organic chemicals that easily vaporise and enter the surrounding air. Not all VOCs are harmful – for example, some are released by plants, allowing them to communicate with other plants and animals. 

However, many VOCs are dangerous to human health and cause environmental damage too. 

The Harmful Effect of VOCs

Unfortunately, the impact of exposure to many VOCs is not recognised until it is too late; toxic compounds rarely cause severe health problems in the short term (more often than not they are merely the cause of irritation and discomfort). 

Over 400 different VOC chemical compounds have been found in domestic environments. The effects of exposure to these different chemicals can cause a wide range of relatively mild health problems, including:

  • Eye irritation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disorders
  • Memory Impairments 

However, the potential health implications of long-term VOC exposure are more alarming:

  • An increased risk of cancer
  • Liver, kidney and central nervous system damage

Groups of people at particular risk are young and elderly people, people with respiratory problems and those with a heightened sensitivity to chemicals.

Where are VOCs Found?

Over 400 harmful VOC compounds have been found to exist in domestic environments. They are most commonly found in furniture and material furnishings, toiletries and chemicals. 

So which household items should we be concerned about?

How Toxic is Your Household?

Carpeting 

Ah – that ‘new carpet’ smell. Unfortunately, the chemical composition of this smell contains around 200 VOCs. And the sheer surface area of carpet means it emits a very high volume of chemicals.

Furniture

Who would have thought furniture could bring dangerous chemicals into your living space? Unfortunately, pressed-wood furniture and sofas bring a high level of VOCs into your home.

Hair-Sprays, Deodorants and Air Fresheners

You may have heard that the chemicals within aerosol products are damaging the ozone layer. It is therefore not difficult to imagine how these chemicals could impact human health. 

Paints 

Many paints release formaldehyde – a chemical which poses a significant risk to human health. 

Other Sources of VOCs:

  • Vinyl flooring
  • Curtains
  • Dry-Cleaned Clothes
  • Shampoos and Cosmetics
  • Varnishes
  • Perfumes
  • Wood-burning Stoves
  • Building Materials
  • Candles
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Smoking

So How Can We Avoid VOCs?

  • Buy solid wood, hardboard or exterior grade plywood instead of pressed wood products
  • Buy antique furniture
  • Look out for ‘Low’ and ‘Zero-VOC’ paints
  • Use non-toxic deodorant sticks in place of aerosols
  • Use plant-based cosmetics, cleaning supplies and essential oils
  • Make the inside of your home a ‘no smoking’ zone

Although it isn’t always possible to completely avoid the use of products containing VOCs, you can manage your exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Airing

Airing newly-manufactured products can dramatically reduce the risk of exposure to VOCs. For example, unwrap a brand-new sofa, and leave it to air in a garage or outbuilding for a couple of days before bringing it into the home.

Sealing

Seal pressed wood products with varnish or paint before bringing into the home. 

Ventilating

Ventilating your home can lower the concentration of VOCs in your home – particularly if you have a new carpet or have recently painted a room. Open the windows and doors, and use a fan to direct air outside.

However, it is a good idea to keep fresh air circulating through your home on a regular basis anyway for the sake of your health.

An Environment of Wellbeing

When considering health and wellbeing, people focus their attention on nutrition, exercise, sleep and mental health. It is therefore easy to miss out the quality of your domestic environment – from the cleanliness and design of your rooms, to the very air that you breathe. 

So eliminate VOCs from your life to help you and your family to become happier and healthier this year.

Find out more about VOCs here.

It’s Dry January… Yet You Need to Drink More?!

Water of Life

Water is essential for life and it is vital to absorb the right amount to be healthy. Water is not only important – it is critical and has major effects on the health of everyone, whatever their age. 

So Why Do You Need Water? 

Water makes up a large proportion of the body – on average up to 70% of body weight in men and 65% in women. Water has many functions in the body including regulating temperature, transporting nutrients and compounds in blood, removing waste products that are passed in the urine and acting as a lubricant and shock absorber in joints. Water is lost in urine and in sweat and is also being lost throughout the day when you breathe and when small amounts of water evaporate through the skin. To avoid dehydration, you need to replace this vital fluid regularly with a recommended 6-8 large glasses of water per day. 

Magnetised Water

What is Magnetised Water?

Magnetising water is another misunderstood area, which can be just as important. The water from our tap and/or from bottles, will have no magnetic properties whatsoever and after centuries of being considered an ‘old wives’ tale’, magnetism is finally coming into its own. We now know that fish return to their spawning grounds by following the earth’s magnetic lines, in the same way that birds do. Recent investigation has also shown this influence also applies to beetles, crickets, bees, grasshoppers and even flies.

Research is currently underway into the effects of magnetic influence on growing plants too. Through such studies, they have discovered that treating seeds with a magnetic field increased the plant’s yield. It has been found that by magnetizing the water source, plant growth, health, and output can be vastly improved. Incidentally, this can also affect the health of people who consume the vegetables, so the water butt, rain collectors may well be smarter than we initially thought!  

Magnetising water has the additional benefit of increasing the alkalinity of the water. This has been scientifically proven to be more beneficial to our health and wellbeing.

Where Can You get Magnetic Water From?

Magnetic water is something that can be easily produced at home using your own water source and a Magnetix water stick . Stirring the water with the stick for just a few minutes will re-energise / magnetise the water, giving you your own instant supply of healthy magnetic water.

Magnetix Water Stick

For further information, check out this short video https://youtu.be/lgKOcTPZTAY

What will Magnetised Water do for You?

Drinking magnetised water will have numerous positive effects on you and your wellbeing. The magnetic influence that comes from a rare earth neodymium magnet will affect you, just as it does all creatures great and small. It may be a few weeks before you begin to feel the benefit; in others it may take just a few hours. It has been used most effectively to help with Acid Reflux, IBS, Constipation, Bloating, Urinary tract infections, Kidney & gall bladder issues and even teething babies! Water also helps keeps the skin naturally moisturised, helps prevent wrinkles and the body and mind remains fresh and healthy. You should always seek advice from your medical practitioner if you are about to make radical changes to your regime. 

Are You Counting Down to a New You in 2019?

New Year, New You?

Where has the year gone? Now is a time of festivity and family; rest and relaxation. But it’s also the perfect time to take stock on the year that’s gone – to reflect on successes and failures, the good and the ‘could to better’.

No matter how 2018 panned out for you, 2019 can be better. 

Perhaps you have plans to travel in 2019? Or is your ambition to land your dream job? Maybe you’d like to start a family? 

Ultimately, achieving any of your future plans hinges on your own personal wellbeing. 

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New Year, New You?

Be SMART with Your New Years Resolutions

Have you been neglecting your personal wellbeing this year? Could your life be improved by making your physical and mental health higher on your list of priorities? In fact, the reality is that there is NOTHING more important than your own wellbeing; without this, we can’t help others. We can’t be the person that we need to be for our families and friends. We can’t function properly. We miss out on the richness of life.

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Now – right now – is the perfect time to commit to change. But it is so important to fully and carefully consider your resolution first.

It’s easy to get carried away and caught up in the excitement of making changes to our lives. We may therefore attempt to commit to radical and drastic diets or health regimes. But in reality, this can lead to disappointment and disillusionment. Just think how many new gym memberships are abandoned by the end of January. Instead, small, incremental changes can set you on the right road to long-term benefits.

Kickstart your Health and Wellbeing Journey in 2019

Our SMART guide to a happy and healthy new year…

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SMART Goals

Are your lifestyle changes…?

Specific: A massive lifestyle overhaul is rarely a good idea, and can often do more harm than good – to both your physical and mental health. In fact, rapid, radical change can be dangerous. Instead, focus on changing a few specific aspects of your life gradually. Seek professional advice if you are unsure as to where your focus should be, or how you should go about it.

Measurable: Monitor and record your progress regularly. Depending on your goal, this should usually be done on a daily or weekly basis. Many smartphone apps are available for this purpose. Keeping an eye on your progress will act to motivate you, but don’t get discouraged if you’re not making gains as quickly as you’d like; you may simply need to adjust your short-term targets. Get friends or family members to hold you to account!

Attainable: Do your research before setting your goals. Are you setting yourself up for failure and disappointment? Ensure your goals are realistic and in line with your current situation.

Relevant: What impact will making the change(s) have on your life? How will it enhance your wellbeing? Perhaps you constantly feel tired and lethargic – it affects your relationships, your work – indeed your very existence. Making changes to your lifestyle to help you feel more energised would clearly improve your whole life – and in turn positively influence other aspects of your wellbeing too.

Time Based: Set yourself a long-term end goal, and divide that into appropriate milestones. Put it all in writing. From this, you may wish to make even smaller short-term goals to help keep you motivated. Keep the long-term goal in sight and in mind at all times, and use the short-term goals to leverage a successful outcome!

2019 – The Year YOUR Wellbeing Became a Priority?

2019 – The Year YOUR Wellbeing Became a Priority?

There you have it – our SMART guide towards wellbeing in 2019. 

Don’t put off making your commitments or pin hopes in the future; make a conscious decision NOW to work towards a happier and healthier life in the new year.

So, will you look back on 2019 as the year that you made your physical and mental health a top priority?

What will your new years resolutions be? What are your tips for sticking to them?

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2019 – The Year YOUR Wellbeing Became a Priority?

Wishing you all a Very Happy and Healthy 2019!

Have a Very Healthy Christmas

6 Ways to Have a Healthy Christmas

As the days shorten and those extra layers are brought out from their summer slumber, it’s inevitable that our thoughts turn towards that season of goodwill – the ‘most wonderful’ time of the year that we call Christmas.

Christmas is a nostalgic time for many people – it conjures up feelings of warmth and happiness – of ‘comfort and joy’, images of roaring fires and smiling faces. But are these feelings always a true reflection of Christmas or do they represent a rose-tinted view of the reality? Are we looking after ourselves – and each other – around what should be a special and enjoyable time of year?

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The Pressure of Christmas

For so many people, the lead up Christmas is pressurised, with planning to do, shopping to buy and a jam-packed calendar to contend with. On top of this, Christmas can leave us with financial worries too! 

Ironically, the pressure of delivering the ‘perfect’ Christmas can negatively impact our health and wellbeing; surely this defeats the whole point of the festive period!

Staying Healthy this Christmas

Ultimately, at any time of year it’s important to put our health and wellbeing first. Here are 5 ways to enjoy the Christmas period whilst staying fit and healthy too!

1)  Stick to a Budget

It can be easy to run away with your finances at this time of year. This can lead to anxiety and financial discomfort in the months ahead. Avoid this by ensuring you have a budget to stick to.

2) Plan Ahead

However you choose to spend the festive season, you need to plan well in advance to minimise stress; this helps to spread the cost too. Avoid the frantic dash to the shops on Christmas Eve by doing a little Christmas shopping every week in the lead up to the big day. 

3) Minimalism is OK!

Why not ease the pressure on yourself by having a more minimalistic Christmas – after all, family is what the season is all about! Minimalistic decorations can bring that extra touch of class and chic to your interior, whilst traditional board games (rather than iPads) are surprisingly fun and draw the whole family together!

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4) Everything in Moderation

Christmas is the season of indulgence, but try to avoid over-indulging! Keep tabs on your diet, and drinking habits, and keep yourself hydrated. Keep active too – all that sitting around can lead you to quickly pile on the pounds.

5) Buy Meaningful Gifts

How many times have you received a gift that has ended up in the charity shop or attic? And how many times have you struggled to find the perfect gift for someone? Buying the right gift can be a stressful challenge. 

So why not give the gift of health this Christmas? Magnetix magnet wellness products offer a range of holistic health benefits, whilst offering wearable style and beauty too. And give your own health a boost by treating yourself too!

What’s Most Important to You?

It can be a real challenge to look after yourself properly at this busy time of year; sometimes you need to relax, take a step back and remember what’s most important to you. 

Thankfully it’s easy to give your entire body a natural boost with Magnetix health products. 

Find out more about the benefits of wellness magnets here.

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