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!

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 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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