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Feel good with these five steps…

I think we are all struggling a little bit at the moment.  With the current restrictions continuing I have had many conversations with friends and customers who are feeling “fed up”. Yes it’s quite a natural response, however remaining in this state is not good for your health or your overall wellbeing so it’s up to you to take action to help re-balance and to shift your perspective.

In Winter is not as easy to feel motivated to take action, it is a season of dormancy.  It’s cold outside and our bodies just want to snuggle and hibernate.

Here are a few easy steps you can take that will make you feel good.  They worked for me and I hope they do the same for you.  Leave me a comment and let me know.

#1 Easy Decluttering

feel good decluttering

Two words that are not often in the same sentence.

Personally, when I’ve thought about decluttering in the past my body has sighed and I’ve thought of it as a lengthy task.   However, I’ve now proved all those negative thoughts wrong. I’ve had a successful declutter and it’s been due to these two factors …

  • Setting a timer to just spend 15 minutes at a time
  • Break it down –  just declutter a drawer – the kitchen draw or your office desk drawer. Choose one small area. Don’t choose a whole room. Choose one shelf of a unit.

It’s amazing how easy it is when you set a timer and choose a small area.  After a few short sessions you will be amazed at what you’ve accomplished.

Why declutter?  Research has shown a direct link between the stress hormone cortisol and clutter (a high density of household objects).  Not only does it make you feel good but decluttering is good for your mental health, clear space = clearer mind and less overwhelm.

#2 Do something new

There is a lot of ‘sameness’ around at the moment, much due to limiting restrictions. If we allow them to they could limit our experiences.  So, right now is a great time to try something new and this could be anything from a new hobbie or craft to a new service or experience.

For example, to celebrate my fiance’s birthday I ordered us Cote at Home.  We love dining out and this is one of our favourite restaurants.  It was a real treat and yes even though I cooked (well reheated) it, it all tasted just as good as in the restaurant, in fact I was amazed at the quality. (If you’d like £10 off your first order email me for a referral code).  All the packaging was easily compostable or recyclable too which also made me smile.

#3 Explore somewhere new

feel good exploring

I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of your local park or beach (lucky you!) during the lockdown.  Is there somewhere local that you could visit that you’ve never been to before? (within current guidelines of course).

I recently discovered Selsdon Park Nature Reserve just a few minutes away in the car and it was so quiet, peaceful and snowy! Exploring somewhere new is so refreshing, it could be a town, architecture you like or even a cemetery, it’s your choice.

If you are self-isolating explore somewhere via YouTube or the internet. Put headphones on and get lost in a jungle or imagining yourself walking through waves on the beach.

#4 Try some self massage

The benefits of massage are huge and this also applies to self massage.  It encourages circulation, it improves lymph flow and detoxification processes, it’s rejuvenating and helps to release stress and tension.

Yes massage does all that and that’s before you add some essential oils in to the mix.   It may not be quite the same as when someone else is doing it for you but I can assure you it makes you feel good and will have a positive effect on your mind, body and emotions.

DIY 2 minute face massage – idea just before bed after you’ve cleansed your skin

  • Pump a few drops of a facial oil like Calm facial oil into your palms and onto your fingertips
  • Gently apply the oil in upward strokes up your neck, over your chin and jaw towards your ears, up and over your cheeks just under your delicate eye area, over your nose and up onto your forehead and across to your temples.
    Circle around your temples with gentle pressure for a few seconds.
    Connect with how these areas feel to you (rough, smooth, dry, hydrated, sore, comfortable) and breathe deeply.
  • Start at your chin and work in little upward circles covering your face from bottom to the very top of your forehead
  • Use your finger tips to gently tap all around your face, forehead, cheeks, chin.

This is a lovely way to unwind and lavender in Calm facial oil is a good sleep aid too.

Top tip: If you have someone at home who could give you a short foot massage or neck and shoulder massage then ask them and be kind and return the favour.

#5 Use scent

Feel good scents

What is your favourite scent?  There is a direct link between scent and the brain. Without going into too much science, scent stimulates a physiological response in our bodies.  It’s a wonderful way to start the day and encourage a positive mood.  Citrus oils in particular like Lemon, Orange and Bergamot are good mood lifting oils, ideal for your morning diffuser or oil burner blend.  Feel free to contact me if you need any help choosing or blending oils.

Well I hope you feel inspired to try maybe one of these ideas and if you do, leave a comment and let me know which one.

Best wishes & stay well,

Louisa

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8 Comments

  1. Carol Foley on February 14, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Louisa,
    We have been taking lovely walks in our local parks , including Millers Ponds in Shirley and have exhausted all of them. So tried further afield Beckenham park and Kelsey Park for a change of scenery.
    Anyway, have done most of my de-cluttering, sewing, making cookies for the family now for the jigsaws if I have can see through my long fringe !!
    It’s 3 weeks since we had our COVID vaccinations so feeling we have a bit more cover plus wearing our face masks and gloves and of course using your lovely sanitiser .
    Take care and stay safe. , Carol .

    • Louisa on February 15, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Lovely you hear from you Carol and sounds like you’re doing all the right things. I hear you about a long fringe – mine is definitely in need of a cut now 🙂 Take care and hope to see you sooner rather than later.

  2. Julia on February 15, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Love your declutter for 15 minutes idea and will definitely be trying that one this week….. although I can get a bit distracted and last week a one hour job turned into a whole afternoon. Hopefully I can be more disciplined this week!

    • Louisa on February 15, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you Julia, yes it really worked for me – I highly recommend it. 🙂

  3. Noelle Blake on February 15, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for your uplifting blog Louisa – I like the idea of trying somewhere new to walk and had not known of Selsdon Country Park – that’s worth a try. I also like the idea of setting the timer for a quick and focussed declutter – I do tend to get put off by the scale of the task sometimes and the smaller goal does seem more manageable.

    I find Citrus oils very uplifting in my burner – I will make sure to use it today 🙂

    • Louisa on February 15, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you for commenting Noelle – Selsdon Country Park was beautiful in the snow and we can’t wait to return in warmer weather too. Enjoy the citrus oils 🙂

  4. Cheryl Douglas on February 15, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I agree with Julia – it’s very hard to keep a short job short and not get carried away! I’m very lucky in that I’m still quite enjoying myself! Lots of artwork and other things to occupy me as well as good places to walk but lots of lovely sensible suggestions to keep in mind Louisa, thank you.
    I agree with you about Cote at Home – it’s brilliant and we would also recommend them. Good value too.
    Keep well.

    • Louisa on February 15, 2021 at 2:16 pm

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the time you have and Cote is just so good isn’t it! We loved our meal 🙂 Take care.

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