- Breathe slowly and deeply then in your mind’s eye, see your favourite colour
- Try a few minutes of lazy yoga (lie on your bed and stretch down through your legs, pointing your toes with arms stretched above your head. Lift right foot over left knee, hold for a moment, then do the same for the other side. Repeat)
- Sit up on the edge of the bed and ‘comb’ your hair with your fingertips from the hairline back to your nape. Using slow movements and firm pressure, repeat several times. Rub your skull from front to back in zig zag movements, digging into the area at the back of your head where it meets the neck. Then use your fingers and palms to press on your jawline, temples and all over your skull. Move to your forehead and use your two middle fingers to firmly stroke your forehead with alternate fingers up and down the centre in a flicking motion to relieve stress).
- Pinch your eyebrows with your finger and thumb working from the nose out, then pinch your jawline moving upwards, then if you have time, tap all round the eye area on the bone, round your cheekbones and temples. If you’re in a hurry, pinch gently to bring an instant rosy glow.
Not for you I hear you say … an exercise regime needn’t take more than just a few minutes per day. If you’re out of your routine and are looking for a gentle reintroduction to keeping fit, try this:-
- Use The Stairs – warm up by stepping on and off the bottom step for one minute, changing lead leg half way through. Then for 20 seconds go as fast as you can up and down the stairs, resting for 10 seconds afterwards. Try completing 8 sets of this exercise and see what the results are.
I’ve decided to give this a go because (i) it’s inexpensive and (ii) saves me having to go outdoors which I’m not always ready for!
* Marigold – easy to grow at home and provide a cure for cuts and sores and almost any skin lesion – they have antibacterial properties , are a good antiseptic and contain tannin which helps ‘not’ wounds together and speed up healing. (press the juice from the fresh flowers directly onto your skin).
* Aloe Vera – grown indoors as a hassle free indoor plant, aloe is a spiky succulent the gel can be used directly from the leaf. Can heal eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, cuts and sunburn.
* Celandine – the yellowy sap it oozes can be put directly onto warts (cover the wart in the sap every day for 3 weeks and it should disappear)
* Liquorice – a useful ingredient rather than grown at home, it helps to heal inflammatory skin conditions (ideally use a cream with 2% licquorice)
* St John’s Wort – the hypericin in this seems to have anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to reduce symptoms in eczema sufferers.
* Tea Tree – this oil is used as an antimicrobial agent in hospitals to thwart MRSA. Has anti-inflamatory properties. (Handle carefully as could cause dermatitis in some people).
If you start to run out of your fave necessities on holiday, remember these tips:-
- Leave in conditioner can double as a hand cream if need be
- An SPF free day moisturiser could be used for overnight skin renewal
- Rosewater could be used instead of toner
- Cleansing in morning – cleansing from scratch is overkill, so if you’re late for work splash cold water onto your face which is instantly firming and freshening, then follow with moisturiser
- Frizzy hair? try massaging a little moisturiser or facial oil into your hands and skim over your hair
* Massaging the pads of your thumbs – can promote positive feelings and boost your confidence
* Smile to Yourself – fixing your face into a smile can work wonders, try 2 sets of 5 smile repetitions
*Control your Breathing – deep breathing can help reduce stress, try closing your eyes and breathing in deeply from your diaphragm to the count of five, then breathe out to the count of 5 imagining the tension leaving your body through your mouth as you do so; hold for a count of 2. Repeat for 5 minutes.
*Tell yourself to Stop – if your mind’s racing and full of negative thoughts, take some time to yourself and set a timer for 4 minutes. Focus on any worries then when the timer goes off shout “Stop,” and click your fingers. Try to empty your mind and keep it blank for 30 seconds. If an upsetting thought comes back to you, shout “Stop” and snap your fingers again. After a few practices, say “Stop” in a normal voice, then the time after that, whisper it. You should soon be able to halt any negative thoughts by clicking your fingers and thinking “Stop.”
Holistic Health : Remembering what’s in your Self-CareToolkit : The 5 Reiki Principles
The Reiki principles are good principles to live your life by, you don’t have to ‘do’ Reiki to follow them. There are slightly varying versions of the principles – the ones I learned are:-
1. Just for today I will not worry
2. Just for today I will not anger
3. Just for today I will be grateful
4. Just for today I will work honestly (including on myself)
5. Just for today I will be kind to all living things.
Repeating the 5 principles on a regular basis helps reinforce them in our lives – they can help us release negative habits. You can also reflect on the principles just one at a time – perhaps a different one each time.
I’ve had difficulty resolving a personal ‘thing’ that came up and have tried a number of ways to move forward and through it (including finding a quiet space and deep breathing, walking in nature, writing in my journal, affirmations). As I went to bed last night I realised I’d forgotten to try one of my longest known methods – reflecting/ meditating on the 5 Reiki principles.
Always remember to be kind to yourself as revelations come to you during your reflection time. I had to smile at how I’d been pondering “What on earth’s up with me” when as often happens, my way forward was already with me! As I say, the Reiki principles are good principles to live your life by, you don’t have to ‘do’ Reiki to follow them. Why not try repeating them to yourself for 21 days or more and see what the impact is. Get in touch if you’ve got any queries or if you’re interested in Reiki training. x.