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Hope you are keeping safe and well, and also enjoying the summer! I am sorry I have been quite for a while, I don’t know where the time has gone and possibly have been enjoying the summer months too much!
I’ve just come back from a lovely relaxing break with my family in the Lake District. We were lucky to get away, and we stayed in a beautiful cottage in Keswick, which is my happy place. We enjoyed walking, cycling, outdoor theatre, pitch and putt, museums, and delicious meals. But more importantly we got to relax and recharge our batteries in a beautiful place. The highlight once again was Alpaca walking along the shores of Derwentwater – meet Grizzley. He’s the one on the left!
Self-care: What is it and why is it so important?
I talk about self-care a lot, but what does it actually mean?
Well, it’s exactly what is sounds like. It's about looking after yourself - consciously doing things that maintain or improve physical, emotional or mental health.
Self-care is different for everyone. It could be a walk in the countryside, a massage or taking time to read a book. It can be about making healthy lifestyle choices or taking part in actively managing a long-term condition.
Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some of our top tips for self-care that won’t break the bank:
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Drink lots of water
- Go for a brisk walk
- Take a relaxing bath
- Say no to something you don’t want to do
- Listen to your favourite music
- Watch your favourite film
- Make something healthy yet delicious for dinner
- Make a list of five or more things you like about yourself
- Spend time with loved ones
Self-care has many benefits, most of which are interlinked and include:
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- Improving your physical health – look after your body and become more attuned with its needs. Brush your teeth, exercise and make sure you get enough sleep
- Reducing stress and anxiety – stress has such a negative impact on our lives. Try to find time to relax. Why not think about meditation, breathing exercises or practicing yoga?
- Boosting your self-esteem – taking time out to look after yourself can improve the way you see yourself. Be kind to yourself. Studies show that people with higher self-esteem find it easier to deal with setbacks and are more likely to achieve goals of self improvement
- Protecting your mental health - trying to adopt a positive mindset can be a key part to improving mental and emotional wellbeing. Of course, this may not always be possible and at times negativity will naturally occur. Remember, it's ok not to be ok. Please reach out and talk to someone if you need to. Self-care is also about asking for help when you need it
- Better relationships - the happier and healthier you are, the more you can give to a relationship. It can be easy to put someone else’s needs first. You need to look after your own health too
The human energy system is made up of three main components - The Meridians, The Chakras and The Aura. I recently went on a fantastic Chakra and Aura Healing workshop to find out more, so I thought I would share with you some of what I learnt about Chakras.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means ‘wheel’ and it refers to the energy centres in your body. Where two or more channels of energy cross in the body, a chakra exists. The wheels of spinning energy correspond to certain nerve bundles and major organs.
Most Eastern traditions describe seven major chakras that are positioned along the midline of the body from the base of the spine to the top of your head. As well as the seven major chakras, there are some minor chakras (some claim up to 440).
To work at their best, chakras need to stay open, or be balanced. If they are blocked, a person may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra. They do go in and out of balance and alignment – this is natural. A healthy chakra is flexible, it vibrates and moves slightly in and out of balance. However, chakras can go too far out of balance and alignment that they take a long time to rebalance. This is when the chakra needs to be healed.
The seven main chakra’s are:
- Root chakra
- Sacral chakra
- Solar plexus chakra
- Heart chakra
- Throat chakra
- Brown (Third eye) chakra
- Crown chakra
Chakra colours follow the order of the colours of the rainbow:
- Red – Root chakra
- Orange – Sacral chakra
- Yellow – Solar Plexus chakra
- Green (or pink) – Heart chakra
- Blue (sapphire blue or turquoise) – Throat chakra
- Purple (or deep indigo) – Brow (Third eye) chakra
- White (sometimes purplish white) – crown chakra
There are a variety of ways you can unblock and open your chakras, including chakra meditations, crystals, using affirmations and making slight behavioral changes.
Benefits of Reflexology
I will be back at work in September, and still have some slots available if you would like to book a treatment. I am offering subscribers to my newsletter a 10% discount on treatments throughout September, so please get in touch if you are interested.
I also wanted to quickly update you, unfortunately I am currently taking a break from Indian Head Massage as I managed to break my stool! But hopefully I will be back up and running soon!
That's all for this month. I hope to see you soon.
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Love Andrea x