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Well hello December! I can’t believe December is here and we are now on the run up to Christmas. In some ways it’s been a long year, but in other ways it seems to have gone by in a flash. There are so many things I am grateful for this year and hope that in 2022 we will start to see some positive changes.

Sorry I was quiet in November. It was a really busy month with my other job and also two pamper events where I was offering taster reflexology treatments. I also had a week away in the Brecon Beacons with Nick, which was well needed and thoroughly enjoyable. It was good to get outside in the fresh air, and enjoy some walks including a hike to the top of Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales. It was great to have a change of scenery and spend some time recharging the very worn out batteries! I felt like a different person when I got back!

Boost your wellbeing this winter

We all need good mental health and wellbeing – it's essential to living happy and healthy lives.

Looking after your mental health is not something we should just do if we are struggling, or feeling low, anxious or stressed. It's actually something we should think about all the time and really invest in, just like with our physical health.

Reflexology can help to improve your wellbeing but what else can you do. Here are some tips that can hopefully make a big difference:

  • Reframe unhelpful thoughts – the way that we think, feel and behave are linked. At times we can develop patterns of thoughts or behaviours that are unhelpful. Recognising this, and taking steps to think about things differently, can improve your mental health and wellbeing
  • Be in the present – Take some time to be aware of yourself and be in the present moment, noticing your thoughts and feelings, and the world around us. This can help gain a better perspective
  • Get good sleep – I know this can be hard at times! But good quality sleep can make a huge difference to how we feel mentally and physically. It’s important we get enough sleep!
  • Connect with others - Spending quality time with friends or family, talking to someone about how are you feeling or finding ways to help other people can all help stop you from feeling lonely and improve your mental health and wellbeing
  • Live a healthy life – Be active. Enjoy the outdoors. Have a healthy, balanced diet. All of these will impact on how you feel in a positive way! Try to cut back on alcohol and caffeine – that’s also hard!! But it will have a positive impact on your mood
  • Do something for yourself – this morning I spent an hour in bed with my book, and I loved every minute of it. It is important to do things that make you feel happy. You could try a new hobby or learn a new skill

You can find more on the Every Mind Matters website.

Getting active

Now it’s getting colder and darker in the evenings, often exercise can take a back seat. You may be like me and find any excuse just to sit on the sofa under a blanket!

But we need to remember exercise is not only good for our physical health but our mental health too. We need to change how we think about 'exercise' and not just associate it with something we have to do or should do to keep fit or lose weight but instead associate it with our 'whole' wellbeing and the positive impact it has.

You don’t have to join an expensive gym. There is lots of free online content out there to get you moving and help you be more active. My personal favourites include Joe Wicks (AKA The Body Coach) but I have recently started doing exercise with Heather Robertson too. I also regularly go to Zumba and Pilates. 

Mental health charity Mind also has new #MakeYourMove videos which are 15 minutes long, free and can all be done inside. No special equipment needed.

Whether you like dancing, boxing, or taking part in balance, strength or mindfulness exercises this new series on We Are Undefeatable's YouTube channel is worth checking out.

Take a look at these videos which have been created especially for people with long term health conditions, who may experience the common symptoms associated with these, such as pain, stiffness and fatigue.

Did you know?

Reflexology can aid deep relaxation and release of tension, it can improve sleep and help reduce anxiety, and may improve both emotional and physical wellbeing. Find out more about reflexology on my website.

Gift Vouchers Available

If you are looking for a  special Christmas gift for a friend or family members, why not treat them to a reflexology gift voucher? Each voucher can be swapped for a 50-minute reflexology session at my treatment room in Arborfield. I am offering them for a special price of £35. Contact me to arrange delivery or collection.

I am closing my doors for the Christmas break on Friday 17 December until Tuesday 4 January. I have a few slots available before then. My diary is also open for January so please get in touch if you would like to book a treatment. I’d love to see you for a relaxing treatment.

I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy new year.

If you haven’t seen my Facebook and Instagram pages please take a look and give it a like (if you do!)

Stay safe and well

Love Andrea x

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