OK, so we’re heading towards winter in the UK. At the time of writing there is heavy rain and flooding and it’s dark at 4pm. With the shorter days and lively kids, an appreciation of the simple things in life and remaining positive can be a real challenge even for the most proactive mums.
So what practical tips can we adopt to lift our spirits and entertain our lively ‘festive fuelled’ children? Robbie William’s new song has such positive lyrics, why not make it your mantra? “I love my life, I am powerful, I am beautiful, I am free I love my life, I am wonderful, I am magical, I am me.” We all have worries and situations to manage which fall on our shoulders, so let’s concentrate on what we love about our lives. It is well known that our thoughts become our feelings, so having a positive mantra can help both our mental and physical well-being.
The following mood changers engage our senses and when practised on a daily basis can become wonderful new and positive habits, with great mental and physical results.
1. Introduce wonderful music to your life. What do you listen to? Make a new playlist and indulge your well-being with sound.
2. Create an inviting atmosphere using essential oils to either calm or energise through the sense of smell. Try energising and invigorating oils such as orange, rosemary or lemon. For stress relief use jasmine, lavender, ylang ylang, or clary sage. Experiment with the scent and properties of these wonderful essential oils and find what works well for you.
3. Get your taste buds tingling and make a hearty, warming and nourishing soup. Try adding fresh aromatic herbs or some freshly grated ginger for extra flavour.
4. Nourish your skin (the biggest organ of the body) and improve how you feel physically. Try dry body brushing before showering to promote healthier skin and to help banish cellulite. Apply massage oil and lotion to feel soothed and promote a great sense of wellbeing from head to toe.
5. Surround yourself with nature. Get outside and breathe in the fresh air to release stress. Take in the beauty of the last of the autumn colours. Getting outside even in-between the showers is energising and great for us all to let off steam. Go on a nature trail and collect pine cones or conkers. Release your inner child. It may feel easier to stay indoors, or to take the car but why not get your waterproofs and wellies on? Show me a child (or adult) who doesn’t enjoy jumping and splashing in puddles.
6. Stock up on Vitamin D to make up for the lack of sunshine in winter. Studies show keeping levels up by taking a supplement in the winter months may help prevent seasonal infections and colds. Those most at risk of deficiency are pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children.
7. Treat yourself to flowers and bring nature into your home and surround yourself with beauty.
8. Adopt a positive and powerful mantra. We are the role models to our children and they are mini me’s observing our habits and often repeating what we say. Why not remind ourselves and our little ones that we are “powerful, beautiful and wonderful”, as per Robbie’s song, and have fun making this your mantra in front of the mirror with your children.
9. Meditate for just 5 minutes per day regularly. There are many meditations readily available online, so find one that resonates with you for a sense of calm and peacefulness.
10. Adopt a superwoman power pose, i.e. hands on hips, legs shoulder width apart, chest out and chin up. Your body language shapes who you are and how you feel. Science shows that our testosterone levels rise and our cortisol reduces when we adopt the power pose for just two minutes. It’s really that simple. If you need further convincing check out Amy Cuddy’s TED talk and feel inspired by her personal story shared towards the end of the 15-minute video. Here’s the link: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are#t-6961
Donna Kenny is a hypnotherapist and weight loss coach. She is committed to helping women create balance and harmony when they are frazzled, by helping them change their mindset. In addition to her client based work Donna co-founded Women to Inspire Me, a community for women to come together, inspire one another and raise money for charity. Donna is a skilled hypnotherapist and trained with Paul McKenna and Dr Richard Bandler, the co-creator of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. To read more about Donna, click here
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