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We all need a bit of pampering every now and then, something to lift your spirits and make you feel good. What’s your secret feel-good tonic? Mine is time with my grandchildren, reading, and sitting in the garden when it’s warm enough to do so. I also love a stroll on one of the beautiful South Downs links which we are lucky enough to live nearby.

Here are some ideas for you to try…

  1. Nurturing yourself in nature. Studies have shown that spending time in nature boosts mental and physical health. You might live in a city, or just feel you never have enough time to get outside but with the lighter nights, you could always go after work. Take note of all the beautiful little things, such as insects and buds. Take some pictures with your smartphone to remind you of your walk-in nature.
  2. Say yes to having some time playing as playfulness can boost your productivity. Over Christmas, our family played more board games during that time that we had done all year. We laughed so much that I said we (our family) should meet up once a month for a board night so we could replicate the ones we had over Christmas. So, either once a week or once a month play a board game instead of watching TV.
  3. Eat regularly if you want to swerve the rollercoaster of enough highs and lows that occur when eating sugary foods. We all know the right food makes us feel better but make a conscious effort to plan your week’s food to include lots of B vitamins, and reach for eggs, nuts, avocados and greens. Lean protein gives the body fuel to repair and build tissues.
  4. Have a go at meditating as it can be used not just for relaxation, but to boost your mood and energy levels. There are a ton of videos on UTube you can follow to help relax your brain which allows for more optimal function in the brain and body which then leads to more energy overall.
  5. Buy some beautiful essential oils particular lavender which has long been established with promoting relaxation. Lots of other scents like peppermint, rosemary and bergamot oil are good to boost your energy. They can be used in a diffuser to make the whole house smell lovely. I used to have a regular aromatherapy massage and my therapist would make a mixture of lavender with other oils to help me relax and I still use those oils in my diffuser. They remind me of how relaxed I used to feel after each session.
  6. Treat yourself to a houseplant which has now become very popular and therapeutic. Houseplants don’t just add colour to your home, they also help clean the air and provide more oxygen and they have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression. There is nothing like watching your plant grow. Some of the best energy-boosting plants are jasmine, rosemary, and peace Lillie. Peace lilies as said to promote peace and tranquillity, remove toxins and increase positive energy and are one the easiest plants to keep.
  7. Buy yourself some fresh flowers. This small happy thing could lead you to enjoy creating flower arrangements as a hobby or even making things out of the flowers from pressing them to drying them. Living wreaths are all the rage now and there are lots of one-day workshops you could try and is such a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.
  8. Go to the cinema for a change. I have some of my most vivid childhood memories of when we used to sneak snacks and a drink in our bags to enjoy while watching a matinee. There are also lots of small cinemas which were old theatres being used more now and some show some of the old films we all used to watch.
  9. Plan a special trip. I wrote a list of 30 things I wanted to try and achieve this year and one of them was to go to see a show in London. My best friend and I have just booked to go and see one and to also have afternoon tea at The Ritz beforehand. Something which has been on my bucket list for a long time.
  10. Keep in touch with your friends. If you cannot make it out to see them then book a Zoom call and sit with your glass of wine like you would if you were out and have a good catch up. I use a great site called Jackie Lawson ecards as she makes the most beautiful ecards which have music and move and sometimes, I will send all my friends one each just to say I was thinking of them. Friendship is very precious and a chat with a friend can make you feel tons better.
  11. Take up a new hobby. This is something I could not manage without and I have a number of hobbies including reading, making cards, painting, baking and of course blogging. The list is endless.

Source: Jackie Lawson, The Ritz, Back Pain Blog


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