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October 2021 – Step 10 of a 12 Month Programme

Reclaim and Reward your spiritual side 

A suitable balance between Mind & Body stability is essential to good all-round health and so this month’s series of steps offers a guide designed to help you re-direct to a positive lifestyle.

Every day, plan to have a second that reminds you that existence is supposed to be enjoyed. It might be first thing in the morning - a cup of espresso and a final snuggle in mattress before you get up. Why not enjoy a late night listening to music or sipping a glass of chilled wine? It could be your yoga class as you pull in your muscles or meeting up with your friends for a night out.

We all recognise the sensation that existence is greater than ourselves and the experience of peace that comes with it. All you need to do is provide yourself the space to sense it…..

Reclaim time for yourself: We all realise there may be by no means sufficient time in the day, so making sure your time is your own as much as possible is vitally important to manage by creating space in your life to get those things you want and need to get done.

Here are five tips to taking back your time:

✅Leave work on time. Don't let your working day be hijacked by others.

✅Try not to postpone tasks you dread.

✅Give up the 'disease to please' - Learn to say no. Don't do favours for others when it doesn't suit you. Don't change your plans to fit in with others.

✅Go where other people are - increased social contact reduces stress.

✅Have a good laugh - positive emotions associated with laughter decrease stress hormones and increase certain immune cells.

Meditation gives peace of mind, relief from stress, brilliant ideas, better health and an enviable lightness of spirit. Follow these five simple steps to get the most out of meditation:

(1) Sit in any comfortable position and close your eyes.

(2) Relax each group of muscles in turn,

(3) Inhale through your nose

(4) Exhale through your nose. Repeat. When your mind wanders - and it will - observe your thoughts, then let them go and bring your focus back to your power word (peace).

(5) Gently come out of your meditation and stretch. Any time spent meditating is good.

Start with a few minutes and build up. 10 minutes a day can have a profoundly relaxing effect on your life. Finally, and most importantly, be positive!

Complementary Therapies –The Mind and body are inseparable, and our physical health is very important for our overall sense of well-being. There are many ways we can all promote and protect our physical and mental health: Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage (to name a few) are wonderful treatments to boost your motivation and commitment towards fitness.

So in October ………….

Ditch: The junk food. Opt for healthier options, sign up to our Bandboozled newsletter for delicious recipes to try.

Take up: Keeping a diary. Keep pen and paper by your bed and scribble dreams and thoughts.

Pat yourself on the back: Take time out for a long pampering soak with aromatherapy oils.


Article by Mamuna Arshad - Aesthetic & Lifestyle Specialist

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