A Self Care Christmas Day 21: Recording Memories Can be as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Do you keep a journal? I mean a diary where you write down thoughts and emotions? A record of events and more? Research shows that journalling can boost mood, health and more. It frees up expression, lets you vent emotions without fear of comeback, unless the source of you annoyances gets a look, and it lets you unburden your mind freely. I don’t know about … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 21: Recording Memories Can be as Easy as 1, 2, 3

A Self Care Christmas Day 20: What’s the Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer?

Do I need to tell you how good it feels to sing? Like, really sing as if nobody is looking at you? Stick on a track, pump up the volume and go for it? Singing is good for your health, mentally and physically. It boost those pesky feel-good hormones, pumps up your heart, makes you smile, makes you more mentally alert, boosts your immune system… … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 20: What’s the Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer?

A Self Care Christmas Day 19: Indulge in some Seasonal Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy is the use of selected texts and excerpts to lift the mood. I never realised until recently that you can actually get training in it, like, be a qualified bibliotherapist. I thought that just came automatically with being a worker in a bookshop. I think we all have our go-to texts that lift our moods and keep us from falling too low. I know … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 19: Indulge in some Seasonal Bibliotherapy

A Self Care Christmas Day 18: Decorate Your House for Optimal Health

Healthy and Christmas treats don’t usually appear in the same sentence, do they? My self care Christmas today is to use your brain and think before you just buy and stick out the usual suspects. That box of Roses chocolates or Cadbury’s Heroes may look enticing, but really? Do you need to eat them all the way through December? Do you still want to be … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 18: Decorate Your House for Optimal Health

A Self Care Christmas Day 17: Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.

I hope there are no superstitious actors amongst my readers… otherwise the title will need to be changed. I was reminded this last weekend of the power of a decent night’s sleep in keeping a person happy, well and fully functional. My two youngest children both developed a bad cold and cough while I was away in Durham, and the only advice I could give … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 17: Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.

Self Care Christmas Day 16: Let Your Light Shine

In A Christmas Carol (the book, not the movies) there is a part after Ebeneezer Scrooge (spoiler alert!!) comes to love Christmas and his fellow men when he goes for a walk along the streets of London Town. He went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted children on the head, and questioned beggars, and … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 16: Let Your Light Shine

Self Care Christmas Day 15: Be Your Own Secret Santa

I am a mother of three. I think that needs to be said now. I love my children dearly, and never more so than at Christmas when giving presents to them and watching their faces light up when they get the very gift they wanted. It’s a good feeling to give. It’s harder to receive, though. So much of what we get given isn’t actually … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 15: Be Your Own Secret Santa

Self Care Christmas Day 14: The Benefits of Kindness

If something was available free on prescription that could boost your mood, lower anxiety, increase satisfaction in relationships and improve your physical health as well, wouldn’t you take it? Well, that free thing is kindness. Yup. Being kind to other people has such a positive effect on you, it’s as good as being selfish. And we’re not talking major philanthropic works here, we’re talking about … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 14: The Benefits of Kindness