All is Calm, All is Bright: Smiles

When I look back at my childhood Christmases, the one facial expression I remember most often is a smile. The smile on my brother’s face as he opened up that much-longed-for LP, the smile on my Nan’s voice as she opened up a cheap, tacky present carefully chosen and paid for by a grandchild, the smile on everybody’s face as we ate a carefully prepared … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Smiles

All is Calm, All is Bright: Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Beauty is only skin deep. Beauty. It’s a peculiar word, and it means different things to different people. It’s quite possible to think of beauty just as a physical attribute, but I think real beauty in people is always more to do with their nature than their looks. The … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: Beauty

All is Calm, All is Bright: The 24 words of Christmas.

I love the Hygge Nook. If you’re into positive, calm, welcoming, friendly places on the internet, you could do worse than join it, even if you have to join Facebook for the purpose. It is one of the kindest, most inspiring places I know, so much so that I have the link straight to it on my home page. I no longer need to see … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright: The 24 words of Christmas.

A Self Care Christmas Day 24: Only Connect!

Well, tomorrow’s the Big Day: it’s finally here after all the shopping, decorating, cleaning, running about and visiting. Too late to do anything else now, the Event will happen whether I’m ready or not. And I think I am ready. I think I am going to celebrate Christmas this year in a quieter fashion than before, more aware of the space I need to be … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 24: Only Connect!

A Self Care Christmas Day 23: Give Yourself the Gift of Time

There are two days left until Christmas. If you’re anything like me, these two days pass in an overwhelming cloud of lists and lists of things to do, people to see, food to shop for, gifts to finish off… Just yesterday my Husband looked at me and said, “It’s only one day. Why do you drive yourself like this?” To be honest, I’ve cut back … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 23: Give Yourself the Gift of Time

A Self Care Christmas Day 22: Plan a Pamper Session with your Best Friend

pamper ˈpampə/ verb indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness; spoil. Today a pamper party is taken as a meeting of (usually) women in the home or at a spa and with the avowed intent of having a range of beauty treatments or therapies to leave them feeling perfectly spoiled. I’ve written before of the hyggely benefits of a pamper evening, and I’m all in … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 22: Plan a Pamper Session with your Best Friend

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?