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
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
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.
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
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
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
I am a useless meditator, if meditation demands I sit still doing nothing with my eyes closed. I would far rather lose my time in crochet, or knitting, reading or walking. But I recognise that time spent out of time is really valuable to a being. Meditation can:- Reduce stress Improve concentration Increase self-awareness Increase happiness Slow aging Benefit cardiovascular and immune health Seriously, what’s … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 13: Take Time to Meditate
It’s halfway through Advent: you’re driving the family wild with the list of things you have to get done, work is winding up or down (depending on the office) and you just want to escape. You don’t care where. Just to escape. Now is the time to take the evening off, with or without the rest of the household, and have a movie night. Get … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 12: Have a Christmas Movie Night Off