The Cornish Artisan's Wellness Guide March/April 2019
A five step guide to a more mindful way of living.
My Journey March/April
Every challenge that is presented in life whether it be personal or professional can provide us with an opportunity to heal. I prefer to view my life as a journey of spiritual growth. Every difficutly & challenge provides me with an opportunity to learn about my true self and adjust my life accordingly in keeping with my natural wellbeing. The last couple of months for me have been particularly challenging and uncomfortable but allowing myself space to really connect with my feelings and observe myself as an onlooker has been a vital part of understanding myself on a deeper level. The key lesson for me over these last two months have been about boundaries. Knowing when to say no, when to retreat, rest, relax. Putting healthy boundaries in place is a way of clearly stating to the world what we do and don’t want in our life. Listening carefully to what our body is communicating, honouring our needs first. To support myself through the challenging times I follow these simple steps below.
5 step Guide to Wellness
STEP ONE: AWARENESS
Awareness means slowing down, connecting to your breath and allowing yourself space to connect with your internal communications. To encourage personal awareness there are any number of techniques to use but my personal favourite at the moment is a tea ritual which involves taking time for yourself and connecting with yourself in the present moment. The Cornish Artisan ‘Loose Leaf Herbal Tea Blends’ are available to buy below, you can read more about my tea rituals here.
STEP TWO: BREATHE
Being aware of how we breathe helps us to become aware of how we live. It’s often easy to forget the power of our breath, so here I am reminding you to take a few minutes to enjoy some slow, deep breaths and feel your body relax. Some important things to think about during this exercise is how your breath feels within your body, is it shallow, and rapid or slow and steady ? I recommend setting a regular time in your day to take 2-5 minutes just focused on your breath. Why not combine your morning skin care ritual with your daily breath work. Follow our skin care steps for a relaxed start to the day.
Wellbeing Tool Kit
STEP THREE: MIND
Become aware of what you’re thinking right now, is the thought negative or positive? Once you become aware of your thoughts you give yourself the power to change the thought there and then, replace it with the positive version. Remember, it is JUST a thought and thoughts CAN be CHANGED! Our thoughts have an energy behind them which dictates how we feel. Thoughts that have stemmed from fear, such as anger, frustration, resentment,guilt, shame and envy have an intense but low vibration to them which means when you experience thoughts of this nature on a regular basis they create low feelings like anxiety, depression, mental and physical illness. Thoughts that have stemmed from Love hold a high vibration and make you feel good, the more positive thoughts we have the better we feel. Again ask yourself right now -Is this thought rooted in fear or love?- Does it feel negative or positive?
Wellbeing Tool Kit
STEP FOUR: BODY
Our body is continually communicating to us of its needs. We all live such a fast-paced, busy life now, we often don’t give ourselves the space to hear what our body is communicating to us. A headache or backache can be passed off as a normal part of our stressful day and so we simply continue our routine. Physical symptoms are our bodies way of expressing an inbalance or disharmony. The exercise I am going to share with you next will help you to realise your body is on your side, and that taking care of these everyday ailments is vital for your longterm wellness. Beginning with your feet, tighten the muscles of both feet and hold for a few seconds then release; work your way up throughout the whole body, taking note of where you are holding tension and/or pain. Once you are aware of where you are holding your tension you will then have the power to change how you feel. Consciously trying to relax those areas through your breath is an empowering way of releasing any tension.
Wellbeing tool kit
STEP 5 : JOURNAL
Journalling can be so cathartic, not only can we begin to acknowledge how we feel we can be open and honest about our thoughts and feelings expressing them onto paper. This allows us to declutter our minds, observe our thoughts allow them to flow onto paper. This is rather a creative process of expression. Our heads become overloaded with information & continual thoughts, worries and negativity. Writing (journalling) helps us to create space for new positive thought processes. Spending less time in our heads helps us to connect more fully with our body & our inner needs.
Nature continually offers support. It makes total sense to me to utilise the gifts that Mother Earth bestows upon us. I hope that these wellness steps along with my recommended wellbeing tool kit of natural products can support you too through the challenges of daily life. xx