New year, new you. Are you sick of hearing it yet?

Every time a new year rolls around people set out to make positive changes and better themselves, whether that be lose weight, travel, quit smoking or exercise more.

All of which are great – but these are big changes, sometimes costly and ultimately can make us feel rubbish if we fail to meet the expectations we have placed on ourselves.

So this year, I have decided to make some changes, yes, but I have chosen to make small ones, manageable, bite size things that I hope will accumulate in me feeling more fulfilled, productive, and HAPPY!

Happiness is the holy grail for us all surely? Well to achieve this, I’m starting very close to home. In the words of the king of pop himself, “I’m starting with the (wo)man in the mirror”.

Self Care

Self care might sound selfish, but it really isn’t. When you do something nice for somebody else, think of the feeling you get. Why shouldn’t we feel that way about doing something nice for ourselves? While self-pampering doesn’t always lead to major improvements in overall health the way healthy diet and exercise do, the relaxation you get from it can trigger the relaxation response, which can prevent chronic stress from damaging your health, so in a sense, selfcare is good for you inside and out.

So this year, instead of spending every week night glued to the box and mindlessly eating fruit gums, I have decided to action some ‘me time’. Whilst Netflix certainly still has it’s place – I love a Sunday afternoon box set marathon – I am aware I spend an awful lot of time engrossed in other people’s lives, whether that be through trashy reality shows or  via social media.

Reading, writing, cooking, exercising, seeing friends and actually leaving the house throughout the working week are things I rarely do, but are things I love. So I have made a plan to fill my evenings with lots of tech free activity.

Last night I started with cooking a vegan dinner and portioning my lunches for the week, and then running a lovely hot bath and soaking for a good hour with nothing but some background music and a couple of flickering candles. Corny as it might sound, it was actually a revelation!

Olverum

We have all heard of aromatherapy which uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.

Well I am embracing this holistic therapy full throttle and I can whole heartedly recommend Olverum Oil for your regular soaks. If you have trouble sleeping, which I do, try this close to bed time and you might feel the restful benefits I have been enjoying!

The oil is a unique and luxurious aromatic blend of essential oils – Siberian fir Needle, Lavandin, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, True Lavender, Lime, Juniper and Geranium,  which combine to ease stress and relax tension in both mind and body, bringing you back to your complete and natural self.

Olverum Bath Oil is highly concentrated and only half a capful (5ml) is needed per bath. Accordingly, virtually all the oil is absorbed by the skin leaving no greasy residue in the bath after use. Add half a capful to a run warm bath. Disperse the oil with your hand. Relax, restore, renew.

Written by  a very relaxed Joanne Brook-Smith 

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