I feel that there are a mixed bag of feelings and opinions when it comes to life quotes, regardless of your opinion, you cannot deny that they are EVERYWHERE. Some come in the form of memes (which seem to have seeped into every form of social media), some in quotes from influential characters and others appear in everyday conversation. How many times has someone said to you, it will all seem better in the morning? Or even just a simple, life goes on?
Yes you can argue, they are just words BUT, said or read at the right time, these mere words can have a surprising influence on how you're feeling.
Five Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Children
Working with mindfulness has become a relatively new practice which I believe would have benefited my youth had I used it when I was growing up. Mindfulness is a complex explanation for children to understand so one way of simplifying the teaching is to use the word “awareness”. This is literally noticing our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. There are many activities you can do to help children to actually experience “being mindful” - they sometimes won’t even know they are doing it themselves.
I am addicted to buying skincare products. You name it, I’ve tried it. At the age of 13 I started getting spots, since then I have been hooked on trying the latest, most expensive product to make my skin feel smooth and spot free. I buy skincare products from a variety of places, even the local pharmacy, but I never thought to go to my own kitchen cupboard. After years of spending a small fortune on skincare, I have only recently asked myself the question, what am I actually paying for?
Have you ever read the ingredients list on the back of your facial scrub? I have! I naively assumed that by stating that it is a ‘natural based & paraben free’ scrub, I would be safe.
Water - why is it so important?
Water makes up to 60% of an adult’s body weight (75% of an infant’s body weight) and performs many vital roles including carrying nutrients and waste products between our major organs, helping to regulate body temperature, lubricating our joints and acting as a shock absorber. In order to stay healthy we need to drink water and remain hydrated.
Hydration is a term we often hear referred to when we are exposed to hot temperatures, or after exercise when we have visibly lost lots of water through sweat, but the reality is that we need to take on about 2.5 litres for men and 2.0 litres for women everyday regardless.
Mindful Tea - Practicing Happiness
It has been brought to my attention that I am distracted. Never before have I been so consumed by my phone; social media, the news, messages. The last thing I do before I go to sleep and the first thing I do when I awaken, involves my phone. I have found social occasions have become device-orientated. From pictures to messages, to updates, we seem to have become prisoners to them. For me, the real enjoyment comes from genuine human to human interaction. The distraction stops real interaction and we loose time where we could be doing something. Being connected to people in real-time is where I am truly present. I realised on Saturday morning whilst making a cup of tea, that the ritual of tea making requires presence.