Did I Take Life For Granted?

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I guess the answer to the question is yes! But maybe we all did? Seeing my friends and family as and when I wanted. As I sit and write this post, it’s hard to recollect what normal life feels like and I can’t quite believe we’ve been in lockdown since the 23rd March. I’m sure, like many of you, we wouldn’t have ever believed this could or would happen.

Lockdown has definitely taught me that I love routine and more importantly, I need it. The first few weeks I really struggled. I missed working a lot, seeing my clients and generally feeling useful. I guess I no longer felt I had much of a purpose. One of the many things I love about my job is making people feel good, helping them glow with confidence and I think I felt sad that all of that had temporarily been taken away, with no real idea of when it would be coming back.

One of the things that has really helped me is having a good old hinch around the house. For anyone reading this and has no idea what I’m talking about, be sure to check out Mrs Hinch on Instagram. It has certainly helped calm my mind when anxiety creeps in, plus I love cleaning and organising so its a win win because it’s really helped me feel like I’ve achieved something.

No matter who we are, our mental health is fragile and can affect any one of us at anytime. So getting out in the fresh air, taking a walk has been really good. Its also been lovely to walk locally and discover different places that I didn’t even know were on my doorstep.

Self care is so underrated and was clearly not something I used to do enough of. It’s only now, I can see that! Isn’t it funny how life works sometimes? Relaxing with a glass of bubbles, a beautiful Gatcombe Candle and doing a “at home” Sienna X facial has certainly helped calm my thoughts before bed.

With all the madness of practically the whole world going to sleep, it’s certainly made me notice the little things and be grateful for each and every one of them. Spending time at home in the garden, listening to the morning song of the birds and the beautiful sunshine.  It’s almost like mother nature stepped in and insisted we all stopped, learnt to appreciate the little things and gave us beautiful weather to enjoy it all.

I hope you are okay and that brighter days lay ahead for us all.

Love, Nina x

Why Your Self Care Matters Now More Than Ever

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Self care is something we often forget to make a priority at the best of times, but now more than ever I really think it matters. With the recent Coronavirus situation changing many of our lives, I wanted to share some tips with you on how you can incorporate a little self care into your life.

Start Something New…

Do you have a hobby? If not, maybe now is the perfect time to start. What do you like doing? What helps relax your mind and just escape for a while? Up to now, I’d never really had a hobby, I’m a bit of a workaholic, so planning work things, even on my days off didn’t really feel like work because I enjoyed it. But I came to realise, I needed something more; so at I’ve taken this opportunity to try my hand at learning modern calligraphy.

Create an Evening Routine…

First of all, I light my favourite scented candle, this for me is always from the Gatcombe Candle Co. range. These candles are by far, the best I’ve ever had. The stunning scents are out of this world and really help me to relax. I loved them so much, I became a stockist!

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When it comes to my skincare, I’ve been using products that are infused with essential oils such as The Cleansing Balm and The Facial Oil from Sienna X. Not only do these products feel amazing on my skin, they also help to relax my senses too. My final step for my facial is using The Miracle Mask, I  lay on my bed allowing the mask to do its magic, close my eyes and listen to relaxing music while the beautiful scent of Tigerlilly Blossom fills my room.

Calm Your Mind…

If you are like me and struggle to switch off before bed, maybe try an audio book or podcast. There are lots of different categories to choose from, so something for everyone. This just helps to quieten my thoughts and relax, allowing me to get a better nights sleep.

I hope you’ve found this useful, if you have any tips, feel free to share them with me in a comment below. In the meantime, stay safe.

Love,

Nina x