In your fifties your body starts to deteriorate more rapidly. We all know what we are supposed to be doing to stay healthy and there are anti ageing articles and products all around us. Regular readers of this blog will be armed with many facts on how to slow the process down. But let me make it clear you cannot anti age and you cannot reverse the process. Those that try hard to look younger end up looking older. HOWEVER you CAN slow the process. I know you are intelligent lot and these days women are armed with great knowledge but are you actually putting that knowledge into practise ?? So let me put it into one age defying capsule for you today and look at the three areas where you can make changes TODAY. Food , exercise and mental activity………..
Eat well but limit the portion size. Portion sizes have increased over the years eat on smaller plates at home or share a main if eating out with friends or even order a starter portion. As you get older you need less food and your metabolism slows down. I personally eat one meal a day between 2-4 pm and at 56 i am still a healthy size 10. I have a green smoothie at midday loaded with goodness (find the recipe under the ‘Food’ section.
There is a growing consensus now that breakfast is a meal to be skipped to enable you to consume less calories, But also the longer you can wait to break your fast from the day before the better it is for your body and your joints to rest and rejuvenate them. Time restricted eating is the best thing you can do for your body as you get older even if you follow this pattern Monday to Friday then let loose on the weekends. Try to give your bodys’ digestive system a complete break when you can from 6PM to maybe midday the following day. This has been shown to bring inflammation down within the internal organs and the joints. Eating often throughout the day to stoke the metabolism has now been disproven as a method to lose weight and the must eat a big breakfast mantra began in the 1920s by breakfast food manufacturers.
Do not deny yourself foods that you love but in moderation. In your fifties healthy eating must become a way of life give up on the ‘diets’ and learn to make great meals containing fresh unprocessed ingredients. Simple uncomplicated meals can bring great pleasure to the senses. I particularly love the Hemsley sisters recipes. ITS ALL EASY by Gwyneth Paltrow and EAT, NOURISH,GLOW by Amelia Freer. Most of these meals can be put together in the time it takes to have a takeaway delivered. Once you start to eat clean you wont want to pollute your body with dirty food again. Excess SUGAR in your diet is one of the fastest ways to age your skin and your body try to avoid it where possible. But of course allow yourself a red wine or even a clean spirit like agave tequila !!! Drink more water as you get older your body needs to be constantly hydrated to work correctly and also skin looks more plumped at least 2 litres a day.
Have fun discovering wonderful food and clean up your diet in small steps to give your skin a healthy glow and fill your body with energy and reducing inflammation start today to slow the ageing process and prevent you from dealing with early on set illnesses due to proper nutrition.
Look out for more clean eating recipes on this site as it has been my obsession for many years. I hope it becomes yours.
I am a big fan of Yoga and pilates more gentle yet strengthening exercise regime that also provides mental clarity and anti stress benefits. While weight control is 80% of what we eat and less about exercise, but exercise certainly slows the ageing process down. I personally am not a fan of high octane exercise like running and aerobics as they can be impactive on older joints and the Japanese believe that you only have so many breaths in your body so to continually be overworking the heart cause a shorter life. But I AM an advocate of you doing what YOU love as long as you are moving. A beautiful walk every day can be wonderful for destressing , getting fit and slowing the ageing process. Or a competitive sport such as tennis, badminton, volleyball etc where you have to keep score and form strategy can be great for mental health as well as not feeling like exercise if you are enjoying the activity and the company.
A quick word about weight training . Buy yourself some hand weights and use them a few times a day, whilst your waiting for the kettle to boil it is important to strengthen your bones and muscles with weight bearing exercises to prevent /delay oesteoporosis .
The message here is just keep moving , every day to delay ageing but enjoy whatever it is you are doing. Lets keep that body oiled rather than rusty.
Also important to keep the mind oiled too. Regular followers can follow the Midweek Mantras on this site posted every Wednesday for tasks and inspirations to restore mental wellbeing or binge the blog history if in need of lots of Mentaal inspiration to kick start you out of a rut. Keep a Gratitude Journal to keep you positive. Three things every morning that you are grateful for , it is a way of training the neuron pathways in your brain. Buy a lovely notebook and a pen in a beautiful coloured ink. This works try it. Also it is important as we get older to continue learning, no guys this does not have to be a major programme you are undertaking like a Masters degree or a new language. How about Renaissance Art or French Wines ? Combine books with heading to Art Galleries or Wine Tastings. Make new friends with these common interests providing stimulating conversations. Sudoku, crosswords to exercise the mental agility side of your mind as well as the creative. Learning a musical instrument via the many apps available has been proven to keep a mind young , you are never to old to start learning.
Stress is the biggest ager both on the outside and the inside. So try to combat stress wherever necessary. But this is one thing that DOES improve with age the ability to cope with stress and view life differently , in a more relaxed manner. Yoga and Pilates as mentioned before really does help with this it is a workout for the mind as well as the body and also regulates deep breathing. Combatting stress is a lengthy subject and deserves an article all on its own and I am sure that by now you have this covered.
SO LET IT GO !
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: TO ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE….PUT LIFE IN YOUR YEARS !!!
INSPIRATION, NOTES AND TASKS TO LIGHTEN YOUR MENTAL MOOD AND STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.
TWO FISHERMAN ARE OUT FISHING ON THE RIVERBANK THEY THROW ALL THE SMALL FISH BACK INTO THE RIVER THEN ONE OF THEM LANDS A SUPER BIG FISH , HE MEASURES IT, THEN THROWS IT BACK. THE OTHER FISHERMAN ASTONISHED ASKS WHY HE THREW IT BACK. “ITS TOO BIG TO FIT INTO MY FRYING PAN, ANYTHING LARGER THAN MY FRYING PAN I THROW BACK BECAUSE I CAN’T COOK IT !”
THE UNIVERSE IS OFFERING ALL OF US ABUNDANCE AND UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES BUT IF YOUR PERSONAL VESSEL IS SMALL OR LIMITED YOU CANNOT FIT IT ALL IN. SO WE HAVE TO EXPAND OUR VESSEL AND OUR VISION.
SO ARE YOU DREAMING BIG ?
ARE YOU LIMITING POSSIBILITIES UNINTENTIONALLY ?
IS YOUR THINKING SMALL ?
ARE YOU RESTRICTING WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ?
SO TODAY THINK BIGGER HOW CAN YOU EXPAND YOUR DESIRES FOR A BETTER LIFE.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: AIM FOR THE MOON SO AT LEAST YOU WILL GET THE STARS.
THOUGHTS, INSPIRATION OR TASKS TO REJUVENATE AND LIFT YOUR SPIRITS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK.
WALLOW IN SORROW
WELL IT IS NOT OFTEN THAT YOU HEAR THIS FROM ME, OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. OUR MIDWEEK MANTRA IS FOCUSSED ON STAYING POSITIVE AND FIGHTING ANY NEGATIVE NOTIONS IN YOUR MIND. BUT I FEEL THAT INCREASINGLY WE ARE SURROUNDED BY MEDIA AND “EXPERTS” THAT ARE CONTINUALLY TELLING US ITS BAD TO FEEL DOWN AND WE ARE BEING FED AN IDEALISED WORLD WHERE WE ARE ONLY WORTHY IF WE ARE SMILEY AND POSITIVE.
BUT LIFE IS A ROLLERCOASTER (THANKS RONAN FOR THAT ONE !!) A SERIES OF UPS AND YES DOWNS AND WE CAN ONLY RECOGNISE THE UPS BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE DOWNS TOO.
SO THIS WEEK I WANT YOU TO EMBRACE THE IDEA THAT FEELING LOW OR SAD ON ANY GIVEN DAY IS OKAY AND IS IN FACT TOTALLY NORMAL. IT WOULD BE ABNORMAL TO NEVER FEEL DOWN.
THE NEXT DAY YOU FEEL LOW TOTALLY EMBRACE IT . ACKNOWLEDGE HOW YOU FEEL . DO NOTHING BUT …..WALLOW. DONT FIGHT IT , FEEL IT !
JOJO STYLELIST TIP: SADNESS IS NORMAL BUT IF YOU ARE FEELING SAD FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD AND FOR NO IDENTIFIABLE REASON. THEN SEEK HELP AND TALK TO SOMEONE.
“INSPIRATION , THOUGHTS AND TASKS TO ELEVATE YOUR MOOD AND RESTORE MENTAL CLARITY AND GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.
LOCKDOWN LIFT UP
TODAY I JUST WANT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A SINGLE INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT TO FOCUS ON. IT CONTINUES TO BE A DIFFICULT TIME FOR MANY OF US AS WE START TO RE ESTABLISH AND RE BUILD OUR LIVES AS THEY RETURN TO NORMAL. SOME OF US WILL HAVE A NEW NORMAL THAT WE WILL HAVE TO ADJUST TO YET SOME MAYBE EMBRACING THEIR NEW NORMAL.
I SINCERELY HOPE THAT MANY OF MY FOLLOWERS USED THE LOCKDOWN TIME WISELY WITH A PERIOD OF SELF REFLECTION AND MANAGED TO PAUSE AND PRESS A RESET BUTTON TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES AND RE ESTABLISH PRIORITIES. AS THE VALUABLE TIME WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL MAY NEVER COME AGAIN.
OF COURSE SOME OF YOU HAVE LOST LOVED ONES DURING THIS TIME AND I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A SOURCE OF STRENGTH AND SUPPORT AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER ………………….”
SO HERE IS YOUR MANTRA TO FOCUS ON EVERY MORNING FOR THE NEXT WEEK , OR WHENEVER YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO.
DIFFICULT ROADS LEAD TO BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS………
JOJOSTYLELIST TIP: THE ROAD CONTINUES TO LOOK BRIGHTER AS WE CONTINUE TO TRAVEL DOWN IT (EXCEPT IF YOU ARE ON THE M4 !!)
WITH THE LOCKDOWN STILL IN FULL SWING BUT WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF RETURNING TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS , WHAT BETTER TIME THAN TO TREAT YOURSELF TO AN AT HOME SPA DAY. THE BEAUTY OF BEING IN YOUR OWN HOME IN THE PEACE AND QUIET….AND NO ONE SEEING YOU WITHOUT YOUR MAKE UP ON. SO LETS TAKE YOU THROUGH YOUR SPA RITUAL FOR TODAY………
FIRST OF ALL GET ALL YOUR CHORES, EMAILS AND TELEPHONE CALLS OUT OF THE WAY. MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS TIDY AND LOOKING BEAUTIFUL. ENSURE ALL YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS ARE DELIVERED. CREATE A BEAUTIFUL SPACE WITH CANDLES, ROBES LOTS OF GORGEOUS MAGAZINES. OKAY PREP DONE.
9.OO AM (A LIE IN ESSENTIAL FOR SPA DAY)
START THE DAY WITH A SMALL GLASS OF KEFIR. THEN MAKE YOURSELF A HOT GLASS OF WATER WITH LEMON SLICES.
BODY BRUSH YOUR ENTIRE BODY IN UPWARD STROKES TOWARDS THE HEART. GENTLY BRUSH YOUR FACE WITH A SMALL FACE BRUSH.
NOW MASSAGE IN ORGANIC SESAME OIL PAYING PARTICULAR CIRCULAR MOTIONS IN KNEE AND ELBOW JOINTS. USE HEAVY PETRISSAGE MOVEMENTS REALLY KNEAD AND WRING THE MUSCLES OUT. INCLUDE THE FACE AND SCALP. WRAP HAIR IN A HOT TOWEL OR TURBAN. OIL AND MASSAGE THE FEET TOO. PUT SOME SOCKS ON.
SHOP SPA BELOW
SHOP THE PRODUCT
STILL OILED. LAY ON A PRANA RELEXOLOGY MAT. OR JUST A YOGA MAT. LISTEN TO A MEDITATION DOWNLOAD WITH HEAD PHONES ON.
SHOP YOGA MATS BELOW
JUMP IN THE SHOWER. EXFOLIATE WITH SOME SUGAR COMBINED WITH A BIT MORE SESAME OIL. RINSE OFF THE OIL. WASH HAIR AND PUT ON A HAIR MASK . MY FAVOURITE IS BLEACH LONDON REINCARNATION MASK £7.50. CLIP UP HAIR AND PUT ON YOUR HOT TURBAN AGAIN.
SHOP SPA BELOW:
GENTLE YOGA. DOWNLOAD DENISE AUSTEN 100S OF DIFFERENT YOGA WORKOUTS. CHOOSE A 20 MINUTE SESSION. THE LESS CLOTHES THE BETTER GET TO KNOW YOUR BODY AND HOW IT WORKS IN FRONT OF A MIRROR PREFERABLY.
REWARD YOURSELF WITH A CLEANSING GREEN JUICE. MAKE YOUR BASE DETOXIFYING WITH PARSLEY,CELERY AND CUCUMBER. ADD SOME ROOT GINGER, CHIA SEED, FLAX OIL AND SPIRULINA POWDER.
RINSE HAIR BLASTING FROM HOT TO COLD TO CLOSE THE CUTICLES.
BLOW DRY HAIR FOR A FEW MINUTES BUT NOT UNTIL FULLY DRY. POP IN SOME EXTRA LARGE VELCRO ROLLERS THE BEST WAY TO GIVE A SMOOTH FINISH. THE LESS HEAT ON THE HAIR THE BETTER.
SHOP SPA BELOW:
LUNCHTIME. AS WE HAVE FASTED ALL MORNING, YOU CAN HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL LUNCH OF RAW SALAD AND VEGETABLE SPRINKLED WITH SEEDS.
FRESH AIR AFTER LUNCH WITH A GENTLE POWER WALK (GET DRESSED FOR THIS ONE) TRY TO GO MAKE UP FREE, OKAY YOU CAN WEAR MASCARA GIRLS. USE SPF 50 SUNSCREEN.
FACIAL. NOW YOUR SKIN IS NICELY PLUMPED FROM THE MASSAGE THIS MORNING AND THE OXYGEN BLITZ FROM THE FRESH AIR. LETS STEAM THE FACE . A HOT BOWL OF WATER AND A TOWEL WILL DO THE TRICK OR INVEST IN ONE OF THE MANY NEW FACIAL STEAMERS TO RECENTLY HIT THE MARKET. CARRY OUT ANY EXTRACTIONS AS REQUIRED USING A BLACKHEAD REMOVER TOOL. DO NOT SQUEEZE. APPLY A FACE MASK TO SUIT YOUR SKIN TYPE. POP AN EYE MASK OR SLICES OF CUCUMBER . RELAX WITH YOUR FEET ELEVATED.
RINSE OFF MASK. APPLY VITAMIN C SERUM. THEN MOISTERIZE.
SHOP SPA BELOW:
PEDICURE AND MANICURE.
YOUR FEET AND HANDS WERE ALREADY MASSAGED AND EXFOLIATED THIS MORNING. SO LETS DO CUTICLE WORK. FILE THE NAILS. IF YOU FEEL ARE ADEPT AT PAINTING YOUR OWN NAILS THEN GO AHEAD. I AM USELESS BUT SINCE LOCKDOWN I HAVE BOUGHT THIS AMAZING JAPANESE BUFFER THAT GIVES NAILS A FANTASTICALLY HEALTHY SHINE.
WE ARE ALL DESPERATE FOR NAIL BARS TO REOPEN BUT DONT NEGLECT YOUR HANDS AND FEET DURING THIS TIME.
SHOP SPA BELOW:
OKAY AS IT IS A SPA DAY WE HAVE BUILT IN SOME RELAXATION TIME. YOU MAY HAVE A MINI BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE (SAFER THAN OPENING A LARGE BOTTLE) FLICK THROUGH SOME MAGAZINES DISCOVER THE LATEST TRENDS. READ SOME CULTURAL ART AND WINE BOOKS. THINGS YOU DONT NORMALLY HAVE TIME FOR.
COOK A BEAUTIFUL DINNER BUT REALLY ENJOY DOING THIS. BE MINDFUL OF TEXTURES , THE BEAUTY OF THE FOOD AND ALL THE PROCESSES. SOMETHING THAT IS QUICK AND EASY TO PREPARE. EG PAN FRIED SALMON AND STEAMED VEGETABLES, CHICKEN STIR FRY A BEAUTIFUL SOUP. KEEP CARBS TO A MINIMUM. A BIG BOWL OF STRAWBERRIES FOR DESSERT.
DRAW A NICE BATH ADDING SOME MEDICINAL PROPERTIES DEPENDING ON WHAT YOUR BODY NEEDS. THE BATH PROJECT BOOK BY DR BARBARA KUBICKA THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BATHING GIVES SOME GREAT IDEAS TO HEAL YOUR BODY AND MIND. ITS TIME TO TURN BATH TIME INTO A RITUAL. FOR ME TONIGHT IT WILL BE EPSOM SALTS FOR ACHY MUSCLES AND WATER RETENTION. BUT I ALWAYS ADD OCCITANE LEMON VERBENA FOAMING BATH AS I CANNOT HAVE A BATH WITHOUT BUBBLES !!! SACRILEGE !! LIGHT SOME BEAUTIFUL CANDLES AND DIM THE LIGHTS. PLAY SOME GENTLE MUSIC. PIN UP YOUR HAIR OR PUT INTO YOUR TURBAN
PAT YOURSELF DRY AND WRAP YOURSELF IN A BIG FLUFFY TERRY ROBE. TURN DOWN THE BED JUST AS THEY DO IN HOTELS READY FOR BED TIME A BIT LATER.
SHOP SPA BELOW:
NOW YOU ARE FULLY DRY MASSAGE IN YOUR FAVOURITE BODY LOTION INCLUDING THE FEET.
SIT CROSSED LEGGED AND FIND A RELAXING WIND DOWN MEDITATION TO PREPARE YOU FOR SLEEP. GIVE THANKS FOR A BEAUTIFUL DAY.
GOLDEN MILK. IN AYURVEDIC MEDICINE THIS IS KNOWN AS THE “FEELGOOD” MILK. IT IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR YOU BUT HAS A VERY COMFORTING FEEL AND GENERATES A GREAT NIGHT SLEEP.
SIMMER ALMOND/COCONUT MILK ADD A TEASPOON OF TURMERIC ,CINNAMON AND 5 CARDAMOM PODS AND SOME BLACK PEPPER TO ENSURE THE TURMERIC IS ABSORBED BY THE BODY. AFTER 10 MINUTES POUR INTO A MUG REMOVING THE CARDAMOM PODS. SWEETEN WITH SOME PALM SUGAR AND SPRINKLE WITH NUTMEG.
TAKE TO BED.
TIME FOR AN EARLY NIGHT AND A MOVIE…….AND OKAY YOU HAVE BEEN SO GOOD AND A LITTLE BIT OF CHOCOLATE !
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR DAY AND ARE LOOKING EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL XX
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: A SUCCESSFUL SPA DAY IS ALL ABOUT THE PREPARATION, INCLUDING NO INTERRUPTIONS. THIS IS YOU TIME. SO PLAN AHEAD.
THOUGHTS, INSPIRATION AND TASKS TO GIVE YOU STRENGTH AND CLARITY TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.
MINDFUL MEDITATION……ANYTIME ANYWHERE !
MANY OF YOU TELL ME THAT YOU FIND IT HARD TO FIND TIME FOR DAILY MEDITATION. TO TAKE TIME OUT FROM YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO SIT DOWN AND FOCUS IN QUIET CONTEMPLATION.
BUT MEDITATION CAN TAKE MANY FORMS AND YOU CAN MEDITATE WHILE DOING YOUR DAILY TASKS WHILE YOU ARE WIDE AWAKE.
IN 2020 OPRAH INTERVIEWED THE MONK THICH NHÅT HAHN SHE ASKED HIM “DO YOU MEDITATE EVERY DAY?’
HE REPLIED :” WE TRY TO DO IT NOT ONLY EVERY DAY BUT EVERY MOMENT. WHILE DRINKING, WHILE TALKING, WHILE WRITING, WHILE WATERING THE GARDEN, ITS ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO PRACTISE LIVING IN THE HERE AND NOW.”
MEDITATION IS ABOUT TUNING IN AND FOCUSSING YOUR MIND WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING AS YOU GO ABOUT YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS
HOUSEHOLD CHORES – TURN THE PHONE OFF AND DEVOTE SOME TIME TO CONCENTRATE THE MIND ON CHORES REALLY ACKNOWLEDGE EACH STEP AND HOW ENJOYABLE THE TASKS ARE IN GETTING A SATISFYING END RESULT.
DOING THE DISHES- FOCUS THE MIND ON THE FEEL OF THE SUDS ,THE WARMTH OF THE FLOWING WATER. TREAT EACH DISH AS AN INTERESTING ARTEFACT.
THE LAUNDRY- FEEL THE TEXTURE, SEE THE PATTERN OF THE MATERIALS. NOTICE THE SMELL OF THE CLEANLY LAUNDERED CLOTHES AND LINENS. TAKE CLEANSING BREATHS AS YOU FOLD EACH ITEM.
GARDENING- NOTICE THE SMELL OF THE FRESHLY MOWN GRASS, THE COLOUR OF THE FLOWERS AND THE SHRUBBERY, THE INSECTS. BREATHE DEEPLY AND MINDFULLY THE FRESH AIR AND FILL YOURSELF WITH GRATITUDE.
WHILE DRINKING AND EATING- TURN THE TV OFF . REALLY FOCUS ON THE FOOD ,THE TEXTURE,TASTE,SMELL REALLY SAVOUR EACH MOUTHFUL .EAT SLOWLY AND MINDFUL BREATHING DEEPLY.
HOW WONDERFUL TO MOVE THROUGH YOUR DAY IN A GRACEFUL MINDFUL MANNER TO HELP YOU APPRECIATE EVEN THE MOST MUNDANE OF TASKS.
TODAY TRY TO MOVE THROUGH YOUR DAY IN A MINDFUL WAY AND SHIFT YOUR PERCEPTION ON MEDITATION.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: ALMOST WITHOUT EXCEPTION THOSE THAT MEDITATE ON A DAILY BASIS ARE ALWAYS HAPPIER THAN THOSE THAT DO NOT.THESE PEOPLE SEEM TO FLOW THROUGH LIFE WITH A PEACEFULNESS AND SERENITY ABOUT THEM.
THOUGHTS, TASKS AND INSPIRATION TO ENLIGHTEN, STRENGTHEN AND GUID YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.
THE PATH TO FULFILLMENT
DURING LOCKDOWN AND OUR PERIOD OF ISOLATION HOPEFULLY MANY OF YOU HAVE HAD AN EXCITING JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY. WE MAY NEVER HAVE THIS TIME AGAIN WHERE WE ARE FORCED TO STAY HOME AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS. I KNOW FOR MANY OF YOU THIS HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT TIME BUT I HOPED YOU USE OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE (TIME) WISELY.
THIS PERIOD OF QUIET REMINDED ME OF DEEPAK CHOPRA’S PATH TO FULFILLMENT AND THERE IS NOT A BETTER TIME FOR ME TO SHARE THOSE WITH YOU.
“TO BECOME ENLIGHTENED, STOP RUNNING ALL THE TIME AND BEGIN TO WALK. ONCE WALKING. SLOW DOWN AND STOP. THEN LOOK AT WHO YOU REALLY ARE !”
SO JUST RELAX AND LET GO.
THERE IS NOTHING TO STUDY,MEMORISE OR LIVE UP TO………..JUST LET GO.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : REMEMBER WALK SLOWLY THROUGH LIFEAND TAKE TIME TO STOP OFTEN TO SMELL THE ROSES. THIS COULD BE YOUR AH HA MOMENT.
Breathwork is the new buzzword in the world of beauty. Deep breathing can result in mental, emotional and physical benefits. 80% of us are breathing incorrectly so a Breathwork class can train you to intentionally change your breathing pattern. Consciously breathing with intent. Many of you , I know perform Yoga on a regular basis and will be familiar with Prana breathing deep breathing through the nose.
After attending guided breathwork classes in LA I can honestly say I am much more focussed on my breathing in my everyday schedule and am reaping some noticeable benefits (see below) and i would recommend you to take at least a one:one class with a specialist. With a plethora of new breathwork classes/apps there is no shortage of choice and certainly no excuse for not giving it a go. This could change your life.
Breathwork classes either as a group or one to one have recently seen a surge of popularity and participants are reporting significant benefits. lets face it once we have had one class it is , at least something we can practise at home 24 hours a day.
The correct way of breathing is deep in the diaphragm and not in the chest so your chest and shoulders should be relaxed and not move at all. Engage the abdomen and extend as you INHALE. Using the abs to then decompress to expel the air. This is called BELLY BREATH. You actually have to engage the mind too as this does not come naturally at first.
We all breathed correctly when we entered the world if you watch a baby you will see they automatically breath deep into the abdomen as we get older and life takes over we start to take shallower breaths as stresses and strain of everyday living takes its toll.
BENEFITS OF BREATHING CORRECTLY
BODY……… Deep breathing can reverse the ‘flight or fight’ response that we are naturally conditioned to, where our breathing speeds up and releases a surge of stress hormones eg cortisol and adrenaline. By controlling this stress reaction blood pressure can be lowered, more oxygen is delivered into your body which in turn removes carbon. The immune system is boosted. Energy levels are raised and the mind is calmed.85% of our energy amazingly comes from the breath. Even pain can be relieved.
SKIN………Clearly oxygenating our cells is a key factor in beautiful skin. That is why we spend billions each year on creams, serums and facials. But the best way of oxygenating our cells 24/7 is ….yes you guessed it…….by breathing correctly. The lymphatic system is boosted leading to a disposal of toxins. This slows down the ageing of the skin and has skin healing benefits. There are also claims that it improves Eczema.
WEIGHT…… Correct breathing aids weight loss. Well these reports maybe slightly exaggerated. However if you have an overeating problem caused by stress or emotional trauma or past baggage and breathwork calms you down then I can see there maybe a correlation. Breathing correctly can balance things out.
INSOMNIA…I use my new developed breathing skills to aid my sleep at night. You will be astonished at how rhythmic deep breathing and consciously slowing the breathing right down can rapidly send you into a deep sleep with no other aids.
The breath and more importantly the concentration of the breath is instrumental for the fusion of the mind and body. Your contact increases to the subconscious mind and allows the mind to find stillness and serenity. Concentrated breath of course is fundamental to meditation and cannot be achieved without mastering this at the outset. Harmony can be restored.
Breathpod – Group workshops or 90 min personal sessions. Shoreditch E2 breathpod.me
The Shala- a whole range of classes and workshops . West Norwoood South London theshalalondon.com
Thebreathingroom.co.uk offer on line courses as well as 121 sessions and workshops across London.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP :TRY A CLASS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER FOR A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE AND EVEN A LONGER LIFE.
INSPIRATION,TASKS AND IDEAS TO HELP BOOST POSITIVITY AND MENTAL HEALTH IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD.
MOST OF US ARE ISOLATING WITH PARTNERS AND SPOUSES AND SPENDING FAR MORE TIME IN CLOSE PROXIMITY THEN WE WOULD ON A DAILY BASIS. THIS IS A TESTING TIME FOR MANY RELATIONSHIPS. IT IS ESSENTIAL WE LEARN TO APPRECIATE OUR SPOUSES AND PARTNERS. SO THIS WEEK OUR EXERCISE IS TO FILL UP YOUR LOVE BUBBLE AND TRANSFORM YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.
FIRST SCHEDULE SOME QUIET ALONE TIME TO MEDITATE AND CONTEMPLATE THE THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR PARTNER. MAKE SOME NOTES IN YOUR GRATITUDE JOURNAL. THIS HELPS TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE RIGHT HEAD SPACE.
EVERY DAY TELL YOUR PARTNER 3 THINGS THAT YOU LOVE ABOUT THEM AND GET THEM TO DO THE SAME BACK TO YOU.
THE TRANSFORMATION THAT FEELING APPRECIATED ON A CONSISTENT BASIS IS SO ENORMOUS I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT ANY RELATIONSHIP CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS. TRY IT WITH ALL THE RELATIONSHIPS IN YOUR LIFE AT THIS TIME. FRIENDS, FAMILY, THE DOG !!! THE ATMOSPHERE WILL CHANGE INSTANTLY ANY NEGATIVITY WILL DISAPPEAR AND YOUR LOVE BUBBLE WILL BE FULL ONCE AGAIN AS YOU GIVE AND RECEIVE IN EQUAL QUANTITES.
TRY IT AS A FAMILY AROUND THE DINNER TABLE. CAN STIMULATE GREAT CONVERSATION AND GET US ALL TALKING TO EACH OTHER AGAIN.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IT IS AMAZING HOW SOMETHING THIS EASY CAN BE SO IMPACTIVE AND SO COMPLETE YET WE NEVER THINK OF DOING IT !!