'Twas the week before Christmas...
I as much as I love the festivities, this morning I reached my festive nadir. I didn’t go into full-on meltdown mode but as I pushed my trolley around the supermarket in a weary daze I definitely recognised that low-point feeling of running on empty after a few weeks of juggling work, kids’ Christmas events, present shopping and a few late nights.
So I had a little rant (always makes me feel better!), sat myself down with a cup of tea and then took a bit of my own advice by thanking myself for all my hard work. Just that simple task of acknowledging that you’re feeling a bit pooped, reflecting on why, and then saying, “Well done you” was enough to make me feel a lot better.
I’m feeling especially frazzled this year. As well as finding our feet in our new home town and working hard to set up my new reflexology business in Falmouth, we’ve just come out of a nine month house renovation project which has been emotionally, physically and financially draining. When I stop to acknowledge all that I’ve achieved this year, you know what, I think it’s fine to feel a little tired and emotional. I’m sure you will have had your own set of extra challenges this year and if you're feeling the same I hope you can look back on the last twelve months and be kind to yourself too.
Despite rather challenging living arrangements (a holiday cottage, two caravans, a campervan and an attic all being ‘home’ to four of us at various points during the year), I’ve had a wonderful first full year in Falmouth. My reflexology practice is really growing and after a few months at the Falmouth Natural Health Practice, I’ll be back working from home in my brand new treatment room (more details to follow) in January. I’m super excited about getting this ready for 2018! I’m genuinely loving my reflexology work in Falmouth and my clients are just the best, you all make what I do so rewarding and it's an honour that you’ve trusted me to support you with your well-being.
It's the time of year when a blog from me with lots of ‘helpful’ tips about what to do and what not to do would go down like a stinky sprout. So, all I will say is that if things get a bit too much over the next couple of weeks, stop and take a few minutes just for you. It's easy to do:
Find a quiet space wherever you are and STOP. If you're inside, open the window. Sit in the garden. Take a short walk around the block. Then take a few deep breaths to ground yourself as you feel the cold air on your face. Literally sitting and breathing, or walking gently whilst you concentrate on your breath, just for a couple of minutes, can make a really positive difference to the way you feel. That's all the advice I'm going to offer!
So here's wishing you lots of warmth and happiness for the festive season and remember, be kind to yourself, you’re amazing!
See you in 2018!
PS – Actually I fibbed about that being all the advice I'll offer. Please don't forget that if the going gets too tough for you or someone you know, there is help out there during the festive period. The Samaritans is amazing and their teams are available 24/7 for you to speak to, free and in confidence. Call: 116 123 or email: email@example.com.
As a reflexologist, I've seen first hand how powerful the simple act of touch can be. The importance of this innate human connection can’t be underestimated; it's vital to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Cold hands, warm heart? That's all well and good but now the temperature has dropped we just want warm mitts and feet! Reflexology is brilliant for the circulation and at the end of a treatment, feet and toes are warm and even in colour.
I'm now officially trained in Mindful Reflexology, thanks to the brilliant Sally Earlam from the Association of Reflexologists. This additional reflexology training consolidates my background in mental well-being and stress management.