This month....

February 2018

A new month & a short one. Sharp & chilly so far. Some people thought January dragged but then here we are already into the second month of the year. Time flies & so do we. If last month felt as if there was never enough time to get things done, that you were always chasing your tail or someone else was doing it for you, that life was one big rush then time for a little slow down?

Here are some tried & tested tips:

Bring your shoulders down & breathe. Not the panicky shallow breathing that makes you feel even more rushed but the deep kind that comes from your abdomen. Good for your health & definitely good for your mind.

Turn off TV & social media. The always available wave of information is great but also means no time to switch off, no downtime, no rest for your eyes, no time to dream.

Nip out for 30 minutes' fresh air. A quick brush with nature puts all that rushing into perspective

Get some rest. Sleep is good but rest is good too. Indulge & take things easy. The world can wait for a minute or two. Maybe even longer.

Make time for quality time. With friends & people you like & love. Talk about stuff that makes you laugh. Roll out the memories.

Scent. An instant transporter into other worlds. Evoke the memory of summer with lavender (lavandula angustifolia), a perfume with ylang ylang (cananga odorata), a Mediterranean holiday with marjoram (origanum majorana), a knockout sleep with vertivert (vetiveria zizanoides).

Get some help. A treatment can be necessity or luxury but either way you have to slow down. Nothing to do & nowhere to go for an hour.

Once you've applied the brakes & pared down to basics, practise some mindfulness. Rein your mind in when it starts to wander. Totally focus on what you're doing.

See the positive. Enjoy what you have & who you're with.

Manage your time. A lot can be wasted by doing things twice.

World peace is a wonderful goal but needs a little bit of work. Inner peace? Priceless & all down to you.

© Susan Mumford, 2018