Category: Relaxation

Man’s Best Friend

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Man’s Best Friend

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Did you know?

According to findings, dog owners are fitter and less prone to depression compared to those who do not have a canine pet.

This is rather bizarre but studies also show that just by looking at photos of cute puppies can increase your productivity at work.

Not only that owning a puppy/dog can enhance your social life too.  I remember a friend who used to ‘borrow’ our cute yorkshire terrier so he can walk her in the park.  Apparently our little yokie was a babe magnet. 🙂

 

Lavender Bath Recipe

Our bath tub and delicious smelly candles! (photo by Peter)

Our bath tub and delicious smelly candles! (photo by Peter)

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The Greeks and the Romans used to infuse their bath water with lavender because of the scent and its therapeutic  properties.

The popularity of lavender has continued to present day and it is often advised to put a drop of lavender oil into your pillowcase to get a calming night sleep.

Below is an easy to follow recipe for a lavender bath for you to try.

Lavender Bath Recipe

Use a cotton handkerchief (man-size is the best one to use) or a muslin cloth.

Place 1/4 cup of dried lavender flowers in the centre of the fabric and gather the corners together and tie them securely with a little ribbon.

Tie the end of the ribbon just below the spout of the tap or faucet, ensuring that the water runs through the lavender blooms as the water fills the tub.

Have a calming warm bath, not hot.

Enjoy!

Super Hot, Hot, Hot Weather

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
– Jane Austen

Yes Jane, I am beyond perspiring myself; I am actually sweating. 😉

It was so hot today. According to news bulletin, it was 36.7 degrees centigrade at Heathrow.

It was 34 degrees centigrade in our garden. Our dog would not go into the garden; he was quite happy to lie down flat in all paws in the cool wooden floor in our living room.

Apparently, the tennis watching public at Wimbledon suffered the heat. This warm weather was unprecedented; it is a usual occurrence for Wimbledon matches to be interrupted by torrential rain not by super-hot weather.

BBC’s The One Show at tonight’s edition had these 5 top tips on how to keep cool during hot weather condition.

1. Ice-cubes – get some ice-cubes to put next to your face and inhale. It has a very calming and cooling effect. I just tried this, it does work.

2. Flannels – freeze first and use the flannel to wipe your face and to put on top of your head.

3. Cup of hot tea. Drinking hot tea – including fruit teas, has cooling and calming effect. It makes you sweat and of course sweat cools the body down.

4. Suntan Lotion – keep and store the suntan lotion in the fridge. When you apply to the heated skin, it will not only protect it, it will also cool it down.

5. Spicy food. Keep a chilli or two in your handbag. Eh?!!! The hot chilli will make your eyes water, your mouth tingling and your sweat glands active.

As you perspire more during warm weathers, keep yourself hydrated. Have a bottle of water with you especially when you are out and about..

Be safe!

Skin Basic Regimen

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Skin Basic Regimen

From the age of 30, we start to see visible changes to the skin.  At this time a good skin regimen should now be in place.  Gone are the days that you leave your make up on to go to bed, when too tired to do the basic cleansing.

Dryness of the skin begins to appear which means wrinkles are hard on its heels.  Pores are more enlarged.  Skin colours are less vibrant nor supple.  Capilliaries break out.

But having said that with proper care, we can delay the signs of aging.

Here are some of the basic skin care:

Hydration – ensure to drink lots of water; at least two litres a day.  Water flushes out the toxins.

Exercises – it has been found that regular exercises has some therapeutic effects on the body.  The more you exercise, the faster the skin heals itself.

Stop the Stress – Relax; stress makes the skin sag.  It gives you eye bags for starter.

No to Smoking – Next to the punishing effect of too much sun, smoking is aging to the skin.  Smoking can take away your healthy colour, leaving you rather gray.  It also gives premature aging along the mouth and lips; constant pursing of the lips to inhale and exhale a smoke can effect wrinkles.

Sleep – It is when one is asleep that the cells repair themselves.

And the most basic regimen is to CLEANSE, TONE AND MOISTURISE.

DID you know?

The ideal time to moisturise is after having a bath or taking a shower.  Moisturising damp skin ensure that the moistures are locked in.

More skin regimen:

Before you shower, dry brush your body, everywhere you can reach, which a coarse loofah to buff of dead cells and at the same time stimulate your circulation and aid lymphatic drainage.

Mint Milk Bath Recipe

Cleopatra

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Don’t you just want to be in Cleopatra’s shoes or rather in her bath tub, and bathe in her legendary milk wash?

Apparently Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of  Ancient Egypt had soft, silky and clear skin because of her daily milk bath ritual.

You would think that the milk came from some palace pampered bovine. Actually it came from 700 lactating donkeys.

As much as we would like to emulate the beautiful Cleopatra’s bathing regimen to the letter, it would be rather stressful to go looking for donkeys’ milk.

So let us improvise and make use of what is readily available – Cow’s milk.
Below is our recipe:

Mint Milk Bath Recipe

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Ingredients:
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups dried milk powder
3 tbsp crushed, bruised mint leaves
1 cup sea salt

Put the cornstarch, dried milk powder, mint leaves and sea salt in a large enough lidded jar.

Give it a long thorough mix to blend all the ingredients.

Now, just add a cup of this mixture to your running bath water. The rest can be kept in the jar for your next bathing time.

Now put on some music in the background, lie comfortably in your bath water and let all the stress from your daily grind to seep away, leaving you luscious soft skin. Let your inner Cleopatra reign!

Feng Shui

The Methodology of Feng Shui

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Hampstead Heath Viaduct Photo by PH Morton

Feng Shui had become popular in the UK in the early 90s.  Many have started looking into it in view of applying to homes, gardens, offices and businesses.

Feng Shui literally means wind and water.  This allows for the flow of chi, the essential energy of Feng Shui.

Though Feng Shui is Chinese,  it is not purely from China.  It actually originated and can be traced back from the ancient world of Egypt, India and then China.

Feng Shui was there in the making of the Egyptian pyramids, the great Aztec temples and even UK’s Stonehenge.

It was in China that the core  principle of Feng Shui was carefully formulated and established for the modern world.

It says that the careful arrangement of furnitures can have a telling effect on your life may sound a bit like a mambo jumbo and yet when you think about it,  it does make a lot of sense.  A house carefully furnished where everything is in it right place, is airy, bright and with an organised scatter of green aerating houseplants, where the size of furnitures are proportional to the size of each room, then it can only be good for your health, happiness, peace and contentment.

Plants carefully placed in areas that hide or showcase  a particular niche can only be great for the aesthetic of your surrounding.  There are also plants that aeriate the living space.  They give off plentiful of oxygen while taking in the carbon dioxide off the immediate area.

Businesses have also adopted Feng shui; business owners are hiring Feng Shui experts to oversee arrangement of the work place in order to  maximise the performance and output from employees.

I remember an employer choosing to move our offices in a location that overlook a crematorium .  He said that he read somewhere that cemetery is a place of peace and quiet.  It has a great chi.

Well he did make a lot of money and sold the business  afterwards and we had to move on, great for him, not so great for us. 🙁

Goddess Flower Bath

Bathe Like a Goddess

There are times when even a domestic goddess needs a ‘me’ time. What better than pampering yourself with luxurious flower bath?!!!

Lie in a sea of warm water embellished with a few drops of essential oils.  Let the calm, warmth and fragrance of the water be a soothing, uplifting bathing experience.

Close your eyes and let the water do its work.


For the flower bath

Combine the following:

6 drops of essential oil of jasmine
3 drops of essential oil of rose
1 tsp sweet almond oil
2 tbsp rosewater
rose petals

Just swirl in all the essential oils into the bath water.

With your hand gently incorporate all the oils into the bath water.

Just before you jump into the bath, throw in the fragrant velvety petals of roses into the water.

Don’t forget you are a goddess. You are Aphrodite.

Now cast away any negative thoughts and replace them only with beautiful reveries befitting the inner goddess in you.

Marconi Union – Weightless (Radox) HighQuality Audio (most relaxing tune)

It is 10:45pm here in London and it is time for bed. As one does in bed, I was googling and found this tune in youtube. Apparently it is the most relaxing tune because of its weightlessness.

Do you agree? Do you know of any tune that is more soothing?

Tell us please!

Peter here says that music drives him up the wall; it woke him up and can’t sleep now! LOL (he is such a drama queen, LOL)

Anxiety & Stress Management

Anxiety is fear of oneself.
– Wilhelm Stekel

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Anxiety, Depression and Stress

Life is one big stress.  Every situation can be a potential stress inducing condition.  What we need to do is to learn to manage and overcome it.
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Stress and your digestive system

Stress is a well known trigger of tummy trouble. Intense emotional states can cause chemical changes that interfere with the normal working of your digestive system. Stress management is important to help avoid aggravating problems like IBS or indigestion. Exercise, relaxation techniques like massage or meditation, and getting plenty of sleep can all help keep stress under control.
www.webmd.boots.com/digestive-disorders

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From the casebook of Dr. Bayani Katigbak

 A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 * If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can’t push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY

20 *Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!*

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Overtired and stressed?  Go to the loo and run some cold water on your wrists, this will bring down your stress level!  Try it and see.

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Another advice chart from our Bizzy Elep. It seems eating the right kind of food could simply vanish those stress points.

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If you are particularly anxious, depressed or stressed, a nice glass of sweet milky drink  (smoothie or sweet warm milk) may be of help .  There has been some scientific studies that were carried out to support this claim.  Apparently milk contains an amino acid called tryptophan that stimulates the production of seratonin, which is known to calm the brain.  The sugar releases insulin that prevents other amino acids to compete with tryptophan, giving it a free way.

The Magnesium in chocolate is renowned as anti-depression.

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LETTING GO TO DE-STRESS

I found this little homily from Facebook. I quite like it as it does make sense.

Please read and see if it can make sense of your inner conflict (if you have any, that is!)

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WRITE OUT YOUR STRESS

I found a very good advice from my copy of Good Housekeeping.

Did you know?

Writing about difficult things and situations in your life can lower your stress level.  This was found out by US academics.  20 minutes spent writing on a journal, twice a week,  helps you process your unhappiness and assuage your anger.

Get writing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Relaxation Techniques:

  • Pray, learn to pray.  Close your eyes with both hands in prayer position.  Focus your mind.
  • Turn off the television.  Once in a while forego depressing soap operas and read instead.
  • Drink camomile tea.  It is very calming.
  • Tibetan technique is to rub either side of the breastbone.