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23 Jan 2018

If You're Feeling a little Blue


There are some days (like today) when I feel like hiding under the covers with a big bag of salt and vinegar potato chips, some chocolate covered oreos, maybe a tub of mint choccy chip ice cream or two and Netflix it out - don't get me wrong we need those bingefest days sometimes - but when your mind shuts down, your blood pressure rises and you feel like there seems to be no hope in the world, fret not, I got you covered.

1. Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr - Published in 2010, this book by model, entrepreneur and mother Miranda Kerr contains tons of positive affirmations (by Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, Don Miguel Ruiz and the like) and little guides on how to treasure not only yourself but your life. 

2. Moonstone necklace - Moonstone encourages calm, gentle but effective responses in fraught situations. It helps those far away from home fight homesickness and is refuted to be capable of driving away nightmares and insomnia. I like to think of myself as a moonchild hence it just seems fitting to be wearing this close to my heart. And it's just so pretty. I especially like this one.

3. Himalayan Salt Lamp - Made from salt crystals that are approximately 250 million years old from the foothills of the Himalayas, these lamps have a myriad of benefits such as relieving depression, boosting levels of serotonin in the brain, improving sleep, even calms allergy and asthma symptoms. It purifies the air and helps reduce electromagnetic radiation from the electronics we come across everyday from mobile phones to computers and TVs and we very well know that in this day and age the very air in our homes is permeated with EM radiation.

4. Ashwaganda - One of the most important herbs utilised in Ayurveda, Ashwaganda is most known for being an adaptogen, meaning it can help your body fight stress. Studies have also shown that it can lower blood sugar levels, has anti cancer properties and helps with depression and anxiety. Bonus benefit for the boys: it is said to boost testosterone and increase fertility in men. Seeing as to it is an herbal supplement, please consult your physician or a licensed pharmacist before taking.

5. Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa incense - I love burning incense and I love the sense of calm that it brings. This is one of the most highly recommended brands, made in Mangalore, India. I am now on the lookout for frankincense like the ones they burn in church, I adore that scent.

6. Sage sticks - Burning sage or smudging helps clear your space of negative energy, banish spirits and offer cleansing, protection and blessings. Being an ancient ceremonial tradition, there are certain protocols to follow when burning sage. I find that this works for me.

7. Tiger's Eye and Rose Quartz - Long have I been fascinated by crystals. As a child, I loved collecting rocks and stones that glittered in the sunlight. Now as an adult, I have realised that my attraction to crystals has a deeper meaning. You may find more detailed articles on the uses and benefits of crystals on the web or you may invest in a handbook (my favourite is this one) but lately I have found myself to be more drawn to two crystals in particular. Tiger's eye is widely known to dispel any bad energy thrown towards you and offers protection against the evil eye. What isn't widely known is that it also reduces anxiety caused by feelings of isolation or inadequacy. It is said that to know whether a person or offer is reliable, hold a Tiger's eye and trust your feelings. By the end of the day, any deception will be revealed to you. Rose quartz is, as you may very well know, the stone of hearts and love. What you may not know is that it also helps in easing depression, in forgiving mistakes and helps in overcoming abuse of all kinds. It is the best sleep crystal for both children and adults and is said to give beautiful dreams if placed under your pillow.

8. Angel Oracle cards - Somedays you may feel utterly lost as to how to keep on going or you may have a life question that you don't see an immediate or clear answer for, Angel Oracle cards may aid you on your quest for resolutions. Believer or not, these cards always seem to convey what it is you are looking for. 

9. Neal's Yard Remedies 'Remedies to Roll' - I have these with me at all times. Comes in a pack of four and ecologically encased in a reusable hemp bag, these tiny blue bottles of therapy are all you need to help enhance your daily wellbeing. Use Energy if you need a boost in vitality, Travel for all travel related ailments (if you easily get carsick like I do this is a godsend), NightTime to help you sleep easy and give you good dreams and Relaxation (my fave) for stress relief.

10. Headspace - Meditation via an app, you ask? Don't knock it 'til you try it! We live in an age where our lives are run by our phones - admit it, you too - where we buy and pay for things via our phones, we book flights via our phones, we connect with people via our phones and so on and so forth ergo Headspace is notably convenient. This handy little app guides you and teaches you to how to focus on yourself and your mind for a few minutes each day, no matter how busy or hectic may your day be. We oftentimes forget that our brains are the most overworked and overlooked organ in our bodies and meditating for even just a few minutes each day can do wonders for brain health and overall wellbeing. Bonus: Andy Puddicombe, a former monk and the founder of Headspace, voices the exercises and if you like listening to British accents like I do, you're in for a treat.

Above all, I especially like to recall what one of Spellbound Sky's owners, Martin, has said in a Vogue video series on YouTube about wellness featuring Camille Rowe (watch it please, it's amazing) - "Wellness represents being kind to yourself, loving yourself, not beating yourself up, thinking positive about yourself in a balanced way."

 I completely agree. All these crystals, oils and meditation are merely tools to help us in our wellness and spiritual journey. In the end, it's all up to us on how we take care of our minds, bodies and spirits.

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