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Wellness

FIND OUT YOUR SKIN TYPE

Caring for your skin is not just a question of image, it is the protective barrier that acts as a shield to protect the body from any exterior attack or threat. Our ultimate objective in applying a treatment should therefore be to care for the skin and keep it healthy, not just to make it beautiful. With the […]

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HOW TO CREATE THE IDEAL SEED OF INTENTION

The Modern Day Wizard and author of Intention, Andrew Wallas teaches us that Intention is the most underrated and misunderstood phenomenon in terms of fulfilling potential and creating the life you want. Nothing in the universe exists without intention. It is the creative power that fulfils our dreams. It is an inner impulse that is […]

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OCEAN VISUALIZATION

This visualization can be enjoyed just about anywhere. It will help you recreate in your mind a day by the sea and, hopefully, reap some of the relaxation benefits of actually being there.  Most of us are familiar with meditation, but fewer of us with visualization. Yet it can be a powerful tool to aid relaxation, improve sleep and engender […]

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A GUIDED BODY SCAN

You may wish to write a few notes after this exercise and, as you practise it, whether daily or weekly, your experience may change over time. To do this mindful exercise, you need a chair and a quiet space where you won’t be distracted by people coming into it. Noises beyond the space are natural and are part […]

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BREATH AWARENESS EXERCISE

To help you achieve the best sleep possible, we’re giving you a breath awareness exercise from sleep and energy expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan’s The Little Book of Sleep. This breath work is a simple tool you can use throughout the day and during the night if required, and is designed to allow you to take yourself […]

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MINDFULNESS MYTHBUSTERS

Mindfulness is really simple to explain. It is the act of paying attention to our direct experience as it unfolds in the present moment and without judgement. But there are a lot of misconceptions about what it really all means and how to practice it. Mindfulness teacher and author of Mindfulness for Children, Uz Afzal […]

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BALLOON BREATHING EXERCISE

Duration: 1–5 minutes, depending on you/your child’s age and ability to engage and concentrate. What you will need: your breathing body, a bell or chime (optional). This is a really helpful practice that you can use at any time of the day to calm down and focus. Take a seat. Feel where your feet touch […]

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EIGHT TOP TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR TIME

‘I’m crazy busy’ seems to be the modern catch cry. Try these simple strategies to manage your time. There are no surprises here – time is a fixed entity, but the good news is that you have plenty of power of over how you conceive it and parcel it out. 1. Use the 4 Ds: […]

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WIN A DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND BOOK BUNDLE

For your chance to WIN all four Department Store for the Mind books: Walking in the Rain, Washing Up is Good For You, As You Are and Four-Legged Therapy, simply email publicity@octopusbooks.co.uk  with ‘NOURISH & INSPIRE’ before midnight on Sunday 9th December and we will randomly select a winner. Please click here for full T&Cs.

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MORNING BREATH EXERCISE

The morning is an ideal time to practise pranayama (prana meaning life force and ayana meaning to extend or draw out), before your mind has the chance to start worrying too much about the day ahead. When you wake up with morning anxiety, focused breathing is a simple technique to help stop any kind of […]

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AN INTENSE ABS WORKOUT FROM THE PMA METHOD

For an intense abs and core workout look no further than MR PMA himself, Faisal Abdalla who has come up with this straightforward but hugely effective routing to tone those core muscles. Below is a simple 10 step workout routine from The PMA Method.   1. STANDING KNEE CRUNCH Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart […]

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LOVE YOUR SKIN WITH FACIAL YOGA

Facial Yoga has been practised through the centuries by many a famous face dating as far back as Cleopatra. Facial yoga – or facial fitness – helps to keep facial muscles firm, toned and healthy, in much the same way as traditional yoga improves the muscles of the body. The most effective way to achieve a balanced body […]

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SCROLL FREE SEPTEMBER: HAVE YOU SET CLEAR BOUNDARIES AT HOME?

This month marks the launch of  Scroll Free September – RSPH’s digital health campaign that encourages people to regain control over their social media and tech-use by quite simply, stopping the scrolling. To celebrate this campaign and provide you with some practical advice to help you achieve a balanced relationship with screens at home, we’re providing […]

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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF MATCHA

‘Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.’ – Myoan Eisai, Kissa Yojoki: How to Stay Healthy By Drinking Tea The positive effects felt by Zen monks and Samurai warriors many centuries ago, and so intuitively felt to be health benefits associated with drinking matcha tea, are now […]

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