Which one piece of seasonal wisdom helps you in May?
We are so connected to the elements, our mental and physical health aligns very closely with what is going on in the great outdoors and when we don’t physically spend time in nature we can feel a little bit ‘out of sorts’. So getting out into our natural habitat can help to ground us and allow us to embody the seasons a little more. As the weather starts to warms up, my essential is to get outside in bare feet and feel my toes in the earth. May is always one of my favourite months for walking because the bluebells are out and seeing the carpet of colour in the woods is magical.
Which self-care ritual do you never skimp on?
Rather than one big practice, I tend to break it up into smaller elements that are easy to fit in no matter what. I am a great believer in emotional self-care and I don’t go a day without writing in my gratitude journal. This helps me feel naturally abundant and ‘full’ no matter what challenges I may be facing. There is always something to be grateful for.
What’s cooking in your kitchen this month?
After a winter of comforting, warming foods I am thoroughly enjoying getting back into creating lovely colourful, crunchy salads again. The more beautiful vibrant vegetables I can fit in the better. Right now I am enjoying mixing up my own hummus in a variety of flavours such as beetroot, lemon and coriander and roasted red pepper.
Share one book that taught you something amazing about life.
Wild Power by Alexandra Pope. This book’s subtitle is ‘Discover the magic of your menstrual cycle and awaken the feminine path to power’ which may be a little daunting for some, but it describes in detail the way a woman’s menstrual cycle works from a physical and emotional point of view and brought me so much clarity around my own feminine cycles. Once we understand the cyclical nature of ourselves as women we can connect to a much healthier and more balanced way of finding optimal wellbeing.
What brings a smile to your face?
Being out in nature with my dog. Even when the weather is dreary and I feel like staying indoors, having a dog makes sure you get outside no matter what. A sunrise walk in the springtime puts a joyful bounce in my step.
What is the best treatment you’ve had locally?
I recently had a healing treatment with Kelley Swan, who uses a combination of energy work, Thai yoga massage and acupressure, along with her years of experience as a yoga teacher. She helped me release a lot of physical and emotional tension in my shoulders and jaw. Having spent many years with a lot of upper body tension from anxiety and stress, I am still unravelling the physical effects and I felt incredible after the treatment.
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