Simple Self-Care

We all know that our own self-care and wellness should be at the top of our priority list. However, how often is this actually the case? Many of us seem to believe that we have to seriously set time aside from our normal daily routine to embrace wellness practices – but this is simply not true!

It actually takes minimal effort to incorporate certain self-care activities into your schedule, and they will soon become second nature – requiring no forethought at all! When you reach this point you will notice that you are more likely to feel relaxed and focused during your days.

Breathing

Breathing is seriously under-rated as a tool for stress relief and can be used anywhere at any time to rebalance your thoughts and your emotions. A simple technique to start is to stop whatever it is that you are doing, close your eyes and begin breathing deeply and slowly. Count each breath in and try not to allow any thoughts, anxieties or feelings to enter your mind. At this moment, counting your breaths is the only thing that you need to concern yourself with and everything else can take a back seat. Try to reach at least 20 breaths each time you do this, and if you have the time then go on for longer! Even if you do not feel particularly stressed out then I suggest you do this several times a day.

Detox Digitally

You are probably already aware of how much stress your digital devices cause you. Constantly checking messages and scrolling through your various social media feeds can not only be quite time consuming, but also emotionally draining. If it’s not possible for you to go the day without your smart phone, then at least try to have extended periods away from it. Make sure you always turn it off before bedtime and do not take it to bed with you!

Ritual Teatime

Having a time set aside for drinking herbal tea and reflecting on your day is a great way to unwind and care for yourself in the evening. You can use this time to enjoy your favourite brew whilst you process the events of the day just passed. Turning this into a mini ceremony by yourself helps your mind to appreciate the importance of this time spent alone caring for yourself.

If you have seen my new wellness for women membership site – Truly Julie – then you will know that I am on a mission to inspire and motivate women to become healthier and happier – and I would love it if you would join me on this journey as we keep moving through 2017!

Simple Suggestions to Beat Stress

Stress is something that I talk about quite regularly on my blog as I feel it is such an important thing to avoid if we are to maintain optimum health! The statistics as to how many people are seriously stressed out are pretty shocking, with a recent survey suggesting that as much as 80% of America is experiencing stress of some sort! Experts will now tell you that stress, especially stress caused by the workplace, is as bad for your health as second hand smoke is!

The detrimental effect that stress has on your long term mental health is quite serious but it can also extend to your physical health. The most common mental impacts are depression and anxiety whereas common physical complaints associated with stress include heart disease, digestive trouble and autoimmune problems.

If stress is something that you are all too familiar with then the idea of eradicating it or lessening its impact might sound absurd to you. However, before you resign yourself to this way of life forever, check out my following tips for finding some relief!

First of all, create a very practical yet reasonable to-do list for yourself. This should consist of just main tasks that you aim to achieve in the next few weeks. Don’t worry yourself more with long term plans that you want to work towards and similarly don’t concern yourself with the small things that don’t really matter. At the end of every day, take a moment to relax and consider the points on your list. If you find that they are no longer relevant then strike them off as not all of your plans need to be met! Also, of course, if you have achieved any tasks during the day then cross them off also. Try to keep the same list, with any additions, for a few weeks so that you can look back over time and see all that you have accomplished.

Secondly, the way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. So instead of setting your alarm to get you up right before you have to be at work, set it a little earlier and give yourself time to enter the day slowly. As soon as you start to feel awake, stretch your arms and legs and think of three things that you are grateful for. This will help you to get going on a positive note and will also encourage you to show gratitude for those things during the day!

Mindful breathing is a great way to bring some focus back to your day and can be done in any place for any amount of time! When you start to feel the stress seeping in, take yourself to a quiet spot and do some deep breathing exercises with your eyes closed. Allow the calm to regain control and then attempt to continue with your day. If you find that this wasn’t enough to clear your mind then try taking a short walk outside away from other people.

Finally, a huge point of stress in the modern day world is the constant bombardment of technology and social media. If one of the first things you do in the morning is check your Facebook or Twitter feed then you are more than likely to see a scrolling list of other people’s ambitions and achievements. Looking at pictures of your friend’s babies and posts about their job promotions might be a great experience when you are in the right mood but it can also cause feelings of inadequacy to appear. Try to limit your social media use and focus on your own life away from the computer!

Win a Radiance Cleanse Gift Box!

As I’ve discussed before on my blog, I believe juice cleansing to be an amazing way to detox your body and restore the natural balance. The nutritional value of drinking fresh organic fruit and vegetable juices is incredible. When incorporated into your diet frequently, these juices can soon make noticeable changes to your energy levels and overall wellbeing.

Making your own juices is fantastic fun but can be time consuming. If you want to give your body some juice love but simply don’t have the time, then a Radiance Cleanse delivery can do all of the legwork for you!

What is a Radiance Cleanse?

beauty-diagonalFounded in 2009, by Clare Neill and Christina Agnew, Radiance is the creation of these two women who know firsthand the dramatic nutritional benefits of juicing. Having both personally experienced the life changing effects of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, they pioneered the UK’s first organic juice cleanse programme that is available to be delivered anywhere in the country. They use only the highest quality, raw organic products to create their amazingly delicious juices.

How to win a gift box!

So, Radiance and I have come together to give you the chance to check  out these amazing juices absolutely free! The Health Box contains six different juices (Cashew Milk, Pure Greens, Power Green, Alka Green, Super Green and Vital Green) which you can sample at your own pace over two to three days. The health box will be delivered to the lucky winner for free at the end of the competition!

So, to give your start to 2014 the extra boost you might need as January comes to an end, get involved in my social media competition to win The Health Box for yourself. Become a super-active social media advocate for health, wellness and well, just feeling good! If you already write your Facebook statuses, post on Twitter and Instagram daily then this will be a walk in the park….

All you have to do to be in the running is follow these simple steps. Firstly, connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (if you haven’t already!) Then tweet or post a healthy picture or motivational image of your choice with the following message –

@juliemontagu and @radiancecleanse My #healthy today is………

And then include an image that says it all! It could be a motivational quote, your favourite workout pose or your favourite healthy foods – the list is endless! It just needs to be your healthy moment for that day. The more you join in the online conversation, the better your chances of winning this gorgeous Radiance Cleanse Gift Box!

Remember to Follow or Like both Julie Montagu and Radiance Cleanse (Facebook & Twitter) so that you can link to them in your status.

I will notify you of your win via email so it’s also imperative that you sign up for my mailing list to receive the exciting news of the Radiance Cleanse winner! Good luck!