Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Lets Talk : Why it's important to Stop, Breathe and Tune Into You

Life is busy and it can be hard sometimes to put yourself first for a change. I know that within my life, my children, husband and family's needs usually come before mine. Then my blog, household, socialising, social media, my dog (in no particular order) and before i know it I am exhausted, deflated and completely run down.

Stop Breathe Tune into You with Elemis Life Elixirs

Going through that phase right now, i realise that i have not been looking after myself as much as i should. In order for me to be on top of my A game, i need to be in tip top condition and get back to relaxing and taking time in my day and my life to just focus on me. One of my absolute favourite things to do, to relax, is have a lovely pampering session. Once a year i treat myself (or ask for it as a birthday treat) to a facial and massage, and though this is incredibly decadent and sometimes expensive, knowing that treat is firmly fixed in my diary means i turn up, relax and enjoy every second.
The House of Elemis

Last week i was treated to the most incredible Couture Facial at The House of Elemis , 90 minutes of pure bliss as my therapist Kate, used hot stone massage to pummel deep into my back muscles and release my inner stress, followed by a blissful Pro Collagen facial. Using the Pro Collagen range of products perfectly suited to my skins needs, the facial released the tension in my face and jaw, relaxed my facial muscles, lines and wrinkles and just left me looking and feeling as though all my cares had slipped away. My skin was glowing, re-hydrated and life was good.
Relaxed and glowing after my treatment


On the train journey home i realised that i needed to look after myself more, which to be fair is the whole ethos behind my blog. I have been unwell for a couple of weeks and on antibiotics for numerous infections such as ear, eye and throat and knew that i couldn't keep going at the pace i was. I was unwell, run down, tired, beginning to question myself and loosing my confidence. I had to get 'Back to Me'.

Something i always used to enjoy was long, pampering, spa like bath sessions at home, which just lately had been swapped for quick showers or was used as a time to catch up on my social media. This past week i have made a conscious effort to get my at home pamper on, and a couple of times  when my youngest is in bed or my husband is looking after the children, i have locked myself away in the bathroom for an hour and got some me time. I light my Candles, and add my gorgeous, new Elemis Life Elixirs  Fortitude Bath and Shower Elixir to the water. These incredibly aromatic, aromatherapy Elixirs come in a choice of 'Emotional Scents' to just enrich your well being and relax or reawaken your state of mind depending on the one you choose. The message behind fortitude is:

Elemis Life Elixir Fortitude Bath and Shower

 "Don’t underestimate the power you hold within. Flow across the obstacles that come your way. Root yourself in the earth and know that you can take whatever’s coming. Empower your spirit. You have all the strength you need – now is the time to release it. Find your inner resolve. Ylang Ylang anchors you, while Cedarwood harmonises, Geranium restores your centre and encourages confidence. Feel grounded, determined and strong to the core.Feel grounded, determined and strong to the core." 

I add three drops under running water, get in, apply a face mask and breathe in the aromas. This just makes me Stop, Breathe and Tune into me, it makes me realise that i can achieve my goals and stop being so hard on myself. Containing 19 essential oils the aroma really uplifts me and makes me feel that everything will be ok. The bottle is also incredibly beautiful and luxurious and makes me feel special and as though it is something i deserve. ( which we all do!)

I have also taken steps to make my day to day life a little more uplifting. When i am at home and i have a day of writing ahead of me or a day of household chores or literally just want to uplift my mood i light my candles. Currently i am enjoying the Elemis Life Elixirs Candle in Clarity
Elemis Life Elixirs Candle in Clarity

"The day is yours. When life gets too loud, clear your mind and invigorate your sense of self. Energising Bitter Orange, refreshing Cardamom and warming Ginger work together amidst a balancing blend of awakening essential oils to sharpen your concentration. Breathe in the breeze of change.
Take on your day, or evening, with awareness and confidence"

Formulated with a blend of 8 essential oils this smells incredible! It is fresh, subtle yet bright, and has that uplifting hit of fresh ginger. Would also work incredibly well in the bathroom if you take a morning soak and want to start your day feeling uplifted and ready to take on the world. Stop.Breathe.Refocus.

 I have to admit, just by making a few, easy changes, i am already feeling more uplifted and energetic. I have also taken to drinking more water during the day, and when i go to bed actually going to sleep instead of scrolling through Social Media for hours, which is part and parcel of being a beauty blogger but also a time when i need to switch off more than ever. 
Elemis Perfume Oil in Calm

Another new Elemis product i do want to share with you that i have been using on the run is the Life Elixirs Perfume Oil. It is packaged absolutely beautifully and again available in your choice of Elixir for your emotional needs. The one i am using and loving when on the train, on the way to a meeting or just generally rushing around all over the place is Calm. Formulated with a blend of 15 aromatherapy oils this beautiful 8.5ml bottle has a roller ball on the end which allows you to quickly and easily apply behind the ears or on the inner wrists and breathe in the incredible aroma.


Elemis Perfume Oil in Calm
 "When the pressure of life takes over, it’s time to stop and take stock. Create an oasis of calm and some sanctuary for the mind. Face your day at the speed you choose, not the speed the world expects. Bring yourself back into the moment with this soothing and hypnotic blend of aromatics.Rosewood helps to lift your spirits. Clary Sage encourages calm, whilst Lavandin works to unwind and relax.Settle the mind. Let the quiet in." Stop. Breathe. Be Still.

I am also taking time to focus more on conversations with people that i enjoy and spend my time wisely doing things that i enjoy and not just doing things for the sake of doing them. I realised that i am important, i matter and i need to look after myself more and take time for me.

How do you relax, focus and get Back To You? I would love to know some of your ideas, tricks and tips so do leave me a comment below.

The Life Elixirs Range from Elemis was launched on 1st May 2017. It is available in the following aromatherapy scents : Calm, Clarity, Fortitude, Embrace and Sleep and is currently available as Candles, Perfume Oils and Bath and Shower Elixirs. The items come beautifully packaged and make wonderful gifts. You can purchase them below.

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41 comments

  1. WOW ! This was a lovely read. Too often we leave it too late to do something for our soul and we just keep going on empty until our bodies rebel and we get sick. I sooooo want to try this whole range now having read your blog. We are lucky as women that a pamper session or soak in the bath can restore some balance (albeit temporary) but we definitely need to make a concsious effort to do so. I love a soak in all the classic Elemis products (Milk Bath, Frangipani, White Lotus and Lime and now I adore the newer Sea Lavender and Samphire) , a good magazine or some music and just time to breathe and clear my head. Now I need o save up for this new gorgeous sounding range. Hugs xxx Celia xxx

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    1. Thank you Celia, thought i would post something a little different, as its what i am going through. You are so right, sometimes it is all we need, and having some me time and a nice pamper has really restored some balance. Its such an incredible range and i can highly recommend it for all its therapeutic benefits xx

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  2. This is so true! It's so Important to take breaks and not burn yourself out! X

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    1. Yes, i really needed to do it lately, i was running on empty xx

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  3. I haven't tried anything really from Elemis but I definitely want to x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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    1. Its such a beautiful range of skincare and body products. I would highly recommend this range xx

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  4. Love this post! Agree that taking time out for yourself should be a priority! Xx

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  5. I really need to take this advice. I've been so busy and full on for ages now and I do need to take some time for myself. A spa treatment seems like the best way! Xx

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    1. Try and fit some time in for yourself, i was definatley beginning to feel frazzled and needed to regroup xx

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  6. It sounds like you had an amazing experience and the Caln Oil I could definitely do with x

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    1. I really did, it was perfect timing for me x

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  7. Couldn't agree more lovely, sometimes we all just need to step back and relax and take some time out for ourselves <3
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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    1. I really did and its worked like a charm x

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  8. Great post! We all forget to look after ourselves at times xx

    Beautylymin| LuxurySkincareGiveaway

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  9. I need to take more time for me. I try to set a few hours on a Sunday for a good pamper session whilst listening to music.

    www.EmmysBeautyCave.com

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  10. We all struggle to find time for ourselves and I think it is important to stop and breathe.....thank you for some brilliant advice xx

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    1. You are very welcome, i hope it helps xx

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  11. I love a good pamper session! Lately life's so busy so I try and relax for even few minutes a day. Today I took a relaxing bath after 14 hours at work x

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    1. Brilliant, i hope it helped you regroup a little xx

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  12. Elemis facials are amazing. I love their Active Fruit Glow mask, it's the perfect pick me up when my skin is looking a little dull.

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    1. Ooooh i have not had that one, it sounds fantastic x

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  13. I am 100% all over this! I am a big user and buyer of Aromatherapy oils and have included it in my regime for maybe 6 years now and they really work. Going to look into this bath oil for sure x

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    1. Fantastic! They do really work and i am going to make more time to use them x

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  14. This is such a great post. Sometimes we forget to look after ourselves and that we may need to just relax! X

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  15. I really enjoyed reading this, I definitely need to remember to take time out to myself. I love spa treatments and would love to book them more regularly as a time to completely step away and relax. The Elemis products you mentioned sound lovely too.

    Kristy | www.thevioletblonde.com

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    1. Thank you Kirsty, make sure you take some time out too x

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  16. I couldn't agree more - that and 90 mins with Elemis sounds like utter bliss x

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  17. They all sound and look absolutely incredible! I really want to try them now!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Hahahaha, they are beautiful and there are lots more product scents available too x

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  18. This sounds amazing! I've been feeling super frazzled this week and a relaxing facial would be just the ticket right now!

    Gemma x | flutterandsparkle.com

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  19. This sounds so lovely - it is always important to take time for yourself!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

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  20. Great post, I agree taking time out is important and I'm pleased you had a lovely treat. These products all sound lovely, I haven't ever tried Elemis but seeing you love it has certainly made me want to xxx

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  21. So jealous! I love a good pamper session and Elemis is the best!

    Georgia x
    www.georgiahathaway.co.uk

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  22. Yes to all of this. Those Elemis bits look & sound utterly divine. I could do with some down time. Once I make it to Bali I'll switch off for a week hopefully! Glad you're making the time to chill out my lovely, it's incredibly important. x

    Honestly Aine

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  23. These products look gorgeous!

    www.upyourvlog.com

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  24. I know you've been having a tough time recently, I hope all is looking up now!

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  25. Oh my word. These Elemis Elixirs sound amazing. I really need some of these in my life.
    Sounds great that there are different scents to reflect a mood.
    Thanks Sharon x

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