Spring sneezes

I was at Pilates this evening, stretching out my stressed and tight limbs, when I realised I had that scratchy feeling in my throat that says ‘you are getting a cold’.  The last thing I need right now is to feel under the weather, so I stopped off and picked up some echinacea on the way home and tucked into an orange after dinner.  Fingers crossed I can fight it off.

It also got me thinking about that classic and just a bit cliched blog post for life-style bloggers on ‘self-care’ whatever that may be.  It usually involves tea, bubble baths and colouring in, and certainly those are important stress relievers – but what else is there?  We all decided in my Pilates group tonight that nothing beats fresh air. A stroll to a local park, or for us in Wellington, along the water front, soon wipes out nonsense from out brains.  Enjoy nature, go window shopping, use the time to clear the brain.

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Enjoy nature

For me, things with good smells always helps. A favourite perfume that suits the mood (today it was Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom) works, or try a new soap or body lotion.  Or pick up your favourite herb, be it basil or dill.

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A scent that reminds me of childhood from David Jones

Naturally, good food always helps.  Whether it is gnocchi and pesto, a bowl of goodness or, let’s face it, just good old beans on toast, pick something that you know will lift the mood.

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Buckwheat, lentils, carrots, cavolo nero, sun dried tomatoes, vegan cheese, sweet corn bowl

Pick up a good book, a blanket for the sofa, go on to YouTube and listen to the soothing tones of  Justine Leconte or smile with The Mustards.  Get into bed early, perhaps with a camomile tea.  And if you do feel a cold coming on, don’t forget large doses of echinacea.

You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram @thistleandkiwis.  As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days.  If you want to get in touch, email me on thistlesandkiwis@gmail.com

 

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