Mid year MOT!

Time to slow down and check in with your self care

Well you made it to midway! June is the halfway point in the year and it’s when we enjoy the longest, brightest days. It’s a time of flourishing and growth in nature – and we have more energy too. 

The perfect time to make the most of the sunshine and mull over how you are feeling in yourself. 

Do you feel vibrant, full of energy and flexible in body and mind? 

Or are you feeling tight, sluggish and chaotic? 

Let’s reflect on how you’ve done in the first half of the year, how far you’ve come in fulfilling your personal dreams, goals and wishes (choose which words resonate the most with you) and how your wellbeing sits with all this.

Take a few moments to work through the following exercise and discover how you could improve your sense of well-being throughout the rest of the year.  All you need is a pen and paper and an open mind.

1. What does well-being and being well mean to you right now?

2. What well-being activities have you taken part in so far this year?

Tip: If you are a keen photographer, look over your snaps. If you are a Facebook fan, have a peek at your timeline – but don’t get too distracted!

3. Are these activities benefiting your sense of well-being or making you feel drained?

4. Going forward, how can you support yourself more at home, work & play?

  • Do you need to give something up?
  • Should you do less of a certain thing?
  • Are you maintaining consistency?
  • Could you start something new?

Your answers, ideas and musings will help to prioritise your well-being foundations.

Celebrating your successes no matter how small!

Making it real

The next step is the crucial bit.

  1. Write down your well-being foundations in your diary, on your calendar, in your phone or in a notebook and plan when you will take action. Perhaps choose a bright colour so it really stands out (this will also help when you review this year, as it draws to a close).

Tip: Writing things down adds weight to them becoming a reality. Talking about them takes you a step closer too. You might find that some of your friends are keen to join in with some of your planned well-being activities. Even better!

  1. Start small and stay consistent for the next month (or more) until your new actions become a habit.
  2. To stay motivated, check your wellbeing foundations daily, weekly and/or monthly (you choose) and update your progress.
  3. Remember to celebrate what goes well for you and if you have any challenges, don’t be too harsh on yourself.

Instead, be gentle and consider the following;

  • Where do you need support?
  • Do you need to break your goal down to make it more manageable?
  • Is the original goal still supporting you? (perhaps it isn’t important to you any more).

Explore this by yourself or with friends and if you’re struggling, remember to keep it simple and perhaps choose just ONE thing to do every day to nourish your well-being.

If you need extra help, get in touch and let me know at hello@calmworks.co.uk.

I can talk you through some options.

Winter festive yoga fundraiser for Shelter

Shelter UK work to prevent homelessness

Paying it forward

On Friday 14th December Joe ran the annual festive yoga fundraiser. The special Rise &Shine session began with mindful exploring using the breath, spine and gravity and afterwards there was festive tea and treats.

In total £225 was raised from attendees and contributions made during the month. 

Joe would like to thank everyone for their generosity. If you’d like to make donation please do so HERE

13 foods to help you fight stress & depression

Keep it colourful, fresh and flavoursome!

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C.

Thirteen may be considered an unlucky number however this might be the exception! I stumbled upon this post by Keri Glassman 13 Healthy Foods That Fight Stress & Depression. Have a look and see if adding these foods into your diet could give you that extra ammunition in your battle against depression and to defeat stress.

Let me know how you find these suggestions and if you try them how you get on at hello@calmworks.co.uk

Walking towards wellness – Festival of winter walks

Every season has its own unique beauty and joy – but it’s almost too tempting to snuggle up indoors during the winter and only enjoy the weather from the warm side of the window.

That’s why The Ramblers (formerly The Ramblers’ Association but now trendily abbreviated and with a funky logo) is bringing back its Festival of Winter Walks, in a bid to get us all to lace up our boots and head out, whatever the weather.

The festival runs from Friday 21 December to Sunday 6 January and includes group walks (pop over to the website, link above) for details – or go it alone on one of the 2,750 walking routes listed on the site.

Still need encouragement to get your hat and gloves on and get outside? Here’s a run down of my top five benefits of walking.

1. It’s brilliant for your brain

A King’s College London study suggested fitter legs are linked to a fitter brain, as we get older. The study of twins found that simply walking more can improve brain function in later years.

2. It helps heart disease and osteoporosis

Not seen sunlight for days? Vitamin D levels can plummet during winter so get out and soak up the sunshine vitamin whenever possible. It will not only boost your energy, it maintains a healthy heart and strong bones.

3. You’ll live longer

A Cambridge University study suggested a daily 20 minute walk could reduce the risk of early death. It found twice as many deaths may be due to lack of exercise than obesity.

4. It’s as good as running

In fact, it might be better. US researchers found that running reduced the risk of heart disease by 4.5% while walking reduced it by 9.3%. High blood pressure and high cholesterol risks were also lowered by more than running and diabetes risk was reduced equally by running and walking.

5. It may help lift depression

Exercise improves self-esteem, mood and sleep quality and reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed and staying active helps those who are depressed recover.

And so long as it’s not too damp to make the most of your outside time you can also indulge in a healthy dose of forest bathing!

Wishing you calmness



Photo by Sebastian Pichler on Unsplash

Rise & Shine Yoga for Shelter charity fundraiser

This is a special ‘Rise & Shine’ yoga with all profits going towards Shelter; this charity do great work all year round and especially so during the winter and festive season providing a hot meal, warm clothing and friendly company to those in need.

Cost: £15 per person

Please note: Pre book your mat with Joe as limited numbers. Yoga passess not valid.

If you’d like to book your yoga place please let Joe know ASAP on 07799 145548 or at hello@calmworks.co.uk
Once the session is over why not join us for a warm herbal tea & festive nibble? 

Can’t make the session? Feel free to make a donation in the golden pig of gratitude.

Wishing you calmness

Joe 🙂