Recently, I have found that I love to have things by my bedside to make me feel good and inspired in the morning, and release my thoughts at night to give me a restful sleep. (most nights)
Here is what I have, the reasons why, and where you can get them from..
Himalayan Salt Lamp
I have a few salt lamps around the house, but I particularly like having one by the bed, because it gives off a beautiful warm glow, which is soft enough to be a great night reading light, and not such a shock to the system to turn on in the morning when its still dark.
But beyond the light, itself, Himilayan Crystal Salt lamps are believed to create negatively charged ions in the air, which helps to balance out harmful positively charged ions, which are produced through pollution, electrical equipment etc.
Due to creating negatively charged ions, Himilayan salt lamps are said to have a whole load of benefits, here’s a few.
- Cleanse and deodorise the air
- Reduce allergy and asthma symptoms
- Eases coughing
- Increase energy levels
- Neutralise electromagnetic radiation
- Better sleep
- Improve mood and concentration
- Treat seasonal affective disorder
- Reduce static electricity in the air
- Environmentally friendly light source (so long as you are conscious of the bulb you use)
There are lots of places you can buy them online and some health shops sell them. Be aware, there are fakes out there!
And, if you get the urge to taste it, like I did, it is seriously fucking salty!
Klean Kanteen Water Bottle
I bloody love these bottles! They are made from food safe BPA fee stainless steel, which has been electropolished so it can’t retain or impart flavours.
They come in lots of different colours, sizes, and lid options. They also do insulated cups, tumblers, food canisters and a great range of children’s products.
They can go in the dishwasher, and if you drop them, they may dent, but they don’t break! Great for me, as I am super clumsy.
I have two big ones, the largest bottle size, which is 1182ml/40oz, so I know if I’ve had two bottles worth of water, I’ve had over my 2 litre minimum a day. I wee, a lot!
I also have one of their insulated tumblers, with a clever lid that gives you the option of a coffee cup opening, or a central straw hole. So it’s great for keeping my matcha latte hot, or keeping my green juice cold while I slurp it through a straw. Word of warning, it really does keep hot things hot for a long time, my burnt tongue is proof.
Here’s a link to their site, although you can’t buy them direct, they have a list of suppliers. I bought mine from amazon… boo, hiss, I know.
Guatemalan Worry Dolls
Worry dolls are tiny, hand crafted dolls from… Guatemala, surprise surprise. The dolls are dressed in traditional mayan costumes. They are made from wire, wood, scraps of fabric and yarn.
The indigenous people from the highlands in Guatemala created the worry dolls many generations ago as a remedy for worrying. According to Mayan legend, when worrying keeps a person awake, he or she tells a worry to as may dolls as necessary. Then the worrier places the dolls under their pillow. The dolls take over the worrying for the person who then sleeps peacefully through the night. When the person wakes, they no longer feel worried as the dolls took the worries away during the night.
My use.. It’s hard to say wether these dolls have any spiritual powers. But my thought is, by saying the worries out loud to the dolls, you are subconsciously letting go of them. I spoke to these dolls every night for a year when I was struggling with anxiety and depression due to my previous job. The poor things probably put ear plugs in.
No I didn’t suddenly sleep through the night peacefully, other than the month I was on sleeping tablets. But… I did always feel better once I had told the dolls what I was worried about, so surely thats got to be a good thing!
Get them here.. http://www.spectrumwellbeing.co.uk/guatemalanworrydolls.htm
Firstly, you don’t have to be a mum to use these cards, there’s a huge selection of different focuses. My pack is the YESMUM Human cards.
The idea of the card is, that though “drawing on techniques from mindfulness, yesmum affirmation cards are your daily pat on the back. A quick, straightforward way to access the power of positive programming and start each day with strength and self-assurance.
Place the pack on your bedside table, your desk, near a chair you feed in or next to the kettle; anywhere you are likely to see them on a regular basis. Aim to turn a new card over each morning, read aloud the affirmation and embrace it for the rest of your day.
A simple habit of positive thought processes help shift your mind-set. And brilliantly, a change in emotional state directly affects the way you experience the world around you. The more you tell yourself something, the more you believe it, and ultimately the more you live by it.
Better still, calmness, confidence and self-belief are great tools for dealing with the trickier moments of raising a small person. Keep things fresh with a shuffle of the pack. Find one that really strikes a chord? Stick it on the fridge or keep it in your purse. Enjoy using your yesmum cards however and wherever they work for you. Each affirmation is a tiny fist-pump to yourself.”
(“” section taken from London Hypnobirthing website)
Get yours here.. http://www.londonhypnobirthing.co.uk/shop/
I love these cards, they encourage you to be positive, think of yourself and set your intensions for the day. I read a new card each morning which works well with my last item on my bedside..
The Five Minute Journal
I treated myself to this journal as a new years presents. I have used it everyday so far.
In the morning, it pushes me to think about what I am grateful for, what I hope for from my day and my affirmation for myself. (I often use the yesmum card). At the end of the day, it makes you reflect on what was great about your day, but also what you could have done to make it better.
I would definitely say this journal has the desired affect for me. I am focusing on the good things in my life, feeling grateful for those around me and the things that happen to me. I am having a more positive outlook and it has changed my way of thinking, which means I am considering what I project onto others more as well.
Get yours here.. https://www.intelligentchange.com/collections/all or amazon..