Category Archives: sometimes wellbeing

When I Write And When I Get In A Rut

I don’t really know where inspiration comes out of most of the time. One minute, I’m sitting there with the biggest mental block then I’m spewing out articles like the new time. They say that methods such as having a muse, going for a walk and reading are ways to get our creative juices flowing. Often, it’s the slightest bit of movement that will spark inspiration – certainly this is true for when I write.

Procrastination has its own meaning, we’ve been here before. We procrastinate for a reason (or several) and tend to allow it to take over when it needn’t. While we’re boiling the kettle, we could be getting that wash up done. Instead though, we browse through our Facebook newsfeed usually observing repeats of what we’ve already seen. We pretend it’s important and all the while, it’s actually draining our delicate creativity.

I’m lying on my couch now in my dressing gown sipping on coffee. While checking in on my social media channels for the fourth time today (it’s only 11am), I had a wake up call. Hence, why this blog is being written. I had a friend ask me yesterday if I write everyday. My response was of course that I don’t write everyday but rather every couple of weeks. There’s so much more we could be doing when we’re not on social media or wasting time by other means.

I remember starting my blog three years ago as I wanted to practice writing. They say 10,000 hours at something will make you an expert. I certainly wouldn’t consider myself an expert however know for a fact that not writing much (or at all) certainly won’t make me one.

Coming up with excuses about why I don’t write is probably taking up more energy than actually writing. Likewise, overthinking the not doing and the why nots is probably not the most productive method to getting anything done.

Similarly, for yourself there might be something that you’re putting off. Why are you putting it off and what are the reasons you’re telling yourself? Try the below to help you wake the sleeping giant and get moving.

*Plan out what you want to achieve, your goals and what it’s about. For me, I have a massive poster on the back of my door with reasons why I blog. It’s a sweet reminder the second I get up in the morning.

*Highlighting to myself what I have achieved ensures that I show gratitude and celebrate the ins and outs of the blog to date. Always remember to stop and take note of how far you’ve come!

*Give yourself a break but not for too long. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut however actually taking even the smallest action will mean that you are moving in the right direction.

Don’t forget to do what you love and what makes you happy! If I felt tomorrow that writing wasn’t what I enjoyed, I’d stop in a heart beat. Life’s too short x

Lush Spa Liverpool: 80 Minutes Away From Reality.

I love a bit of relaxation especially when it involves being massaged. Thankfully, I work for a company that offers luxurious spa treatments that are unlike any other I’ve experienced. Meet these benefits with the good vibes and quality Lush spa therapists like those at Lush Spa Liverpool and well, you’ll understand when you read on.

The Lush Spa in Liverpool is a location I’ve been to twice. Two years ago, I spent 1.5 hours getting the Hard Day’s Night treatment (a native innovation of Liverpool, of course). I enjoyed pure relaxation under a cosy duvet while wearing oversized pyjamas and resting on a heated mattress. While I was feeling its wonder, the spa therapist massaged my body and head while I melted into a world soundtracked to the one and only Beatles theme – orchestrated by a music group exclusive to this treatment.

On this occasion, I opted for Synaesthesia – Lush’s first ever spa treatment. I have a tendency to get rather stressed and so, getting a treatment that would involve a relaxing massage, essential oils and facial (plus more) seemed perfect for the mood I wanted to create. And create it I did or rather Laura did.

Setting the tone upon entry, I was greeted with the warmest welcome. The spa was rather calm. I was immediately at ease and this continued as Laura did a brief consultation and explained how the treatment would work. She explained what synaesthesia meant which I had become familiar with at Henry Street. It is a perceptual phenomenon whereby stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to the involuntary experiences in another sense or cognitive function. During the Synesthesia treatment, it is therefore aimed that all senses become heightened and as such, efforts are made to do so with the scents generated and the feelings evoked.

Before starting, an emotion needs to be selected from a list. This signifies how the client wants to feel. I chose ‘uninhibited’ as I wanted to break my barriers down a bit and reduce some fears I’ve been having. Once this was selected, a massage bar with a special blend of essential oils was brought out. This was then used on my body throughout the treatment and another was gifted afterwards along with a bubble bar of the same essential oils. The power of its scent can’t be disputed as, since using the massage bar at home, I’ve felt its relaxing effects.

I was then asked to select a behaviour from a shelf of pure essential oils. These are described as ‘Behavioural prescriptions’. In this case, I chose forgiveness. This is something at the forefront of my mind recently due to some challenges I had forgiving parties earlier this year. The idea was that choosing it as part of the treatment would help me to forgive – and it certainly did.

The option of either a stomach massage or the use of hot oils at the end of the treatment was given. As I suffer a bit with digestive problems, I went for the stomach massage. Digestive challenges can be a symptom of stress in general so having a stomach massage is highly recommended if you happen to suffer with this.

In terms of the treatment, the music played throughout the session further fuels the emotions and reactions. It tended to speed up and slow down depending on what was happening during the treatment. It was rather loud at times and allowed for pure escapism. Of course, it was also created specifically for this treatment and served as meditative (so much so I invested in the CD for afterwards as part of my meditation sessions).

Closing off my session with beautifully soft skin and a relaxed mind, I was delighted with my cup of tea and gifts to enjoy at home. You see, Lush doesn’t just want you to enjoy the treatment while you’re there but to take the feelings and relaxation home and allow it to live on which thankfully, it has.

If interested in learning more about the Lush Spa, visit Lush.co.uk or visit Lush Henry Street where we can give you all the information and honest encounters from our own experiences. 

Adult Hard Or Hard Adult? Ignoring My NCT

An adult you say? Those people over the age of eighteen with more responsibilities, higher expectations and extra hair to shave. They’re the ones that check their bank account everyday to ensure they can pay bills they keep forgetting they have. Their income becomes a motivator as, each month and its agenda revolve around that sweet sweet payday. All the while, pretending to like the likes of kale and clean-eating makes up the time between weekends when cheat days happen.

Friends tell me that at aged thirty one, adulthood is inevitable. At this stage, I have to agree.

Last week, I went for my first NCT. For those unaware of what that means, it’s the national car test here in Ireland. I’ve had my car just over a year and love it dearly. Really though, I’d do anything for it. Anything except bring it for the NCT apparently. Four weeks had passed and I could see that the disc was getting more and more out of date. After a dodgy tyre meant I needed to visit the garage for repairs, reality struck. I booked in the NCT and passed six weeks out of date. I’m not going to lie. If the centre had been anywhere more than five minutes away, the procrastination would’ve been longer. Alas, it was not and I look forward to the great NCT of 2018.

For now though, I ponder what it all means and how I can be a better adult. Next time I let something slide, perhaps it can be nipped a bit earlier? Instead of telling myself that I’ve got better things to do, I should turn off Netflix and focus on my to do list. Or, I could give myself the fear about letting them slide into oblivion?

In any event, the lesson is that it needs to happen eventually. When I tell myself that something’s a pain and that doing it will stunt my creative streak – perhaps I need to face the facts. While there are plenty of things I could be doing, I’m not actually doing them. Those holidays I’d like to take, they’re not happening. As for all those books I’ve talked about writing, yeah I haven’t started.

The truth is that getting what I need to get finished will happen. Why not hurry it up and (dare I say) get it out of the way. There are plenty of upsides as far as I can tell.

Firstly, there’s the feeling of satisfaction and getting it ticked off. Love to do lists? Yeah, me too. Care to join me in ticking them off? Ticking off a list of completed items works wonders for the mind. Trust me.

While we’re at it, there’s a little reward scheme. I had a bunch of college work to do last year. It took lots of time and felt like adult life on steroids. I treated myself to new make-up upon completion. It felt amazing and I got the work done. Now I associate finishing the task with a great feeling and not the stress I (sometimes) felt. It’s a win win.

The rest of adult life isn’t without its procrastination. It’s just about choosing your priorities whether you want to or not.