At this time of year
many of us are thinking of jetting off to somewhere a little
warmer for a bit of spring sunshine. Just leafing through
the glossy brochures cheers us up a bit, but after the long
winter months is your skin really up to being bared. Shedding
layers of clothing may also mean you need to shed a few
layers of skin.
All those dead, dingy skin cells that have been covered
up with thick winter clothes will certainly benefit from
regular exfoliation over the coming weeks. If you've been
diligent about exfoliating and moisturising during the winter
then well done - you'll be one step ahead of the rest of
us who've been a bit lazy about our bodies during the long,
dark days. If you haven't, then now's a great time to start.
There are many ways to slough off dead
skin cells - body brushing is excellent but don't go made,
gentle brushing is all that's needed. You could buy a specific
body exfoliating shower crθme; these are easy to include
in your daily shower or bathing routine.
If your skin is particularly sensitive or delicate you could
mix up your own body scrub of oatmeal (cheap and easy to
get from health food stores) and almond oil - just massage
into the skin gently, a bit messy but great fun and extremely
kind to the skin and wonderful as an exfoliator. Always
follow up an exfoliating routine with a good quality body
lotion - we love the inexpensive St Ives range at the moment,
containing collagen and plant extracts.
You could also try one of the new 'holiday skin' products
to give you a head start in looking spring-like. And if
you are lucky enough to be going away somewhere warm, don't
forget that you'll need sun protection even at this time
the long, grey days have been getting you down
don't despair, spring is on the way.
Spring has definitely been a slow starter this year, there
seemed no end to the cold, miserable grey days that we've
been experiencing lately.
For people with Seasonal Affected Disorder this can be a
big problem, but even if you're not a sufferer the length
of the winter months can affect our overall mood. So at
this time of years it's important to make good use of any
sunshine that is available. If at all possible, get outside
as often as possible and for as long as possible.
If you're working during the day, do try and take a walk
at lunch time or even sit outside with your coffee and sandwiches
and with the lighter evenings try to do an outside task
eg wash the car, weed the garden etc in the early evening.
to reaffirm to your body that it is really Spring make the
effort to find some 'green-space' in your free time - seeing
the buds of flowers beginning or just hearing the birds
sing can really convince us that better days are on the
way. And don't make the excuse that you live in the city
- believe me there are green spaces absolutely everywhere
just waiting to be discovered, even the most densely build
up areas are often surrounded by either woodland, field
land or just wild wasteland that can still lift the spirits.
Psychologists are absolutely convinced that people who take
an interest in nature and the living world feel healthier
and suffer less stress in their lives n no mater what small
way that take part, so off you go, make the effort, and
you'll soon feel the benefits.
you still feeling the financial burden of the Christmas
A recent report showed that debts incurred over the winter
period often drag into the spring adding to the depression
that is often felt at this time of the year.
serious debt problems it is always advisable to seek professional
help, but for those who are just fed up of the monthly shortfall
on pay day, it's a good time of year to sit down and really
take an in-depth look at your finances. It may mean just
tightening your belt for a short spell and really denting
those larger debts, or you may have to devise more long
term adjustments to your spending habits but either way,
taking control of your finances can lift a huge weight off
your mind - burying your head in the sand won't make the
problem go away and can lead to serious depressive problems.
If you need help, call the Citizens Advice Centre, who can
offer useful advice on how to get back on track.