Hearts, oils and yoga.

As Dave has pointed out, hearts have become become more prominent around the house and are seeping into my wardrobe! I couldn’t resist this cropped sweat top at just £4.50 in Primark! Perfect for comfortable evenings in the house!
It may subconsciously have something to do with me trying to calm our home and lives a bit right now. Our home can sometimes be a stressful place to be what with Megan’s ASD outbursts due to the many changes that are happening at present, I’m working towards all possible ways of changing that.
Last nights sleep was one of the best that I have had in such a long time. I soaked in a Radox bath to which I had added six drops of lavender oil. I  am in need of a new oil burner so instead, I put five drops of lavender onto some cotton wool next to my bed. After reading for fifteen minutes (that’s all I could manage!), I switched off the light and almost instantly fell asleep. I cannot remember the last time that I slept until the alarm went off.
Before I got out of bed this morning, I swapped the lavender with five drops of sweet orange oil, for it’s uplifting scent. My mood has been very low this last couple of weeks and I am doing all that I can to start the day in the best possible way. 
I also used the same routine on my daughter last night. She gets very anxious, finds mornings difficult and can be very confrontational.  As she starts high school in September (eleven seems so young) and she will have a lot more to cope with in a day, I am hoping that starting this routine now will be of some help.
I have also ordered a new yoga mat and am looking forward to starting some restorative yoga as soon as it arrives.  At a wedding the other weekend, I was talking to a friend of Dave’s who is a yoga instructor.  She suggested that I use restorative yoga as a time to actually stop in the day, help with my fibromyalgia symptoms and body image problems. Before the fibro really kicked in, I was a regular at Pilates and had used yoga to help get back in shape after the birth of my daughter.  I have been frustrated at my inability to work out at the level that I am used to and the effect it has had on my body. I have never tried restorative yoga, but am looking forward to using it as a starting point to accept my situation, become more at peace with myself, help repair my body and move forward.
Have you made any changes to make your family life calmer or to improve you health and thoughts? I’d be interested to hear from you.
Amy-Louise
xx

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