Whether it’s a work colleague, a mum at the school gate or your oldest friend, we all feel a little jealousy from time to time. Each of us is striving to be the best we can, and if we can show more compassion towards each other this can only be a good thing. Friendships with other women are incredibly important to our wellbeing. Other women fulfil a role in our lives that a partner or family members don’t.
So how do we do that, and learn to cultivate friendships with other women, rather than falling into the comparison trap?
Here’s the thing: if any of your friends or family spoke to you in the way that your inner critic does, you wouldn’t stand for it. You would defend yourself, give examples of all the great things you’ve accomplished. You would say no, you are wrong. But when the voice comes from within, we rarely argue with it. We allow it to have its say without question.
March is Women’s History Month, and March 8th is International Women’s Day. This is a great time to celebrate and support women all over the world, and we are proud to support Women for Women International, with 10% of our net profit going to this fantastic cause. We partner with this charity because of the invaluable work they do with women in the most war torn places, helping them to build lives and futures for themselves and their families.
Starting on Wednesday 1st March we will be celebrating Forty Days of Nurture with daily tips on our social media. The idea is to share with you simple things you can do to nurture and take care of yourself. Our hope is that by the end of those forty days, we will all see a noticeable difference in how we feel in both our physical and mental wellbeing.
This week has been Random Acts of Kindness Week, and Feb 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. You might think this sounds a bit gimmicky, but actually this is a brilliant way to do something nice for someone. And from a purely selfish perspective, performing random acts of kindness can actually do great things for your own mood and wellbeing.
February is the month of love, and with Valentine’s Day coming up next week the focus is mostly on romantic love between partners. Of course, it’s nice to show your partner you love them on Valentine’s Day, but there are 27 other days in February and here at Scentered we want to spread the love a bit wider than just romance. Let’s use the rest of February to celebrate all forms of love, whether it’s love for your family, love for a pet or love for nature.
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of January, and hopefully unscathed. We were with you all the way through, and we’ve loved seeing your posts on social media sharing your new year’s resolutions and goals.
If you’re struggling with staying on top of things, here are our top tips to help you stay organised and keep up all of those good intentions from the new year.
When was the last time you said thank you? Not just for someone holding a door open for you, or making you a cup of tea; when did you last thank someone for being in your life, for helping and supporting you?
It’s strange, isn’t it, that we’re so careful about remembering to thank people for our change in the supermarket or for complimenting our work - but when it comes to the bigger things, like supporting us through a hard time or just being there for us, how often do we really thank those around us?
Expressing gratitude can be incredibly beneficial for both parties. Here are some reasons to start saying thank you more often:
Although Blue Monday is not a real phenomenon, it is true that at this time of year many of us do start to feel a bit fed up. With Christmas behind us, the gloomy days and dark evenings can seem so much less fun now the tinsel and fairy lights have been packed away. Many people find that their general mood is lower at this time of year. One article we read said that unless your birthday is in January, it’s “nothing but a 31-day chasm of despair.”
If you’re inclined to agree with that sentiment, here are our ten top tips to help you brighten up your Blue Monday, and indeed your whole winter.
In last week’s blog post we told you about our co-founders and their new year’s resolutions for 2017. It seems they are not alone in having made resolutions which focus more on self care. According to Statistic Brain, resolutions revolving around life or self improvement were the second most popular - after that old stalwart, losing weight.
The problem is that only 8 per cent of people manage to achieve their new year’s resolutions, and for most of us now is about the sort of time when they either give up or just plain forget about them.
Our co-founders, Lara Morgan and Fay Pottinger, are both incredibly busy ladies juggling their work life with families just as so many of us do on a daily basis. Of course, at this time of year our thoughts go to making new year’s resolutions so we thought we’d share with your what our founders have resolved to do.
At this time of year many of us set our minds to planning for the year ahead. You might have already set a new year’s resolution, but with only 8 per cent of people managing to successfully achieve their resolution each year, we thought we’d offer a helping hand. Here are a few tips to help you on your way to making 2017 your best year yet:
At this time of year, things can become really stressful. There’s the present shopping that always seems to be Mum’s Job no matter how many other capable people there are in the house. Then there is the food preparation, winding up work for the Christmas break, wrapping gifts, attending Christmas functions and parties, preparing the house for visitors or the family for a trip to visit relatives… the list can seem endless and it’s easy to get so caught up in all the preparations we end up run down and fed up by the time January 2nd rolls around and we’re all back to business as usual.
Here are our top five tips for staying “scentered” this holiday season:
On the blog this week, we’re talking about how to sparkle from the inside this festive season. When you’re busy running around finding the perfect presents, ordering Christmas food and finding an outfit for the Christmas party, it can be all too easy to neglect your own self care. Head on over to the blog for our top tips on making sure you don’t burn out this Christmas.
We know that you are a strong person and perfectly capable of dealing with anything life throws at you. But we also know that sometimes you need a bit of encouragement to believe this of yourself! We all have wobbly moments where we don’t feel as confident as we would like, and sometimes we go through entire wobbly patches where we just don’t feel confident in anything at all.
Whether you’re dealing with something that’s knocked your confidence, or you’re dealing with a lifelong lack, there are very few people in this world who would not benefit from a boost in confidence. With that in mind, here are some confidence building top tips to help you be on top of your game, whatever life throws at you.
Many of us buy a candle
because it smells nice or to make a room feel more cosy (or hygge if you’re
bang on trend). There are lots of benefits to burning candles in your home
though, so we’ve put together a list of some benefits you may not have
Winter is here, and with it comes cold season, less sunlight,
more layers and for many of us an overwhelming urge to hibernate with a hefty
dose of comfort food. The winter months can be even more stressful than usual,
with dreary days and cold weather just making everything seem a bit less
The good news is that there are plenty of things
we can all do to feel a little better over winter.
We are excited to be attending Stylist Live this October 13th - 16th. Taglined “a festival of inspiration,” this annual event boasts over 150 talks and workshops and over 100 boutique pop-ups. We’re delighted to be taking part.
In any given year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health
problem, with mixed anxiety and depression being the most common diagnosis. It
is estimated that between 4-10% of us will experience depression in our
lifetimes. Look around you; in a company
of forty people, ten of them has had some sort of mental health problem this
Getting enough sleep helps us to be more productive, to feel more positive and even to keep excess weight at bay. So many of us struggle to get enough sleep though; even if our heads hit the pillow by 10pm we often struggle to get to sleep or fall asleep only to wake in the middle of the night. Here are our top natural ways to cure sleep problems without resorting to sleeping pills.
Insomnia is one of those things that most of us experience at some point in our lives. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, at any given time around 10 per cent of people have at least mild insomnia. And the problem with insomnia is that it can quickly become a vicious circle, whereby we become stressed because we can’t sleep, and then our stress over not sleeping keeps us awake.
Meditation is a fantastic way to keep stress in check; a daily practice is brilliant for keeping the mind calm and on an even keel… but what if you don’t have time to meditate? There is an old Zen saying that you should meditate for twenty minutes every day, unless you are very busy; then you should meditate for an hour. Which looks great on one of those quote cards you see on Facebook, but is not so great in practice. When you already feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, the idea of carving out twenty minutes to sit and do nothing can just end up causing more stress.