Mindfulness, Gratitude and Healthy Living – Journaling with Caroline Gardner
Mindfulness, gratitude and healthy living have all become part of our daily lives, especially living through a global pandemic! We don’t know about you but, it has made us realise that we should be grateful for every little thing no matter how big or small. It has taught us not to take our health for granted and that our mind is the most powerful tool in our body!
Over the years and especially in the last 6 months the art of journaling has been on the rise. So, what is journaling? If you don’t already know it involves the practice of keeping a diary/journal that explores the thoughts and feelings surrounding the events in your life. At the start of the pandemic when people started experiencing their lives being flipped upside down and experiencing emotions they had never felt before, many took pen to paper and started writing down how they felt. By putting pen to paper it helped build control and structure in a time when many had lost their sense of ‘normal.’ By writing thoughts down it helped to break down even the most daunting of tasks. It taught us to take the time each day to write down what we were grateful for and focus on goals we may have put on the back burner. Many realised by doing this and taking time to focus on the good things, helped them have a positive outlook on life.
So, with that in mind we are so excited to launch our Caroline Gardner range of journals and notebooks. Within the range are three different journals all dealing with different areas in your life and two notebooks with motivational/inspirational quotes on the front and plenty of room to write down your thoughts and feelings each day! So let us take you through each one!
Say hello to the ‘Sleep Easy’ journal. Although many of us are still working from home, routine and sleep are even more important and journaling is a great way to monitor this. The ‘Sleep Easy’ journal includes diary pages to set goals and clear your mind before bed. The idea of this journal is to clear your thoughts so you can get a good nights sleep and start the next day with more energy and a fresh approach ready for the day ahead!
The ‘Year of You’ journal includes 366 diary pages for daily notes, reflections and thoughts. This can be used as a day-to day to-list or you have the freedom to write all your thoughts down for the day.
Make notes, keep on top of tasks or doodle away with the ‘Make Your Own Magic’ notebook. This small chunky notebook filled with lined pages is the perfect place for you to write down your thoughts, ideas and tasks. Secured with a gold elasticated strap it will help keep your life organised. Also available in green with the slogan ‘Perhaps the Grass Is Green Enough.’
Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it
We hope you are all hanging in there and keeping safe and well, what a weird time we are living in right now. Whether you are working from home or using the time to hit the pause button and do all those things you never had the time to do, we have the essentials you need to thrive and strive while staying at home, and adjusting to life in this new ‘normal.’
CREATE A WORK SPACE
If you are working or studying from home the best way to keep your head in the game (and get your work done!) is to create a space to work – in other words do not work from bed! Set up a nice space in the house away from any distractions and add some pretty stationary that will make you want to work. We all know that a brand new notebook makes us 1000000% more productive, right?
VIDEO CALL BUT MAKE IT FASHION
Whether you are logging into a morning conference or ‘meeting’ your girls for virtual Friday night drinks, you’re going to want to add a few mood boosting touches to your stay at home outfit! We are thinking some cool hair accessories to hide that three day old hair or some layered necklaces to make your lounge wear casual chic!
TAKE IT SLOW
Think of this time as a way to hit the pause button on life. Pour yourself a cuppa and sit back and relax. Read a book, listen to a podcast, watch a new series, recharge those batteries so that when it is time to go back to normality you will be ready, recharged and fresh to get started again.
WRITE IT DOWN
Everyone is feeling stressed and anxious during this period we are calling our ‘new normal.’ Writing about how you are feeling and getting it all onto paper can take a load of your mind and make you feel more relaxed. We have the perfect notebooks for this, whether you want to let out your creative side, journal your experience or simply create a checklist for yourself each day.
DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE AND GET ORGANISED
What better time than now to have a spring clean. Nothing is more satisfying than getting rid of things you don’t need and now really is the perfect time to dive right into it. We all have those half empty products in our make up bag, clear them out and pop them in their new instaworthy make up bag. One thing we are all going to be reaching for when we come out of isolation is our passport! Get all your travel bits together in one of our fabulous travel wallets. If your purse is anything like ours it will be full of unwanted receipts, clear them out and organise your cards into a snazzy new card holder.
ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS
I think if we have learnt anything from this time it’s to enjoy the little things in life. It has been a time where we have been allowed to stop and be present, make our health our first priority and get creative when staying in contact with friends and family. We cannot wait to get back to a little normality but for now we are appreciating that we are healthy and safe and are able to take this time for ourselves .
Are you enjoying being at home? Let us know in the comments below.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching (Sunday 11th March) it can be stressful to find the ‘perfect’ gift. How do you say thank you to the woman that brought you into this world? Who taught you right from wrong and who has and always will continue to do anything in the world for you?! Don’t panic we have got you covered!
Jewellery is always a great option when it comes to gifts. There is something very sentimental about it, it can tell a story, pass on good wishes and it’s something someone can get a lot of wear out of too. Forget flowers and chocolates if she is a jewellery lover give her a new favourite from Wisteria London this Mother’s Day.
All of our jewellery is beautifully presented in a gift box ready to gift to that special woman in your life.
When it comes to accessories there is definitely one item that every woman should have and that item is a good handbag. Handbags are the necessary accessory all us women can’t help but swoon over and Wisteria London have a selection of handbags that are both classic and chic and sure to earn you some extra brownie points this Mother’s Day!
Accessorising outfits with a gorgeous scarf is a simple yet stylish way to upgrade your look. A gift that you cannot go wrong with (after all one size fits all!) Wisteria London’s fashion scarves are an-any season and all weather staple.
Inject a touch of style to any outfit with our Lola Scarf
Our Olivia Scarf with its classic check pattern will add style to any cold weather outfit
Add a statement finish to a casual out with our gorgeous paisley print Elizabeth Scarf
Your mum spends so much time thinking about everyone else, but this Mother’s Day give her something that puts the focus back on her. Wisteria London has a selection of stationary that will let her set goals, plan her week and always have a place to jot down her brilliant ideas.
The best thing about shopping for women is that the options are endless, especially when it comes to accessories. There are a million reasons to celebrate your mum and the right gift says it all. I hope you found this gift guide helpful, you can shop the full Mother’s Day Edit here.
Until next time
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