Cartwheels Across The Sky is focused on living ‘our‘ best life. Meaning we aren’t comparing ourselves to others -instead, we are finding joy in all the small moments that make up a life.
I thought it would be a cool idea then, to bring you a monthly round-up of tips, activities, and links for a happy, healthy and wealthy life. Storm clouds seem to be gathering around us at the moment from every direction. If you are feeling stressed, and maybe a little panicked like me, take a deep breath and allow yourself time every day to laugh, to rest and to enjoy those #momentsofhappiness.
Happy: Laugh Every Day
Laughing is such great medicine. Now, we often don’t find laughter readily available in the world at large so we have to seek it out. Spend time every day watching a funny TV program, put on an old film you love, read a book or find a podcast that will make you laugh out loud.
I’ve said it before but when I feel myself going down the ‘woe is me’ track, it’s often gratitude that pulls me back. Now, this isn’t always easy to achieve, once we are set in a little downward stress cycle about how bad the world is or how bad our lives are it really does take a concerted effort sometimes to stop, take a moment and then focus on what you do have instead of on what’s lacking.
However, I promise you will find something, and then you will find more things and then after a time it becomes easier to celebrate the good than to dwell on the bad. A great book to read on this topic is Thank And Grow Rich by Pam Grout.
If you want to turn this into a habit, grab a little notebook or the notes section of your phone and make it a routine to jot down something you are grateful for every time you think of a new one. Before long you will have a long list to remind you.
Healthy: Deep Relaxation
When we head to bed at night that can be the time when all those worrying thoughts start to spin through our head. Make a conscious effort to make tonight different. Pop a relaxation meditation on, listen to some soothing music or read some feel-good fiction just before you fall asleep. Our minds process a great deal during sleep, so we want our last thoughts at night to be positive ones.
One of the ways I switch off is to do a deep relaxation of every part of my body. I lie on my back after I have turned out the lights at night and move from my scalp down, thinking of each part of my body, my head, face, neck, shoulders etc. As I work through every area I think about deeply relaxing that body part, letting go of any tension being held there. I don’t linger too long on any one area, I just move on, thus allowing my mind not to get distracted by other thoughts. Often, long before I have made it down to my toes I am already fast asleep. While I know this might not work for everyone, especially if you suffer from insomnia, it’s definitely worth a try and it has helped me a great deal.
Healthy: Tea Bags
This might be an odd one but one of the things that make me happy is tea (I am British after all). Sometimes when all seems lost, just that ritual of boiling the water, making the tea and then wrapping my hands around a warm cup really helps to ground me.
I was dismayed a few months back then to realise that my lovely cup of tea was not quite as pure as I had thought and that many tea-bags release microplastics into the water.
Once I discovered this I switched to loose leaf tea, and while that was great, it’s never quite as convenient as a tea bag when I am rushing around.
I have now discovered Clipper tea bags , which are fairtrade, organic, unbleached and plastic-free. Even better it’s really lovely tea, so if you are looking for a new tea, definitely give it a try.
Wealthy: Denise Duffield Thomas
When it comes to abundance – whatever your version of that is – one of the key areas is going to be your mindset. One woman who helps you to see things differently around money is Denise Duffield Thomas and I have been following her blog for a long time.
She’s hugely motivating but at the same time very down to earth. This isn’t necessarily about ‘reach for the stars’ wealth, it’s about improving our day to day life with some really great advice. If you want to check out what she is all about, I suggest starting with her book Get Rich, Lucky Bitch.
That’s it for this month. I hope you find the tips helpful and I will be back in April with some more.
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