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DAILY MINDFUL GUIDE

Our professional holistic healing team have put together a mindful guided daily routine to help you in this time.

It is important we make sure we still keep to a routine throughout our day. Even if you are single, in a relationship, children or have no children.

 

SET AN ALARM

We should set our alarms and get up as we would normally do on our normal work day.

 

HYDRATE

It is important to hydrate so we must try to have a glass of water before we start off  our morning routine.

 

MINDFUL SHOWER

Having a mindful shower will really benefit our days going forward.

If we can try to have a shower in peace it is great we use this 10 minutes to really set our mind frame for the day ahead. Going into the day fresh, clear vision, focused, stress free and cleansed.

In the shower we can also benefit from putting some uplifting music on our phone or even relaxation music.

I would recommend sticking to high vibrational music without any violence lyrics or swear words.

As you take your morning shower, allow the water to rinse away your worries, imagine the water just washing it all down the drain. 

Shake off any excess worries troubles or negative emotions you may be feeling that morning.

Then have a little sing to up lift your mood.

 

WHAT TO WEAR?

It is important we get dressed, and try to refrain from staying in our pjs all day. It is very tempting but the more we can stick to a normal routine the healthier, mentally and physically this will be for ourselves and others around us too.

 

WHAT TO EAT IN THE MORNING?

It is essentiel we make sure we are having a healthy normal sized breakfast and sticking to the usual time frame we would be getting up and having this in.

 

WHAT IF  I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR A MINDFUL SHOWER?

If  you can’t get a peaceful shower in your morning routine then i recommend finding a settled place to take 10 minutes of mindfulness. You can do this alone or with the family as a group.

You can even pop out into your car for ten minutes if this is where you need to go for you ten minute mindfulness time.

I have attached a great 5 minute guided meditation link at the bottom of the page that you can listen to on youtube. If you have never done this before now is a great time to start. 

 

WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE DAY?

We need to get a time schedule put together. We must make sure we give ourselevs time to do jobs around the house, reading time, working with the children time and also time for set meals.

Being at home can get boring and can also tempt us to eat more food, watch more TV , play more video games etc, but if we can create a daily structure then this will be easier to manage for ourselves and the people we live with.

 

WHAT ABOUT WORKING OUT?

I do suggest to get some kind of work out in our daily routine even if we never used to do this before. I recommend 15-20 minutes a day minimum.

If you have space to get out in the garden, go for a run, go for a family walk outdoors this will increase your serotonin levels and also will enable you to get some vitamin D and of course fresh air!

If you have children exercise is very important as they have set play time at school and it is very helpful to keep them in a healthy routine mentally and physically.

 

WHAT ABOUT ACTIVITIES FOR THE CHILDREN?

I also recommend having a set time for family activity time at some point in the day, maybe after dinner time before it is time for bed. This could be reading, playing a game, drawing. I invite you to try to refrain from more tv or video games at this time. It is important you interact with each other in a time like this to keep stimulation going and positive energy going.

 

WHAT ABOUT IF I LIVE ALONE?

If you are alone use this time to FaceTime a friend or family member, draw, read, write, sing cook,dance, try something new or do whatever it is you like to do in your spare time.

 

EVENING TIME

Once we settle into our evening we can continue with our normal evening routine as before. We may feel extra tired when we start a new routine but we must try try to stick to the usual set bed time.

 

HOW WILL A DAILY STRUCTURE BENEFIT ME AND THE PEOPLE I LIVE WITH?

Having a daily structure will benefit us very much, it will also keep us productive and our immune systems much higher and much healthier than if we were to not have any type of daily routine.

 

OTHER BENEFICIAL TIPS

Meal prep and batch cooking from fresh food then freezing it will stretch food supply.

Learn new free courses online in your spare time.

Starting a journal will help reduce stress, anxiety and help with overall mental health.

Starting mindfulness including meditation and mindful techniques.

Look at the language you are using, are you speaking positively? Keeping language positive will have huge impacts of the energy within the house hold and also reduce stress, worry and anxiety.

Get jobs done that we have been putting off around the house!

Have a clear out of rubbish and old clothes to give to charity.

Get your car checked or serviced .

Look at ways you can be of service to your local community or online.

Help out local or small businesses by buying gift vouchers etc.

Stay in touch with your emotions that come up as we all face them in this uncertain time it is very normal. Allow the emotions to come out it is the way the mind body and soul self heals, how amazing is that!?

Now is a great time to look at what this is teaching you and if there are any areas of your life that you can possibly change for the better that will help you in the future.

Importantly reach out to friends, family or free helplines if you are struggling.

Lastly as hard as it can be try to remain positive as we can use this time to better ourselves and others around us. We are getting through each day together and this will come to and end.

Cleanse mindful water meditation link > CLICK HERE

5 minute daily guided youtube meditation  CLICK HERE

LARA MAZZACARO

Lara is a holistic healer qualified in QHHT Quantum healing Hypnosis Technique and Reiki Healing.

Here is her story …

Although I often say that my spiritual journey started in 2017, the very beginning really began in the summer of 2015. Up until this point, for as long as I can remember, I was living my adult life going through the motions. I was going to work every day (to a job that didn’t inspire me), going out at weekends, drinking alcohol, dating, the usual. But I always felt a little empty inside. I felt purposeless. Life didn’t really have any meaning to me. 

I tried to push this feeling to the back of my mind as much as possible. Keeping busy helped. I kept myself super busy, because if I let my mind wander too much, I became very unhappy. 

So you know, the usual blocks were put into place. Working and commuting long hours.Gym and exercise after work. Drinking on the weekends. Dating. Travelling. Seeing friends and committing myself to doing as much as possible, even when my body really needed a rest. And even then, I still felt deep down inside a lack of purpose.

“What am I doing here? Why do I do all these things everyone else does but I don’t feel happy? I’m supposed to feel happy. Nothing is particularly wrong with my life – it doesn’t inspire me, but there is definitely nothing I can see wrong with it.” And no matter how much I tried to ignore this feeling, it kept coming back to me. Each time a little more than the last.

By the summer of 2015 my body and mind were not in the best of places. My mind was unhappy. My body was tired from everything – not just from me putting it through its paces to block out my mind, but also because (I know now) I had pretty much experienced this feeling of ‘what really is the point’. 

Naturally I got sick (ever notice how you usually get sick when your mind is unhappy?!) Tonsillitis. I’d had this ever since I was young. It comes and it goes, so I didn’t listen to my body when it was telling me to rest and get better. I had things to do. I had to go to work. I had to go to the gym. I had to keep to social commitments. It’s only tonsillitis anyway, not a big deal. But it kept getting worse. Two weeks in and the doctors had prescribed me x3 different types of antibiotics – none of which had worked. I felt horrendous. I couldn’t swallow – so therefore I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t drink, I could barely swallow my own saliva. My body was so cold that I was waking up at 4 am and running a boiling hot bath just to sit in it for a few minutes to warm myself up. I was taking a hot water bottle to work on the tube in the morning, in the peak of the summer. Imagine that – I was STILL going to work. I just wouldn’t listen to my own body. And then, of course, I collapsed! The ambulance came and the paramedic said it was the worst case of tonsillitis he had ever seen. My whole throat was completely grey. They took me to hospital and put me on an IV drip. Which honestly felt like the best thing EVER. My poor body hadn’t had any nutrients or liquid for weeks.

I was in the hospital for 4 days and they eventually diagnosed me with Glandular Fever, whatever that was, I didn’t know at the time. The doctor signed me off for 2 weeks, but I called up my boss and said I would be back in 2 days. I didn’t want to let anyone down. Plus, I almost felt back to normal again. 

I was discharged from the hospital and the next day, back at home, I needed to go to the shop. I had no food in, and it was a nice sunny day in London. The big Sainsburys was only a 5 minute walk away, so off I went. As I got to the end of my road I started to feel a little light headed. Not really paying attention to this I carried on, but by the time I got to the shop (2 minutes later) my body had begun to feel incredibly weak. Almost like it couldn’t move. I managed to get myself to the shop toilets and sat down on the floor. It felt like I weighed as much as a ton of bricks. I didn’t know what to do, because I couldn’t get back up, and you know what London’s like, nobody was trying to help me. 

I had been sitting on that floor for about 45 minutes. And then somebody rushed in, jumping over me and into the toilet. They must have had a stomach bug or something, because what I heard wasn’t pretty. This was my cue to leave. 

I managed to get myself up, and very slowly, managed to get out of the shop. What should have been a 5 minute walk back to my house seemed to take an hour. Luckily there was a wall running down my street that I was able to hold onto and sit on when I was struggling too much. When I finally got home, I collapsed onto my bed and rang my parents who came straight away to help me out of my house (I couldn’t move by myself) and took me back to the family home. Things got progressively worse from there. Over several weeks my body became so tired and weak, I was unable to even lift up a glass of water. I couldn’t eat. My body ached all over. It felt like my whole body had given up. And mentally, so had I.

When I finally returned back to London and back to reality, the next 2 years of my life just seemed like an even bigger struggle than they had done before. I had been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue syndrome. A common after effect of Glandular Fever.Of which, there is no known cure for. It would come and go in severity, but for the most part I was constantly tired. I would fall asleep to and from work during my commute, in the office I would fall asleep on myself at my desk, at lunch times I would use that hour break to sleep again, and as soon as I got in from work and at the weekends I would mostly just be sleeping then too. My body felt so weak and heavy it physically hurt me to hold myself up, and if I had to do so without support for more than even half an hour it would trigger a bout of heavy fatigue that would see me off work for a week. 

When a bout of heavy fatigue came along, so did the aches. For some reason when I got really tired, my body would ache so much that even laying in bed was uncomfortable and I would be unable to sleep without heavy doses of painkillers. 

I had no choice during these years but to start to learn to listen to my body. I could no longer keep pushing myself to stay busy and block out everything I was trying to block out any longer. Naturally – then came the depression. I’ve never been scared of death. But in these years I would of actually been grateful for it. It felt like my life had been taken out of my own hands. I’ve always enjoyed adventure and progression. But here I am unable to partake in either. My job – that I didn’t enjoy- I couldn’t leave, because I was so sick nobody else would want to hire me. I couldn’t make long term plans with people because I didn’t know if I would be well enough to keep to them. My body just wasn’t getting better. And the worst part for me, aside from this, was that nobody seemed to understand. “Oh you’re just tired, I get tired too, you just need to push past it”, “you’re just being lazy, if you exercise you’ll feel better”, if you do this, if you do that, it’s only tiredness. They didn’t understand. And who can blame them. I wouldn’t have either before this. So there came the anxiety. Anxious everyone thought less of me. Anxious that I wasn’t understood. Throw in the depression for good measure and that was me. And boy did I feel sorry for myself! 

This pattern continued up until spring 2017, where my life began to change for the better. For a completely different reason altogether (a good old fashioned break up) I’d decided to take up reading to take my mind off of things (of course). A friend had suggested a book by Khloe Kardashian, not very spiritual I know – but I am incredibly grateful to this book as it made me realise how much I enjoyed reading, which previously to this I hadn’t done in years. Upon finishing this book I felt compelled to read another. 

Back onto Amazon I went, and there popped up the book that would be the start of a huge shift in my life. Light is the new black by Rebecca Campbell. I didn’t really look too much into what it was about, it had a pretty cover, and apparently that was enough for me at the time. When I began to read it, it genuinely felt like somebody had jumped inside of my mind, and took all of the things I had been feeling and put them into a book – except this one had the answers to everything I had been wondering. It made me feel completely different towards life. Here was somebody who had been feeling like me. And not only that, she’s found a way to no longer feel that way. And she has a purpose. And she’s written a book – that must mean that there’s other people that feel like me too. I’m not alone. In the book, Rebecca Campbell spoke about being a ‘Lightworker’. At the time I had no idea what that was at all, but I had every intention of finding out. This book had resonated more with me than anything else ever had in my life, and I was dedicated to the cause of finding out more.

I bought a couple more books about angels, spirit guides, becoming a psychic and I couldn’t read them fast enough. Every book I read resonated with my soul even more than the last. And before long I realised that that was it. I had finally found my purpose. I had found my reason for life. I still wasn’t exactly sure what it was I would be doing (and it would take another 2 years for me to determine that) but I knew my direction and that was enough. 

This feeling of direction had me so excited that I knew I didn’t have the time to wallow in self pity or illness anymore. I had to get better. I had reason to live. 

Now I had never been one for meditation, i’d poo poo’d the idea of it all for many years and I certainly never wanted to clear my mind, because for most of my life I had been trying to run away from it. Not quieten the thoughts so all that was there was me and it. But all of a sudden I had this strong urge to meditate.  

On the tube every morning, I would get my seat for my 45 minute journey and usually I would fall asleep for it. But this time I just followed the guidance in my head (I still didn’t really know what was going on at this point, but by now i was DESPERATE to be better, and for some reason this really felt like the right thing to do). At first I was imagining a white light starting at the top of my head and working its way down my body to my toes. Clearing out anything negative that was being held there. Next I imagined little gold sparkly balls coming through the top of my head. I wasn’t sure what these were, but they ran through my body and made me feel good. Lastly came these sparkly orange balls, again through the top of my head and around my body, and these ones expanded in my body, they were big orange sparkly balls of energy floating around inside of me giving me the energy I needed to recover. I did this meditation every day for months. And sure enough, I began to heal. Infact I felt AMAZING. I was socialising again. I was going to the gym. I was booking holidays.

Something that I had imagined in my head  on the train on the way to work had helped heal me more than all the doctors and hospital appointments put together. It was at this time I realised, the power of the mind. The power of meditation. The power of listening to my instincts. And most of all the power of living a life with purpose. 

It took me another year and a half to be truly 100% recovered from Chronic Fatigue (the very minimal bouts I was experiencing stopped altogether when I finally got a job that gave me purpose).

Now, I have researched, trained, and practised mind body and soul healing almost every day for the past couple of years, and I realise that all of the above happened FOR ME, so that I could find myself. So that I could understand myself. So that I could understand others. So that I could be relatable. So that I would feel passionate about understanding how our mind, body and soul is all connected, and by healing them, you can live your life in a way that makes you truly happy. And that when you are truly happy, you are emulating good energies – enabling you to attract good energies and so forth. (If you’re reading this, you’ve probably read the Law of Attraction – so you know where I am going with this)

This taught me that no matter how much you try to ignore those thoughts in the back of your mind, eventually whatever it is that it’s trying to tell you, it will tell you in ways that you cannot ignore – through the body. And if you ignore the little signs it sends you through the body, it will send you bigger ones. And bigger ones. Until you have to face up to them.

And this is why I do what I do now.

Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique: This is where we connect you to your higher self (my higher self was the part of me that was telling me to do the meditation on the tube) for healing, guidance, and answers to any questions you have regarding your life in order to help you live your lifes true purpose. 

Reiki: Healing your energy centres and disposing of the negative energy blocks you might be holding onto in certain parts of the body, enabling your energy to flow freely. Expanding your aura and making you feel more connected to your higher self. 

I hope you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to contact me for any questions, feedback or booking enquiries on.

[email protected]

www.laramazzacaro.com

Love and Light 

LARA x

 

 

Yoga saved me

Hi,

I’m Gemma Linaker. British wheel of yoga teacher, Holistic therapist and owner of Lemonstem yoga studio.

In 2013 I was 26 years of age and I was working as a teacher at our town’s local college teaching beauty & holistic therapies. This was my first Job as a teacher after graduating from university with a teaching degree. I had my first home with my partner, a good job, degree and an abundant of family and friends around me. Things were looking beautiful from the “outside”

But that’s exactly it. “The outside”

On the inside I was battling with anxiety. This was the kind of anxiety that nestles deep in your entire being. This was the type of anxiety where you felt suffocated by your own thoughts. 

Each morning a beam of light shone through my curtains from my bed reminding me it’s a new day to walk side by side again with my shadow of darkness. I couldn’t wait for each day to be over in the hope that the next morning my shadow would be gone. 

 This anxiety gave me a foggy vision and a heavy heart. If I close my eyes, I can still feel the cold that the grey cloud swept me in.

I remember clearly being in the gym one evening and deciding to try a yoga class. I had never tried yoga before, but at the time I was very much into running half marathons and even my first full marathon, so I only went really because I thought I needed to stretch more. I never once thought yoga was as much about the mental healing as it is physical healing. 

I will never forget that first class. Something happened. I found a glimmer of myself inside. She only came out for a split second, but I found her. She was in there trapped. I needed to get her out.

I walked away from that class confused, enlightened, frightened, happy and curious! I know, what a mix bag of emotions hey

I wanted MORE! 

Each week I attended class. Sometimes with a heavy heart and other times I felt aligned and my mind clear as water. You see the thing is your yoga mat doesn’t care if you come with a jumbled mind, all it cares about is that you show up.

I began to yoga consistently and fall deeply in love with self help books. Even today you will always find me carrying a self-help book. My first self-help book that brought to me my first ever sprinkle of magic was the secret.

From here my holistic approach to wellness snowballed. I started to eat better, to move in a gentler approach as opposed to all the running I used to do. My mind felt clearer and I was taught how to see the beauty in every single moment and appreciate every loving breath I was given by this universe. 

In 2017 I was due to go back to the college after having a year off with my first child Freddie. Something didn’t feel right about it. I guess I felt this wasn’t no longer my path anymore. I had changed. Or better to say I had found my true self.

Later that year I followed my calling and trained to be a yoga teacher with the British wheel of yoga school. The rest is history! 

My career is beautiful. I get to share the beauty and healing properties of this ancient practice with our human race and it literally fills every cell of my body with humility and Joy.

If you have never tried a yoga class before then I urge you to try one. Yoga is a breath led practice which is simply the best gift you could ever give to yourself. 

There are many wonderful teachers out there all sharing a little piece of their own hearts with you. Each teacher will offer something different and you will find your teachers that you connect with, and when that happens, the magic surely arrives.

There is so much to explore with yoga, it doesn’t just stop after taking one class. The teachings are infinite, and this blog only gives you a glimmer.

But what I will promise you, is that once you begin to start working on yourself of all mentally, physically and spiritually you will never look back. You will always continue to be the best version of your true self.

So, what are you waiting for? Find your class, step onto your mat and watch your path enfold out Infront of you.

My favourite quote 

“Yoga isn’t about touching your toes. It’s about what you learn on the way down” – Jigar Gor

Love & Light

Gemma Linaker

Hi everyone!

My name is Lauren Firenza I am founder and creator crystal jewellery brand FIRENZA (Instagram: @iamfirenza).

I hand make and sell bespoke crystal necklaces, rings, earrings and Shad keychains!

I started my journey into hand made crystal jewellery in March 2017 when I was studying Business Management & Leadership at university.  I wanted (needed!) a creative release and outlet, as I felt I was trapped studying something I found interesting, but didn’t make me feel free. I felt somewhat restricted by how little I could express myself when I was in that environment. So FIRENZA was born!

My love for crystals began when my bohemian mum would put a little rose quartz in my school blazer pocket so I could carry her love with me everywhere. I realised I was a crystal magpie when I would go on school trips or go on holiday and the most exciting part for me was to go on the hunt for crystals!

Crystals have always been a part of me since I was young so growing up with such great love for them they have always been part of my inner healing and protection. They have helped me through desperate times, and they have helped me through life situations we all face. Things like break ups, family losses, anxiety and stress.

However working with crystals and their healing energy has been even more involved in my life this year when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. 

No one can prepare you for cancer. I went into my journey with it with a positive mindset of mind over matter. Super strong support system, understanding everything I have and am about to go through is temporary and throughout this journey having my trusty crystals by my side to keep me calm, focused and emotionally stable. I will share the ones I use with you below and their meanings and how you can also benefit from their magic.

You can also follow my cancer journey on Instagram: @glowing.withtheflow. I talk about my journey on here along with my spiritual practices and lots more on how I keep my positive mind set on cancer.

I have made a list of my top 5 crystal picks which have helped me in my everyday life and darkest times and these are:

 

 

1) Clear Quartz: This beautiful Crystal is my everyday crystal which I wear as a necklace and under my pillow at night. It’s used for emotional balancing and mental clarity. It also helps you stay focused during those rocky days you might feel a little uneasy about life. 

2) Amethyst: This crystal is for is relieving anxiety and is a great crystal to calm the mind and body. It is supportive of the emotional part of your body. So it brings those of you who may be overworked, overstressed, or overwhelmed back to centre. For those of you who are un aware of what ‘back to centre’ means, this is a phrase used to explain the re-balance on our energies in our body.Its like a re set button.

The Amethyst also eases the mental anxieties and is a comforting crystal for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

3) Labradorite: This is my other everyday crystal that I live in! A crystal of “Transformation” and “Grounding”, Labradorite is a useful companion through change and perseverance. It provides strength, determination & intuition in times of change or conflict.

Not to mention, when it’s in the light, this stunning crystal flickers blues flashes and is completely mesmerising! 

4) Moonstone: A magical stone for “new beginnings”. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It soothes emotional instability and stress. It also stabilises the emotions, providing you with calmness.

If you’re feeling lost, this is a great crystal to meditate with and in get in touch with our inner feelings. Again like the Labradorite this crystal becomes iridescent under light and also flickers stunning blue flashes!

5) Black Obsidian: Obsidian is the “Protection Stone”.  This is worn to grounds you, calm you & protect you from negative energy. Whether that be in a workplace, a relationship, a friendship or everyday life situations. It is also known as the “grief stone” as it helps those dealing with the loss of a loved one to identify hidden feelings of anger and grief, this then allows you to relieve emotional blockages so the healing process can begin.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I hope I have given you a simple understanding on crystals and the magic they possess and how they help me and can help you too.

I hope I have helped or can help anyone who may be going through any of the things I have spoken about in todays blog.

If you any questions or if you would like to purchase one of my crystal products to help you then please visit www.iamfirenza.com 

Alternatively you can inbox me on Instagram @iamfirenza 💕

Love and Light,

Lauren Firenza🙏🏼

 

In July 2017 when I started getting into my crystal healing.

This gorgeous lovely lady Lauren gifted me the most beautiful labradorite crystal necklace. This crystal is one of my most precious crystals. The energy and love that came with it just felt RIGHT. 

Warm, loving, healing and special. 

Whenever I feel like I need protecting this is the crystal I wear.

I feel fearless and powerful when I have it on and it does something  to my energy that just works like magic. 

Ever since Lauren gifted this to me we have stayed in contact. She has helped me with crystals, questions and experiences I have been through, always willing to help always generating positivity and knowledge so freely and so effortlessly. 

Since September last year I decided to up my spiritual journey through autumn / winter with goddess Kali with the help from my soul circle group and teacher Jayel.

Not many people will know what Iv been through, not many people will know the struggles I have faced. The main thing for me was to face them. To be brave, to surrender, to let go, to forgive, to move on, to learn and most of all to grow!

Spiritual growth is not pretty, it’s not all beautiful crystals walks and magic. It’s hard, it takes a lot of strength. 

You loose people, you gain people. You loose things you thought meant a lot to you, and you gain more you never knew you would think you needed. Your financial circumstances change, your work changes, your path takes you places you never imagined,the universe tests you, your morals and values surface.  You can’t hide you have to ride through the temporary pain. 

You learn to understand your mind through your body. You learn to understand your body! 

Your higher self guidance can not be ignored in order to grow. 

Once your inner shit is gone you begin a whole new life. That is the beautiful, pretty, magic you see on the outside and it’s so worth it.

I decided to spread my knowledge my gifts I was born with to help people via my social media. More and more people ask me every day so I decided to link it into my work life and Pretty Pink Princess. 

I want my customers to have FREE accessible information to help them to make them feel good inside.

This leads me back to to Lauren… 

I contacted her to ask if she wanted to write a blog about Crystal healing. Her reply was… 

 “I don’t know if you know but I’ve been diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer and crystals are part of keeping my energy calm. So if you don’t mind I would love to include a little bit of that? … lets spread the word #fuckcancer “

Her positivity overwhelmed me especially after loosing my sister recently. Laura and I discussed mind set and positivity and belief, meditation and affirmations. We discussed my soul circle and my meditations,  she asked what I had learnt. She took everything on board and she believed in the magic! I wish more people had access to understand the power of spiritual healing. 

So for Laura too, me and Lauren have now teamed up to teach people more about how Crystal healing can help not only traumatic illness but also every day life struggles we may face. 

Lauren’s blog goes LIVE tomorrow on Pretty Pink Princess ‘Mind Body & Soul’ section. 

We can’t wait for you guys to read it.

❤️❤️❤️💫💫💫🙏🙏🙏

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