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NOURISH THE SKIN YOU'RE IN
Today we feature Yoga Practitioner and Psychotherapist , Lina Mookerjee to give us her top tips that help to 'nourish the skin you're in'. We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to contribute to this feature. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What do you do as part of a regular routine to look yourself?
Eat a healthy and nourishing diet. Swim twice a week. Daily yoga practice. Daily 2 miles of walking. Drink at least 2 pints of plain water/day. Write and journal every day. Drink my morning tea and 1 slice of toast at 10.30/11am = gives me my thinking time. Evening routine – cleanse my body – face/energy practice through polarity therapy. Aim for a good night’s sleep
Take time out – libraries are great for me. Spending at least 30 minutes in silence – working in this space is fantastic for me
2. What are the key things you have found that nurture self-nourishment?
Awareness of what is going on for me and how I am feeling. Working out if I need alone space/quiet time or to be active/ be with people. Knowing it’s ok to put my needs into consideration alongside those of my relationships and caring responsibilities. Setting clear boundaries and sticking to them. Stop blaming – take action. Stop defending – admit responsibility – get moving in the present.
3. What could you do more of to nourish the skin you’re in?
Umm – as I don’t wear make-up now and drink lots of fluids daily, my skin is in pretty good shape. If anything, more to moisturise my Asian skin which can be prone to cold dryness.
4. What top tips have you got to give others around your working life to stay on top?
Invest time to get to know who you are and what your potential might be. Increase your self-awareness - allows you to know your choices and make informed healthy decisions. If you experience anger – explore to find out what its message is telling you. Instead of ignoring it, get to know it and use it creatively to become aware of changes you could make. Invest in establishing good clear boundaries and improving ways in which you communicate. Expend your energy wisely. Learn the practice of discernment – ask yourself “is this good for me or not good for me?” -and instead of listening to head’s response, listen to your body’s response. Let go of control – practice the ability to manage uncertainty by going with the flow of what’s happening.
5. What are the things you couldn't live without that are key to your happiness and nourishment?
Humility and being able to apologise when appropriate. Taking responsibility for my … whatever that is. Honesty – with myself and key relationships. Being clear about my needs without being hooked into guilt. Being generous and kind – it goes a long way. Accept a compliment without deflecting it/having to give something back straight away. Knowing where my power lies and how I can make a difference by taking action – so I’m not looking for another to make it better for me and therefore handing my power away. Giving and receiving at least 2 smiles per day! Finding the funny side in tricky situations. Always looking at the bigger picture – and asking myself ‘what’s really important here?’
Lina Mookerjee BSc, MA, Dip.MS, BWY.Dip, CTLLS, FCT, DCT www.linatalks.com www.praxis-yoga.com. Lina is married to Richard Broadley. She has spent 17 years as a Yoga teacher, trainer of Yoga teachers and is a BACP Accredited psychotherapist. Her wide interests and variety of work roles are reflected in her fascination for study. Lina has a first degree in Engineering, a postgrad Diploma in Management Studies, an MA in Jungian Psychotherapy and Healing, and two qualifications in training and teaching.