Going Colourtastic – Screen Freedom

Screen Freedom  is another new category for Cultivating Time. Screen Freedom is about exploring activities that will give me a break from using a screen.

Our modern day lifestyles feel like they revolve around the use of technology and screen based devices. My work-life includes daily use of a laptop and a work mobile phone. The world of the internet does include some amazing, fascinating stuff but it’s easy to get lost on the internet and it definitely swallows time. I can easily loose myself for a whole evening. There are some times when my brain and my body is seeking time away from screens and technology. This is one of the main reasons I read paperback fiction books as apposed to e-reader devices.

So for my first post on the theme of Screen Freedom I am exploring the current popular activity of colouring. Yes folks, its time to embrace your inner colourtastic (made up word but I like it!)

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Little Treasures from Blogland – March

Little Treasures from Blogland is a new themed post for Cultivating Time, which I hope to have on a monthly basis. This is where I will be sharing some of the great posts written by my fellow bloggers. I follow a lot of blogs and every month, I try hard to find the time to read other people’s posts. There are always some stand out posts that capture my attention. So here are my March Little Treasures from Blogland

My Sentiments From the Clouds by Justbluedutch – a brilliant post with some gorgeous cloud photos. This is such a useful way of looking at your worries and responding to worries.

Napoleon Xylophone by NapoleonSplit – it was really lovely to have a fellow blogger recommend a book to me in their post. The book Napoleon Xylophone sounds very intriguing. I love the book cover. I will definitely have to check this book out.

My Day at Hogawarts by Leaves et Livres – this is a place I really want to visit. It looks so much fun – full of magic and escapism.

6 Brunch Types We’ve All Met –  by Lineaurea – Lineaurea shares her definitions of the different brunch types. Which brunch type are you?

Paint Nite by An Historian About Town – I really wish there was a paint nite local to me. Here’s a great step by step to creating your own art piece.

Village in the Sky by Cobgoddess – this is a lovely post where Cobgoddess introduces the idea of the Village in the Sky. I am truly honored to be a member. I love this idea.

Draw Your Future by Life As A Potpourri – I hadn’t seen this Ted Talk – Draw Your Future. A really interesting idea and extension on the idea of vision boards.

Unplug Relax and Enjoy by Creating Branches –  a great post looking at taking time for self-care and letting joy and peace flow into your life. I really like the thought provoking questions raised in this post.

Misc Monday Science Museum Fun by Girlygeekgirl – this looks like a great idea. I really wish more museums did this sort of thing.

Most Beautiful Easter Tree by Surprisinglives – March is the month of Easter and this Easter Tree definitely has the wow factor. Amazing and beautiful. 

Thank you to all my fellow bloggers who have posted in March. I hope you have found something to interest you.

What has been your favorite post in March? Where have you found some Little Treasures in Blogland? 

The Benefits of Therapeutic Baths

Since the beginning of time, bathing in water has been essential to health and peace of mind. As early as the third century, bathing emporiums quickly became the fashion. A hot bath is the original “hydrotherapy” (water treatment) and is still one the most accessible. In our busy, modern lives it’s easy to opt for a quick shower rather than investing time in having a long, soak in the bath.

For me therapeutic baths are a really beneficial tool for health and well-being. I am now making therapeutic baths part of my weekly routine.Read More »

Fridays – I need them like oxygen

As some of you know, I started a new job in January. I’m using my skills, experience and expertise while having lots of new challenges. It’s a great organisation and a great team. It all sounds just lovely doesn’t it?

However, I have inherited a bit of a mess with issues and problems, which as a manger it’s my job to resolve. Then of course there is the the huge workload. I can spend 5 hrs a day in meetings, often do not get a lunch break and have to stay late to get work done.

I keep reminding myself,  prior to starting the job, I’d been incredibly ill and stuck in bed for 2 weeks. So it’s no surprise that by Thursday evening my brain and body are totally done in.Read More »

What’s the value in reading fiction?

One of my tasks/ goals for 2016 was to read more – I Spy Book Challenge 2016 

I’m a fan of audio books. I regularly listen on my mp3 – walking the dog, doing housework, soaking in the bath and in bed before sleep. Listening to books is going great – it’s reading books that is not quite going to plan.

I have a small bookcase seriously over flowing with fiction books. There are some books I am looking forward to reading. But I just don’t seem to be making time in my life to read books. Admittedly, when I have free time to read, there is now a tendency to go to my WordPress Reader to explore other people’s blogs and support my fellow bloggers. In the modern world there is a a lot of options for escapism and distraction – the massive world of the internet, box sets, films galore and of course blogs, blogs and more blogs. I want to find space in my life for books.

In an attempt to remind myself of the value of reading fiction, I am exploring the benefits of reading fiction. Read More »

Healing from the Dead Sea

So here’s my first post in the category of The Little Apothecary.

The waters of the Dead Sea have been recognised for their therapeutic effects and capacity to heal the human body since ancient times. I think think this is one of those times when the ancients knew best. I’m a big fan of Dead Sea Salt.

A Dead Sea salt bath helps provide deep relaxation, as well as minerals for the skin. We all need a bit of deep relaxation in our lives.

The water from the Dead Sea is unique. It contains 27% of various salts where there is only 3% in normal sea water.  Dead Sea water contains magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides.Read More »

Trying Out Hypnosis – Allowing Tension to Melt Away

Allowing tension to melt away

My blog is about cultivating my time to allow for greater focus on my own well being. This includes exploring new ideas and trying new things. The new thing I have recently tried is a Hypnosis Drop in Session.

The flyer offered ‘A guided mental journey of calm to allow tension to melt away’. That definitely sounded appealing so off I went.

At the beginning of the session the therapist explained what hypnosis was. Since the session I have done a bit of reading around to find out more.

Hypnotherapy is an alternative therapeutic treatment. It is very different from the hypnosis done for entertainment on tv shows. No one jumping around pretending to be a monkey here! All hypnosis is self hypnosis, it comes from yourself. You are always in control. You cannot be hypnotised without your consent. Read More »