The wisdom within: are you ‘listening’ to your dreams?

We’ve all experienced it… that particularly strange or intensely emotional dream that made us ask ourselves ‘what on earth was that all about?’. But how often do we leave it at that and get on with our day without further reflection? As nonsensical and peculiar as they seem, dreams can help us access genuine insights, inspiration and valuable new perspectives. Many times, all we need to do is start listening to the messages with curiosity and an open mind to gain access to this more intuitive part of ourselves.

  1. The guide within

Perhaps you have extremely vivid dreams, or perhaps you hardly ever remember them. But whichever camp you fall in, there’s potentially a lot to gain from tuning into what you do remember.

 

The value of dreams lies in their ‘uncensored’ nature – stripped from all conscious thoughts, our dreams provide a more complete picture of what is going with us internally than we may perceive in our waking state. Sometimes this means illuminating unprocessed experiences and suppressed emotions that we may have been ignoring to our detriment. In these instances, working with our dreams can be the first step in either making our peace with what is or seeing what we need to change.

 

But the power of dreams goes beyond flagging up ‘problems’. Dreams can also become a steady source of inspiration and provide new perspectives and powerful insights that can help us think outside the box.

 

  1. Recalling your dreams

Some dreams have such a powerful effect on us that we’ll remember them for a long time afterwards. Most of the time though, it’s only too easy to forget a dream as soon as we’re up and focussing on the new day.

To get the most out of your dreams, keep a notepad next to your bed and jot down what you can remember as soon as you wake up in the morning. Don’t worry about remembering everything, simply write down any bits and pieces you can recall, even if it’s just the general feeling of the dream. You may find that the more often you record your dreams, the more you’ll be able to remember.

  1. Working with your dreams

So you’ve recorded some of your dreams… now what? The analytical parts of our brain might want to rush in and thoroughly dissect our dreams to tease out their meaning, but a far simpler and possibly more effective method is to simply meditate or reflect quietly on any emotions and images that have appeared in [Read more…]

Get laughing to boost your health and happiness

When did you last have a proper giggle? Or a hearty belly laugh? Chances are you chuckled at a funny photo or a video at some point today… We enjoy laughing so much that a lot of the time we spend on various social media channels is spent on sharing funny content. But did you know that laughing doesn’t only feel good in the moment, but can actually have many long-lasting benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing alike?

 

Learn more about the many ways laughing is great for you and how to consciously cultivate laughter in your life…

 

  1. The benefits of laughter

 

You’ve heard the saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’, but how much can it really do for us? A lot, it turns out!

Mental wellbeing

Stressed out? Having a giggle (and even just anticipating one) has been shown to lower the amount of stress hormones circulating in our bodies. Anxiety and tension can similarly melt away after a good guffaw, while moments of mirth may also boost our brain function and ability to perform mentally demanding tasks.

In addition to improving one’s mood, laughing also has the power to reduce interpersonal conflicts and enhance our relationships: couples who laugh a lot together are likely to form the most satisfying and long-lasting partnerships.

Physical wellbeing

Pain is no laughing matter, but if you can find the humorous side of things while in you’re in pain, laughing can actually cause a release of natural painkillers in the body as well as easing muscular tension. Laughing – especially deep belly laughs – is also a mini-workout and can boost circulation and lower blood pressure, reducing our risk of heart disease. Finally, chuckling away can also help us avoid getting sick by giving our immune system a boost.

 

  1. How to laugh more

 

Who wouldn’t like to laugh more? Life can get tough though, and we certainly don’t laugh as readily when we’re feeling low or stressed out. Yet, we may get the greatest benefit from laughing in the most challenging times, if we can find a way to have a giggle more often.

 

Turn to the (laughing) professionals

 

If laughs have been in short supply recently, inject some more comedy into your day: watch a sitcom or a stand-up show, pick up a funny book to read or tune into a comedy podcast… Make a note of who (or what) makes you laugh the hardest – it will be a brilliant resource to turn to whenever you need an uplifting laughter boost.

 

 

Try laughter yoga

 

When life is particularly challenging or difficult, nothing seems particularly funny, and we may feel that we have no choice but to miss out on the wellness-boosting powers of laughter until we feel better.  But we may actually get the same benefits from laughing whether it’s genuine or faked.

 

Laughter yoga is based on the belief that we can harness the power of laughter even when we’re feeling low. Better still, a lot of people who go to a laughter yoga class find that as the session progresses, their laughter actually becomes genuine and before they know it they’re laughing their heads off. Laughter yoga is most effective in company, but if you’d like to give it a go right now (or to see what it’s like), check out this online laughter yoga session with Bianca Spears (video here).

 

 

Discover the beautifying powers of serum

We’d hazard a guess that you’ve probably got a fairly good idea why using a cleanser and a moisturiser is great for your complexion – these familiar skincare essentials have been around the beauty block for quite some time after all. But what about that so-called serum stuff? Is it really necessary? Read on to find out how it will take your skincare routine to the next level…

 

  1. What makes serum a beauty hero?

 

Why should you include serum in your daily beauty routine? What exactly does it do? Serum is a hydrating powerhouse, but unlike a moisturiser that nourishes the top layer of the skin, serum works its magic in the deeper layers of the skin’s epidermis due to the smaller size of its molecules.

 

Serum is rejuvenating for all skin types, but it’s particularly beneficial for dry and mature skin types thanks to the high concentration of deeply hydrating active ingredients. A key component in any high quality serum is hyluaronic acid, which boosts hydration levels in the skin by attracting and retaining water, effectively filling in fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother and healthier-looking skin.

 

  1. Experience the AEOS Multi-Award Winning Realive Serum

 

Ready to discover the potent power of serum? Our multi-award winning Realive Serum harnesses nature’s hydrating powers to plump and revitalise. Our formulation includes pure, botanically-derived hyaluronic acid, complemented by our ultra-nourishing organic and biodynamic spelt oil as well as other beneficial plant oils and extracts.

 

  1. How to use the AEOS Realive Serum

 

Our Realive Serum is highly concentrated and super potent, so you’ll need to apply only a tiny amount each time. Include it in your morning and evening skincare rituals, taking care to apply after cleansing and before applying a moisturiser. For greatest benefits, the optimal way to use our serum is to apply it after our multi-award winning Refreshing Hydrating Mist as part of the ‘Replenish’ step of our three-phase system.