Expanding My Business
I am a holistic therapist and run my own business Forest Holistic Therapies. This is primarily massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, all of which I have been unable to do due to covid19.
I decided to put my aromatherapy skills into practice by creating Dog Paw Balm to help protect and moisturise paws in the cold weather. I even made little Christmas bags containing a balm, festive bow tie, treats and a silver paw charm. They were a huge success.
Whilst it does not make enough money to make a living on, it has helped me put my name out there, gaining my business page more followers and potential clients.
Over lockdown I have been staying at home as much as possible and only socialising with my household. But there is only so much of my parents I can handle!
In February/March I made a new friend with a work colleague from my old job. He ended up becoming my social bubble so during the summer months we would go on short walks together, mostly involving drinking beer. He is now one of my best friends and I think if covid19 never happened, we probably wouldn’t be so close.
Time for Nature
I am really lucky to live in the Forest of Dean. I literally live in the woods so getting out every day is always a pleasure. With more time on my hands, I have been able to appreciate where I live so much more.
With all this extra time on my hands, I needed something to keep me occupied. My dad got into water painting in January 2020 so one day, after complaining about being bored for half of it, I decided to pick up a paintbrush myself. I find it so much fun and therapeutic.
Time for Me
I have really enjoyed being able to put myself first. Getting back into a regular exercise habit has been so much fun. Running and Pilates especially. My skincare routine has been spot on with my skin probably in the best condition it has ever been.
I am also focusing on my mental health and learning how to switch off and relax, something that I find oddly difficult to do.