A closer look at how the HAYO'U method helped improve my wellbeing, and how it can help yours too!
I'm sitting here writing this post on the balcony from a beautiful resort in Gran Canaria (but more on that soon you lil' rascals, that's not what we're here to talk about today!), and I'm not feeling okay. At all. I've got the worst period pains. EVER. SOZ ABOUT THE TMI BUT OMG IS IT POSSIBLE TO DIE FROM PMT?! I feel so drained, I look awful, I'm over tired, and probably a wee bit over emotional too. So, I'm going to throw it out there and say it feels weird to be writing a post about wellbeing when I'm not well, feeling well. But on the flip side, it's time like these when I realise that self help and looking after our bodies, nurturing and healing ourselves is so, so incredibly important.
WHAT IS HAYO'U?
Now, I don’t know about you gals but whenever I’m stressed or over worked, rather than tackling the problems head on and breaking down what needs to be done into reasonable tasks, I almost shy away from everything. I feel like I can’t tackle the work load, so I almost do nothing at all. I know this sounds bizarre but I know I’m not the only one, it’s so common to feel so over loaded with the stress of work and every day life, we don't end up being as productive as we’d like to, which, in turn, then makes us more anxious/stressed/sleep deprived as we then have more to do.
A couple of months ago I was introduced to the lovely Katie Brindle; a Chinese physician and her brand HAYO’U, their aim is to help people master their own health. I went along to find out what Katie’s brand had to offer and spread the word on how to manage our stress (you can thank me later, payment accepted in wine - that’s fine ladies!). I’m super open to trying out new techniques and considering that some of the greatest medicines have originated from China, I was all ears!
Katie gave me an assessment and although I seem to manage my stress levels okay (ish), I do have those days where EVERYTHING IS JUST TOO MUCH AND IS IT OKAY TO JUST SLEEP UNTIL SEPTEMBER?! So I couldn’t wait to hear what Katie had to say! I had all the usual problems, struggling to sleep, stressed from work overload, finding it hard to switch off. Rather than people heading to their local GP’s for medication Katie’s aim is to help people understand their bodies and be able to self treat themselves, I was actually quite shocked to find that 1 in 5 GP visits are due to stress, burnouts and fatigue.
Katie designed HAYO’U as a catalogue of advice and information for specific health problems, so although she has the general techniques (I’ve gone into more detail below), but if you have something that you’re looking for help with like back pains or migraines, rather than heading straight to your GP - head on over to the HAYO’U insight page to see if Katie’s tips can help out first! HAYO’U’s aim is to help you combat the damaging effects of stress with simple one minute rituals, based on authentic Chinese techniques and QI (I ALWAYS think of Kung Fu Panda whenever I think of QI.. LOLZ).
1.) The 1 minute rituals - So, first things first, Katie designed 1 minute rituals because everyone has 1 minute in their day that they can spare, things like yoga and meditation are designed to help relieve stress but not everyone has time nor the money to fit these exercises into their busy schedule. Katie advices to practice both 1 minute rituals every morning to help your body awaken, they are designed to get you breathing, shaking and banging the stress out of your system. (Sound odd? Don’t give up just yet - take a look at Katie’s video to watch her demonstrate each technique).
2.) Let’s get personal - Like I mentioned earlier, Katie’s main aim is for everyone to adopt the 1 minute rituals and set upon a self healing path, however if you have a specific niggle or worry that you’d like to check out, take a peak at the HAYO’U health advice catalog here to see if your problem can be improved. I’m not sure if y’all will remember but back in February I had an accident in Iceland when myself and Ben came off a Snowmobile, it hurt like hell and I was left with a massive lump on my leg, which I assumed it would go down. Only, it didn’t. I’ve had scans, multiple hospital appointments and ultra sounds and turns out it’s a blood clot (not a dangerous one) but I’m awaiting an operation.
However, when I went to visit Katie, she said to me ‘in the western world a GP’s reaction would be to operate whereas in Chinese medicine we would work on that ourselves without surgery’ - I would so intrigued and for a good part of our meeting, Katie sat there firmly massaging and gently banging my leg to breakdown the blood and by the time I left I could feel it had got so much softer already. She advised me to practice this technique everyday then to soak in a bath after and allow some bath salts to draw out the impurities. My leg has gone down so much and I’m still practicing my techniques daily so fingers crossed I won’t have to go ahead with the operation!
3.) Take some time out - I’m just gonna add my own tip into this post amongst Katie’s fab advice as I truly believe that taking time out is so important to being able to unwind and de-stress! Whether it’s taking a short break or even just an evening off, for so long I treated Saturday and Sunday as working days, one week I’d just had enough so kept my laptop firmly shut for the weekend and it felt so good! I genuinely didn’t know what to do with myself, I slept in, had some late lunch and wandered around the shops - make time for friends and family, a hobby or even binging on a TV series, whatever floats your boat, JUST GET DAT ME TIME IN GAL!
4.) Relaxation products - I have to admit, as much as I’m a beauty junkie, if I treat myself sometimes I’d much rather buy some nice bath salts or pillow spray as opposed to expensive skincare. My favourite thing to do to unwind is to have a lavender infused hot bubble bath, followed by popping on some therapy balm to my temples and wrists then reading a good book in bed with some pillow spray - this always ensures that I have an amazing night sleep and helps me feeling super refreshed the next day! HAYO’U will be launching their own range of bathing products, therapeutic oils and de-stress face and body tools this September, designed to sit alongside their 1 Minute Rituals. I’ll keep you all updated once they have launched - I for one, can’t wait to give them a whirl!
5.) Know your body - The HAYO’U philosophy is to ‘master your health’ but I personally think it’s so, so important to know your body. Know when you’re over worked, what foods feel good and what doesn’t know when you need a lie in or to stop saying YES to everything, as after all you can’t be everywhere at once. One of my goals this year was to live life at a slower pace, and to really understand what my body needs in terms of rest, nutrients and relaxation.
How do you combat stress? Are you open to trying to ways of self healing? Let me know how you get on if you try the 1 minute rituals!
*This post was in collaboration with Hayou Method, all opinions as always are my own and I've been bladdy loving my daily rituals!