Yoga Practice: Re-Focusing on Sun Salutation A


I first started doing yoga some 15-20 years ago. I borrowed a (mostly text-based) book from the library, which gave me a guide to various poses as well as introduced me to some basic concepts around breathing (helpful) and Vastra Dhauti, in which a cloth is passed down the digestive tract to the stomach in order to cleanse impurities (this one appealed a lot less to teenage me!) Since then...

Self-Care Checklist for when You Are Sick


I thought I would add a self-care checklist for when you’re sick to my library of self-care checklists! I’ve written a couple before: there’s my self-care checklist for depression and my quick self-care checklist which is more general. However, the past couple of weeks I’ve had both a rotten cold that has gone to my chest (seriously, I cannot shake this irritating cough)...

15 of the best packed lunches to take to work


There are two great reasons to take a packed lunch to work. The first is that it will save you money. Whilst the actual amount it will save you depends on what you pack in your lunch box versus what you used to spend on eating out or buying prepackaged sandwiches and salads I can guarantee that it will pretty much always work out cheaper. (I mean, unless you regularly put caviar and truffles in...

How to give up alcohol (without feeling deprived)


So you’ve decided to give up alcohol. Maybe you’re partaking in dry January, Go Sober for October, or maybe you’re just trying to cut back after a few too many hangovers. Maybe you’re just giving up for a month, or maybe it’s more long-term. Alcohol is a great social lubricant, but it sucks for our health. Whilst the odd glass of wine or bottle of beer is a harmless...

How to recognise and manage your emotions


Being a grown-up is all about managing things. Managing our time. Managing our energy. Managing our emotions. Managing our physical health. Managing our money. Managing our environment. If you can successfully manage all these things, congratulations! You have won at being a grown-up. Leave a comment below to receive your certificate. Chances are, however, that you struggle with one or more of...

Routines matter (why dropping my phone led to my life unravelling)


In January I dropped my smartphone. It cracked the screen and rendered it unusable. Super irritating, but I don’t need my phone right? I don’t have a phone contract, and had bought my smartphone outright a couple of years ago. I did a quick bit of research and discovered decent smartphones had become pretty expensive. Unable to justify the expense for a new phone, I borrowed an old...

10 quick pick-me-ups for when you’re exhausted


Maybe you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up because you’re stressed at work, in the middle of seasonal overwhelm, or just suffering from the January blues. It happens to the best of us – a feeling of exhaustion, a lack of motivation, and a tendency towards irritability. Whatever the reason, here are 10 quick pick-me-ups for when you’re exhausted to help give you the energy...

How to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day


10 a day! That’s the recommendation from a study carried out in February, which advised that eating 10 portions of fruit and veg a day could dramatically decrease the chance of disease. Unfortunately, many of us find it a struggle to eat even the previously recommended 5-a-day. If we want to eat more fruit and veg, we need to change the way we approach food. However, the benefits of...

Depression Self-Care Checklist


I shared a Self-Care Checklist last month, and I noticed a few people hitting that post after searching for depression self-care checklist. Whilst I think that the first self-care checklist I posted is a great starting point, there are some slightly different self-care things you can do that are more specifically helpful for depression. Important! If you are thinking about suicide If you are at...

What regular health check-ups should I be getting — and why?


One of the first things I did when I moved to Oxford was register with a local GP, dentist and optician and immediately schedule in all my regular health check-ups. Oh wait. No. One of the last things I did when I moved to Oxford was register with a local GP. It took me moving house twice before I registered with a dentist and I still haven’t registered with a local optician. It’s funny isn’t it...

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