Our cat taught me mindfulness

London is hectic and noisy and a couple of years ago it really started to affect me. I was going through some stressful times back then, I was battling with infertility and eventually diagnosed with endometriosis. I was looking for ways to calm and ground myself. I took up running, yoga, and concentrated on blogging/writing about my thoughts, but also meditation and I started figuring out what mindfulness was. And who helped me the most? Our cat! Continue reading

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How to turn house cleaning into a workout

Cleaning the house isn’t fun. It often feels like it’s never ending and we just can’t wait for it to be finished. However, this infographic from HappyCleans looks at how you can turn it into a workout so you can kill two birds with the one stone. Remember that many aspects of housework are very good workouts as well and burn calories. For example, while mopping might not be the most fun task, one hour of it burns 168 calories. This little nugget might reduce your hatred of mopping just a little bit. Even tasks like ironing which aren’t that strenuous burn 128 calories an hour.

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New Year’s Resolutions? 

Who bothers and do you even stick to them?

For years I haven’t because the whole “new year, new me” concept seems like a desperate need to reinvent ourselves. Shouldn’t we do those good or better things throughout the year? Why force a drastic change when January comes? I suppose it makes sense that at the end of each year we take stock, evaluate and promise to make changes but if we don’t succeed, is it just a big failure? That’s putting a lot of pressure on ourselves, right?  Continue reading

I went to the gym!

Last time I was in a gym was about three years ago. I don’t like gyms. I work out elsewhere: a yoga studio, outdoors or on the mat in my living room. But because I do like to sweat every now and then I got dragged into trying out a class with my friend at Gymbox in Holborn. We did Thigh High class – a fast and fun fusion of lower body exercises with dance that will not only strengthen, tone and transform those wobbly bits, but you will smile all the way through, thanks to the musical choice packed full of Samba beats. Says their blog post… Continue reading