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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January – a month of wellness

As I wrote in New Year’s resolutions?, I don’t do them. So I didn’t do a dry January, start a fad diet or make any other promises that I knew I wasn’t able to keep up with. Instead, I turned January into a wellness month and tried starting to look after my mind, body and spirit better. I also followed almost all of these little tips by mindbodygreen to make my life a little bit happier. I’m a bit more concerned about my stress levels and negative thoughts so I want to make sure I look after myself better. Continue reading

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

Morning routine

I wouldn’t call myself a morning person, I’m definitely not an early bird (neither am I a night owl…) as waking up at 7am doesn’t quite qualify for it. I’m really good at snoozing, when I say I wake up at 7am that means this is when I start snoozing and most of the time I’m not out of the bed till 7.20. I’m such a sleepy head and a bit slow in the mornings so I need to ease myself into the day with hugging the duvet and pillow as long as I can while half-awake. Continue reading

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“Me” time

I used to lead a quiet lifestyle back in Ireland (Killarney is a very small town and there isn’t much to do there anyway!) and after almost four years in London, I’m still not quite used to the constant noise that surrounds me. I didn’t think I would say that but sometimes (only sometimes! I did leave for a good reason) I really miss the Irish countryside: to be able to walk to work (but then I got a car and sometimes drove the 1K distance instead 🙂 ); run for half an hour and end up in massive Killarney National Park; or hop into my car and drive to some of the most magnificent beaches I’ve ever seen in my life, Inch and Rossbeigh, both only a 40-minute drive away… Life was rather peaceful….

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