As we head into winter, we could all use a little more wellness in our lives. And while all these feel-good tricks are having a bit of a moment RN, it's not without good reason. Researchers have cold hard proof about the benefits of these well-being trends. So if you're feeling burnout, stressed or just blooming exhausted, give one of these a go. Here comes the science bit...
Hands up if you ever feel like you need to a) constantly be working to Achieve Your Dreams, b) be contactable 24/7 c) project an enviable life on Insta at all times or d) all of the above. Same, sister. Same. Maybe it's time for a holiday, and not just sitting on a sun lounger kinda hol. Pack your lycra, fly direct from BHX and get your pulse racing with these overseas trips that pack a fitnessy twist. Because healthy body = healthy mind = happy hecking holiday.
I was 13 stone when I was 13 and used to smoke and drink milkshakes rather than go to PE. When I finally tried out the whole gym thing, my body was so unused to exercise that I ruptured a disc, got admitted to hospital and couldn't walk properly for months. Yoga has been my sworn exercise of choice ever since. Until I somewhat sceptically signed up for the F45 8-Week Challenge.
A serious side effect of finding a new I can’t stop listening kind of podcast is wanting to tell the world about it. I’ve gone for a more manageable approach and I’m just sharing with you lovely lot instead. Oh, and I’ve tasked my colleagues Tom and Katy to tell you about theirs too. But be warned, if you find your New Favourite Podcast from this bijou roundup, you’re contractually obliged to share the knowledge with everyone you know.
A couple of things I have no time for 1: anyone complaining during an English summer about warm weather. And 2: a sweltering bedroom and sticky night’s sleep during aforementioned warmer-than-normal-wave. Stay cool this summer and ensure you get good shut-eye.
It’s an accepted part of 21st century living to feel constantly frazzled, and being overworked has become some sort of peculiar badge of honour. But feeling stressed by your nine-to-five doesn’t have to be a way of life, Dolly. Mindfulness teacher Rachel Broomfield gives us five pointers for when the day job gets too much. And if you need a bit more, how 'bout Kings Heath drop-in sessions for more of the meditative good stuff?
Is the pressure okay? You know the masseuse is going to say it, but are you brave enough to answer the question honestly? After an early twenties of being terribly British and polite about the whole thing, I've spent the last five years unequivocally asking for a firmer massage. Until I found Flint + Flint’s bamboo version that is.
Ever found yourself whiling away hours scrolling through Instagram when you could have been doing something (anything) more productive? I’m not denying anyone a good fall down a #NoFilter rabbit hole but your brain might thank you for a more creative pastime. These less than pedestrian hobbies might be just the tonic to reset your busy mind (and clip that phone screen time).
I've always had a bad back. I tan well, smile a lot and have a spine that pathologically hates me. Or does it? Postural Alignment Therapy (or "PAT") isn't physio, or yoga, or osteopathy — it's a system of personalised exercises that works by addressing the causes of pain, rather than focussing on the symptom itself. It's about gently firing up weak, underused muscles and helping to switch off muscles that are taking too much strain.
I got eight hours of uninterrupted sleep on Friday night — those deep, refreshing sort of zzzs I'd give up most of what I own to guarantee on a regular basis. And the cause?
Allergies and intolerances can be super serious and it's vital to get them properly diagnosed. It's also good to get tested rather than self-diagnosing and being overly reliant on WebMD.
Unless you’ve got a sizeable trust fund to rely on, (in which case, can we be friends?) you probably have to work. We spend more than 13 years of our lives at work, on average. So it's not too much to ask that you actually do something you enjoy. Right? Whether you feel a bit stuck in a rut, or are thinking of a complete career overhaul, it's good to talk it through. We spoke to life coach Dr Lalitaa Suglani from Virgin Care Private, who gave us some very actionable actions to help us, and also you.
New Year fitness resolutions are so cliché — there’s no better time to start your new favourite workout than RIGHT NOW. Well, maybe finish reading the email first. Then go. If good ol’ fashioned gymming ain’t doing it for you, give these nothing-to-do-with-a-treadmill activities a go.
When I signed up to yoga classes at the Glasshouse next to The Village pub in Moseley, my main motivation was to just move a bit more. My Monday to Friday sedentary office job sitch meant my step count barely reached 1,000 most days and a shoulder injury from teenage years was only getting worse.
I can’t bear confrontation. I actively avoid violent or scary films with an 18 certificate despite being 14 years north of that number. I notice changes in temperature more keenly than most. And after a busy day with lots of social interactions, I need time to recharge on my own. I always thought these things made me inherently weak and mainly, a bit weird. But after watching a TED talk, I had a minor revelation — I’m an HSP.
How often are you frustrated by the amount of sleep you got the night before? Discussions on 11pm til 7am (as if), seem to be part of our daily lexicon, and if you're aiming to create a peaceful bedroom, it's about more than just blocking out external noise and getting black-out curtains. The experts at Neptune in Edgbaston Village gave us the DL on how a soothing environment might help you achieve those elusive eight hours.
We haven't read this book. Okay, that's not strictly true, we haven't finished this book, but we're admitting it to you. We're not willing to rush this one because, having had first hand experience with anxiety and depression, we can literally feel this novel doing us good as we read. And deadlines, quite frankly, are anxiety-inducing d*ckheads.
Set back into the grounds of Hampton Manor, exists a haven of relaxation that feels more like a dreamy Cotswold spa than a location fifteen minutes by train from New Street. And you really wouldn't know Hampton Clinic was there unless someone told you. So as is customary, we're stepping up to the job.
Between work, life-min and all those weddings you absolutely must remember and be present at the celebration of, getting from one week to the next can start to feel pretty intense around about now. So we've been confabbing with meditative master and founder of Barefoot Yoga, Faye Fenton. Here are her top five ways to feel better and more present. *Warning — no heavy machinery should be operated during the reading of this week's issue.*