How to communicate – #ThrowbackThursdays

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Today’s #ThrowbackThursday post is going old school. It’s talking about the world before the internet and all it has bought with it.

Let’s not confuse things, I love the internet. I love the digital age and I especially love having access to all the knowledge and information the internet can offer you at the swipe of a finger…however there are a lot of ways that I think the internet has made us go backwards a bit in our own evolution as a species.

  1. We’ve got lazy in retaining knowledge – I love learning things and while access to the internet has made it easier to learn things it’s made us more reluctant to retain that knowledge. Why keep knowledge when you have a portable device in your pocket that gives you full access to that knowledge at any time of the day or night?
  2. Instant gratification – the world is so used to posting up statuses, comments, jokes, pictures and videos and instantly receiving feedback that if we don’t get it in other ways we struggle. I know lots of people that when they do some work if you don’t give them a pat on the back pretty swiftly they wonder what is wrong with it. The concept of patience, waiting and even responding to someone’s request when you can has disappeared and it is so much more apparent in those that are avid social media users. They are so used to getting multiple ‘Likes’ that if they don’t have similar experiences in real life they begin questioning themselves
  3. Communication – we struggle to communicate. It sounds completely crazy but we now struggle to have meaningful conversation that used to be second nature. Nowadays phone calls are extremely rare and communication is done via word based messages, on the go, between activities. We don’t dedicate any time to communication and as such, although we can now communicate with people around the world instantly, we are probably more disengaged with each other than ever.
  4. Focus – the biggest issue I come across all the time. I am just as guilty of this as anyone. We are so used to mentally multi-tasking that we now find it hard to focus when we need to. Walking down the road often entails checking notifications from Instagram, Snapchat, replying to Whatsapp messages or texts, checking Facebook notifications, Tweeting about something silly we’ve spotted. So when we are in one place to do one activity, is it any surprise that we struggle. I see people in meetings constantly zoning out (not only when I talk), picking up their phones and actually checking their social media accounts, taking selfies and posting them in their Snapchat or Instagram stories.

Having the internet has revolutionised the world in so many ways but sometimes it does feel like we’ve lost some of the basics of being human in return for convenience at the swipe of a screen.

Maybe a digital detox should be encouraged more….but with the spread of everything digital, can you actually disconnect fully?

Food for thought.

Ciao for now x

Rubik’s cube – #ThrowbackThursdays

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Aaaahhh one of my favourite distractions for years. As a kid I would love to try and figure this out and never could. I’d ask my dad to help and all he used to do was take off all the pieces, rearrange them into their right colours and then put them back on haha

As a grown up this has a symbolism for me. Life is all about being as healthy and conscious as you can, being happy. Most of this site, these blog posts are dedicated to physical ways to do that. Cooking, eating, exercising, thinking but when do we focus on our minds? When do we do some workouts for our brain to keep it healthy?

Meditation is a great way to do that but so is playing with toys like this. There are countless studies to say when children use their imaginations and play with toys, colour in or generally have a way to play with just their minds they they are happier and more able to take on the world.

When was the last time you just picked up two toys and created a scene in your head using them and your imagination? Not a dirty one….. haha I still have all the action figures I had as a kid, spiderman, power rangers, transformers, they’re all in my loft. Maybe it’s time I got them out, dusted them off and messed around with them. I even used to make grappling hooks out of bent nails and string so they could obviously climb up and down the furniture in my room.

So for today, why not find a way to let out your inner child. Be silly. Let go. Have fun. Imagine.

Ciao for now x

Candle Meditation – #WellbeingWednesdays

Do you struggle with focusing day to day? Find yourself reaching for your phone to check social media when you’re at the table or having a chat with friends? Find your mind wandering off mid conversation? Do you know how beneficial meditation can be to sorting all of that out?

Meditation is one of the best ways to teach yourself focus and control. Teaching yourself to relax when you need to or motivate yourself when it’s time for you to do something specific.

Even as a regular practitioner of meditation however there can be those days where it’s tougher than others. Tougher to focus on your breathing and where you are right now. That’s when I try my candle meditation. Simple, yet highly effective for me.

Get a candle, preferably one of the bigger, quite fat ones. Light it on a stand and settle in front of it. Preferably with your legs crossed and sitting on a cushion in front of it. Turn off any lights, close any blinds or curtains and just watch the candle.

Then just breathe. Deep breaths in and deep breaths out, through your nose, eyes just slightly open. Whenever you find your mind wandering just focus back on that candle, on how it flickers on how it moves, the colours in it. You will find after a while that even though you are blinking the flame on the candle starts to blur. Let it.

Keep that going for as long as you can. The first time it may only be 5 minutes, the second it may be longer. Don’t time, don’t think about it. Just watch that candle. Breathe with that candle. Focus on that candle. Don’t let anything else distract you from that candle.

Try it out and see how you get on. It’s a great way to stop yourself getting too distracted by anything around you.

Ciao for now x

1st of the Month! – All change

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Hello all my lovelies

Today is the first day of July and it signals big changes around the world, in the yea and most importantly on this blog.

Speaking to some of you, it seems a lot of you really enjoy these blog posts but we need a bit more consistency and a bit more planning so….here it comes.

From today I’m going to try and post once a day, every day. I’ll be talking about lots of different things but the majority of them will be about your health, happiness and fitness. Not only that but I’ll be categorising my posts and each day will be themed around a certain topic which are listed below.

Feel free to read them all, read only the days that you find relevant and more importantly try them out. I want to help you all think more about being healthier, being more aware and trying to make any changes, small or big to work towards your happiness and health.

Posts will start regularly from tomorrow so keep an eye out. If you want to help me spread the word, likes, follows, shares would all be much appreciated!!

Categories:

#StretchSundays – if you like a good stretch, love yoga, have never done yoga but want to try it out in the comfort of your own home or just learn more, this is the day for you! I’ll be talking through some of my personal favourites, explaining them and even filming a few demonstrations for you to give a go

#MoveMondays – all my dance moves will be released on Mondays. I’ll talk about the benefits of dancing, post some instructional videos and even talk you through a few of them

#TalkToMeTuesdays – I want you to engage, discuss, debate and yes, even disagree. I’ll be putting up my opinions on various topics and asking yours

#WellbeingWednesdays OR #WetWednesdays – mid-week will be split and dedicated to two topics, general well-being and getting fitter and enjoying the water. This will be the day we might talk through meditation one week and the week after talk about how to improve your swim stroke

#ThrowbackThursdays – one of my favourites. I’ve already introduced this into my classes with a throwback tuned introduced on the first Thursday of the month but these posts could be anything. Music, dance, exercise or even old toys! Tying them back into your health

#FeedMeFridays – obviously no week would be complete without some food. These will be my favourite recipes, easy tips on how to stay healthy when out and about or even how to mix up your food prep in ways you might not expect

#SkinliciousSaturdays – completing our week will be our Saturday where we’ll be taking a look at what goes on your body. The main focus of this will be  the amazing Tropic products but also we’ll start sharing some extra knowledge and getting you to ask questions about your current regime

I hope you like the topics and like what’s to come in the near future, I love writing them and sharing my thoughts with you all. If you want to have something specific shown then just drop me a line and I’ll do my best to include it!!

Looking forward to what the future brings and remember, life isn’t about getting to a destination it’s the journey we take to get there.

Ciao for now x

Healing!

This video is about one of my favourite Tropic products, the Tamanu Healing Balm. Award winning product for dealing with stretch marks and helping to heal cuts and scars this is my miracle cure for my psoriasis. Applied twice a day when it’s at it’s worst and within a week at most I barely have any trace apart from a slight discolouration.

Not only that but anyone with a serious skin condition will know that sometimes you are on steroid creams which are terrible for your skin and this stuff means I don’t have to use it anymore! Life changing to say that least!!

If you have any skin conditions give this a try and let me know how you get on!

Ciao for now x

Callanetics

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We all know how much I love exercise so this weekend involved me trying out a new class run by a friend of mine. Callanetics with Sarah Coombes.

Initially I thought this would be a bit bored. I mean I did some research and apparently Callanetics was huge in the 80’s. A phenomenon that swept across the nation, set up by a dancer to help those with a smaller range of motion.

The reason I went was to help two people in my life. A friend and my mum. Both suffer from medical conditions that although they would love to do intense exercise like I do, the dance fitness, the yoga, they can’t. The idea was that Callanetics would help them to build the muscles up, primarily around sore and affected joints, so the pressure on those joints are reduced and it helps to alleviate pain. The exercise program helps to work the deepest muscles with the tiniest of movements.

I went to the class for others but I went with an open mind. As a fitness individual I always love finding out about new things, new ways to help and I was willing to try.

As the class started I looked around the room and realised I was probably the fittest in the room, no one else looked like they did quite as much exercise as me so I thought I would be fine. I was wrong. Yes, I could do most of the exercises and the more difficult adaptations but goodness me they ached and hurt.

As I worked my arms in tiny movements by pulsing my thumbs together behind my back I realised how much my chest was being worked, realised how much my shoulders and arms ached.

Then when we moved down to the floor and my leg was behind me being pulsed while off the floor my rear was was screaming. Muscles I didn’t know existed were crying at me.

So in summary, the class was awesome. Yes there was no music. Yes it was slow. Yes it ached. But it was all I could have hoped it would be. It worked muscles that my other various fitness exercises couldn’t get to. It worked them deeply and in ways I wasn’t sure could be repeated without going back to a Callanetics class. As a new form of therapy it is perfect and anyone and everyone who I know that could benefit from the class I shall be telling about it.

So if you have a spare hour on a Saturday morning from 10am-11am, happy to pop into Danceworks across the road from Selfridges and to join us for a healthy brunch straight after then come along, try Callanetics!

Ciao for now x