Number one: fluent Russian. Just kidding! Don’t worry, this list of “lockdown lessons” won’t make you feel bad about yourself. Despite my occasional Oprah-inspired moments of insight, my lockdown achievements are less “valuable skills” and more the product of too much time in my own head. Nonetheless, I wanted to share what I got up to and things I realised during this time. Continue reading “6 things I learned during lockdown”
I’ve never been a newshound but in the past two weeks, Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise couldn’t take me away from the endless scroll of my Twitter feed. With the coronavirus pandemic seemingly changing by the minute, I’ve spent more time online this month than I have in years. I feel a weird mix of wanting to know more, more, more, and conversely craving the days when all we talked about was Baby Shark, Pokemon Go, and whether a dress was blue or black (for the record – it’s blue, I tell ya). As a result, my anxiety has hit the roof. Continue reading “5 ways to cope with coronavirus anxiety”
Zoom meetings in your pyjamas, boycotting bras, an extra lie-in because you don’t need to do the dreaded commute, no more awkward small talk with Simon in IT who seems to live in the office kitchen – these are some of the joys of working from home. But like all good things, working from home also has its dark side.
Have you ever been stuck in a terrible funk that just wouldn’t shift? I don’t mean a rut, I mean a crappy mood, a general Charlize-Theron-in-Young-Adult ‘why bother?’ feeling. Lately, I just can’t shake it.
Unlike being stuck in a rut, my ‘could you be bothered?’ mood isn’t because of a bad break-up, getting the boot from a job I loved or a run-in with nightmare relatives. It’s just there. In many ways it’s easier to get out of a rut because you can change jobs, move to a new place or do whatever it takes to give you a change of scenery. Getting out of a funk and changing your mood is a bit trickier. Continue reading “How to snap out of a funk”
Runny nose, itchy eyes, can’t stop sneezing, sexy panda eyes – it can only be hay fever. It’s just the worst, isn’t it?
Close to a million people in Ireland suffer from hay fever and the bad news is, this year is set to be a severe one for allergy sufferers. Hay (sorry), don’t shoot the messenger! I’ve had hay fever since I was a child so when an event invitation landed in my inbox promising to give me a few tips on managing hay fever, you can bet I made my way to The Westbury faster than you can say ‘BLESS YOU’. Continue reading “How to cope with hay fever hell”
Confession: I first discovered the anti-inflammatory diet from Spencer Pratt. Yes, that Spencer Pratt. For the record, we both have sensitive skin so when I read his self-care routine on Fashionista, I thought the anti-inflammatory diet could solve my own skin and overall health woes too. Another reason to be thankful for Speidi, right?
When I first started looking into the anti-inflammatory diet I have to admit, I found the topic of gut health (Leaky gut! Microbiome! Good bacteria! Bad bacteria!) and the sheer amount of information on this topic to be completely daunting. Continue reading “5 things you can do for your gut health”
I won’t lie – I’m really not a morning person. In fact, I’d quite happily be a night owl for the rest of my days if I could get away with it, but for some reason though, other people aren’t really keen on doing meetings at 3am or responding to my 1.30am voicemails. Crazy, right? So, like I mentioned in my September Self-Care post, I’ve really been trying to become a morning person. Or at least less of a morning monster.
I’ve found that the best way to stop dreading getting up in the morning is to embrace morning rituals that make me feel positive and give me something to look forward to, other than a freshly brewed cup of coffee, that is. Instead of snoozing your 5 alarms for 45 minutes, here are a few morning rituals that will put you in a more positive frame of mind and set you up for a successful day. Continue reading “5 morning rituals to start your day positively”
Health and wellness podcasts are an easy way to pick up insider well-being tips and get a motivational pep talk for free. And who doesn’t need an extra serving of motivation every once in a while?
Is it just me or was that the longest January ever? Even though it’s now February and some would argue that it’s officially spring (FWIW – it’s not), it’s hard to shake the winter gloom and all that comes with it. One guaranteed way to beat the winter blues is to book yourself a holiday so you’ve got something to look forward to. An even better way to beat the blues is to make it a wellness holiday where health, relaxation and your overall wellbeing take centre stage. Continue reading “Wanderlust inspiring wellness holidays”