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The Daily Grind: 5 simple ways to improve your health and thrive at work

If you’re reading this, I hope you have a job you love – a job that makes you excited about getting out of bed every morning and fuels your passion and dreams. However, even if none of that is true, you don’t have to contend with simply trudging to work, feeling down in the dumps.

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There are quite a few simple measures for revitalising your workplace mood – and the knock-on effects can include better productivity, which will clearly go down well with the boss.

Mentally, stay in the here and now

Do you find yourself often merely “going through the motions” at work, not really paying close attention to the task at hand? This can too easily happen if you don’t love your job – and, perhaps, have an eye on soon “moving on” to take up that coveted “dream job”.

However, that job won’t just appear out of nowhere, mindbodygreen.com emphasises. It’s through producing your best work right here, right now that you can realise magical results.

Seek to learn new ways of improving your work

Are you currently falling short? Heed Inc.‘s revelation that thriving workers “look for opportunities to learn new things and acquire new skills, and access information to help them get better at what they do.” By following suit, you could bring into effect a “self-perpetuating” growth journey.

The Daily Grind: 5 simple ways to improve your health and thrive at work | UK Lifestyle Blog

For this reason, you should welcome feedback when you receive it, whether from the boss or fellow employees. Taking account of feedback can help prevent distractions from your organisational goals.

Are you an employer? Lead by example

Every successful business has its own Winston Churchill, a leader who can inspire their recruits not merely to work towards success, but even work their way out of corporate quicksand, so to say.

There is certainly solid evidence of how beneficial such leadership can prove to a business. One recent study looking at various industries found that leaders high in self-reported thriving were, by their employees, deemed 17% more effective than leaders comparatively lacking in this measure.

The Daily Grind: 5 simple ways to improve your health and thrive at work | UK Lifestyle Blog

Strike a good work-life balance

How is your personal life going? Whether you are currently on cloud nine because of a new, super-exciting romance, your favourite TV show is back on the box, you are getting better at surfing, or some other reason, those high levels of happiness could push you towards workplace success, too.

Research has confirmed that people who fare well in their personal lives appear to accumulate “resources” that they can pour into their work activities – a real win-win-win situation!

Do you smoke? Consider switching to vaping

I’ll resist launching into a lecture about how that cigarette habit could be wrecking your health. However, keep in mind that, as the Daily Mail reports, e-cigarettes are much safer than tobacco, according to experts. Furthermore, there isn’t a strict legal ban on e-cigarette use in offices.

While employers can still ban vaping in workplaces at their discretion, you could stock up on products like Innokin Proton Plex Kit if your own office is vape-friendly.

2019-01-21T13:28:42+00:00 January 22, 2019|Health|

5 things to do with your mum in 2019 ❤️

It’s true that there’s no greater bond than the one between a mother and her children. She helped you to grow, nurtured you, and helped to mould you into the person you are today. You might have had your ups and downs, but that’s only made your relationship stronger. But now you’re fully grown, how about reconnecting?

Now you’re an adult, you and your mum are equals and best friends. So, how about putting some time aside to spend just with her? I’ve spent so much quality time with my mum recently doing lots of wedding planning, it’s been he best. Here are some super fun and simple ways you can spend time with your mum and hopefully make a regular thing of it!

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Treat yourselves to an afternoon tea

There’s no getting away from it: afternoon teas are a British thing. Which means that we do some of the best in the world! Beautifully cut sandwiches, delicately filled with deliciously, light fillings. Thick slices of the most indulgent cakes and cream filled pastries topped with fresh fruit. Select the backdrop of a country hotel, a countryside vista or even just in your favourite café in town. There’s nothing better than catching up and spending time together over a cup of tea and a cream cake (or two). Bliss.

Have some heavy duty pampering

You both lead busy lives, and everyone deserves the chance to relax, unwind and forget about the outside world for a while. So, with that in mind, why not treat mum and yourself to an afternoon at a local spa. A session in the sauna, a few lengths in the pool and a much needed soak in the jacuzzi. Not forgetting the treatments of offer. You’ll both feel a million dollars.

5 things to do with your mum in 2019 ❤️ | UK Lifestyle BlogThe Scarlet Hotel & Spa – Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Join forces in the kitchen

You’ve probably learnt everything you know about cooking from your mum. So, why not get together and make a feast for the whole family. Plan a range of dishes and work together to make it all from scratch. It’s a lovely way to spend time together, chat and learn from each other!

Check out some old photographs

I recently asked my nana if she had any photos of her parents I could look at. Purely because I’d never seen any before! What followed was 4 hours of sifting through piles and piles of black and white images from times gone by. The different clothes, styles and images were an incredible window into her childhood. We also enjoyed looking and comparing photos of my younger self too! So dig out all those old photo albums and take a trip down memory lane together.

 

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Play a board game

Who didn’t play board games with their mum on a rainy Sunday? The difference these days is that you can play games that are age appropriate for both of you – sorry Operation fans! Sit down together and enjoy a game of scrabble or something guaranteed to make you both giggle. Break out the snacks and a bottle of wine and you’re guaranteed a great night in each other’s company.

Go on a shopping spree together

Hands down, your mother’s tastes and impeccable style can give any fashionista a run for her money. Besides, who could possibly be a more supportive and honest shopping buddy?

Thanks mum, love you ❤️

2019-01-21T13:16:34+00:00 January 21, 2019|Health|

Our Introduction into Mountain Biking: Reasons You’ll Love It!

Last month we dipped our toes in the water with a bit of mountain biking, and oh boy was it fun! It’s always something I thought would be an amazing thrill but I wasn’t sure if I’d be too much of a baby and not enjoy it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Honestly, it was a little bit scary… but so it was also so much fun.

We first thought about giving it a whirl earlier in the year when we visited Lanhydrock in Cornwall but we didn’t have the time when we were last there. Then, whilst we were in Switzerland earlier this year we noticed lots of people getting trains or cable cars to the top of mountains and biking there way down, which looked absolutely bonkers but also really exciting (especially when you’re slowly meandering along with a big bag!).

We bite the bullet, headed back to Lanhydrock and hired a couple of bikes. We were instantly throw into the deep end practicing jumps and tricky terrain in the ‘skills area’, then we went and worked up a sweat on the green, blue and red trails. By the end of it we were covered in mud and our cheeks hurt from laughing so much! It’s 100% something we’ll be doing again, and here’s just some of the reasons why:

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Mental health benefits

Numerous studies show that cycling is good for your mental health. Getting out in the countryside takes you away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. If you choose a green route such as the Lodge trail, you’ll have 15 – 20 minutes to just think and sort through some of the things that are playing on your mind. Riding through nice scenery has a relaxing effect, which lasts for days after. I can totally vouch for this!

Adventure holidays galore!

Once you get your cycling legs sorted, you will be able to cycle long distances without aching. I remember this from when I used to ride regularly and when I used to run for 13 miles without stopping. People asked “how do you keep going?” well, you just do. Your legs go numb and your body drives you forward, it’s incredible.

You can go on crazy fun adventure holidays, which (believe me!) you won’t enjoy unless you’re fit enough for it. If you want to get to know a country, cycling is a great way to do it. I once met somebody that traveled across the world with his bike, inspirational! He told me all about these great cycling holidays that take you off the beaten track and let you see a side of a country that you would not normally see on a traditional holiday.

See more of your local area

It’s not just about going abroad! Going out on your bike on a regular basis gives you the option to get to know your local area better. There’s so many beautiful places in Cornwall that I haven’t explored, and jumping on a bike seems like a great way to do it! Don’t get me wrong, I love trotting through small villages and towns, but in all honesty, I’m more of a nature lover 🍃🐶 You’re far more likely to find me out on the cliffs or in the forest, than you are in a coffee shop or wandering busy shops.

**Psst** You don’t even need to go abroad to make a little trip out of it! We stayed in a cute little Airbnb just a short drive from our home and cooked up a well-deserved Waitrose steak, yum! 

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Winning a life (no, seriously!)

When you start cycling, the chances are that you will begin to set yourself goals. It starts small – you see how long it takes you to cycle your favourite route, then next thing you know you are shaving minutes then seconds off your time. Setting small goals and achieving them is a good habit to get into. In time, this habit spills over into other parts of your life helping you to be more productive. I read about this ALL the time in business books!

Your joints will thank you

I’ve become a little more health conscious these days. I still order Dominos and I don’t lift weights, but I’m certainly better than I used to be. I’m tee-total and I try and use the outdoors as my gym as much as I can by going surfing, hiking or anything else that tickles my fancy. There’s a million reasons why this is important to me, but one of them being *bare I say it* I’m beginning to feel old.

My body doesn’t feel as strong or as nimble as it used to be. Things hurt when I push my body in a way they never used to. Cycling improves your circulation as well as your respiratory health. This is great for your joints because it helps your body to carry the toxins out of your body instead of settling in your joints and causing stiffness and other problems. When I heard this, I was all over the prospect of cycling like a bad rash. Yes, please! 🙏

Catch more Zzz’s

The kind of exercise you get when you cycle helps you to unwind. This makes it easier for you to fall asleep and get a good night of sleep. Often cyclists sleep better than other people do. What more can I say!?

If you want to get started and begin, it is easy to do. There’s heaps of places you can hire a bike from, and if you decide you love it there’s lots of places to order cycles online that won’t break the bank.

2018-12-15T23:46:32+00:00 December 16, 2018|Health|
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