I’m sure I don’t need to quote stats on mental illness to you – if you’re reading this blog, you’re more than likely familiar with them. However, a specific type of mental illness that gets little air time is eating disorders. Somehow, they have become dismissed as a ‘phase’ that teenage girls go through, which is not worth discussion among adults. But anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Eating disorders as a whole affect over 1.6 million people in the UK, many of whom are undiagnosed and at risk. Add to this the millions of people who suffer with negative body image (according to the National Centre for Eating Disorders, by the age of 10, most girls are afraid of becoming fat) and it paints a frightening picture. That’s why I’m delighted to be training to become an Eat Breathe Thrive facilitator. The non-profit is dedicated to helping […]
We all know the benefits of regular exercise and, in particular, yoga but with working hours at an all time high it can be difficult to maintain a regular practice. In addition to convenience, private yoga classes have a whole host of benefits including classes tailored to your body and any injuries you may have, and the space to build confidence without the pressure of other attendees. That’s where Yogi2Me comes in. Through the app you can order a range of wellness services straight to your home, office or hotel such as yoga, massage, mindfulness and more. Having personally used the app for a gong bath meditation in the comfort of my own home, I can 100% recommend it! I spoke to Sarah Drai, the app’s founder about her motivations for creating the business and her experiences as an entrepreneur.
We live in a busy, fast-paced world and for many of us, spending hours of our day sitting in front of a computer screen is our reality. While there is no substitute for leaving your desk and taking a walk, going to a yoga class, or squeezing in a quick workout to escape your day, sometimes there is too much to get done and it is simply not an option. Below are four exercises that can be done at your desk. With these gentle poses, you can break up your day, reset your body and your mind and invigorate your productivity without even needing to leave your workspace.
One of the top pieces of advice for anyone suffering with depression and/or anxiety is to get moving. Exercise can be a powerful antidote to many of the negative thoughts and feelings associated with these conditions, even if providing only temporary relief. That said, while in the throes of a depressive episode or crippling anxiety, even the walk from your bed to the bathroom can seem impossible, so a trip to the gym is often out of the question. In those kinds of states, I can fully convince myself that if I attempted even a light jog, I would have a panic attack and die. Yes, seriously. So best just to stay in bed, right? Thankfully, I got into yoga – specifically Bikram yoga – when I was in a relatively good place. That made it slightly easier to drag myself back to yoga after months of feeling too weak, drained and […]