When the end of summer rolls around, I still get that back-to-school feeling, even as an adult. The holidays are over and most of us are readjusting to our ‘normal’ daily life again. Which makes September the perfect time for making healthy changes!
One way to shake up your health routines is to give your regular office lunch a little upgrade. Ok, admittedly, these delicious lunch ideas require a little more prep than your average peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But they do pack a punch in the nutrition and taste department!
So bring a healthy packed lunch to work or school with one of these 15+ appetizing lunch ideas!
All day long, your senses are bombarded with information – sights, sounds, smells. Your brain is constantly busy selecting and interpreting these stimuli, storing what’s important into your long – term memory.
Turning your attention inwards instead of to the world around you has several benefits for your health.
Brain studies suggest that observing what’s happening inside of you – your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations – taps into a different part of your brain than watching the outside world does. Instead of solely relying upon the frontal lobes of the neocortex, focusing on your feelings also activates evolutionary older parts of your brain that are associated with emotional reactions and the integration of physical experiences. It’s that bypass of the thinking and judging parts of your brain that makes mindfulness such an effective method to find your calm when you can’t seem to stop your racing thoughts.
Learning to tune into your body also allows you to pick up signals of stress, pain and exertion before these symptoms become (too) serious.
A mindful body scan is a powerful way to get in touch with your body and really notice what you’re sensing, without judging or trying to change what’s happening within. At first glance, a body scan might seem like you’re just lying down doing nothing. But it involves a little more than that. Because while your body is resting, your mind goes on a guided tour from your toes to your head, pausing at each part and paying attention to what you’re feeling.
“Don’t take pictures mama – push my swing?“, my two-year old quietly asked when we were visiting the playground recently. Now I had given her my undivided attention all morning until that point. Still, my daughter’s message hit home: stop looking at your screen and enjoy what’s happening right in front of you. Experience … Read more >
On a hot summer’s day, what’s more refreshing than sitting the water with a mocktail (including umbrella straw!) or iced tea in hand? Stay cool and hydrated with these 12 healthy sodas, shakes and slushies from our favourite food bloggers.
Whether you’re lounging on the beach or catching a long-haul flight, summer vacation is the perfect moment to catch up on reading. And not just good books – there are plenty of interesting articles worth checking out too. So kick back and relax and make the most of your summer break with these refreshing recipes, self-care practices and psychological insights.
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