All posts tagged: Relax

Summer bliss and getaways

It’s hot here. Summer is in full swing; the air con is on, the days are long and dry, and dusk is pushing 9pm. To make the most of the summer heat, we’ve left Sydney and ventured up the coast. There’s something about removing yourself from the everyday that makes the precious days between Christmas and New Years feel even more like a holiday. Even if it’s only to the in-laws an hour away. Despite the best of intensions, I often find nothing days in Mosman become cleaning days, or days of life admin commitments that see us spend little time actually doing nothing. As a result holidays instead become a collection of weekends, rather than a break of sunburn, breakfasts, and reading on the beach till the sun goes down. Today we set off to the beach with an umbrella under arm and fresh pineapple and mint juice in hand. We walked the splendour that is Soldier’s Beach looking for the perfect spot to park weary 2016 selves. We baked, relaxed and reclined in the sunshine, only to recover in the …

The art of aerial yoga

It’s a no brainer that mixing up your approach to exercise is important to maintaining a strong body and healthy mind. To add a little spice to my routine, last week I joined fitness platform KFit as a local ambassador – my goal being to keep things challenging. Well,  I found the perfect starting block… on Monday I tried my first ever AntiGravity yoga class! As I walked into the beautiful studio at Beyond Fitness Australia it occurred to me that I hadn’t really considered what it would be like to do yoga upside down before committing to the class. That quickly changed as l found myself about to attempt a spider-man inversion. I was soon dangling from the ceiling contemplating what exactly I had signed up for. Aerial yoga certainly isn’t for the faint hearted, but it is something I could easily become very addicted to doing. For those not in the know, AntiGravity or aerial yoga is a combination of traditional yoga and Pilates using a silk hammock that hangs from the ceiling. …

Searching for that holiday feeling (without the holiday…)

Are you questioning how on earth we’re already in February? Are you feeling a little like the passing of years flew by in the blink of an eye and that out of nowhere we’re already talking Easter? How and when did this happen?!? Yet somehow when I look around me there seems to be people everywhere flaunting a post holiday glow and refreshed attitude to life. If you’re feeling a little dazed about what happened to your precious summer break, you’re not alone. My holiday was mostly a blur of Christmas shopping, family visits, trips to see friends and a whole-lot-a life admin. Despite that I had nearly two weeks away from my desk (only a mere month ago!), the time didn’t leave me feeling ready and roaring to take on a new year. In fact, when I returned to work I was feeling rather flat and weary which was not how I had intended or desired to start 2015. Seeing a longing in my eyes (and after having felt the same holidaylessness as me), …

Settle petal – it’s time to calm your farm

Hands up if you’re easily stressed-out? With one in four Aussies reporting moderate to severe levels of distress in 2014, if you went that’s me – you’re not alone. Stress is an exhausting, controlling and sometimes incredibly overwhelming process. It can strike when you least expect it, or build up for days, weeks and even months – particularly if you let it get the better of you. As a society we currently recognise several different degrees of stress. These include: Acute stress – sprung from the demands and pressures of the recent past and of the immediate future Episodic acute stress – those who suffer acute stress frequently – they often take on too much, are always in a rush and full of nervous energy Chronic stress – the grinding stress that wears people down and can destroy bodies, minds and lives Acute stress is this most common type of stress that most of us experience in the day-to-day. It is usually short term and the result of emotional pressures, muscular, stomach and gut problems, as well …