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Here is where I share my ideas on how to have a stress free lifestyle. From dealing with your internal thoughts, simple hacks to make your life stress free and tricks to keeping your mind body and soul healthy when life takes over
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I am not a professional but I do follow these practices myself. Take what you need and merely see it as advice. If you are struggling with something that is deeper please do seek professional help. These are merely guidelines.
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Is Your Social Life Making You Sick?

Weird question to ask right? But one, that in the last few months, I have been personally thinking about a lot.

Being “social’ is an interesting concept. At times, you pray for a night off, one day where you have nothing is planned in your iCal. Yet, when it happens, that all consuming FOMO descends and out comes the phone to find out what the world is up to.

Moving from London to Sydney, one of my hopes was that I would slow down. Living in the Big Smoke, I started to have to schedule nights an actively plan to have down time for my own wellness. However, temptation and my inability not to help a friend in need out, I would often break this and I was starting to burn out.

Alcohol, late nights, poor sleep, bad nutrition and no down time all add up. It starts with your morning energy, then your skin, then your body-mind-soul and worst case scenario…makes you sick.

If you feel you are heading toward this place… continue reading.

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Take time to be alone

People love being around people. It is what makes us human. However, depending on how introvert/ extrovert you are – determines how much of this you need.

Whatever you align to more, taking time to be alone is very important to charge all of your batteries.

According to Harvard Health Letter blue light from digital devices is actually zapping our natural circadium cycles by suppressing our melatonin secretions (crucial for good sleep). In some cases, “the blue light surpassed melatonin for twice as long”, which means that even when you think you are having down time – if you have your phone out, you are still preventing yourself from getting that good night’s sleep.

“the blue light surpassed melatonin for twice as long”

Leave you all your connections alone and do something which doesn’t involve technology. Cook, bath, read or paint/draw/chill.

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Say no, it doesn’t make you an asshole!

It really doesn’t. In fact, it sometimes makes your presence at the next event more poignant at the next event. Kick FOMO (fear of missing out) to the curb and welcome in JOMO (joy of missing out) in your routine.

Practise reinforcing your power to say No.

People respect you when you are true to yourself and when you come willing, fresh and ready to bring energy to the next social event you head to.

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Limit Alcohol

Alcohol – no matter how much ‘you can handle it’ – messes with your sleep, you inhibitions/ anxieties, body’s ability to function and costs a ton.

This is a real pot calling kettle black moment but something I too am practising. 

People who stimulate you mentally, don’t need an extra push of alcohol to have fun. Try it. You never know you may enjoy it.

And, the benefits in how you look, feel and save all add up over time.

“Most alcohol is packed full of calories and will slow your metabolism”.

According to Dr Zac Turner, “Most alcohol is packed full of calories and will slow your metabolism”. If you are constantly socialising, drinking every day, sooner or later these calories will add up and start to affect the way you look and feel.

For those of us who are shy/ social anxiety, trust me, when you reframe the situation and try doing activities which usually require booze, you may actually shock yourself into how much inner confidence you have when you start being present in your own self confidence rather than relying on that provided by alcohol. 

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Set yourself micro-social goals

Don’t say to yourself ‘I’m not going to drink again’ or ‘I am doing a dry month’ if these are not realistic to you.

Starting a new habit means repeating the same behaviour until it becomes part of your natural routine.

2 nights out a week

2 nights drinking a week

3 nights scheduled nights in

Whatever it is you need – plan ahead and log it down.

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You aren’t alone

As I sit here writing this, having a slight ‘you go girl’ attitude, I do actually have to face the reality I need to practise what I preach. 

In a world where being BUSY is a power sign, having a social media feed full of fun activities increases your following and being a socialite is respected…take a step back and actually reflect what any of those actually mean to your life. In the grand scheme of it… if you’re getting out of bed feel like crap, looking like crap and getting sick. Ask yourself honestly… “Is you social life making you sick”.

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How To Deal With A Change To Your Lifestyle

Cyntra, Cyntra in the city, patterns, art work  Change. It is terrifying and not for the light hearted but quite often it is necessary. Life can throw many curve balls at us which require us to change. Sometime, change is done to us or we come to a cross road in our life when you wish to make a change to your lifestyle.

Be it a new fitness regime, change to your diet, end of a relationship, new job or moving to a new city or country; all of these can have big affects on your well being.

“Be the change you wish to see in the World” – Gandhi

Change brings opportunities and challenges us. It led me to think about the changes I have made in my life and how I went around dealing, working through and coping with those changes. It inspired me to share with you my top ways with dealing with change.

How To Deal With A Change To Your Lifestyle

Establish A Routine

When big changes are happening your life things can get overwhelming. Establishing a routine has been frequently recommended to those who are going through transitional times. It helps to ground you but also build good habits which provide a solid base for positive change.

  • Routine
  • Bedtimes
  • Pre prepping
  • Connection with people

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Tolstoy

Expect The Lows But Enjoy The Highs

  • It won’t always be easy
  • It is ok to feel low
  • Change is daunting, unknowing, grey area and worrying
  • Things will get better
  • When things feel great – savour the moment

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Einstein

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Reflect On Your Reason Why

  • Why did you make the change?
  • What were your reasons?

These will be a really good indication of when you are questioning yourself why you made the decision in the first place. It is sometimes easy to lose sight of your reason ‘why’ when you are going through a tough time. It is often easier to go back to comfort than to face the difficulties of a transition. This is often the reason why people never progress or achieve when making a change.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

Focus And Re-Focus Your Goals

Where are you in your journey – where do you want to go? What were your original goals? Are they still relevant now?

When you make a change to your lifestyle, whether it be a new fitness regime, diet, job or move city – just because you set original goals doesn’t mean you can’t be flexible and evolve them as you evolve.

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Mary Shelley

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Always Be Kind To Yourself

Change is tough and change is for the brave. Many people go through life dreaming about the changes they would like to do with their lives but never turning those dreams in to reality. It is not always easy, nice, fun or enjoyable when making big changes to your lifestyle. With this in mind, be kind to yourself.

If things aren’t always going your way, don’t be too harsh. Things will go wrong, it may be tough, it may get rough and sometimes you may feel like you’ve made a bad decision. Whatever happens though, you have tried. There is a lot to be said for trying as unless you try something you will never know if it is right for you.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

Making a change to your lifestyle may result in an outcome you are not happy with. Never see failure as a trait of who you are, it just the result of something that has been tried or tested to find out what works better. It is not who you are.

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Easy Ways To Wake Up Early When You’re Not a Morning Person

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Rising early when you’re not an early riser

Have you ever had that class you would like to attend but seen it starts at 6am so immediately know it ain’t gonna happen?

Have you ever had heart palpitations as you know you need to get up early but that time of day just mentally doesn’t exist in your mind?

There are different kinds of people in this world – from the early bird who love an early morning to the night owl – but due to the way the world works life just doesn’t take these into account. Sometimes, we have to be pushed out of our natural rhythms due to a work commitment of a social engagement.

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Early Bird or Night Owl

Of the two, I am an early bird and I am fully aware of how rising early when you’re not a natural early riser can be really daunting. Therefore, I thought I would share with you my tips to rising early and getting that early morning without the tiring consequences.

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Get to bed early – You still need 8 hours!

I would recommend starting to do this a week or so before you need to as it’s not just that easy. Start by zoning out from technology about 2 hours before bed. The blue light stimulates our minds and prevents us from fully switching off. There are a number of apps you can use to reduce the blue light on your phone – for a comprehensive list check out this link.

Think like a child and have a relaxing bath and put on a bed time podcast (story). A warm drink or caffeine free tea often helps me. My favourite has always been Pukka Night Time Tea, which you can find in all local food stores.

Reading is also a fantastic way to wind down. Lose your mind into the depths of the pages and you will often find yourself nodding off. My preference is a hard copy over a phone/ kindle – as getting your eyes away from the technology is pivotal for winding down.

Read more about Pukka Herbs here

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A gentle and increasing alarm

You may think you will sleep through your alarm but if you choose an alarm, which starts gently and slowly increases, you will find you naturally start to awake from slumber.

You may be thinking… that ain’t gonna work for me! I used to live with a friend who’s alarm was loud enough to wake the street and she still slept through it. But try this and set a few alarms in increments of you think you may sleep through.

Arise slowly, wiggle your fingers and toes and smile. Works a treat.

Go and make a warm lemon water and sit by a window or go outside if it is warm – the natural light is what your body is craving.


Coffee

Let’s be serious… I am human

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Circadian Rhythm

I have mentioned above my top tips, however, you do need to take into account your circadian rhythm. This rhythm is impacted by whether you’re an early bird or night owl as it will affect when you feel most alert and most drowsy through the day.

Therefore, bare in mind that it can be a lot harder to change when you are going against your natural groove.


Early morning are a part of life and I do hope that these little tips may give you something for the toolbox that will ease you into the morning next time you have an early start.

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How To Make Hard Decisions | Lifestyle

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Life is full of hard decisions.

When a big decision comes around it can leave us paralysed with what to do when weighing out the outcomes.

Indecision, sometimes, can be as hard as making the decision itself. It can leave you riddled with anxiety and immovable with moving forward.

Speaking from my own experience, I personally do not like change. In fact, I am often resistant to it. I am guilty of asking for other people’s opinions rather than making my own. However, in hindsight I often find out that my initial gut feeling was the right one anyway.

I may not know all the answers but here is my way of dealing with coming to the right decision when times seem tough.

How To Make Hard Decisions

Reflect

Take time. If you feel people are pressuring you for an answer be firm and let them know you need time. I often find that sleeping on a decision allows you to digest and find your truth. Like with most things, a good night sleep can give you clarity and stop you from making a rash decision.

Weigh up the Pros and Cons of the decision

The good old pros and cons list is a fantastic weapon when coming to an answer when you are not sure. Instead of breaking down different factors into negatives and positives, break it down into your values, truths and ambitions.

Will it get you to where you need to be?

Will it bring you joy?

Will it be tough at first but give you reward?

Do not merely break things down into plus and minus as sometimes something which is tough in the long term can be more rewarding.

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Think passed the decision

Similar to the above, sometimes most people will only think about the near future but not long term. For example, one answer could cause a huge upheaval in your life, bring about change and be quite challenging but in 6 months time be the best decision you have ever made.

Think forward, remove your mind from the here and now, and truly try and take an umbrella view. You never know what you may see in the future.

Ask for advice from a Friend/ Family

Your friends and family are your trusted committee who know you best. They may be able to guide and support you through the decision making process and help you find your answer. Alternatively, you can sometimes find by hearing what someone else thinks reinforces your own opinion if you disagree with them…

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Trust your Gut feeling

Trust your gut. It is your second brain and is powerful for detecting your innermost voice. We all have had that moment when something doesn’t feel right…learn to trust it.

Whatever your decision is, remember, you can always change your mind. The wonderful thing about today is that we are in a dynamic society, which, is constantly metamophosing into something different. Nothing is forever, so know that even if it doesn’t work out, you can always take a new route.

Remember, life is going to be full of hard decisions, some we will make right, others wrong but always know that every decision you make you will learn from it.

Be the driver of your own life.

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Healthy Energizing Snacks | Stress-Free Snacks

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Stress-Free Energizing Office Snacks

Looking for a healthy energising boost which is actually good for you? Well here are my top suggestions!

  1. Pre Workout Boost/11am kickstart

If you have been checking in on my Instagram stories you would have seen Sandows Cold Brew featured quite often.

This delicious cold brew coffee is delicious, strong and full of no nasties. I have never been one for cold coffee – but these guys changed my mind.

I have been drinking a can first thing in the morning before my workout and have noticed the following;

No dehydration

Better concentration

Wide awake but no shakes

Performing better

Lifting heavier

Running Faster

And all over better performance!

The original and citrus are my favourite flavours! Would highly recommend.

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2. Post Lunch Grumble

We all have that moment – usually around 3pm – when the post-lunch grumble in the stomach appears.

Don’t let the sugar cravings overrun you – reach for something tasty with none of the crap you get from some usual shop bought snacks. Real Handful has created a tasty treat which combines all the yumminess of nuts and fruit with a splash of sweetness with a hint of chocolate.

All the free’s you expect (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan) but with all the flavour to keep you satisfied!

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3. After Work Gym Sesh

Tired, grumpy and the last thing you want to do is go to the gym. Many of us reach for a coffee at this time which can result in being pumped and affecting our sleep! Instead, reach for Tenzing a delicious natural energy booster!

Filled with natural goodness, this drink is ethically sourced and sustainably produced to bring you a drink that is not loaded with sugar when you need that extra boost!

Click here to find out more!


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How I Reduced My Daily Plastic Use With One Change | Keep Cup

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Reducing Plastic

Plastic consumption is at the forefront of the news. Since the wonderful David Attenborough delved deep into the destruction that this easy to come by single-use product has on our environment we have seen a significant shift to reduce plastic consumption.

Plastic, is, unfortunately everywhere.

According to Fauna & Flora Org,

Plastic is accumulating in the world’s oceans at a staggering rate. An estimated eight million tons of plastic – the equivalent of over 26,600 Boeing 747 planes – are swept into our seas and oceans every single year, mainly via rivers and coastal urban centres.

So what can we do as individuals to reduce our own plastic footprint and join the movement to get rid of this toxic by-product of society?

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Keep Cup

I am a coffee lover! Any of you who follow me on IG will know this. If you want to reduce your plastic consumption in one simple and effective move – get a keep cup.

“When auditing office waste, it’s common for us to see bins with 20% disposable cups. Keep Cup is a great way to reduce the use of disposable cups, given they are recyclable!”
Great Forest, Environmental Consultants

Disposable cups, made from paper or plastic, demonstrate a significant problem for our environment.

The vast number of disposable cups ending up in landfill puts unnecessary pressure on our natural resources to manufacture and transport them. Single-use disposable cups are definitely not the biggest perpetrator destroying the environment, but they are a clear demonstration of how convenience and consumption have become increasingly out of control.

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How can I reduce my Plastic consumption?

This year, I invested in a Keep Cup from Cru Kafe, to make one small step to helping reduce my plastic consumption.

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Cute, stylish and the perfect long black/ flat white size… this Cru Kafe Keep Cup was very handy indeed. Made of glass you do need to be a little careful, but in saying that, I have not had a single issue with breakages.

By simply making this one small step, as an individual, I am able to make my difference in the overall reduction of plastic use in my day-to-day life.

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Keep Cup Pros

Stylish 
The Cru Kafe Keep Cup is small and chic. Wrapped with cork for the perfect grip, it actually was much nicer to sip my morning java from a weighted cup rather than a flimsy piece of paper which, at any point, could spill. We have all been there when the coffee somehow manages to jump out of that sipping hole at the smaller nudge of a stranger.

Simple
It is hard to reduce your plastic consumption when supermarkets are incessantly wrapping everything in it! By using a Keep Cup, you are able to simply make that small steps toward big change the world needs to tackle this terrible by-product of man.

Stress-Free
Simple; use, wash and re-use. Fundamentally, taking any unwarranted stress out of this small change.

Smiles
9/10 the barista will be more than happy to fill your cup (and often give it a wash for you) with a cheeky grin on their cheeks. There is something about knowing you’re trying to help the environment which just warms people to you.

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Keep Cup Cons

Carrying
Yes, you do have to carry it around. Therefore, if you are the type of person who doesn’t carry a bag, then I would recommend purchasing a Keep Cup to keep at your desk.

Wait until you have reached the office before your morning brew and take the cup with you. It may even make you think twice about grabbing that £3 cup of magic on your way in and save you some money.

Forgetting
#GUILTY 
You will sometimes forget it. Often, I will leave it by the kitchen sink, or run out the office and only when I am about to make my order realise I have left my Keep Cup at my desk.

Ignorance
In the beginning, I would quite often find the odd coffee shop who would look at me like I asked them the most bemusing question. A little animosity, as if I was putting them out, or breaching some form of health and safety. However, I am finding now that most coffee shops are now on board.

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Where to buy a Keep Cup?

You can find Keep Cups in most coffee shops now. I personally bought mine from my favourite coffee company Cru Kafe. You can find the link here: Keep Cup 

Depending on whether you like a big coffee or small but I would recommend the small size for ease of use.

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Natural Ways To Keeping Stress Free | Lifestyle

Cleanse & Detox - Cleanse Nurture Restore

Are you sick and tired of well always being sick and tired?

I am!

Stress can impact us all in many different ways and it can creep up on us out of nowhere. With stresses lurking around every corner it is understandable we feel this way!

Living in a town and city there are ‘stresses’ everywhere. Rush hour in the morning, constant digital activity, sirens, crowds, coffee, too many things on our plate, notification after notification and the fact that life just keeps us – well – busy.

Many of the things listed above can’t go away. We all need to go to work, live our day to day lives and balance work + play – that is the way life is. However, there are small ways we can support our body to ensure that when the going gets tough we are prepared.


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Natural Ways To Keeping Stress Free!

I thought I would share my top natural ways to keep stress free and hope that by introducing some simple swaps you can #girlboss your way into each week!


1) Meditation

The buzz word at the moment…but it works.

A simple technique practised for as few as 10 minutes per day can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation.

If you have never done it before I would recommend Headspace or Buddhify. Great apps for guiding you and they have different meditations depending on how you feel. You have to pay £4.99 for Buddhify but I would definitely recommend the purchase.

Peace And Harmony Pukka


2) Herbal Supplements

– Ashwagandha

Last year by a friend who introduced me to Ashwagandha. This root has been used for centuries to help those with adrenal and nervous system problems. Research shows that this root calms and energises and helps us adapt to stress in our modern day lives. I rRecommend: Pukka Ashwagandha

– Turmeric

Happiness is one thing you can never get enough of, and curcumin found in turmeric plays a powerful role in getting and keeping your mood high. Turmeric has also been linked to protecting against sleep deprivation, therefore if you find that you are a night worrier, including this herb/spice into your diet can boost your overall zen.

I find the best way to slip this little spice in my daily diet is via a supplement (again Pukka) or this delicious Turmeric Latte by Wunder Workshop

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3) Get Outside

Out of the office, out of the city or just out for a lunch time. Moving your body and breathing in fresh air is good for the soul. You will find that any stressful encounter or phone call can leave you ready to burst but a 10 minute walk around

You will find that any stressful encounter or phone call can leave you ready to burst but a 10-minute walk with some deep breaths can restore you back to a normal place.

Ideally, if you can get to the great outdoors! Get some quality fresh air, long walks, good food and peace & quiet – Hygge if you will – you will reset ready to tackle the year head on!


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4) Regular Massage

Massage can work wonders when you’re stressed out. We hold a lot of tension in our bodies and having someone work out those knots can really loosen you up.

One of my favourite apps to use is Urban Massage – you type in what massage you want, choose your therapist and they come to your home!! Yes! So after a long day all you need to do is get home, get comfy and let the professionals do the work.

If you sign up using the link on my home page… you’ll also get a £10 off your first massage 😉


The images in this blog came from Cleanse, Nurture, Restore with Herbal Tea by Sebastian Pole of Pukka Herbs – I would highly recommend a read!

I hope you enjoy my little tips. These are genuine tricks which I use to maintain my cool and ride through the stressful times. We all go through them and finding little coping mechanisms can truly ease you through.


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5 Ways to Cure Sore Muscles after the Gym

Do your muscles ache the day after the gym?

Struggle with the stairs?

Does it put you off going the next day?


5 Ways to Cure Sore Muscles after the Gym

Here are 5 tricks I use to make sure I keep on track of my workouts and to keep those sore muscles at bay.

Rehydrate

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. You must replace the water lost in workouts so your body continues to function. When you put your body under stress it needs to be consistently hydrated.
Make sure you are getting at least 2 litres of water a day. You can make this more funky by having herbal teas (my favourite are Pukkaany flavour) or by putting lemon and mint in your water to add flavour!

5 Ways to Cure Sore Muscles after the Gym


Foam Rolling

Foam Rolling lets you roll out those tight muscles. This is crucial when training with weights when your muscles are getting stronger. Foam Rolling allows you to take the pressure deeper – really working into those tighter areas. This allows you to work the tightness and get you back in the weights section quicker.
If you don’t have time to foam roll in the gym (plus you can look and sound very strange when you find the tighter spots)

I recommend buying a roller for home and spending 20 minutes when catching up on your favourite show.


Massage

There will be times, especially when starting a new routine, when you may need to bring in a professional.

Massage not only makes you feel better and relax but it also helps with muscle recovery. Knots and tightness can really impact your workout – so getting a professional to relieve the pressure can really help.

Having a massage can really help you identify injuries or potential problems which could be exacerbated by certain exercises.

I recently have been having trouble with my legs and neck. My neck and legs were stiff, sore and it was affecting my sleep.

I was recommended to get a massage ASAP!

I booked a sports massage to my house (amazing – I know!) using Urban Massage App!

The masseuse worked through all the layers easing the tension. I had no idea how tight some of the larger muscle groups were. Her hands were magic and by the end of the massage, my muscles had melted.

If you don’t have the time to go to a spa or are nervous about booking a massage – try using Urban Massage App
I have the app on my phone and have now started booking massages every couple of months to help re-align from training

For a little treat click here and get 10% off your First Massage!


Warm Bath

Grab those Epsom Salts and Lavender Oil and fill up the bath with warm/hot water and soak those muscles. If you have time the optimum time to relax those muscles and detoxify is 30-40mins.

If you find it hard to sit still for that long and wind down… take in a good book or listen to a podcast while you unwind.

5 Ways to Cure Sore Muscles after the Gym


Sleep

The vital ingredient to any recovery!

No excuses: if you are not getting 8 hours you are not allowing your body to recover.

Sleep and hydration allow your body to work at its best.

Switch off your phone, turn off the tv, get into bed an hour early and read…meditate…relax and wind down and give yourself enough time to get in those 8 hours.

5 Ways to Cure Sore Muscles after the Gym


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5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

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You’re sat at your desk and all of a sudden your inbox is full to the brim, that colleague of yours is constantly asking questions, your boss is putting pressure on you… not to mention all the washing, chores and other odds and sods waiting for you at home.

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

StressBrain

You thought this week would be the week you start eating healthy and ditching the crap. You’ve realised you skipped breakfast for the caramel latte and all of a sudden its 11 am and you’re stressed, hungry and about 10 seconds from hitting the vending machine!

STOP!

Here are some top tips of how to stop emotional and mindless eating at work.


Say “No” and Supply Alternative

Stop yourself.

Pause and say to yourself – will this sugary sensation help?

Will it get me closer to getting my jeans to feel comfortable?

Will it make my day less stressful?

Saying no means sometimes eating what you know will make you happy later on even when you really want chocolate cake now. 

Fill your bag and desk full of healthy alternatives. Pull out those carrot sticks and homemade hummus.

Go and get a glass of water or make a cup of tea. Get up and go for a walk. Distract that pang and focus on what will truly make you happy.

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

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Chocolate Won’t Make Stress Go Away

The sweet sensation of sucking on a piece of chocolate may make you have a few minutes of taste but this will be followed by a sugar rush.

You will have a brief period of increased energy followed by a severe low.

You may even go through the guilt cycle of “I shouldn’t have had that” “I was supposed to have a healthy week” etc etc.

Sugar is never the answer to a stressful situation – in fact, it can make it a thousand times worse.

Find out what is triggering your stress at that moment. Pause. Take 5 minutes to deal with it. Acknowledge the want for the chocolate and then let it go.

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

Spinach

Don’t want to eat like a rabbit? Then don’t!

Unless you love salad, in which case, crack on, however, if you’re like the majority of the human race, we associate eating lettuce leaves with “being on a diet” and that automatically makes you feel restricted.

Instead, fill your lunchbox with some delicious whole food recipes. Try new things. Find out what you like and try out something off the wall. Get some new recipe books in and have a research.

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

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Love Your Body Its The Only One You’ve Got

Right now is your prime! This second is the youngest you will remember.

You will look back at photos and look at this time and wish you still had that youth. When mindlessly eating or feeling stressed out and grazing… think about the future.

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You are what you eat and you will want your body to be full of the most nourishing foods out there.

Think skin: avocados

Think hair: coconut

Think body: lean protein and these triggers will guide you

Think Cellulite… yes vending machine I am looking at you!

Pip N NutGet Support From Your Friends

Making the right choices can sometimes be hard if people around you are not making the same choices. Share with a friend.

Make yourself accountable to someone at work… someone who can stop you mindlessly reaching for the 3 pm biscuit tin, or when you’re out for coffee saying the no-way to the Hazelnut Latte!

5 Ways To Stop Mindless & Emotional Eating

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