Stuff I wrote

How to do one thing at once; the art of single-tasking

Smartphones have turned us into serial multitaskers. As a result, we've lost the ability to do one thing at once. We don't know how to focus and we do things mindlessly. The implications for our productivity and mental health are profound. Here are some everyday examples of things I do at the same time: Check … Continue reading How to do one thing at once; the art of single-tasking

3 things you should do on Sundays to have a happier and more productive week

This article is based on the important idea that we only have a small, finite amount of decision-making energy each day. As a result, we should allocate time on Sundays to planning and making decisions we know with certainty will improve our health, wellbeing and productivity. In other words, don’t rely on your ‘half-way-through-Wednesday’ self … Continue reading 3 things you should do on Sundays to have a happier and more productive week

‘Bacon’ sandwiches & Tacos @ Farm Girl Chelsea

I use the words 'blown away' a lot. And I won't stop. I was *blown away* by both dishes I tried at Farm Girl Cafe in Chelsea. Here they are as described on the menu, both 100% vegan of course: Coconut BLT Sandwich - coconut bacon, sliced beef tomatoes, guacamole & homemade cashew cream on toasted … Continue reading ‘Bacon’ sandwiches & Tacos @ Farm Girl Chelsea

The missing science of Epsom salt baths and why we’ll believe anything we’re told

'Epsom' salt is a mineral compound, just like all other salts. Specifically the compound magnesium sulfate. Widely accepted as 'very good for you', Epsom salt baths are famous for relieving muscle aches and pains. But I wanted to investigate the validity of these claims. Fun fact: Epsom salt gets its name from a market town … Continue reading The missing science of Epsom salt baths and why we’ll believe anything we’re told

Why you should breathe through your nose, especially in Yoga

We are constantly told to 'focus on the breath' but rarely are we offered the tips and techniques necessary to maintain such focus and breathe in a way that maximises our mental and physical health. This is a shame, because it's actually very simple. All you have to do is inhale through the nose slowly, and exhale … Continue reading Why you should breathe through your nose, especially in Yoga

Resilience comes from a lack of alternatives; what Julie Montagu taught me about success

Never judge a book by its cover. London-based Yoga teacher Julie Montagu was recently named one of the Top 10 Holistic Health Icons in the world, but she fought harder for her place at the top than one might assume. After completing a mentoring programme for Yoga teachers run by her company - WholeSelf Yoga - I felt compelled to … Continue reading Resilience comes from a lack of alternatives; what Julie Montagu taught me about success

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana / Upward-facing dog

The easiest 'mindless' thing to do in this posture is dump into your lower back. When done mindfully, not only is the lower back protected but the posture will help build strength in the limbs. The following cues in this pose will prevent such dumping into the lower back and improve your alignment to build … Continue reading Urdhva Mukha Svanasana / Upward-facing dog