The ‘be outside more’ challenge – 7 different tasks to do in nature and how it could make your life better

We all know instinctively that nature does something good to our souls. After all – we’re animals: we are nature. But being the clever monkeys that we are, we realised at some point a few thousand years ago that building walls around ourselves kept us pleasantly distanced from things like sharp-toothed animals and weather. AndContinue reading “The ‘be outside more’ challenge – 7 different tasks to do in nature and how it could make your life better”

I’ve invented a nutritious & delicious vegan milkshake and you have to try it

Some people came out of lock-down with nothing to show but a deepened loathing for society, twitchy screen-eyes and some early symptoms of scurvy. Not me. I put my time to good use and, with the help of a slow masticating juicer, a smoothie making machine and having a long list of more pressing tasksContinue reading “I’ve invented a nutritious & delicious vegan milkshake and you have to try it”

How yoga can help you have more fun in life

At the moment life feels pretty serious, what with all the fears and stresses of the worldwide pandemic, and the way the threat of illness is changing the minutiae of our lives in so many unexpected ways. COVID-19 is forcing us to realise how fragile the systems we base our lives on are, and howContinue reading “How yoga can help you have more fun in life”

10 quickfire reasons why I’m happy to be nearly 30

I’m 30 soon. All my late twenties, 30 has loomed like a cloaked figure on a misty street, one gnarled finger beckoning me to some dark and terrible fate involving wrinkles, grey hairs, dead eggs, big bills, bigger hangovers, new fat deposits and a keener sense of my own mortality. Interestingly, the closer I creepContinue reading “10 quickfire reasons why I’m happy to be nearly 30”

Make friends with inanimate objects, and 5 other ways to beat loneliness

Do you ever feel lonely? Before you curl up in a ball of despair thinking that you’re just a terrible/boring/strange person that no-one will ever want to spend time with, consider the following: 1. Make friends with inanimate objects Who said friends have to be human beings? Who said they have to be alive atContinue reading “Make friends with inanimate objects, and 5 other ways to beat loneliness”

Isn’t yoga just a fancy nap?

Call me a massive twat, but I like hard exercise. There’s something so enjoyably primal about a really difficult workout, like being in a fight. It’s kind of unpleasant and it hurts, but you’re being true to your inner animistic self and there’s something satisfying about that. I’ve learnt so much about myself through running.Continue reading “Isn’t yoga just a fancy nap?”

Some Very Clever People have found that yoga actually changes your brain (in a good way)

If you like yoga you probably know that it makes you feel good. But did you know that certain parts of your brain (responsible for memory, decision making and emotions) actually start to measurably grow within 10 weeks of starting a twice-weekly yoga practise? A few months ago a bunch of Very Clever People fromContinue reading “Some Very Clever People have found that yoga actually changes your brain (in a good way)”

We’re all really bad at breathing and it’s probably making us crazy

A few years ago I was walking home from work (along the beach at sunset, in summer – it was really beautiful) and I started feeling like I was going to die imminently. I felt strangely light – no mean feat for me at nearly six feet tall, and my body suddenly felt very…otherly. ItContinue reading “We’re all really bad at breathing and it’s probably making us crazy”

I drink quite a lot of wine and eat like the world’s about to end – can I still be a yogi?

Can you still be a yogi if you, like me, enjoy a glass of wine (or two or three) and a bowl (or quite possibly the entire share-size bag) of Kettle Chips on a Friday (and maybe also some other days of the week)? Probably not. A yogi, or yogini (if you’re female), is, accordingContinue reading “I drink quite a lot of wine and eat like the world’s about to end – can I still be a yogi?”

22 small joys in life

Sometimes on my drive to work in the mornings, I gaze out of the car window (usually the front one) at passing fields and wish I was a horse.  Horses spend a lot of time in the countryside eating. They’re occasionally ridden. They have nice hair.  But then the very fact that I am ableContinue reading “22 small joys in life”