Archive for Relaxation

How to be with your feelings

How to be with your feelings

To let go of emotional eating habits, we need to deal with our feelings differently. How? This month, do this very simple thing: Let feelings arise, and acknowledge them. And doesn’t that already feel better? Me: baby screams. Feeling: Guilt that I can’t soothe her. Feeling:…

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How to cultivate pleasuretaking in your life

How to cultivate pleasuretaking in your life

Food is such an immediate pleasure. This month, let’s take the pressure off food and explore other ways to meet our desires and enjoy living 1.Paradigm-shift your pleasure. Think about how pleasure was presented to you as a child, and the rolemodels in your life….

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How to slow down your eating

How to slow down your eating

Slowing down your eating is absolutely key if you aim to lose weight and alter your eating psychology. It sounds simple, but are you really doing it yet? This month, make it your business to start learning and practising Here’s a simple list of straightforward…

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Waiting (or ’embracing timelessness’)

Waiting (or ’embracing timelessness’)

I used to love deadlines: found them energising, and focus-giving. I’d make up all kinds of deadlines for myself and stick to them religiously. Not any more! I was thinking about this while I waited for a haircut in a place you don’t make appointments,…

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What burnout really is

What burnout really is

What am I doing? Redesigning my site. Not much output, transition behind the scenes. It’s necessary not to relentlessly produce, but to regroup occasionally Imagine if the world went in cycles. Oh, it does. Seasons and wotnot. Wotnot. Can you tell I don’t wanna mention…

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When I go slow, I feel sluggish

When I go slow, I feel sluggish

Going slow sounds peaceful. But what do you do when it’s fatigue, a fog of unmotivation, flat. Dare I say, depressed? Here’s how I do life: accelerate, brake, accelerate, broken Phase 1) Ambition: Inspiration and bright ideas are my petrol. Hope. Hope is my petrol….

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How often should you publish your blog? Once

How often should you publish your blog? Once

Illustrated Guide to Life is publishing just once a week for a bit. So we can get a bit serious about things. Mainly breakfast Since I started in August 2013, I’ve been publishing twice a week. It’s time for a change of rhythm. From now…

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Five ways to sleep well after a high (or low)

Five ways to sleep well after a high (or low)

After a busy nightshift, a gig, or a late study stint, it’s hard to get your head down. Here are my top five insomnia cures When a performer friend told me she can’t sleep well after gigs, I knew the feeling exactly. Having worked both…

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Printing with paint: I got thrills, they’re multiplying

Printing with paint: I got thrills, they’re multiplying

I’ve been quasi evangelical about the quick results of iPad painting. In a printing workshop last week I used real, hands-dirty paint. Whoa! Talk about prolific! I think I found a rival medium! “Mmm, smells like art”, said my 3-year-old when I put her art-apron…

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How to find stillness

How to find stillness

 Kate Leismer is not just a fidget. She was so restless, she dreaded the lie-down at the end of her yoga class. Until… Kate Leismer writes:  Quieting the Mind. Quieting the “Me” More than one yoga instructor has pointed out that I have the worst…

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