Escape To The Countryside

Over the last few months, in an attempt to train for another Camino de Santiago in the summer (we can hope!), I’ve been going for long walks on weekends. I’ve found this times a very fruitful way to clear my head, especially when I’ve felt trapped inside during lockdown. It’s strange because I never used to be [...]

Something Has To Give

I’ve thought and written a lot about productivity recently. I lament over the fact that I can’t always do everything I want to in a day. I obsess over trying to do “too much” and tick off everything on my To-Do list. This has meant that my time over the past few months has felt [...]

“The Most Relaxed I’ve Seen You All Year”

Last weekend, I felt very anxious and didn’t feel up to the long hike I had planned to go on with my girlfriend. The weather was beautiful, so instead, we decided to have a relaxing lunch outside in the sunshine. After this, I had a sudden urge to clean the windows and started on the [...]

Zen Mode

I’ve found it difficult to ‘switch-off’ over the last year or so of compulsory lockdowns. I’m spending almost all day on my phone or laptop and I don’t think it’s the healthiest way to live. Our responses to notifications have become Pavlovian. (Even as I wrote this blog post, I heard a ping and went [...]

Generators

Like generators, if we’re constantly working non-stop, it won’t be long before we’re burnt out and broken. We need time to rest and recharge to work efficiently. It’s easy to forget this and think we’re machines because of the demands to always be ‘productive’. Perhaps we also need to make time to simply be ‘idle’ [...]

Treating Ourselves

“Sometimes we just need a bit of retail therapy” Since Christmas, I’ve been thinking about gifts, presents and what I need. We can’t expect what we buy to solve our problems. The dopamine kick of shopping is short-lived. Yet, the culture tells us we should continuously seek it to help ourselves and make ourselves ‘feel [...]