Fall is here! I thought I wasn't quite ready to let go of summer, but we have been enjoying some gorgeous fall days. I also have some fun warmer weather travel plans coming up in the next month, so I guess I'm not letting go of summer yet!
Well, I'm a little late on the March review post. Time has been flying and I've been completely slacking on the blog posts. While it would be nice to stick to a consistent posting schedule, I’m determined to have this blog remain a fun hobby, so I’m not going to stress out about it! From past blogging experience I know I lose interest when it starts to feel like a job.
One of my challenges for March is to try to be more mindful of my eating. Like any mindfulness practice, this is simple but not easy! While the idea of enjoying a meal without any distractions sounds straightforward, it is hard to avoid mindlessly reaching for your phone, snacking in front of the tv or just getting caught up in random thoughts.
Hello March! I guess that means it's time for my monthly review, even though it honestly feels like I was just writing my January review...time for an update on my goals and favourite things from February.
So I’ve decided to do a monthly focus for March on mindfulness - and I’m pretty excited about it...maybe partly because 'Mindful March' just sounds so catchy! I’ve been interested in meditation and mindfulness practices as a way to reduce stress and anxiety for a few years. Meditation has proven to be a very helpful tool for calming my worry-prone brain! During March I’m going to look at ways to incorporate more mindfulness into my everyday life.
I'm a big fan of routine, especially when it comes to creating new habits. I decided to take a look at optimizing my morning and evening routines, which quickly turned into a more thorough evaluation of how I’m spending my time. I’m not sure if anyone will really find anything valuable in these mundane details of my life, but for some reason I kinda love reading about other people's routines, so here goes...!
How is January already over!? This month flew by! I'm going to try and get into the habit of doing a monthly review post to keep on track with my wellness goals and also any random favourites, finds or fun memories from the month! Here we go...
Have you heard of time restricted eating? I was introduced to the idea last year when I first started following the work of Dr. Rhonda Patrick. Dr. Patrick is a biomedical scientist who runs a great website and produces podcasts and videos about health, nutrition longevity and aging - so many interesting topics! One of her repeat podcast interview guests is Dr. Satchin Panda who researches circadian rhythm and the health benefits of time restricted eating. Time restricted eating is basically a form of intermittent fasting, and appears to me to be by far the easiest method to follow. When I learned about the opportunity to participate in an app-based research study I was in!
I am lucky to live close enough to my office to walk to work. It ends up being about a thirty minute commute each way and I typically listen to a podcast or audiobook on the way. My latest audiobook listen was The Blue Zones of Happiness, by Dan Buettner. I found it to be …
When I first started dabbling in meditation I didn’t really tell anyone. It seemed kind of out there and certainly wasn’t as mainstream as it is now! Several years later I’m happy to recommend it to anyone and everyone. I’m certainly no expert, but I have managed to develop a fairly consistent practice of taking …