1 Year Mindfulness Challenge

A Year of Mindfulness – 30 – Squishing

Photo by Azamat Kinzhitayev on Unsplash Incoming rant alert. This week's task (which was the w/c 17th August) was the week of 'squishing', where each day before I got up I was to take a few minutes to complete the exercise. The exercise involved squeezing every muscle in my body tight, holding everything tense for… Continue reading A Year of Mindfulness – 30 – Squishing

1 Year Mindfulness Challenge

A Year of Mindfulness – 29 – Body Moving

Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash Week 29 (w/c 10th August) was all about body moving. The card from the jar argued that most of us (statistically speaking) spend the greater part of the working day sitting down. We can spent hours sitting in the same position at our desks and it can be easy… Continue reading A Year of Mindfulness – 29 – Body Moving

Life, Reflection

Why I Quit my Job in Lockdown

I figured that given that I like to label my blog as a 'life blog', I should record the most important thing to happen in my life this year. I mean, really, it's not all that difficult to take that title given that not much has happened this year thanks to Corona, but it's still… Continue reading Why I Quit my Job in Lockdown

1 Year Mindfulness Challenge

A Year of Mindfulness – 8 – First Steps

The Week of First Steps. Photo by Dennys Lennon on Unsplash This week’s challenge was actually quite a nice one - finally! The challenge was to focus and pay attention to my first steps outside from any place inside (like my home, office, the supermarket etc.). I was to notice the sensations, both physical (such as the wind… Continue reading A Year of Mindfulness – 8 – First Steps

Health

Why are we so afraid of the smear?

Recently I've had my 2nd routine cervical screening test, more widely known as the 'smear'. The word alone sounds disgusting. Its connotations are dirty and uninviting, and it's awkward and uncomfortable to even think of it. Why would anybody want to put themselves through the embarrassment, discomfort and oh-so-traumatic experience of having some random person… Continue reading Why are we so afraid of the smear?