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Adventures in Wellbeing & other stories

August 14, 2019

Recognising the need to empty the stress bucket is an important part of maintaining good wellbeing. But at what point does factoring in wellbeing activties become yet another thing to do, in the melee of our busy lives? With sleep trackers, journals, step monitors, mood apps, all making demands of us, how does this impact our ability to relax? How do these devices and the pressures which come with them impact our relationship with relaxation? 

For the task driven, like myself, it can seem like a God send at first. There can be nothing more satisfying than ticking off an item on the to do list regardless of what it is. Post office; check. Emails; check. Grocery shopping; check. Meeting; check. Relaxation; check. But it soon proves a false economy. By including relaxation and rest in the same bracket as daily tasks, we hold it to the same standards. This can create shame in failure. So if you havn't reached your step goal or made it to art class or woken up early enough to meditate,...

August 5, 2019

Organised by the lovely Fearne Cotton, Happy Place Festival promised a day of love, calm, wellness and a little slice of happy. It did not disappoint. Set in the beautiful grounds of Chiswick House, we arrived at an oasis of stalls and zones all geared towards setting the scene for a perfectly serene day. In addition to relaxation stations and stalls by Happiful magazine, Rescue Remedy, CoppaFeel and more to browse, there was a talk tent boasting huge names and teepees for various bookable workshops. Here were my hi-lights from the day.

Writing Workshop with Wanda Canton

I had no idea what to expect from this. When I booked, classes were selling out fast so I didn't take a huge amount of time to explore the options thoroughly. This was posted as a 'writing for wellbeing workshop' which sounded right up my street so I booked it without much of a second thought. It turns out Wanda is a spoken word, rap and hip hop artist. It is fair to say I am not cool enough to be involved in anything to...

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