I feel lucky to count myself among the few people who is relatively young, with a long and steady relationship. And I feel honored when people ask me for our secret. The cliché is true: I feel communication and hard work are the key to a good relationship. But there’s one piece of advice a wise old man once gave me, which I always try to pass on when someone asks for it. Because after almost two decades of loving union, it turned out to be the best relationship advice I have ever received. And I would like to take this opportunity to share it with you as well!
If the title sounds familiar, that’s probably because it’s parody from Marie Kondo’s “The life changing magic of tidying up“. But rather than teaching you about minimizing your home, this book teaches you all about de-cluttering your social skills. By not caring, worrying and being guided what other people think, especially when you simply say “no”. I’ve read this book and was pretty baffled that even before I finished it, it became a handy reminder in various situations. Read all about it in this the life-changing magic of not giving a f*ck book review.
I’m by no means a mindfulness guru. I read a book and quite a few references about this approach, but the method never really stuck enough with me to develop myself into a steady, spiritual, in-the-now living mindfulness master. Instead I find myself thinking about some easy techniques when I feel I’m slipping into worry, which usually end up helping me out – a lot. That’s why I would like to give a short introduction, followed by some easy mindfulness tips for beginners.
Mindfulness is a method to remind yourself to live in the present, rather than too much in the past or the future. And although you’re probably aware of how this works (and if you’re not, there’s a nice introduction article coming up), I find a reminder really helps to keep a steady mind. Enter the mindfulness cue; a hint to gently nudge your mind in the right direction. These mindfulness phone wallpapers will work excellently for that purpose, but are also beautiful if you just want a nice background for your phone!
You could say it’s been a while! In June last year my world was turned upside down when I turned out pregnant. It was happy and anticipated news, which soon was slightly overshadowed by an unwelcome pregnancy condition which caused me to have “morning sickness” 24/7 for the duration of 8 months. But finally, after a more than troublesome labour and another 6 weeks of recovery, I start feeling more like myself again. In fact, I’ve never felt so complete my whole life!
I’ve doubted for a while whether I should type this article, yet in the end it made all the more sense why I should. I keep a wellness blog – covering both the mental and the physical aspects of the phrase – but unfortunately the last 8 months of my pregnancy I haven’t been well. In fact I was sick enough to take daily medication, be under strict medical supervision (struggling to keep myself out of the hospital for a good couple of months), while trying to enjoy and endure my first pregnancy at the same time. In short: All my effort went into staying mentally and physically well, while going through one of the most special periods in a woman’s life. Needless to say I learned. A lot. In this article I would like to share how I managed all this by staying positive when you are sick, while giving some much needed attention to the pregnancy condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or HG in short.
As you might have read in my last Wellness Update, I am happily pregnant! Unfortunately, this hasn’t come without complications. I’d like to give you a heads-up about how things are currently going, how I look forward to blogging again and of course, how things are with the baby!
Regular visitors of Want for Wellness probably noticed I have slipped into an unannounced hiatus since July. As I just expanded the amount of categories on my blog, you can imagine this was completely unplanned! In this article I’ll share the reason for my absence, which really consists out of happy news!
I’ve lived in a large city for almost all of my life, and many a vacation was spent there. Admittedly it’s not not my ideal choice for a summer holiday, but sometimes you simply have to make do. Budget can be tight, work can tie you close to home, or there can be other reasons why you simply can’t afford to spend your time off away from your urban environment. Yet I speak from experience: With a couple of life-hacks you’re bound to make some lovely memories! I’m sharing my favorite tips on how to have a great vacation in the city.
Jamie Oliver managed to climb up from a rather directionless lad in Essex to a world-wide celebrity chef. Although many people mostly seem to consider him a cook-become-businessman, I am most impressed with his continuous efforts to make the planet a better, if not healthier place. Lucky for us food-and-health nuts, he took the time to dedicate several television shows to his cause. So do you need some cooking inspiration? Are you looking for a good bit of documentary-like television? Consider checking out some of my favorite conscious Jamie Oliver tv shows! Here’s the top 5 countdown…