Life is like a snow globe....
A colleague recently compared the current situation to the shaking of a snow globe; that life as we know it has been shaken and now - now, a few weeks in those flakes are starting to settle. I really love that comparison - most of us will have felt shaken, uncertain and on lose footing in recent weeks.
However I really love the idea of settling too - it may makes us really think about where we want those flakes to land. I wonder if it gives us an opportunity to truly consider how we want to spend our time - in work - play and rest?
For those of us who are not key workers and find ourselves restricted in movement - might this be the perfect invitation to consider how we wish our flakes of life to settle and what scene we wish to create?
This week I want to focus on healthful habits for working from home. For those of us not already set up you may have found yourself camped in a corner of the sitting room or hiding out in the garage.
Here are a couple of points to consider in being both productive and healthful when working from home:
1. Avoid that painful neck by taking time to consider your posture; this is a fab article by a Chiropractor: here
2. Set a timer to allow for regular breaks; I love the Pomodoro Technique - break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. After about four pomodoros, you take a longer break of about 15 to 20 minutes. The idea is you only concentrate on one task at a time - so no sneaky peaks at your email or phone. This technique can improve productivity, mental clarity and makes us move on a regular basis - plus you can actually work out how many "pomodoro's" it takes to complete that task.
3. Add in movement to your working day; our day starts with a HIT workout with PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube, and we end it with a walk in empty countryside. I've invested in a small trampet -so when the kettle is boiling a have a quick bounce! If that doesn't hold much appeal how about trying some of these simple desk exercises: here
4. Hydrate well and prepare food ahead - making a big batch of soup, getting the slow cooker on or roping in the kids to help can all add up to a calmer, well nourished lock down experience.
Recipe for the week: Super Simple Tom Tom Soup
Tomatoes are rich in natural vitamins and minerals, such as immune supporting Vitamin A ad C as well as B vitamins for energy.
290g roasted red peppers (jar), drained 270g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 vegetable stock cube 1 tsp paprika 1 tbsp olive oil 4 tbsp ground almonds 100ml water
1. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor. 2. Blitz until smooth, season well and heat until piping hot before serving.
Stay safe out there folks................