Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Day 3045 - Wellness Wednesday Quick Tip #8

The health benefits of green space.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

Many of us feel the calming nature of greenery.  Whether it be looking out the window at a tree, walking through the bush, looking at rolling hills, gardening, strolling through a park or surrounding ourselves with indoor plants, there is no doubt there are health benefits of flora.

The World Health Organization conducted a study into urban green spaces and health and found that there is "available evidence of beneficial effects of urban green spaces, such as improved mental health, reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, obesity and risk of type 2 diabetes and improved pregnancy outcomes.  Mechanisms leading to these health benefits include psychological relaxation and stress alleviation, increased physical activity, reduced exposure to air pollutants, noise and excess heat."

Living in a city may mean we have to leave the home to get the green space fix we need.  The good news is that most Australian cities have gardens, parks and grasslands for community use.  So why not factor in at least one green space wander each week.  Whether it be a walk around your local lake, a picnic at the park, an excursion to your botanic garden or perhaps a drive to the countryside. 

Green space might be your new best friend. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Day 3044 - Canberra Nightclub 88 MPH

Heading back to the 80s ...

There's no denying it - I'm an 80s chick.  Reliving the music and the vibe of my teen years is a favourite thing to do.  So it was with much glee (and a few too many cocktails) that I embraced new Canberra nightclub, 88 MPH.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Day 3043 - My fondness for February

Don't go summer, don't go! 

As I sit here on this Monday looking at my diary I must wonder, where has summer gone?  According to the calendar we have less than two weeks of our sunny season left.

Oh February, why must you be so short?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Day 3039 - The Lovin Life Linky - More little things

It's one of those weeks ...

This week I'm finding it a bit harder than usual to come up with my "what I'm lovin about life" post.  I'm digging deep, but not much is coming up.  Which is a shame given it's Valentine's week and all.


Today I've decided to focus my rose coloured glasses on the little things.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Day 3038 - Wellness Wednesday Quick Tip #7

Maybe it's time to take a cold shower

According to The Telegraph, movie icon Katharine Hepburn was a huge fan of the cold shower for its health and beauty benefits. It turns out she may have been onto something. Turning down the temperature to freezing at the end of a shower can actually have some amazing effects.

I've read about this in relation to migraine.  The cold water constricts the blood vessels which reduces the blood flow which in turn relieves the pulsating pain. Cold water isn't just good for a pounding head but has a whole host of other benefits too.

According to Medical Daily  a cold shower can increase alertness, refine hair and skin, improve immunity and circulation, stimulate weight loss, speed up muscle soreness and recovery, ease stress and can relieve depression.  According to one writer for Women's Health Magazine, her regular cold showers reduced "puffiness" in her face and body and tamped down her anxiety, anger and "racing thoughts". When you read the science, it all sounds fairly feasible to me.  Who's in?

To find out more about the exhilarating effects of  a cold shower head to

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Day 3037 - The Royal We

When "we" can sound better than "you"

You'll often hear people refer to "the royal we". It is a majestic plural (or pluralis majestatis) commonly used by The Queen to indicate that she's speaking on behalf of the collective body over which she reigns.

Which is why I use "the royal we" a lot.  Because as the queen, I too regularly speak on behalf of the collective body over which I reign. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Day 3036 - How much time should we spend on worrying?

Are you a worry wart?

What is worry?  Why do some people worry more than others?  At what point is it OK to worry?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Day 3032 - The Lovin' Life Linky - Back to school edition

I'm back to packing lunch boxes - and lovin' it.

I love school holidays and I love spending quality time with the kids, but it's no secret that Monday is my favourite day because that's when I get the house to myself again. So you can imagine how I feel when school holidays have ended!

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