Constantly checking phones can be tied up with anxiety or even insomnia issues. Apart from the above Valentine’s card, I am also hugely aware when spending time with my 7-month, old son that I want to be present with him, not scrolling through my phone. Sometimes this can prove difficult if I am trying to juggle work related queries, however it’s all about finding balance and allocating specific time to check your mobile. [Read more…]
It really doesn’t matter where you turn at the minute, the term GDPR keeps rearing its head. You may work or run a business that has recently had to make changes regarding data protection or you may have received many emails stating that different companies are updating their policies and explaining what they have done and how it affects you.
What is GDPR?
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is a regulation that has been introduced by the European Parliament, the council of the European Union and the European Commission to strengthen and unify data protection for EU residents. [Read more…]
Improve your wellbeing with these 7 things that you can do in just 7 minutes.
Could you spare 7 minutes a day to improve your wellbeing? Considering that each day consists of 1,440 minutes, 7 minutes is just .49%. It is madness if we can’t allow just a few minutes to help our own wellbeing.
Starting now, why don’t you ensure that you take just 7 minutes to de-stress & improve your wellbeing each and every day. It doesn’t sound long, but you will be amazed how much you can fit in.
Listed below are 7 ideas we have, but we would also love to hear yours, so please don’t be shy to share them with us on social media.
For many the concept of exercise means pounding the pavements, cycling at extreme speeds, HITT or anything else that is high intensity. Nobody is saying that these exercises are not good for you, especially if you enjoy them, but sometimes it is beneficial for your body and mind to slow things down. Mixing your exercise regimes up, is a great way to enhance your whole body and mind.
Studies have shown that slow exercise practice like yoga, Pilates, Barre, mindful movement have amazing benefits that include stronger muscles, improved cardiovascular and greater immune function.
A fast-paced workout allows the mind to drift, a slow controlled practice allows one to focus on the movement and breath. This allows one to consider feelings, thoughts and actions and helps to achieve that goal to live a peaceful life. Our values can be readdressed within a slow, controlled practice.
Everyone should allow for peace and solitude in their lives, but how many of us actually take time for this? How much do we really miss what is going on around us with our family, friends and community by constantly rushing around with no time to absorb? Do you appreciate each day, listen to the birds sing, feel your lungs fully with fresh air or even just appreciate your family and friends for who they truly are? Doing too much, too fast and spreading yourself too thin doing unimportant things, means that you are not allowing time for the things that are important.
Often, we only realise what is important when it is too late or has reached crisis point. This is not a healthy way to live. Constant work life pressures, force situations to arise, and before we know it we are so busy that we haven’t stopped to think about the implications. Most of us would never consciously put ourselves in this scenario, but many have arrived here and do not even realise it. Take a minute, sit down and just consider the above. Are you in this trap?
Running constantly on that hamster wheel of life is not feasible twenty-four seven. Looking after everyone else, ensuring that everything is completed and done for everyone else and neglecting yourself is not a long-term solution to any situation, it can only ever be a short term fix especially for you. What happens when you go under and can’t keep it up as the neglect to yourself reveals itself in one form or another? At that point, everything crumbles and that will intensify the pressures you already have to cope with.
The L’Oréal Paris brand use the phrase ‘because you’re worth it’ and this is so true, you are worth it and you deserve it. See the bigger picture and ensure that within your day you take time for you. Relax, focus on what you have and not what you don’t and appreciate everything good in your life and surroundings. You will benefit and these benefits will also be felt by everyone around you.
Why not try one of our mindful movement classes. We currently offer two lunchtime classes. The first is on Thursday at 1.00 p.m. and the other is Friday at midday. By taking the time at lunchtime, just 45 minutes, you should be able to continue most of your schedule for the rest of day. These classes are a win, win for everyone. Make sure you book today and use these classes to help you observe how you feel about your experiences, both good and bad. Allow the class to help give you the tools to manage stressful situations and to experience overall well-being. The slow movements focus on breath and body awareness and are combined with a mindful mediation practice throughout. What are you waiting for?
Take a minute and close your eyes. Allow your mind to enter the past and recall all those lovely sweets you have ever experienced at dinner parties, fancy restaurants, birthdays, celebrations or even a visit to Grandma’s.
Remember that feeling where all you have wanted to do after licking the spoon spotless was to lick the bowl.
The Sassy Coconut is the first ever plant based dessert company in St. Andrews, Fife. The desserts are to die for and not only that they are healthy too. If you haven’t tried any of them, then I am sure that once you have and you carry out the above scenario again, then a Sassy Coconut desert will be one you are sure to recall for all the right reasons.
Sassy Coconut specialise in 100% vegan sweet treats. The ingredients are natural and nourishing and a high percentage of them are raw and gluten free. The Sassy Coconut really does prove that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring and bland.
You only have to take a look at their website and social media pages to see an array of images that will have you salivating.
The great thing about the Sassy Coconut is that they are based in St. Andrews, which when you are based in this amazing place means you can have your cake and eat it without the guilt. You will also know that that every morsel is good for you.
The View studio often pairs up with Sassy Coconut for events as we just love their menu’s as they are more than just dessert.
Below is an example of the rainbow bowl lunch that Ella Williams from Sassy Coconut can prepare:
- lemon herb quinoa
- crispy chickpeas
- sweet potato wedges
- raw veggies
- green salad
- turmeric & smoked paprika hummus
How about experiencing afternoon tea with the infamous Sassy Snickers Bar Cake. This cake is the shire bliss and a true example that healthy can be truly delicious and could take you to food heaven upon tasting it.
It is so good to see that health can come in so many different forms and nice that the Sassy Coconut is branching out and offering so much more than just it’s delicious, delectable desserts.
As we all look for inspiration, and we all decide that we wish to lead a healthier lifestyle, it is not always easy especially with restrictions on time, sourcing ingredients, finding tasty and varying recipes. The Sassy Coconut really does inspire and talking of healthy lifestyles, be sure to follow ‘The View’ studio on Instagram as we are currently posting a whole series of #Healthylifestyle tips.
Read and find out more about the Sassy Coconut at https://www.thesassycoconut.com/
Do you ever think that having time to ‘just be’ is not in your DNA? Even though it’s on your to do list, it often gets bumped down to the bottom – or falls off all together. ‘Me time’ is something we talk about, crave, need, and try to fit in somewhere in our week, and that’s probably why we have so many lovely people come to The View Studio. The time you find to come to class and sit on your mat is all about you – and we very much appreciate you giving us your time.
But what about fitting in just a little more? (I can see you roll your eyes!) I’m not saying come to loads more classes – although we would be delighted if you did – I’m suggesting these 4 ways to help you just be in a way you may not have thought about before. Get yourself some time to just be – no plans, no agenda, because you are definitely worth it!
Here’s the thing: We are all guilty of cramming our days with appointments, classes, family plans, rushing to and from work, even our weekends can be frenetic. How about scheduling in time to just be with no plans to do anything apart from some time for yourself.
Plus, it’s OK to be ‘selfish’. We’re often led to believe that it’s not a good thing to have this trait, but if you think about it – you’re being selfish to reset your mind and body, so you can return to your family recharged and energised.
Here are 4 quite excellent ways to just be – that you may not have thought of before…..
1) Pampering, bathing and massaging at any old time of day
Put your phone on airplane mode so you can’t take calls or messages, and put some music on. (Spotify has some great playlists, you can also follow The View Studio on Spotify or just enjoy the silence).
Run yourself a bath, and relax in your favourite lotions and potions and simply listen to your breathing. Think of this time as a meditation bath! If your bath has been too hot – shower off with some cold and bring yourself back to life!
If you don’t like a bath, have a long shower, and afterwards use your lotions and potions to moisturise and massage every part of you. Touch is healing and will make you feel sooo good. (And you’ll save £50 on a massage!)
Top tip: We’d highly recommend doing some shopping beforehand to treat yourself to a luxury product or detoxing potion for this very special occasion. The instructors at The View Studio love Epsom Salts for achy muscles if they have been doing a lot of classes or sports. They don’t smell of anything but they work wonders on relaxing the whole body and drawing out toxins. Magnesium Oil on your skin is also another favourite for muscle recovery.
2) Try switching your phone onto Airplane mode just for an hour
And? See point 1!
It might be impossible for you to completely disconnect, but why not be brave, and just try for a little bit of time to just be.
We’d also highly recommend switching off your what’s app, facebook and email notifications too. Think about it – do you really need to have those interruptions all day??? Why not set aside blocks of time when you’ll react to those messages. Constant beeping and checking your devices will send your stress levels sky high and you’ll hardly notice in the moment, but you will get more and more tired if you don’t create some space. Do you need to be checking every ping – because someone posted a cute dog pic on Instagram? Yes, some are important, but your mental wellbeing is more so and allow you to just be.
What will you do with more me time?
You might actually feel quite disconnected and restless. We get that. So when the instructors at The View Studio were trying this out, we discovered that there are some really beautiful things you can do in this time. Sam enjoys taking time out when walking her dogs to sit for 5 minutes and enjoy the views and just watch the world go by.
3) Valuing and appreciating what you have and where you are TODAY
If you’re not in the bath, we’d suggest you find a pen and paper – a nice journal if you have one, and look at a blank page, and start to write down all of the things you are grateful for. Acknowledging more me time could be a good start! It could be your house, food, children, your classes at the View Studio, your partner, your family. It could also be the things that make you, and only you feel good. We like to remember the little things like our comfy freshly made bed to snuggle in, watching the dogs run after things in the woods that they will never catch, and the calming view from the The View Studio! Even our early morning Mysore practice and our thigh muscles after Barre class!
The secret is that showing gratitude for everything you have now will make you feel really good. It will bring you back into your body; your stress levels will relax just a little, you will smile, and your heart will beat a little more sweetly. We can all find something to be grateful for – even if it is for the challenges we are dealing with!
4) It’s ok to say no – with love
There’s a wonderful phrase ‘send them away with love’ and this is what we suggest you do with some of your commitments. There’s going to be a lunch you don’t want to go to, or an evening out, or a visit, or someone coming to see you, and there’s going to be something you want to do more.
Instead of feeling guilty, and going, or feeling guilty and not going to a social event, or doing someone a favour (!) try this. Cancel something in your diary that you don’t feel great about doing. You can totally ‘cheat’ and send a text or email if you don’t feel like it over the phone. Or say no to something you haven’t yet answered because you don’t want to go.
The secret is that you must NOT lie or make up an excuse, simply say something like:
‘I won’t be able to make this. Hope you all have a lovely time’
‘I’m taking a break from social things this week – just to recharge my batteries, so I’m going to say no.’
When you come from a place of love and honesty – you will be able to say no more easily and it won’t have a guilty hangover with it.
Lisa at The View Studio did exactly this – she was invited to a girls gathering for a friend’s birthday. It was on a day that she really wanted to do a yoga workshop. Yoga is her thing – a way to just be – so she simply sent a facebook message to the group saying exactly that.
She got a reply along the lines of ‘ooh lovely, wish I could do that – have a lovely time, send pix’. The friends understood, and Lisa felt great that she was able to express her reason and do what she wanted.
So how will you get more me time for yourself?
Have a think about what we have suggested here – and let us know what you’ve tried out and what works for you. We’d love more suggestions!
If your just be time means doing something you love – like more classes at the studio, then check out our timetable HERE and try something new.
Mindfulness is a buzz word right now – from the corporate boardrooms to Marie Claire magazine, and we’re also talking about it in classes at The View Studio. Mindfulness is a way of being in the moment, ‘fully present’ with what’s going on with you and your world – as opposed to thinking about the past and the future. Mindfulness is an attitude of accepting things just as they are (right now) with no judgement.
You may already have experienced being mindful, for example when you are lost in a good book, when you’re in an exercise class and you (even for a moment) are simply just being there and not thinking about making dinner or what happens next in your busy life! You may enjoy arts and crafts – perhaps colouring in – and get really focused on the colours, and the sound of the pencil on the page. Or maybe you are mindful on a walk outdoors – appreciating the sunshine, wind, air, nature, and really not thinking about anything else. It’s very easy to be mindful and not even realise you are already doing it!
The opposite of mindfulness is sort of like being on autopilot – we’ve all eaten a bag of sweets absent mindedly and been surprised when we reach for the last one and there’s none left, or driven a familiar route and just arrived without any recollection of the journey. Some people can also find themselves on a negative autopilot – over worrying, or moaning about little things that might never happen,or always talking about the past and what could have happened.
Mindfulness is most talked about in the context of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation is a very simple way to practice mindfulness. All you do, wherever you may be, is focus on your breath, pay attention to the inhale and exhale of your breathing, you will become ‘mindful’ and present. (We’ll cover more about breathing and meditation in another article.)
None of us are perfect – and we all have autopilot moments, where we catch ourselves having a bit of a moan, or even being overwhelmed at the thought of what needs to be done. If you’re stressed, and running on autopilot, put the breaks on and simply breathe!
Come to class, and cultivate mindfulness. You won’t need to meditate (although we welcome you if you do) – think of it as being present in your practice. Your focus, your attention will be on what you’re doing and experiencing in the moment and you can get deliciously lost in it – and the great news is that there are loads of health benefits too.
How can it help?
A mindful approach can help to relax your whole self. It will restore your wellbeing, help you to respond to what’s going on more calmly, and turn the volume down on your knee-jerk reactions to stressors. When you become mindful, you get peace of mind! Your nervous system switches to it’s ‘rest and digest’ mode, and your brain changes to be better able to focus and exercise self control. That means you can observe what’s going on in your world, keep calmer about it, and be more in control of the way you respond.
Interestingly, science is now able to support this ancient wisdom and provide evidence of the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Science can provide evidence of changes in brain chemistry – even with acute cases of anxiety and depression.
So mindfulness – staying in the present – is super restorative, and here at The View we highly recommend that you make a start on bringing mindfulness to your day. Even if it’s one breath at a time.
So how do you start? Well, there are apps like Headspace that can help you, but there’s nothing better than coming to class and being in the right company to get the best results.
For more info on how you can bring mindfulness to your practice, simply contact us.
Looking for Christmas gifts that are easy to buy and a joy to receive? We’ve got you covered, whether you’re shopping for a loved one or browsing for yourself. (It’s okay, we do it too.)
If you’d like to buy one of these Christmas gifts from the View, email the link to friends and family to drop a big hint!
Or you can buy for yourself Click Here To: SHOP NOW
The View Studio 10-Class Introductory Gift Card – £40
This is perfect for anyone who hasn’t set foot in the studio and is keen to try a variety of classes. Help them take on some goals for 2016. (Please note: cards are valid for three weeks after the initial class.)
The View Studio Gift Bag – £30
These canvas bags are packed with the essentials for working out on the go or at home: a core ball, a resistance band and a pair of our very own grip socks. Perfect for travellers, mums who are housebound or anyone who can’t drag themselves out in the bad weather. (We won’t judge.)
Unlimited Monthly Membership Pass – £70 per month
Spoil someone royally and set up a monthly membership for endorphin-fueled bliss. They’ll also enjoy the perks of being a member: permanent spots in their favourite classes, complimentary attendance at all our workshops and discounts on promotions. You’ll be in their good books at least until 2017.
They’re finally here! The View Studio grip socks have arrived and just in time for Christmas.
These socks are designed specifically for barre classes but they’re useful on any chilly floor. The grip on the soles helps you engage and stabilise your core whether you’re working hard at the studio or pottering around the house.
They’re priced at £10 per pair; however, for a short time, you can stock up and save. Buy five pairs online or in the studio and pay only £25. Five pairs means less laundry and you’ll never be late for class because you couldn’t find your socks. Spare the stress.
Socks are one size and are a grey wool blend. The offer is good until midnight Friday 18th December.
If you’d like to have one of these as your Christmas gifts from the View, then pop our website details on a post it note or email the link to friends and family to drop a big hint!