5 Tips on how to stay motivated this Autumn/Winter

Quote from Billy Connolly “I hate all those weathermen, too, who tell you that rain is bad weather. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little.” If you’re anything like most of the people, you’ll be all too familiar with the following scenario. You lay out your workout gear before bed with virtuous intentions for the next morning. “I’ll definitely feel like getting up in the freezing cold for a 7 am HIIT class!” you tell yourself. Then your alarm sounds and it’s the last thing you feel like doing. “It’s fine, I’ll do a run after work” you convince your inner couch potato, only to cave into a colleague’s invitation to after-work drinks instead. Or opt for a cosy night in front of the TV with a bowl of something beige. Of course, it’s fine to do this every so often. But as we know, it’s all about balance, and it’s worth doing at least some exercise in the colder months, for the sake of both your physical and mental health. When was the last time you felt worse after a workout? Exactly. Shame it’s so damn hard to get ourselves in the mood. So here are my tips on how to motivate ourselves to get moving when the mercury plummets. Book a class or join a club It is arguably the best time ever to be a fitness fanatic in Guernsey right now with so many fun and interesting classes at our disposal. Try Jumping Fitness classes, they are a really fun way of...

How to overcome a hangover

Well, you partied from sunset to sunrise, and now you’re paying the price. You’ve got the pounding headache, the queasiness, the dizziness, the sensitivity to light and sound, the muscle aches and the irritability that comes from overconsumption of alcoholic beverages. How quickly last night’s fun turns into next morning’s nightmare when you have a hangover! Those all too familiar symptoms can hit hard! Most of them arise from dehydration and depleted minerals and water-soluble nutrients like B vitamins and vitamin C. So here is some advice: Yes to Ice  Put an ice compress on your aching head; place crushed ice in a plastic bag, wrap in a dry towel and apply it to where it hurts. Or just rinse a washcloth under cold water; place it on your forehead and rest. Yeah, it feels good! No to smoking Science has proven what we’ve all known to be true through our own anecdotal evidence: smoking cigarettes during a night of drinking will take your hangover from “my head hurts” to “somebody kill me.” Think twice, before you pick up a cigarette. Aspirin or ibuprofen – careful with pain relievers  If you know me you know I am a NO NO to pills! Some people who drink also take an Aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug before bed, though some experts warn taking the pills may increase the risk of stomach bleeding and liver damage. No to Sauna Think you can “sweat out” the alcohol and other toxins you may have consumed during a night of partying? Think again. A sauna can cause potentially dangerous blood vessel and blood flow changes...

Let the fire burn inside your heart, follow your passion, your joy

The spark of fire creates warmth from the inside out. It helps us burn through self-doubt and karma, it’s what makes us feel alive. It’s the natural urge that’s associated with being inspired, dynamic, animated, engaged, alive and motivated. We are all motivated by fire, well, unless it’s burning below our feet. Is your fire too big or too little? TOO MUCH FIRE? You are in danger of burn out. You take careless risks and miss the nuances of a situation. You open yourself to backlash, if you surge forward without consideration for others. You start many projects, but have trouble finishing them. It’s hard to sustain your enthusiasm past the initial stage. WAYS TO BRING FIRE BALANCE INTO YOUR LIFE: Use candles in your meditation. Tell stories round the fire. Sign up for a class that scares you, because you know it’ll change you. Spend more time with inspired people. Seek out funny angles or entertainment for one heart-healthy laugh per day. Wear more warm colors — reds, oranges, yellows. Bring warm lighting and colors into your home. Speak your truth, even though you know it’s going to rile people up. NOT ENOUGH FIRE? Passion doesn’t always come knocking on the door to drag you out, when you are sitting on the sofa feeling bored, depressed. WAYS TO IGNITE FIRE: Get the blood pumping with more oxygen, through exercise and fresh air. Stop talking about your dreams and take one small step to make it real. Go on a brisk walk when you feel mentally fatigued. Throw a festive party. Make time for creative self-expression. Find healthy ways...