Our weekly curation of the most exciting things from the world of health and wellbeing this week! As ever, let us know your thoughts below!
1. CONTENT WELLBEING FESTIVAL
For all our lovely London-based readers, our favourite natural beauty treasure trove, Content Beauty has launched their second annual Summer Wellbeing Festival. From now until 19th July they’ll be hosting a wide range of health inspired workshops, classes and events. You can find the full schedule here. We are especially intrigued by their Alternative Friday Night Out – a great healthier alternative to the standard Friday post-work pub session which also gives you a chance to broaden your social circle with new like-minded buddies. As huge fans of lazy weekend brunches, we’ve also got our eye firmly on their healthy “Beauty Brunch” hosted at one of our favourite spots – Detox Kitchen. Get booking quick!
2. IS MAPLE WATER THE NEW COCONUT WATER?
Well + Good NYC, experts on all the hottest US health trends seems to think so! A slew of new maple water companies have recently launched in the US. So what are the benefits? Maple water isn’t nearly as sugary as you may think (nor as sugary as its coconut cousin) and similar to coconut water, provides an abundance of natural vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and antioxidants. As far as we know this new trend hasn’t hit London yet but keep your eyes peeled – it’s only a matter of time! Read more over at Well + Good here.
3. WOULD A 4 DAY WORK WEEK IMPROVE YOUR WORK-LIFE BALANCE?
As we’ve said many times before, here at The Holist we are take a holistic view of wellbeing, to be at your best you need to try and balance all aspects of your health – diet, exercise and mental health. For many of us, despite eating healthily and exercising regularly, work-related stress is the missing piece of the puzzle. Increasingly, employers expect their employees to be available 24 hours a day, making it harder for many of us to switch off and relax when we leave the office. Now one of the Government’s leading health advisors has recommended that switching to a four day work week would significantly improve work-related stress and related medical conditions such as high blood pressure and mental illness in the UK. Read the full coverage over at The Guardian here. What do you think? Is this really a viable option? What would you do with an extra day of the weekend?
4. NEW REVAMPED HEADSPACE APP
Speaking of stress, we are huge fans of meditation which has been creditied with a host of mental health benefits. Personally, we have been reaping the benefits as a result of developing a daily practice. Our favourite meditation companion is the zen-based Headspace app which, in our opinion, is just the right balance of soothing mindfulness for a cynical Londoner (i.e. no hippy dippy rubbish). This week they’ve launched version two of the app with hundreds of hours of new exciting content. So if you haven’t already, get downloading and check out their new features over at their website.
5. WEAR YOUR INTENTION
We love, love, love these beautiful braille intention necklaces, a collaboration between Jess Lively and Portland-based Acanthus Jewellery. The “be present” necklace is firmly at the top of our current lust list and we think it would be the perfect reminder to check in with yourself throughout the day! Find out more over at Jess Lively’s blog.
6. FOOD BABE
We came across this great website this week, Food Babe run by health crusader Vani Hari. Vani’s site is focussed on investigating what is really in our food, how is it grown and what chemicals are used in its production and is a gold mine of useful information for anyone trying to adopt a more mindful approach to their lifestyle, diet and environment! Her campaigns and petitions have got some pretty impressive results from some of the biggest names in processed food, including Whole Foods, McDonalds, General Mills, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Coca-Cola and Kraft to name but a few!