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‘Not all days are good, but there’s something good in every day’

It’s Part 4 of our Positivity series, and we have more positive goodness coming you way! Give your mindset a boost with these handy tips and tricks shared each week from a different member of The Studio team! This week we have our amazing Paige sharing her favourite positivity hacks.

Find your H A P P Y with Paige

1. Chat with friends/family

It’s tough during these times of social distancing to feel the same human connection we normally do. So make sure you take time out to reach out to friends, family, and neighbours. Have a chat, see if you can help someone who needs it, or why not leave a little present on some ones doorstep to brighten up their day!

2. Bring the outdoors in!

Living, working, eating, sleeping, exercising all in the same four walls can become tiresome and make you miss the expanse of the outside world and all its natural elements. Though we may not be able to go out as much as we’d like, we can bring some of the outdoors into our homes! Try treating yourself to a bunch of flowers to brighten up your work space or treat your garden to some new plants. No outdoor space? Why not try growing herbs in your kitchen window or buying some small succulents? Super easy to look after if your not feeling too confident with your plant survival skills..

Paige’s succulents soaking up the sun

3. Make time for Y O U

Whether you are working from home and constantly checking those work emails, or trying to keep your kids entertained indoors. We can easily lose ourselves in trying to please others. So make sure you take a break and take some time to do something just for you. Whether its a meditation, a soak in the bath, reading your book outside, or even just a five minute cup of tea. Remember you cant pour from an empty cup!

4. Dress up!

Even if it’s just to go downstairs, getting dressed into an outfit you really love can give you a little boost of them feel good vibes. Get a shower, wash your hair, dry it, style it and put on something that makes you feel happy. Show up for yourself!

5. Schedule in that daily exercise

Exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make us happy. Its a fact! Getting your body moving and your blood flowing will give you a bit of get up and go if you’ve been feeling unmotivated and lethargic. The hardest part might me getting up off the sofa and peeling yourself away from that Netflix series, but you are guaranteed to feel better afterwards!

Loving the tips from Paige? Check out the start of the series with Sofia’s tips on staying positive and productive

If you need some inspiration on what to do for your daily exercise then check out our classes!

Mindful meditation for everyone

Top 5 Best Meditation Apps

If we are sure about anything it’s how much we have had to adapt over the past few months! We are all trying hard to find our way in this new world and be our fittest, healthiest, best self. More often than not this becomes exhausting and results in feelings of negativity.

Sometimes all we need to take a moment to relax, take a deep breath and ground ourselves. Giving ourselves the space to breathe and create a clear and focused mind to make the most of each day. Meditation is a simple exercise to integrate into your routine with huge benefits. Studies suggest using this practice on average 5-10 minutes a day can reduce stress, improve your emotional health and enhance self-awareness. Therefore, below we have included some of The Studio favourites and the worlds best meditation apps ready to help prepare you for whats to come.

Apps

Calm

Price: Download for free with optional in-app purchases

Google Rating: 5*

This app is perfect for those who are new to the world of meditation, offering a seven day beginners program with simple calming exercises to help focus on your breathing techniques whilst clearing your mind. They also provide a ‘calm Kids’ section for those aged between 3-17 years old so your children can feel relaxed too. Furthermore, they include a library for ‘sleep stories’ so you can fall asleep feeling content.

Headspace

Price: 14 day free trial (optional subscription after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app creates personalized plans based on information you provide focusing on balancing your life with their mindfulness techniques for daytime use, focusing on training your mind and body to fulfil a happier lifestyle. To make full use of this app they also provide sleep music tracks and nature soundtracks to help give you a blissful night sleep

Aura

Price: 7 days free trial (optional subscriptions after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app provides you with a personalized plan based on questions asked at the beginning of your experience. Aura presents you with a daily meditation practice based on your answers. This app is also compatible with the ‘Apple watch’ and aims to reduce stress and increase positivity.

Insight Timer

Price: 7 days free trial (optional subscriptions after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app gives you the most hands-on experience when it comes to practicing meditation compared to all other apps. It also includes discussion groups and community features, known as “a social network for mediators”. Including ambient music and soundtracks to calm the mind.

10% Happier

Price: 7 days free trial (optional subscriptions after)

Google Rating: 5*

This app was created to motivate those who might lose sight along the way due to their busy lifestyles with weekly updates, so it never feels like a chore. Daily videos and guided meditations teach you what to do in the simplest way possible, including a range of content showing ways to manage stressors such as anxiety.

What’s your favourite way to meditate? Let us know in the comments below!

Did you wake up in a really good mood on Sunday morning, full of motivation and positivity?  It could be because last Sunday the 14th July was the Happiest Day of the Year!  

July 14th is the midpoint of the year, we’re in the midst of sunshine and blue skies, summer holidays and longer evenings.  The extra hours of daylight and more sunshine means were getting that all important Vitamin D, that we miss out on through the cold and dreary months of winter.  We feel more energised and like we have more hours in the day to get things done. We get to slow down and spend more time outdoors, sipping in that fresh air. So no matter how you spent your Sunday, whether you felt the joy of the happiest day of the year, or whether you didn’t even know it was happening, we can use it to reflect and review what brings us happiness and how we can spend our time doing the things that bring us the most joy!

Get Outdoors!

You know how much we love Yoga here at The Studio, so why not grab your mat and reconnect to nature and spend some time flowing outdoors.  Give thanks to the sun above your head with a few rounds of Sun Salutations, and relax and reconnect with the environment around you. What sounds do you hear?  Focus on the feeling of the sun on your skin, the breeze blowing softly against you, the smell of the grass. Focusing on our senses helps us to slow down and enjoy the present moment.  We all wish the year would stop speeding by when it gets to Summer, with the onset of the nights drawing in and the cold months looming. So slow down your mind and time will follow.  

Get Active

The summer months are a great time to get active as you feel the extra energy the sun provides.  So why not try out a new hobby? A morning run, a round of badminton in your local park, swimming in an outdoor pool or lake, or yoga on the beach.  As the daylight hours are longer, some of us find it more natural to wake up earlier as our rooms are pouring with morning sunlight from about 5am. Instead of hitting the snooze button, jump out of bed when the sun is up and use those extra hours for something you enjoy before starting your working day.  

Spend time doing the things you LOVE!

Whether its picnics with the kids, reading quietly on a sun lounger outside, walking the dog on your lunch break or jetting off to your favourite holiday destination. By making time to prioritse these things into your day, you can makesure the happiest day of the year is all year round! By keeping a positive mindset we can learn to flow with change and enjoy each day as it comes, whatever it brings.

Happy Summer!

Donna