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We’re all busy people—but we also want to keep our stress levels in check, and keep fit, and socialise, and relax… so these might come in handy

Today, we’re looking into physical exercises that have exceptional (and sometimes unexpected) mental fitness benefits. These were recommended to us by personal trainers and lifestyles coaches who agree that mental and physical fitness are often intertwined, and while ordinary multitasking is out, these multi-purpose activities are in.

The Glory of Spinning

potatoes
potatoes

Spinning classes are trainer-led group exercises where you use indoor exercise bikes to work out together, usually accompanied by energetic music. It doesn’t sound revolutionary, but considering that this is one of the most popular ways to keep fit in the 21st century, it clearly is. …


What do these have in common? They’re current! They’re here! And they give us an insight into the mental wellbeing space—with a spotlight on Nottingham…

Boredom Contributes to Poor Sleep

A new study published in Personality and Individual Differences has found a link between boredom and bedtime procrastination. In the last few years, the habit of fiddling with phones and computers before bed has had such a negative impact on humanity that a number of scientists have made eradicating it a priority. Think about that next time you mindlessly binge on cockatiel videos before passing out with your phone still in your hands.

Right after the researchers at James Cook University Singapore first established a link between reduced sleep quality and bedtime procrastination, they asked the participants in the study…


Your new healthy habits shouldn’t go out the window because rosé season is here — let’s look at mindful drinking in practice

At the first sight of sunny weather, millions (sic!) of people flock to parks and beaches to let loose and pretend that winter is over. Food is optional, drink is not. In the UK, this is a default setting, one that’s rarely questioned—same as the answer to the question ‘do you want another one?’. Even as the global movement of mindful drinking continues to grow rapidly (it now has its own festival), switching from mindless to mindful drinking can be difficult in practice. So here we are, armed with practical advice.

If the term mindful drinking is new to you…


Our quest to find interesting bits of news from the mental fitness space continues. Get your lute.

The violins are flying off the shelves

Just to make sure this article ages like milk, let’s drop in the keyword right here. Pandemic. It’s what caused a 75% increase in musical instrument sales, according to research from Yamaha. The good folks at the Guardian spoke to dozens of people who’ve been learning how to play instruments during lockdown—and the more exotic, the better. From kalimbas, didgeridoos, and mountain dulcimers, the Brits have kept their online tutors busy.

Many say the pandemic gave them the time they’d always wanted to fulfil their ambitions, and a necessary escape from the boring dystopia of the outside world. We, of…


The epitome of ‘whatever works for you’. Starting with… wait, is that extreme ironing?

Yes, it’s Extreme Ironing

A small percentage of the population loves both extreme sports and a well-pressed shirt. Equally. If this combo calls to you, then all you need is a remote location, a dangerous endeavour, and an ironing board with which you’ll press your office wear.

Extreme Ironing is much more popular than you’d imagine and far from a dying sport. Since its inception in Oceania in 1999, a sister office has been established in Germany, as well as an institute that studies the mechanical side of the sport.

There’s also the Eso Institute that studies meditation in connection to ironing (a necessary…


Once again, we’ve searched for and collected our favourite news from the mental fitness space — for your inspiration.

Sunny Days Make us Happy. Officially.

Okay, maybe you don’t really need a scientist to tell you that sunny days make us feel good, but we think that the ‘why’ of the question is super interesting. Amy Flemming’s article on the topic does a fantastic job of explaining how there’s much more to it than the prospect of summer—the time between the spring and autumn equinoxes is actually when the nights and days are equally long-ish, creating optimal conditions for our circadian rhythms. There’s even more science behind why this balance works so well for us, why blue skies and natural light improve our moods, and…


Feeling low is perfectly normal, but often totally unhelpful. We’ve put together a few mood-lifting activities our community swears by.

Walk in the rain

desert road
desert road

Grey skies aren’t exactly the recipe for a great day, and low air pressure can make us feel extra groggy. But without sounding like we’re hopped up on too much coffee—rain can be beautiful too, and a wonderful opportunity to ground ourselves. Instead of staying in, go outside and use all of your senses to immerse yourself in the rain. Touch it, smell it, taste it, hear it, observe it.

Reframing rain, a common villain in picnic tales, as a circumstance that can be at least a little pleasant, can help you change your outlook. …


As always, we dug deep and searched wide for useful bits of news that can help you on your mental fitness journey. Step into our little corner and learn something new.

Man on chair talking and flailing
Man on chair talking and flailing

The gut and the brain work in tandem

Another week comes with another set of scientists who’ve released vital research. After studying the health data from nearly half a million people, researchers from the University of Queensland have found a tangible link between gut and brain health. It comes in the form of linking stomach ulcers to depression, which isn’t very uplifting, but unfortunately people don’t often go to the doctor’s when they’re feeling great and digesting properly.


We searched for news to share with you good people and noticed a few interesting bits of research. Let’s find out what’s new.

Sleep may help your brain make sense of your emotions

We know that our brains don’t just switch off when we go to sleep (the latter is called a brain death and should generally be avoided). But newest research from the University of Michigan finds that sleep, which regulates a lot of sensitive processes in our bodies, is also responsible to building connections between memories and emotions. How this happens is still unclear, but this research is paving the path towards understanding how things like generalised anxiety develop in humans.

More research is needed to verify this since the participants in the study were mice, but the theory roughly translates…


Put away your phone—and do what exactly? We’ve put together a few of our favourite activities to reclaim your free time and get mind-fit in the process.

Not every day off is perfect for a hiking expedition and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you find yourself defaulting to Netflix in your free time, then maybe it’s time to switch things up a bit and break the monotony. Instead—

Start working on a jigsaw puzzle

We. Love. Jigsaws. As far as minderful activities are concerned, this one does it all. No, that didn’t sound obsessed enough. Let’s just say if someone asked us to suggest an activity to improve their mental fitness, we’d say ‘jigsaw’ without skipping a beat and pull one out of a hidden desk compartment where we store a…

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