With 2017 just around the corner, there's no better time to slow down, reflect, and try to incorporate some calm into our busy lives. If you're hoping to increase your focus on wellbeing in the new year, approaching 2017 mindfully is a great place to start. Practicing mindfulness means many different things to different people, from reducing your dependence on technology and increasing your awareness of the present moment, to decluttering in order to find calm.
Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) is the biggest trend of this season. It’s a Danish word that loosely translates as ‘cosy’ but means much more than that: it’s a lifestyle approach that teaches us to appreciate the people and things around us and to be present in every moment. The principles can be applied to interior design too and here are 4 ways to apply hygge to your bathroom.
Chilli Jam: Although I call this chilli jam, I don't mean by this that it's the sort of thing you'd spread on your toast at breakfast (though smeared inside a bacon sandwich, it could be a real help one hungover morning) but rather a chilli jelly - chelly? - that glows a fiery, flecked red and is fabulous with cold meats or a cheese plate. And just a small pot of it makes a gorgeous present.
“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” Don’t let life pass you by; live in the moment. When I read that, I knew exactly what I had been doing wrong for almost three decades: I had been letting life pass me by. I was simply a bystander. I don’t…