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How 2020 has Taken its Toll and What We can Do About it

How 2020 has Taken its Toll and What We can Do About it

 

Well, here we go again. Lockdown 3.0. We kind of knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make the news any easier to hear.

But in the Prime Minister’s latest lockdown announcement we heard that “roughly one in 50 people have contracted the virus, higher in some parts of the country, lower in others.” This means that we need to play our part to help those NHS staff and key workers who are working so hard and sacrificing so much to save lives.

But we are still allowed to feel sorry for ourselves, as any tentative plans we’d made for the next couple of months and a new year go down the drain – again.

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Poppy Pickles

Ten Reasons why Spending Time Outside is more Important than Ever in Lockdown 2.0

Ten Reasons why Spending Time Outside is more Important than Ever in Lockdown 2.0

Back in lockdown 1.0, we all threw ourselves enthusiastically into our hour of exercise a day. We tuned in to Joe Wickes, we bought bikes, scooters and trampolines in record numbers. And of course, threw ourselves into the plethora of online yoga classes out there.

This time around the mood is slightly less enthusiastic. We know why we’re doing this – Covid has not gone away – but it feels harder. We’re tired, stressed and there’s only so much Zoom a person can take.

So how can we keep up our spirits this Autumn? Well here are TEN excellent reasons to get yourself outside every single day during this lockdown.

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Poppy Pickles

Interview: Jonathan Thompson on How to Heal Yourself through Yoga

Interview: Jonathan Thompson on How to Heal Yourself through Yoga

Jonathan Thompson is an Ashtangi, YogaLondon 200-hour teacher trainer, and a deeply sensitive and emotionally intuitive person. Here he talks to us about the impact of his father’s early death, the mutually supportive relationship he has with his mother and how, for him, yoga, coaching, and psychology are all different sides of the same coin. Oh, and he definitely believes in ghosts.

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Poppy Pickles

How to Cosy Up for Autumn

How to Cosy Up for Autumn

Well, 2020 has been quite the year, but one thing that we haven’t had to complain about this year is the weather. We probably tried – we’re British after all – but it would have been unfounded because the sun has shone and shone and shone and shone.

But the forecast this week says that the golden, late-summer warmth is set to be replaced with a distinctly chillier temperature. And the pandemic forecast is similarly gloomy, with case numbers rising and restrictions tightening.

So, how can we prepare for Autumn and make sure that we look after ourselves as we head into what looks like a second wave?

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Poppy Pickles

Plan your bank holiday retreat – at home!

Plan your bank holiday retreat - at home!

Have you decided to stay home this bank holiday weekend – avoid crowds, and the uncertainty of cancelled flights? Smart! So why not take advantage of the long weekend to create a sanctuary, and solace… Here are some ideas for how you can plan your very own mini-retreat at home. (more…)

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