Tag Archives: Relax

I’m a One Trick Pony!

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I was checking out my colouring books last night and these are my favourites.  Can you see a theme going on here LOL

I love doodles.  Any colouring book with doodles and I want it, they are so much fun.  I think the combination of a regular picture with doodles on it keeps me engaged and interested.  I can get caught up for hours colouring in those little critters and once i’m done I feel really relaxed and realise that I haven’t thought about my health or pain once.  It’s almost like I go into a meditive state.

I have realsed that im not really interested in my other colouring books, I just want to colour doodles.  It’s official, I am a one trick pony!

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Adult Colouring to De-stress and Relax

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I have been quite stressed and depressed lately due to my crappy eyes. To de-stress I have got the adult colouring books out again.  It really does work, I have even been doing a little colouring on my lunch break.

I really enjoy the mandalas like the one I coloured above, but my favourite book of the moment is Johanna Basfords Enchanted Forest book.  Every page is gorgeous and a pleasure to colour. The book is really lovely quality too with nice thick pages.  I can see myself enjoying it for a long time.

For pens, I really love using gel pens.  You get great coverage and they look vibrant and they come in so many different colours and finishes. 

If you are feeling a bit blahhhh try some colouring, it’s great, really fun and relaxing too!

Struggling With Book Selection

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I’m having rotten luck with my choice of books lately, I haven’t enjoyed anything that I have started and have given up after a few pages or chapters.

Have no idea why, perhaps my tastes are changing?  I have tried some new authors; maybe I just don’t their style of writing and should stick with what I know and like. I think part of my problem is that new releases from my favourite authors are a bit quiet now until late July so to keep me going I am having to try new authors.

After 3 flops I am now reading Swansong by Damien Boyd.  I recently discovered Damien’s works when I was browsing the Kindle store and thought I would give him a go.   There are currently 4 books in the DI Nick Dixon series.  I have enjoyed the first 3 so I am looking forward to getting stuck in to Swansong.

My bookshelves are filling up again and getting clogged with stuff that I probably won’t read. I currently have 15 in my Google Play library and 18 in my Kindle library.  I can’t stop book shopping I love it, it’s so much fun.  You never know when you are going to discover that gem that will turn out to be a really great read.  In fact I think I might go book shopping at lunchtime, I don’t even have to leave my desk! How sad am I!

Happy reading everyone ☺

Enjoying a Lazy Sunday

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Today I am going to enjoy a lazy Sunday.  Groceries and laundry etc are done, not much else to do but kick back and enjoy a quiet day with my family before the grind of work tomorrow.   Got some fresh pasta and a sauce for dinner so that’s an easy one too ☺

I’m looking forward to catching up with some reading.  Currently reading the new Jefferson Bass novel The Breaking Point.

Hope you all enjoy a wonderfully lazy Sunday too!

Tai Chi For Good Health & Wellbeing

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My doctor has recommended Tai Chi as a form of exercise and meditation.  I don’t know much about it so here is a brief overview and beginners video.  I’m trying to convince my partner to give it a go with me, I have a feeling it will be much more fun doing it with someone else rather than doing it alone in front of the TV.  I’m going to do some YouTube classes before I find a local class as I am very uncordinated and don’t want to make an idiot of myself.

T’ai chi ch’uan training involves five elements, taolu (solo hand and weapons routines/forms), neigong & qigong (breathing, movement and awareness exercises and meditation), tuishou (response drills) and sanshou (self defence techniques). While t’ai chi ch’uan is typified by some for its slow movements, many t’ai chi styles (including the three most popular – Yang, Wu, and Chen) – have secondary forms with faster pace. Some traditional schools of t’ai chi teach partner exercises known as tuishou (“pushing hands”), and martial applications of the taolu’s (forms’) postures.

Since the first widespread promotion of t’ai chi ch’uan’s health benefits by Yang Shaohou, Yang Chengfu, Wu Chien-ch’uan, and Sun Lutang in the early 20th century, it has developed a worldwide following among people with little or no interest in martial training, for its benefit to health and health maintenance.  Medical studies of t’ai chi support its effectiveness as an alternative exercise and a form of martial arts therapy.

It is purported that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity.

The study of t’ai chi ch’uan primarily involves three aspects:

Health: An unhealthy or otherwise uncomfortable person may find it difficult to meditate to a state of calmness or to use t’ai chi ch’uan as a martial art. T’ai chi ch’uan’s health training, therefore, concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. For those focused on t’ai chi ch’uan’s martial application, good physical fitness is an important step towards effective self-defense.

Meditation: The focus and calmness cultivated by the meditative aspect of t’ai chi ch’uan is seen as necessary in maintaining optimum health (in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis) and in application of the form as a soft style martial art.

Martial art: The ability to use t’ai chi ch’uan as a form of self-defense in combat is the test of a student’s understanding of the art. T’ai chi ch’uan is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces, the study of yielding and “sticking” to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force. The use of t’ai chi ch’uan as a martial art is quite challenging and requires a great deal of training.