Category: Books

Floating to reduce stress

It won’t have passed anyone by that I’ve not posted much on here in a while. My job keeps me very busy (doesn’t everyone’s?!) but I noticed in the run up to Christmas that I was showing signs of chronic stress and/or burnout. We had a very slow and gentle Christmas break, two weeks of doing very little and being very gentle, and this gave me time to think and plan.

I realised that I hadn’t taken much care of myself in the run up to Christmas – not exercising, not thinking about eating properly etc. So I planned for things to better after Christmas, making time for myself and trying to give myself some space from work. I saw an advert on Instagram for the Oxford Floatation Centre and it looked amazing. When I get stressed because of my workload, I hold the tension all over my body and as I don’t relax very well, I’m always looking for ways to make myself relax so thought I would give floating a go.

I am a floating convert. It was one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve ever had. Everything is really easy at the Oxford Floatation Centre. I’d paid beforehand so all I had to do was go through a few bits of information before heading to my pod. After a quick shower, I was in the pod. I’d chosen to have some wave sounds and left the gentle colour changing lights on. Despite me being a little claustrophobic, I pulled the pod lid shut. This is because the pod is huge and, with the lights and sounds, it feels spacious. I didn’t feel claustrophobic once, but completely at ease and relaxed – so relaxed, I kept nodding off. It wasn’t so long until I fell asleep and woke up, just at the end of my session. It was incredibly refreshing.

Once the float was over, I had a quick shower then headed over to the pamper zone, where I could dry my hair before heading to the relaxation zone. I didn’t hang out here long, but next time, I’m going to bring my book and get a herbal tea and spend some time here. It’s really comfortable and everything is designed to help you stay relaxed.

I’ve already booked my next float and I can’t wait. It’s nothing like anything else I’ve ever experienced and it’s something I would recommend to anyone who has stress in their lives.

Tuesday Treat – Vegan Pancakes

I’ve always considered pancakes the perfect treat breakfast, mainly because you can eat lots and lots of maple syrup. Basically, for me, pancakes are simply a maple syrup conduit. I knew that going vegan wouldn’t mean the end of pancakes, as there are loads of recipes on Pinterest for different healthy pancakes, so all I needed to do was find an easy vegan one.

vegan pancakes

I can’t remember how I came across the Essential Vegan website, but I’m very glad I did. This very simple recipe, which takes about five minutes to put together, is really simple to make and very, very tasty. The texture was identical to non-vegan pancakes and despite a slight banana flavor, as it’s part of the wet ingredients, they pretty much taste the same. I really liked them and will definitely be having them again.

How to make Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

I am no cook. In fact, I hate cooking. If I could eat out/live on takeaway, I would. But having a decent cookbook in the house can make even the most rubbish of cooks look decent. Yes, I have achieved success with boiling eggs. Not only that, I can make perfect soft boiled eggs, with delicoius runny yolks, perfect for dunking soldiers in. How, I hear you ask? Delia Smith. I follow the instructions in her How to Cook: Book One for all my egg-related meals.

Boiled Eggs & Soldiers

First, boil enough water to cover the eggs in a saucepan. When it’s boiled, reduce the heat so that it’s simmering then add the eggs gently. Simmer for 1 minute, turn the heat off, put a lid on the saucepan. For soft, wobbly eggs, put the timer on for 6 minutes. For slightly firmer eggs, go for 7 minutes. If you stick to the timings, you’ll get perfect soft boiled eggs every time  If I ever veer away from them, I make the soldiers pointless!

Happy Sunday brunch everyone!