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Life Centre

If you love yoga, this place is for you. “We believe there is a yoga path for everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size, fitness or lifestyle. We offer a broad range of classes with some of the best teachers in London. Yoga is a practice that can last a lifetime, and we are here to support you throughout all stages of life, through conception, birth and beyond”. Our preferred teacher there is our dearest Isabell.

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Stress and Health

What is STRESS?

The feeling of being stressed is familiar to most of us. We all experience some level of stress, virtually from the moment we wake up until we go to bed. But what is stress really? As a species, we've evolved as a result of stress. Our autonomic nervous system has a built-in stress response that allows the body to combat stressful situations, the so-called “flight or fight” reaction that is activated in case of an “emergency”.

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Emotional Wellbeing

ASSERTION and stress

We all know that communication is a crucial skill. Still, for many it becomes an even more delicate issue when it comes to communicating emotions and feelings, especially when we have to deal with stressful situations. Assertiveness is the capacity to communicate and express our feelings and emotions in an honest and respectful way, without being aggressive or manipulative.

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Stress and Work

A culture that fosters PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY reduces unnecessary stress

When it comes to stress at work, there are two types of stress: “good” work-related stress that’s a natural part of the creative tension at play during work; and “bad” stress that comes from toxic management and a company culture that makes you feel unsafe.

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Emotional Wellbeing

HUMOUR: jokes aside, it’s a serious matter

Already in the last century, Freud understood that humour can be useful when encountering a stressful situation, therefore he included humour in defense mechanisms (although only referring to a sense of humour about oneself). Research show that learning to be more playful, making fun of the absurdities of life with humour could contribute to increase our wellbeing.

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Emotional Wellbeing

Why the Japanese are so good at being mindful … and how they can inspire us Westerners

Mindfulness may be all the rage now in the Western world, but it has been a part of Japanese culture for centuries. What is it about Japanese culture that fosters this great attention to detail and presence in the moment? And how can it inspire us? As our capacity for sustained attention is increasingly under threat, we are more and more exposed to stress and mental health problems. Let’s look to Japan for inspiration!

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Stress and Work

Stress - the dilemma of start up founders

Amongst the many stressful jobs, being a startup founder is certainly on the list. Even if they’re not facing problems of life and death as may be the case for a heart surgeon, a fireman or a soldier, a startup founder lives a life that is undoubtedly high in stress. It’s no secret that a startup journey is a marathon rather than a sprint, with the risk of being kicked out of the game at any time, no matter how well trained we are for the race.

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Stress and Health

The GUT - BRAIN connection

If you wonder what the gut-brain connection is, chances are that you already have an idea: that “gut feeling” you might have experienced in a particular situation, feeling “butterflies” in your stomach when you have fallen in love, or literally rushing to the bathroom before sitting down for an exam. These common events are part of the very sophisticated molecular mechanisms that allow our gut (also called the ‘second brain’) to communicate with our head and influence behaviour: what science calls the gut-brain axis.

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Stress and Health

Why NOISE is bad for our heath

It is well known that noise pollution, also known as environmental noise or sound pollution caused mainly by traffic, rail, and airplanes, is bad for our health. Besides its direct effects on the auditory system (e.g., hearing loss and tinnitus induced by exposure to high levels of noise), chronic low-level noise exposure causes mental stress associated with heart diseases and is also linked to poor sleep, anxiety, psychiatric disorders, and diabetes. Recently, we’ve started to understand better why this is happening.

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Digital health & wellness

Firstbeat

Our heart rhythm is not like a rigid metronome, there are very subtle variations in time between each heartbeat. This is what we call "Heart rate variability" (HRV) . This variation is controlled by the autonomic nervous system that is involved in stress response (sympathetic nervous system) and relaxation (parasympathetic nervous system). Therefore, HRV is a well-recognised and non-invasive marker to measure stress and recovery. Their product is now also integrated in the Garmin watch.

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Digital health & wellness

Calm

There are several very good guided meditation apps on the market. We chose to first introduce you to Calm because we're in love with Tamara Levitt’s hypnotic voice :) If you are more "musical" than visual and you also like sleeping stories, you should give it a try to see if this is for you (you have a free 7-day trial). Setting a daily routine with guided meditation sessions is one of the first steps that you can start with when you want to improve your mental wellbeing.

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Digital health & wellness

Withings scanwatch

Withings took a step forward in the digital health space with their new product, the Scanwatch, featured recently at CES 2020 . "ScanWatch is our most ambitious medical tracker and purposely designed to detect the early presence of atrial fibrillation and sleep apnea - two related issues that are extremely common yet largely undiagnosed, despite their known impact on multiple health conditions" declared Mr Letombe, the CEO of the company.

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Honest Green Barcelona

Honest Green is definitely a place to try in Barcelona! Their mostly plant-based food (they do also have delicious meat and fish) is local, organic and so tasty! And just to totally fall in love with the place, the waiters are adorable (miss you Deborah and Roberto!) and the music is great!

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Bulgari Spa London

If you want to have a taste of traveling while staying in London, Bulgari Spa is our favourite place to relax around the pool. As for massages, all the therapists are amazing, although we do have a little preference for Chris. Little tip: if you go during the week during working hours, chances are that you’ll have the pool for yourself (we love sometimes to move our office to the pool for a da

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Stress and Work

4 tips to prevent your work messages from driving you crazy

We spend much too much time writing emails, participating in group chats and answering instant messages. On average, office workers spend more than 5 hours a day reading, sorting and writing emails. That’s more than half their work time! And many people find the constant flow of work messages causes them constant anxiety.

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