My Blue Therapy: Positive Effects of Blue Space on Mental Health

A girl (Sophie!) is sat in a lake holding a pair of freediving fins up to her face

I don’t remember the first time I saw the ocean, paddled my feet in its frothing foam. I don’t remember the first time it sang its sweet lullaby of crashing waves to me. Years later, despite being a “land-dwelling” human, I am still insatiably drawn to the ocean, as so many of us are. Its […]

Yes, Just 2 Weeks of Working Out Can Change Your Body

What started as a ‘what if’ joke between my sister and I abruptly came to an end about five minutes into Chloe Ting’s Two Week Shred Challenge, when we were swimming in puddles of sweat and wondering if we could possibly survive another 13 days.  Are YouTube workouts usually this hard? Could we possibly be […]

Self Love: 3 Months Without Looking into a Mirror

girl looking into the corner of a mirror

Today I saw a full body mirror for the first time in over three months. Since changing apartments in February, I have been living in a place without any mirrors besides my phone and a small hand mirror. Initially, it was really strange – not because I particularly cared how my outfits looked, but because […]

TRAPPED ON AN ISLAND IN THAILAND – WITHOUT CORONAVIRUS

'the corona files' text over three people watching sunset

Being inside so much lately, I’ve had a lot of time to make some long overdue phone calls. There’s been one common reoccurring question: What is life like over in Thailand, living on your little island, during all of this chaos? The answer: surprisingly peaceful.

5 Days of Meditation: Day 4 – Calmness During Corona

looking through the trees in a forest at sunset

A few months ago, heck, even a few weeks ago, I thought news of the Coronavirus would blow over in the same way that so many attention-seeking stories do. Little did I realize that what I thought was the peak of the pandemic was only just the beginning.  Borders are closing, entire cities are shutting […]

5 Days of Meditation: Day 3 – A Beach Walk

After running some errands this morning, I decided to walk home along the beach. The island here (Koh Tao) is quiet, with tourists returning home to be with their families and take care of themselves as the Coronavirus continues to spread around the world. It was just me and the ocean as the sun began […]

5 Days of Meditation: Day 2 – Self Love

girl standing in a field at sunset

Today left me feeling worse than yesterday, in terms of health at least. I didn’t sleep that well last night and am definitely not feeling 100 percent. I just took a fat cat nap, which almost persuaded me to remain on my couch and miss work. There are worse things that could happen… On the […]

5 Days of Meditation: Day 1 – Immunity Boost

woman sitting on the beach at sunset meditating

Today was not great for me. My head has been in a bit of a haze for the past few days, and my dive ended terribly. With a small but decently impactful injury (don’t worry Mom and Dad, I’m still healthy), I’m going to have to take a solid week or two out of the […]

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