Saturday, 6 February 2016

Restaurant | Evelyn's Cafe and Bar, Northern Quarter, Manchester


 Manchester has seen quite the explosion in the last five years in terms of worthwhile restaurants and bars. One could even say that Manchester has nearly caught up with London and has become the city that any young 20 something would love to work and live in. In particular, the Northern Quarter area of Manchester has seen such a transformation which independent shops springing up every other day. Evelyn's which has reopened with a new owner and menu caught my friend, Hydar's eye having and he decided that we would visit for dinner.
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Monday, 18 January 2016

Mindfulness - easy ways to start reliving stress


What is mindfulness?
This is a concept that was fairly new to me last year when I started to use meditation techniques to help relieve stress. I won't lie, moving to Lagos has been quite stressful, from trying to settle down to finding the right job and navigating a city so familiar to me yet so alien. I have found that in times were I feel completely drained, practicing mindfulness has been very helpful.

Psychology Today describes it as a "state of active, open attention on the present. When you are mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from distance, without judging them good or bad". 

To those of us who ever get into a stressful state, but do not know how to escape from it, focusing your thoughts and feelings can be a great way to achieve calm. Personally, I know I can be a stress head. Even my friends know that once I get worked up about an issue, I find it hard to snap out of it. Sometimes, all we need to do is reset ourselves and mindfulness is something that can possibly help. We may all have that one trick that helps - for me its listening to 'Moonlight Serenade' by Frank Sinatra or for longer spells, 'An American in Paris', the nearly 17 minutes symphonic composition by George Gershwin. But when that does not work, using certain techniques help to really clear my head. Below, I have tried what I think are two basic ways to begin to to achieve focus, attention and most importantly, calm.

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