What is Rhodiola Rosea Root and why I take it

If you’ve never heard about Rhodiola, let me tell you that is most commonly used for increasing energy, endurance, strength, and mental capacity.  It is also used to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress.

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Rhodiola Rosea Root grows at 10,000 feet in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. The root when cut gives off the aroma of a rose. It’s suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten Free, Soy Free & Dairy Free.

I started taking Rhodiola Rosea from Brainpower Nootropics 6 weeks ago as a natural supplement to help me fight common daily stress and I can tell you that I definitely feel the difference.

I’m a very organised person so I tend to accept any tasks coming my way because I can always find time to do them, but what I never do is considering taking time off. Nowadays I’m more conscious about it and I make sure my daily schedule is balanced with work, entertainment and relaxing time off. But for the days that are hard to maintain this balance, taking something natural is great support.

I always take two capsules a day with water, they don’t replace any of my meals and I make sure I maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and eating a varied, well-balanced diet.

This is only my personal experience, so if you’re considering using Rhodiola I would recommend you to visit the following link so you’re fully informed:

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De-clutter your work desk| Minimalism Series

If you’d search for my desk in the office, it will be easy to find. I’m the one who only keeps her phone, notebook and bottle of water on top of the desk.

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Keeping your desk de-cluttered is a way of keeping your thoughts organised without having objects that might distract you from what you need to be focusing on at that specific moment.

When you work with deadlines like I do, any minute is precious and I can’t waste time trying to find a specific pen or trying to look for that post-it that, “I know for sure it’s here, but takes me half an hour to find it”.

Half of the stress tends to come from our environment and not always from the things that our bosses or co-workers throw at us to do during the day. Stress will always be there, but it’s important to find ways of avoiding it.

Here are a few tips to keep a tidy desk:

  • Use Sticky notes on your computer instead of using paper Post-its.
  • You can scan all documents and keep them on your computer drive. Then you can take those hard copy documents and throw them away, if you’re not able to do so because they’re too important, keep them on a folder in your drawers. Just make sure it’s not on top of your desk.
  • If you made yourself a cup of coffee, before you decide to make another one, just pay a quick visit to the kitchen, wash your cup and re-use it. You might think you don’t have time to do this, but you actually do and getting away from your computer once in a while is very important in order to be able to focus.
  • Business cards don’t need to be lying around on top of your desk. Here’s a useful tip – If you’ve kept your mobile phone box, these boxes are great to store business cards if you don’t have one of those specific folders for them.
  • Magazines – Do you really want your boss to see that kind of distractions on your desk? That doesn’t show a lot of professionalism and I’m sure you’ll have the opportunity to read these in your free time. Keep distractions away!
  • Plastic bottles everywhere. People looove to keep those around. Get yourself a nice steel water bottle like the one they have at Zephyr Eco Market and you’ll be able to save money and the planet by not using all those plastic bottles.
  • Another thing that seems to grow on your desks is pens. We only need one at a time, maybe two if you’re on the phone and you just run out of ink, but more than that is too much and means clutter all the way!

I hope these tips were useful or at least made you aware of what you can get rid of straight away, and I hope you have a less stressful work experience from now on.

I’ve been writing separate posts about my minimalism challenge experiences, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media channels to not miss out on these!

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Meditation| Minimalism Series

Because the body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness, everyone should try meditation at least once in their lives.

I wish I’ve used meditation techniques back when I was studying at University. With all those exams, assignments and deadlines it would’ve been extremely useful.

Nowadays, I use it to find time just for myself and to help dealing with daily stress. I’m sure you hear the word “stress” several times per day. People have become so used to it and it’s so common “to be stressed” that we think it’s okay. If other people have it, it’s something normal, why would I have to fight it? Well you do have to fight it and meditation is just the beginning.

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At first I didn’t quite understand the correlation between meditation and minimalism, but it all makes sense to me now. Once you get rid of the things that don’t matter in your life you start having more time to deal with your thoughts and your mind in general.

So I’ve started by trying the app Headspace, which was excellent to learn the basics of meditation. Then I kept experimenting and I’ve been using the app Calm since November.

I use it on my train journey to work every morning, on average 10 minutes of meditation. It helps me start the day in a very good mood and it gives me a patience boost to deal with any problems at work.

If the day has been too chaotic I like to meditate on my way home too. It helps not taking work problems with me home. A lot of people tend to do that, but your family doesn’t need to deal with that kind of stress.

One of the things I like the most about the app Calm is the great user experience. You’re always greeted with soothing background noises that you can choose from a varied list and makes you feel more relaxed before you even started meditating.

You also have a selection of meditations to choose from such as body scan and walking meditations, plus sessions on topics like loving-kindness and forgiveness.

There are lots of apps and podcasts that can help you with meditation. It’s all about taking time to be calm and present in the moment, in doesn’t matter when, where or how often. Just give it a try. And let me know if you have any tips on a comment below!

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