What we do in January

Actress Sophie Marceau in L’Etudiante. (Image: Getty Images)

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We always have big plans for January. Even small, conscious experiments can have a big impact. Five suggestions for new food for thought.

1. Meditate with Netflix

If you’ve always wanted to know how to meditate: The new Netflix series “Headspace: An Introduction to Meditation” is a great introduction to the subject. Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of the digital healthcare company of the same name, will guide you through the 30-minute animated sessions. In each episode, the former Buddhist monk deals with a different topic; such as letting go, being kind, learning to love life, dealing with anger, sadness or pain.

At first, Puddicombe accompanies the viewer into a state of calm, and then manages at best to lure them into new material for reflection using visualizations. For example, with the image that our basic feeling is like a blue sky that is always there, even though everyday worries and little things cover it in the form of dark clouds. With the help of exercises, the clouds move on, the sky remains blue. The headspace sessions are also available as an app. Andrea Bornhauser

2. Creative expansion of the horizon in «The Room for Change»

Events are doomed to fail these days. Unless you are moving the project to a place where the corona virus cannot spread: on the internet. The creative festival “Room of Change” will also take place there until 31 January. Participants are invited to use January “to consciously engage with their own being, their vision and creativity”, as the two initiators Marisa Burn and Raphaela Pichler write. The sister duo have been inspiring through artistic creation for years and share their innovative mindset.

For a whole month, workshops, coaching, seminars and talks will be held in the virtual “Room of Change” on topics such as authenticity, digital culture or storytelling. Among others, “Open Ride” founders Eva Nidecker and Rebekah Adeen will speak on screen. Michelle Grant, who created the World Food System Center at ETH Zurich, and astrologer and journalist Alexandra Kruse. Registration takes place on the website. Vanessa Vodermayer

3. Intermittent fasting

After a spontaneous intuition, I decided to start the new year with an intermittent fasting diet, supported by the app of the same name, which should remind me when my meal time starts and when it ends. The app actually works surprisingly well.

It seems motivating to me because it gives me the feeling that someone is accompanying and supporting me in my project. The app also makes you feel like you are being monitored a bit and you will not disappoint it with undisciplined behavior. The rules of the game are simple and clear: I chose the 16: 8 cure. This means that the day (including the night) is divided into two periods, a 16-hour period in which one does not eat, and an 8-hour period in which one can eat.

The time spans are set up in such a way that your personal favorite meal – in my case the dinner – falls within the eight hour period. It goes without saying that one does not cram oneself excessively with unhealthy and sweet things in these. But it is also not the case that one has to do without everything possible. I know myself, cures where one must not do anything are doomed to fail for me from the start.

It is said that such an interval fasting regimen has the same effect as a two-week therapeutic fasting regimen if one consistently implements it over a longer period of time. Since such a thing is not possible for me, intermittent fasting seems to me to be a good alternative that is practically possible in everyday life in family life. I’ve been doing this for a week now and can not really say how long term it will bring me. But I already know so much: Fasting is easy to implement and gives me an extremely good attitude to life. Christina Hubbelling

4. Color and relax

Here’s a push message that a tag on social media – the constant availability and the huge media consumption is pure stress for some. In the spirit of “stress less” you can do a little bit of creative activity in the bustle of the daily Corona case number and the constant negative headlines Piece of Mind cabinet.

For example, by coloring coloring pages. What promotes creativity and concentration in toddlers can help adults turn the steam off and on. You only have to think about the color choice for the area to be colored – and maybe it even makes you smile sometimes. Jocelyne Iten

5. A little yoga is also yoga

Let’s for a moment forget the 90-minute yoga classes that people indulged in in yoga studios before Corona. And let’s say goodbye to the idea that this is the only true way to practice for now.

The yogic way of dealing with this time is to be less strict with yourself and to turn a blind eye to the intensity or length of yoga practice. Three sun salutations or ten minutes in Childspose each day is a wonderful yoga practice and a small gift for yourself. Youtuber Mady Morrison offers a series of short to medium-term lessons on her youtube channel if you lack inspiration for your own practice.

Her 30-day yoga challenge “Time to Shine” is also currently running. If you do not mind being two weeks behind, you can still sign up and you will get a list of links to thirty yoga lessons you can do one each day. Or you can just work your way through the playlist of videos posted on YouTube. What if you skip a day? Nothing happens. Then continue at your own pace the following day. Anna Kaminsky

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