April 7, 2021
What is sustainable living?
‘Sustainable living is a practical philosophy that aims to reduce personal and societal environmental impact by making positive changes which counteract climate change and other negative environmental concerns…more simply, sustainable living is a method of reducing one’s carbon footprint.’ – Thank you Sustainable Jungle for clearing that one up for us!
…but where do we start?
So we know that moving towards a more sustainable way of life is the way to go but once you start delving into the how’s it can all become a bit overwhelming!
There’s so much to be done!
There are so many questions!
Over here at InTah we felt just like you, the more we chatted and investigated the more we found out about the things that we should (or could) be doing and it all started to feel a bit much…then we remembered; every seemingly little effort we make is a step in the right direction and if everyone started taking some steps we (and the world) would soon reap some big rewards.
This is why we decided to share with you our 5 simple steps towards living more sustainably;
1. Reuse or recycle – Before you throw things away hit pause and ask yourself if the item in question could be used as something different or if someone else could maybe make use of it?…’One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’…
2. Shop local – Support local businesses, reduce any impact caused by transport, maybe make use of more locally produced materials and supplies…yes, we know that Amazon is easy but…
3. Consider if you need to shop at all! – Are you buying that because you really need it or because it looks all fancy? Could you just save the money? Are you bored?…
4. Quit the throw away culture – Say no to single use plastics and see point number 1.
5. Get energy efficient – Could your home use a little less fuel of any description? Could you cut down how often you use your car?…that’s what we thought…
We are firm believers that if we all just make a little bit of an effort we can make a big difference to the environment.
Let’s start to pay more attention to what we’re buying and what it’s made of, where it came from and how we dispose of it when it’s served its purpose.
Let’s look at our skincare and food, our cleaning products and our forms of transport; let’s normalise living sustainably.
March 6, 2021
None of us are exempt from challenging times in life, we have and will all face a level of adversity at some point, but how could we actually embrace these moments and use them to our advantage?
By seeing them as an opportunity for exploration and adventure that’s how!
Maybe we could choose an escape route?
This could show up as a complete change of scenery and/or an additional challenge to ourselves, mentally or physically.
If we are able to totally remove ourselves from a negative situation we could potentially gain not only personal and professional development but also create an immediate sense of space, time to breath away from current concerns and the ‘moment’ to decide where we’d like our lives to go in the future.
Maybe we could see our times of adversity as opportunities for a little self-reflection?
In the heat of the moment it isn’t always easy to hit pause and notice ones own reactions. Is it time to explore our own thought patterns and behaviours?
Is this situation caused by something that we’ve maybe let slide or build up over a period of time?
Do we need to learn how best we can install certain boundaries to protect our happiness in the future?
Embrace any lessons learnt and find comfort that in our times of self-exploration we can at least discover exactly what we definitely don’t want in our world going forwards.
Overcoming adversity might require us to appreciate where we have been, find the good in the situation, and then choose to look forward to the future; maybe this is the route you’ll take, to see rock bottom as a clean slate?
We can’t change the past but we can work towards a whole new and more fulfilling future.
We need to understand that hitting a low point gives us no choice but to climb. We must reflect upon all that we have overcome so far and adapt an overcome anything mentality with a calm and strategic edge; a ‘one step at a time in the right direction’ mindset will move you onwards and upwards towards your end goal far more efficiently than rushing for the summit ever will.
It’s important to remember that, whatever route we choose to take to overcome any adversity in our lives, we are not alone in doing so.
If you feel that things are all a bit too much to tackle on your own then create your own support crew, reach out to family and friends or a professional service such as the ones listed below;
We, the team at InTah, believe in you!
February 27, 2021
So many of us crave so much more for ourselves, personally as well as professionally, and often we feel that just a little more self-belief might allow us to achieve our dreams – here at InTah we don’t disagree.
Self-belief harnesses many magical powers and can go along way towards turning our lives around if we can put the effort in to change our mindset and allow ourselves to tap into it a little more.
So, if we were to set about learning how to improve our perception of ourselves, if we were willing to put the work into continuous self-development and finally stop comparing ourselves to others what could we expect to get out of it?
How would the power of self-belief show up in and improve our everyday?
2. A dash of self-belief can be ultra inspiring. With low levels of fear attached to possible outcomes you are no longer restrained to merely doing what’s already been done before and playing it safe, you’re more inclined to think outside of the box and get creative with solutions. How refreshing and innovative is that?!
3. Self-belief lets you see more. When you are feeling great and confident and able, even if you’re not sure how you’ll achieve something, you’re more liable to have a go, thus you’re open to new opportunities. You’re almost like a child in the sense that, because you’re no longer controlled by fear, you’re willing to see the possibility and try…and try again if needed.
4. …and try again….you will no longer have the instant urge to throw in the towel. Not only does self-belief instigate action taking it also provides you with a new sense of persistence. You’ll rise to a challenge and find a way to complete it, to reach that end goal one way or another. You won’t take set backs personally and you’ll have a new found passion for real success. You’d be unstoppable!
5. People will respond to you differently. Now we know that the opinion of others isn’t the be all and end all but it’s really beneficial if they have a good one of you at times. In job interviews or meetings with the bank manager for example, you want them to hear you and have faith in you, and your levels of self-belief help to achieve this. You will hold yourself differently, you’ll be open to new discussions and talk a talk of a ‘can do go getting’ persona rather than an overly cautious and guarded one. You will stand out as knowing what you’re talking about. You will close that deal. This can be equally beneficial within your personal relationships; What discussions need to be had? What boundaries need to be set? Could a little more self-belief offer a boost in your bedroom?…just sayin’…the possibilities (and positives) are endless…
Have we convinced you that it’s well worth you working on your sense of self-belief yet?
Increased levels of self-belief (and all of the benefits it brings) don’t appear overnight but, if we’ve sparked an urge in you to investigate how to improve yours, we’d love to draw your attention to our Adventures, Experiences and Training area, because, well, you’re worth it!
February 23, 2021
The last year has had many of us pondering our purpose, questioning the world around us and how we interact with it, wondering how we can give and feel ‘more’, if this sounds like you, have you considered volunteering?
Giving your time and skills to a project in need can be a life changing opportunity.
Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people, people you may not have ever otherwise had the opportunity to engage with, people from different backgrounds and countries with varying skillsets. You’ll share experiences that will create memories for life, have stories that will connect you forever and bonds that may even lead to future adventures.
From the people you work alongside daily to those who you are helping in the bigger picture; the human connection is a powerful one that surely shouldn’t just be restricted to those beings found on our doorsteps?
Spending time on a beneficial cause is guaranteed to improve your mental health and sense of purpose, it can elevate your self-esteem and decrease stress levels.
In today’s busy world with its pressures, expectations and lack of ‘in the moment’ living opportunities we all find ourselves craving a sense of accomplishment and joy, a reason to move and assist – Volunteering to help with a project can more than help with all of that!
Are you needing to refresh your career related mojo?
Volunteering can help with that too!
Maybe using your current skills in a completely new setting will create a whole new level of enthusiasm for your capabilities again, ignite that fire in your belly, or maybe not, maybe it will be an opportunity to learn new skills and instigate a major life change?
Either way, volunteering always looks good on your CV and future job applications.
Travelling abroad to take part in a volunteering program can mean that you immerse yourself in another way of life never usually accessible by standard holiday stays, you can live the real life of a local, learn more than a books contents about their culture and leave with a fresh perspective on your current everyday.
Are things really as bad as they sometimes feel in your world?
Could you make some changes in your daily life to reflect those observed in your stay?
Volunteering can take up as much time and financial investment as you are able to provide but the benefits are always the same and available in abundance.
If you are interested in taking an amazing overseas expedition with the team here at InTah take a look at our Uganda Experience, alternatively, have a search through the database of doit.life for opportunities and ideas.
December 21, 2020
Hygge (or ‘hoo-gah’) is a concept that originates from the Danish culture and encourages living with a sense of comfort, coziness and peace.
Ordinarily discussion around this topic focuses on the more aesthetic side of hygge and how to promote a sense of calm and peace in living spaces but could this trend also have a positive effect on our health and wellbeing?
The theory of hygge utilises lighting, texture, decor, warmth, colour, people and activities to enhance our everyday existence and we have uncovered ten ways in which embracing such a way of life could benefit our health.
1. A calm and comforting environment can help to ease feelings of anxiety and depression; I think we all need more of this right now.
2. Living in a cosy and simple manner could be related to a reduction in blood cortisol levels (a stress related hormone) and so help to encourage better sleep and body weight regulation.
3. Creating a cosy living space can increase our feelings of gratitude towards what we have and evoke feelings of comfort and safety.
4. We become less reliant upon unhealthy coping mechanisms (Eg. alcohol or drugs) when we are surrounded by warmth and feeling content, an occurrence that is better for our health, relationships and bank balance.
5. Hygge encourages us to nurture our personal relationships. For example we may spend time with others playing board games or in gentle outdoor activities and thus engage in conversations that improve intimacy, natural bonds and our sense of belonging.
6. Real home cooked food fixes a lot. The Danish love to eat seasonal food cooked from scratch; think warming stews, freshly baked breads and sweet treats. Could cooking allow us to connect with our food, ourselves, our appetites and each other a little more? Certainly nourishing ourselves adequately equates to better health but there is also that inner glow that comes only from sitting down to eat a hearty meal with friends and family.
7. Hygge encourages people to take gentle outdoor exercise, to immerse themselves in nature and give themselves the space required to think and refocus. The benefits of spending time outside, alone or with others, is well documented and something that we should all strive to do more of in an attempt to improve our mental and physical health.
8. Could hygge help us to switch off from social media? Could establishing a comforting and nurturing home life/setting mean that we find it easier to switch off from the outside world?…we think it could…
9. Self-care is something that is all too often put to one side, something to do later, but if your entire everyday is focused around encouraging an easy and more mindful way of life surely the practice of self-appreciation and acknowledging what we really need to do for ourselves to feel better should become easier and almost habitual?
10. Feelings of self-worth. By taking control of our lives and integrating activities alongside creating a home setting that feels cosy, comfortable and respectful of our needs, surely we are guaranteed to feel better about ourselves?
In this blog we have only scratched the surface of the wonderful lifestyle concept that is hygge, for more information we highly recommend taking a look at www.hyggehouse.com where you will unearth so many ways to integrate this beautiful method into your everyday.
December 15, 2020
We’ve all set out with good intentions and failed miserably right?
As the end of 2020 is nigh we will undoubtedly find ourselves battling with the idea of new years resolutions, how we’d like our lives to look and wondering what we could achieve if we could only stick to a plan, but do we think about how we can actually maintain our focus beyond January 1st?
Well Intah has and here are our top five tips for staying on track and actually achieving your wellbeing goals;
Know what’s really important to you. Most of our goals revolve around a bigger why. We want to become more physically able because it means we can run around after our children and entertain them with ease, we want to have less stress at home so that we can actually enjoy our time outside of the office. Really considering your bigger picture and reasoning for goals is so important in keeping them; write them down and keep them in mind.
Shift your focus from why you can’t to why you can. All too often we fall off of the resolution wagon because we let the barriers to our end goal overpower our new habits and determination; DON’T! Make a list of all of the reasons you can achieve what you want to, have examples to hand of how other people have done it and take a moment to remind yourself of moments of strength and determination you’ve shown in the past.
Take it slow. Work backwards from your end goal and find ways to take baby steps towards where you want to be. Accept that things take time. Understand that your small actions will result in larger gains. Be patient.
Keep life simple. Keep every small step towards your end goal as simple as possible and don’t overcomplicate your everyday. Behaviour changes are best made when we hardly notice them.
Minimise distractions. Do you need to avoid certain fast food chains to reach your healthy eating goals? Do certain people tend to lead you astray? If you know that there are things that will deter you from achieving your end goal then, wherever possible, avoid them.
We really are amazing beings and capable of so much more than we sometimes give ourselves credit for.
Decide that this time things are going to be different, decide that this time you are in control and know that InTah has your back!
December 9, 2020
The festive season can feel like too much in the best of years but, as it’s 2020, a lot if us are feeling more stressed, lonely and worried than ever before.
Maybe we’ll be able to gather with family and friends and maybe we won’t.
Job losses and financial concerns.
Cabin fever and wanting to do right by our kids.
Is it really beginning to look a lot like Christmas?
The team here at Intah have been chatting about what we are going to do to help ourselves through December and into the new year and we thought we would share our top five tips in the hope that they might help you too;
2. Take time out. Try and get outside everyday. A walk around the block or a more grand excursion will support you in getting your daily dose of daylight, clear your head and refresh your soul.
Maybe you could combine this with a daily exercise challenge?
Walk/jog/run a certain distance and see if you can improve your time over a certain number of weeks or cycle somewhere you’ve never been before, the possibilities are endless and the benefits are bountiful.
3. Be sure to nourish yourself. It’s times like these that we really do need to do our best to take care of ourselves; body and mind. Eat the best food that you can, drink more water and rest when you need to.
Use any newly found free time to read, listen to podcasts or watch educational material; for fun as well as future work purposes.
4. Rely on routine. When nothing seems or feels ‘normal’ it is too easy just to drift through your day without a sense of time or accomplishment; take back some power by establishing a daily routine that works for you.
Wake up at the same time everyday and maybe meditate or stretch before breakfast.
Set time aside for your daily outdoor adventure or exercise.
Notice when you work best; are you able to utilise this self-awareness to your advantage?
Have a daily to-do list and complete it. This can be work related or job hunting, it could be household chores or calls with friends; it’s a visible opportunity to feel triumphant at the end of the day.
Establish a bedtime routine to encourage a deeper more restful nights sleep.
5. Look forwards. We are all guilty of looking back or dwelling on negative situations for too long now and again but we need to allow ourselves to move on. We need to step out of our own way, acknowledge where we are at and continue to strive for more.
Our lives are a constant stream of good and not so good events that we have no choice but to embrace and evolve through, where you’re at right now isn’t your forever, better times will come, remember that.
December 7, 2020
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…whether we like it or not!
2020 has been an interesting year for everyone; challenging, emotional and memorable, and here at InTah we are keen to encourage you to embrace Christmas on your terms.
The festive season has never needed to be more stress free, less expensive and emotionally reflective than it is right now and to help it along on it’s merry way we’ve put together our top ten alternative Christmas gift ideas for friends and family of all ages.
2. Your time. Make a selection of vouchers offering services to assist or ideas to entertain your gift receiver. Maybe you could babysit or play chef for a night? Arrange a games night or a camping trip?
3. A subscription box or membership. There are some absolutely fantastic subscription services out there for all ages, tastes and budgets or maybe your person would really appreciate a pass that allows them some space, some entertainment or a new opportunity?
4. A charitable donation. Instead of buying presents and cards maybe you could let someone know that they have been part of a good deed.
5. Home made crafts or treats. From soap to sofa cushions, cakes to candles, a home made gift is always a heartfelt gesture guaranteed to brighten anyones day.
6. A sustainable lifestyle starter kit. A lot of people love the idea of becoming more eco-aware around the house but struggle to make it a reality, so why not help them? Put together some eco-friendly and natural household items (toothbrush, skincare, cleaning products etc.) in a cotton bag or wooden box and gift them a sustainable lifestyle starter kit?
7. House plants. We all appreciate the benefits of the great outdoors and I think that after this year we are all aware that bringing the outside in can be beneficial to our wellbeing, so why not help your friends and family to do just that? You could purchase pre-potted greenery or grow your own. I particularly love these mason jar indoor herb gardens from www.uncommongoods.com.
8. For your (a lot) younger friends why not shop to spark their imagination and creativity? Check out www.yippeeadventures.co.uk for amazing play kits specifically designed to inspire adventurous minds. I love the simple yet super fun and educational approach of these gifts!
9. A crafty opportunity. I’m obsessed with www.hobbycraft.co.uk and it’s offerings. There really is something for every age group to have a go at in the comfort of their own home. It can be really therapeutic and confidence boosting to get creative, it can pass cold, wintery hours and even provide a sense of purpose; how does that not sound like a great gift to give?!
10. Peace of mind. Let someone know that gifts aren’t required but that you’re there for them, you’re there for each other. Take this Christmas as an opportunity to really consider what is important to you and those around you, how you all would like things to move forward from hence forth. Make the phone call and simply let them know they are on your mind, that they matter and that you can’t wait to connect with them personally some time soon.
December 2, 2020
Wellbeing can be whatever you want it to be, providing it’s beneficial to your mental or physical health that is.
Maybe your thing is taking yourself off for a massage or a spa stay, maybe you prefer to hike the highlands, maybe you love nothing more than a spin class…or a yoga class…or to simply curl up with a good book.
Opportunities for wellbeing are as unique as we each are individual.
Here at InTah wellbeing is one of our founding pillars. We believe that taking care of you needs to take on a layered approach with elements of relaxation and nourishment, time for recuperation and reflection, activities that fuel your passion and provide some much needed time away from technology!
With activities to help you to discover your purpose alongside educational seminars and useful tips to support you in planning achievable routines for your home life, we aim to support you in taking not so much ‘a break from it all’ but establishing a whole new way of being.
InTah offers a wide range of opportunities to help you to nourish your mind, body and soul;
Which route to wellbeing will you choose?
November 24, 2020
No one can deny how important it is to have a great nights sleep…but that (unfortunately) doesn’t stop bad nights of sleep from happening.
Lack of sleep plays havoc with your hormones, reduces your performance physical as well as mentally and is associated with weight gain; but how can you help yourself to drift off?
Here are our ten top tips to help you to sleep better;
2. Create a calming sleep space. Consider the decor of your bedroom, the lighting, remove all gadgets and watch out for light levels; could black out blinds help?
3. Indulge yourself with thirty minutes of peace. Half an hour spent unwinding from your day before climbing into bed can really make a difference to your quality of sleep. Have a soak in the bath, read, meditate, listen to some soothing music or sounds.
4. Exercise. Ensuring that you take the time to move yourself daily can really help you to sleep more soundly. The physical and psychological benefits of regular exercise are renowned; use them!
5. Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake. Stimulants, particularly if consumed later in the day, can really disrupt your sleep.
6. Address stress. Consider what is worrying you during the day to avoid it running through your head at night. Share your concerns with others, write them down and initiate a plan to solve them.
7. Spend your awake hours wisely. Use your day time hours constructively; exercise and aim to maintain a work/life balance. Seek out satisfaction in your everyday; consider investigating areas for personal and professional development to help with this; do you need a new job or just to have more confidence in who you are?
8. Seek out natural day light. In your awake hours actively seek out time outside in natural daylight. This act helps to regulate your body clock and restore your natural balance.
9. Sip on something soothing before bed. Chamomile tea comes highly recommended by Team InTah but you could always try other soothing herbal teas or warm milk.
10. Don’t eat large meals immediately before heading to bed. Your body will need to be working to digest it rather than resting.
If you’re interested in taking care of your personal and professional wellbeing it really is worth ensuring that you sleep soundly and we hope that the above suggestions will help you to do just that – let us know if they do!
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