A like, a link and a learning #2

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day!

I don’t know why I’m so excited – we never celebrate it ‘properly’.  Not that I can say I long for massive teddy bears cluttering up our tiny flat or boxes of chocolates tempting me away from living life sugar free right now either!

But after nine Valentine’s Days together it’s nice having an excuse to cook a nice meal, and enjoy a bit of time out just the two of you practising living life ‘worry free’. Which brings me to this week’s like…

The worry cure

This book by Robert Leahy was recommended to me recently.

I haven’t got all the way through it, but I can’t tell you how reassured I was by reading just the first few chapters. I often think I’m not normal for worrying as much as I do – but it turns out I’m in good company (according to Leahy, 38% of people say they worry every day).

Plus, the little behaviour quirks I tell myself are unique just to me are actually common traits among worriers of different types. So maybe I’m not abnormal after all, I’m just used to worrying – the trick is keeping it under control!

Taking transport breaks

Check out this link with tips on how to stay calm and relaxed from Madeleine Shaw – I love it!

If you get as stressed out as I do squashed up against tube doors, or feel like tearing your hair out having to ask yet another train traveller to move their bag so you can sit down, you especially need tip number one in your life!

It’s definitely hard to travel for long periods of time without checking emails or social media, but I kind of like the idea of just popping in my headphones and listening to some calming music for a while. Beats getting to work exhausted and on edge before the day has even begun!

A starter for baking bread

I can’t believe I’ve been baking my own bread for over a year now, and I never knew what a starter was. It’s probably because I tend to cheat and use domesticated yeast in a bread maker…

Anyway! Turns out a starter is a mixture of flour and warm water that’s set out in the open air to collect yeast. Then you keep it in the fridge and feed it, like some kind of pet, and apparently it lasts for years! Is anyone else freaked out by this?!

Sometimes, when you learn new things, a bit of ignorance is bliss!

See you next week! Rinroad x

  • Jenny

    Do you make wholegrain/wholewheat bread in your bread maker? Any tips?

    • Rinroad

      Hey, I tend to use Dove’s Farm organic wholemeal bread flour if that helps – you can get it in most supermarkets 🙂 If you didn’t want a full-on wholemeal loaf you could do half white and half wholemeal flour!