work-life balance part 2

This is a 3 part series on work-life balance. Welcome to Week 2! In week 1 (go here if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet), I talked about how to make sure you have the right job for you. If you’re so unhappy that every Monday morning you need to be pushed out the door (I’ve been there!), go ahead and check it out. Not everyone gets to do something that they’re passionate about or a job that can be considered meaningful and full of purpose; but if it’s sucking the life out of you, it’s wrong! Work-life balance on your terms.Read More →

work life balance blog title

Here’s something about work-life balance: you don’t talk about work-life balance unless you don’t have it. So if you ever mention it to your partner, friend or manager, this post is for you. Hi. I’m Andreea. I haven’t been stressed at work since 2013. Six years ago I was doing what any 24y old does – climbing the ladder. I had a lead position in a big corporation, working around 10 hours a day and taking meetings in my pyjamas at 5 am. But I had no other responsibilities, so working my ass off was ok, even if I was stressed and crying a lot. MyRead More →

plastic free july blog title

We finally reached a point in history when we realized that recycling doesn’t work. If it did, we wouldn’t have oceans full of plastic and turtles with straws up their noses (we’ve all seen the video, I suppose). It’s time for you and me to act and start a journey to a plastic free life. Because there is no other way. If you don’t know where to start, I have 3 simple steps for you. 1. Start with what you have In the beginning, there’s the temptation to get rid of all your plastic and start from scratch with hipster tote bags and cool waterRead More →

fitbit alta hr review

On the fence about buying a FitBit Alta HR? Or any type of fitness tracker? Then this blog post is for you. I still remember my first fitness watch. It was a warm summer morning, I was wearing a bright green t-shirt and my new stylish pixie haircut. I was ready for a morning run and started the activity on my also brand new Microsoft Band. And then I waited… and waited… and then left the house and waited a bit more. Finding the satellites on that tracker was a pain, and it got worse over time. Other than that, the watch was a beautifulRead More →

OrganiCup review blog title

OrganiCup is offering a free cup to one Green Zen Fit reader, so check out the post to know more! This week was World Environment Day, so I decided to talk about something that can have a positive impact on our planet. In August 2016, I declared myself a minimalist. Part of the decision was for the environment, but a big part was for my own sake. I wanted to have more space, to spend less money and less time on activities that don’t bring value to my life. One of the first things I did was replace disposable items with reusable ones. Think aboutRead More →

healthy choices for breast cancer prevention blog title

I’m currently reading “How not to die” (UK/US)* by Dr Michael Greger. I’ve talked about the book before in this blog post back in February, and it’s one of those books that you read with a pen and notebook. I’m learning a lot, and I recommend you get yourself a copy no matter if you’re an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. The book is full of science-backed claims about the relationship between food and disease. Surprise, surprise, plants are winning. I’ve already devoured the information on heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, brain disease and different types of cancer. But when I reached the chapterRead More →

thriva review home kit for blood test

Who’s had a busy life lately and started eating chaotically? Raises hand. Who hasn’t had a health check in more than a year? Raises hand. Who’s too busy to schedule a blood test? Raises hand. Or Who’s done some healthy changes in their life and wants to check how the body responded to them? Lowers hand in shame. If you raised your hand at any of the questions, read on, because I tested the Thriva blood test kit from the comfort of my own living room to check how my body’s doing after a few months of… dealing with life. My last check was inRead More →

moving on a narrowboat

A few days ago we paid rent for the last time. Because we bought a narrowboat. And on June 15, exactly 5 years since we moved to the UK, we’ll jump aboard to start a new chapter of our lives. Becoming minimalists In the summer of 2016, we decided to adopt a more minimalist lifestyle. We started like everyone else – decluttering our home. We documented everything on the blog, so if you want to read how that went, start here. A simpler home made our lives simpler too. We noticed that the less we have, the less we worry and the less we careRead More →

make time for self-care and relaxation techniques blog image

It’s the final week of April, which is Stress Awareness Month. If you missed any of the previous posts, here’s what we talked about on the blog and on YouTube: Week 1 – One tip to reduce stress Second week – Time management and productivity tips to get things done Week 3 – A 20 minute Yoga practice for relaxation Today, I’m listing the top 5 relaxation activities that research shows you use and love. And then, I’m going to give you a 4 step formula to make time for them in your life. Because consistency is what makes them effective. Top 5 relaxation techniquesRead More →

yoga for relaxation

April is stress awareness month and one of my favourite relaxation techniques is Yoga, of course. Join me on the mat for a quick 20 min yoga for relaxation practice to stretch hips and shoulders, the muscles that hold most of the tension we build up during the day. If you missed any of the previous posts for April, here’s where you can catch up: How to reduce stress. My top tip Time management and productivity tips Don’t want to play the video? Here’s the list of the poses, hold each of them for 5 breaths. Yoga for relaxation poses Seated side bend, both sidesRead More →