Like most, the Biome workplace has changed dramatically over the last few months. We are extremely thankful to be living in Australia in safe, healthy homes and to be part of a positive, proactive workplace. However, with many of us working in busy, social distanced conditions, some suffering loss of hours, and others working from home, barely venturing out, we've all been looking at ways to stay positive and upbeat during this tumultuous time. There is much research that shows that staying positive is a core ingredient in helping to cope with the stress around us. (1) Read on as we share what we've been up to.
Self care Sunday's
"I've been gardening, trying different workouts I've never tried before like pilates, and every week I have a 'self-care Sunday' where I pamper myself for a few hours in the afternoon with a hair treatment, home facial and quiet time." - Mia
Get a little bit fancy for video chats
Got a video catchup scheduled? Whether it's with your family or work colleagues pop on your favourite outfit, some closed in shoes, lipstick or a pair of fun earrings for the event. It's amazing how this little action works to pep you up and boost the spirits. Keep them on for the rest of the day to keep the good vibes going.
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Focus on positive activities
"I've been doing lots of things to keep positive during these crazy times. Listening to my favourite happy songs, watching funny movies, painting my toenails, planting an edible garden, cooking things that I've never made before and spending time in the fresh air and sunshine." - Nat
UrbanGreens grow kits are made in Australia from Australian seeds and are a great way to always have fresh greens on hand!
Update a dull corner with your favourite people and places
"I've been using this time to update dull corners of my home. It's amazing what a few framed photos of family and friends or past holiday destinations can do to help you stay focused on the good times. Add a couple of candles or fairy lights, a cushion, plant and a diffuser and happy days!" - Michele
Make your own preservesDid you know spending time in the kitchen can ease stress and restlessness, and enhance mindfulness? Any wonder a few of us have been spending a bit more time in the kitchen of late trying out new things, including the humble preserve. Jams and relishes are cheap and easy to make with some pantry basics, fruit and veggies, plus the end result is really satisfying and tasty! Give any extra jars to neighbours, family and friends to brighten their day. We love this simple CWA tomato relish recipe:
- Add 1.5kg chopped tomatoes and 500g chopped onions to a tray, sprinkle with 2 Tbs of salt and leave for 12 hours.
- After 12 hours, drain liquid from tray, add tomatoes and onions to a stock pot with 2 cups of brown vinegar and boil for 5 mins.
- Add 1 Tbs curry powder, 1 Tbs mustard powder and 1/4 tsp of pepper, stir and boil for 45 mins.
- Add 2 cups of sugar and boil for a further 45 mins.
- Bottle and seal relish while still hot. Store in a cool, dark place and refrigerate once open.
Preserving is a great way to use up extra fruit and veggies before they go bad and end up in landfill. Kilner preserve jars are ideal for storing jams, chutneys, relish and other preserves.