Positive Things to Do While the Kettle Boils

There is a lot we can do in small moments throughout the day to enhance our wellbeing and improve mental health.
Even the smallest moment, if harnessed properly, can really make a big impact. For many, the challenge is being able to take pause in that moment to acknowledge it.  Do you have a routine small break within your day? When you enjoy tea time in the morning, afternoon, or evening, within that pocket of space you can choose to fill it with something positive.
Here are some of REVIVE’s favourite 2-3 minute activities while the kettle boils:

Needing Energy?

  • Go outside and feel the sun on your face
  • Try doing at least 15 squats in the kitchen
  • Gently stretch your whole body with cat cow pose, child’s pose, and downward dog
  • Put on your favorite song and dance off any sitting-all-day stagnation
  • Splash cool water on your face and do a quick face massage
  • Drink 160 mls (6 ounces) of water
  • Enjoy a piece of fresh fruit as a snack
  • Try a 60 second plank, rest 45 seconds, then another 60 seconds

Feeling Stressed?

  • Sit quietly, close your eyes, and breathe deeply – pouring your attention into each in & out breath.
  • Vocalize 1 thing you will feel good after accomplishing in the remainder of the day
  • Think of (or better yet, jot down) a few things that you’re thankful for that day. (Even focusing on just 1 can make all the difference. Allow yourself to sink into that gratitude)
  • Send someone you love a text or old photo together letting them know you’re thinking of them.
  • Pat your pet for a rush of feel-good endorphins 
  • Cook something healthy to eat
Here is a healthy recipe that you may not quite be able to make in the time it takes to boil the kettle, but I think you might enjoy it!

Full of flavour and so simple and nourishing with spicy chickpeas and crispy kale chips.

Serves 2
 1 large sweet potato
 1 1/2cup cooked chickpeas
1/2 + 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
 1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
 1 cup chopped kale
1 spring onion sliced

Yogurt Sauce
 1 garlic clove minced
 3/4 cup unsweetened yogurt or coconut yogurt
1/4 cup dill diced
 1 Tbsp wholegrain mustard
 1 lemon juiced (5 Tbsp)
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) 
2. Chop the sweet potato in half lengthwise. Bake for 45 minutes, until soft.
3. Combine 1/2 Tbsp EVOO, cumin, chilli powder and chickpea, and bake for 20 minutes.
4. Combine 1/2 Tbsp EVOO, nutritional yeast and kale. Bake for 25 minutes.
5. Combine the yogurt, garlic, dill, mustard and lemon juice.
6. Using a fork, mash the middle of the sweet potato. Top with chickpeas, spring onions and crispy kale. Adjust salt & pepper. Serve with yogurt sauce and enjoy!
Tell me if you think this is yummy.
 To your health and happiness,

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