WALK WITH ME

You’ve tried everything to keep your co-workers attention – interactive multicoloured pie charts, Tony Robbins motivational videos, a death defying pyrotechnics act that almost got you fired and resulted in your having to wear fake eyebrows for a month after they were singed off. None of it could keep your disengaged colleagues’ eyes away from their phones and the latest, looping cat meme. To be fair, a cat leaping into a cardboard box is hilarious. But there could be a more simple meeting solution that will force your colleague or boss to look up and be engaged. Take them for a walk. No, we don’t mean like a dog. We mean, take your meeting out of the office and conduct it while walking.

Research has found that walking increases creative thinking, and is a great way to aid in problem solving. When we walk the heart pumps faster, which means more blood and oxygen circulates to all the muscles, including the brain. Because walking does not require much conscious effort our thoughts are free to wander and be more creative, because exercise promotes new connections between brain cells while increasing memory and attention.

Not only does it help get the creative juices flowing, it’s also good for you. The average person spends close to nine and a half hours sitting everyday, which is over an hour more than they spend sleeping. This startling statistic prompted TED speaker, Nilofer Merchant, to declare “sitting is the new smoking.” It’s a strong statement, but it’s well documented that prolonged sitting increases the risk of illness. Taking regular walks during office hours will improve your health and reduce stress, while increasing the well-being of employees, particularly if you can have those walking meetings in a green space. 

Steve Jobs, despite his fame, was spotted on numerous occasions wondering around Palo Alto in deep conversation with colleagues, while Einstein took walks along the beach whenever he encountered a difficult problem, and it should be noted that neither of them did it while staring at their mobile phones.

So what are you waiting for? Open your iCal, set the venue for your next meeting to ‘the park’, and take along a couple of cans of Tranquini for added stress relief. You and your colleagues will be positively relaxed in no time.

DE-STRESS WITH TECH

Have you ever been called upon to help an elder family member suffering from ‘tech deficiency’, like your gout-suffering grandfather mistakenly sending a photo of his big toe to everyone he’s ever known, or your mother’s Facebook page magically changing to Chinese even though she swears she never goes on ‘The Facebook’? It’s no wonder that every time your Dad clicks on the minimize button he has a near nervous breakdown trying to locate the lost window panel.

Technology can be the source of a lot of stress and anxiety for all generations, not just your parents – just try and get through an important Skype call on a bad connection. While a lot of technology was originally intended to help increase efficiency, by adding ease and convenience to your life, some tech has had the adverse effect of increasing anxiety when it doesn’t work properly, or it consumes every spare moment when our brain needs time to switch off.

Fortunately there are some apps out there that are specifically designed to help you de-stress, by helping you take some time out of your busy schedule, to be mindful and relax. We have found five of the best apps that, together with a can of Tranquini, will help you relax, de-stress and use technology to your advantage.

Headspace

With over 8.5 million active users, including celebrities like Emma Watson, and Richard Branson, Headspace is considered one of the most popular and effective de-stressing apps currently available. Created to improve mindfulness, concentration and decrease stress the app specifically focuses on guided meditation, made simple. 10 to 15 minutes a day is all you need to find some inner peace and de-stress.

Breathe2Relax

Breathe2relax teaches you how to improve breathing through video in order to reduce stress. Diaphragmatic breathing, like meditation, has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress and induce calm. It also helps with mood stabilization, anger control and anxiety management.

White Noise

Is all the noise around you stressing you out or keeping you awake? White noise is designed to block out those distractions by inducing calm and focus through carefully curated looping soundtracks like the therapeutic sounds of rainfall or waves lapping against the shore. Use it in your office or in your bedroom at night for a more calm, controlled and ‘noise’ free environment.

Pause

The scientifically verified app is described as “relaxation at your finger tips” Pause is like playing with an interactive lava lamp on your mobile device. Borrowing from ancient Tai Chi principles, a user slowly and continuously moves his or her fingertip across the screen following a lava like blob, aided by touch sensitive techonlogy and audio cues. The app triggers your “rest and digest” response, helping you regain focus and release stress within minutes. Be warned though, this app is addictively relaxing.

Sleep Cycle

The importance of a good nights sleep in order to relieve stress and be your best self is well documented. Sleep Cycle monitors your sleeping patterns using your phones in-built microphone or motion detector, using graphs to indicate what time you went to sleep, when you woke up and the quality of sleep you’re getting each night. Using this information you can make adjustments to your schedule and diet to ensure you’re getting enough rest.

So if you’re going to spend time on your computer or mobile device, use the time wisely to de-stress with one of the apps above, or better yet, put your phone in your pocket, grab a Tranquini, and head outside to get positively relaxed. 

The Importance of Stillness

Finding the time to be still in today’s fast-paced world is no easy feat. You’re expected to be actively engaged with work, family, friends, even friends of friends, through email, social media, and group chats (that you were involuntarily added to) 24 hours a day. You’ve also got to find time to shop for groceries, do the washing, go to the dentist, attend an after-work function, and the list goes on and on. There’s no time to waste, but that’s exactly why you need to find the time to be still and practice being mindful.

Tim Ferris, best selling author of the “4 Hour Work Week” and host of The Tim Ferris (business) podcast, has interviewed thousands of highly successful people from all walks of life and industries. Ferris found that “at least 80 percent of the people I have interviewed have some type of daily mindfulness practise.” Yoga is included in Ferris’ definition of mindfulness, which successful people use to quiet their minds, concentrate on breathing, and rid themselves of unnecessary stress.

With that in mind, here are five famous yogi’s who attribute the routine practise of yoga as a key ingredient to their success.

Beyoncé – Musician

If you want to “run the world” like Beyoncé, do as Beyoncé does. The pop sensation is a famous yogi and incorporates it into her weekly workout routine. She says that yoga is great for “relieving stress and making you bendy.” If you’re looking for evidence you only have to watch one of her live performances or iconic music videos.

Richard Branson – Businessman and Philanthropist

It’s no surprise that the man behind Virgin Active gyms promotes being active as a key ingredient to his success. More specifically, Branson wrote on his blog that “Yoga is a less strenuous way to get active, but also very rewarding and relaxing.” He’s even hinted at the idea of “in-flight yoga.” That’ll make those long-haul journeys a lot more fun.

Ellen Degeneres – Talk Show Host

The talk show queen, Ellen Degeneres, attributes looking and feeling so young to practising meditation, eating healthily (Ellen’s a vegan), and yoga.The funniest woman on television starts her day with 60 to 90 minutes of yoga poses to calm her before her busy day begins. Once her mind is clear of all that unnessesary clutter, she can concentrate on what’s really important – making people laugh.

Giselle Bündchen – Supermodel

Gisele Bündchen is probably the most famous supermodel in the world. That hasn’t happened without a lot of hard work. She dedicates at least one hour a day to working out, listing Anusara yoga – a form of free-style yoga – as her favourite activty to help maintain her incredible physique and provide her with tranquillity and stability of mind.

David and Victoria Beckham – Footballer and Pop Star Turned Designer

The power couple like to practise yoga together. They reportedly do power yoga classes for couples twice a week, which is impressive considering their hectic schedules. A source close to the couple told The Evening Standard “It’s a very intimate experience. You have to learn to become one entity entirely. You stretch, breathe and move as one. They started taking the classes about a year ago and it’s astonishing how in tune with each other they are these days.”

So if you’re looking to bend it like the Beckhams or simply find some time to be still in your hectic schedule, make yoga a part of your weekly routine, and add a can of Tranquini to your daily dose of stillness.

A Portrait Of Calm

At 100 metres below the oceans surface its almost entirely dark. The pressure exerted on your body is 13 times stronger than at sea level. It’s freezing cold, you’re at least a minute and a half swim away from the surface and virtually out of breath. Your lungs will have hardened to protect your chest cavity from being crushed, and because you have very little air in your lungs pushing you towards the surface, the swim back requires twice the effort. Sounds like a nightmare right? Not for the likes of Guillaume Nery, world famous free-diver, who describes feeling amazing at these crazy subterranean depths.

Above the surface, under this kind of pressure, your natural instinct is to fight, resist and struggle but according to Nery, who has regularly broken the symbolic 100-meter mark, you must do the exact opposite. You must convince your mind to relax completely and to stay calm.

Unlike most extreme sports, which require high levels of adrenaline, free driving requires total relaxation of the body and mind. In the words of Nery “you have to tell yourself that nature and the elements are stronger than you. You have to let the water crush you. I accept the pressure and go with it.”

He also says that its incredibly important to stay positive and no let your thoughts wonder, to the infinite amount of “what ifs”, which will make you panic and drive you crazy. It’s important to remain completely focused on the present and deal with what you can control, not what you can’t. “Never look at the surface, not with your eyes or your mind,” says Nery.

Free diving also emphasizes how important it is to breathe correctly. Focusing on your breathing allows one to stay calm and in the moment, and in the case of free divers explore an underwater universe that few get to witness.

By applying mental techniques such as the ones listed above, Nery and free divers like him have been able to swim to depths that doctors and physiologists had previously deemed impossible. The sport continues to prove the incredible power of the mind.

So the next time you start to panic before a big presentation, or you’re stepping into an exam, or someone cuts you off in the traffic, remember to take in a deep breath, relax, stay calm, stay present, drink a can of Tranquini and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Five habits of successful people

Author Jonathan Franzen wrote parts of his award winning novel The Corrections wearing earplugs, earmuffs and blindfolded, so that he could concentrate better. British artist Francis Bacon liked to work on a hangover, because in his words “my mind is crackling with energy, and I can think very clearly.” Benjamin Franklin used to take ‘air baths’, which involved opening all the windows and doors and stripping down, to ‘refresh.’

A lot of highly successful people have habits that help them with their productivity, and while some are clearly more eccentric than others, a lot of these habits make sense.

For instance, there is a popular misconception that in order to be successful one has to work oneself silly, often at the cost of relationships, personal time and sleep. But speak to those who know, and they’ll tell you how important it is to get enough sleep, spend time with family and friends and get away from it all.

At Tranquini we believe in a healthy, balanced lifestyle that allows for hard work, play and rest, and we’ve found five highly successful people who tend to agree. Read on and be inspired.

Always Stay Optimistic – Elon Musk – Tesla

The CEO of Tesla, Space X and founder of PayPal has faced immense obstacles throughout his career, like being told that electric cars are impractical by the auto industry, banking over the internet is impossible and sending a man to Mars would never happen in his lifetime. Yet despite the naysayers, Musk continues to defy the odds and prove his critics wrong. The main reason – he is unshakably optimistic. He’s made a habit of finding a way to make things work that were previously regarded as impossible. In his words “If you wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.”

Take Risks – Beyonce Knowles – Musician

Beyonce has made a habit of taking every opportunity she’s been given, even if it presented a big risk or an opportunity for failure. “I can never be safe,” she says, “I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.” Successful people take risks where others might remain too cautious. Even if they don’t succeed the first time, it’s their ability to learn from their mistakes and bounce back that see them succeed in the long run.

Read, Read, Read –Mark Zuckerberg

In 2015, CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg pledged to read a book every two weeks. Bill Gates reads a book a week while American business tycoon Warren Buffet devotes over 80 percent of his day to reading. Successful people across the board are known to read a lot and are highly selective about what they read, preferring non-fiction, educational books, as well as biographies about other successful people.

Stay Active – Barack Obama

Barack Obama has a strict, 6 days a week, 45-minute workout regime that he maintained throughout his Presidency. It involves a combination of cardio and strength. He was also known to frequent the basketball courts of various federal buildings throughout Washington. Editor in Chief Anna Wintour plays an hour of tennis every day before work. Richard Branson kite surfs regularly while Jennifer Aniston does a spin-yoga combo every morning. Successful people understand that in order to have an active mind it’s important to get exercise on a regular basis.

Practice Stillness – Oprah Winfrey – Talk Show Host

Oprah Winfrey practices stillness for 20 minutes every day. In her words, “The one thing I want to do is center myself every day and make that a practice for myself. Because I’m 1000 percent better when I do that.” Science has proven that meditation reduces stress, and improves productivity, and is practiced by a number of highly successful people including Jeff Weiner (CEO of Linkedin), Russell Simmons (CEO of Def Jam Records) and Lady Gaga.

So there you have it, from the minds of some of the most successful people living today – very manageable everyday habits that promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Be sure to include a can of Tranquini in your daily habits.

Adult playgrounds

‘Adult playgrounds’ – the term conjures up memories of that time you and three friends embarked on a party weekend that involved, a leopard print thong, a point-and-shoot camera containing damning evidence and an annulled marriage. Good times. But before you get the wrong idea, the kind of adult playground’s we’re referring to do not involve any nefarious activities.

Rather they refer to urban playgrounds and parks that can be enjoyed by both adults and kids alike. In some cases they’re specifically tailored so adults can get in touch with their inner child and help relieve stress by participating in health related activities, without having to sign up for expensive gym programs.

This trend, embraced by designers and urban planners across the world, offers a welcome alternative to the sterile, indoor gym environment to exercise, socialize, be creative and have fun in centrally located public spaces.

We’ve found five amazing examples of adult playgrounds around the world for you to marvel at, and hopefully enjoy one day. 

Superkilen – København, Denmark

Superkilen is the perfect example of an adult playground. The park is subdivided into three distinct areas: a red square, a black market and a green park. Each contains uniquely designed elements such as recreational facilities, barbeque and picnic areas, green spaces, pet areas, sports facilities, as well as multiples cycle tracks throughout. The park celebrates diversity by containing objects from various countries, including swings from Iraq, benches from Brazil, manhole covers from Zanzibar, a fountain from Morocco and a Japanese Octopus jungle gym. This place has something for everyone.

Mount Mitte – Berlin, Germany

Ideal for those who love climbing, Mount Mitte located in the heart of Berlin, is a gigantic high ropes course containing three different levels, six different courses, ninety different obstacles, and amazing views of the city provided you don’t suffer from vertigo. If climbing is not your thing you could play a game of beach volleyball, or enjoy some tasty food and drink at the Hawaiian-themed beach Bar located nearby.

Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain, Duisberg, Germany

Designed by German artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, this elevated pathway has been likened to a rollercoaster without the cars. The 21 meter high sculpture walkway is positioned on top of a hill in Duisberg, offering amazing views of the surrounding area. Visitors can walk, run or climb the walkway by foot although at some point will be physically blocked by a closing loop. It’s open both day and night, lit up by LED lights and offers a truly unique experience for those lucky enough to visit it.

CITY MUSEUM, ST. LOUIS, USA

The museum that covers over 600,000 square feet is a fantasyland for both adults and kids. It consists of largely repurposed architectural and industrial objects, where visitors are encouraged to touch, climb and play on the various exhibits. It contains a ten-story slide, manmade caves, a Ferris wheel and two airplanes. On weekend nights it’s open to adults only and has a vibey bar for those that want to take the edge off.

JEJU LOVE LAND, SOUTH KOREA

Okay, so this place contains something a little closer to the ‘other’ type of adult playground you might still be thinking of. Described as an erotic theme park, it was opened in 2004 with the idea of breaking the traditional taboos surrounding sex by celebrating the natural beauty of sexuality. The park contains 140 sculptures depicting various sexual positions as well as erotic video installations and other artworks. Popular for honeymoon couples, this place is strictly for adult’s folks.

So go on then, embrace you inner-child and find an adult playground near you, to de-stress, socialize, get some exercise, and celebrate being forever young. 

Going Green

Your office re-imagined could look and sound like a tropical oasis. The humdrum of key tapping might sound like the pitter-patter of light rain on leaf-covered soil. The relentless office phone might be likened to a rare tropical bird calling for a mate. The gurgling water cooler might sound reminiscent of a vast waterfall flowing into a natural fresh spring. Who are we kidding right? NASA would have an easier job locating signs of life on Mars than in the twenty sparse, monochromatic cubicles in front of you.

Fortunately there are a couple of options available to inject more nature into your everyday life. One option – a dramatic Mission Impossible style escape, first out the office, then out the building, then down to the docks where a high speed power boat will be waiting to whisk you off to a remote island where you’ll live a hermetic life, free of copy machines, fluorescent lighting, and awkward kitchenette conversations with Bob from Accounts. Ah, now that sounds…impractical.

A second simple, more practical solution – bring some green into your office. A study conducted at Exeter University found that employees were 15 % more productive if their workplaces contained a few houseplants. The study also found, that contrary to popular belief lean work environments, devoid of visual interest, are actually counterproductive.

Tranquini would like to help you out during stress awareness month and you give you some advice on why greening up your workspace can do wonders for the soul, as well as improve productivity and keep you healthy.

Office Plants Make You More Productive

The presence of plants in your immediate workspace has been proven to help with cognitive tasks, as well as improve concentration and focus. Research has shown that fewer mistakes are made and tasks are completed faster due to high concentration levels. These high levels of concentration can be attributed to an increase in oxygen levels and reduction in carbon dioxide.

Plants Are Beneficial For Your Health

It’s hard to avoid catching the office cold unless you go to work dressed as bubble boy. Fortunately, if you have plants in your office, you won’t get sick as often. This has been attributed to improvement in air quality, as well as a reduction in dust and bacteria intake. Paint, furniture, plastics and cleaning products also produce a number of toxins which plants help reduce. So if you want to avoid catching your colleague’s cough, green up your desk.

Natural Colours Make You Feel Good

Colours like green and blue, two of the more common colours in nature, are proven to increase focus and lead to an overall sense of well-being. While your boss probably won’t let you repaint your desk or cubicle, why not colour your desk with a beautiful plant or two. Souvenirs, pictures and personal items have also been proven to increase productivity and happiness levels. So what are you waiting for? Turn your cubicle space into your personal canvas.

Office Plants Reduce Noise

Modern day open workspaces are often noisy, distracting environments making it hard to concentrate. It’s a little known fact that plants reduce ambient noise by as much as 5 decibels through sound absorption, deflection and refraction. Bring an office plant to work and you won’t have to turn up that Bruno Mars song quite so loud.

Which plants should you buy?

Because not all offices are created equal, it’s necessary to choose the right plants to suit your office. For example, Spider Plants are ideal for offices that do not have a lot of natural light, as they can still thrive in partial sun or shade. Similarly lemon balm can also survive with little direct sunlight, while also having the quality of improving mood and workplace wellness. Peace Lilly’s are also good options as they do well in shade and are known to be one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality. If all else fails, cactus plants and succulents require very little maintenance to survive.

So if you don’t have the resources to escape to a far away tropical paradise why not head down to your local nursery and ask for one of the plants we mentioned above, and share this article with your boss, co-workers and friends. Soon enough you’ll be surrounded by an oasis of green, sipping on a Tranquini, happy as Larry.

A Working Playlist

Open plan workspaces don’t allow for much privacy or space to focus. More often than not your attention has to compete with office pedestrian traffic, the casual cubicle pop in, or your colleagues giggling while they scroll through the latest internet cat memes. Often the only way to drown out the noise, or rather to zone in on your work, means putting on a set of headphones and choosing the right track so you can concentrate on the task at hand.

Studies have shown that music helps to increase productivity as well as lift mood. But what to listen to and when? Classical music has been found to increase the intelligence of its listeners – also known as the Mozart Effect, while nature sounds have been found to improve concentration and levels of fulfillment. But sometimes listening to whale calls just can’t give you the kind of satisfaction that only Mick and The Stones can provide after a testing Monday morning meeting.

At Tranquini we understand that different folks require different strokes, and different times of the day require a different kind of playlist. So we’ve come up with a variety of working playlists to help you get through the work day. No matter your taste in music, you’re sure to find something here to help you destress and improve productivity.

The Morning Commute

The work week doesn’t start at the office. It starts on the morning commute. Like an athlete on the bus heading to a big game, this playlist will help you mentally prepare for what lies ahead, or at the very least, help you ignore the crazies on the other side of the subway car.

Time To Focus

Now that you’re at the office, its time to focus and get your affairs for the week in order. We think a bit of classical music hits just the right spot to get the desired effect.

The Big Meeting

So you’ve got all your affairs in order, and you’re almost ready for the big presentation. All you need now is some music to put you in the right frame of mind so you can own the room and win over that prized client.

The Afternoon Slump

Those dangerous post-lunch hours have arrived and you’re feeling kind of sleepy. But there’s much to be done. What you need is an energy boost to get you through the afternoon slump and find your second wind.

Feel Good Tunes

The day is almost over, you’ve got a lot done and you’re feeling pretty darn good about things. You need a feel good soundtrack to compliment your good mood that will finish off the day on a high note.

We’re confident that whatever the day throws your way, a bit of music will go along way to keep you positive, focused and destressed – that and a can of Tranquini.

Holi Moly Winter's Over

January and February are tough months for many. There’s nothing particularly sexy about the fifty shades of gray that an oppressive winter can bring. The cold weather and lack of direct sunlight has us hunkered down, dreaming of a brighter day. Even our dreams seemingly happen in black and white. That’s why when spring arrives, we feel rejuvenated. The sun comes out, flowers are in bloom, and our mood rises. Colour seeps back into our lives.

What better way to welcome springs arrival than with Holi, the colourful Hindu Festival, celebrated across the world. The festival has traditionally signified the victory of good over evil, and the arrival of spring but has also come to represents a festive event to meet others, play, laugh, forgive and forget, and to act as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

In keeping with the spirit of Holi, Tranquini are here to highlight 5 festive Holi like celebrations that happen around the world, where people come together to laugh, be positive and bring some colour into the world.

Holi – India & Nepal

Traditionally the Hindu festival is celebrated in its largest numbers in northern India and Nepal, but due to its popularity there are a number of celebrations around the world. During Holi people gather in the streets to celebrate, sing, dance and cover each other in coloured paint, derived from natural elements and plants. The result, a visual splendor of colour and positivity.

Songkran Festival – Thailand

The Thai New Years celebration is also regarded as a spring festival, also known as the water festival to some. Festival goers perform cleansing rituals splashing water over each other. The water represents purification and the washing away of ones sins and bad luck. Younger generations take to the streets to partake in a good-natured water fight.

The Colour Run – London, England

Inspired by the Holi Festival, participants run a 5km course, dressed in white, during which they are sprayed with multicoloured paints, covering runners from head to toe. Iterations of the run also take place in other parts of the world including Australia, South Africa, and Canada. If one exists in your area, strap on your running shoes and join in the fun.

Battle of the Oranges – Ivrea, Italy

Held in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, The Battle Of The Oranges is the largest food fight in Italy. The festival is held to commemorate the city’s defiance against a 12th century tyrant. Participants are grouped in nine teams and battle it out, loaded with oranges. If you don’t like pulp we suggest admiring the colourful explosion of citrus from a safe distance.

La Tomatina – Bunol, Spain

The Spanish festival held annually in the Valencian town of Buñol, involves a fun food fight composed entirely of tomatoes. The food fight lasts about an hour after which the whole town square is covered in red tomato paste. Fire trucks and locals then hose down the streets while some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash. Due to its popularity the festival is celebrated outside of Spain as well.

So, go on then, spring to it, put on your overalls, get outside and celebrate the arrival of spring with Tranquini.

Spring Clean Your Mind

“Tweet-tweet”. Spring has sprung. You’re feeling energized and you leap out of bed, amble over to the kitchen to make a fresh pot of coffee. You walk outside to smell the flowers in bloom and reflect on your empty schedule. The day is yours to live as you wish.

Of course the reality is quite different. ‘Ting Ting’ – You wake up to a mail notification on your phone from your boss who says he needs that report you forgot to send a week ago. You have 36 unanswered Whatsapp messages, 4 Facebook notifications, 3 Breaking News reports. You scramble out of bed and step on a piece of misplaced Lego. Howling in pain you hop to your cluttered desk to search for that report but alas its nowhere to be found.

Spring for many represents a good time of year to clean out the house or apartment of unwanted clutter. But it also represents a great opportunity to unclutter the mind of unnecessary stress and start anew. Tranquini is here to help with 5 tips to spring clean your life, and promote a fresh, positive perspective.

Start At Home

Clutter is proven to be an energy drainer. It creates anxiety and the visual sensory overload doesn’t let you think clearly. Start by cleaning up your bedroom of all those things that distract you so you can get a good nights rest. Wash the dishes, organize your cupboard, do your laundry. A clean home makes for a clean mind.

Clean Out Your Fridge

The cold winter months can result in a lot of unhealthy comfort food eating. Our instinct is to hibernate and hoard fatty foods. Studies have shown that you’re far more likely to snack in a cluttered fridge than in a neat one. Now is great time to toss out those expired goods right at the back of the fridge and replace them with some fresh produce. The healthier you eat the healthier you’ll start to look and feel.

Clean Up Your Workspace

Is your desk a sea of disorganized papers, littered with coffee cups and paper clips? A messy work environment has been proven to take a toll on job performance leading to missed meetings, sloppiness and general inefficiency. Shorten your lunch break one day, and use the additional time to file away those loose papers, and clean your desk. You’ll be back to peak efficiency in no time and your boss will love you for it.

Unclutter your online life

In a modern world where you’re expected to be connected 24/7, we often overdo it, keeping our eyes and ears glued to our computers and phones. The visual intake of “multiple stimuli” lowers our ability to process information and creates enormous stress and anxiety. Our brains are bombarded with information which doesn’t allow or clear thinking or creative thought. Make it a habit everyday to switch off those screens for a few hours and allow your brain some much needed rest to think and contemplate in peace.

Get outside

Spring is in the air. Get outside. Get active. Go for a run, or a hike with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Take up an outdoor yoga class. Breathe in some fresh air. A bit of outdoor exercise will do wonders to refresh you, burn off those extra couple of winter pounds and purge your mind of unnecessary stress that’s built up over the cold months.

So what are you waiting for? Get a spring in your step, grab a Tranquini, and follow our useful tips. You’ll feel positively relaxed in no time.