Being present in discomfort by Jules Domanski


If there’s one thing this quarantine has provided in abundance- it’s opportunity for self-work. I’ve gone from needing to literally block out time on my calendar for self-care (meditation, journaling, and reading) to having too much time alone with my thoughts and feelings. And it’s brought up a hell of a lot of discomfort. Being able to sit quietly with and embrace feelings of discomfort is something I struggle with deeply. I’m a problem solver at my core, so as soon as feelings like this appear within, my first instinct is to ‘solve’ the root cause of the feeling. I jump [...]

Being present in discomfort by Jules Domanski2020-04-17T19:43:25+00:00

The health of the people is the highest law (World Mental Health Day 2019)


There’s a plaque on The Walworth Clinic in Southwark, London, that the 176 to Tottenham Court Road has driven me past for the last two years. It reads that ‘The Health of the People is the Highest Law’, or in Latin (from its origins in Cicero's ‘De Legibus’) “Salus populi suprema lex esto “. This phrase has been on my mind for a while, and became a backdrop for how I started making some of my decisions and framing the way I thought about prioritising my health. My initial understanding of the plaque was that the quality of health in [...]

The health of the people is the highest law (World Mental Health Day 2019)2020-03-30T19:02:10+00:00

Why We Glorify Neglecting Our Wellbeing In The Workplace


It’s a classic humble-brag in the hospitality industry and it comes in a hundred different and ever more dramatic forms: ‘I haven’t taken a single sick day in five years.’ ‘I once broke four fingers / sliced my hand open / passed out at work and I stayed to finish the shift.’ ‘I’ve worked fifteen days in a row with maybe three hours of sleep a night.’ When people say these things they’re most often greeted with admiration, praise and a variation of ‘you’re exactly the kind of person I want working in my kitchen / hotel / company!’ It’s [...]

Why We Glorify Neglecting Our Wellbeing In The Workplace2020-03-30T19:05:15+00:00

For The Record – You Don’t Need To EARN Rest


A few months ago, I visited Monkey World in Dorset. I usually feel a bit weird about seeing living things so faraway from their natural habitat, but it is clear to see that at Monkey World, the animals are impeccably well cared for. They are relaxed, well-fed and look like they are having fun – a world away from the laboratories and pet trades thy were rescued from. Continue reading Here

For The Record – You Don’t Need To EARN Rest2020-03-30T19:06:08+00:00