Planet Mindful Issue 14

Planet Mindful magazine brings you eight issues a year of wonderful, friendly advice on how to slow things down, strengthen your relationships and treasure your mental health and wellbeing. Each issue is divided into three sections: Mind & Body, Relationships and Living. We hope you’ll enjoy what we’ve crafted as we bring you the ideas and trends that are longer-lasting and more powerful as tools in keeping you happy.

United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 期号



Like many of us, I have found 2020 to be a real roller coaster of emotions. At times, I’ve felt deeply moved by the coming together of humanity to fight a global virus, and at others, despair at what we’ve done to our planet. Working on this magazine has been a true blessing, as I’ve discovered new ways to take care of my mental health, be kinder to others and further my journey towards a low impact lifestyle. Christmas is traditionally a time of excess, but in this year of change we are presented with the perfect opportunity to start new traditions – ones that help us to slow down, enjoy the little things, and reconnect with nature. Turn to p12 to read our experts’ advice. This issue also includes some insightful…


Kate Humble Following the release of her new book A Year of Living Simply, we chat to the TV presenter on p98 this issue about life on her Welsh farm. Tiffany Francis-Baker Nature writer, illustrator and author of Dark Skies, Tiffany looks at which type of Christmas trees are most ethical on p46. Leah Larwood Leah is a hypnotherapist, lucid dream coach and wellbeing writer. Learn how to love winter and combat SAD with her article on p22. Bernadette Russell Bernadette Russell is a writer, performer, activist and author of new book How to be Hopeful. Take her kindness challenge on p42 this issue. Lianna Champ Lianna is author of How to Grieve Like A Champ and has 40 years’ experience in grief counselling. Read her feature on coping with loss on p26. Sian Lewis Travel writer Sian has a love…

the happy place

“A hobby, like a habit, makes you forget all the important things in life.”MARGOK AUFMAN A year at home 2020 has bought many changes to our lives, one of the most significant of which being the fact that our homes have been transformed from a place to escape from the outside world into our place of work, our gym and somewhere to socialise – albeit online. Many of us have discovered new ways to keep our minds occupied whilst stuck at home, and new research by has looked into which hobbies are most beneficial for us. Inducing a heartrate of 65 beats per minute, knitting was voted by 93 per cent of Brits as the most relaxing hobby. This was followed by blogging, calligraphy, and painting – all of which offer therapeutic…

a new kind of christmas

Even those of us who have committed to leaving our consumerist days behind us will most likely find themselves needing to buy gifts and extra food at this time of year. But that doesn’t mean we have to return to Amazon wishlists, fast fashion or big online orders. According to research by Visa, spending just £5 extra per week with a local business can help to ensure they remain open in the long term, following a year of closures caused by Covid-19. Shopping locally also reduces packaging and CO2 emissions from the transportation of goods. Many small shops are offering click-and-collect for those who don’t want to spend time browsing, and food orders can be made by telephone. Food purchased from local zero waste shops, greengrocers and other independents increases…

12 ways to have a slow christmas

1 Celebrate simplicity “COVID-19 has made us all realise that life is unpredictable and in fact, the most important things – that make us feel alive and connected – are not represented by material belongings. Building a Christmas celebration focused on joy and simplicity is, for me, the way to a slower-paced Christmas. We should be devoted to slowing down, reflecting and connecting with ourselves and others from a space of authentic love and responsibility.” 2 Be open about money “If you’re feeling the financial pressures of Christmas, it’s important to have an open and honest conversation with your family and friends about this. Make sure they understand your situation, and how it’s affecting your mental health. Asking for support can help to alleviate some of the stress and pressure you are feeling. Slow, controlled…

on a starry night

The room is quiet around you. You’re sitting in your favourite chair within sight of a window. You’re wearing familiar, comfortable woollens and socks, and perhaps even have a blanket tucked around you. Notice the soft textures and how they feel under your fingertips. A beloved book lies within reach – maybe one you’ve re-read with pleasure many times before. Breathe in deeply and inhale the green smell of pine and tingle of spices you associate with the festive season – nutmeg, cinnamon or cloves. Pay attention to your diaphragm as it expands and contracts with each breath, in and out. A Christmas tree is just to your right or left. It stretches towards the ceiling, filling its space beautifully. You’ve strung the tree with lights that glow gently, mirroring the shimmer…