How I manage stressful times

Strategies to manage stressful times | Hanna's Places

Let me be honest with you: The last few weeks and months have been pretty stressful.
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6 podcasts for mindful living

Podcasts for Mindful Living

I listen to a TON of podcasts every day.
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5 reasons train travel is better

5 reasons train travel is great

I’m going to London today! Oh happy day :) And for the first time ever, I’ve decided not to hop on a plane, but go by train (I’m actually on that train right now). If you’re wondering why, here’s five reasons why traveling by train is so much more enjoyable:
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2016: My Year of Focus and Rest

The Year of Focus

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great first few days of 2016, enjoyed them with your family and friends and that you are still going strong on your resolutions ;)
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Everything I’ve learned about the power of rest

The Power of Rest

The last few weeks have been FULL.
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How to survive the winter blues

How to survive the winter blues on Hanna's Places

February. Definitely not my favourite time of the year. Everything’s grey and cold and you don’t even want to leave the house. Winter blues time. There are days that I’m actually looking forward to going back to bed from the minute my alarm clock rings in the morning. Definitely not ideal. If it was possible, I’d move to California or the south of France, at least for the months of January to March. Since that isn’t possible and I don’t want to continue wishing my days away, I’ve come up with some ideas, how to brave this time of year.

Eat mood food

I don’t really understand why, but there are some kind of foods that actually make you feel better and have a more positive outlook on the day. They force your body to produce serotonin (which in turn makes you happy and let’s the winter blues go away). The best known examples are bananas, dark chocolate and pasta, but other great examples are nuts, oats, potatoes, lentils, chicken and eggs. Don’t even think about dieting (the good thing about winter is that you can hide those extra kilos under your sweaters ;). Don’t over-indulge too much though: Feeling sick and having an upset stomach isn’t going to make you feel better about winter. Everything in moderation, I’d say.

Take a long walk outside

Even if the sun isn’t shining, just half an hour outside helps you feel calmer and happier. Your metabolism needs light to work properly and artificial light just isn’t enough. And I don’t know about you, but somehow I often feel as if I have achieved something after going outside, even though I just took a walk.
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How We Do – A Slow Sunday Morning


Last month, Trina and I started a new and exciting column, one we’ve been dreaming about for ages – How We Do.
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The Little Things – Sunday Evenings

Appreciating Sunday Evenings

Did you all have a fun weekend?
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Ingredients for a quiet evening at home

Ingredients for a quiet evening at home

A quiet evening at home: Aren’t we all longing for that?
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The Little Things – A Happy Home


Not too long ago I decided to finally put up one of my paintings in our living room.
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Hanna’s Places is a green lifestyle magazine written by Hanna Ulatowski. It’s all about slowing down in a fast-paced society and finding ways to live a more sustainable, simple lifestyle.

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