Everyday stress and anxiety increasingly pervade our waking lives; at night-time, too, they can lead to sleeplessness. Can music help us tune out from insomnia?
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months.
Smartphones, laptops and the capitalist work culture mean that it is increasingly hard to switch off. What activities provide us with the most rest?
A master yogi who was brought up in the West explains how to calm your mind and body in the times of the pandemic.
A growing body of neuroscience research shows that meditation can make us better to each other.
Existential dread, meet astronomical wonder.
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at the mirabelle plum – a juicy, yellow delight that finds its way into all sorts of liquers and sauces.
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at the innocent joys and guilty pleasures of scrumping.
Fasting might sound like a painful idea, but according to a recent MIT study, it can have serious health benefits.
Don’t confuse loneliness with time by yourself.
Sebastian Gendry, creator of the laughter wellness method, talks about the everyday benefits of laughing, as well as its more profound properties.
The Tibetan Buddhist breathing technique ‘tummo’ creates inner heat. The practice of similar techniques might have helped the likes of Wim Hof to achieve the seemingly impossible in extreme cold.
Our fearless biologist-reporter closes his eyes and wakes up to find himself summoned to the Virus Council – chaired by none other than the notorious SARS-CoV-2.
In Poland, a number of folk remedies exist for treating common health ailments. Far from being useless, these remedies do have health properties and help people deal with the drag of being unwell.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we keep hearing that we are living in the ‘new normal’. But how exactly have previous pandemics changed world history?
Some practical advice on handling the pressures of self-isolation, social distancing and lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Psychological coach and therapist Martyna Goryniak talks about what exactly anxiety is, why it can be harmful, and how we can try to mitigate it during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Backwards Corona Forecast: Or how we will be surprised when the crisis is „over“.
The director of the Polish Mindfulness Association talks about feelings of helplessness and fear during the current health epidemic, and how meditation might provide some respite.
The idea of accepting what there is may feel cliched. Yet, when applied with moderation and a sprinkling of help from the Stoic philosophers, it might prove to be a useful exercise after all.
Joy can feel like an elusive emotion. But what exactly is true joy? And is it really worth aspiring to?
Endorphins – or, to give them their full name, endogenous morphines – can give the human body a natural high during exercise. But how exactly do we access this secret stash of opioids?
We are panicking a bit. But we are also genuinely concerned about a situation where a huge amount will depend upon whether we want to work together.
Russian filmmaker Masha Osipova talks about health in the Soviet era, confronting memories of the past, and her new short documentary film “Sanatorium”.
In his recent book “Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a Breakthrough”, psychiatrist Walter A. Brown gives an overview of lithium – the drug that has proved to be especially useful for those experiencing bipolar disorder.
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence,” instructs Max Ehrmann in his “Desiderata”. But why is the poem so popular in Poland?
Negative thoughts tire us out psychologically. Sometimes they return again and again, like a boomerang, trapping our mind in a difficult cycle. What can we do with such thoughts?
For most of us, exposure to noise is inescapable (and is only getting worse). Its consequences for our health are manifold.
We often think of retreating to some secluded, distance place, full of heavenly peace. But behind such dreams often lie quite unheavenly motives.
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at how to cook with the fruit of the rowan tree, the history of the parsnip, and life living on an allotment.
Allan Horwitz talks about the murky relationship between Big Pharma and psychiatry, the history of diagnosis, and the problems with pathologizing regular human emotions.
If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning.
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the autumn months.
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service.
In this edition of ‘Miracle Diet’, we look at how to grow tomatoes using open source seeds and guerilla gardening, and the benefits of cultivating your own kombucha culture.
In our globalized world, the plethora of culinary choices is a wonderful thing… at least for those in the Global North. A switch to local food might benefit all of us.
Swedes are well-known across the world for their relaxed attitude to nakedness. Yet, in recent years, the Scandinavian country’s relationship with nudity has become more complex.
Our gastronomy expert recalls the lost art of cooking techniques, and gives a recipe for homemade yoghurt.
A psychologist outlines five meditation exercises for the spring months.
The Siddhas referred to the basic energy underlying all activities, both physical and mental, as ‘prana’, or subtle life force.
Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga.
Psychiatrist Michael A. Schwartz talks about mental health peer support networks, experiments involving LSD and cats, and why it’s detrimental for society to celebrate behavioural conformity.
Social psychologist Wiesław Łukaszewski talks about the follies of egoism, the empathy of animal lovers, and the pleasure in behaving unwisely.
The efficacy of medical treatments can be influenced by many factors. Our correspondent details the success of the placebo effect, and the importance of double-blinding.
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.”
Our gastronomy expert remembers the spicy warmth of cardamom, and gives a recipe for homemade masala chai.
Cultural historian Jarosław Dumanowski talks with Magdalena Kasprzyk-Chevriaux about maintaining nutritional knowledge and the importance of our culinary roots.
Our gastronomy expert describes the culinary importance of sourness, and gives a recipe for homemade apple cider vinegar.
People with misophonia are hypersensitive to certain sounds. The condition can trigger strong negative emotions, such as anger and anxiety.
Already in 1959, “Przekrój” was praising yoga as “an entire science of maintaining health and longevity”. Find out how yoga was presented in the Soviet weekly “Knowledge is Power”.