Sunday 19 November 2017

Karl Henry: Power off to relax

Karl Henry
Karl Henry
Remember to switch off your phone if you want to unwind
Homemade seed and nut flapjack
Crop top, €5, leggings, €10, water bottle, €3, all available from Penneys' stores nationwide

I'm a phone addict. There, I said it. Me and my phone have been involved in a very close relationship.

I am glued to it permanently. I have a panic attack if it's not in my hand or pocket, or on my desk or table.

God, it feels good to admit it!

What did we ever do before phones and 3G?

Before we felt that we needed to be constantly in touch with people 24/7.

I'm not sure. Last week I laid down a challenge to myself – to have one hour each day where I turned off my phone and had an hour to myself, an hour to think, relax, read, eat and enjoy the solitude that comes with being unavailable.

You know what, I'm still alive, still standing and actually more relaxed than I was before.

There is something extraordinarily powerful about being isolated for an hour and just enjoying the moment.

My challenge to you is this: for the next seven days, take one hour during your day where you turn your phone off, put it away and just enjoy the moment.

Recipe: Seed and nut flapjack

This is a healthier alternative to shop-bought processed fruit and nut bars. My version is full of fibre, and good fats too.

You will need

140g brown sugar

4 tbsps honey

140g unsalted butter

250g porridge oats

45g walnuts, roughly chopped

45g hazelnuts, roughly chopped

45g Brazil nuts, roughly chopped

50g mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy)


Heat oven to 160°C. Grease the insides of a baking tin and line the bottom with baking paper.

Gently heat the sugar, honey and butter in a pan until the sugar and butter have melted. Add the butter, sugar and honey mixture to the rest of the ingredients and mix. Spoon the mixture into the tin and flatten with the back of a spoon.

Bake for 30 minutes. Leave to cool before cutting into squares or bars with a sharp knife.


No more excuses

One of the biggest expenses when beginning to exercise is the cost of gear and clothing.

Last week I discovered Penneys' new range of affordable workout gear and was surprisingly impressed.

They offer great compression clothing that looks cool but also does what it's meant to.

Crop top, €5, leggings, €10, water bottle, €3, all available from Penneys' stores nationwide


Guilt-free brunch

The Sextant, one of the oldest pubs in Cork city, do an amazing Sunday brunch.

Locally sourced, organic foods and funky combinations.

For further details log on to

Irish Independent

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