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365 days of happiness (or how to make yourself happy)

June 12, 2019
365 days of wellbeing

365 days of happiness Jacqueline Pirtle believes happiness is a practice and wrote ‘365 days of happiness’ sharing daily guidance to help you be happy. She teaches mindfulness, gratitude and visualisation techniques to help retrain our thought processes and create a positive mindset. The idea is you work through the book doing one practice a day. The teachings are short, easy to digest and don’t require any pre-planning…

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DIY natural fabric conditioner: a how to guide

June 5, 2019
DIY natural fabric conditioner

At the risk of sounding utterly boring, I’ve got sick of seeing my washing machine clogged up with the old residue of fabric conditioner. I’m also not convinced it’s great for the environment or our clothes. However, I really like the smell and so I’m not quite ready to give up my fabric conditioner addiction. I do try to buy more natural products but even then I’m still…

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Essential oils for beginners

May 24, 2019
Essential oils for beginners

Essential oils seem to be having a renaissance of late with people talking about the impact they have on their overall wellbeing. We’re all aware of the power of music and how it can tap into our emotions so it stands to reason that smells affect our senses too. I love the fresh smell in the air after it’s just finished raining because it gives me a feeling…

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How to practice gratitude

May 6, 2019
how to practice gratitude

Gratitude practice changed my life I’ve written a lot previously about how gratitude practice changed my life. It turned me from perpetually being a ‘grey sky thinker’ to seeing the positives in life. I had gone through life feeling like the odds were stacked against me. Good fortune and luck were things that happened to other people. I was great at seeing the negatives in any situation which…

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How I’m moving towards chemical free living

April 30, 2019
chemical free living

My interest in natural and chemical free living really started after my son was born. Spending more time in the home, meant needing to clean more often and I became much more aware of the number of products on the market, all promising different things. We now have cleaning sprays for every room in the house, plus different ones for your shower, bath, sinks and toilet. Each one…

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DIY Natural dishwasher tablets with only 3 ingredients

April 26, 2019

One of my bugbears with dishwasher tablets is the amount of packaging they have. I appreciate the manufacturers wrap them separately to stop tablets from attracting moisture and crumbling. But it just seems like such a waste. Who cares if you have to throw in a few crumbs for the final wash. Even the ones that dissolve are made from plastic (PVA – polyvinyl alcohol) aren’t what they…

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How to stop being a victim and take responsibility for your own life

April 22, 2019
Stop being a victim and take responsibility for your own life

Stop being a victim Confession time: I was the world’s biggest victim. I felt everything was stacked against me. The reason why my relationships failed? That was down to my turbulent childhood and not having good role models. Why I never got promoted at work? That was because no one appreciated my efforts. If someone spoke down to me, well, that was because there was something about me…

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Why self-doubt isn’t always a bad thing: turning our negative patterns around

April 15, 2019
why self-doubt isn't always a bad thing

It might seem bizarre that I’m writing about why self-doubt isn’t always a bad thing given that it’s plagued me my whole life. Self-doubt has affected my decision-making, stopped me from pursuing potential opportunities and held me back no end. I spend a considerable amount of time second-guessing myself and overthinking to the point that it can be exhausting. I’d like to give you a happy ending here…

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DIY natural bath salts and how to make them

April 10, 2019
DIY natural bath salts

I know it’s a self-care cliche but a bath always makes me feel better about life. It’s a moment of ‘me time’, allowing me to be fully present (rather than overthinking) and helps soak away some of the stresses of the day. I used to love treating myself to really luxurious bath products. I felt it was a nice indulgence for someone with a busy life. If I’m…

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How to rise above it

April 5, 2019
How to rise above it

Do you know someone who is ‘challenging’? Do they actively try to put you down? Blank you? Or just generally make life unpleasant. Are there ways we can stop this from affecting us and learn how to rise above it? I think we all come across people in our day to day lives whose behaviour doesn’t sit well with us. They’re the ones that seem to dislike you…

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DIY natural cleaning spray

March 31, 2019
DIY natural cleaning spray

Did you know you can clean your home using completely natural ingredients? Despite, cleaning products being sold to us as the only way to eradicate germs and destroy bacteria, the reality is, we can clean our homes just as safely without the use of chemicals. I have experimented with shop bought cleaning sprays, however, I have found them more expensive and when money’s been tight (hello, maternity leave),…

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Self-care practices and how to implement them

March 26, 2019
self-care practices and how to implement them

What is self-care? Self-care is the practice of ensuring we are looking after ourselves physically and emotionally. This helps us navigate through life easier. Whilst the self-care phrase has been mocked for just being about candles and baths (both of which I love); it is fundamentally important to make sure we are giving ourselves what we need. Stresses about our families, finances, work all play on our minds.…

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Are you suffering from imposter syndrome?

March 17, 2019
are you suffering from impostor syndrome?

A few years ago I got promoted at work. Despite being more than qualified, I spent the first year waiting to be pulled into a meeting room and told, ‘we’ve made a terrible mistake’. I lived in a state of panic and regardless of any positive feedback, I still couldn’t relax and enjoy my new role. My experience is not uncommon. I’ve heard of chief executives googling how…

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Retraining your neural pathways (and what that actually means)

March 5, 2019

What are neural pathways? Our nervous system consists of neurons (nerve cells) that transmit nerve signals or messages to and from the brain. The path which this information travels along is called a neural pathway. Our neural pathways are developed from childhood. As a baby, we learn to smile through our parents or caregivers smiling at us. We learn not to touch a hot pan from being burnt…

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The pre-mortem technique (and how I use it on my overthinking brain)

February 17, 2019
The pre-mortem technique and how I use it on my overthinking brain

I recently went on a leadership training course with work. Admittedly, we did one exerciseabout how to evacuate a village, but the rest of the time was spent on management skills and decision-making abilities. This is where I learnt the pre-mortem technique. What is a pre-mortem? A pre-mortem is opposite of a post-mortem – where you look to see what went wrong after the event. With a post-mortem…

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Dry January and how it benefits me

January 25, 2019
Dry January and how it benefits me

Dry January seems to be under scrutiny much more this year, with people either sneering at the idea or preaching about the importance of abstinence. For anyone who doesn’t know what dry January is, it’s when you commit to abstaining from any alcohol for the month. I’ve been doing it for years now along with occasional break during the year. I like a glass of wine but I…

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Why technology is making us less productive

January 22, 2019
technology making us less productive

Is always being on affecting productivity? I got my first job in communications back in 2001. I worked hard, no doubt moaned about my long hours, but once I left work, that was it. I couldn’t physically do any more work. I couldn’t answer emails because I didn’t have WiFi at home and regardless, there wasn’t the technology to log in remotely. Our mobile phones only made phone…

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Set boundaries with 7 simple steps

January 16, 2019

Boundaries are fundamental when it comes to taking care of ourselves. They enable us to recognise what we need and develop the right techniques and language to achieve them. Boundaries help us create less stressful lives, better physical wellbeing and healthy respectful relationships. For some people, setting boundaries is a skill they learn growing up. They have seen adults articulate and set boundaries and understand they are a…

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Science behind habits and how to form new ones

January 13, 2019

The biggest myth of habit-forming is that its down to willpower. Actually, habits are created by repetition. This is the science behind habits and how they’re created by our neural pathways. The language of habits As someone who has always been more of a fan of instant gratification rather than working towards something, I’ve always assumed I lack enough willpower to get into good habits. I’ve told myself…