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Spring clean your life

April 21, 2018
spring clean your life

The term ‘spring clean’ comes from the days when our homes were heated by fires. People would spring clean and air their homes in the warmer months to clean it of all the soot and grime that had accumulated when the weather was colder. These days, we rely on much more modern methods to heat our homes – but there is still something about the first sunny day…

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Helping someone through grief

April 19, 2018
helping someone through grief

Losing a loved one is something nearly all of us will have to go through in life. However, it’s really hard to know how to help someone through grief, particularly when you haven’t experienced it yourself. It’s easy to feel awkward, not knowing what to say and then end up not doing anything at all even when that isn’t your intention. In my experience, there isn’t really a…

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The five pillars of self-care

April 17, 2018

The five pillars of self-care (emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual) make up parts of our lives we need to focus on and nourish. In an ideal world, we should try to think about them regularly to see if we’re in alignment. But let’s be honest, it’s easy to let things fall by the wayside when we get busy or try to bury our head in the sand…

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Why I practice gratitude

April 11, 2018
why I practice gratitude

I first started my gratitude practice about five years ago. I’d got stuck in a bit of rut, tended to focus on the negative and had a blamey attitude. I got frustrated easily and often felt like the world was conspiring against me. I decided to keep a gratitude diary and each morning wrote down ten things that were making me happy and the reasons why. It completely…

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Seven quick and easy wellbeing ideas

April 9, 2018

As soon as I get busy, the first thing to fall by the wayside is taking proper care of myself. My daily diet becomes packet food and any activities I do to focus on my emotional health fall right down the priority list. I end up becoming sluggish, a bit fed up and start feeling bad about myself. I’ve made this mistake so many times, I’m determined to…

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Get into good sleep habits

April 5, 2018

Follow these basic tips to get into good sleep habits. Have a consistent bedtime which is early enough to make sure you are getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. Wind down an hour before bedtime by taking a bath, reading, meditating and any other relaxing activities. Turn off your phone Make your sleeping area relaxing with a comfortable bed, clean sheets and soft lighting. Avoid caffeine…

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Six ways to help step out of your comfort zone

April 3, 2018

“What if I Fall, Oh but my darling what if you fly.” – Erin Hanson Comfort zones can be magical places keeping us safe and secure. There are times though when we know we’re capable of more and it’s time to step out and reach our potential. How to move out of your comfort zone. Think about what would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail. It’s easy to dismiss…

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Letting go of limiting beliefs

March 31, 2018

After my Dad died, it hit me how life was short and I shouldn’t let anything stop me from living my dreams. My Dad had retired at 55 and spent the next 12 years of his life working as a walking guide across Europe. He took a chance – admittedly one with a final salary pension – and lived the rest of his days doing something he loved.…

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The power of daydreaming

March 28, 2018

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” Edgar Allan Poe I’ve always been a daydreamer. Time passes me by before I startle realising that I’ve been lost in my own thoughts. I daydream about all sorts of things. I have ideas about the future and how conversations might go. I think about my dream house and how…

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The lost art of being bored

March 24, 2018

I remember as a child feeling bored a lot. Time seemed to tick by very slowly and there just didn’t seem to be enough to do to fill the day. These days I feel the opposite is true. Admittedly, I have a far fuller life with a child, job, home and a husband. However, I can’t remember the last time I actually felt bored, which is ridiculous when…

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Travelling with a baby

March 20, 2018

Pre-baby, I had all sorts of ideas of the type of mother I thought I would be. The reality was somewhat different. Hypnobirthing and a water birth ended up being a sideways breech baby and a caesarean delivery. Lovingly prepared organic meals are interspersed with Ella’s pouches and I would definitely describe my parenting approach as laissez-faire despite being fairly routine driven in my own life.  The only…

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10 ways travel feeds the soul

March 16, 2018

For some people, it’s having a decent car, for others, it’s amazing clothes or a fantastic home. For me, any spare money goes on travel. It’s what keeps me inspired and happy. Here are 10 ways, I believe travel feeds the soul. It broadens our horizons and helps us become more open-minded. We see new ways of living and it increases our understanding and empathy. We break out…

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How to stop negative thinking

March 13, 2018

I’m an over-thinker at the best of times, but add in a stressful situation and I quickly spiral into a pattern of negative thinking. My brain will turn a bad day at work into losing my job and never being able to get another one, all in the space of 60 seconds. I tend to fall into very black and white thinking patterns and leap to worse case…

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Dealing with overwhelm

March 11, 2018

It feels ironic that this week has involved International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day given that I’ve felt like I’m failing in pretty much area of my life. I’ve made silly mistakes at work through rushing to get things done and I’ve felt guilty for not being fully engaged with my child because my mind is elsewhere. In my case, feeling overwhelmed triggers headaches and an inability to…

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When grief and motherhood collide

March 2, 2018

My Grandad died at the beginning of August, six weeks before my son was due to be born. He had been ill for a long time and in hospital so although sad, it wasn’t totally unexpected. “These things happen in families,” everyone said. “One person dies just as another is preparing to be born”. I believed them. And then my Dad died. Dad died of a heart attack…

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Why you need house plants in your life

February 28, 2018
Why you need house plants in your life

I confess: I’m not a naturally green-fingered person. I like the idea of beautiful plants and gardens but it’s a skill I’m working on. Luckily, I married a keen gardener who has covered our house in greenery which I love. However, I’m not just all about the aesthetic. Indoor plants are also proven to increase our mental wellbeing and physical health. 1. They improve your mood and reduce…

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How to do a self-care audit

February 24, 2018

We all need to factor self-care into our lives but how do we determine what we actually need? Have you thought about doing a self-care audit to really assess where you’re at in life and put together a plan to take forward? I’ve put together this template for you to use to take stock of the five pillars of self-care (emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual) and reflect…

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What does self-care mean?

February 20, 2018
what does self care mean

What is self-care? Nowadays, it seems there is a whole lifestyle being sold on self-care with scented candles, luxury bubble bath and turmeric based drinks all designed to improve our health and wellbeing. Posts on Instagram portray carefully curated images of must-have products all selling the self-care dream. But if we strip all of this away, what does the phrase self-care actually mean? Is it just candles and…

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5 ways to drink more water

February 10, 2018
5 ways to drink more water

As someone who is approaching middle-age, I can tell when I’ve not been drinking enough water. My skin looks tired and wrinkly, I feel dehydrated and lacking in energy. I made a resolution to myself that I would make sure I drink 2 litres of water a day. As someone who reaches for a coffee first thing,  it’s not always that easy. So these are my 5 ways…

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Switch off Sunday

February 3, 2018
switch off sunday

Why I’m turning off social media once a week I love social media. I love how it connects people. I love how I know what my friends in other countries are up to. I love the interesting people I’ve met via instagram and I love how much I’ve learnt from life coaches and wellbeing experts just through some tiny squares. It’s hard to be in the moment, when…

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31 January 2018 and the super blood blue moon

January 29, 2018
Super blood blue moon

What is a super blood blue moon? On 31 January, there will be a lunar eclipse, which is the second one of the month. This one is going to be particularly special because not only will there be an eclipse, there will also be a super moon (which happens when the full moon is closest to the earth), a blue moon (because it’s the second full moon of…