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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…

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Sorry [doesn’t] seem to be the hardest word

January 24, 2018
sorry seems to be the hardest word

I have a confession to make: I used to be a serial apologiser. I’m British so it does come with the territory but I apologised so much, a former colleague described me as having ‘sorry tourettes’. I used to say sorry for everything. If someone banged into me, I’d say sorry. I’d apologise for delegating work to my team even though I was their manager. I once apologised…

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10 ways motherhood has changed me

January 20, 2018
10 ways motherhood has changed me

When first thinking about having a baby, I thought about how my life would change. I thought about the sleepless nights, the lack of cash and freedom that comes with having a child. However, I never thought about how motherhood might change me for the better. Here are 10 reasons why.   I have a greater sense of purpose. To clarify, I always had a purpose pre-child and…

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Comparison and social media

January 17, 2018
comparison and social media

I recently saw a tweet where someone announced how much money they had made in the last year. I sneered about how they were just showing off and social media isn’t the place for such disclosures. But really I didn’t care about any of those things; I sneered because I was jealous. I was jealous because I felt I would never be able to earn that kind of…

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How nature affects our wellbeing

January 13, 2018
how nature affects our wellbeing

My son was born in late September and the weather in London was still warm and sunny. I had absolutely no idea how to look after a newborn baby. However, the one thing we did every day without fail was going for a walk in nature. I once read babies needed fresh air to help them sleep. I have no idea whether or not that’s true and can’t…

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Why rest is so important

January 10, 2018
rest is so important

Burning out By the end of 2017, I felt sluggish, run down and started to question where my energy had gone. And then I remembered: I have a child, a house to look after, oh.. and I also work full time to a job I commute to. I would finish a day’s work, catch the train home, pick my son up from nursery, bath and put him to…

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5 podcasts for wellbeing (and beyond)

January 7, 2018
wellbeing podcasts to inspire

wellbeing podcasts to inspire you For anyone who is time poor, podcasts are a great and passive way of picking up new information. Here are five of my favourite wellbeing podcasts which inspire and lift me up with each episode. Super Soul Conversations Oprah interviews leading speakers on all things wellbeing in her Super Soul Conversations. I always pick up at least one great piece of advice, which…