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My eco-friendly bathroom products

September 15, 2019
eco-friendly bathroom products

I’ve been working towards a chemical-free home for a while now. I’ve become more conscious of what I buy, what I put on my skin and more importantly the products I use on my child. I’ve always been aware of the amount of plastic I use – possibly because I grew up in the 80s when there was less packaging around. However, I’m ashamed to say I never…

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What is resilience (and why do you need it)?

July 28, 2019
What is resilience (and why do you need it)?

What is resilience? Resilience is the ability to be able to cope with or navigate your way through difficulties and crisis. It essentially means you’re able to either bounce after a crisis or adapt to new circumstances. Resilient people are able to understand what their body and mental state need and put in processes or modify their behaviour accordingly. Why is resilience so important? It’s a fact of…

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Get started with essential oils

July 6, 2019

The power of smell can have a real effect on our wellbeing; helping to reduce stress and lift our mood. It’s linked to our limbic system, which is part of the brain that controls mood and emotion. One of the easiest ways of doing this is through essential oils, which are a concentrated scent of the plant they come from. However, there are over 90 commonly used essential…

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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to survive the festive season

December 16, 2018
survive the festive season

Warm open fires, children singing happily and families spending time together blissfully are the images of Christmas we see on TV. It’s a time where couples feel closer together, people repent over the mistakes they’ve made and everyone is in harmony. Right? Wrong. The truth is Christmas can highlight areas of life that aren’t so great. We are expected to have magical moments, which often don’t exist especially…

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How to leave the cult of busyness

September 30, 2018

being busy and the cult of busyness I look at friends who left homes and jobs in London to set up lives elsewhere and think how well they seem. Their skin looks brighter, their stress lines faded away and I think to myself, it’s because they’re not so busy anymore. I often fantasise about spending a week at a health camp (somewhere abroad obviously) and having five nights…

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September: the start of a new year?

September 13, 2018
change when you don't like change

There is something about September which feels like the start of a new year. I start re-evaluating what I want from life and feel more energetic and purposeful. I’ve always attributed this to the fact that the new school year starts in September in the UK. The last days of summer were spent buying new school shoes and pencil cases preparing for the year ahead. We had new…

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#vanlife – road tripping with a baby

June 26, 2018

I told people about my plans to go on a road trip whilst I was pregnant. “Oh, you’ll never do it,” they said. “It’s impossible to travel once you have a baby”. However, travel has always been a big part of my life and I was determined it wouldn’t change once I had a child. We had the van already and my husband carried out a basic conversion…

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Why does sunshine make us happier?

May 6, 2018
why does sunshine make us happier

The first days of sunshine in London and it’s like the city becomes a different place. Strangers talk to each other and people walk around with smiles on their faces. My energy levels lift completely with a few sunny days and the start of light evenings. Suddenly I feel I have more time to get things done rather than thinking about bedtime from around 8.30pm. My experience is…

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Why laughter really is the best medicine

May 5, 2018
why laughter is the best medicine

.I went away with friends recently and laughed and laughed and laughed. I laughed until my stomach hurt and tears rolled down my cheeks. And even though I’d been burning the candle at both ends – I came home feeling happier and lighter than I had done in a long time. It turns out laughter really is the best medicine and studies show it benefits almost every area…