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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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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…

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The five pillars of self-care

April 17, 2018
pillars of self-care

What are the five pillars of self-care? 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. However, let’s be honest, it’s easy to let things fall by the wayside when we get busy or try…

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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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Feeling overwhelmed? Here are 8 ways to help

March 11, 2018
feeling overwhelmed - image of cup of coffee and journal with notes about stress

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 every 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. I haven’t had time to do half the things I…

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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 six pillars of self-care (emotional, physical, social, spiritual, intellectual and financial) and…

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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…