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What is self-care and why do you need it?

June 18, 2019
What is self-care and why do you need it?

What is self-care? Self-care is the practice of looking after yourself to protect and/or improve your physical and mental health. It means ensuring that we’re aware of and are actively taking care of our needs. It’s impossible to go through life without stress or issues that we need to deal with. We all have to navigate work, family and relationship challenges that are sometimes completely out of our…

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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Learning to be brave

May 8, 2018
Learning to be brave

Being brave At the beginning of the year, I thought about changes I wanted to make in my life and to stop letting fear stand in my way. I realised I was going to need to start becoming brave if I was going to live a more authentic life. Part of transitioning from my 20s into my 30s and beyond has been to recognise that actions have consequences and…

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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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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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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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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…