How to beat post-holiday blues 

How to beat post-holiday blues

There is nothing quite like a holiday to raise your happiness levels.  New sights, sounds, experiences, memories.  A break from the everyday.  A chance to spend quality time with loved ones.  Time to relax, have fun and just leave it all behind for a while.  They say time flies whilst you’re having fun and before you […]

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Being Mindful – Is mindfulness for you?

Being mindful - Is mindfulness for you?

Whenever somebody mentioned mindfulness meditation to me previously, I always imagined people sitting around barefoot and cross-legged sporting tie-dye clothing in a room full of dream catchers chanting ‘om’ and banging mini symbols together with the smell of burning sandalwood incense sticks penetrating the air.  Whilst perfectly acceptable – having never been in touch with […]

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Stopping Self-Sabotage – How to break the habit.

Stopping Self-Sabotage: a journey to break the habit

The plan had been to sit and write this article at 10am today.  It’s now 11.02am.  On my way to my office, I stopped to water the garden plants, do the washing up, put the washing away – all jobs that can wait.  None of them as important as my actual work, but all tools […]

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Being you: The importance of being true to yourself

Secret Identity: Being you

I recently watched the film ‘The Danish Girl’.  (Yes I know where have I been?)  For those who don’t know, it’s about the transgender pioneer, Lili Elbe.  It took nearly an entire lifetime for her to be true to who she really was.  Despite living in an era where you were liable to be certified […]

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Becoming a parent for the first time: Parent Job Description

Job Vacancy - Parent

I’ve been going through a few slightly stressful situations with one of my offspring recently.  These are all things that are beyond their control, but that I as a parent feel immense pressure to handle correctly.  It got me to thinking.  Parenthood – if thought of in terms of a ‘job’ – is a pretty […]

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5 Easy ways to instantly boost your mood anytime & anywhere

5 Easy ways to instantly boost your mood

Before we look at how to boost your mood, let’s quickly explore why it’s so important to boost your mood in the first place… Our moods often dictate the tone of our day.  They govern the types of interaction we have with other people and form our perception of everything.  Whilst acknowledging that we can’t […]

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Motivational Moments: Wo-man up

Motivational Momets: Wo-man up. Image of a white shabby chic photo frame displaying the post title. The frame is surrounded by pink flowers

I was fortunate to attend an exhibit at the Museum of London focusing on the Suffragette movement.  I was greatly moved by the self-sacrificing actions taken by these brave women so that I, as a woman, am afforded the same rights as men.  Immediately after feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards them, came a […]

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From foe to friend: overcoming conflict in relationships

From foe to friend: improving conflictive relationships

It’s probably not an inaccurate assumption that most people have at least one person in their life who they have a conflictive relationship with.  It may be a family member, ex-partner, neighbour, acquaintance or colleague.  Things between you can feel intolerable, the mere mention of their name can cause irritation or anxiety.  It seems that […]

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