As I come to the end of a lovely two week break in Devon I’ve been reflecting on what this holiday has meant for me and for my family. For a start, it’s the first time in some years we’ve managed to get away for two weeks - something many people can relate to I’m sure. Fortunately, throughout the pandemic we managed to squeeze in a few short breaks, including a week in Spain to see my folks last October. But this time I knew I needed longer. I needed time to fully switch off
I hope you've enjoyed learning about and building The Ultimate Self-Care Tool Kit throughout the festive period. There's just one remaining R to implement and this one is a biggy.... RENOVATE is our final R and it really is worth investing some time on because it's truly all about creating your FIRST CLASS LIFE. Put your hand up if life's busyness often sweeps you along and you end up making do with things in your life (because it's the easiest option and convenient), so that
The last 22 months of living through a pandemic have pushed most of us to the limit at least once or twice. It has called for a huge amount of adaptation and resilience. Perhaps there are many aspects of this "new" way of living and working that you have embraced and enjoyed, and many of the "old ways" that you’ve missed. A sense of autonomy is absolutely crucial for humans to flourish and thrive. So if you feel you’ve lost some level of autonomy to make decisions about how y
Throughout December we've been diving into The Ultimate Self-Care Tool Kit. We've discussed the importance of Rest, Recharge and Replenish when building a solid foundation for optimum health, happiness and wellbeing. So next up, let's dive into RELATIONSHIPS, another crucial part of your tool kit. When it comes to creating an overall sense of wellbeing, social connectivity is another key element. When we feel part of a community and have meaningful relationships in our life i
The end of a year can be a reflective time for many and for me personally, it's this time of year between Christmas and New Year that I most enjoy journaling. I love to capture my reflections as I consider the year that's been and ask myself what success looks like in the year ahead.
I'm often asked if there is a process or structure to follow when it comes to getting the most out of reflective time and what questions are best to focus on when journaling?
Hands up, when it comes to food and drink, who gets a bit carried away in December (or maybe even earlier)? Once you start seeing the mince pies and Christmas treats on the supermarket shelves do you start convincing yourself it's ok to overindulge as much as you want now because you're planning a big detox in January? Hands up, who gets to 1st January feeling sluggish, bloated and a few kilos heavier than you'd like to be, regretting at least half of the over-indulging with
You might be thinking 'tis the season to be jolly and make merry so what more do you need to recharge? But let's get real here - how recharging are late nights, too much booze and sugar overloads (not to mention cramming in all the shopping, deadlines and all the other urgent stuff that suddenly comes up in December)? OK, I promised I wouldn't be the fun police. I'm not saying you can't have some of these indulgences in your festive schedule! But before the silly season runs
One of the craziest things when it comes to celebrating Christmas is the amount of self-sabotage that takes place! In the name of making merry and embracing the silly season, so many of us over do it, get run down, stressed and burnt out. Sometimes so much so that by the time Christmas and the holidays arrive we're battling a cold or the flu and the celebrations are ruined. There have been many Christmases in the past when I felt lousy and regretted not taking better care of
OK let's be honest, who has a tendency to say yes to everything in December (and maybe even November too), and before you know it, you're completely run down? Maybe you fall into the trap of trying to burn the candle at both ends to hit end of year deadlines at work and ordering last minute presents whilst suffering from late nights and too many over-indulges. By the time the holidays actually arrive, you're exhausted and maybe even feeling sorry for yourself with the sniffle