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Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. This is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep, to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. This is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep, to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

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What I learnt from visiting Goat Cave

What I learnt from visiting Goat Cave

When we talk about resilience, we talk about grit, perseverance and tenacity All great stuff except it also needs to include knowing when to let go of being super resilient to draw breath, rest, recover and or ask for help.

My climb to Goat Cave taught me a lot about resilience and what to do when you’ve run out of rope.

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Why it pays to be more grateful and how to show it

Why it pays to be more grateful and how to show it

According to Cicero, gratitude is more than being “the greatest virtue,” he described it as “the mother of all other remaining virtues.”

Gratitude. This isn’t about remembering to write your Christmas thank you letter to Aunty Mabel who sent you that a hideous pair of socks or thanking your Mother-in-law for the huge dish of soggy overcooked Brussels sprouts that just got put on your plate at a family get-together.

This is about real gratitude that is authentic and heartfelt. Why that matters is because showing gratitude has been shown to dramatically ramp up your level of mental wellbeing. It’s been described as an essential component for employee engagement, and it has a positive effect on your physical health and resilience.

In fact, there’s so much going for gratitude it’s hard to find a reason why you wouldn’t want to include more gratitude in your life.

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Why too much video conferencing leaves you exhausted and what to do about it.

Why too much video conferencing leaves you exhausted and what to do about it.

We’ve all had to adapt to video conferencing since the arrival of the Covid pandemic. Whether for work or home, Zoom and Microsoft Teams calls have become part and parcel of how we communicate with each other. It’s a blessing and a curse with too much time on screen contributing to cognitive fatigue and lowered productivity.

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How to lead in the time of a pandemic

How to lead in the time of a pandemic

With 60,000 books on leadership currently availbale on Amazon you could be forgiven for thinking surely we’ve “done” leadership. But leadership is a dynamic process where the leaders recognised what’s needed in the here and now as well as for the longer term.
The pandemic has required a new playbook for dynamic leadership that is person centered and team oriented and there are six facets to include.

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Seeking more than just recovery. Cultivating human flourishing.

Seeking more than just recovery. Cultivating human flourishing.

It’s one of the greatest opportunities we have ever had.
A chance to reflect, reconsider and reset what we want for ourselves and our future.
We have endured so much as a result of the global pandemic and there’s still a way to go.
And yet.
Beyond the fog of uncertainty and the mist of fear, like a giant pink moon illuminating the path ahead, this is the time to think beyond tomorrow and make some different choices.

Are you looking for more?

Are you ready to step up and put in place those ways of doing, those useful habits that will enhance your ability to get the most out of what life has to offer?

Are you ready to let go of those negative self-limiting beliefs, worries, frustrations and chronic fatigue?

Because you can.

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What’s the one thing you need for a better future?

What’s the one thing you need for a better future?

If you like me are experiencing pandemic fatigue. It’s OK.

I yearn for the day when the morning news will be no news about the coronavirus pandemic because it’s over.
I hanker for more of those small things that brought me some small relief from the daily stress, anxiety and disillusionment with the world.
I’m deeply grateful for the one thing that saved my life.

Grief, loss, sadness are the emotions we feel when dealing with adversity or tragedy and that’s normal. It is only by using the power of all our emotions that we can reconnect to what makes us feel happy. They allow us to reconnect with what’s truly important to us, our values and beliefs.

The one thing that changed my course was curiosity.
What’s yours?

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Happiness at Work: What makes happier, healthier workplaces

It’s been estimated we spend over one-third of our lives at work. While work provides us with the means to pay the bills and put food on the table, what id we spend more of that time feeling happy?

How Social Connection Helps Us Think Better

Humans thrive together. Hardwired to connect, we do our best when working with others, especially those we consider like us, sharing common beliefs and values. So how does our social connection help us to think better?

How Coffee Benefits Our Body, Mind and Brain

Given our global love affair with coffee, are there any benefits from enjoying our caffeine? The short answer is yes. There is even some suggestion that coffee works as a cognitive enhancer.

Mental Health: Why it Matters and How to Stay Mentally Well

With depression now the leading cause of disability globally (according to the WHO), affecting over 350 million people worldwide, and with anxiety as its frequent partner, affecting 260 million people worldwide, something has to change.

Effective Stress Management: How to Lighten Up to Thrive and be Happy

 If you’ve misplaced your car keys for the fifth time this week or snapped at your colleague when they clearly didn’t deserve it, it’s time to take a step back to ponder – is my stress getting the better of me?

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