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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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Stop! Are you wasting your time and energy on problems not worthy of your attention? Keep your hair on, and focus on what’s working right.

Stop! Are you wasting your time and energy on problems not worthy of your attention? Keep your hair on, and focus on what’s working right.

Do you ever find yourself spending countless hours trying to find your way through a maze of seemingly endless problems, complexities, difficult people who simply won’t listen, without any time left over to do the work you know needs to be done?

Constantly fixing problems keeps our issues as things needing to be addressed and corrected.

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The big benefits of goal setting and how to boost your own chance of success

The big benefits of goal setting and how to boost your own chance of success

What’s your moon shot for 2022?

Goal setting is something many of us use to propel us to grow, improve and learn new skills because they help us to stay on track, retain focus and disregard all those pesky distractions that try to get in our way.

But sometimes we get goal setting wrong because we use the wrong language, we’re unsure of what the goal relates to or we’re not that motivated.

If you’re looking forward to a fresh start in 2022, if you’re wanting to do things differently, to embed some new helpful and healthy habits, and move towards being the best version of yourself, I hear you.

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Why taking a safe risk on a bad hair day is smart thinking

Why taking a safe risk on a bad hair day is smart thinking

Psychological safety has become a buzz word which is great because there is a growing awareness of just how important it is in every workplace.
But many are still not entirely sure what it means and sometimes feel threatened by this weird sounding concept.

Do you?

Every day brings risks and opportunity. From crossing the road in heavy rush hour traffic, to talking to your boss about your idea to make meetings more effective, to introducing yourself to that person you see as inspiring, to ask if they will be your mentor.

What makes the difference is acknowledging the discomfort and accepting this to grow personally and professionally AND knowing that you have the full support of your superiors and colleagues.

It was Dr. Amy Edmondson who defined psychological safety as

“a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking.”

Are you safe at work?

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What Beyonce knows about the value of adopting a growth-oriented mindset

What Beyonce knows about the value of adopting a growth-oriented mindset

The super star Beyonce has enjoyed massive success in her career with 180 million records sold as a solo artist and as part of Destiny’s Child and with 20 Grammys notched up on her belt.

What she knows about achieving success, is that while it helps to be good at what you do, it’s about not letting perfectionism get in your way. Because if you’re seeking perfection, you’re not learning and if you’re not learning, you’re not growing.

Your mindset matters because it’s what determines your beliefs around your capabilities and the actions you take.

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Re-creating the best version of you, by honouring your non-negotiables

Re-creating the best version of you, by honouring your non-negotiables

We all have them. But we don’t always honour them, even though we know from previous experience we feel so much better when we do.

Your non-negotiables. Those lifestyle habits created by experience and practice, repeated daily, that you’ve come to recognise are what serve you the best to be your best bright-eyed, bushy-tailed self.

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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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