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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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Do you have COVID-somnia?

Do you have COVID-somnia?

COVID-somnia. It’s a great term isn’t it and I wish I could take credit for it but someone else (sorry I can’t remember who) did. Has Covid affected your sleep pattern? I’ve been asking my clients how they’ve been sleeping since the onset of the global pandemic. Some...

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How to Find Clarity in the Sea Fog of Uncertainty

How to Find Clarity in the Sea Fog of Uncertainty

If you’ve become disoriented in the sea fog of uncertainty this year, it‘s time to reclaim your clarity of thought to be best prepared for what lies ahead in 2021, and there are a number of ways to help you achieve this.

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How To Avoid Hitting That Wall of Exhaustion

How To Avoid Hitting That Wall of Exhaustion

Have you hit your wall yet?

You know the one you’ve been banging your head against for the last few weeks, or is that months?

That metaphorical wall is the one that’s finally caused us to stop and call time out, because we’re exhausted, mentally, physically and cognitively, and it’s putting us at risk of burnout.

If you’re holding on for that One Powerball to get you out of all this stress, well, maybe don’t hold your breath. There are a few on backorder although Amazon Prime have indicated they’re getting new stock in shortly.

Instead of worrying about your stress and that never-ending, ever-expanding to-do list, why not start a to-not-do and a to-do-when-I’m good-and-ready-to list instead and keep your stress levels down that way?

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Why the Best Gift to You in 2021 is Your Mental Wellbeing

Why the Best Gift to You in 2021 is Your Mental Wellbeing

As 2020 draws to a close, are you hearing a collective sigh of relief?
It’s been a challenging year on so many levels and we’re not in the clear yet.
The thing I worry most about beyond these things is this. We are in a mental health crisis, the extent and severity of which has never been experienced before.

The World Health Organisation recently released a report that shared how in 130 countries surveyed, 93% reported mental health services had either been disrupted or halted as a result of the global pandemic – at a time when those services are needed more than ever.

Which is why I believe the time has come to REIMAGINE mental health and what that might look like.

For too long we’ve ignored the obvious. Our mental health system has been chronically underfunded and failing badly in providing timely and adequate mental health services to those in need.

Throwing more money into a broken system won’t fix it.

It’s time for a new approach.

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Giving Thanks. Why Gratitude Matters.

Giving Thanks. Why Gratitude Matters.

Despite the fact 2020 will be remembered as a basket case of a year associated with terrible loss and grief, hardships and fear, there has been some good. Acknowledging this and counting our blessings is important, firstly to remind ourselves that even in times of adversity, there will always be some positives though we may have to look really carefully to find them. Secondly, that focusing on those small things that give us a sense of joy or happiness is essential to being able to find the motivation and confidence to move on.
In this blog I share 5 ideas on how to show more gratitude and the benefits gratitude provides our mental wellbeing

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How Spending Time With Mother Nature Does Us Good

How Spending Time With Mother Nature Does Us Good

I’ve always valued time in nature. An early morning walk before the rest of the world awakes, a stroll along the beach as the waves crash onto the shore, there’s nothing that gives me greater pleasure than feeling the warmth of the sun on my face, a soft breeze and the sounds of birdsong and feeling at one with the world.

But as we have moved to live in more urbanised centres, where work takes precedence over almost everything else, the time we spend outside has diminished. The NHAPS survey reports that the average American spends 90% of their time awake each day, indoors.

This can have a number of adverse effects on our health and mental wellbeing. It’s time to get out more to appreciate the beauty of our natural world and reap the benefits of better health and happiness.

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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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