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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... Which 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... Which 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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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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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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Is it time to change your mind for the better?

Is it time to change your mind for the better?

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
An introvert or an extrovert?
Are you open or close minded?

We like to label ourselves as being one or the other but in truth we are neither and both. While you may tend more towards one than the other, it is your ability to flip towards one or the other depending on the circumstance that contributes to your ability to adapt and thrive in all environments.

Your mindset determines your outlook, your energy and your outcomes.

When you believe you can achieve your goal, you’re more motivated to take action.
When you choose to upskill or learn something new, it raises your self-confidence and ability to understand.

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Is Coping Stopping You From Thriving?

Is Coping Stopping You From Thriving?

You’re probably pretty good at coping. Goodness knows we’ve had a LOT to cope with over the last year or so.

Coping enables us to survive, to pull through, to keep going when the going gets tough, to not succumb.
I’ve always thought of coping as a good thing, a positive virtue and an essential part of our resilience skills until a recent conversation I had with a fabulous Professor of Paediatrics based in the States.
We were talking about anxiety and she advised how coping can actually hold us back from truly thriving.
And she’s right.

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What do you know? How to better manage uncertainty

What do you know? How to better manage uncertainty

Uncertainty. Love it or loathe it there’s plenty to go round at present. The one thing the pandemic has given us in bucketloads is the ongoing uncertainty around how long these unusual times will continue for and what the road ahead holds for us.

The reason uncertainty is such a challenge is because your brain craves certainty. When things are familiar, when you recognise the pattern of events as they unfold you know everything will be alright. It’s safe, and safety is your brain’s primary organising principle.

Uncertainty means the outcome is unpredictable. There’s every possibility you may not be safe. The stress response is triggered, and you experience the discomfort of worry and the ‘what ifs?’

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