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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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Don’t Overlook the Silver Lining of Flexibility and Autonomy

Don’t Overlook the Silver Lining of Flexibility and Autonomy

The trials and tribulations of the modern workplace had been well documented prior to the arrival of the global pandemic. As more businesses gradually return to the office, now it’s time to use the silver lining of flexibility and autonomy to make work, work better.
If you’ve enjoyed working from home, have considered moving to a more rural setting because you feel better, work more effectively and are happier then this is our chance to bring about much needed change to the how we do our work.

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Is too much work turning you into a Grumblebum?

Is too much work turning you into a Grumblebum?

Are you a bit of a Grumblebum?
We’re all busy and sometimes we take on too much. Too many projects or too much commitment, and the danger is this can lead to rapidly escalating stress levels, that if not adequately managed trigger negative thoughts and unhelpful behaviours.
You can evict Grumblebum by getting better at recognising your limits, sticking to your boundaries and giving yourself permission to work less.
Life’s too short to have Grumblebums. Let’s have less Grumble and more time for Fun and Play.

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Why there’s more to great happiness than just being happy

Why there’s more to great happiness than just being happy

There’s no doubt we feel better when we are happier. We smile more, we’re healthier, we live longer, we have a lower risk of anxiety or depression and the world seems a less frightening place.

But happiness on its own isn’t the whole story of what creates a good life. There are so many other emotions available to us that add richness to our experiences because they are all a valuable source of data, helping us to make better sense of what’s happening.

Does nurturing happiness matter?

Yes, but as Sydney J Harris said, “happiness is a direction, not a place.”
Which is why chasing happiness is an illusion. It’s the positive actions we take, big and small that create greater happiness in our life.

And it’s the anticipation of a special event that makes us especially happy.

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How to Overcome Workaholism and Flourish

How to Overcome Workaholism and Flourish

The level of burnout and mental mood disorders at work has been rising rapidly, exacerbated by Covid. But the underlying problem was present long before we experienced the global pandemic.

A culture of expectation has evolved, where to be seen as committed, hard-working, a high achiever, high performer and successful you would always go the extra distance, working harder and for longer than everyone else. This is no place for slackers or going home on time.

If you’re climbing the corporate ladder, it’s expected you won’t complain about being asked to come in early, stay late, or take home the additional work to finish during the evening or weekend. Especially if you’re the boss leading by example.

It’s expected that you’ll have to make sacrifices. You won’t be able to attend your children’s concert, drama production, sport’s day, speech day or graduation ceremony. You will have to pull out (again) from that long arranged social event, long weekend away with your partner, family holiday or anniversary dinner. Even if you can go, you’ll still have your work mobile phone and laptop in case you need to be contacted, or an urgent meeting requiring your presence is needed.

The worst thing about work addiction is that it is socially sanctioned.

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Seven Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Happiness

Seven Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Happiness

Happiness matters because feeling happy is linked to a greater sense of wellbeing, achievement and fulfillment.

But if you’ve been chasing happiness, you can stop wasting your time, because all the happiness you will ever need is available to you right now. You just have to create it.

Better still the ways to create more happiness in your life are simple and easy to implement. Here are seven to get you started.

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