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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 the Key to Greater Mental Wellbeing is The Strength of our Relationships

Why the Key to Greater Mental Wellbeing is The Strength of our Relationships

Studies have shown that having a strong positive intimate relationship and a couple of good friends you can call on when times are tough is vital to our health and happiness.  But’s it also those micro-moments of connection with people we know or recognise or are strangers to us that also count towards creating greater social cohesion and wellbeing.

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The one thing that makes for a happier, longer life

The one thing that makes for a happier, longer life

Back in 1938, a group of researchers began a longitudinal study to answer the question,
“What makes a good life?”

Was it being born with a silver spoon in your mouth, having a good education and finding a well-paid job? Was it enjoying high social status and all the freedoms wealth can bestow?
Or was it something else.

They discovered the answer.

Is there one thing that might determine how likely it will be for you to live well in your hundreds, happy and well (and with your brain intact)?

Again, research suggests there is.

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Loving Me, Loving You: Why is loving ourselves so hard to do?

Loving Me, Loving You: Why is loving ourselves so hard to do?

How much do you love yourself?

Self-love is something many people struggle with, but it’s nothing to do with narcissism.
The narcissist sees themselves as being superior to others, they take no responsibility for their mistakes and seek constant recognition and validation for their brilliance. They show no consideration for others and are devoid of empathy.

Trust me, you’ll know when you’re in the presence of a narcissist and so will everyone else in the room.

Self-love is about self-acceptance despite our flaws and imperfections. Self-love grants us permission to embrace all our jiggly bits and to show ourselves compassion when we stuff things up. It’s essential to our own health and wellbeing and to be able to fully love another.

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How will you reconnect in 2021?

How will you reconnect in 2021?

The one thing that’s been hardest to bear during the Covid-19 pandemic has been the need for social isolation away from your family and loves ones or working from home. As we move towards the end of 2020 this is the time to take what you have learnt about yourself in this time and what you want for your future and goals. What do you envisage the challenges of workplace connection to be like next year and what do you believe will help?

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What makes for a good life?

What makes for a good life?

It’s not an unreasonable hope that we’ll stay fit and well enough to continue to enjoy a full and fulfilling life as we age. What the data from the study revealed was that the strongest predictor to who would be a happy healthy 80-year old at age fifty, wasn’t their cholesterol level.

It was the degree of satisfaction in their relationships.

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Are You Ready for The Road Ahead?

Are You Ready for The Road Ahead?

With no way back, there is only one way to move from where we are now. Forwards. Which might seem obvious, but have you had a moment or three recently when your mind drifted to thinking that you wish life would return to as it was before the pandemic?

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