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3 Ways To Thrive Through Winter

There's no denying that Autumn is here. The beautiful gold, russet and umber flashes on the trees and bushes mark her arrival, before the wind whips them bare. I’m taken by surprise every year at just how quickly the mornings shrink, and the evenings too. It makes me...

8 Tips to Make Your Self-Care Habits Stick This Year

Early January is always the time of year for reflection and resolutions. However, research shows that only 8% of us manage to maintain new habits beyond January. If you want to prioritise your mental, emotional or physical wellbeing this year - and create...

Are You Solving the Right Problem?

Paul Smith taught me the power of accepting your reality, no matter how hard it is. By the time I met him, he was in the advanced stages of Motor Neurone Disease, a condition that occurs when nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord stop working properly. He...

Do You Still Play?

I ran into breath-stoppingly cold, crashing waves at a deserted Coldingham Bay on Sunday. Mind you, it was blustery and wet, so I wasn’t surprised that right-minded people would be elsewhere. I was on a dopamine and serotonin-boosting quest, and it delivered both in...

Do You Care Less When You’re Connecting Remotely?

Jaap Bressers taught me what it means to care, and to show it too. His story begins on a Portuguese beach. He was lying face down in the ocean. Moments earlier, he had sloshed through the shallows into the sea; relishing the warmth of the sun on his skin despite the...

Why Not Be More Scientific About Your Life?

The four-minute mile barrier stood for decades. Experts believed the feat could be achieved only in perfect weather — 68 degrees and no wind, and on a hard, dry clay track. But Bannister did it on a wet track in cold weather. Just 46 days after Bannister’s success,...

3 Self-Care Tips for Maintaining Wellbeing During Lockdown

As I sat in Helen Connolly’s kitchen, she told me about how terrorists had stormed the restaurant at the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai. She was dining with close friends, Alan and his 13-year-old daughter Naomi. The three of them had taken cover under the table as the...

How Can I Thrive Whilst Living With Anxiety?

Anxiety is a wily companion. It inserts itself into your thoughts, taking them off in an unwelcome direction. It causes your stomach to churn and palms to sweat. It encourages your inner critic to convince you that you’re not good enough. Over the past few weeks my...

Can You Learn How to Be Resilient Too?

My hand gripped the edge of the wooden table as I waited for the file to download. My stomach was churning, my mouth dry. Three years of my life was contained in this single moment. I tapped the ‘play’ icon and heard my own voice rise from the phone, introducing my...

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