The power of a single word

It’s such a powerful, brilliant word, and yet it’s horribly overused. We say it when we don’t mean it and get ourselves into obligations we can’t get out of. We attack questions using it as the bullets in our machine-gun defence. It becomes staccato. Unrhythmic. It’s everything this word wasn’t meant to be. I’m talking…

The classic way to pamper yourself, step by step

This idea is so well-worn it’s like your favourite gauzy old bit of blanket, but that doesn’t make it any less effective. And face it, when was the last time WE did this for ourselves? The activity below will give you a hit of just about everything we’re aiming for with the self-care / alone time element…

Want to tune out the chatter? Here’s how.

Don’t you just hate it when you’re trying to concentrate on the task in hand, but you keep losing focus thanks to the noisy babble around you? A few years ago I discovered this handy little trick to help me maintain my attention, and it really works. If you can get the right track for you (make sure…

A tiny step towards being in the moment

We’re all busy people these days, me included. I used to rush everywhere, always living in the future, and when I wasn’t in a hurry I had my head bent over my phone. When I started trying to slow it all down, I began looking into the art of being in the moment, or mindfulness. So one day…

Get a new perspective at midday

Sometimes I need a new perspective on life right here, right now; sometimes we all need to break an old routine. It doesn’t matter if we only have five minutes to spare, this easy little activity helps us to change things about in the middle of the working day.   1. Look at or imagine your…

The ten-minute fix for a calmer commute

  If anyone – like me – commutes daily by public transport, you’ll totally understand how cancellations and delays play havoc with our stress levels. Sometimes I just need a quick fix to help me bring my central nervous system into a calmer place – and what could be more calming than escaping – even as…

The quickest way to slow it all down

  Here is an exercise we can all do, any place, any time. It will take you no more than one minute – you can even do it as you’re reading this – and no matter how you feel beforehand, you will feel calmer afterwards.   1. Breathe out completely. 2. Take in a deep…