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…

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…

Get a nature fix in the city

  We all need an injection of nature every now and again. But what are we supposed to do when we live (as I do) in a flat two floors up with no garden? I’ve got a GREAT way to have a mini-escape to the country, and it won’t take us any time at all.  …

To add harmony to your evening at home

Here’s a very simple way to provide a focus to your downtime and a small indulgence to your evening. It will enhance the look of your room and everything in it, and will add a sense of calm and harmony, no matter what else is going on in your life. 1. Buy a church candle,…