Mind

In a Slump? It’s Just the Broken Window Effect

It’s been your typical bank holiday in the UK. A bonus day off, a little light daytime drinking, and a whole lot of relaxing. It also means an additional day of my child and husband creating chaos, and me, quite frankly, not being all that bothered to do anything useful. I have piles of laundry that have come out of nowhere, dried-on toothpaste on the sinks, clumps of cat-floof on …

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Apple and Cinnamon (Non) Overnight Oats

After many sad and failed attempts at overnight oats, the penny finally dropped. Since then, I’m an overnight oats addict. I make a batch of them to last me through the week; they’re the perfect desk-breakfast. However… when I’m not prepared, I use my lazy non-overnight version. Want to make some too? Perfect for those mornings when you’ve not quite got your a*se in gear but still want something fancy. …

Mind

Decision Fatigue: You May Even Have it Right Now

If you’re reading this in the afternoon or later, I’d bet you have decision fatigue. Especially if you’re reading this while you’re meant to be doing something important. Lets check: when was the last time you experienced any or all of the following: Irritable or angry Fuzzy or vague thinking Lacking in confidence Impulse decisions Bad spending choices Decision avoidance Depending on the time of day, your job, and the …

Mind

Mindfulness Moment: Embrace Your Commute

I genuinely look forward to my drive to work. The more traffic, the better. I like to arrive feeling calm and relaxed before the chaos hits me. I’m a big believer in your mood affecting the way people respond to you, so I know that if I arrive at work feeling calm, happy and creative, I’m off to a good start. I’m aware that I’m a little odd in this …

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Free Printable: Daily Self-Care Planner

It’s far too easy to lose sight of what you need. Rather unhelpfully, the busier we get, the less time we take to look after ourselves… and this is when we most need it. It’s very easy to say that you need to take time to incorporate self-care into your routine, but what happens when you just get too busy? One of the answers is to just stop. Stop and …

Productivity

Free Printable: Up Your Meal Planning Game

It’s no secret that I’m a planner. I LOVE planning. I LOVE my planner. I obsess over it and fantasise over whether to plan digitally, on paper, with washi tape, MildLiners, or just spend hours on Pinterest coveting the creations of others. Please bear in that in mind when I say sometimes I don’t have time to plan. Add to this my love of meal planning and finding new recipes …

Mind

The Dunning-Kruger Effect… Or Why is my Boss an Idiot?

Darwin said “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge”. If you’ve ever missed out on a promotion or job because of inflated claims on a CV, this is probably painfully familiar. If you know someone who on the outside is very successful, maybe talks a good game but is based on little actual substance, again this is probably familiar. If you’ve experienced work stress because of management decisions that …

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Finding Your Happy Weight

I’ve got a somewhat complex relationship with weight and happiness, much the same as many others. From coming from a plump-but-average pre-teen, to a slightly overweight teenager, to a distinctly chubby 20-something, my weight journey was about to take a dramatic turn. After my first experimenting with the Atkins diet, I realised that I could lose weight if I deprived myself of carbs and drastically changed my lifestyle. This lifestyle, …

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Turning 40 in the Best Way Possible

I’ve never been bothered about growing older. Admittedly, I’m into my clothes, accessories and makeup, but despite that, I’ve always believed that my worth was based on much more than my appearance. Growing older, working hard and being a mother inevitably takes its toll on the way you look, and as a result, I find myself accepting the dark circles and various effects of gravity. Having said that, I’ve spent …

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Read with me: Outer Order, Inner Calm – Gretchen Rubin

I’m not going to lie; already like this book, and I’ve not even read it yet. I was sold on the premise alone; I’ve always said that my environment is a huge indication of my mental state. There’s nothing like having a calm and ordered environment at the start of a busy day to make me feel like I’m on top of things. Conversely, as soon as the mess and …