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4 Ways to Get Back on Track After Illness

When I completed the last round of Bring About Balance, I was asked for advice about illness. She asked how to get back on track after an unanticipated disruption that shut her down for a bit. Now, we’ve all had periods of low-productivity. I’ve have a cough-cold thing for 2 weeks, and have been sleeping on the sofa instead of writing articles. So today, I want to share 4 key ways to ensure you get Read more…

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How to Use Self-Care To Help The People You Love

In the UK, May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week. I was working on this check-list already, and this ‘perfect time to share’ pushed me to finish it. All the details below are included as an introduction to the check-list. The main 66-item list itself is in the pdf below: Click the bottom of the post to download it: no sign up or weird stuff required. Will This Help You? Ever feel like a plant, in Read more…

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How To Use Psychology for Life Project Success

For those who have taken a psychology class, you may have heard of something called “Miller’s Law” or just “the 7 (plus or minus 2) rule” about human nature. Today I’m going to apply this memory rule to those (big or little) life projects or self-development quests. Don’t worry if you hadn’t: I’d never heard of the first term until this week, and the second was a tiny part of my BSc on models of Read more…

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When in Doubt… Believe in Yourself.

There are so many things I could have written about this week. But one specific phrase keeps returning to my mind, resonating with something inside.  “When in doubt… believe in yourself.” It’s a nice phrase, and puts an unusual spin on the norm. Yet, I didn’t hear it from a self-help audio or a conversation between friends who like Marie Forleo and her phrase “Everything is figure-out-able”. It was a youtuber struggling to play a Read more…

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12 Quick Resets to Improve Burnout when your Energy is Flagging

We all have moments, days or sometimes even weeks when we feel exhausted. Mentally, physically, or emotionally. Sometimes, all three. And in the current day and age, burnout is one of those words that gets thrown around quite a lot. Remember when we used to get “stressed” and anxiety used to be call “worry”? Times have changed. Mental health symptoms, overall, haven’t. Low energy is practically endemic. Although we have more information on self-help, self-care and Read more…

6 Vital Reasons Why Showing Up Matters Most

“FIND YOUR PATH. PLAN YOUR STEPS. SHOW UP. HALF-ARSE IT. PROGRESS.” ~ me ~ I’ve been thinking lately about Showing Up. Whether we are seeking some deep inner truth about ourselves, trying to progress on our life mission, or trying to improve our physical and mental health by changing our diet… Showing Up is required. There are a few different viewpoints with Showing Up, even for those of us who are 100% “for” the strategy. Read more…

5 Curious Things You Didn’t Know About Yourself

I’ve always been that person who strives to understand. It’s a curiosity that I never questioned, it was so innate in my soul. I craved insights and understanding about myself. We Curious Souls Are Not Alone I’ve seen this curious nature labelled under various categories. INFJs from the Myers Briggs Personality Test. Virgos in star signs. Spiritual people. People who practise mindfulness. Minimalists. Lifelong learners. Nerds. Geeks. It doesn’t matter what term you identify with. Read more…

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Stuck and Not Sure How to Trust Yourself? Start Here.

We’ve all been there: Stuck, lost and no longer able to trust our own decisions.  You feel completely exhausted, uncertain what to do to get out of this slump. You’ve bought the self-help books but are too exhausted to read them. How can you make the right choice? You have ideas, but what do you know?  It’s not unusual to lose that sense of trust in yourself. But that’s a skill we need to get back.  Read more…

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The Truth About “I Should be Making Progress Quicker.”

Those of us with an ‘inner pull’ or an itch to ‘be more’ have a firm idea of what ‘progress’ looks like. We seek out validation of our path: mostly in the form of some kind of ‘pay off’ for making specific choices. We look for a sense of achievement to prove our efforts are “worth it.” If I don’t eat chocolate for 2 weeks, I expect to see ‘progress’ as waking without headaches, clearer Read more…