Coping Strategy #3: Break free from overthinking

Ever feel like you’re stuck on a mental treadmill and can’t get off? Here are my top 5 tried and tested strategies to help you break free from overthinking: Eat something (make sure you’re not hangry). Distract yourself with something engaging and lifegiving (your...

Coping Strategy #2: Navigating Setbacks

A smooth and happy life is not about an absence of bumps in the road - it's about how well you handle them. How effectively do you deal with setbacks? When faced with a setback, ask yourself these three questions: 1. Is the setback temporary or will its effect last...

Week 7 – The Psychology of Coping

Despite the best laid plans, life tends to throw us inevitable curve balls. At one time or another we are all bound to be tested and really, there is no buffer against it. What we can do is learn to cope better during these tough times.  I've discovered and road...

Relationship Booster #6: give each other space

And the final tip for this week's theme of boosting relationships is to give each other space to enjoy solo pursuits. This morning Daddybear went chasing waves and I relished time with my girls at Balmoral Beach. All things in balance. Sometimes having an opportunity...

Relationship Booster #5: Give thanks together

Tonight I am having a “gratitude dinner” with my little family, acknowledging the blessings in our lives. We will set the intention to reminisce about past happy events, savour current joyful things and anticipate good things to come. It is one of my favourite things...

Relationship Booster #4: Watch your words

As week 6 of my '8 weeks to a better bodymind challenge' draws to a close, I have been really enjoying the commitment to nurturing my relationships. How have you been going following these tips? I hope you're seeing the upward spiral of joy in action too. One of my...

Relationship Booster #3: Make time to connect

Today I am making time to reconnect with a loved one. Is there someone you haven’t spoken to in a while? It can be in person, via mail, over the phone, anything, just reach out. Relationships don’t flourish on their own, so make time to nurture them. The rewards will...

Relationship Booster #2: Reminisce with a friend

Today I am reminiscing with a friend. Take a look through your photos, send one to someone you love and tell them why this photo reminded you of them, or why you wanted to share it with them in particular. Let them know how much they mean to you and feel the upward...

Relationship Booster #1: Celebrate Good News

Today I am observing how I respond to others sharing good news… I commit to using “active and constructive” responding. This is when you demonstrate a genuine interest, ask lots of questions, encourage your loved one to relive the event with you, and reflect back to...

Boost your Relationships!

Welcome to week 6 of my 8 weeks to a better bodymind challenge : building positive relationships. Just as vital to our wellbeing as good nutrition, exercise and sleep is the sense of connection and belonging created by our relationships. This week we harness the power...

Rest and Refresh Tip #4: Free Guided Relaxation

It’s time to unwind! Savasana -  you know that delicious 5 minutes of stillness, lying on the ground at the end of a yoga class? Here is a recording for you to enjoy at your leisure. Simply lie down on the floor and press play. Believe me, it is a productive way to...

Rest and Refresh Tip#3: How to Get Better Sleep

Do you wake feeling refreshed? Did you know that research suggests that getting to sleep between the hours of 10pm and 6am is more replenishing than any other 8 hour period. Find it hard to disentangle yourself from the busyness of your day? Try my 2 minute guided...

Rest and Refresh Tip #2: A guided meditation for you

For many years I've been asked about recording some of my guided meditations and relaxations. As part of week 5: Rest and Refresh, I have made one available for you. It’s time to refresh! Take a few minutes out now to drop your day from your shoulders. You can even...

Rest and Refresh Tip #1

Today I am creating my own ‘self-soothing toolkit’. What’s in mine? There are lots of different ways I like to rest and refresh. I’m thinking along the lines of a ‘meditative’ shower, legs up the wall yoga pose, sitting in Nature... What’s in yours? Take a peek at...

self-care is not selfish!

Want to feel vital and abundant? Give yourself permission to fill your cup! Welcome to week 5 of my 8 weeks to a better bodymind challenge. This week we explore the different ways we can relax and renew. Take special note in your vitality journal of your energy levels...

Day 32: Upward Spiral of Joy

Day 32 of my '8 weeks to a better bodymind challenge' A week ago I made the commitment to road test a different mood boosting technique each day and what a fruitful experiment it's been. Without doubt it's had a real, tangible effect. I still experienced moments of...

Happiness Booster #5: Random Acts of Kindness

Today I am on the lookout for opportunities to be helpful, kind and generous… Is there someone that needs your help today? It can be as simple as a smile, going with someone else's preference, being extra courteous on the road, showing more patience or attentiveness...

Happiness Booster #4: Letting Go

Today I am practicing self-forgiveness. I am taking some time out today, to sit somewhere beautiful and to let go. Is there something you are ready to release? Check out this link for some suggestions on how to do it: "The Healing Power of Forgiveness and 7 Ways to...

Happiness Booster #3: Beat your Inner Critic

Today I am practicing self-compassion. Being kind and nurturing to yourself can be a powerful way of lifting your spirits and often allows you to achieve better results. Today, I commit to only talking to myself as I would my best friend. Learn how to beat your inner...