101 self-care ideas to inspire happiness now

Self-care ideas that won’t cost you anything Take an online course: There are some great free courses online that cover topics around wellbeing such as  Maintaining a mindful life, Literature and Mental Health and Existential Wellbeing Counselling Spend ten minutes tidying Get creative with your gratitude practice Control your inner critic Set yourself a challenge: There is a calendar of challenges organised by month. Setting yourself a challenge can be great for your confidence as I have found…

How will you begin your 2018 reading challenge?

Reading is a proven form of self-care. One study found that book readers have a 28% greater likelihood of reporting very good or excellent health compared to non-readers (1). Another reported that reading for as little as six minutes is sufficient to reduce stress levels by 68%, slowing your heart beat, easing muscle tension and altering the state of mind. (2) So why not set yourself a reading challenge to encourage the formation of this positive wellbeing…

Excited anticipation for my year offline

The idea popped into my head for the first time three years ago. How would it be if my new year’s resolution was to leave the internet for a year? It seemed impossible. It still does. But this year I’ve decided to take the plunge. My landline and internet connection will both disappear on 27th December. I have to admit that I did panic when I sent the email confirming the closure of my account. Suddenly the…

My New Year’s Resolutions

My biggest resolution fail was the year I decided to give up chocolate and had eaten a pain au chocolat by breakfast. It was a sobering experience – no pun intended. But it taught me that setbacks do not have to equal failure. As the saying goes “Nobody can go back and make a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending”. This coming year I want to adopt this attitude of gentleness.…

5 easy ways to start a daily gratitude practice

If you’re like me then you will start most years with a resolution to meditate more but, before you know it, your meditation time turns into an excuse to curl up in bed with your eyes closed in the middle of the day. Just me? Either way, a resolution to meditate more is not a bad idea. Meditating and practising gratitude are both great ways to improve your mental health. But, in case you’re like me and…

How to start a bullet journal for mindful productivity

Bullet Journaling lives at the intersection between mindfulness and productivity. A system that adapts to your life every single day. (Source: Bullet Journal website) I think bullet journals are one of my favourite discoveries ever and the quote above sums up why I love them so much. This post will give some tips on how to start a bullet journal but first here’s some of the reasons you will want to give this a go! Bullet journals themselves…

UK University Counselling Services

There was a point when I was at university that it felt as though everyone I knew was accessing the university counselling service! Happily we didn’t bump into each other. But the truth is university life can be tough sometimes and your university counselling service may be able to help if you are struggling. If you are at university and think you could perhaps benefit from support, here is a list of UK university counselling services. These…