Swap your smartphone for sleep with SleepTown app

This week, the papers declared the UK a nation of smartphone addicts – see this story in the Independent. This followed the publication of Deloitte’s annual Mobile Consumer Survey, which found that more than half of us feel that we use our phones too much. You probably won’t be that surprised by the findings, which include: Over half of us check our phones within fifteen minutes of waking Nearly 80% of us check our phones in the last…

Can pizza make you happy? Introducing The Little Book of Lykke

If you have read Meik Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge then you will perhaps know what I mean when I write that it is possible to find happiness in a book. If not then you can find out with his latest publication: The Little Book of Lykke. Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and his latest book is a treasure hunt for happiness around the world. But it is not Wiking’s expertise…

Blogging fails and a new blogging chapter

So, here we are at Blogging: Chapter Three … or is that Four? Either way, I’m not sure that you’re meant to admit when you’ve had blogging fails. But the truth is that most bloggers will have had things go wrong. Look around the internet and you’ll see that there are plenty of people who’ve abandoned their fledgling blogs. Here at Soothing Sense, I want to keep things real and take you on my blogging journey. So…

Productivity software for insecure days

You would be doing well to find a more minimal piece of productivity software than DoOneThing. It is perfect in its simplicity. At the top of your Mac’s screen, in the menu bar where the clock lives, it displays your goal. Just one goal – the most important to-do. Every time you glance at the clock, you catch sight of it and begin to think “maybe I could do that”. Eventually, at some point, I inevitably find…

15 alternatives to adult colouring books

Adult colouring books have grown significantly in popularity. But maybe you have found that they don’t work for you or you have become bored of them. If so, don’t worry: I have fifteen alternatives to adult colouring books right here! 1) Origami Lose yourself in the art of folding! Origami can be incredibly mindful … and sometimes, I admit, a little bit tricky. But the complexities are balanced out by the beautiful things you can create and…

3 easy ways to take control of your inner critic

It is easy to become constrained by a fear of being judged, either by others or our own inner critic. Fostering a childlike curiosity, venturing out into the world with a spirit of adventure and a willingness to experiment, can help to create more breathing space.  Here we offer three top tips for turning down the volume on the inner critic by drawing on our capacity for discovery. #1 Try giving your inner critic a silly voice Experiment…

Create a life you love: Make some inspirational art

There is no need to spend a fortune on expensive posters or wall art when you can create your own for a fraction of the cost. Here are five easy steps for making some inspirational art! Make some inspirational art Step 1: Find an inspirational quote that you love, something that has real meaning to you and you won’t get bored of seeing every day (although don’t worry too much about that because you can always make a…