Finding value in The Self-Care Project

In December, my first ever self-care box from Blurt arrived. I had ordered it because it included the recently-published The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy, the Founder and CEO of the Blurt Foundation. The Self-Care Project describes itself as a book on “how to let go of frazzled and make time for you”. If I’m honest, I’m not sure that I had this mastered by the end of the book. But I think if Hardy was reading…

Was there an easier way to achieve offline balance?

If you’re a regular reader then you will know I’m at the beginning of a year (mostly) offline. So when I saw Tanya Goodin’s book, Off: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life, I had to read it. Goodin’s book takes a much more gentle approach to digital detoxing than my year offline. But it is no less effective for that. The strategies Goodin offers enables the reader to put boundaries around online time and the book…

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…

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…

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…