Street scene during lockdown 2.0

Coping during Lockdown 2.0

How to look after your mental and physical health After lots of governmental procrastination, we now all have to live with tighter restrictions again until at least the 2nd December. In the spring we were lucky with the beautiful weather, but now we’re faced with the dull, grey, damp days of winter. So now, more…

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Been furloughed? What next?

UPDATE, 13 May:  As the UK government has now extended its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of October, it’s more advisable than ever for furloughed workers to consider the tips in this article. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further help.   How to use your time more productively Almost overnight the…

And breathe… if you can’t sleep

Finding it difficult to get to sleep in these stressful times? Try these different breathing techniques to relax your mind and body. They are also great for stress. Inhale with slow deep breaths into the belly and exhale with long slow breaths, out through the nose or mouth. Put your hand on your belly if…

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13 ways to keep healthy in lockdown

With the whole world trying to cope with COVID-19, we’re living in very strange and surreal times. We are experiencing life in a totally unprecedented way and, even though we are several weeks into lockdown, no one really has a clue how it’s all going to pan out. Things will become clearer over time, but…

How to sleep well and keep cool at night during the summer

Night time temperatures are rising! Most of us love the sunshine and crave the heady warm days of summer.  But when the temperature starts to soar and it begins to get humid, getting a good night’s sleep for most of us becomes a problem; especially if we have to work the next day.  Our bedrooms…

Exercise – love it or loathe it?

Did you know humans are designed to move around 3-5 miles per day (that’s 10,000 steps or more!). Our lives have become more sedentary, and sitting is allegedly the new cancer, apparently worse than smoking. How much exercise do we actually need? The World Health Organisation and Public Health England recommend between three and five…

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3 simple ways to protect wellbeing in the workplace

One of my clients, Pensar wrote this great blog about what they’re doing to keep look after the wellbeing of their employees, we thought we would share. “Wellbeing”, not just a buzzword… We are all currently living through a very challenging time. Now more than ever, it is crucial that employers start to show an…

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Dealing with grief in unprecedented times

Guest blog from Jo Tocher, Loss Specialist – Light After Loss Apart from losing our freedom by being in quarantine and lockdown, we are also losing our work, our businesses, and sadly some family members to the virus One of the most difficult things to deal with is when a loved one is taken to…

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How to sleep better during lockdown

How are you sleeping during the pandemic? The Advantage Travel Partnership asked me to share some sleep tips for their Wellness Wednesday updates.     If you want to find out more about our monthly low cost wellbeing solution for your business – please click here          

How the clocks going forward can disrupt your sleep!

The last weekend in March is the time of year to put our clocks forward for summertime and this year it falls on Sunday 29th March 2020. We’re already beginning to naturally adjust to the lighter mornings and evenings, and then suddenly we’re going to be plunged back into dark mornings again. If you feel…

How I fell in love with wool bedding

A few years ago, I had my first encounter with a wool duvet at a hotel in London… At first, I thought it would be a weird and not very pleasant sleeping experience. After childhood memories of sleeping with a plethora of heavy scratchy wool blankets on my bed to keep me warm at night,…

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13 things to think about if you or your team have to work from home

If your business or place of work is facing a few weeks with enforced working from home because of the coronavirus, here are some things to think about putting in place. Working from home for some of you will be the best thing ever. For others, it will be your worst nightmare especially if you’re…

The Power of Habits Retreat 02 April 2020

The Power of Habits Retreat Folkestone 2 April 2020 09:00 to 17:30 You’ve set your goals and intentions, but what will keep you going when the going gets tough? The answer is habits. Positive, consistent habits are the fuel that will keep you on track and moving towards your destination. What if you had the…

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FaceApp or your metabolic age?

Have you succumbed to FaceApp yet to see how you’re going to age? I was tempted but then when I researched it, I read about the controversy over how much of your data the app has access to on your phone and what it can do with the photo of the older version of yourself.…

On the road and keeping healthy

On the road and keeping healthy

Being away from home, whether for work or play and keeping healthy can be challenging. Our routines get messed up when it comes to sleep, food and exercise. Then, of course, add travel into the mix too! Travelling saps your energy, especially flying both short and long haul. Before you even get on the plane…

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Time for a blood pressure check?

It’s world hypertension day today. When was the last time you had a blood pressure check? The test can warn if you are at risk of developing serious problems such heart failure, heart attack, strokes and even kidney failure and dementia. Blood pressure is the term used to describe the strength with which your blood…

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Mental Health Awareness Week – Body Image

Body image is the theme for this year’s mental health awareness week in the UK. We all go through crises of confidence where we don’t feel comfortable in our own skin. Going through phases where we hate the way we look. And becoming fixated on a certain part of our body that we detest, and…

Do you know your numbers?

Knowing your numbers or your vital stats is a great way to keep track of how you’re doing health wise You can buy body scan scales relatively cheaply which as well as doing your weight will may measure your: Fat % Muscle mass % Hydration % Daily calorie intake Metabolic age (your fitness age) Bone…

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Drink more and pimp

We’re talking water – sorry, not alcohol, even though a gin and tonic with ice and a slice can be quite refreshing! When we’re told to drink more water, it can seem such a chore and a mammoth challenge to actually drink the amount we’re told to by the experts. About 80% of our water…

How to minimise jet lag

Jet lag can affect everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a frequent flyer with tens of thousands of air miles in the bank or somebody who takes a once a year holiday flight. What is jet lag? Jet lag is a sleep disorder a great many people suffer with.  It used to be considered a…

Will the sugar tax make a difference?

Recent news focused on the introduction of the sugar tax on soft drinks. The big question on everyone’s lips is, “Will it make a difference?”. It’s costing our health With tooth decay and obesity rates in children continuing you rise, we must start somewhere. The UK is a ticking time bomb, storing up potential health…

Stress and Sleep – Part Two

I left the last blog with a question…What can you do to help yourself with stress? The answer is: lots and lots! Some people seek medicines and others look for ways to reduce the stresses in their lives, for example by changing jobs, partners, drinking too much alcohol etc. But these might not be the…

Stress and Sleep – Part One

Stress, worry and anxiety make it almost impossible to relax and still your mind enough to fall asleep and when you do, it tends to be lighter with more REM sleep. When your body is under stress it will release more adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones which activate the ‘fight or flight’ response. These…

Sharing a bed with someone new?

You meet the person of your dreams. The chemistry is there. You finally get it together. But what’s it like to sleep with them? I’m not talking about how good they are in between the sheets, I’m talking about the other ‘S’ in the bedroom – sleep! There may be things you don’t even consider…

Got an activity tracker? Is the sleep function stressing you out?

Activity or fitness trackers have become a part of our modern lifestyles. They are brilliant for monitoring our activity, exercise, food intake and weight. I love them! But… When it comes to monitoring sleep, it seems a lot of us are left confused. We think we’ve had a great night’s sleep when we wake up,…

Still feeling exhausted after the festive break?

The excitement of Christmas and New Year has come and gone, do you feel rested after your break? Or are you feeling tired and rung out? We all look forward to the Christmas break and expect to chill out and recharge our batteries. But the truth is that we often go back to work in…

Are you taking a break?

We all need to take time out to recharge our batteries and have a rest, and the week before last, I took a ten day holiday to do exactly that. The type of holiday you take is of course a personal preference whether it’s lounging on a beach or by a pool; having a city…

BBC TV Programme, The Truth About Sleep – my opinion

Did you watch the BBC TV programme, The Truth About Sleep with Michael Mosley a few weeks ago?  If you did, did you find it fascinating? For once I didn’t find myself screaming at the TV like I normally do with programmes on diets and healthy eating where I disagree with most of what they…

10 Tips for getting a better night’s sleep

INFOGRAPHIC: How to cope with the symptoms of sleep deprivation

  How To Cope With Sleep Deprivation – An infographic by the team at SleepyPeople.com

Zesty Brekkie – Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is a great quick healthy brekkie, brunch or even a light bite for lunch. You need this: 1 slice of lightly toasted sourdough bread Olive oil 1/2 ripe avocado roughly chopped A wedge of lemon or lime Pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional) 3 tsp mixed seeds (we used a mixture of pumpkin and…

Starting your day with ‘va va voom’!

How do you start your day? Is it slowly? You can’t cope until you’ve had your caffeine fix or do you get up and wish you had a bit more get up and go? Let me share with you something that has revolutionised my wake up routine in the past year. It’s funny how things appear…

Can exercise improve our sleep

Can exercise improve your sleep?

For some, exercise can be a chore; they feel it is something they ‘should’ do because they know it’s good for them.  Others can’t survive without it, and start to get a bit twitchy if they don’t do anything for a couple of days. I’ve been in both camps, and thankfully, I’m in the latter. …

Nocturnal screen time is playing havoc with our sleep

  In our recent survey, we discovered that just over half (50.6%) of participants said they had problems with their sleep.  90% of those were watching TV or using their phone, tablet or laptop in bed for either work or pleasure. Technology is brilliant, but being welded to our electronic devices at night time is…

5 Signs you’re sleep deprived and what to do about it

How do you know when you’re not getting enough sleep? When we sleep, our body goes into maintenance mode, and if you’re not getting enough shut eye, then you may find that you’re suffering from the following:   1. You have the concentration span of a gnat There is nothing worse than having to struggle…