Tuning Out To Tune In

We need to ‘cut the information umbilical cord’ – so says Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Work Week. We can’t read and listen to everything, right? Although I sometimes seem to attempt this! Could we benefit from tuning out from the information overload and tuning in to ourselves? There is so much to know and to learn. We can …

Grounding

Life can be a bit of an emotional roller coaster and it is normal to experience triggers – large or small. So, sometimes we might want to ‘ground ourselves’. But what does this mean? And how do you do it? Grounding ourselves is about re-establishing a feeling of calm, stability and composure. Anything that produces this effect could be considered …

Permission To Be Human

‘Permission to be human’ is a phrase I have used for many years. It’s an antidote to ‘shoulds’ and self-judgment. I am a passionate advocate of this way of living. We can have a sense that we will be ok at some future point when we have achieved some particular inner state or outer goal. But, we are ok right …

Nourishing Nature – Free Mood-Enhancement

Recently I looked a little more into the scientific reasons why being in nature feels so good. It was pretty fascinating. Here are some things I discovered… Microbes in the soil positively impact our serotonin profile. Being around, and touching, soil boosts our mood. In a forest, we breathe in phytoncides, airborne chemicals emitted by plants. Phytoncides help plants fight …

Washing Machine

Sometimes we can feel as if we’ve been spinning round in the washing machine. This can follow certain challenging events or times of change. After this ‘washing machine spin cycle’, we may feel unsettled, confused, disoriented, upside down and somewhat lost. The pandemic, lockdowns, openings up, closing downs, radical changes in what work and life looks like – this is …

Being in Your Head

The mind is a wonderful thing. Its capacities for planning, remembering, inventing and imagining are, quite frankly, astounding. But also, my feeling is that we can be too much ‘in the head’. If we spend too much time operating from the mind, it can get full, tired, foggy and unoriginal. Coming from the mind then becomes counterproductive. It is so …

Liberation, Creative Self-Expression and Effortlessness

I used to write blogs for my business (some examples on here). And then I stopped – a long time ago. One key reason for this is that it would take me sooooo long to write it, as I tried to drill down to find the perfect word or expression and to really put my finger on what I was …

Stress? Pause. Respond

In 2018, there were 12.8 million working days lost due to work-related stress, anxiety or depression, according to figures published by the Health and Safety Executive. Consider the significant suffering experienced by all those individual human beings. And clearly it also has a huge financial impact on a business. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, knowing how to recognise …

Letting Go of Perfection

Is perfect worth it? In her famous TED talk, Brene Brown talks of the importance of being vulnerable, as a key ingredient to living well. It struck a chord (over 50 million views) and launched her into fame. Perhaps people took a collective deep sigh when she created this permission to be vulnerable, to be imperfect, to be real. Over …

The Perfect Present

It’s natural to cast our mind forward or back – recalling good times or dreaming of the future. Mental time-travel can be emotionally enriching. So what if you considered that the past and future don’t really exist, other than as concepts? When we actually experience the future and the past, we experience it as the present. There only ever is …