Tag: Self care

Why you’ll never again hear me complain about turning 50

I turn 50 in the very near future and it seems I’ve done nothing but moan about it for the best part of the past 12 months or so. Or rather, I was moaning about it, up to around 2-3 months ago, when I was listening to an episode of ‘The Life Lessons Podcast’, specifically …

Find the time to do the things you love each day

Last week, I wrote about the importance of doing a little every day to build momentum over time. The post referenced several examples of tasks where there will be benefits from spending just 10 minutes per day on them. Linked to this, I stumbled upon this quote a couple of days ago – a favourite …

Why working from home is much better for my mental health and productivity

I find it strange thinking back to the Covid lockdown restrictions. At times, it feels like it all happened a lifetime ago, yet there are times when it feels it was all relatively recently. Either way, the effects of it still loom large, particularly in the workplace. The organisation I work for continues to adopt …

Why I’ve suddenly realised I need to go for the smaller option when it comes to food

At the age of 49, I’ve experienced a eureka moment when it comes to food. After half a lifetime of bad habits, I’ve finally realised that it makes much more sense to go for the smaller option where food is concerned. I’ve always had an *ahem* ‘healthy’ appetite and almost always go large when presented …

Stories are central to life. Another reason why we should view things through a child’s eyes far more often.

Life is all about stories. They’re central to life and they’re always amazing if you look at them in the right way. I love stories. When I talk to others about them, there’s a tendency to immediately focus on books as the main source of stories but if you look deeply enough, they’re everywhere. When …

A health / weight update – I’m not as fit as I thought I was…

Despite needing to lose weight, I’ve always thought I was relatively fit. I walk quite often. I eat a relatively health diet. I get plenty of fresh air. I just need to work on shedding the excess fat that I’m carrying. However, a couple of things lately have demonstrated to me that I’m not as …

The one simple thing which massively improves my life

Regular readers will know I’m in a constant battle to get fit and sustain it. It isn’t easy though, over recent years, I’ve come to realise that there is one simple thing which massively helps me – not just in the battle to shed fat, but also in improving my mental health. Walking. That most …

Are lists good or bad for us?

I’ve always been a list maker. For as long as I can remember, I’ve used them daily in both my work and personal lives. I’ve always believed they’re helpful though I’ve recently wondered if that really is the case. If anything, I now think they cause pressure and anxiety where it really isn’t needed. I …

Get up and start again

I’ve lost my way with the blog over recent months. Since starting in May 2019, I averaged close to a new post each week for the first two years. However, since August 2021, I’ve written just 25 posts (including this one) – an average of one per fortnight. It is easy to come up with …

Do you have opportunities to talk about your mental health?

I’m fortunate to work for a company which places a great deal of importance on the mental health of employees. The Wellbeing team in our HR department are fantastic. They regularly arrange lunchtime catch-ups for staff to understand what support is available and to provide an opportunity for us to talk in a safe space. …