The Christmas season is the most magical time of the year. Supposedly. So why does it come with unwanted stress and pressure that we all feel?
Here are five simple ways to help you understand when letting go is the right thing to do.
We’ve all been there. But looking after yourself a little more at this time of the year can kickstart it all.
These are autumnal recipes for the whole family, that are nourishing but also delicious and won’t take hours to prepare. I’ve included a few of my favourite star ingredients as well as a whole host of seasonal fruit and vegetables that you can mix up depending on what’s in your fridge.
There are ways to flip your anxiety into something altogether more positive and ways to prepare as you enter the second part of the year exuding calm and confidence. Here are a few ideas to get you going.
The end of the summer break is almost nigh; what seemed to stretch out ahead of us like a lifetime of long summer days has passed by as quickly as the eagerly-contested sibling beach race, and days of school-runs, homework and playground pursuits beckon once again. This can feel a little unsettling at the best of times; perfectly natural as weeks of footloose freedom switch to something very different overnight.
Those who don’t garden can be forgiven for not understanding quite why people do it. It can seem a fuddy-duddy exercise with strange goals, to beautify nature or take control of our own little plots. But those who do swiftly learn the benefits of tending to the earth, of prizing out flowers from the ground or raising seedlings from trays, and those benefits are difficult to see, because innate calm and relaxation is such a wonderfully internal thing.
Here are a few ideas that might help to get the family working together to create the perfect travel plan for a calm and happy holiday.
Help is at hand. With just a little forward planning – a decent chunk of which involves getting your fellow travellers to help lighten the load – the task of pulling that journey plan together can become something enjoyable and one that gives a great chance of a stress-free sojourn.
Balancing a variety of roles is part of everyday life for many of us these days; roles that change from moment to moment. One minute we’re a friend, the next a teacher, a helper, or a parent –sometimes all of these at once! Each presents its own tasks, challenges and expectations, which we’re often juggling before we even start to think about our actual job!
If there’s one thing that’s the same for all of us it’s this: life moves quickly. One day you’re starting school and the next you’re starting work. If you don’t look up, pay attention and make an effort to notice what’s going on, it can all becomes a bit blurry. Luckily, time is punctuated by life-changing and unforgettable moments that give us an excuse to slow down, look around and enjoy where we are right there and then.
We’re always looking for better, more efficient ways to do things. Timed saved doing admin tasks means more time to spend on the things we enjoy doing. Here are a few of our favourite efficiency hacks!