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How to Start Taking Care of Yourself

How do you feel today? Joyful, light-hearted, relaxed? Or out-of-sorts, tired and stressed? Most of us have good days and bad days. Days when we feel ready to take on the world, and days when we just want to curl up under the duvet. But we’re not always good at recognising which is which, or listening…

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From Burnout to Being on Fire: 5 Lessons That Changed My Life

Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves. Mahatma Gandhi Have you ever thought about giving it all up? Handing in your notice and saying goodbye to the dreary 9-5? Of being your own boss, taking off for a life of travel and adventure? I…

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How to be a Successful Introvert AND Stay True to Yourself

I’m a bit of a navel-gazer, and a bit of a people watcher. Hours alone with the computer, writing: brilliant. And if I can do that in a coffee shop, where occasionally I can surface and spend some time making up stories about the people around me, even better. I think it stems from studying philosophy…

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16 Self-Care Experts Share their Tips on How You Can be Kinder To Yourself

Ever wondered how the experts do it? How they manage busy lives, successful relationships, deep friendships and fulfilling work, and still seem to glow from the inside out? How they have such great self-care strategies? I’m afraid I’m going to burst that bubble right now. They don’t. The ‘experts’ – me included – struggle with this…

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Can a Morning Ritual Help with Your Self-Care?

How do you start your day? Do you leap out of bed, graceful as a ballet dancer, ready for a strong, energetic start to the day? Or do you roll out of bed, stumble into the bathroom, and rely on touch to get through the first twenty minutes before you’re ready to unglue your eyes? I…

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Creativity and Self-Compassion with Melissa Dinwiddie

I was recently interviewed on Melissa Dinwiddie’s excellent podcast “Creative Now!” about my views on creativity, perfectionism and of course, self-care and self-compassion. She is the author of the book The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life and here shares her thoughts on Creativity and Self-Compassion, two crucial tools in all our creative…

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How Small Pleasures Make a Big Difference

Last year, I was blocked. At first, it was because I’d taken on too many things, and I needed to focus. I knew you’d be busy over the Summer, personal development at the back of your mind, so I thought I’d take a little break. Then the Autumn came, and I had some ideas for writing…

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How To Make Conscious Choices and Stop Sleepwalking Through Life

Note from Ellen: You may feel this is a little controversial. It’s not designed that way, only to make you think. The examples in it are just that, examples. But if you feel challenged by them, ask yourself why. Maybe there’s something to play with, there…gently. Every day you make thousands of tiny choices. Coffee or…