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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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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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Productivity Round-Up

You know how it is. You have a million things to do. Your inbox is filling up, and every time you get rid of one email, another five come in. You have several pressing decisions to make, and you forgot you said yes to helping a friend out with something. What’s to do?! I feel your…

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Take a moment. Press pause on everything. Breathe…

  You’re busy. Really busy. You rushed around to get everything ready for Christmas. You got all the presents sorted – even the unexpected last minute ones – and made sure everyone got what they wanted. You ensured everyone had a good time, and even reminded yourself to have a good time when your annoying family…

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How taking all your holiday allowance can make you a better employee – and a better person

Did you take all your holiday allowance last year? No? You’re not alone. One survey discovered that the average UK employee ends up wasting almost a quarter of their total annual leave. That means with a month of annual leave allowance, you’re working an extra week. For nothing. The survey continued, saying that only 50% of employees…

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Boost Your Creativity, Resource Your Brain

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso. I believe everyone can be creative. But apparently, not everyone else believes it. For example, a 2012 study conducted by Adobe reported that 75% of people felt that they were not living up to their ‘creative potential’…

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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…

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What Do You Need Right Now?

Pause for a moment. Take a deep breath. Relax your shoulders. Loosen your jaw. I have a simple question for you today. It’s an easy question to ask. But I want you to spend a little time considering something much harder, too. The answer. What is the question? It’s simple: What do you need right now…

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