Why I’m on the journey to find health and harmony

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I’ve been struggling with this healthy living thing over the last few weeks. It hasn’t been helped by the fact that a back injury has stopped me from exercising and that seems to have affected my motivation to eat healthily too. As a result, I’ve felt more sluggish than usual and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my mood, motivation and tolerance levels. I soon discovered that not exercising and opting for cake instead of fruit is a slippery slope and a slope that I need to jump off as soon as possible.

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10 minutes to calm

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With the school holidays in full flow, and working three days a week, I’m finding that I have even less time to myself at the moment. Any thoughts of prioritising ‘me time’ and relaxation have well and truly gone to pot! Things are definitely more relaxed in the house during the holidays, especially without the chaotic mornings and not having to do the school run, but I’m missing the time to myself that I try to squeeze into each day.

Finding myself in a bit of a grump this morning (serious lack of sleep at the moment), I realised that I really do need that time each day where I just focus on my own calm and relaxation. So I’ve decided to make a plan to fit in at least 10 minutes of ‘me time’ every day throughout the summer holidays (and hopefully beyond that too). Some of my ’10 minutes to calm’ include:
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Surviving sleep deprivation

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If there is one thing that is testing my mission to find calm and harmony at the moment, it’s lack of sleep. I am rubbish without a good night’s sleep. So having spent the last few weeks with one or both of my children waking up every night, I am a proper grump today! While my children and husband find it really easy to get back to sleep again, I spend the rest of the night tossing and turning and listening to the harmony of snoresRead More »

Why I NEED exercise

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Since having children, I’d put my own health and fitness to the bottom of the pile of priorities which meant that I pretty much did no regular exercise. I’d had half attempts at the latest fitness videos that promised to make me look like a toned goddess in only 5 minutes a day, and had several failed starts at running (I don’t recommend trying to start any outdoor sporting activity in the midst of a cold, wet and dark winter if you`re a fitness-phobe like I was – it does nothing for the motivation!).Read More »

12 tips for a calmer working day

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Work can be stressful. From busy work-loads to tight schedules, fitting in everything we need to get done at work, as well as having a life outside of work, can be a challenge. Trying to manage that stress and staying on top of everything is something that has left me feeling overwhelmed in the past, particularly since having children. I’m definitely still learning how to juggle the work-life balance, but there are lessons that I have learnt over my 16 years’ of working that help me manage my work on a daily basis (though admittedly, some I find easier than others!). Below are some tips that have helped me, and some that I am still working on to be honest, but if you are struggling with work-life balance and find yourself getting stressed over work, I hope these will help you too:Read More »

Business trips: How to cope with leaving the kids

I’m fortunate to travel as part of my day job. I say fortunate now, but I remember the first time I left my children for a business trip to the USA. I spent weeks worrying about it. How would they cope? How would I cope? What if something happened to them? What if something happened to me? Quite often the thought of being away is worse than the reality but I’ve learnt over the years that there are things I can do to make the whole trip run more smoothly for me,Read More »

Work-life balance for parents – my top 10 tips

Finding work-life balance is very much still a journey of discovery for me. Since becoming a mum six years ago, I’ve had the sometimes very difficult task of balancing being a working mum, wife, researcher, writer and generally trying to fit all the pieces of our lives together in some form of organised way. Sometimes the pieces fit together nicely and sometimes I feel like I’m flailing around in the dark trying to find a pause button.

I know I’m not alone. Many of us struggle to find a balance between work and family life and, somewhere in between, trying to find some time for our own rest and relaxation. I am no expert at this (you should see my to-do list!) but I have learnt some coping strategies and techniques that work for me, so I wanted to share my top 10 tips in the hope that it might help others:Read More »

A surprisingly stress-free kids’ party

Last week my children turned 4 and 6. They share a birthday (still not sure how we planned that!) so it means we have managed to get away with a joint birthday party for the last few years. I’m hoping we can get away with that for as long as possible! I find the whole mission of planning and preparing for a kids’ party harrowing. After a couple of years of organising parties for the ever-increasing numbers of friends, I decided this year was going to be different. I was not going to stress and worry, and I was going to approach this party with a calmer, more organised approach. Even when I put my back out days before the party, I still was able to stay calm.Read More »

3 small steps to a more harmonious life

After a couple of days which have really been testing my journey to find health and harmony, I realised that there are certain things that I could stop doing to bring a little more calm into my life. I did wonder whether I should name this post: ‘5 things I’m going to start doing…’ to give it more of a positive slant, but after what I can only describe as an utterly horrendous trip to the supermarket with my 4-year-old yesterday (over tired, emotional and hungry – and that was just me!), I realised that there really are things I can stop doing to make my life a little easier. You’ve probably guessed the first one! So from now on, I will:Read More »

Why blogging helps with my own work-life balance

I’ve been writing most of my life. From writing stories when I was a little girl to writing white papers, online articles and blog posts as an adult. I love writing. But I realised that my writing lately has very much been focused on topics specific to my day job. I needed a project that allows me to write regularly but with a more personal focus. So a couple of months ago I decided I was going to start a blog (I’m an avid reader of blog sites!).Read More »