Review of Daylio – a mood tracker and micro diary app


This post is not sponsored. It’s an honest review of Daylio.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a tendency towards depression. I have found multiple ways of managing that, and for the most part now have solid routines in place. One of the key things for me was to start tracking my moods. This helped me to figure out what activities led...

15 of the best packed lunches to take to work


There are two great reasons to take a packed lunch to work. The first is that it will save you money. Whilst the actual amount it will save you depends on what you pack in your lunch box versus what you used to spend on eating out or buying prepackaged sandwiches and salads I can guarantee that it will pretty much always work out cheaper. (I mean, unless you regularly put caviar and truffles in...

How to give up alcohol (without feeling deprived)


So you’ve decided to give up alcohol. Maybe you’re partaking in dry January, Go Sober for October, or maybe you’re just trying to cut back after a few too many hangovers. Maybe you’re just giving up for a month, or maybe it’s more long-term. Alcohol is a great social lubricant, but it sucks for our health. Whilst the odd glass of wine or bottle of beer is a harmless...

How to recognise and manage your emotions


Being a grown-up is all about managing things. Managing our time. Managing our energy. Managing our emotions. Managing our physical health. Managing our money. Managing our environment. If you can successfully manage all these things, congratulations! You have won at being a grown-up. Leave a comment below to receive your certificate. Chances are, however, that you struggle with one or more of...

Routines matter (why dropping my phone led to my life unravelling)


In January I dropped my smartphone. It cracked the screen and rendered it unusable. Super irritating, but I don’t need my phone right? I don’t have a phone contract, and had bought my smartphone outright a couple of years ago. I did a quick bit of research and discovered decent smartphones had become pretty expensive. Unable to justify the expense for a new phone, I borrowed an old...

Set a consistent sleep schedule: why it matters and how to do it


My next few posts are dedicated to sleep. Why? Because sleep is fundamental to achieving almost everything else. Without good quality sleep we are less productive, more stressed, less energetic and more irritable. High quality sleep is important for losing weight and building strength. It’s essential for sensible decision making and the ability to focus. And it’s key to willpower. So...

New Years Resolution: Lose weight and be healthy


It’s the time of year when gyms fill up and cake sales nosedive. The single most common New Years Resolution is to lose weight – with related resolutions around exercising more and eating healthier following on its heels. Unfortunately, by February, the cake sales are back up, the gyms have emptied, and we all feel faintly guilty. According to Forbes, just 8% of New Years Resolutions...

10 quick pick-me-ups for when you’re exhausted


Maybe you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up because you’re stressed at work, in the middle of seasonal overwhelm, or just suffering from the January blues. It happens to the best of us – a feeling of exhaustion, a lack of motivation, and a tendency towards irritability. Whatever the reason, here are 10 quick pick-me-ups for when you’re exhausted to help give you the energy...

How to eat 10 portions of fruit and veg a day


10 a day! That’s the recommendation from a study carried out in February, which advised that eating 10 portions of fruit and veg a day could dramatically decrease the chance of disease. Unfortunately, many of us find it a struggle to eat even the previously recommended 5-a-day. If we want to eat more fruit and veg, we need to change the way we approach food. However, the benefits of...

How to deal with stress at work


Unless you are lucky, chances are high that at some point you’ll have a bad day at work. A project goes wrong. Traffic sucks and you’re late to a meeting. You send an email to someone you wanted to impress with a typo in the subject line. Your customers are particularly unpleasant and entitled. Or maybe you have to deal with the client from hell. I, myself, have been experience a...

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