My journey to better mental health

Better Mental Health

Why I need to improve my mental health Last year was rough. Don’t get me wrong: there were no great tragedies. I did, however, come very close to having a breakdown. My fragile mental state crept up on me throughout the year as I suffered a series of small mental injuries, most of which were work-related. Things came to a head in November when I crashed and burned at an interview for a prestigious job. I managed to limp through the remainder of the year welcoming an uncharacteristically long (for me) Christmas break. Over the festive break, Steve and I

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How to Learn Faster with Micro Learning and other Techniques

Faster Learning

How to learn faster If you work full-time and have family responsibilities at home, it can be difficult to find time to learn anything new. There are the traditional methods of attending night school or open university style courses. These courses, however, can be time-consuming, taking a commitment of several hours a week and often rely on learning by repetition. Further education courses like these are often necessary for obtaining formal diplomas and qualifications but there are other ways to learn skills faster. Using a technique known as micro learning you can break down lessons into easier, bite sized chunks,

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Moderation: taking a balanced approach to your physical and mental wellbeing


My brother-in-law was talking with friends when one of them said: “I haven’t felt well since 1985!” After chortling over this comment, I suddenly thought: “hang on, when was the last time I actually felt 100% well?” I realised that I hadn’t been living a balanced lifestyle for some time. We live in a world of extremes, where moderation can seem dull and boring. We seem to oscillate between strict discipline and overindulgence. In my early twenties, I was overweight and constantly on a diet. Some days were more successful than others. On those “unsuccessful days” I fell into the

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The Lifestyle Entrepreneur – A Lesson in Work Life Balance

Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Today there are, perhaps, three types of entrepreneur: The traditional bricks and mortar business owners The online business owners who strive to be laptop millionaires Those who forgo chasing the big bucks and choose to do what they enjoy with a lifestyle orientated business. The second group has coined the phrase “Lifestyle Entrepreneur” i.e. those who seek a passive income online to free up their time, so they can spend it how they want. In reality, perhaps it is the third group who should be given this title. If you can do what you love, something that fills your life

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How to be Happier in Life – The Little Book of Lykke Review


The Little Book of LYKKE – The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Copenhagen Penguin Life Lykke or happiness goes hand in hand with wellbeing and in this excellent book based on Meik’s studies, he outlines six pillars of happiness: Togetherness – a sense of community and sharing, doing deeds that benefit everyone and not just oneself Money – Indicates wealth and happiness are linked. Questions whether having a lot of money really makes us happy Health – Why quality of life is so important and why countries with free health

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Roll with the Seasons – Enjoy every day of the year

Tips for enjoying Spring

If like me you hibernate in the winter months then you maybe missing out. Do you: Dread winter and get more depressed as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder? Hibernate for half the year? Look forward to Christmas and then have the pangs of regret in January as you review the bank statement? Spend the rest of the year looking forward to your summer holiday? Personally, I do all of the above and suffer from trying to fit all the good times into a few short months of the year then suffer from SAD during most of

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Hello from the Daily Harmony team

Daily Harmony

Welcome to the first step on our journey. Like many people, we often re-evaluate our lives, especially during stressful periods at work or due to challenging personal circumstances. During these periods, we reflect on our current work life balance and levels of anxiety versus happiness. Cath’s work involves research into mental health, giving her an understanding of how stress and anxiety can affect both mind and body. She also has a keen interest in mental wellness. As someone who has practised Martial arts for nearly twenty years I have studied how to remain centered and how the mind and body

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How to prevent burnout: take steps before it is too late

Prevent Burnout

I have been perilously close to burning out on a couple of occasions. Fortunately, I have managed to avoid falling into a full downward spiral by taking time off work to gain perspective and soothe my frazzled nerves. Burnout is insidious. Before you know it, work loses all meaning and your confidence crumbles. At this point, it can go one of two ways. In the best-case scenario, you somehow feel able to put your life on hold and give yourself chance to recover. In the worst-case scenario, you feel unable to take time off work and eventually develop burnout syndrome.

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Time Management Pt. III: How to improve your organisation skills

Improve your organisation skills

Photo: Stay organised by using a notebook If you want to improve your organisation skills, keeping track of your tasks and progress in a paper note book is still one of the best ways to organise your thoughts and any actions you pick up throughout the day. I carry one to every meeting at work and have one at home to jot things down when they pop in my head. It is useful to keep a shopping list open in the notebook and add things to it as I realise the jam has just run out in the fridge.

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Time Management Pt. II: Managing your workload to reduce stress

Manage your workload

Photo: Wood In the previous post we explored how writing a to do list can help organise your workload. In this article we will look at how to manage your workload so that it doesn’t seem insurmountable. What happens if you have written your To Do list and it’s too long? Perhaps you can’t fit all the tasks into the allocated time. How do we prevent this becoming a common occurrence? How do we cope if our job is consistently taking us more than the normal eight-hour work day to complete? The post focusses on time management at work,

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