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“If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. And it is in your power to wipe out this judgment now.” — Marcus Aurelius

The above quote from Roman Emperor and Stoic poster-boy Marcus Aurelius comes across as slightly smug, and when his belief that events are neither good or bad is applied to the pandemic, I would not judge you for rolling your eyes.

Nonetheless, there is certainly truth in the fact that a less than desirable event (Read: Global Pandemic), can be framed in a…

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Spiritual teachers, gurus, self-help guides, speakers and books… they all say more or less the same thing: self-love is the pathway to happiness and to a life free from suffering. The way some of them put it, it sounds like an easy thing to do. But do you actually know how this “love yourself” thing works? Could you be able to tell if you truly love yourself?

Self-love has several benefits and — contrary to popular belief — it isn’t a woo woo thing. It is, actually, the best thing you can do for yourself. …

First, let’s nail down what stress is. We feel stressed when we are unable to cope with difficult events or circumstances. However, this is totally natural. Some events and circumstances are simply beyond coping with. These, in turn, have an impact on our bodies.

When we perceive threats, major challenges or pressures, our bodies often undergo biological stress responses. The brain releases hormones and chemicals, such as adrenaline and cortisol, which are sent barrelling through the body. …

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No one likes to be in red. It signifies danger, a warning or uncertainty. The same can be said for your bank account. Watching those numbers roll down sure gets that heart rate going! Finances can be awkward to talk about; many people don’t like talking about money. It seems private. The fact is, every person will be having the same concerns as you are…

Perhaps you’re smart, are goal-driven, and put a bit away into a secret savings account each month upon receiving your paycheck. Saving is healthy, and as with anything health related, it’s also hard.

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With an ongoing pandemic, lockdown and SAD on the loose, it might be hard to find the motivation to do your work — or anything for that matter. You might be someone who figured out how to get and stay motivated during these trying times. If you are, that’s amazing, well done! It couldn’t have been easy, but there might be people you work with (colleagues or employees) that may not have figured out what you have. The question now becomes, how do I motivate the people around me?

How do we motivate others without making them feel as though…

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Now, more than ever, we are constantly attached to screens. As if it wasn’t bad enough when we were all just addicted to our phones, now we have our multiple Zoom meetings a day, our laptops forever open and our retinas continually frying.

And then we finish work, finally presented with some free time, we can’t actually go anywhere, so what do we do? We sit in front of the TV — yet another screen. If you can’t already tell, I am sick of screens. …

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Thomas Edson failed 10,000 times before arriving at the perfect formula to one of the most important inventions in human history, the electric light bulb. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” He said.

If he had given up after failing a few times, can you imagine what the world would be like today? Just imagine how many more potential inventions we could have right now if people were more resilient…

Why is resilience important?

Resilience, according to psychologists, is the ability to face adversities in life — such as tragedies, health problems, relationship or work issues and so…

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Cardio or weight training? Pilates or HIIT? Gym or home workouts? With so much information online these days about which types of exercises are supposedly the most effective, and how long you should be doing these workouts for, it can be confusing to say the least.

After all, if you’ve plucked up the courage to grab your trainers and head out on that run, having to worry about whether what you’re doing constitutes ‘enough’ is not ideal. Unfortunately, there is no standardised way of measuring the appropriate amount of exercise, as this very much varies depending on your individual needs.

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2020 was a strange year. Not once, twice, but three times, the country had been placed into a lockdown and it was very easy to fall into the trap of ‘lockdown fatigue’.

Motivation, productivity and energy levels all fall, leaving us feeling exhausted and surprisingly burnt out. Much of this has come from a change to our daily routines. Our sleeping patterns have gone out of the window, leaving many of us twiddling our thumbs and looking for the energy to actually do anything.

This is why it is important for us to try and find new ways to keep…

Before you start reading, stop and think: what would make your job seem more meaningful? If you can’t think of anything, then I guess that’s why you’re here. It’s true that sometimes life and our work can seem pretty meaningless. Whether you’ve just started your job, or have been in the same company for 5 years, it does get to a point where you start to wonder “why am I here?”

Many of us are stuck on auto-pilot. And our working days aren’t any better: the same meetings, the same daily tasks and the same targets. If you’re coming home…


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