been furloughed - what next

UPDATE, 13 May:  As the UK government has now extended its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of October, it’s more advisable than ever for furloughed workers to consider the tips in this article. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further help.   How to use your time more productively Almost overnight the…

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Finding it difficult to get to sleep in these stressful times? Try these different breathing techniques to relax your mind and body. They are also great for stress. Inhale with slow deep breaths into the belly and exhale with long slow breaths, out through the nose or mouth. Put your hand on your belly if…

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Night time temperatures are rising! Most of us love the sunshine and crave the heady warm days of summer.  But when the temperature starts to soar and it begins to get humid, getting a good night’s sleep for most of us becomes a problem; especially if we have to work the next day.  Our bedrooms…

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sleeping during the pandemic

How are you sleeping during the pandemic? The Advantage Travel Partnership asked me to share some sleep tips for their Wellness Wednesday updates.     If you want to find out more about our monthly low cost wellbeing solution for your business – please click here          

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The last weekend in March is the time of year to put our clocks forward for summertime and this year it falls on Sunday 29th March 2020. We’re already beginning to naturally adjust to the lighter mornings and evenings, and then suddenly we’re going to be plunged back into dark mornings again. If you feel…

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A few years ago, I had my first encounter with a wool duvet at a hotel in London… At first, I thought it would be a weird and not very pleasant sleeping experience. After childhood memories of sleeping with a plethora of heavy scratchy wool blankets on my bed to keep me warm at night,…

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Jet lag can affect everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a frequent flyer with tens of thousands of air miles in the bank or somebody who takes a once a year holiday flight. What is jet lag? Jet lag is a sleep disorder a great many people suffer with.  It used to be considered a…

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I left the last blog with a question…What can you do to help yourself with stress? The answer is: lots and lots! Some people seek medicines and others look for ways to reduce the stresses in their lives, for example by changing jobs, partners, drinking too much alcohol etc. But these might not be the…

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Stress, worry and anxiety make it almost impossible to relax and still your mind enough to fall asleep and when you do, it tends to be lighter with more REM sleep. When your body is under stress it will release more adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones which activate the ‘fight or flight’ response. These…

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You meet the person of your dreams. The chemistry is there. You finally get it together. But what’s it like to sleep with them? I’m not talking about how good they are in between the sheets, I’m talking about the other ‘S’ in the bedroom – sleep! There may be things you don’t even consider…

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Activity or fitness trackers have become a part of our modern lifestyles. They are brilliant for monitoring our activity, exercise, food intake and weight. I love them! But… When it comes to monitoring sleep, it seems a lot of us are left confused. We think we’ve had a great night’s sleep when we wake up,…

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The excitement of Christmas and New Year has come and gone, do you feel rested after your break? Or are you feeling tired and rung out? We all look forward to the Christmas break and expect to chill out and recharge our batteries. But the truth is that we often go back to work in…

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We all need to take time out to recharge our batteries and have a rest, and the week before last, I took a ten day holiday to do exactly that. The type of holiday you take is of course a personal preference whether it’s lounging on a beach or by a pool; having a city…

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Did you watch the BBC TV programme, The Truth About Sleep with Michael Mosley a few weeks ago?  If you did, did you find it fascinating? For once I didn’t find myself screaming at the TV like I normally do with programmes on diets and healthy eating where I disagree with most of what they…

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How do you start your day? Is it slowly? You can’t cope until you’ve had your caffeine fix or do you get up and wish you had a bit more get up and go? Let me share with you something that has revolutionised my wake up routine in the past year. It’s funny how things appear…

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Can exercise improve our sleep

For some, exercise can be a chore; they feel it is something they ‘should’ do because they know it’s good for them.  Others can’t survive without it, and start to get a bit twitchy if they don’t do anything for a couple of days. I’ve been in both camps, and thankfully, I’m in the latter. …

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  In our recent survey, we discovered that just over half (50.6%) of participants said they had problems with their sleep.  90% of those were watching TV or using their phone, tablet or laptop in bed for either work or pleasure. Technology is brilliant, but being welded to our electronic devices at night time is…

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How do you know when you’re not getting enough sleep? When we sleep, our body goes into maintenance mode, and if you’re not getting enough shut eye, then you may find that you’re suffering from the following:   1. You have the concentration span of a gnat There is nothing worse than having to struggle…

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Are you one of those people whose day can’t start properly without a shot of caffeine? Coffee is usually the prime suspect when it comes to caffeine, but did you know that tea contains caffeine, and, depending on the type of tea and strength, it can contain between one third to a half the amount…

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It will soon be time to put our clocks forward for British Summer Time – at last! This is a regular occurrence on the last Saturday night/Sunday morning in March, and this year it’s on 28 March 2020. Changing the clocks forward by an hour can mess around with our body clock. We’re already beginning…

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Sleeping away from home can sometimes be a challenge, different environment and layout; different bed, pillows and bed linen; it’s stuffy and hot, or the air conditioning is noisy! Here are my top tips to get some decent shut eye when you’re away from home whether you’re on the road or on your hols: Get…

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