How I Went From Debilitating Shyness to Travelling Solo

Jacqueline Currie | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Currie

Which leads me to travelling solo. I hadn't left the country since that last holiday and I was dying for a change of scenery. I had a week off work coming up and some money burning a hole in my pocket. I booked a three night break to Venice. Just like that.

Keep Your But Out: A Simple Guide to Getting Out of Your Own Way

Kate Taylor | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Taylor

Be warned, I am on one in this blog post. Reason being that it's my mission to get you everything you want in this wonderful life of yours, which sometimes means that I have to get a bit tough - in a metaphorical kick-up-the-bum kinda way. It's all done with kindness.

Six Tips for Cultivating Confidence

Karen Pine | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

I am currently conducting a survey into confidence and one of the things I'm interested in is the way a person's body is when they lack confidence. They tend to slump, they withdraw physically, their head drops and their eyes look away.

How Can You Help Someone With Low Self-Esteem?

Fran Hayden | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

What can we do as individuals to help improve the self-esteem of those around us? If you see someone or know of someone who is suffering with low self-esteem, here are some things that you can do to help them realise their worth.

Six Reasons to Bring Mindfulness to Your Workplace

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

In our busy workplaces we have so many things to think about, above all our health needs to come first. Bringing a culture of mindfulness to the workplace will not only support wellbeing but also working relationships, motivation, organisation and productivity.

Why I Enjoy Arrogance

Anna Fraser | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Fraser

How about we start to see arrogance as a strength? How about we flip arrogance on its head for a second - I think that arrogance is much like beauty: It's entirely in the eye of its beholder. I say this because I know for a fact that my own 35 year old arrogance (self assured confidence) is often taken in one of two ways ...

What Do You Think When You Hear ''Feminine Power''?

Magdalena Glistak | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Magdalena Glistak

Now, imagine a man asks me about what I do and I say that I am a Feminine Power Coach. Then he goes straight......oh, so you are a feminist? And of course his body language shows that he is about to withdraw as if he was in danger. Honestly, it's crazy how quickly people jump to a statement like this.

Self-Esteem - The Next Frontier for Women's Equality

BritChick Paris | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Reading a beauty magazine can lower self-esteem by 80%, because all the ads, articles, images are of 'prettier' girls - they promote perfect hair, skin, fashion. Yet most are photo-shopped, so as in the Dove school workshops, mums can demystify these fake ideas.

How To Stop Social Media Lowering Your Self-Esteem

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Have you ever scrolled through social media and started feeling suddenly, and inexplicably bad about yourself? You're not alone. With countless ...

Five Tips for Meeting Other Mums and Making New Friends

Aimee Foster | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

When I had my daughter six years ago, I was wholly unprepared for the raft of life changes I was about to experience. One of the many changes I had not expected was the change to my friendships.

Four Ways to Help Decision Making Anxiety

Chloe Brotheridge | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Brotheridge

When we're under pressure, we imagine we are not as able as others. That is simply not true. The truth is that we all have our own unique and valuable life experience, knowledge and ability just like the next person. You are the best person you know to make decisions for yourself.

How to Keep Your Light Bright (When Another Woman Shines)

Katie Portman | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

I can still remember the first time I saw the new girl at school. Ten years old, she was my first girl crush. Pretty, stylish, fun and happy, she se...

Coffee With My Past Self

Fran Hayden | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

I wish I could sit down and have a coffee (and a muffin) with any young woman - or man - who is doubting the love they feel for their bodies. Time is precious, and we spend so much of it concerned with our appearance and the way others will perceive us.

What Do You Value in Life?

Joanna Cates | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanna Cates

His values in the long term turned out to be incredibly important - not just for him as an individual but for society as a whole. The transgression of this value on a global scale had possibly played a significant role in triggering one of the worst financial crises of the last century.

How to Shake Off That Critical Voice

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

Recently the actress, Natalie Portman, made a speech at Harvard admitting to feeling like an imposter. It was interesting to hear that someone so successful suffered the self-same anxieties as many other women.

What a Woman Talking About Chips Taught Me About Body Image

Katie Portman | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

I am a mum. I am 35. I wear a size 10-12. I eat chips and I drink green tea. I put on weight sometimes and I lose it. I have stretch marks. I have a mummy tummy. I often wish I was taller. But I love my body - baby stripes an' all. And so dear gorgeous women, should all of us.

Why Do We Dread the Start of a New School Year?

BritChick Paris | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Parents
BritChick Paris

Parents can inevitably struggle with this painful process. Many avoid talking about Back to School for fear of upsetting the present happy moment. It often gets left to the last minute or gets lost in the rush to prepare packed lunches and bags.

Kylie Jenner's Anti-Bullying Campaign Features Woman With Pfeiffer Syndrome

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who was born with a rare genetic disorder has shared strong messages of self love and body confidence on social media - and it's safe to say, ...

Go Your Own Way and Create Your Own Unique Dressing Style!

Michaela Jedinak | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Style
Michaela Jedinak

Be your own fashion expert and lead from the front. Know yourself first - before you dress yourself. That's why I encourage them to invest in a quality timeless styles, rather than following every fashion trend that was not designed for their body shape in the first place!

Denise Van Outen On Helping A Shy Child Gain Confidence

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents

Denise Van Outen isn't someone you'd expect to be tackling confidence problems. But her five-year-old daughter Betsy is quite a different character...

Community Work: The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Unemployment

Michelle Wheeler | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Michelle Wheeler

Every year in August, thousands of students across the country wait for exam results to determine what their next step will be. But qualifications are...

Living the Selfish Way: Baby Steps to Our Freedom

Olga Levancuka | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

If your life goal is to make anyone proud (even sometimes including yourself, subject to the goals required to be achieved) you are doomed to fail. Not only do you sacrifice the hours you could spend enjoying your life, making yourself and those around you happy, you waste your life on someone who wasted their lives on themselves.

Why Serena Williams' Eyebrow Shaping Video Deserves A Second Watch

Ellen Wallwork | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Style
Ellen Wallwork

Now I want to point out that I don't think there is anything wrong with Serena Williams getting her eyebrows shaped... Nor is there anything wrong with Serena choosing to share a photo of the experience, nor sharing the fact that Twitter trolls' spiteful comments have affected her. What unsettled me was Serena admission that her #haters have "won".

The Key to Unleashing the Real You

Becky Walsh | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

I love self-development; I wouldn't be a self-help author and speaker if not. But whilst you are doing the inner work about self-refection, you also have to include an outer acceptance of yourself and the world you're living in. Without being powerless about changing what doesn't work!

Five Types of Women Who Need to Put Boundaries in Place

Carol Stewart | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Stewart

We women often fail to put boundaries in place to protect ourselves from stress, anxiety, overwork and other situations that drain the energy from us. Whether this be not saying no when deep down we know we should, or whether it be not setting personal boundaries around what we will and will not do for ourselves.