Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and her KonMari method of decluttering have become global sensations. Millions of people have tidied with KonMari and say that the 'once-cleaned, never-messy-again' approach just works.
Through January I tried to do the odd day of work here and there, clinging onto normality as much as I possibly could by setting up shop in my living room and dialling into meetings. The thought of not being able to work absolutely terrorised me. So much of who I was (and am!) was linked to my work persona. All of a sudden I didn't have a clue who I was.
Stress is something that affects us all to some degree or another, but chronic and unrelenting stress is one of the hallmarks of what I lovingly call Rushing Woman's Syndrome. When you live your life in a rush, with the perception that there is not enough time, your body is churning out stress hormones that communicate to every cell in your body that your life is in danger
I am back on my mission to bring back health to my life and share any knowledge I collect on the way. Well I have got a treat for you. I have learnt so much in this last four days that even if I share some of it you'd get great value from reading this post. Knowledge transferred courtesy of Ti Sana Detox Resort and Spa in Italy.
We all know what it feels like when we are overloaded and stressed out - but how many of us really understand the long term consequences of prolonged stress?
It was a normal Wednesday for me: a 6.30am start to make sure I was in a cab doing the first call of the day by 7am followed by back-to-back meetings until well into the evening. And I am by no means one of these amazingly inspirational, successful and accomplished women.
Quitting all fun stuff doesn't encourage discipline. If anything, I'd argue we need to show our children how their dance or exercise can help with their exam revision. It can help manage stress and re-focus their brain.
If left unchecked, stress can in the long term develop into a chronic issue which will have detrimental effects on mental and physical wellbeing, and possibly developed into an anxiety disorder or depression.
The Wildlife Trusts highly recommend spending time outdoors and around nature and water to relieve stress, so perhaps take time out and visit some local scenery - like your local park or woods. However if there is a timetable in place make sure that it is still possible to cover everything in time.
A lot of difficulties with your boss can be resolved by understanding your nature and your boss' nature. By truly listening to the spoken communication that lives in the realm of "being human", you can effectively dissolve the individual from being the rock that blocks your career progress.
Due to the mental health issues I had been dealing with throughout school, I felt very pessimistic and cynical towards myself and the world around me, which is never a good mind set to have through your exams.
Back in 2007, Oliver James offered a searing critique of advanced, largely capitalist societies and how their systems impact negatively on the mental health of the people within them. His contention is that emotional distress is best understood as a rational response to 'sick' societies, where education and upbringing are geared towards making progress.
You have to try and stay as logical as you can if you're starting to stress out - I know it's easier said than done, but it's possible. If someone else asks a question, your reaction is probably either agreeing, or not being bothered at all. It will be the same for others.
I'd love to float around in ethereal white robes with nothing but tranquil thoughts swishing around in the motherhead, even when shoes are being wedged up Build-A-Bear's bum. But that's just not reality.
There are loads of amazing benefits to being out in nature and in this blog I'm going to explore some of them.
Your other half has probably just spent the past few weeks or months sweating at the thought of asking you this question, with a ring possibly burning a hole in his pocket. It's likely they will want a bit of a breather too! Go out and celebrate and revel in the moment.