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Improving mental health: Our most sought-after goal for 2021

Following on from a challenging year, many of us want to focus on our mental wellbeing this year After experiencing the bulk of 2020 in disarray following the coronavirus outbreak, many of us have realised the importance of looking after our mental health. There have been so many challenges, from having to change our daily lives and not seeing friends and family to homeschooling, losing loved ones or getting ill ourselves. These extraordinary circumstances have forced perspective on us as we reevaluate what really matters and, it turns out, for a lot of us this includes mental health. Research carried […]

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Fearne Cotton, Ethan Hawke, Raven Leilani and Skin: Coming to a screen near you!

The UK’s largest arts centre, the Southbank Centre, is bringing a top-class programme of writers, actors and singers to you at home Although we’re in lockdown, there’s no reason that your cultural calendar should be home to tubleweed! Thanks to the Southbank Centre, there’s an amazing programme of talks with acclaimed artists coming to a home screen near you, very soon. Fearne Cotton: Speak Your Truth The wonderful Fearne Cotton will talk about her new book Speak Your Truth in this broadcast event. At the start of 2020, Fearne discovered she was at risk of needing a throat operation and […]

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When You Struggle with Being Yourself, Remember This

“Make the most of yourself… for that is all there is of you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Every day, it was more or less the same. I presented an edited version of myself to the world. I felt a deep level of discomfort with the idea of letting myself go. Could I? Should I? The answer was “no” every time, even if it wasn’t always a conscious decision. It felt wrong to be myself in a society where we’re conditioned to believe that we have to look and be a certain way to fit in. I believed that no one would […]

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5 things to read if you’re struggling with homeschooling

Parents, we salute you. Here are some messages of support to help you feel better about homeschooling or caring for a child throughout a pandemic With lockdown well and truly underway, parents have been left with little choice but to homeschool their children once again. Things might be feeling impossible right now. It may feel like there is so much being asked of you – too much, even – and like there is no end in sight. At Happiful, we might not be able to provide you with the tools or resources to make homeschooling easy, because, well, it isn’t […]

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Carly Ferguson: Working from home, boundaries, burnout and questioning busy

Life, career and business coach Carly Ferguson joins Happiful’s podcast to share her thoughts on making working from home, work for you Carly Ferguson is all too familiar with the working life changes COVID has brought about for many people. As a practising life, career and business coach she’s had to totally reinvent the way she meets and interacts with her clients although, she shares, this change has brought positive benefits after the initial work to transition. “I have many more global clients now and that’s one of the great benefits for people looking for a coach, you don’t have […]

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He Broke My Heart But Taught Me These 5 Things About Love

“Sometimes the only closure you need is the understanding that you deserve better.” ~Trent Shelton  I’ll never forget the day we met. It was a classic San Francisco day. The sky was a perfect cerulean blue. The sun sparkled brightly. I ventured from my apartment in the Haight to Duboce Park to enjoy the Saturday. Dogs chased balls in the dog park. Friends congregated on the little hill. They giggled, listened to music, and ate picnic food. Kites flew high in the breeze. Adults tossed Frisbees in their t-shirts and bare feet. And I sat, bundled up in my scarf, […]

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5 ways to show someone you care

A kind gesture can go a long way, so here are four simple ways you can make a loved one feel appreciated Now we’re cookin’! Whether it’s an old family recipe, or experimenting with something new, mixing it up in the kitchen can be a wonderful way to show someone you’re thinking about them. Why not surprise a friend or family member by leaving a delicious pre-made dish on their doorstep, or drop off ingredients for their favourite meal and do a virtual cook-along? Sounds like the recipe for success! Do your homework We all have our own personal pursuits, […]

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Online initiative encourages candid conversations for women and mothers

Peanut has launched a new initiative, Moments, after a survey revealed that 40% of women feel the pandemic has caused social media to become aggressive and a ‘breeding ground for political debate and misinformation’. Peanut’s recent survey of its two-million-strong community discovered that 55% wished there was more support for each other on social media, 42% hoped for more genuine conversations, more than one in four women feel insecure about their life; and one in five fear they are not ‘successful enough’. As the survey suggested that nearly 80% of women use social media on a daily basis, and 65% […]

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Freedom from Food – This Time for Good!

“Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe.” ~Eckhart Tolle I cannot say that I didn’t struggle in my life. But there’s one area in which I have overcome the challenges I was facing with hardly an effort: letting go of the eating disorder I was suffering from, getting rid of the extra weight I was carrying, and maintaining the results easily for twenty-eight years. How Did I Do That? In a minute I’ll tell you exactly how I did that and how you can do it too. But first let me take a moment to explain […]

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I Got Fired for Struggling with Depression, and It’s Not Okay

“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” ~Rita Mae Brown The stigma associated with mental illness has improved in recent years, but there is still work to be done. I am a certified life coach and a certified personal trainer. As an employee of a major global fitness studio chain, I was once discriminated against for my mental health issues. I have always been an athlete, and I love sports. […]

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