Category Archives: A to Z Challenge 2016

‘Z’ is for Zen – Finding clarity in your life


  The Urban Dictionary describes Zen as: ‘a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind.  Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.’ Throughout the A-Z Guide to a Healthier, Happier Lifestyle, I have suggested… Read more »

‘Y’ is for Yoga – Why You Need to include Yoga in your Life

Y is for Yoga

  I didn’t discover Yoga or it’s benefits until midlife, but I soon became a convert to the practice.  When I think of yoga, I think of incense burning, vegetarians, people who run away to India, chanting ‘Ommmmm” – a little weird, whacky and airy fairy types of things. I was also sceptical of the physical value of yoga from… Read more »

‘X’ is X-Factor – Do you have it? YES YOU DO!

x factor

  When I think of the X-Factor the television series pops into my mind.  The contestants are all vying for the position of who has the ‘X- Factor’, the ‘Wow factor’ that makes us sit up and take notice of them.  I’m talking about that certain pizazz that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes us special and individual. Most of… Read more »

‘W’ is for Wellbeing – A Holistic approach to health

W is for wellness

Wellbeing – what does it mean? ‘The state of being comfortable, healthy and happy’ Throughout the 26 Day A-Z Guide to a Healthier, Happier Lifestyle, there has been a constant theme of total wellness and wellbeing.  Being healthy is not just health in the physical sense, but we also need to take care of our mental health and spiritual health…. Read more »

‘V’ is for Vitality – 7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels

v is for vitality

  Feeling sluggish?  No energy or just feeling heavy?  No motivation or struggling to get out of bed in the morning?  Sound familiar? We all experience that feeling when we just aren’t ‘sparking on all cylinders’.  Making sure your body is in optimal condition will help put some Spring back in your Step and allow you to enjoy your life… Read more »

‘U’ is for unique – You are special – Stop comparing yourself!

U is for Unique

Unique :  ‘Being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else We live in a society where we are constantly bombarded with images of how we should look, what ‘the beautiful people’ are wearing, eating, doing.  The pressure is on to be something we are not instead of promoting the unique qualities that we all have as individuals.  … Read more »

‘T’ is for Time – Get the most out of each day

t is for time

  TIME – Why is it that some of us seem to have more time than others? How can some fit so much into their day and others are struggling to even get going? We all have the same number of hours in a day so it should be simple right? Our time is valuable and there are many demands… Read more »

‘S’ is for Stretching – The Importance of being flexible especially in midlife


Are you sitting down while reading this?  Okay, stand up and gently raise your arms up and S-T-R-E-T-C-H!  Feels good doesn’t it? Did you know that ‘sitting is the new smoking’?  Meaning it can be just as damaging to our health to sit for long periods of time as it is to smoke! Society has changed and we are leading… Read more »

‘R’ is for Relax, Recover & Refresh – Why we need a recovery day

R is for Relax, recover, refresh

  There comes a time when we are feeling overwhelmed, tired or just feeling ‘blah’.  We feel stressed and irritable. Our bodies are telling us to slow down BUT we aren’t always listening. Taking time off to recover your mind and your body is just as important for your health as a good workout.  You cannot function effectively if you… Read more »

‘Q’ is for Question – How asking questions builds self-confidence

  Let’s look at our inner strength, build self-confidence and self love. Are you someone who questions?  Someone who doesn’t accept things on face value but rather delves deeper to find the answer? Unfortunately, most of us aren’t this way and if you are then CONGRATULATIONS! Having the ability to question is so important for our health and well-being.  However… Read more »

‘P’ is for Prioritize – Time to Prioritize Your Health & Happiness

P is for Prioritize

Okay!!!  Time to prioritize your health and happiness. I’ve said before we live in a busy world with pressures from all areas of our life wanting some of our time.  It is easy to forget about our health and we don’t consider it until we fall ill or we feel we just aren’t coping. It is time to put yourself… Read more »

‘O’ is for Organization – Time to Declutter your mind & your life

O is for Organization

  You know that drawer that everything gets thrown into? We all have one of those, I’m sure.  We get too busy to tidy up and the ‘junk drawer’ becomes overloaded to the point where you say ‘enough is enough’ and you FINALLY decide to tidy up and get rid of the clutter!  You may even have an ‘Oh I… Read more »