The Ultimate App List for Your Happiness and Mental Health

Here's a fact: Australians collectively interact with their mobile phone 480 million times per day.

I've tried digital detoxes (they don't last long) and I bear and share guilt about my mobile phone use. I know it interferes with relationships. I know it's a productivity killer. I know the signs of addiction... oops.

I also know that smartphones and digital tech are not going away - nor do I want them to. So rather than labour beneath the guilt of 'I should' or 'I shouldn't' when it comes to my smartphone, I've put together the ultimate list of apps for mental health, happiness and well being.  If I'm going to be glued to my phone I may as well use the tech for good.

How I justify 10 minutes of meditation a day.

In an increasingly scheduled life (work, parenting, community, health, domestics... you know the drill) it's hard to find 10 minutes to myself. 

If you've read about the myriad benefits of meditation but still find it tough to find 10 minutes to yourself, here's how I do it.

The One Thing That Kept Me Sane Last Year

What is the most useful thing (skill, knowledge, information, tool or resource) that you discovered in 2016?

This was a question that I asked my blog readers in my 2016 survey. The answers are fascinating and varied.

Creating Mindful Kids: How to make mindfulness fun for a lifetime of well being

Creating Mindful Kids: How to make mindfulness fun for a lifetime of well being

May has been my month of mindfulness. I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I've found some favourite mindfulness books and learnt a lot.  I'm eating better, I've made it to yoga regularly and I'm feeling calm, focused and relaxed. 

It's got me thinking. How can I spread mindfulness to my family? How can I teach my kids to have a mindful mindset now, in primary and preschool, so that they can reap the benefits for the many years to come?

Why You Should Eat With Your Mind

Why You Should Eat With Your Mind

I have a confession to make. I don't have a problem with eating.

I don't over eat, I don't under eat, I don't diet.  I don't eat to manage emotions, my weight or anything other than my hunger.

I don't obsess about nutrition and I don't beat myself up about what I eat. The conversations I have with myself about food extend to, 'I feel like a toasted sandwich. I will eat a toasted sandwich. That toasted sandwich was good.' 

As I've got older I've discovered that this is not normal, especially for a woman. I am not a normal woman.