Willpower – A Finite Mental Resource?

Every time you decide to do something you’re not excited about, you’re using willpower, be it making a difficult phone call, saying no to a donut, or getting ready to go to the gym. Willpower requires mental effort, and mental resources. There’s a reason that most of us slip up and run out of willpowerContinue reading “Willpower – A Finite Mental Resource?”

10,000 Steps – The Marketing Tool That Became the Goal

In 1965 a Japanese Doctor released a pedometer, and named it ‘Manpo-Kei’ which literally translates as 10,000 steps. A great piece of marketing, but with no real science backing. 10,000 steps is however a useful target for many people, as it stretches you to be more active than usual, especially for those in office-based sedentaryContinue reading “10,000 Steps – The Marketing Tool That Became the Goal”

How to Make it a New Year’s ReVolution

The start of a new year feels significant, as we can easily look back over the last 12 months and sum up our successes and failures. The idea of ‘starting fresh’ in a new year is attractive, but considering how many resolutions fail to stick, there has to be more than that to making longContinue reading “How to Make it a New Year’s ReVolution”

When Do Your Priorities Become Your Distractions?

I was listening to the Minimalists podcast the other day and something Joshua said really struck me. He explained that there wasn’t a plural to the word ‘priority’ until quite recently, in the last century or so. The idea that a multitude of things can be extremely important to us is a modern invention, butContinue reading “When Do Your Priorities Become Your Distractions?”

Remove Shame from your Diet – Liz Josefsberg

We have a complicated relationship with food. We are designed to want food, as our primitive brain is wired to consume whenever we see, smell or talk about food. But with such abundance it is easy to over-eat. We get intense pleasure from sugary food, and can start to use it to deal with stressfulContinue reading “Remove Shame from your Diet – Liz Josefsberg”

Fall Asleep in 5 Minutes

Getting a good night’s sleep can be elusive for many. A stressful day or a noisy environment can easily keep you awake. Reason enough for the US military to train their soldiers to fall asleep more easily. They reported that 96% of the people they trained over 6 weeks could consistently fall asleep within 5Continue reading “Fall Asleep in 5 Minutes”

The 5:2 Diet – Dr Michael Mosley

The 5:2 diet is a great introduction to intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting simply means you pick periods of your week to stop eating. One of the simplest, and most pain-free examples is the 5:2 diet. The idea is that 2 days a week you only eat a very small amount, just enough to stave offContinue reading “The 5:2 Diet – Dr Michael Mosley”