What a happiness jar can teach us about resilience, hope & gratitude

Finance, Relationships, The happiness project, Wellbeing

At the end of 2016 my mother-in-law suggested I start a ‘happiness jar’ and it’s one of the best resolutions I’ve ever made.

The principle is simple – it’s an effective way to remind yourself about all the good things in life, which can so easily be forgotten about when you’re thrown a curveball. In 2017 my husband and I experienced perhaps the toughest year in our decade long relationship, and our ‘happiness jar’ taught us a lot about resilience, hope, and gratitude.

Discovering the art of self-love

The Ambitionist lifestyle, The happiness project, Wellbeing
Esteem; we all know what it means, we all have people around us whom we admire, respect and hold in high regard. Why, then, do we have such a high tendency towards hating ourselves? Especially, when it comes to our physical self? 

10 tips for beating the January blues

The Ambitionist lifestyle, The happiness project, Wellbeing

According to Dr Cliff Arnall, formerly of Cardiff University, the third Monday in January (this year 16th January) is the gloomiest day of the year based on factors including weather, debts, time since Christmas and motivation. And as if that isn’t depressing enough, Arnall has predicted that 2017’s Blue Monday will be the most miserable yet because of celebrity deaths, anxiety over Brexit, and fears about a Donald Trump presidency in the US.

Is 5 the magic number when it comes to weight loss?

Diet and fitness, The Ambitionist lifestyle

There is a new diet in town and it’s called the 5:5:5 diet which encourages its followers to eat five small meals every single day. The creator of the diet, UK nutritionist Angela Dowden, says it can help users lose up to five pounds in a fortnight.

A generation out of control: Overall wellbeing of young people falls to an all-time low

News, The Ambitionist lifestyle, Wellbeing

A new report from the Prince’s Trust shows that the overall wellbeing of young people in the UK has dropped to its lowest level since the study was launched in 2009. The report reveals that more than a quarter of millennials do not feel in control of their lives, and that a crisis of confidence in their own abilities and future prospects is preventing them from realising their true potential.

8 tips to achieve your fitness resolution

Diet and fitness, The Ambitionist lifestyle

The beginning of a new year is a great time to set new fitness goals, however research shows that a whopping 42 percent of us fail to achieve our resoltions each year. But before you decide to throw in the towel, here are seven tips to help you stay on track and achieve your fitness goals.

Is damp January the new dry January?

The Ambitionist lifestyle

It’s the 29th December and today is the first day in approximately two weeks when I haven’t had a drink. That really does sound like the opening line to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The thought of raising another glass of prosecco to my lips is quite stomach churning. Christmas, you’ve beaten me. I’m done. So it may come as a surprise that I’m not partaking in dry January.

These 4 words are sabotaging your diet

Diet and fitness, The Ambitionist lifestyle

We all have our own health and fitness goals, from losing weight to toning up, exercising more to eating less junk food, however the majority of us find it hard to stick to them. You know what I’m talking about – you’re doing great, working out regularly, eating healthily, then you have a small slip up and use it as an excuse to ‘screw the diet’ for the rest of the week. I can put every single one of my past diet failures down to four little words: “The diet starts Monday”.

Dealing with stress & anxiety

The Ambitionist lifestyle

If you suffer from bouts of overwhelming stress and anxiety you are not alone. Many of us know what it is feels like to be overtaken by worry, from fear of losing your job, financial concerns, relationship woes or just everything and nothing at the wrong time, however if anxiety is not controlled it can begin to take over your life and that’s when it becomes less of a nuisance and more of a mental concern that can escalate and even effect your physical wellbeing.