Staying sane

How to stop period  pain. Period.

“We don’t talk enough about menstruation. In fact, we don’t speak about it at all. When we do, it’s nearly always preceded with “Sorry: TMI, I know,”says Abby Norman, a freelance artist. Abby’s right.

People are always happier to talk about a woman’s birthing plans. It seems that a woman’s womb is always up for discussion if it involves putting a baby in. Why is something like that not off limits, yet no one wants to discuss periods?

How does motherhood change your career for the better?

According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, women who return to work after maternity leave are more likely to experience discrimination than women did a decade ago. Put into context, 54,000 new mums lose their jobs every year: one in nine are dismissed, made compulsorily redundant, or forced out of their jobs because they are treated so badly that they quit.
If you’re one of those working mums who manages to hang on to your job, or grin through the craziness, give yourself a pat on the back. Here are some of the good effects that motherhood impacts on your career – so you can gloat:

How to have a ‘Miracle Morning’

There comes a time in our lives when we decide to make big changes. Sometimes, it’s about making a huge overhaul and other times it’s about making a small change that will impact our lives for the better (hopefully!).

Mine was the death of my mother, whom I loved dearly and miss immensely. Nothing can describe the feeling of being alone, when you have so many people around you, when you lose someone who was a core part of your life.

That turning point in my life basically forced me to look for ways to fill the gap – as much as she is irreplaceable, the pain of losing her is replaceable, and my aim was to find a way to make waking up every morning easier, and to make sure that the pain was replaced by another feeling so that I could function as a mother, wife, entrepreneur… A person.

What does a bullet and a journal have in common – and why you should care!

When technology fails, the traditional, fail-safe methods are what we gravitate towards.

You may ignore a reminder, forget to add an important meeting to your Google Calandar, or your battery might run out on your smartphone when you desperately need to confirm a date. But a notebook or a bullet journal won’t leave your side – unless you choose it to be so.

Should women get leave for period pains?

On my drive this morning, listening to LBC Radio in the car, I heard an interesting feature asking listeners if they think that women should get a day off for period pains. My initial response was complete shock: isn’t it enough that maternity leave, emergency childcare and just plain old annual leave can raise eyebrows when you’re a working mum, but period pain leave? Really?

How to face your fears in your career and business

There’s enough negativity in the world without letting your own thoughts destroy your chance of achieving your dreams before you’ve even started.

Do you sometimes want to bite the bullet and go on a particular course, or start a part-time business from home but don’t know why you keep holding yourself back? do you find that you talk yourself out of even starting something you know will be a success, just because you’re afraid of what the outcome will be?

The case for being a working mum: your child will be just fine

Convention has it that women cannot have it all, but a report has provided evidence that they can have happy, healthy children and a full-time job after all. So if you’re battling the guilt of going back to work and think it will damage your children in some way, you can rest assured that your child will be just fine.

According to a current study by Dr. Mendolia, a professor at Australia’s University of Wollongong, maternal working hours have no effect on teenagers’ propensity to smoke, have low self-esteem, feel dissatisfied with life or leave school by the age of 16.

read a book a day

No time to read? Here’s how you can read a book a day

Yes – we all know the excuses (reasons) why we can’t read. We are busy working, or sorting out the children, or too tired, or need to help someone in the house do something. But the truth is, reading doesn’t mean you have to stop everything you’re doing.

According to a recent YouGov survey, a staggering 4 million adults don’t read for pleasure. If you’re one of these statistics and want to change that, then audiobooks are the way forward.

Looking for love this Christmas? What to talk about on a date

Your friends would say you could talk the hind legs off a donkey, but when it comes to going n a date, you find yourself lost for words – and that’s not because you don’t like your date. So how to do avoid an awkward silence? What topics are safe to talk about, without being dull small talk?

Communication is an integral part of any date because it’s not just about wining and dining – it’s your opportunity to get to know your date better. By asking the right questions, you will get a clear idea of the person you’re dating and will be able to say whether he’s your match or whether it will be the first and the last time you see him.

No time to read? Don’t be a statistic… find out how to read a book a day

According to a youGov survey almost 4 million adults never read for pleasure. While you might blame technology for taking over where a good book would pass the time, or the fact that we’re just too busy to read, making progress in life requires that you seek knowledge.

So how do you make sure you keep learning?