The September 2018 Yoga Challenge

The September 2018 Yoga Challenge
It’s September and National Yoga Month which means I’m back on my yoga mat to practice #yogaeverydamnday

Last year famous yogi Rachel Brathen set the #yogagirlchallenge to encourage practice and join the yoga community together. I’m going to keep the tradition going and this month, every day for 30 days I’m going to get on my mat and do a little bit of yoga each day.

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Woah Joey! Trot down to the Mayflower to watch War Horse

Woah Joey! Trot down to the Mayflower to watch War Horse

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse has galloped back to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

Here’s my thoughts on the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history.

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Creative Campaigns #11 – Sainsbury’s Living Well campaign

Creative Campaigns #11 – Sainsbury’s Living Well campaign

In Sainsbury’s latest PR campaign they are using real people in their adverts to connect with their audience. Continue reading “Creative Campaigns #11 – Sainsbury’s Living Well campaign”

Creative Campaigns #9 – The Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris ‘We are all worth it’ campaign

Creative Campaigns #9 – The Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris ‘We are all worth it’ campaign

The Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris have teamed up to bring a new beauty PR campaign that’s committed to transforming self-doubt into self-worth.

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The monk who’s a make-up artist – Kodo Nishimura

The monk who’s a make-up artist – Kodo Nishimura

Kodo Nishimura really changes the perception of a traditional Buddhist monk because he’s also an international make-up artist. His extraordinary life and cult following on social media has recently caused a media storm as he hit the headlines for being one of the make-up artists at Miss Universe in Manila.

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Brits have always had Hygge, it’s called being cosy.

Brits have always had Hygge, it’s called being cosy.

Hygge, a ‘new’ lifestyle trend, has spread from Denmark like wildfire. The UK seems totally enchanted with these rules to live by and it’s not hard to see why when it promotes warmth, calm and happiness.

I like the principles of hygge, but I am fed up of being told this is a Danish ‘art’ when us Brits have been masters of being cosy for years. It’s time to make a stand. It’s time to reclaim being cosy for Brits everywhere. Continue reading “Brits have always had Hygge, it’s called being cosy.”

PR is demanding, look after yourself! 5 tips to keep you on the straight and narrow

PR is demanding, look after yourself! 5 tips to keep you on the straight and narrow

It’s not surprising that juggling a public relations career with all of lifes other demands can sometimes get the better of you.

In 2015 being a PR executive was ranked the 6th most stressful job that someone can have in America according to CareerCast. In the UK the top ten misses PR off and all the jobs listed are front line public sector roles. This is an interesting insight in to our cultural differences and how we perceive stress.

Although PR may not currently be considered as one of the UK’s most stressful jobs, there are many demands on a PR professional that raise those cortisol levels. Two little words will set even the coolest of PR professional’s pulse racing: crisis management!

Every role comes with its own stresses. Stress comes from pressure. Add this to other life stresses and it can easily soon start to take its toll. Even good things like buying a house, relationships, friendships and trying to hit important life milestones can add to stress levels.

It’s obvious that by burning the candle at both ends it’s soon going to have a negative effect and it is also obvious what needs to be done to prevent stress. However, often we ignore the advice we give ourselves, the things we know we should do.

So here’s a little reminder of five key things that are going to dramatically reduce the damage stress can do to our bodies as well as trying to maintain some balance:

  1. Self support
  2. Sleep
  3. Socialise
  4. Sport
  5. Supplements

Self

Make time for yourself. This is always the first thing to go for me. I completely neglect my hobbies, my blog, my hair, listening to music, reading, my skin routine and other important things that look after my wellbeing. Personal and mental wellbeing is so important and after a long time in the dark it is finally becoming a talked about topic in the mental health arena. Realistically this underpins all of the other points in this list, all of them contribute to your general wellbeing and to taking good care of yourself.

Sleep

There aren’t enough hours in the day. How many times have you thought that this week? In PR we are expected to constantly be switched on and connected. The all knowing and all-seeing client eye! With email and social media at your fingertips it’s hard to put down your phone when you should be winding down for bed. But you must. The blue screen is doing you no favours.

Lack of concentration, headaches and twitchy eye are just a few of the side effect of lack of sleep. Everyone knows a lack of sleep is bad for you, so it’s time to catch some Z’s. Run on all cylinders by trying to get 7-8 hours sleep a day. Everyone’s different, you know the amount of sleep you need so adjust my recommendation accordingly – happy napping!

Socialise

Even if it’s just a coffee catch up, keep in touch with your friends. When I’m stressed I cut myself off from my friends, so I know how hard this can be. I convince myself they don’t want someone around who’s stressed. In reality good friends are your support network and they will be there for you when the chips are down.

A half hour catch up over a cuppa, a Skype call or date in the future to meet up are ways to touch base when you are short on time. Friends are a great support and distraction, they are the perfect way take yourself out of your situation for a little light relief. They will be happy to listen to you have a good old rant and they will have a few ideas of their own about how to keep the stress monster from the door.

Life is about balance, being with your friends is really good for you and your wellbeing.

Sport

It’s easy to drop the ball on getting to the gym, heading out on a run or doing whatever sport you’d normally do when you’re in the office late or working weekends. However, exercise releases all those great happy endorphins and can totally change your mindset. I find I get my greatest ideas and work through all my problems when I’m working out. Afterwards everything becomes clearer and allows me to put it all in perspective. At the moment I’ve definitely dropped the ball on this one, so last night I combined catching up with friends and going to a new trampoline park that’s opened in my city. Not only did I get a full on bounce-based killer work-out but I also got to see my friends. Win!

Scheduling in even a small amount of regular exercise is going to benefit your mind, your body and your immune system.

Supplements

Ensuring that you eat well will help to combat stress, your diet is unbelievably important. For any dietary advice or for anything medical please go and speak to your Doctor. They study for a really long time and know their stuff and are the best to give you advice if you are struggling physically or mentally.

Although I eat my five a day, I have a hectic lifestyle and a low immune system. So I make sure I take a good multivitamin to help support my body. The fitness rhetoric doesn’t change, eating right, drinking plenty of water and all those other things you read on those aspirational fitness blogs and websites are all important to make your body work right. So make sure you’re fitting in your five fruit and vegetables a day!

These five points aren’t new but they are an important reminder of the key elements to try and keep some work life balance. Now I’m off to bed to try and implement my own advice and balance my busy life!