Discover the clever little sleep well mode on your phone

The blue light your phone omits is well known to cause havoc with your sleep patterns and hormones – summarised below.

Have you discovered the Night Shift mode on your iPhone that enables your phone to switch to a kinder light for any light time scrolling? Better yet, cut yourself off from your phone at least 30mins before bed, but if that’s not realistic, at least cut the blue light out:

How to actually enjoy exercise

Really enjoyed this article giving different perspectives on what makes people enjoy exercising and therefore stick with it. Worth a read but in summary: you have to find something you love, have a goal and celebrate your progress. Particularly loved the Pilates section (of course) and these quotes resonate:

‘The moment I realised exercise is simply movement’.

‘The harder I work the clearer my head is’.

‘I got hooked on the post workout endorphin rush’.

‘It’s about having a tangible goal of getting stronger’.

‘Having a good workout is not determined by how broken I feel at the end of it.’

‘Physical activity isn’t supposed to cause anxiety, it’s meant to be fun’.

‘Exercise makes me feel strong and in control’.

Photo credit: Getty. #makeitfun #zenergactive #dowhatfeelsgood #findyourfun

Simple tips to improve your health


This BBC article on wellbeing raises some interesting points, they asked experts what single thing they would recommend people should do to improve their health, assuming they are an adult who is otherwise healthy and not a smoker.  I particularly liked the self-awareness tips.  It takes years to really understand yourself and that’s a huge benefit of being in your 40s – you know what makes you happy and unhappy, what gives you energy and what takes it.  New Year’s Eve is a great time to reflect on these and ensure that the coming year is full of what makes you feel good and avoid what doesn’t. Enjoy the article here

Holly Willoughby’s Passion for Pilates

Friends were recently discussing Holly Willoughby’s impressive stint in the jungle and pointed out that she’s putting her great post kids physique and general bounce down to her Pilates routine.

It’s great that she’s promoting the benefits of Pilates with her huge fan base, but what really struck me was her attitude to health and well-being too.

“I don’t want to encourage eating disorders. I try not to focus too much on my appearance. As long as I’m being healthy, that’s good enough for me.

“I’m quite active and I try not to let the way I look be the main focus because it’s not the important thing.”

Couldn’t agree more.

10 reasons to love November

8A339040-0276-48D8-AE9B-D24B97261A921. It’s hot chocolate season – Tia Maria, Baileys…

2. Big hearty dinners – one pots, roasts, stews, dumplings

3. Puddings with custard become the norm

4. Ugg boots

5. A bright November morning is bliss

6. A grey, cold November weekend means movies!!

7. Winter woolies – re-discovering last year’s winter wardrobe

8. Ooooh, agggghhhh fireworks

9.  Christmas markets (great excuse for No1)

10. Real fires, candles and blankets!