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How to cope with change: 8 lessons from disrupting my life

‘Are there any shops nearby?’ I asked Gupta, the friendly receptionist at the Ayurveda retreat where I was staying, in the heart of Kerala, in the South West corner of India.   ‘About 20 minutes away. Let me ask Sanjay to take you.’ A few minutes later, a young chap appeared and beckoned to me to follow him. We made our way through the rugged hills at the back of the hotel, winding our way to a rough, flat patch of land where I expected to see my mode of travel, a car. What I saw when I got there, though, wasn’t a car, a minibus, or even a rickshaw. What actually greeted me was a less than shiny motorcyle, and Sanjay jumped on, helmet-less, and invited me to do the same. In that situation, what would you do have done?’ I’ve grown up

Digital Detox Challenge!

"Don't become a slave to technology. Manage your phone.  Don't let it manage you." - Richard Branson I intimately recall the moment it happened. I had just got off an Eastbound Central Line train at Buckhurst Hill in Greater London.  I reached into my pocket to check my phone. Panic rushed through my body as my fingers felt inside an empty pocket.  I opened my bag with a sense of dread, rifled around with blood rushing in my ears, and no phone looked back at me. I felt hot and cold at the same time, and sick as the reality of the situation dawned on me. I had left my phone on the train...   How would you feel if you'd lost your phone?   According to some studies, many people would prefer to go without

Don’t be a slave to technology

Don't be a slave to technology

Turmeric and Ginger Tea Recipe

Turmeric, a relative of ginger, is a lovely golden yellow root, commonly ground into a spice . It has been used in cooking and medically in India and Southeast Asia for several thousands of years.  Today, though, it has become very popular with health enthusiasts, largely due to the research studies that have linked it, or one of its main components, curcumin, with a multitude of health benefits, including: anti-inflammatory reduced cancer risk detoxification support cognitive function improvement blood sugar balance support for arthritis With such claims,  it’s no wonder, its popularity has soured over the last few years. Today, India is still the world’s largest consumer and exporter of turmeric. I was there in 2016, and came back with an enormous bag of turmeric powder which served me very well until I left the UK for Australia, when I gave it away to my parents and my dear friends Kevin

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Kombucha – a glass a day keeps the doctor away

I remember the time I first tasted Kombucha. It was February 2010 at David Wolfe’s Longevity Now Conference in Los Angeles. A friendly chap in the exhibition area working for a health food brand offered me a glass. I can’t say that it was love at first taste, but over the years I have really come to adore this lightly vinegary, sometimes fizzy, fermented drink, which is now my absolute beverage of choice. After a few false starts, we now make our own. Kombucha 101 Kombucha has a long and rich history that dates back over 2,000 years to China, spreading to Russia, India and Japan, where Samurai warriors enjoyed the benefits. It is now enjoyed around the world and is again gaining momentum. The best quality Kombucha (kom-boo-cha) has been cultured for 7-10 days, and  provides a wealth of health-giving microbes in every sip. It’s

Lawrence Mitchell Wins Prestigious CIPD Award

  Lawrence Mitchell (as Wellbeing Champion at Reed Business Information) wins prestigious CIPD Award for "Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative" for his brainchild "The RBI Living Well Programme". The CIPD People Management Awards are the most prestigious Awards in the profession. Delivered in partnership with People Management Magazine, the Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in people management and development and the impact it has on business success. The Awards are open to all types of organisations, regardless of size or sector. Click here to see the complete 2016 Results

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