Simple Tips to Manage Overwhelm At Work

For Mental Health Awareness Week last week I was invited to speak at Huffer and FCB Media about managing stress and anxiety in the workplace. Speaking from experience, as someone who had to navigate the turbulent seas of dealing with a mental illness in the workplace (without wanting to tell anyone) and trying to stay afloat as executive assistant to the CEO of a busy media agency, here are the top tips I shared.

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How to be 34, single and f*cking happy

I caught up with a good friend recently who I hadn’t seen in a couple of years; she’s just moved home from London, however our friendship has been maintained by social media -- as most modern millennial friendships go. After exchanging pleasantries, settling into her beanbag and handing me my decaf coffee, she tilted her head and asked “so how are you finding being 34 and single with no kids?”

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Why I chose to give up coffee

In August last year, I quit coffee. Real coffee anyway; I still drink decaf. Is that cheating? I’m not sure. All I know is that my body responds really poorly to caffeine and cow's milk and I don’t really have time for that. As an FYI, decaf coffee has had approximately 97% of the caffeine removed, so there is still a trace, but not enough to make you chomp at the bit.

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So, I Quit My Job

I finally did it. I quit my job. Two months ago.

I’ve delayed shouting it from the rooftops because I’ve been going through my internal process, and to be honest, for the past few weeks I haven’t really felt like being vocal. I find it really easy to write about the uncomfortable stuff, but when I’m really happy and things are going great I find it much harder. Call it tall poppy syndrome or reverse narcissism or whatever you like -- it's pretty weird.

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Guest blog | Prepair NZ Founder & CEO Irene Wakefield on the lessons she learned from an abusive relationship

When I think about self-love I don’t actually think about yoga, meditation, journalling or lush bath bombs. Nope, I think about the way I treat myself, living in alignment with my values and being comfortable in my own company. It’s a practice that feels good - for the most part.

I wasn’t always comfortable in my own company. The truth is, I was once in an abusive relationship.

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Making the transition to toxin-free skincare and makeup

Up until recently, I never gave much consideration to what products I was using on my face or body. I used whatever had a stable endorsement, good packaging and - in later years - looked fancy in an instagram flat-lay. But this year, the pinnacle point of my whole conscious journey, I was awakened to the fact that I needed to have more intention in the products I was using in order to align with my evolving values.

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