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Breathwork: It felt like I’d taken ecstasy but I was totally sober

If you’re looking for a wholesome, toxin-free way to take your body and mind somewhere they’ve never been, you’ll find what you’re looking for in a breathwork session. Here’s what the experience was like for Annie Ridout…

Annika Reed on designing wallpaper, running a business and creativity

“My love affair with print and colour began in childhood. I was constantly surrounded by pattern books in my dad’s upholstery workshop. After school I would sit and admire his latest creation, transforming objects most would abandon into exquisite pieces of furniture,” says wallpaper designer Annika Reed…

Manifesting: how to do it sensibly and achieve tangible results

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could click our fingers and discover one million pounds had landed in our bank account? Some think this is what we’re hoping for when we manifest. But it’s not. Here’s a guide to manifesting sensibly and with integrity to achieve tangible results…

Holiday childcare falls almost entirely to mothers. This needs to change

With 92% of self-employed mothers arranging – or doing – all childcare over the holidays, there are huge implications in terms of both widening the existing gender pay gap and reducing the potential for career growth. Annie Ridout says it’s time the dads stepped in during the holidays…

Here’s how to feel better about your everyday life

Many of us are feeling panicked about the state of the world but ‘worry’ doesn’t help us to make changes. Instead, we need to acknowledge the source of our discomfort, think about how we want to be feeling and then work out what we can do, each day, to make that happen…

“Seeing our book in Waterstones windows was a ‘pinch me’ moment”

Jenna Harman is an illustrator and the co-founder of publishing company Doodles and Scribbles. Here, she talks about what it’s really like running a children’s book publishing company and shares useful tips for others thinking of starting one…

Skychology: the wellbeing trend that can benefit everyone (and it’s free)

Skychology is the new wellbeing trend that can benefit us all. It doesn’t cost a penny, can have an immediately calming effect and will continue to work, however many times you do it. We asked positive psychology coach and Skychology founder Paul Conway to tell us more…

How the cost of living is affecting our spending habits

As the cost of living rises, people’s spending habits are changing. New research reveals that people will be cutting back on eating out, luxury brands and more expensive supermarkets, while charity shops will be seeing higher footfall. Here’s what businesses can do to help…

How to increase sales, even when there’s a recession looming

‘Almost all women undercharge for their services and more than 60% of female-owned businesses will fail by the three-year mark,’ writes Sara Dalrymple. Here, she shares tips for increasing sales, during a recession…

People-pleasing and perfectionism: is a bit of both ok?

While open discussions about the pitfalls of people-pleasing and perfectionism are welcome, particularly in regards to female workers, Annie Ridout wonders if it might gone too far the other way and argues there’s a case for a small dose of both, in business…

Lucky Sweater co-founders on working for Microsoft and Uber before launching a slow fashion app

“When it’s your own business, it’s hard to disconnect from work and not attach the company and how well it’s doing to your own worth and identity,” says Carley Lake, co-founder of slow fashion app Lucky Sweater. Fortunately, they’re on an upward trajectory…

Ask yourself: Could my life be better without the booze?

Janey Lee Grace – BBC 2 radio presenter and founder of The Sober Club – writes about the effect drinking alcohol can have on our work lives, and what more progressive employers are doing to encourage sobriety amongst their workforce…

Holistic healer Emma Haines on changing people’s lives

“My greatest achievement, so far? Getting a needle-phobic client to have their first injection in 51 years. And allowing someone to not only get on a flight without having a panic attack but also to enjoy it with her kids,” says Emma Haines, a holistic healer based in Frome, Somerset…

Feel silly selling on social media in case your friends see?

A big part of running a business is selling and yet so many of us feel uncomfortable doing it, especially when it’s on social media and old friends might see. But remember, your old pals aren’t necessarily your customers. Oh, and their opinions really don’t matter anyway…

I wondered: Would it be possible to work from home on a Greek island?

‘I was better at my job when I was happier, taking breaks to swim in the sunshine or walk the herb-scented hillsides. I was more focused, less stressed,’ writes Jennifer Barclay. So she moved to Greece where she has a rather idyllic-sounding life writing books…

Working mothers: this is how to work smarter (not harder)

For working mums, confined to working in the hours between school drop-off and pick-up, there can be a temptation to spend every minute at the laptop, tapping away – and then dash out the door at the very last minute. But there is a better way…

“I am humbled daily by the lives we can impact”

“A great deal of my drive comes from my own childhood during which I was placed for adoption after being born to an interracial relationship. From early on, I understood what it meant to be marginalised for reasons beyond your control,” says Love and Marriage star Tiffany Whitlow…

How women in femtech are instigating wellness in the workplace

The femtech industry is valued at $28.77bn in 2022 and expected to rise to $58.87bn by 2027. So, what are female founders doing in this space, and how are the rest of us benefitting?

Trauma can trap your creativity. Here’s how to release it

There may be periods where creative ideas are landing in your mind consistently and others, where you don’t feel inspired to do anything but get through the day. Here’s what do do when you’re not feeling creative but want to be…

I quit alcohol and here’s what happened

‘I take a moment to appreciate this early morning run. Now, I’m embracing life from the early hours rather than chatting shit in the bar until the early hours,’ writes Madeline Gibson. Read her story of sobriety, plus coaching tips for quitting booze…

Witch wound: is this why women distrust each other?

Why are women constantly told to support other women? Could the witch wound – caused by generational trauma from the witch trials – be making us sceptical about each other? If so, perhaps these witch wounds need healing…

INTERVIEW: Holly Holland and Laura Pomfret, Financielle founders

There’s a £1.65 trillion ’savings gap’ in the UK and men wind up with an average of £100,000 more in their pension fund than women. Why is this, and what are Holly Holland and Laura Pomfret, the founders of Financielle, doing about it? Here, we ask them…

Kindness at all costs is stopping women from making money

How do you price up a new product or service when people are tightening the purse strings? Well, not by going in lower, says money and business coach Ray Dodd. Especially not if you’re a woman in business…

Overwhelmed and not sure what to prioritise? Do this coaching exercise

If your to-do list feels never-ending and you’re finding it hard to work out where to start, here’s a coaching exercise that will help you to work through your overwhelm and plan some simple steps forward…

How I turned my so-called soft skills into career superpowers

For years, Felicity Haythorn squashed her empathetic, intuitive nature to fit in at work. This is how she harnessed her ‘softer’, undervalued innate traits to create a more authentic career…

Harness your menstrual cycle to get ahead at work

For menstruating people, certain phases are better suited to different types of work. Here, women’s health expert Le’Nise Brothers explains the menstrual phases and what you’ll be best (and worst) at during each of them…

How to tackle weaponised incompetence at work

Weaponised incompetence is the new workplace issue trending on TikTok, which sits neatly alongside quiet quitting. But who is left picking up the slack, while these employers and employees are kicking back?

Nikki Heaton: I launched my debut art collection in just six weeks

I developed an overwhelming sense of needing to create a new type of life, away from the break-neck pace and deadline culture of big-brand design, writes Nikki Heaton. So she returned to her own art practice and went on to launch a beautiful collection of her textile art…

Money: How much should you be saving into an emergency fund?

When costs are soaring, it is obviously tough to find enough to save, too, says money expert and author of Sunday Times Bestseller Money: A User’s Guide Laura Whateley. But here are some suggestions to get started…

“I can’t seem to let go of the ‘former lawyer’ line just yet”

Growing up in a working-class family in the Midlands during the 90s, Tori Beat didn’t feel any pressure to ‘be’ anything in particular. But this changed when she moved to London and unexpectedly moved into – and then out of – a career in law…

7 things that are bringing me joy as autumn approaches

After a long, hot summer spent waiting for rain, we’re now getting the rain. But instead of spending this autumn lamenting the end of summer, here are some things that can bring joy as the days shorten and the weather cools down…

INTERVIEW: Dr Sam Akbar, author of Stressilient

“It’s really hard for all of us to get out of an emotional storm … but you are not your feelings, you are a place where feelings happen,” says Dr Sam Akbar, author of Stressilient: How to beat stress and build resilience…

Using Ayurveda to better understand your personality

Do you ever feel like everyone around you has more energy? Or perhaps you wonder why you find it hard to relax? Well, the ancient life science of Ayurveda – translating as ‘knowledge of life’ –  might be just the tool you need…

Manifesting: How big should your dreams be?

The concept of manifesting gained momentum during the pandemic, as business owners looked for ways to stay focused and energised. But are some dreams just too big? Annie Ridout shares her thoughts…

Cacao ceremonies: the new networking trend for women?

Find networking dry and exhausting? You’re not alone. So how about shaking things up and hosting a cacao ceremony for female founders in your area? Forget name badges and small talk, it’s all about going deep…

How to recession-proof your business

With news of a recession looming and the cost of living rising, many business owners are feeling panicked. Instead, take some nice deep breaths and read this positive, reassuring piece by Sarah Matthews, with tips from the experts…

INTERVIEW: Tamu Thomas, Live Three Sixty

“When you are honest about who you are, what you want and stop people-pleasing, your business can be part of your self care.” Emotional wellbeing coach Tamu Thomas on looking after herself while running her wellbeing brand…