Our Lifestyle Articles

Check out all of our latest Life Coaching, Lifestyle Design, Health and Well Being articles below.

Our approach to Lifestyle Design is all about making room for the things which are important and need more focus in your life. This is often done by removing clutter, whether that is dealing with problem areas, stress or overwhelm or simply identifying and removing things you no longer need.

As such our articles in this area cover a huge range of sub-topics such as diet, fitness, mindfulness, neuro-linguistic programming and minimalism. Browse through them below.

The Jar of Life: How Rocks, Pebbles and Sand Can Help You Take Control of Your Time

It’s very easy to live minute by minute, day by day. But are you doing what you really want to do? You still haven’t started your yoga lessons. You wanted to learn Spanish. You did order the book, opened it once and stopped there. You wanted to volunteer but you never, ever get enough time for you and your family, let alone others… Do you know the story about filling up a jar with rocks (well, big stones), pebbles (small stones) and sand? What do you start with in order to fit them all in? If you start with the … Read The Full Article …

Habits: How To Achieve Incredible Things

Has a single thought ever changed your life radically? It happens to me all of the time. All of the time. … and I’m just talking about small changes, but what I’m discovering more and more is that small changes count. Before I go on (well, before you read on), this is a re-posting of something I wrote a few years back on the fascinating subject of Habits. It’s actually one of a few posts I wrote on the subject, this one (which I hope you will continue to read) and the following posts about how we form habits (and … Read The Full Article …

XMas (aka How To Have a Happy, Stress-Free XMas)

Unfortunately, for a lot of people, Christmas is often a stressful time … At this present moment in time with problems in the world economy, many people feel like the expense of Christmas is the last thing they need. But it doesn’t have to be expensive, or stressful at all. Doesn’t Everybody Love Christmas? I always assumed everybody loved Christmas: the cards, the food, the presents, being with the family. Until I heard a radio show a few weeks ago saying that November, December and January are the most difficult months for people who suffer from depression because of the … Read The Full Article …

Water (aka Why You Should Drink More H2O)

I reckon it’s fair to say that a lot of us take this ‘free raw material’ for granted… Can you imagine a world without water? It wouldn’t be very nice, would it? …but access to good, clean, drinkable water is a privilege and don’t you forget it – and a privilege to relatively few people if you look across the globe. Drinking More Water Drinking more water is definitely a good idea. How many calories? Zero. Well, there you go then. Did you know that often when we feel hungry, it’s actually our body craving water. At least if you … Read The Full Article …

Trans-Fats (aka The Clever Science That Clogs Our Arteries)

Trans-Fats are used by the food industry to make products last longer and cost less. You may have already heard about trans-fats also called hydrogenated fats. You’ll find them in margarines, cookies, fast food,… The Problem With Hydrogenated Fats ‘Slight’ problem…hydrogenated fats are not naturally-occurring fats. They are made artificially by bombarding fats with hydrogen atoms in order to change their molecular structure. Pretty clever science… but not for our body which does not know how to deal with it and cannot eliminate it. Consequently, hydrogenated fats clog our arteries. They also raise the levels of bad cholesterol and decrease the … Read The Full Article …

Sleep (aka What Our Bodies Get Up To Whilst We’re Dreaming)

Sleep is one of the pillars of health. So why do we need sleep? Although the precise mechanisms and functions of sleep are still being studied and some questions remain without satisfactory responses, one thing is certain: without sleep we do not function properly. Sleep gives our body a quiet time, away from the demands of daily waking functions, to clean, repair, replenish, regulate, restore itself and prepare for another day. Why We Need Sleep: What Sleep Does For Us… Here are some of the processes taking place during our sleep: cells, damaged by free radicals during the day, are … Read The Full Article …

Mindfulness, The Wandering Mind & The Power of Now

It’s nothing like as easy as it sounds… How could it be? Mindfulness is a really simple concept to grasp, really easy to understand, and if I told you how to do it (which we did here: How To Practice The Art Of Mindfulness), you’d master it in a crack. It’s not like learning to play the violin or building a rocket. It’s not complicated at all. Yet, it’s nothing like as easy as it sounds. I know, you probably spotted the contradiction there. I just said it was easy and then that it isn’t. Oh. My. Gosh. Let me … Read The Full Article …

Journeys: Every Journey Starts With A Small Step…

Don’t let the challenge of your goal scare you. Whatever your goal, whatever you’re set to achieve, the most important thing to do is to start taking the first step in the right direction. Most importantly, don’t delay. Take the first step NOW. But how do you start moving toward this goal you’ve just set yourself? Break Your Goal Into Smaller ‘Journey’ Goals The answer is to break it down and set a 1st journey goal that will bring you closer to your final goal. Something you could achieve THIS week! Make it small and manageable but also something that’s … Read The Full Article …

Ape Not Kill Ape (aka There’s Nothing Wiser Than Nature)

After years of being mis-treated, experimented on and lied to by Humans – via a freak accident causing a global virus – Apes end up being the dominant race on the planet. Unlike humans, Apes survive and thrive based on one simple principle: “Ape Not Kill Ape.” They can fight, hurt each other, even beat each other to near-death, but they can not kill each other. Such a simple premise, but like all great models, ideas or principles, it IS simple. We are stronger when we are together. We are stronger when we help each other. Apes, like humans, are … Read The Full Article …

Volunteering: Reduce Stress & Help Others And Yourself

Feeling stressed? Have you ever thought of volunteering? It might seem like an odd question to ask because it doesn’t feel right when you’re stressed to start adding yet another demand on yourself and your time. Yet, the path to recovery from stress is not just about learning to manage time better, learning to set priorities and learning to say “No”. It’s also about learning to see and do things differently. And it works! According to CSA, a UK Volunteering Charity: 63% of 25-34 year olds report that volunteering helps them feel less stressed. 71% of volunteers who offer their … Read The Full Article …

Just Walk: (aka Don’t Like Exercising? Then Just Walk – It’s The Best Form of Exercise Anyway!)

I don’t particularly enjoy exercising. What I like even less than exercising is exercising in a gym in the ‘comfort’ of an air-conditioned, enclosed place. You run for miles and go nowhere. No fresh air. No sun. And, if you watch the News while running, no empty space to relax your mind as well as your body. I nearly forgot to mention… it costs quite a lot of money too – especially when you stop going as regularly as you started off when you joined. By now, you probably feel too guilty to cancel your gym membership because, really, you … Read The Full Article …

Health: Sugar vs Fat: Which Is Worse For Our Health?

Weight-gain and health problems can be blamed on lots of things… Stress, Lack of Exercise and of course, Diet… If we look at the latter, two bad boys which seem to pop up more than most are ‘Sugar‘ and ‘Fat‘. People who opt for ‘Low Fat’ or ‘Low Sugar’ produce are usually not doing so because they prefer the taste (and even if they find out they do, that wasn’t the reason they started with). They are doing so either because they want to lose weight, or they want a healthier diet, or both. So which causes us to put … Read The Full Article …

Goal Setting: How To Set Yourself A Worthy Goal

You’ve done your wheel of life. You know which area of your life you want to work on. Now, all you need is a good goal, a worthy goal. It is important to spend time and work hard at setting the right goal for you. This is what you are going to work towards for the next weeks, months and maybe years. Why Do We Need A Goal? Defining a goal makes us put into words what it is that we really want. By realizing what it is we want, we can start working on achieving it. We need to … Read The Full Article …

Finding It Difficult to De-clutter? Try This Simple 3-Step System

Do you like the idea of de-cluttering but when it comes to it have items you just don’t want to throw away? I’ve got a system just for you. You know I like systems 🙂 1. Get Rid Of The Junk But Try This First… You shouldn’t have any qualms getting rid of junk, dirty and broken beyond repair items, surely they hold no value to you as they are. BUT before you do though… a few things to try for free: The Repair Cafe: They’re a latest trend and have been spreading like wild fire. If you’re lucky to … Read The Full Article …

Beyond GROW: 3 Coaching Models That Take You Positively Forward

Coaching provides a structured approach supported by so many different models that it can be hard to choose the right one. Here’s some help. On Lifestoogood.net we talk a lot about coaching and how to be your own life coach. Coaching is not a black box to which you feed a lot of information and which gives you back a list of actions you should take. There’s a structure to it… and there are various coaching models and approaches that provide that structure. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types of coaching models: Type 1: The Self-Awareness Models – These are … Read The Full Article …

The Power of Visualization

When I was growing up I wanted to play golf just like my dad. My childhood hero was Severiano Ballesteros. I loved Seve’s charisma and the fact that whatever trouble he got himself into, he always got out of it with the most amazing and magical recovery shots. He was like half-golfer, half-adventurer, going places on a golf course that no-one has ever gone before. Seve was pure natural talent, not a manufactured product like Tiger Woods or many other modern golfers who have been taught from a very early age. Seve learned to hit a golf ball with nothing … Read The Full Article …

Relaxation: Can’t Relax? Here Are 4 Tips To Help…

Finding it hard to relax? Relaxing should be the easiest thing in the world: take a break, do nothing or do something you enjoy and voila! Yet, I’m sure you know many people who never manage to relax. They don’t relax in the evening after work. They don’t relax at week-ends. They don’t even relax on holidays on a beautiful sandy beach. Hands up if it’s you? I have to admit I used to be like this. Work always came first. I cancelled many holidays because projects at work got priorities and when I finally managed to take some time … Read The Full Article …

Nature (aka Head-to-Head: Nature Takes On Marketing…)

Are you confused by the ever changing nutritional advice hitting the headlines? You’re not alone… Don’t eat fat, they said. So, you chose low fat food. But later, we learn that fat is not really the problem, it’s sugar. So, you now go for reduced or sugar-free food… only to find out that these food contain aspartame or other sweeteners which keep you hooked on sweet taste. Don’t eat butter, eat margarine. Oh, no, margarine contains hydrogenated fat. Eat soy products, it’s healthy… Later, it is found that soy in high quantity could raise oestrogen levels, interfere with thyroid functions, … Read The Full Article …

Habits: How To Learn ANYTHING (by Understanding How We Form Habits – Pt 2 of 2)

This is the second article in this series (well, hardly a series – its 2 articles) looking at how we form habits and why that is something that’s really worth understanding. Before we go any further, a HUGE thanks to Razwana, Yvonne, Joy, Ross, Adrienne, Jeevan and Annie for sharing their experiences in the previous post. Here we have some pretty good examples and I’m confident that the content in this article will answer any questions concerning why things may have happened the way they did in these specific cases (whether these habits were formed for good or not). If … Read The Full Article …

Habits (aka How To Learn ANYTHING) – (1 of 2)

How would you like to learn anything? or change a behavior you want to get rid of? How about any new behaviors that you’d like to adopt? Exercise? Diet? Learning to play guitar? In this article (and the next one) I want to take a brief look at Habit Forming – as it is really powerful stuff and something I’ve been meaning to write something about for a long time. In concept, it’s simple (yes I do like my simple but powerful concepts), but there are some nuances, so we’ll cover those too and I’ll tell you why and how … Read The Full Article …