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.

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)

Water

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

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 …

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

Try This 3 Step Decluttering 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 …

Decluttering: How Far Can You Go?

Decluttering: How Far Can You Go?

Is it “de-cluttering”, “minimalism” or “simplification”? I like the idea of keeping things simple. Apart from one particular connotation (#25), I rather like the word simple. Einstein said: “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” I buy into that idea 1000%. In other words, make things as complex as they need to be, but as simple as they can be. Some things in life do need to be complex, but then we have a tendency to get really into stuff and over-engineer solutions, to over complicate things – to add complexity where it’s not needed. It seems like … Read The Full Article …

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

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 …

Turn Your Body Language Into An Asset

Turn Your Body Language Into An Asset

Body language reflects how you feel. Interestingly, it works both ways. Change your body language and you’ll change how you feel. Look And Feel Confident Our body language doesn’t just tell others how we feel, it communicates it to our own mind. So… if you want to feel confident, you need to look confident. Of course, I hear you say, it’s not that simple. But, you’d be surprised to know that hodling yourself like a confident person for just 2 minutes will increase your testoterone levels (increasing your confidence) and decrease cortisol (associated with stress). Fine, but what do confident … Read The Full Article …

Beyond GROW: 3 Coaching Models That Take You Positively Forward

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 …

Solve Problems Simply and Effectively with the GROW Model

Why You Need To Know About GROW

How do you pick the best way forward to solve your problems? In our article The First Steps As Your Own Life Coach, we talked about setting a good goal and then taking a first step towards it. The question is: What is that first step going to be when you think you’ve already tried everything? Several models can help. The most used by life coaches is the GROW model. (in fact this model is not just used by life coaches, but by all kinds of coaches, with many other models being some kind of variation on this one – … Read The Full Article …

Sugar vs Fat: Which Is Worse For Our 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 …

Mindfulness, The Wandering Mind & The Power of Now

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 …

Efficiency Hack #13: Eat More Green Stuff

Efficiency Hack #12: Eat More Greens

Another really easy one… Over the course of a day, check out the color of your food. Not too long ago I shared a very simple thought that’s helping me be more healthy – basically to choose to eat healthier. Well, an easy way to take any thinking out of it is just to look for one color: green. Use this super simple trick to look at what you eat over the course of the day or even better: each time you’re about to consume some food. Is there any green in it? Make sure that there is plenty of … Read The Full Article …

Stressbuster: Volunteering – Help Others And Yourself

Stressbuster: Volunteering

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 …

How To Create Your Own Luck In Life And Business

How To Create Your Own Luck In Life And Business

Do you ever feel like some people have all the luck in the world… and you don’t? I did. When I started working for a Consultancy firm fresh out of my French Business School, I met Sandrine. She had just started there too. She didn’t have as good a degree as I did but she had managed to get recruited nonetheless. She was smily, lively, easy to talk to, helpful. We got on really well straight away. We worked on different projects and kept comparing notes. It became quickly apparent to me that she was extremely lucky. She always seemed … Read The Full Article …

Why Good Friends Are Good For Your Health

Do you have a network of good friends? Friends you can go to when you’re not 100%? Friends who will cheer you up, share a laugh, listen to your personal stories with genuine interest, keep your secrets, always be there when you need them, overlook you faults and appreciate your qualities? Friends who you can be completely honest and real with and they with you in return? If you do, you’re very lucky indeed! Friendship: A Proven Source Of Good Health Friendships profoundly affect our health. A very interesting study of 308,849 individuals, followed for an average of 7.5 years, … Read The Full Article …

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 …

How Many Loose Ends Do You Have?

How Many Loose Ends Do You Have

OK ladies (and heavy metal dudes), I’m not talking about split ends, I’m talking about loose ends. I’m no hairdresser (well, actually…). I’m not talking about the band either (what_a_classic – great video too) – I’m talking about unfinished projects. So how many loose ends do you have? Do you ever say to people things like ‘I just have so much going on right now?‘ What exactly? Do you even know? What Are Loose Ends? Whether business, around the home or personal, I’m talking about things you start (including things you say you’ll do – that’s starting them in a … Read The Full Article …

The Magic Of Writing Things Down

The Magic of Writing Things Down

In many of our posts, we refer to a Life Coaching Journal or Diary. Having and using a journal really makes a difference. I beg you (yes I do!) to get into the habit of writing things down more… without falling into its trap (yes, there is one)… Writing Things Down To Gain Clarity One of the first things you need to do when you start on a Life Coaching or Transformation journey is simple yet extremely important: get yourself a notebook and get into the habit of using it to record your goals, write down your thoughts, your progress, … Read The Full Article …

Everyday Stretch Routine… For Your Brain

Everyday Stretch Routine... For Your Brain

It’s not just our body that needs exercising, our brain needs it too. From the age of 20, we start losing neurons. By the age of 70, we’ve lost a tenth of what we were born with but, all is not lost, because neurons have extraordinary abilities. What Is A Neuron? Without turning this into a science class, let me give you some key information about neurons. Neurons are the building blocks of our nervous system. Most of them (100 billion) can be found in the brain but they are in our spine and nerves too. Neurons communicate information back … Read The Full Article …