Having worked in Human Resources for quite some time at many different companies, the most common issue I come across in the corporate world is people getting burnt out; in more severe cases even leading to a mental breakdown, resulting in weeks (or in worse cases, months off) from work, as prescribed by the doctor. A particular memory still vividly lives in my mind, even though it happened a long time ago: I volunteered to be the First Aider and Fire Warden in the small office I worked at – I never expected that my first ‘call of duty’ would actually be having…

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In this day and age there seems to be a wealth of advice, countless different schools of thought and self-empowerment programmes about the right way to live – to be healthy, happy, fit and super successful. Yet, the number of overweight, unhappy, disillusioned, poorly nourished, sleep deprived and stressed out people is higher than ever. Apparently, John Ratey (Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and one of the world’s leading experts in Neuropsychiatry) and Richard Manning (an environmental author and journalist) claim to know the real deal when it comes to resolving our core problems and finding the one true…

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The period between late September – end of February is the most dreaded time of the year for me. This coincides with the busiest, most stressful time at work and I am also a sufferer of winter blues (in England, it is not unusual that I won’t see the sun come out for weeks!) and everything just looks so sad, empty and grotty. I experienced one of the most depressing times of my life last year during this very same period therefore this year I made it my mission to proactively anticipate and prepare for the challenges of this season.…

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I am on month 3 during my recovery journey. It is actually difficult to say whether I am back to full health again or not, and if I am, how long this state is sustainable without relapsing. It is going to be a period of experimenting and careful testing to see how my foot copes with running and higher impact moves. I have started to very gradually re-introduce these elements into my workout routine this week. Walking is not an issue any more, I can even walk on consecutive days, well over an hour, on any surface. I was able…

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It is one of those blog posts that I am finding very difficult to write. In fact, it has taken me a couple of weeks to get to this stage. The Valencia Marathon itself deserves a separate blog post in its own right, I am now trying to focus on what came after the most-awaited event in 2014 and how I have been trying to survive and maintain my sanity in the past 5-6 weeks. I am a different person now. A tired and desperate shell that needs to be filled with purpose, hope, and renewed strength to go on…

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