Little Women review

Reading Time: 5 minutes I can’t remember what age I was when I readĀ Little Women but I remember the edition. It was a hardback, part of a children’s classics set that included The Secret Garden. It had an oval frame of colour on the front with a picture of the opening scene and every so often inside there were four colour illustrations. I loved it, the book and the story. It’s one of those stories that really rewards a reader who returns to it over and over again: there’s always something different to find or another way of looking at the characters and events …

Overwhelm: 5 ways to manage stress

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Overwhelm” seems like it’s becoming a bit of a new buzzword for the wellbeing / mindfulness vocabulary. For me, it most often manifests as procrastination: I simply can’t get started because it seems like there’s so much to do, I don’t know where best to focus first. Or, just as often, it’s when I realise I’m doing something desperately searching for ‘fun’ because I feel like I have so much to do I spend all my time on ‘serious’ things. So Sophie Cliff’s latest blog resonated with me, and I’ve been thinking about some of the strategies I have used …