From the Editor
THINK OF THIS ISSUE as your toolkit for 2019, to help you feel in control of your life and all the responsibilities that fill it. I can take on most challenges when I’m not surrounded by chaos. At school and university, before I could open a book to study, I had to tidy my room, and when I have a task at work that I’m dreading, I do the same with my desk. It isn’t a procrastination technique, it really does help me to focus better when my stapler is where it should be!
And that’s what you’ll find in the pages of this mag – really useful info and practical advice to help you get your life ducks in a row, so that when you suddenly have to face a challenge, you’re in the right space and frame of mind to cope best.
Firstly, I hope you’re reading this before midnight on the 31st, so you can free yourself of the anxieties of dreadful New Year’s resolutions. Instead, turn to page 66 and read The 5 Second Rule. I started using this technique recently, and it really has had a big impact on my life – from small things like not hitting snooze and instead jumping out of my bed in the morning to go for a swim, to big stuff like making difficult phone calls (read any phone call!). It’s simple, genius – and life-changing.
Once you’ve read that, enjoy reading through the rest of the mag. You’ll find genuinely useful tools for managing meal prep (101 Lunchbox Ideas, page 105); the morning rush (Organise to Save Time, page 96); your fitness (Boost your Walk!, page 60); your wardrobe (Your Capsule Work Wardrobe, page 40); back-to-school lurgies (New Term, New Germs, page 102); your career (There’s no Such Thing as a Superwoman, page 68); your family’s safety (Disaster-proof your Home, page 77) – and even your hair (Hair Repair, page 36)!
Lastly, if you need inspiration to reach your healthy weight, you’ll be inspired to make smart changes by the five awesome women who shared their success stories and strategies with us.
By the time you’ve finished the mag, the prospect of a fresh new year filled with 365 days of possibilities and opportunities should be a good one. I know I’m ready for it – let’s own it together!
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