Beat the Stress - 24 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Midst of Covid-19

May 11, 2020

When was the last time, if ever, that you moved house? How did that go for you? I bet it was a heap of fun with no stress at all!

Moving house is considered one of the three most stressful things you can go through (along with divorce and death), but during lockdown, I can assure you that the stress factor really jumps through the roof! I have spent the last two weeks moving house and if it's stressful normally, it's even more challenging in the current environment. My house has been in chaos and I have really struggled to keep stress levels down as I try to cook for my family, run my business, get out for my daily walk and unpack while setting up the house to a livable standard.

That's why I am focusing on stress busting this week and have an amazing new e-book to help you break through the stress of just trying to get through the difficult situation we find ourselves in and find some calm in  mind and spirit. I hope you enjoy it all, and please let...

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Essential Home Workouts

Apr 20, 2020
 

What happens to your morning routine when you go on holiday? Does it go out the window or do you keep it going?

I'm not saying that lockdown is holiday, but I always find it difficult to maintain my routine when I experience change, and this lockdown situation is change on a fundamental level! It has taken me a few weeks to find my new groove and I'm sure you probably have felt the same way. If you have given up on your routine, then it's time to put it back in place - especially when it comes to exercise!

We always hear about how important exercise is and I’m here to tell you that it’s true! If your energy levels are low, you feel winded going up the stairs and can’t keep up with your kids, you run out of steam when it comes to getting your work done - especially by the afternoon - and there is nothing left for you or your partner come evening. Exercise can help you with all these things!

I know it can be hard to begin, but if you do start...

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6 Top Tips for Beating the Lockdown Blues

Apr 11, 2020
 

How are you all coping with the lockdown? It’s been three weeks now and doesn’t look like it’s about to end. That’s not good news, is it?

 

Whether you're holed up with family, partners, house shares or going it alone, spending all this time without the social interactions we’re used to can create anxiety and depression. Concerns about your own health, your loved ones' health and job or financial uncertainty are also valid worries for everyone. So, it's totally understandable if you're feeling a little bit more anxious or on edge than you normally would.  But don’t worry, while being in lockdown can be lonely and frustrating, there are ways to boost your spirits and socialise from the comfort of your home. To help you stay positive and productive, I have created:

 

6 Top Tips for Beating the Lockdown Blues

 

We have actually been navigating the situation pretty well in my family, mostly because we have set some ground rules...

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Fabulous Family Fajitas!

Apr 02, 2020
 
Today I would like to share a live demo on cooking a family favourite - fajitas! Also, an explanation of how to Cook Once and Eat Twice! There is no cooking three times for this dish because it is so good that hardly anything gets leftover! For more great ideas to save TIME and MONEY, check out my FREE guide:
 
 
 
Here is the Fajitas recipe:
 
 
You can find this fajita recipe and over 55 others along with two weeks of meal plans, shopping lists and instructional videos in my:
 
 
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If you're thinking: "The strategies from the FREE guide are a great start, but what do I do next?" then I have a Total Two Week Solution for you. If you’re looking to take the hassle out of meal planning and recipe creation while feeding your family with delicious foods quickly and easily, having a done for you plan with time saving...
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Courgetti Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Prawns

Apr 02, 2020
 

Bonus time! This recipe is a quick and delicious family favourite and I wanted to share it with you so that you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time having fun with your family...

I make this dish with courgettes using a spiraliser to turn them into pasta. You can also use the sauce on any kind of pasta you have, it's up to you to make it the way you like best. But, if you haven't given courgetti a try before, why not do so now and let me know what you think in the comments?

 

Committed to your success,

 

Marina x

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Top Tips to Save Time in the Kitchen

Mar 30, 2020
 

In today's Vlog, I wanted to give you some practical cooking advice on how to use some of the Key Ingredients from my Feed the Family Formula in a new way. 

In this video, I am cooking fish, mangetout and quinoa fried rice. The whole meal was ready from beginning to end in about 20 minutes with most of it cooked for you above. Here is how it looked once I was finished:

 

 

Not bad for a quick family meal right? And that is the whole point of what I'm doing here. I would like to show you how to make delicious and nutritious meals without having to spend the whole day in the kitchen!

We are all living in crazy times right now and unfortunately, I can't change the situation we are in. What I can do though is offer some practical food advice because that’s what I’m good at.

As a mum of 4 and a Health Coach who loves to cook, I have developed loads of strategies and solutions to feed my family quickly and efficiently...

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Cook Once - Eat Three Times!

Mar 18, 2020
 

These are crazy times my friend. Today, all my kids' schools were closed and GCSEs and A Levels were canceled. It seems that every couple of hours something new and even more shocking happens. If you are feeling confused, lost, scared and not just a little bit angry, then you are not alone. We are all in this together. I know you're email has probably been flooded with Corona updates from everyone you ever bought something from or every restaurant that you have been to, and it is all super well meaning. But it all just seems like a lot, right? Just more stuff you need to cancel, rearrange and deal with.

I wish I had the answers, but I don't. What I do have are ideas about offering some practical food advice, because that's what I'm really good at. With all of us facing homes full of kids for every meal, I wanted to put a few things forward to help in a small way with the situation. So here's what I'm going to do:

1) I am putting out this previously recorded facebook live where I...

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5 Reasons Why Canva is My Go To for Beautiful Images

Mar 15, 2020
 

Are you a DIYer or a Delegator? I often speak about the importance of delegating and how we should focus on our core strengths, and I stand by this approach 100%. However, sometimes it is really worth investing a bit of time in learning something new that can generate big results and huge savings in time and money.

 

Two examples come to mind straight away. One is your website and the other is graphic design for social media. Now you may think that I’m crazy to suggest you DIY a website or your social images, and there are definitely specialists that study for years to produce stunning and unique results in both of these areas, but I’m not talking about perfection.

 

I know that web design is an enormous topic that often fills people with dread and lots of questions so let’s park that for now. Although I will toot my own horn (toot, toot!) and say that I have single handily been working on the complete redesign of my website over the last 4 months and...

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Breaks are the New Busy

Mar 08, 2020
 

This may be a bit controversial, but I think that stress isn’t always a bad thing. What?

Sometimes a little bit of stress while working can be incredibly helpful because it can motivate you to get things done on time and keep you productive, focused and determined.

That’s the good news, the bad news is that when stress builds up too much it can become overwhelming. Fast. The more overwhelmed you feel, the more problems can arise. Now that sounds more familiar, right?

So, how can we maintain a healthy level of stress without it spiralling out of control?

One of the best solutions is to take frequent breaks over the course of the day.

But there’s a problem: Most people associate taking breaks with laziness and feelings of guilt. In fact, guilt is often what motivates us to work straight through tiredness and fatigue and when we’re busier, we feel more productive and less guilty. But at the end of the day, productivity isn’t about how much we...

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3 Steps to Close Open Loops

Mar 01, 2020
 

Do you fall asleep pretty easily, or do you find yourself lying awake at night thinking about all the things you didn’t get done that day and all the things you have to do the next day? Yeah, me too. We’ve all been there. It’s like a suspense movie playing on a loop inside your head, but it never gets to the end. Instead, the suspense just keeps growing and growing and it’s utterly exhausting!  

If this sounds familiar, then you, my friend, have too many open loops in your life.

 

What is an Open Loop?

Have you heard of these before?  Open loops are a term coined by international productivity consultant David Allen in his book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. They are the unresolved tasks that replay themselves over and over again in our minds like:

The laundry needs to be done. The kids need to be picked up. I have a meeting tomorrow. I still have to buy a wedding present. I have to make that phone call…

In...

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