Inspired Mindful Moments During Taxing Times

I had not planned to write this blog but had an inspired mindful moment. Today is the last day of the current tax year. I remember a quote I had seen when I was younger.

Born Free, but taxed to death!

Tax, money, work, health, parents, kids, family, relationships, traffic, Brexit or lack off can all cause us stress. Stress in itself is not a bad thing, it is the body’s coping mechanism to deal with perceived threat and help us survive. The problem occurs when we have constant stress which are greater than our capacity to deal with them. Fortunately we can nurture, practice and develop coping systems that increase our capacity to deal with and bounce back. This is known as resilience. Happy Habits such as mindfulness and gratitude help build our resilience, perspective, ability to cope and find solutions.

Over the next month and bit I am fortunate to take part in various events where I can share about stress, resilience, mindfulness and happiness.Some are free public events and some are ticketed events. Details are below.

4th May “The Resilient Dentist” : Oshwal Dental Group

14 May “Mental Health Awareness: Habits for Happy Mental Health” : GLL Better Finchley Lido

30 May “Mental Health Awareness: Habits for Happy Mental Health” : Shishukunj

02 June “Journey from Stress to Happiness”: Oshwal Health and Care Fair : Oshwal Centre

In June I will be hosting an online 21 Day Mindfulness Challenge

If you are coming to any of the events let me know, would love to say hi.

I have capacity to share more and would love to do more events. So If you have opportunities at your work place or group let me know, especially for Mental Health Awareness, Resilience or Well Being.


Having recently sent gratitude emails to clients who have purchased products or services to thank them for helping make a difference in someone else’s life by supporting the UNs Sustainable Development Goals was very heartwarming. Seeing the impact we are making is terrific. This is a business for good, not just creating financial profits but more about making a positive impact in making the world better. This is good karma.



Many people in December do a end of year review to reflect on the past 12 months. They go through their calendar, diary, journal and memories to reflect and capture aspects from the year. There is a great free tool called the year compass that can help with this process available from The process can be insightful, heartwarming, provide learning and growth. Instead of waiting till the end of the year to do it why not do one at the end of each month, This has the advantage of making the end of year process quicker and smoother, less chance of missing things and the benefit of getting a good feeling as you savour and reflect at the end of the month and the opportunity to savour each following month.

One way to do it is to copy some of the items from the yearcompass into a word document or google sheet and title with the chosen month then add to it each month end.

Things to consider for inclusion are:

What did I achieve this month?

What were insights I gained?

What did I learn?

What am I grateful for?

What was challenging and how did I deal with it?

Who helped me?

Who did I help?

What could I have done better?

What am I looking forward to this coming month?

The YearCompass breaks it down into a few categories which include:

  • Personal Life & Family

  • Belongings

  • Friends, community

  • Intellectual

  • Finances

  • Work, Studies, Profession

  • Relaxation, Hobbies, Creativity

  • Heath, Fitness

  • Emotional, Spiritual

  • Bucket List

This is an expansion of the 4 human dimensions of : Physical, Mental, Social/Emotional and Spiritual.

YearCompass gives opportunity to consider the time period in six sentences such as :”The wisest decision I made…”. and six questions such as “What is the best thing you have discovered about yourself?”.

There is much more to the review doc than shared here, however, hopefully this gives you a feel.

Enjoy reviewing and reflecting