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Take Time to Rest

Rest is essential to our wellbeing and our ability to perform but it is often overlooked when we are ploughing through our never-ending to-do list. In her new book The Art of Rest, Claudia Hammond outlines the top 10 favourite things people do to rest. These include reading, spending time in nature, time alone, listening to […]

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How to tame your inner critic

Do you struggle with a critical voice inside your head? You know the one that tells you, you are not good enough, successful enough or strong enough?  Often this voice runs along in the background affecting the choices we make, stopping us from meeting our goals and doing the things that help us feel happier […]

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Walk this way

Walking is a great way to bring mindfulness into your daily life.  We normally walk with a head full of to-do lists, remembering, worrying and analysing rather than being present.  Using walking as a mindfulness practice allows us to become more connected with our experience.   As we walk throughout the day there are plenty of […]

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Transforming difficult emotions

When we are in the grip of strong emotions it is hard to stay present and focused.  Through mindfulness practice rather than trying to make strong emotions go away, we learn to let it be.  We learn to turn towards these difficult experiences with a kindly curiosity.  This helps us to become more present and […]

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The power of gratitude

Did you know that taking the time to note the good things in your life and being thankful for them can help improve your wellbeing? Research has shown that people who counted their blessings felt happier, had better health, exercised more, slept better, and made healthier food choices.  As Melanie Beattie says: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness […]

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Stress less and enjoy more at Christmas

Does Christmas feel more stressful than fun?  Do you find yourself rushing about buying presents, sorting out meals, putting up decorations, making travel plans and writing Christmas cards?  Are you worrying about how things will go on the day?  Will there be enough food? Will everyone like their presents? Will everyone get along? All of this […]

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Change habits with urge surfing

If you have ever tried to break a ‘bad’ habit you probably know just how hard that can be.  Whether it’s trying to reduce how much you are eating or drinking, giving up smoking or reducing how often you check your phone.  The urge that grips you can feel very powerful.  Instead of fighting the […]

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Self-care is not selfish

We are all so busy that self-care often goes on the back burner.  But if you don’t make self-care a priority then it won’t be long before you become frazzled and exhausted.  As the saying goes you can’t pour from an empty cup.  Taking care of yourself first enables you to have plenty of reserves […]

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How to see the upside

Do you find your mind focuses more on what’s negative than positive? It’s not because more bad stuff is happening in your life it’s the brain’s natural tendency to fixate on problems. This tendency is known as the negativity bias. Any of our ancestors that weren’t looking out for potential threats were more likely to […]

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How to tame your anger

Anger comes in many shades from mild frustration to full-blown outbursts.  Anger is a way of protecting ourselves when we feel threatened in some way.  But when we take a moment to notice the effects of anger on our bodies, sleep, health and relationships we start to see anger differently.  We realise that it causes […]

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