Emotional Wellness

Why Play Therapy Isn't Always Fun

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Seyderhelm

When a child enters the Play Therapy room for the first time, they can choose to play with any of the toys: puppets, sand tray, musical instruments, dressing up clothes, paints, crayons, clay. In non-directive play, the therapist respects the child's choice, and plays along with them, to build up rapport, trust, and attachment.

How To Nurture Yourself When Burnout Takes Its Toll: Putting The Oxygen Mask On First

Kate Taylor | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Taylor

My personal story with burnout left me living life on a constant knife's edge of anxiety. As if every day of my life had been an abyss of poor choices, and self-loathing. The daily fear battle I was fighting around the impact have on my future was real.

Back To The Playground

Caragh Little | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK
Caragh Little

The new school year has started. First day photos have been taken, schoolbags have grown heavy with new books, and the reality of homework and early morning alarm clocks is beginning to set in. The evenings are shortening and the papers are speculating about the chances of an Indian Summer. It's September again...

Healing a Suicide Attempt: Cartooning My Experience

Amani Omejer | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Life post-overdose had a different intensity to it - I couldn't run from my struggle anymore. I couldn't keep stuff shoved down and carry on regardless. I couldn't neglect my needs because saving myself after overdosing (I called the ambulance) was cementing a promise to myself - I was going to do this.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Kamontip Evans | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

The new academic year will soon be upon us. Some parents will see their child head off for university. You may look at this as freedom-at-last: your child will be leaving home, allowing you to do what you have longed to do all these years. Some of you will fear the empty nest syndrome. And for others, possibly most, a mixture of both.

Vana, North India: A New Breed of Life-Changing Retreats

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Well, I'll be, says Juliet Kinsman. I went to north India for a week's holiday, ate to my heart's content and spent most of my time supine. And you know what - it was the most life-changing holiday I've had. That's because Vana Retreats is a new breed of destination spa with extraordinary wellbeing cuisine, ideal for anyone who fears abstinence or bootcamps. This salubrious road to wellness is smooth and only gently sloped.

Elite Spanish Retreats: The Marbella Club, Spain

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

The Marbella Club is set in a stunning location on Marbella's golden mile - enjoying a beachfront location, striking mountain views and immaculate lush gardens. A white promenade, lined with palm trees, is situated adjacent to the hotel - with 'beautiful' people walking their dogs or honing their beach bodies, you could easily imagine that you are in California.

The Friendships of Highly Sensitive People

Natasha Batsford | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

A few years ago, I heard a term that made a lot of sense to me. Actually, that's not entirely true, at first it made me roll my eyes at yet another -ism entering the vernacular. I wondered whether the world really needed another label to navigate round, until one day, to my shame, I realised that the label, quite literally, defined me.

The Critic Within

Kamontip Evans | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to bed, there are so many things we can get annoyed with: traffic noise, your partner leaving a news...

Swing Like You're Winning

Lisa Regan | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

10,000 swings of a kettle bell- sure why would anyone want to do that? So obviously when the challenge of doing this over 20 workouts with a 16kg bell and 500 swings per session was put to me, I thought ok I'll do it. I don't really have any fear of trying things; like I have fear but not being able to do something wouldn't hold me back from even attempting.

Portuguese Retreats: Epic Sana, Algarve

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

With lush green landscapes and wide-stretching white sand beaches, The Algarve is the one of the most popular European destinations this summer. Just 30 minutes from Faro, between Albufeira and Villamura and overlooking the jaw dropping Falesia Beach, (complete with Gold Flag) Epic Sana is a contemporary family, group and solo friendly luxury retreat.

Why CBT Alone Does Not Help in a Crisis

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

From experience, I find that for this well proven technique to work best certain other boxes need to be ticked first. We need to be emotionally and mentally ready for CBT. Confused? Let me explain.

Escape to Ibiza: The Top Three Retreats for a Mind and Body Recharge

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

A haven for hippies and healers since the 1960s Ibiza is the perfect choice for those looking for a bit of a recharge in their holiday time. The Balearic island is home to hundreds of retreats, from purifying cleanses to spiritual stays, and the five star fitness break is the latest way to harness the magical energy of the White Isle.

Idyllic Scottish Retreats: Isle of Eriska, Argyll

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Crossing the rickety bridge to the private Isle of Eriska you get the feeling you may be about to infiltrate the land of Narnia. Perched on the west coast of Scotland in 350 acres of manicured gardens, woodland and rugged beaches, against a stunning rural landscape, Eriska lulls you into an immediate state of calm.

Thai Retreats: The Sukhothai and Spa, Bangkok

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Inside, The Sukhothai is an elegant haven away from the crowds, crazy tuk-tuks and smoldering traffic jams that seem to clog the city from dusk till dawn. And outside, hidden in gardens behind the hotel courtyard, we discovered a glamorous way to beat the heat at the hotel's peaceful pool and spa pavilion.

The Art of Psychic Manifestation: Seeking Your Desires

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

As the old Rumi saying goes "What you seek is seeking you", but I want to go deeper than this. The most important step in manifestation is knowing you...

Chic Retreats: Chateau Saint-Martin Hotel & Spa, France

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Everything about this hotel says French Riviera - the chateau, the sophistication, the period furniture, the magnificent wines (there are over 12,000 bottles in the cellar), the 300 century old olive trees, and its location - nestled between the mountains and sea...

I Am My Mother's Daughter

Chayya Syal | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chayya Syal

I have always believed that the act of writing is, and always will be, an act of courage and defiance - regardless of how long you've been writing for...

Fighting the Black Dog of Depression With the Black Dawg Project

Louis McIntosh | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

With depression there is no Because, there just Is. Reasons could be something, anything or nothing in particular. I needed to re-live the experience of that bout of depression.

Using Science and the Creative Arts to Enhance Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being

Dr Ramya Mohan | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Ramya Mohan

'Creativity' is applicable to a broad spectrum with Science and Creative art on either end. Where and how the twain meet for the betterment of individuals, communities and cultures is the eternal question. The answer is surprisingly simple-in the fascinating conundrum called the human mind!

Six Ways to Explain Depression to People Who Don't Really Understand It

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

To try and help more people understand the condition, I have come up with six examples of the way depression feels for me in ways I hope are easily understood or related to by anyone.

The Fear of Letting Go: Meditation 101

Lisa Regan | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Stop right there, if you think I am saying you need to invest in fisherman's pants, a selection of linen bio degradable T shirts and stop using deodorant, I am not. This is the meditation visual of old; it has moved with the times and is I think the key to a peaceful and happy mind.

The Black Dawg Launch - Aiding Emotional Wellbeing

Louis McIntosh | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

Over the past year I have been involved fully in The Black Dawg project. It started off simply, writing down late at night my thoughts and feelings in the wake of a debilitating depressive episode in my life.

We Could All Benefit From Wimbledon High School's Toxic Friendship Lessons

Polly Allen | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Allen

Young people are fantastic early adopters of technology, but they don't have the emotional resilience to cope with the fall-out when feelings get hurt along the way. Girls, in particular, seem to be experts at internalising this upset.

Losing My Mum Changed Me for the Better

Jenny Mullinder | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Mullinder

Five days after my 21st birthday my entire world changed. My Mum; the strongest, most vulnerable, most important woman I'd known, was dead. It was the worst day of my life, but it also caused me to finally confront all my demons, and start moving forward from them.