Emotional Wellness

Idyllic Scottish Retreats: Isle of Eriska, Argyll

The Spa Spy | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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 Spa Spy | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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 Spa Spy | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Why We Need to Talk About Self-Harm

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

There are many widely held beliefs about self-harm which are simply wrong. If we don't talk about it we can't educate young people (or older people) about self-harm. It is NOT a failed suicide attempt nor a method of attention seeking. In most instances, it's a coping mechanism.

Rejecting the Social Constructs of Masculinity and Femininity

Jojo Furnival | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to some guy on Radio 2 expressing his point of view on masculinity and the topic of men crying. Real men don't cry, he said. "There are plenty of things that bring a lump to my throat, but that doesn't mean I'm going to start blubbing like a little girl." Wow.

Good v Bad - The Importance of the Language We Use Around Food

Lisa Regan | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Life is all about choices, on this we can all agree. There is an increasing dialogue around food, there is an obesity epidemic, people in Ireland are getting fatter and that is a fact. Since World War Two, our waistlines have been expanding and now it has more than crept into the next generation as childhood obesity is at record high.

Finding a Way to Move Forward

Lisa Regan | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

It is like any illness, it affects each person differently, we all have mental health, so therefore we all have mental health issues, concerns and we have mental health, as in we have our mental health.

What Other People Think of You Is NONE of Your Business

Lisa Regan | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

People love to talk, tell stories and often people love to talk about other people. A great woman by the name of Eleanor Roosevelt once said "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." I think this sums it up quite well.

The Mindful Toddler

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Children are generally mindful, they live moment to moment quite easily, the key is to encourage them to maintain this skill. We are reading lots about supporting children in schools to be mindful, what about Toddlers?

Get More for Your 24

Stephen Doran | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Doran

We've all fallen prey at some point to the excuse that there aren't enough hours in a day. There aren't enough days in a week, weeks in a month, months in a year and so forth. What would you say if I told you that I've found them?

A Right for Silence

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Have you ever wondered why the most prestigious areas in the city are usually the quietest? Why executive business lounges in the airports have no bright screens/ads/loud music/shouting announcement (very different from normal waiting areas)?

Five Ways to Address Wonky Boundaries

Jayne Hardy | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Hardy

We all have boundaries. There are certain things we just wouldn't do. No matter what. Then there are the other boundaries, you know the ones - the boundaries which are a little wonky. The boundaries which we are a little unsure of and struggle to assert. The ones which lead to resentment, anxiety and anger.

Digital Detox: Brenners Park, Baden Baden, Germany

The Spa Spy | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The Romans knew a thing or two about spas. The thermal waters and spa towns they used are still flocked to thousands of years later by people looking for everything from a hardcore health fix to a chance to rejuvenate and relax, and Baden Baden is no exception.

Does Depression Make Me a Burden?

Ella Robson | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Robson

Depression makes me a burden. I think, 99% of the time that depression makes me a burden for others, but in all honesty depression just makes me a burden to myself. The thing that convinces me that I'm a burden to others is the stigma of mental illness.

Five Tips to Stay Warm, Cosy and Healthy this Winter

Anja Brierley | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anja Brierley

Winter has finally arrived. Fresh air, cold wind and frosty mornings with some areas experiencing a dusting of snow. The days are short. It is difficult to get out of bed on the dark mornings.

This Is Quite Simply The Best Suitcase Ever Made, And Here's Why...

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Tech

This is the Bluesmart Suitcase and with the exception of the fear of flying, this gadget single-handedly solves every problem you ever had with travel...