Emotional Wellness

Is Treating Myself The Same As Self Compassion?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

My understanding of self-compassion has changed dramatically in the last three months or so. Up until I really started learning about it, I believed that self-compassion and treating myself were the same thing. They're not. There's a world of a difference between the two. Self-compassion is defined by two key features:

Why We Need To Make More Mistakes

Courtenay Pipkin | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Courtenay Pipkin

When we put our head above the parapet and strive for something bigger and better, naturally we dream that it will be a success, but it's no fun if it's too easy and that is when we begin to get complacent. How boring would life be in a world where everything went our way? We will never strive for more when what we've got appears to be sufficient.

Feeling Tired? Top Tips For Reigniting Your Energy

Dr. Libby Weaver | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Libby Weaver

In all my years working with people on an individual level or in a group, regardless of their age, sex or current health status, there is often one thing that unifies people's health and wellness goals - energy and the desire for more.

There Is No Failure, Only Feedback

Lizi Davis | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lizi Davis

Of all the things I would take from the course - exercise creation, technique correction, rapport building skills and goal setting - this one phrase would be the most powerful for me in terms of my own development, both physically and mentally, in both my personal and work life.

Mum Guilt: How I Never Saw It Coming And Steps To Combat It

Katty Patterson | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Parents
Katty Patterson

I'd never considered it before.  Never read an article or been part of a discussion that addressed it.  I knew I was going to be tired, emotional, busy.  I was told a hundred times how I'd be tied to my sofa, wouldn't read a book for the next five years and how this was the easy part.  Never a helpful sentiment.

Post Natal Anxiety - My Old Flame

Hayley Gardner | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Gardner

The cruelest trait of anxiety is its ability to creep up and blindside you whilst you're sitting eating your mugshot on a Tuesday afternoon. For me, anxiety started as that feeling of rocking on your chair a little too hard and tipping over the point of balance.

A Few Ways You Can Be There For A Friend Who Is Feeling Down

Sara Tofiq | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Tofiq

Failing to help a friend in a time of need may be downplayed by thoughts such as being embarrassed to let them know that you care, or perhaps you may fear that your offer of comfort may be rejected. And given the opportunity to look away makes it easy to miss important signs.

The Power Of Journaling For Men

Ollie Aplin | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ollie Aplin

So after researching and trying to find a journal that would help me to write - and not being able to find one, I knew it was something I had to create. Being a designer helped but knowing what I wanted from a guided journal helped even more.

When Luxury Meets Wellness: Coming Back To Your Body At Bali Floating Leaf

Selene Nelson | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Selene Nelson

There are few places as entrenched in spirituality, health and wellness as Bali. As such, few places are more suited to a yoga and meditation retreat. This beautiful Indonesian island has its fair share of luxury havens, but critics seem in agreement as to which one is best.

How To Support Your Body Through Stressful Events

Dr. Libby Weaver | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Libby Weaver

Good quality sleep is essential to help us repair and restore our body during times of stress. Doing everything you can to promote a good sleep cycle is one of the best things you can do for yourself during a period of stress.

Are You A Chronic People Pleaser?

Dr. Libby Weaver | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Libby Weaver

Learning how to say no, deciphering what you want to say yes to, and where your priorities lie, will help you to experience a heightened sense of spaciousness and calm, cultivate better personal energy and enjoy a greater level of wellness.

Six Secrets Of Highly Radiant People

Sarah Zafar | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Zafar

It takes time to build a career, a relationship, a house. If we try to speed up the process, we are likely to become frustrated. Worse; we may build something that is less than what we have hoped. It's never too late to start over. If you were not happy with yesterday, try something different today. Do not become stagnant. Do better.

Why Coping Is Overrated: How Therapy Helped Me Through My Mother's Death

Angela Brightwell | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Brightwell

Every Wednesday lunchtime, for about a year, I sloped off from my office desk, alone. Away from the shiny soulless glass buildings of Canary Wharf, towards the fishy world of Billingsgate Market, and the little bobbing private narrowboats of the marina.

Change Yourself, Change The World (Part One... Body And Mind)

Polly Humphris | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Humphris

Thankfully for the rest of us (certainly for those that no longer want to be held back, or, as importantly, to hold back others), it's never too late to make some positive changes. So, in the spirit of Gandhi himself, here's a few ways in which we can all remake ourselves for the greater good. Here goes nothing...

We Need Action On Mental Health, Not More Sound Bites

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

The civil rights campaigner and poet Maya Angelou once said her mission was to thrive, not just survive. Like Angelou, we all want full and rewarding lives. Yet too many of us are struggling on a daily basis just to keep ourselves together emotionally.

Much More Action Is Needed To Solve The Children's Mental Health Crisis

Javed Khan | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

With children's mental health problems on the rise, it's clear that young people who are suffering need our support more than ever. Health professio...

Burnout Diaries - Chapter 3: The Drugs Don't Work, They Just Make You Worse

Paula Bellostas Muguerza | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Bellostas Muguerza

Three months into the burnout journey and the reality of the situation had finally set in: my hemiplegic migraine condition had become "persistent" meaning that attacks were (and still are as I write) happening every single day. I had to accept that my daily life was just not going to be the same no matter how hard I tried to pretend that it was all just a little blip.

Cancer Poverty - Yes It Is A Thing!

Lorraine Lewis | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lorraine Lewis

That is why my husband and I started our charity The Lewis Foundation. We spent about four years in and out of hospital. We have seen and experienced cancer poverty, so we understand how tough it is.

Why We Tend To Make Poorer Food Choices When We're Stressed

Dr. Libby Weaver | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Libby Weaver

It is never just the foods you choose and the quantity you eat nor the regularity with which you move your body that impact on your weight. Emotional and physical stress can also tip the balance of the nervous system and subsequently the scales. But it's not always about weight gain, stress can also be a catalyst for people to lose weight - or change their eating habits.

When You're Running On Empty: How To Get Out Of Survival Mode

Dr. Libby Weaver | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Libby Weaver

When we feel this way, it's not because our job is stressful or because our children demand all of our attention or because of our never-ending to-do list. It's nothing external that creates this issue, though these circumstances can definitely exacerbate it.

Feeling Anxious, Jittery Or Overwhelmed? These Vital Glands Might Need Support

Dr. Libby Weaver | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Libby Weaver

You can already start to see a picture of how our adrenal glands are affected by everyday living--and this is not even the entire story. If our body continues to perceive that it is in danger, it may lead to additional excess cortisol (our long term stress hormone) production, which brings with it a whole new array of health concerns.

The Long Kiss... Hello

Anya Hayes | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Anya Hayes

But simultaneously, I'm clinging on to his love of it and his need for closeness to my bosom, because I know once I let it go then...well, it's gone. It's easy to become marooned in a habit of mourning and lost goodbyes, without properly greeting and welcoming new phases in life.

Stories Of Sadness Are Liberating

Michael Rosen | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Michael Rosen

I've been involved in several books that deal with sadness, one is even called 'The Sad Book'. It dealt with my feelings about my son's death. There is no happy ending. He doesn't come back to life. My first reason for writing it was because I wanted to sort out how I felt. The second was that children were asking me how I felt and I owed it to them to answer them straight. A third reason has emerged as people have started to read the book to each other: it gives people a chance to say what kind of feelings they have, how they've responded to loss or how they are handling feelings of sadness.

Dubai - Leading The Way In Happiness

Tina McGuff | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

Dubai is a remarkable city - vibrant, multicultural, intelligent, future thinking and led by a very smart man, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who has wonderful foresight for his beloved country and its people.

What My Experience With ME Taught Me About Life And Work

Alicia Norton | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alicia Norton

Living with M.E has taught me an important lesson about agency and self-ownership. In an age where tangible goals seem increasingly elusive, it's no surprise so-called 'millennials' are focussing their energy on achieving balance, purpose and freedom in life and work.