Emotional Wellness

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.

Sleep, Perchance To Dream

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

I routinely get between 7 and 8 hours sleep a night, but is it good sleep? You know, the kind that refreshes and restores, because to be frank, I don't always bounce out of bed each morning feeling fully rested and powered up ready to go.

So... Would You Like To Know The Latest Wellbeing Travel Trends?

Stella Photi | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

I set up Wellbeing Escapes 11 years ago and it's been very interesting watching the emergence of wellness travel from truly embryonic beginnings to where it is today. My team and I have the privileged position of speaking to our clients on a daily basis which allows us to understand their needs but also the challenges that they are facing in their lives.

Are We Determined Enough To Make Brexit Succeed?

Mike Shaw | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Politics
Mike Shaw

Resilience training can help by educating you about the relationship between the decisions you're making and your mental health, empowering you to make the choices that are right for you.

Finding Happiness In Your Twenties

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nader Dehdashti

I am just going to come out and say it; the twenties are the new thirties. There is too much pressure on young adults to have it all figured it out before they hit their thirties and this can make it very difficult to search for happiness when you're too busy finding your purpose in life.

Get Out & Moonlight: Rethinking Wounded Black Men

Marcus Glover | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK
Marcus Glover

A few nights ago I witnessed a filmic and social achievement having attended the movie "Get Out", written and directed by Jordan Peele of the sketch c...

How To Replace Your Self-Doubt With Self-Worth

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

But if we feel vulnerable and open to criticism, or are knocked-back by even the smallest of set-backs, then it is all too easy to believe that we're powerless to act, incompetent, unable to relate, and doubt our-self in every area of our life.

11 Commandments For Happiness

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

I love my life, but there have been times when things have hit the fan.

The Self-Sabotaging Should

Laura Bell | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Bell

'Should' is a suffocating presence that cannot be seen but can be felt with the momentous force of a gathering typhoon. It is the test you could never get full marks on; the boss you could never impress; the partner you could never please and a complete misdirection of your energy.

Getting Emotionally Fit

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

Short-term distractions such as alcohol, drugs, pornography, sex, and over-eating are often used to tune-out from the pain of emotional fatigue. However, these distractions only temporarily mask the symptoms of fatigue and stop us from more effectively monitoring and managing the cause of our distress.

How Stress Affects The Brain

Katie Woodland | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Woodland

I'm going to do my best to leave out as much of the science jargon as possible because having a degree, masters or doctorate should not be required when reading a blog post. Back in 2014, research reconfirmed just how damaging chronic stress is to the brain.

Self-Love On Valentine's Day

Louisa Mallejacq Flynn | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Mallejacq Flynn

If all we do is drain our flames with the concerns of everyone else, then all that is left are some ashy embers and jagged coals. Anger and resentment enjoy these conditions, and we can't love others with such feelings. We just want to run, escape, blame and punish, often passive-aggressively, because we begrudge everything.

Lost Time

Rachel Lamb | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

The important point to remember is you choose your own path. Along that path you choose your own way, and everyone will have something different and unique to them, we won't reach where we want to be all at the same time.

Why Stress Is Bad

Katie Woodland | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Woodland

OK, so let's go right back to the beginning again because it seems despite all the hard work of many upstanding individuals the fact that stress is bad (and I mean really bad), is just not quite sinking in with many people.

How Do You React To A 'Sudden Death Warning' - Anxiety?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

How are we supposed to react to this news without anxiety? What are we supposed to do? Unless the entire population gets tested immediately how is a 'sudden death warning' going to be a warning of any practical help.

Looking Up When Your Body Is Down

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Swatee Jasoria

Even when we do all the right things, like sleep eight hours a day, eat well and exercise regularly, sometimes we just get sick. We can't help it. When and how we get ill is not necessarily in our control, but how we deal with it is.

To Anyone Who's Been Told They're Too Sensitive

Alex Gatenby | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Gatenby

There is certainly a lot of truth in the idea that everything is better in moderation, but I speak for all the sensitive souls out there when I say that I am proud of my ability to be empathetic, compassionate and caring - and that I will not apologise for.

Did You Know That You Cannot Fail At Being Human?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

This article is for those who doubt, who seek perfection, who judge, who struggle to avoid failure at all costs, for those who feel something is missing in them. This is for those who need to justify themselves, who struggle to find proof that they are a complete and good person.

What Makes People Happy? Education Policymakers Must Prioritise Emotional Health

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Haisman-Smith

What is it that makes you happy? For many people, life satisfaction will be influenced by many different factors, including their family and education. For those working in the education world, the aim of achieving happiness for pupils once they leave school and become adults may be a motivating factor, but rarely something they can focus on day-to-day...

New Year New You - Sainthood Or Selfhood?

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

Sixteen hundred years ago, Augustine left behind Selfhood for Sainthood. Mindfulness of course isn't a short-cut to Sainthood, but starting this year it might just help you to find your Best Self!

How To Attain Long Term Happiness

Reneé Davis | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Reneé Davis

Short term happiness is easy to come by, but can leave us feeling miserable and exhausted. My little list of happy makers will not bring you instant gratification like a glass of wine or slice of cake would, but trust me, as a person who has survived two mental breakdowns, these are tried and tested long-term happiness boosters!

The False Promise Of New Year's Day And Mondays

Karen Oliver | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Oliver

Coping mechanisms come in all forms - whether it looks like a bottle of red after a tough day, avoidance of social situations or munching on biscuits all day at work. We either need to find alternative coping mechanisms for the circumstances we can't change, or address the source of stress and anxiety in the first place.