Mental Health Is Everybody's Problem

Laurie Morrissey | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laurie Morrissey

The truth is, we won't necessarily know when something's gone from manageable to not. We're not doctors, we're not impartial, we're stuck in the middle of it all... and life is messy, sometimes overwhelming and more times sadly underwhelming. And that's just on an average Tuesday.

Getting My Fix - Me And My Anxiety

Sarah Powell | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Powell

If you feel scared for no reason or there's a voice that's telling you you're rubbish and everyone else is fine or better, I want to tell you, it's just not true. You're a brilliant, good person and you don't have to live with feeling crap.

Ctrl. Alt. Delete.

Caragh Little | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
Caragh Little

The phrase 'alternative facts' is preoccupying most of us at the moment. Provision of 'alternative facts' about the numbers of supporters attending t...

Why Today's Kids Can Be The Most Health-Conscious Yet

Trevor Hardy | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Parents
Trevor Hardy

This generation has already set the pace by drinking and smoking less than ever before. But with the rise of obesity it is now time for young people (and their parents) to take hold of the opportunities they have and create a truly healthy life.

My Anxiety Has Been Giving Me Anxiety

Stephen Bailey | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

I am always worrying about what's next rather than enjoying the moment. We can't predict the future, we don't know what's going to happen but that should be EXCITING. I, for one, cannot spend the next 60/70 years worrying about what could/should be.

Catch 'Em All?

Caragh Little | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

Last September, rather a mischievous student at my school attempted to bemuse, outwit or irritate his teachers by making it sound as though he was exc...

Is Mindfulness Just Another Buzzword?

Laura Thomas PhD | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Thomas PhD

Meditation and mindfulness are SO on trend right now, but in the age of the 'mindful' colouring book, are these ancient practises in danger of becoming just another buzzword?

Weight Loss Happens In Your Head, Not Your Stomach

Victoria Wills | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Wills

The word 'diet' sends a shiver of misery down most spines. I know this because I spent many years locked in a cycle of diet, binge, diet, binge, which in turn led to feelings of guilt and made a serious dent in my self-esteem.

I Love You Just the Way You Are: Why Self-Acceptance is The Key to Mental Health

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Seyderhelm

Some days I look in the mirror and hear, 'urgh, not today'. My hair isn't right, my face looks dull and carries the marks of yesterday's mask, the one I have worn to face the day. Other days I take a peek and say, 'yeah, bring it on!', and for sure the day goes better. I might look the same, but I'm more self-accepting, less critical.

Mindful of the Evidence Base

Raliza Stoyanova | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Raliza Stoyanova

Half of mental health disorders have their onset before age 15, and there is growing evidence that the teenage brain undergoes significant change. This time of heightened brain plasticity offers a valuable opportunity to try and foster resilience and potentially prevent the onset of mental illness.

Meditation During Pregnancy and Labour

Helen Bryce | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Bryce

The breathing techniques were great for those moments of complete chaos; like when you're trying to put a toddler down for a nap as the older one shouts through that they've "missed the toilet".

Mindfulness Is More Than Just Focus

Dr David Cox | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Cox

When you spend time observing your thoughts, you start to realise that that's all they are - thoughts. And then you notice things about them - not just their content, but also their emotional payload, their frequency, patterns in which ones you have when and why.

Meditate at Work: Why Not?

Brigid Moss | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Brigid Moss

Monday is Red magazine's first #RedMonday, a focus on all positive things for mental health on the most trying day of the week. The idea is to make everyone in the office - along with all our Red family (readers, associates, colleagues, supporters) - to try out meditation, see if it might become our new healthy habit.

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Men Who Made It: How Olympian Etienne Stott Handles Stress And Anxiety

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to competing at an Olympic level, much is made of the strength and stamina of the sportsmen and women. Their punishing years of training...

Meet the Mindful Traveller

Andy Puddicombe | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Puddicombe

Travel is such a rich area for mindfulness. It's driven partly by curiosity, an interest in what's out there, and partly the essential need to take time out from routine. In a sense it's a bit like the practice of meditation... Here are a few tips we've put together to help you be a more mindful traveller.

Speaking of Mindfulness...

Dr David Cox | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Cox

The added benefit of a quick mindful moment is that you put yourself in a frame of mind where you're open to and curious about the present moment. When you do that right before you go and do something you've never done before, you're much more likely to actually enjoy whatever it is you're about to do next. Imagine living a life where you could pretty much always enjoy new experiences!

Vogue Confidential: Headspace

Vogue UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vogue UK

"If we are connected to that place, then the violence and all the things we're seeing in the world would not make sense," continued Huffington. "With mindfulness in schools and the movement in corporations, it gives the most stubborn of sceptics proof. There is no trade-off between productivity and achievement in taking the time to connect to this place."

This Makes Meditation Easier Than Queuing Up For A Latte

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Headspace, the masters of online meditation, have unveiled a new version of their app that promises to make switching off and zoning out even easier. ...

Poorna Bell

What Does A Former Buddhist Monk Have To Say About Men Chilling Out?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Former Buddhist monk and co-founder of online meditation app Headspace Andy Puddicombe knows a thing or two about big life decisions and taking the ti...

Three Steps to Reduce Your Anxiety

Andy Puddicombe | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Puddicombe

Did you know that in western countries around 14 to 29% of people are likely to suffer from an anxiety problem in their lifetime? If anxiety is something that affects you personally, or someone you know, you probably understand the harm and misery it can cause.

The Five Components of Mindful Exercise

Andy Puddicombe | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Puddicombe

To get the maximum benefit from all that effort, we just need to think about, and apply, the five components of mindful exercise. Try bringing your awareness to them the next time you workout, and notice the change in how you feel.

Say No to Being Anyone But Yourself in 2014

Adele Barlow | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Ask 5 people to tell you the 10 things they think you're really great at. Paint it loud and proud and don't brush it off. In there lies to the clue to what you'd be good at, and again, you might not be doing it in your day job.

30 Minutes Of This Can Stave Off Anxiety And Depression

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

New research has revealed that anxiety and depression can be warded off with 30 minutes of meditation a day. "Mindfulness meditation" - a Buddhist...

(Obvious) Life Lessons from 2013

Adele Barlow | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

So whenever this time of year rolls around and I'm getting reflective on what this year taught me, or what I can attempt to do better next year (as always: more exercise, less worry, more comfort-zone-exiting, less overanalysing) - I notice the random highlights that stick with me, the moments which remind me of the obvious 'lessons' I want to hold onto going forwards.

Can We Really Take Time Out to Achieve More?

Rekha Mehr | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rekha Mehr

Having just found myself in the second cycle of burnout in just 9 months, with the second being more severe than the first, I started to consider that perhaps it wasn't the result of my inadequacies, but instead the pace i had set myself to achieve my goals