Why I Ditched My Running Shoes

Mark Boustead | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Boustead

Within a matter of seconds, something miraculous seemed to happen...the thudding stopped, I found myself almost floating, lightly landing on the ball of my foot, knees nicely bent. It felt amazing, kind of wrong, as I was so used to wearing traditional running shoes, but this somehow felt more animalistic, somehow very right even though it felt a bit wrong!

On Depression - A Suggestion

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

What helps if you have depression is realising that you are not alone, that this 'illness' actually exists like any other physical illness; you are not making it up and you are not some self-indulgent, self-obsessed narcissist who's looking for pity or an excuse not show up at work or school.

Mindfulness, the Entry Point to Co-Production of Our Health

Anna Betz | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Betz

The common view has been that service quality is guaranteed by the training and expertise of professionals. Public service co-production especially in the health service thus still remains a rather rare plant in the UK public sector.

A Declaration of Independence

David Mochel | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Imagine that you are tired of suffering. Imagine that you decide that you are going to do things differently. Imagine that you have chosen to "abolish the forms to which you are accustomed"? Choosing and committing to a new response to a familiar situation can bring renewed energy and excitement.

Turning Towards What Hurts, a New, Mindful Blueprint for How We Can Live Better With Pain

Vidyamala Burch | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vidyamala Burch

Through mindfulness we can learn to tease apart the two kinds of suffering, meaning we can learn to accept the primary sensations and in turn, greatly reduce the secondary suffering which has a way of dissolving when looked upon with a compassionate eye.

A Diary of a Mum-to-be: The Third Trimester

Louisa Daniels | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

The pre-labour cramps, unbelievable pelvic pressure and lack of sleep that has dominated the last two weeks, is only overpowered by the intense excitement that I feel toward meeting the little person that has made my body his home for most of the past year.

The Greatest News on Earth

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

Scientific evidence has shown that neurons (brain cells) can rewire and change patterns throughout your lifetime as a result of your experiences and how you think about them. So your thoughts affect the physiology of your brain and the physiology affects your thoughts.

Do You Always Need to Be Right?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Acts of kindness are only kind when you feel good about ourselves. Caretaking is the neighbour of martyrdom. Many who lack confidence have a compulsion to be perfect. I found being a control freak exhausting.

Seven Steps to Flourishing: Plant the Seeds to Be Happier This Spring

Cheryl Rickman | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cheryl Rickman

As the winter blues and grey rainy days subside and we step towards the promise of blue skies and sunshine, it's the perfect opportunity to shake off the gloom and instead bloom with positivity. How?

The Five Components of Mindful Exercise

Andy Puddicombe | Posted 01.04.2014 | 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.

Being Busy: The Pros and Cons

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

I'm touring my show "Sane New World" at the moment, zig-zagging the country and it's fantastic that people are now speaking out, especially men - abou...

Stress Busting Techniques For a Good Night's Sleep Every Night

Juls Abernethy | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juls Abernethy

How well you have slept at night has a big influence over how well you feel during the next day, likewise your daily habits and routines can have a big influence on how well you sleep at night. A good night's sleep is a healthy habit that is more in your control than you might think.

Why You Need to Slow Down to Speed Up!

Dr Michelle K. Nielsen | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michelle K. Nielsen

You can move forward in your life by thinking and feeling too, not just doing. With a clear vision and a sense of direction, you can focus your energy more effectively, be more productive and make better decisions.

Train Your Brain to Struggle Less and Thrive More

David Mochel | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Brain research suggests that it really depends upon which part of your brain is most active. Neuroscientists have found that when they stimulate certain areas of the brain with electrical impulses, they can get their subjects to learn more rapidly, solve problems that previously eluded them, and most recently, to be more appreciative of art.

When We Die: A Story of Naked Humanity and the Unanswerable

Jordan Bates | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jordan Bates

Call it evolutionary instinct, or reduce it in some other way if you like, but in my skull, every one of us is utterly brave to slide out of bed each morning and face the daily challenge to hold onto hope and meaning despite the inevitable demons that waylay us all.

Mindfulness Is an Internal Weathervane

Ruby Wax | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

Mindfulness isn't for everyone, we all are as different as fingerprints and have to find our own way of breaking bad habits that can seriously damage our health. For me having a means of tuning into my mind, checking the weather conditions and spotting if a storm is coming has saved my life.

Eight Easy Ways to Make Your Brain Smarter, Stronger and Faster

Dr Michelle K. Nielsen | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michelle K. Nielsen

You are the owner of one of the most powerful and fascinating machines on the planet - the HUMAN BRAIN.This incredible piece of equipment was designed for you to use to create an incredible life. Your brain is more complex and efficient than the world's most powerful computer.

Falling Awake: The Power of Silence in a Frenetic World

Dr Anthony Seldon | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Anthony Seldon

At 2pm GMT, all young people of school age fall totally silent for two minutes. Wherever they are, at school, at home, outside, in towns or fields, they all stop whatever they are doing, and fall completely still.

How Do We Find Quiet in a Busy Digital World?

Ruby Wax | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

In my new show, Sane New World which is for everyone, not just the mentally ill but all of us, I'm getting a lot of questions on how to deal with the digital viagra we're all addicted to (I'm even answering spam these days) - especially, how do we help our kids manage this? How do we deal with all this in-coming bombardment of everything from fashion tips to terrorists?

Somatic Intuition - How to Hear Your Body

Becky Walsh | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

Developing your somatic intuition means you are able to hear when your body is trying to tell you something about the food you're eating, your level of stress, your psychological well-being and how your environment is having an effect on the whole of you. Most of these things we have little awareness of until they show up and physical symptoms in the body.

Posting A Positive Message On Facebook Actually Helps To Spread Happiness

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Posting a negative message on Facebook about your crap day may make you feel better for an instant, but posting a positive one has far better results....

Can Meditation Help Depression and Improve Well-being? The Latest Medical Research Gives Pause for Thought

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The most recent comprehensive review of research on the benefits of meditation concludes that rigorous clinical trials find only, 'small to moderate reductions of multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress'.

Mindfulness Classes Could Be Introduced In Schools, Says David Laws

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers are looking at whether schoolchildren could benefit from classes in "mindfulness", David Laws has said. The schools minister said that th...

How to Move From Survival and Struggle to Growth and Contribution in Less Than Two Minutes a Day

David Mochel | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

A friend of mine once said to me, "I don't know what God is, but when I look at a butterfly or a flower, I know that I can't do that." It is possible to view the world this way -- with the acceptance of uncertainty and appreciative curiosity for the mundane -- because of a set of networks in the nervous system that I refer to as the "growth function."

Good Night, Sleep Tight: Finding a Good Night's Sleep

Luke Morris | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Morris

The oft-repeated saying that we spend a third of our lives asleep is largely true. Sleep helps us recover our energy; it regulates our hormones, allows our body to grow and repair, strengthens our immune system, improves our mental health and, perhaps most ironically for those struggling to sleep, reduces our anxiety.