Mindfulness

I'm No Evangelist

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why mindfulness? I've mentioned a lot that I had a mental car crash seven years ago. I said, to quote Scarlett O'Hara (sort of), "I will never go crazy again". And so I've kept my promise to myself and haven't had an episode of depression for seven years.

Three Surefire Ways to Whack a Sucky Mood

Mandy Lehto | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Lehto

So your mood is radioactive, and though you've noticed it's not serving you - or anyone around you - it can be hard to snap out of it. Here are three road-tested methods I use when I feel the mental toxicity building.

How to Banish Anxiety From Your Life, in Five Easy Steps

Louise Gillett | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

I began to feel the worry as a physical sensation - it would start as a warning prickle in the top of my head and then spread like fire until it extended all across my scalp. This, I supposed, was a panic attack - but there was little I could do to stop it. As time went on, anxiety morphed into paranoia - the attacks happened more and more frequently, and the fear of them happening became all-encompassing, almost as bad as the symptoms themselves.

Loosen the Pulling Power of Food in Your Life

Dr. Bernadette Rock | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bernadette Rock

A firm focus on numbers, such as calories, points, the number of pounds you've lost (or gained!), can be quite a narrow view of your progress. A rigid focus on numbers can be very much linked to a diet mentality, where you're either 'good' or 'bad', in control or out of control

Me at TEDTalks, or a Journey Into Brain Candy

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I just got back from TEDTalks, which were held in Rio this year. It's like going to Glastonbury but the acts are geniuses who've invented things I've never dreamt possible. It's extraordinary - and the sense of "I'm not worthy" bubbles below my surface as I'm surrounded by all this brain candy.

A Testament to Recovery

Sharon Bull | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

On a late sunny afternoon October 2nd 2014, I skipped out of my new Doctor's surgery feeling like a teenager. Having just received the news about my present state of health, I had every reason to radiate joyfulness and exhibit my delight and gratitude.

A School Intervention Proven to Improve Performance, Intelligence, and Self-control?

David Mochel | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

If you knew of a method to help students improve their grades, their self-discipline, their focus, and their ability to manage stress, would you consider offering it in schools? If the side effects included stronger interpersonal relationships and increased intelligence, would you still consider it?

How Baking A Cake Can Make You Feel Less Stressed

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Could our national obsession with baking be less to do with getting a sugar fix and more to do with tapping into the sense of peace and calm it instil...

Too Much Before We Explode

Ruby Wax | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Choice is ruining our lives, taking up precious moments. 99% of our lives are taken up by deciding. Supermarkets had 1000 products for the last generation to choose from, and now there are 40,000 of them. We need to ignore 39,850 items. We suffer from decision overload, we have a limit and then we hit neural fatigue.

For the Flourishing of Young Minds: The Mindfulness Toolkit for Tough Times

Richard Burnett | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

Mindfulness is not enough on its own; it is no silver bullet. Schools are complex places and people more complex still - teachers, pupils and parents alike. Mindfulness must be part of a broader pastoral net, not only in terms of social and emotional learning, but also child protection.

'Success Is Not Final, Failure Is Not Fatal - It Is the Courage to Continue That Counts'

Will Young | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Young

For years, failing was solely based on how I thought others saw me and how I felt I should be acting in accordance to how others were acting. "I haven't been photographed like this person has", "why don't I get in magazines like that person"... These thoughts were rife. What was missing actually was a concentration on what I actually wanted and thought was important.

The Real Truth About Antidepressants

Rachel Kelly | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

The past 17 years has taught me that it's not beyond our own powers to help ourselves. For anyone who is suffering mild anxiety, feels sad and wonders if they are depressed (you are not: if you have clinical depression, you know) please try other sanity-saving approaches before you resort to antidepressants.

A Mindful Commute

Sasha Wagstaff | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sasha Wagstaff

I used to read all the time on my commute...it took my mind to a different place, distracted me from the tedium of a view I had seen hundreds of times before and eventually, it transformed my life. In a manner of speaking.

Mercury Retrograde, Make It Mindful Not Murky

Ambi Sitham | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ambi Sitham

Some people fear mercury retrograde as a time of doom, gloom and disaster. This astrological transit has its own hashtag on social media with accompanying stories of the mayhem often caused by this cosmic tailspin which many refer to as mercury retro ARGH.

30 Simple Ways to Cultivate Beauty In Your Everyday Life

Adrian Millar | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

You have the power to recharge, refocus and recommit, without slog. All you have to do is keep in touch with the beauty of your everyday life. The way to do this is through your story.

Fifteen Things People Who Are Happy Do Differently

Danny Baker | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Everybody will make mistakes - in their career, in their relationships, with their finances, and in every other facet of their life. But happy people make sure they learn from their mistakes and from difficult times so they don't continue to repeat themselves over and over and over again.

Panic Attack: Out of the Blue or More Explainable?

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

The reaction to the first panic attack is then one of alarm and catastrophe.Thought of heart attack, madness, mental breakdown and imminent death and destruction goes through the mind, a far cry from the innocent message the body is actually giving. The body is tired not dying, the mind is exhausted not cracking up.

Putting the Wellbeing Into Tech

Anna Chapman | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Tech
Anna Chapman

One observation that I found really valuable was the idea that you shouldn't blame tech for your own stress. Instead, we need to find ways to manage how we use it in an always-on culture.

On Happiness

Ruby Wax | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

We spend our lives hunting for something that has a very limited life span, sometimes lasting only seconds (see sex). Whatever that rush of fireworks in the blood is; winning the lottery, making a billion, getting on the volleyball team, there will be a fall. We've known this forever (see Greek tragedy) and yet we never learn.

What Are We Missing?

David Mochel | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

The sentence "how can I help?" never fails to warm my heart, even when it is expressed by people thousands of miles away. What a wonderful reaction to another human being. I love this question because it is an offer that can just be met with gratitude without any obligation.

How Much Can We Do Before We Explode?

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Nothing is easy. We need to do our own banking. What happened to the bank teller who would help by handing me a piece of paper and telling me how to fill it in and then say, "Have a nice day." I used to want to choke those people for saying it, now I miss it with those little insincere smiles.

Whose Drama Is It Anyway?

Shirley Palmer | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shirley Palmer

As I lay under the chestnut tree with the sun streaming through I noticed how quickly we have fallen into autumn in the UK, the leaves are changing, the sun is not quite so warm and there is a bed of leaves underneath me.

Screw Positive Thinking

Asha Patel | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Asha Patel

This is a call for authentic listening. Instead of verbalising that emotion, be quiet. Listen to it. See what fears and foes lurk beneath what you're feeling. It's about listening to oneself and one's own emotional state and then being wholly responsible for it.

Guarding Our Life Against Negativity

Simon Haas | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Haas

Have you ever worked in a business that looked professional and successful on the outside, but turned out to be dysfunctional on the inside? Maybe there was a destructive culture of office politics and complaining. Maybe the company simply didn't care about its people, or it was a chaotic, high-stress workplace, with low morale and high burn out.

On Stigma

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It's the only illness where you get - absolutely free with the package - a real sense of shame. I've heard people say, "I know people with real diseases, show me lumps show me X-Rays", and of course you can't so you begin to feel bombarded with self-disgust thinking," I'm not being carpet-bombed, I'm not living in a Township, how dare I, who has everything, be depressed?"