Mindfulness

A Natural Way to Deal With the Stress of Infertility

Jacqueline Hurst | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Hurst

Anxiety eats away at our confidence and makes things that were once easy for us to do, really difficult. Thoughts of "I'm not good enough, smart enough, thin enough" are manifestations of stress and anxiety that many of us can associate with.

Pandora's Box IS Depression

Louis McIntosh | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

Oh no, not another blogpost about Depression, I wish it would go away. Funnily enough so do a lot of us. But it won't. It's here to stay, this 21st Century disease, or could there be signs of similar dark phantoms in the psyche of our past?

Recharge With Reflexology

Areta Nykolia | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Areta Nykolia

Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. It is a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the nerve endings on our hands, feet and ears which trigger certain organs, tissues and glands in the body.

Catch the Pigeon (Toddler Lessons in Mindfulness)

Liz Lowe | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

February began, for the toddler and I, with snotty cuddles and coughing competitions. 'Dry January' was an easy win for both of us (aided by pregnancy and not being tall enough to reach the wine rack), but our current glow owes more to contamination than bountiful health.

Tribute to Alan Rickman

Ruby Wax | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Alan Rickman died two weeks ago and I am broken, as is everyone else who knew him. I just wanted to share a few more words about him.

Self-Marriage and Self-Love

Grace Gelder | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Grace Gelder

I married myself in 2014 and after an article in the Guardian newspaper went viral six months later, the story about my decision was featured in press around the world. I've been interviewed about the topic time and time again, for radio, TV and print. It wasn't until a recent walk in an Austrian forest though, that I felt I had much to share on the topic of self-love.

It's a Right Pain

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Compassion is key when we consider pain, bringing kindness and understanding towards ourselves when experiencing pain can make a difference. Studies show time and time again the variance in pain experience when mindfulness and compassion are introduced.

Walk-In Sessions

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I had the first walk-in session last week at the Arts Theatre and it was a hit - if a walk-in session can be a hit. People came in in all sizes; young, old, straight, gay, all nations represented. It's pretty clear everyone wants and needs to talk, just to feel heard and understood by compassionate people who feel the same.

How to Turn a Bad Day Into a Good Day

Liz Lowe | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Lowe

After a morning of procrastination, I spent the afternoon working in Central London with similar levels of productivity. The tube was busy when I returned home, as apparently other people had been working there too (I don't get out much).

The Magic Wand of Tech for Teen Wellbeing

Jen Hyatt | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jen Hyatt

There are over 1billion young people aged 10-19 globally and at least one in five will have diagnosable mental health conditions in their lives, mostly rooted in experiences before the age of fourteen. Key contributors to this are adverse family, school and community circumstances as well as genetics, poverty, lack of jobs, poor nutrition, physical health conditions, conflict and trauma.

Five Things You Can Teach Yourself to Maintain Your Mental Wellbeing

Tayana Simons | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

It's that time of year when everyone heads to the gym to fulfill their resolution to 'get healthy' in 2016, and whilst maintaining your physical health is important we often forget that keeping our mind active plays a huge part in our overall well being.

For Alan Rickman

Ruby Wax | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

He died last week and it's more heart-breaking than anything I've felt before. I feel like my insides have been gouged out and nothings left. He formed me and saved me. I know that by now I'd be either institutionalised, heavily medicated or dead. I have to thank him and can't.

Attempts at Mindfulness (With a Toddler and Chocolate)

Liz Lowe | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

With my daughter, I paused more frequently to take it all in; to imprint the memories. Appreciating those small moments seemed to lessen the grip of the trying times; a little, at least. There could be something to this mindfulness thing after all.

Health And Wellbeing Tips Every Cruise Traveller Should Know

The Huffington Post UK | Dave Leonard | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When you book a cruise holiday, you want to discover new places, breathe in fresh ocean air, enjoy nature at its most majestic, eat delicious meals an...

Five Tips for Mindful Travel

Claire Jopson | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Jopson

As travellers always seeking those little moments of appreciation, we noticed that we regularly pack a few small things, to help coax out those instances of calm. Here are just a few, that help us pause, stop and take a moment to appreciate the adventure we are on.

#Frazzled?

Ruby Wax | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

An enormous benefit of mindfulness is that you get a free ticket to that rare destination: the present. Okay, I hear you say, 'What's so great about being in the present moment? What if I don't want to stare at a butterfly wing or hear the single ting of a windchime? I have places to go, people to meet.'

Why I Don't Do Mindfulness

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I'm about to say something a little controversial. Ready? The very mention of the word 'mindfulness' gets my back up. Before you hop straight to the comments to tell me about how utterly ridiculous and short sighted I'm being, hear me out.

Mindful Sleep: What Is it and How Can We Achieve It?

Stephen Canning | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Canning

Boasting about how much we can do on how little sleep is nothing new. But along with increasing stress, tighter deadlines and extended hours, competitive sleep deprivation has now become a worrying and established feature of the 21st century workplace.

2015 Was the Year of Casual Sex - But Is It Dangerous for Your Psychological Health?

Dr Becky Spelman | Posted 10.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Becky Spelman

During my career as a psychologist in clinical practice, if there's one word I have heard more than any other from the thousands of patients I have consulted with it's 'sex',. However, in 2015 the frequency and depth of sex in my patients' lives appeared to increase in its importance, seemingly due to the ever increasingly sexualised and consumerist society we live in.

This Company Turned Brushing Your Teeth Into A Video Game And It's Utterly Glorious

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Tech

The Kolibree Connected Toothbrush might seem like an unlikely standout at the world's biggest technology conference but it was this clever little tool...

Woman Loses 10 Stone After Making This Super Simple Change

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Dieting is a journey - and a tough one at that. It can be easy to give into temptation and when you do, it can be even easier to hate yourself. But...

We Need to Open Up the Discussion About Mental Health With Young People

Graham Doke | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Parents
Graham Doke

Teens need to understand that it's okay to have this huge mess of emotions, and they must be shown ways to deal with it: being equipped with proper tools will help prevent trauma leaving its mark and becoming anxiety or worse.

Mindfulness in the Workplace: Five Practical Tips for 2016

Stephen Canning | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Canning

A very simple technique, the one minute meditation can easily be built into the working day. Consider introducing them during breaks, for instance, which are meant to refresh us but so often end up being extensions of work as we battle to finish something, check our emails or catch-up on calls.

Can Being Mindful Make Us More Productive?

Stephen Canning | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Canning

First, let's take this back a notch and explore what mindfulness is. A dictionary will tell you that it's a mental state in which you acknowledge what you're doing, feeling and being in any one moment. It's a feeling of inner consciousness, a sense of greater awareness. Basically it's just paying attention properly.

It Is at the Heart of Everything - Love

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Compassion is there, in all of us, we don't need to create it, just cultivate it. Engaging with compassion meditations is an excellent way to bring more your way. Just sitting and wishing those around you well, visualising others happiness as well as your own is the start of a greater experience of compassion.