Mindfulness

Waiting It Out

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I've been in the fog for about a week. In a way it feels like I've been reunited with an evil, lost relative. Someone from my past I can vaguely recognize - and then it comes to me, oh yes, it's depression. I remember now... This time it's different than any of my past episodes, At this point when I had depression in the past I'd be panicking that my old self is gone - my old personality gone and this new deader one to replace it. But even in this chaos I sort of know this is temporary, I just happen to have this disease and this loss of identity is part of it; my mind is just out of the office for a minute.

Vocal Heroes: The Year for Women in Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Neela Bettridge

The past year has been one of extremes when it comes to women in leadership. We've had some 'vocal heroes' -- most notably Malala Yousafzai, but also Emma Watson promoting the He for She campaign

Drowning, Not Waving

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

It's hard for me to write this and come up with words and sentences because it feels like no one is at the wheel of the ship - so who's writing this? I'm pushing myself to keep going so I can remember what it looks like when it's written down and for everyone else who suffers with this to say this is not your imagination, you are not being self indulgent (I'm fighting my mind on that one). It's exactly what it says on the bottle, it's poison, terrifying and a complete mummification in nothingness.

You Are What You Like: How to Get a Healthy Facebook Newsfeed

Ceri Matthias | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Tech
Ceri Matthias

Editing, like portion-control, can be a challenge, but 'cutting out' is really important to maintain a healthy Newsfeed. You may not spend money on Facebook but you are investing your time: Why waste that reading something of no benefit?

On Depression

Ruby Wax | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

So I'm sitting here now in my bedroom feeling the darkness descend blocking out all thought. At least practicing mindfulness I'm able to separate myself a little from the abusive thoughts, which are trying to bomb me to total destruction.

How to Combat Your Christmas Stress

Michaela Horan | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Horan

All this busy activity distracts us from the fact that even though Christmas is meant to be a joyful affair, it also happens to fall at a tricky time of year (for those of us in the northern hemisphere). A time of darkness and decay. A time of introspection and reflection - activities that make for potentially unsettling pastimes.

Read This if You Are Tired of Procrastinating

David Mochel | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Each time you engage in a habitual behaviour, you are rewarded with a small amount of a brain chemical called dopamine. This chemical produces the internal experience of "this is how it is supposed to be." The more you do something, the more likely it is to become an unconscious habit.

What Lies Beneath

Kamontip Evans | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

When a horror movie is over, we feel a sense of relief. Phew! But our past memories can do better than any horror blockbuster, for they have become golden classics that we keep playing, watching and screaming, weeping, cringing, getting upset about, over and over again, without wanting or knowing when or how to exorcise and switch them off.

The Rise of ADHD, Autism, Aspergers in Our Children

Anna Moody | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

I've been investigating this phenomenon lately, asking teachers what barriers they face, parents what frustrations they encounter and generally observing so called 'problem children' in schools, homes and how they interact with others.

Street Wisdom Is The Perfect Antidote To Christmas Shopping Madness

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

What noises could you hear while you were stood on the train platform this morning? Who was standing next to you on the tube? Can you describe the arc...

Why Life in the Fast Lane Isn't a Sign of Success

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

Picture your typical weekday: from the moment your alarm goes off, blaring annoyingly, until the last time you check your emails before lights out, it's full speed ahead. Most of us rush through the week, struggling to fit as much into our 24 hours as we possibly can, fast (sometimes healthy) food...

Suffering From Depression Or Anxiety? This Treatment Is Free, And Can Help

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There is no one-size-fits-all solution or cure when it comes to depression and anxiety, but there is a huge chunk of the population that is increasing...

Got No Life Purpose? What's in an Aim...

Jojo Furnival | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Hello again. Still super connected?! I thought so. It's funny. When you take the time to stop and think about your life, you might not like what realisations occur. What if, for example, answers to the questions 'what do I want?' 'what makes me happy?' 'what is my life's purpose?' remain unknown?

Living With Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia) My Daily Struggles

Olga Levancuka | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

Today I am feeling extra brave. More surprised than impressed with my own bravery, I decide to leave the queue and explore the rest of the food stalls. 'Fish and Chips' was the first one on the corner and on my way home.

How to Turn Mindless Shop-Fest Into Mindful Adventure

David Pearl | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Pearl

Are the wide open spaces of Nature intrinsically more inspiring than urban landscape? No doubt Machu Pichu, the Himalayas and the Okavango are uplifting but they're also thousands of expensive, carbon-spewing miles away. Can't we find the miraculous on our own doorstep?

The Precious Present - For Xmas and Beyond!

Alison Goodwin | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Goodwin

Breathe. Feel your feet on the floor. Really get a sense of this contact on the floor. Notice your body and how it is moving. Notice any tension or sensations in the body.

Are You Leading (and Living) From the Most Useful Part of Your Brain?

David Mochel | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

The skill of dropping a ruminative cycle about what is wrong and putting attention on what is possible and what works is invaluable in any circumstance. When it comes to taking useful action, you can count on your survival brain to produce convincing reasons to procrastinate.

The Success of Every Single Woman Is an Inspiration for Us All

Lisa Regan | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

I feel as women we should change the tone of the conversation and learn to really support each other, to encourage and to really mean it. To want others to do well and to be truly happy is what we all should be striving for, not to be looking on through a snarl and a negative eye.

Reach Your Potential and Be Happy? Be Mindful of These Two Beliefs?

David Mochel | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

Your survival brain is constantly storing patterns of associations so that it doesn't miss something potentially threatening. When it recognises a pattern, then it creates feelings - a combination of sensations and thoughts - to trigger a behaviour that "worked" in the past. This is why you find yourself waiting until you feel like doing something to do it.

Staying Sane in the New World

Ruby Wax | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I started my journey to publicise the book in New York. Everyone tells me they love New York, to me it's a gang rape on the senses. I want to confess war crimes after being kept up all night listening to trash trucks clanging. I took the subway late one night after a show, waited two hours for the right train and witnessed bedlam; feral people were howling like wolves...

The Art of Successfully Not Giving a F*ck: Nine Mastery Techniques

Najite Phoenix | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Najite Phoenix

It's so ridiculously easy to become lost in somebody else's dream; to go from the dreamer, to the dreamt and to go from a creator, to the created. It's way too easy to forget that we are our own authorities and that none of our thoughts, feelings or actions need to be co-signed by anyone else. It's so damn easy to forget, but so f*cking important to remember.

Are You a 'Diet-a-holic'? It's Time to Fess up and Stop Living in Denial!

Kiran Ram | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Ram

You beat yourself up every time another diet fails or your pants don't fit anymore, and you think you just aren't good enough. Shame and guilt take over and you think, "screw it, I'm done! ".

Helping Leaders Achieve Positive Change

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

When Prime Minister, Tony Blair said that it's not the role of business to solve social problems. Business should just get on with the business of making money and leave social issues to others. How things have changed...

Addicted to Our Own Drugs

Ruby Wax | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

If after your efforts you happen to win a gold medal, trophy, bonus, hit a bulls-eye you'll get such a main line smack of dopamine you'll probably be addicted forever and spend your life hunting down the next hit at any cost. As humans we're natural born addicts when it comes to some of our neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, adrenaline, noradrenalin.

What a Buddhist Nun and Starbucks Can Teach You About Personal Presence

Mandy Lehto | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Lehto

So someone ticks you off. You get the wrong milk in your Starbucks' latte. Your boss berates you during a meeting. A jerk cuts the queue when you're already late. It rains on your new suede shoes (I've been there, and feel your pain).