Self Awareness

5 Unexpected Ways To Practise Self Care

Miriam Christie | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Miriam Christie

When you think about self-care you might think of pricey spa days, holidays, and the sort of indulgences that many of us either can't afford or just d...

14 - 20 November Is Self Care Week But What Does That Even Mean? Here Are Seven Steps Towards Real 'Self Care'

Miriam Christie | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Miriam Christie

Over the last couple of years, I've discovered that in reality looking after yourself is far from a selfish act. It's not about spa days, big holidays or pulling a sickie from work - although there is definitely a role for all of these things.

Top Three Ways To Survive Double Trouble

Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska

Looking back, I can now connect the dots. I now know the problem wasn't in the situation itself, but in the way I had chosen to perceive it. Seeing it as the end of the world, a cage was created out of which I couldn't get.

How To Banish Your Inner Demons This Hallowe'en

Smita Joshi | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Smita Joshi

The bottom line is that it results in negative self-talk that clouds your judgement and constricts your perception of what is truly possible for you or your life. It keeps you from seeing things objectively and with a fresh perspective.

Think, See And Live Beauty

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

I often write, think beautiful thoughts. Stop talking bad about people. Spread love, kindness and light instead. Look for the best in people and the world. Why? Because it will make your own life better the minute you look charitably on the world instead of finding faults.

Yoga and Weddings, Happily Ever After

Charo Merida | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charo Merida

YOGA & WEDDINGS, HAPPILY EVER AFTER... "It's not about the perfect dress, it is about the perfect frame of mind" After having worked in the even...

Why I'm More of a Buddleia Than the Noble Rose

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

My love affair with roses goes back many years, perhaps when I first received them from an enamoured suitor. The evocative deep red, the heady scent, ...

We Need to Talk About Consent

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

Consent is as simple as saying yes or no. It doesn't matter if you are single, because that doesn't mean yes. It doesn't matter if you accept a drink, because that doesn't mean yes. It doesn't matter if you smile at someone, because that doesn't mean yes.

Dip Advisor

Caragh Little | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Tech
Caragh Little

I've always loved bad reviews. Opening the weekend papers, I hope that AA Gill or Giles Coren will have had a negative restaurant experience or watched some bad TV, because their negative comments are written with such exquisite disgust and delicious, satisfying venom.

The Imposter Syndrome - Syndrome or Mindset?

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

One of the greatest author and poet of our time, Maya Angelou wrote eleven acclaimed books in her lifetime. Yet, she once admitted 'I have written eleven books, but each time I think, "Uh oh, they're going to find out now. I've run a game on everybody, and they're going to find me out.'

How Our Cognitive Biases Can Hinder Us, But Also Help Us

Mia Doring | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

The best thing I learnt while I was studying Psychology was about all of our cognitive biases. There are loads of them. These 'mental shortcuts' operate mainly unconsciously, and, although the word 'bias' pings with negative connotations, they actually have a very important function; they allow us not to have to process every single thing in our daily lives.

Stop Telling Yourself You're Doing Enough

Jade E. Bradford | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jade E. Bradford

The problem is, when we start telling ourselves we're totally rad, we tend to stop moving forward and we stop improving as people. We start to blame other people when things go wrong. We blame our employer, the system or the world because "I'm doing everything right so it must be someone else's fault".

Lost for Words

Caragh Little | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I haven't written for ages. I've written almost nothing this year, apart from work-related items and to-do lists. It's not so much that I gave up writing for Lent as that writing gave up on me... there's been so much going on that I have struggled to find the words to quantify it all.

Free Yourself and Others From Your Judgement....

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

When was the last time you made a judgement about yourself or someone else? I'll bet it has happened today. We make judgements constantly throughout our waking hours based on our conditioning, our experiences, our faith and a whole host of other influences.

10 Ways to Practise Self-Love and be Kind to Yourself

Annie Ashdown | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Many of us experience someone criticising us whilst growing up for not being perfect, making mistakes or not living up to the unrealistic expectations they bestow upon us. This often results in us creating core beliefs in our subconscious that we are unlovable.

The List Every Woman Needs to Have (Or Make)

Katie Portman | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

Have you ever sat at home wondering why you never have time to do the stuff you love? Why your home is never as homely as you want it to be? Why you have people in your life who treat you poorly? Why you never manage to get stuff done? (Even with all the bloody to do lists.)

Seven Toxic Habits That Destroy Your Success

Bev James | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Bev James

When it comes to success, every thought, belief and behaviour that we hold creates our future. The actions we take influence our outcomes and if we really want to be successful in our efforts, we need to get clear on what habits are holding us back so that we can stop them from dominating our headspace or sabotaging our attempts at success.

Life After Paris, Syria, Turkey and After So Many Other Innocent Lives Lost...

Sacha Knop | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Sacha Knop

Fear: it spreads invisibly and silently. Being at a concert recently, it became really clear how Paris has affected us all, even when we think it hasn't. The first thing we noticed was that it took incredibly long to get into the venue. Why? The security check was understandably tight.

What If? The Art of Believing in Yourself

Elizabeth Venzin | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Venzin

How different would our lives be if we believed in ourselves and embraced our unique and true self? What would you tell yourself if you had a positive sense of self-worth? Would you be in a different job? A different relationship? Or maybe just happy to be alone and free of obligation?

The Plastic Bag 'Dilemma'

Sacha Knop | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Sacha Knop

It's been a few weeks since we need to pay for our plastic bags in the UK and it's amazing how much of a topic it's been... literally everywhere. I don't think most people realized how far the plastic bag had made its way into our lives. I don't think I did.

Sympathy for the Devil: Would A Wise Man Smoke?

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

As an artist, cigarettes have helped me write and paint. The absolute in the non-smoking argument is that cigarettes kill. Well, walking my hound along a busy road today, my lungs weren't exactly feeling fine and dandy as I consumed vast amounts of diesel and petrol fumes.

I Shop, Therefore Who am I?

Caragh Little | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

This weekend, I went on a shopping expedition to a popular Belfast shopping centre. I more often shop online, but just this once, as the Autumn sunshine made the indifferent summer seem a million years away, I spent a couple of hours in the shops.

Me, Me, Me

Emma Porcelli | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

In all the turmoil though, it is so important to have time out. As a person, it is your basic right to have a bit of time to yourself. Self-importance and well-being are vital in being a good parent. If you are frazzled, the household will be frazzled. Kids sense tension and will just play up more. It is a vicious circle.

The 7 Modern Deadly Sins of Digital Leadership

Sofie Sandell | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK
Sofie Sandell

I've adapted these modern deadly sins and applied them to my digital leadership philosophy - which in this case can also be seen as leadership based on modern values.

Leadership, Micro-management and Lack of Trust

Sofie Sandell | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Sofie Sandell

Modern management styles often focus on tolerance, empowerment, acceptance and collaboration. A collaborative business requires a different kind of leader: a leader who builds up a good team based on trust and less micro-managing.