Self Awareness

Banish The Blues By Living In The Present

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I used to be unhappy until I understood how to live in the present moment. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about being spontaneous to the point of not thinking about the effects of my actions, I'm describing a more philosophical approach to living in the now.

Budding Authors, Never Underestimate The Impact Of Sharing Your Story

Tina McGuff | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

As a teenager I suffered terribly with anorexia and was sectioned into an adult psychiatric unit to keep me alive. By the time I was 20 years old I was ready to be integrated into society via a rehab unit as I had lost all my social skills.

I'm Perfect In My Imperfection!

Ladan Soltani | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ladan Soltani

The yoga mat is your sacred space, your playground for learning. In this arena we're all students and teachers. In fact as a teacher facilitating the class, I find my students are the best teachers as I learn the most from them. We're all equal and I do my best to channel the ancient teachings of yoga to my best ability.

Revisiting The Road To Happiness

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

In 2006, at the height of my career and living in Knightsbridge, I took a three-month sabbatical to meander off the beaten track in India. The reason was that I was earning in excess of £100,000, yet I never seemed to have enough money to treat myself.

Why After A Near-Death Experience, Today Is Just For Me

Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau

During a minor and routine medical procedure, I suddenly went into anaphylactic shock. Though I know a lot about such reactions, as I have two people close to me struggling with severe allergies, nothing prepared me for the traumatic experience that followed.

Cancer K.O.

Rebekah Smith | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rebekah Smith

It didn't make hearing the word any easier. The feeling of that moment was shockingly surreal - nothing dramatic, just numbing and totally life changing. I could still take in what the consultant was saying and follow the conversation, until she said chemotherapy.

Six Lessons On Self Care, Getting Things Done And The Art Of Not Doing 'Too Much'

Claire Sheehan | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Sheehan

Yet doing too much can be counter productive. Take the last few weeks. It's near the end of my twins' time at preschool, so we have all the associated things to do with wrapping up time at preschool, transition meetings to a new school and sports days etc.

Bulls**t About Posture Causes Pain And Suffering

Cheryl Lee | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cheryl Lee

Anyway you look at it, beliefs about stabilising the core in order to get strong, protect the spine and have a good posture are rampant among friends, in communities, in society and in the media. Why on earth wouldn't you follow advice that appears to be endorsed by everyone, everywhere?

The Direction Of My Heart

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I have written before about the different types of love: romantic, maternal, self-love, etc. There is another kind of love- silent and fateful, an obligation to yield because it makes us who we are. A person can be the direction of our heart. A navigator on our journey through life.

Learning To Love The Man In The Mirror

Neil Martin | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Martin

When you look at yourself, what do you see? For many years I tried to avoid the man in the mirror, because he was my chief critic, judge, jury and executioner...

Why We Need To Start Minding Our Own Attention

Antony Mayfield | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Tech
Antony Mayfield

Now, look at your attention. Loose, flabby and spilling out all over the place. Yes it is. Pull yourself together! Get your attention straight and stop blaming your distracted state on all those apps, streaming services and smartphone alerts.

From Poverty To Become A Pilot, Work With Snow Patrol, Mother And Wife. Impossible?

Tina McGuff | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

I would often seek solace in a bottle of alcohol, use various other methods to steal me from the toxic home environment I found myself in or simply try and end my life.

Who Are And Who Were Your Teachers In Life?

Maggie Currie | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

My teachers have been my parents, my primary school teachers, my senior school teachers, college tutors, my cousins, my children, my grandchildren, colleagues, my friends, my mother-in-law, my husband, my dogs and cats, my tortoise and myself and strangers.

Are We All Just Hostages To Fear?

Louise Jackson | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Jackson

It's dark and late. I walk through the heavy rain, dragging my bags behind me on the isolated midnight streets of a Filipino city. A Filipino city w...

Window To The Soul

Caragh Little | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So, somewhere in Australia, there's a bird staring at its own reflection in a window.

Mindful Ways Of Dealing With A Difficult Boss

Smita Joshi | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Smita Joshi

A lot of difficulties with your boss can be resolved by understanding your nature and your boss' nature. By truly listening to the spoken communication that lives in the realm of "being human", you can effectively dissolve the individual from being the rock that blocks your career progress.

The Art Of Remembering Everything You Read - How I Encode Over 200 Books A Year

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

For practical books, I try to set a plan for how I can implement it in my life. Charlie Munger also described the necessity of using what you read: 'I don't know anyone who's wise who doesn't read a lot. But that's not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don't grab the right ideas or don't know what to do with them.'

How To Fail At Living A Minimalist Lifestyle

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

I spend quite a bit of time in online minimalist communities and reading blogs on the topic. As a result, I have seen many people adopt and then give up on this lifestyle. Over time, I have identified a few main reasons why this tends to happen.

The Secrets To Reading More - How I Read 200+ Books Per Year

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

I read a lot. Three weeks into 2017 and I have read 14 books so far. There was a point in my life where I read 25 books per week. And no, I do not spe...

How Emotional Intelligence Can Help You and Your Business Thrive

Bev James | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Bev James

Commitment, passion and drive are just a few of the qualities required for success but perhaps one of the most vital skills is emotional intelligence. With recent studies showing that 90% of top performers possess a higher level of emotional intelligence can we really afford to miss out on supercharging our potential?

Space For The Self-Conscious Child

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

Sometimes she will play very exaggerated games, role play, loud play, which focus on different aspects of her anatomy and result in funny songs and rhymes with little worry for how others see her. At other times, she will become so engrossed in her quieter role play but very aware we are around her, and she will tell us not to watch or listen to her.

Mental Health, A Modern Concern?

Lucy Fisk | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Fisk

So why then do so many of us still seem to be suffering? What is it about the world we live in today that causes so much stress that so many of us are depressed, suffering with anxiety issues, personality disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders and a number of other issues all involving our mental health.

Is It A Weakness To Show Vulnerability?

Alison Ward | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Ward

I know there are coaches and mentors out there who would not dare to admit this to themselves let alone their clients who invest in their services, but two of my core values is truth and integrity. I simply cannot and will not lie.

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.