UK Self Help

Five Ways How I Lost My Mama Joy... and How I Got It All Back!

Victoria Leith | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

No matter how you come about being a parent (through your body, through fostering and adoption) and no matter how you gave birth (natural, with drugs, no drugs, 'wish I'd had drugs', C-section) I am pretty sure we will all agree: this is a 24/7 job.

The Conundrum of 'You Complete Me'

Yazmin Joy Vigus | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Yazmin Joy Vigus

Leaning on another person so much that you can't function without them isn't love, it's reliance, it's dependence, it makes love a necessity when it should be a choice. Love should always be a choice. A choice of actions, a choice of words, a choice of commitment.

Is That Why They Call It Memory Lane?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Is that why they call it Memory Lane do you think? Because we make the past so narrow by filtering for it what suits us to remember? My drinking days were not all bad. Even in my worst of times. It's wrong of me to pretend otherwise.

Low Self-Esteem: How to Change the Broken Record

Karin Sieger | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

We all carry in us a critical voice, which can give a running commentary full of frightening self doubt, shame, crushing condemnation and dissatisfaction. A voice, which has high standards and can never be pleased, is always on guard, which anticipates failure and humiliation.

How Undereating Is F*cking Up Your Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

If my life has taught me anything then it is this: Doesn't matter what we are recovering from, all recovery is just a bridge. The start of the bridge is a destination we find ourselves that we don't want to be in. The end of it is the place where we will feel normal again.

Life Lessons From My Four-Year-Old. #1 Let It Go!

Victoria Ward | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

Somewhere along the way of growing up, we lose that special talent of not taking things personally and we get so serious about any little offence. We don't let other people off the hook with forgiveness easily, and we harbour ill feelings for a long, often unhealthy, amount of time.

When Housework Gets Profound

Michaela Horan | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Horan

Like a spot that's ready to be burst, or the scum that rises to the surface when you cook lentils (feel free to insert your own more appealing metaphor here) when you start working on your self, the issues that have been holding you back will make themselves known to you.

A Look at the Working Landscape in 2035

Maite Baron | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

The future isn't set in stone, however it is clear that technology will highly impact the working population, in some cases for the better and in others for the worse, and the reality is that everyone is vulnerable to these changes.

Employee or Entrepreneur - It's a Matter of Choice

Maite Baron | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Fortunately, being an entrepreneur has now become much easier thanks to new technologies and the internet, which have reduced the risk of setting up in business significantly. Lack of job opportunities has also driven entrepreneurial change and so made starting up your own business a much more attractive alternative.

My Experience of Chicken Pox to Author

Lisa Roukin | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Roukin

There are some experiences in life that spur a person to make positive changes. One such experience for me came in the form of Chicken Pox. At the ripe age of 36, I was struck down with a severe case which had me holed up at home for a month and feeling truly miserable.

How to Recover from a Nervous Breakdown

Louise Gillett | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

I appreciate how serious mental health conditions can be. I spent most of my life suffering from intense anxiety and had three psychotic breakdowns to boot. I know many people never recover from these experiences, and this is why I feel duty-bound to write on the subject.

(#2) Why Even Bother to Write? A Lot of Pain: For Very Little Gain. 50 Mistakes of the Fledgling Fiction Writer.

Ian M Pindar | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ian M Pindar

Make sure you have something you want to say. And make sure that something excites you, that falls together at some point in the body of your writing and you feel a mini epiphany. If you don't feel it, why should anyone else?

The Worst Thing People Say During a Therapy Session?

Michael Carthy | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Carthy

Truly knowing something without judgement or old ideas getting in the way is a process. Yes we can have an intellectual understanding of something almost instantly, but that isn't enough to make actual changes in our lives. Intellectually understanding something is just the tip of the iceberg.

(#1) 50 Mistakes of the Fledgling Fiction Writer. Ian M Pindar.

Ian M Pindar | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ian M Pindar

I gave up my well-paid job to become a full time writer. This is the bloginations of my emotional, psychological, creative, angst ridden and time-consuming toil on my 'journey' to hold a finished novel in my hand, and gaze out from the top of Maslow's pyramid.

It's Time to Stop Your Dream Shrinkation

Maite Baron | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

The reality is that today, anybody with ambition, determination and courage can start a successful business - whatever their age. And it's true for the over-50s too. In fact, 'baby boomer' businesses are booming, as more and more of them take the entrepreneurial plunge.

Aren't You Sick Of Those Toxic Relationships Yet?

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Stewart

Whenever there's mention of a toxic situation, we all know someone who springs to mind. You know the types; from the jealous and controlling to the self-centred and insecure. Like a soap opera, they fuel conversation when gossiping about others or when we are genuinely concerned.

If I Want to Make a World a Better Place? Then Why Do I Fail?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

This a key reason behind so many successful people. They are driven by their inner passion to succeed, they have to feed that permanent hunger of their internal needs. And the minute the successful people get happy? Everyone else gets happy.

Seven Positivity Hacks For a Genuinely Happy 2015

Annie Ashdown | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

It's such a waste of time and energy to focus on what is going wrong and what you don't have. Remember: if you pay attention to something, it grows. You need to send your attention to where you want it to go and starve your negative thoughts until they die.

Bad Girl Tarot Card and Guidance for the Week - 15 January

Alice Grist | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Tarot reading is an art that anyone can indulge. The magic of tarot lays not in the cards, but in how they help you to access your intuition. Whilst I love to read for others, my greatest joy comes with enabling others to read for themselves.

Confessions of a 40-something

Vicki Marinker | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Marinker

Almost as soon as the clock struck midnight on my 40th birthday, I became invisible to the general public. I'm not saying I used to attract lots of attention, but I really think I could walk the streets naked in broad daylight without causing a stir.

How To Be Happy, Just As You Are

Sheila Bayliss | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Bayliss

In my 20s, I'd tried endless self-help books in an effort to become someone else. I hated that I always felt anxious and lacking confidence. I was determined to rid myself of these defects so that I could finally be happy.

Cultivating Love in the Face of Terror

Alice Grist | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Decide not to fume and vent against the world, the window cleaner, your boss or the kids. Just be. Be still. Allow life to arise around you, and if you invest yourself in anything, let it only be things that bring love to the surface of your heart and soul.

Eight Life-Changing Gifts You Can Give Yourself in 2015

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

Start your year by creating just five minutes a day of pure silence, whether that's sitting in your car before you enter the house, in the shower each morning, or maybe in a meditative state propped up on your bed. Silence is beautiful, nurturing and healing. But most importantly, silence allows space for solutions and ideas to bubble to the surface.

360 Degrees of Failing...?

Caragh Little | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

It's time. The calendar tells me I can't delay any longer. I have to drag myself, groaning, out of that post-Christmas hibernation and set myself up for a whole year's worth of failing. I've got to make my New Year's Resolutions.

Would You Try to Stop a Marriage Trainwreck From Happening?

Roy Sheppard | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roy Sheppard

How many people have you just 'known' were going to marry the wrong man or woman? But did you take them aside before their big day and quietly ask if they were 'sure' they were marrying the right person? Girl-to-girl, this is code for "You must be NUTS marrying this guy. He's a cheating, unreliable jerk." Or man-to-man, did you simply tell him point-blank "This woman is BAD news. Don't marry her. She will wreck your life."