UK Self Help

Pride And Joy: How I Changed My Mind About Becoming An LGBT Parent

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.

What Chronic Illness Looks Like Behind Closed Doors

Amani Omejer | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Living with chronic illness is lonely as fuck. I spend so much time on my own -- more time than I ever expected to spend on my own, or have ever wanted to. There is so, so, much of my life that people don't see.

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 Love Of My Life

Lucy Frederick | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Lucy Frederick

I'm thinking of getting a divorce. This will come as a huge surprise to most of my closest friends. Not least because I have never been married. ...

Your Self-Confidence Affects Your Child

Cai Graham | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents
Cai Graham

Building self-esteem doesn't always come naturally - which is OK. But I believe that just like learning a new language - it can be taught. This does not happen overnight - we just have to start and take it one day at a time.

Knowing Your Triggers

Imogen Clegg | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Clegg

Today I want to talk about a particularly tricky part of anxiety and depression- recognising your own triggers. Without knowing what causes your anxious feelings, you will never be able to control them, or even move past them.

Tools To Beat Bullying

Cai Graham | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Cai Graham

Bullying is all about an abuse of power. The bully gains their power by controlling and terrorising others. By removing that 'fear' the person being bullied can take back their control.

Heartbreak

Katrine Horn | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrine Horn

So you're heartbroken. Because he or she left. Or because you realised that you had to end it. The reasons don't much matter because it hurts the same! We know that time heals all wounds but we'd just like for time to move a bit faster for the foreseeable future because what earthly use is that to you? Now?

How I Cope With Digital Procrastination

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Completing this one important thing in the morning gave me an incredible energy boost to do other things, and a deep satisfaction by myself even before lunch. On the other hand, if I tried tackling small things like sorting out emails first "for the peace of mind", I ended up frustrated and not really having enough concentration to do the big thing afterwards.

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...

Why Our Creative Plans Can't Be Personal

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

You'll see, if you look at those questions again, that they are shared by the audience member. In fact, every time you make something even just partly for someone else, you let them ask the same questions you're asking of your actions; you make them shareholders in the action.

A Letter To My Twelve-Year-Old Self

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

If you look at the photographs taken on my very first flip-phone, amongst the chunks of too-big pixels you'll see that, together with my too-short fringe, I embraced all the great 00's beauty trends.

Can You Be A Good Person And Say No To People?

Sian Morgan-Crossley | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Morgan-Crossley

The notion of a good person is a relative concept and varies from person to person. Often being good or nice is connected to being selfless though. People who are eternal givers are often encouraged by society to give themselves a silent pat on the back!

New Year, New You Pt. 2: Exploring Innovation With Mayur Ramgir

Claire Meadows | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Meadows

For the last of my two-part series on the importance of taking positive action in the new year, I speak with, perhaps, one of the most inspiring peopl...

New Year New You - Sainthood Or Selfhood?

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

Sixteen hundred years ago, Augustine left behind Selfhood for Sainthood. Mindfulness of course isn't a short-cut to Sainthood, but starting this year it might just help you to find your Best Self!

How To Stay Away From A&E This Christmas

Dr Sara Kayat | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Sara Kayat

Every January, without fail, we are greeted with headlines about an NHS inundated with emergencies over the festive period. It seems that Christmas 2015 slightly bucked the trend with 'only' 278,000 attendances at A&E in the week leading up to the New Year, compared with more than 310,000 for the same period in 2014.

Losing My Older Brother To Cancer

Svein Erik Scheie | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Svein Erik Scheie

The seven years were mixed with good news and bad news. Cancer gone, cancer reappearing. At the same time, and I suspect to have a semblance of normality, my brother decided to pursue his studies and become a medical doctor. Equally and perhaps with a sense of urgency he also married and celebrated the arrival of a son soon afterwards, when he was only twenty-one.

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.

Ten Things I Wish I Could Tell My Thirty-Year-Old Self

Timothy Graves | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Timothy Graves

It's often difficult to move beyond habitual patterns of behaviour even if they are self-sabotaging or self-destructive. But surely the path to human ...

How Can I Increase My Confidence?

Sian Morgan-Crossley | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Morgan-Crossley

This is one of the questions I'm most frequently asked as a coach and therapist. Self-confidence can be a difficult concept to pin down, yet we always know when we don't have enough of it. When we lose (or never develop) belief in ourselves, it can seem impossible to improve. But, as ever, it's wise to not believe everything you think!

Depression Is A Monster But Don't Fear it

Andrew Bonsall | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Andrew Bonsall

bmm banner.jpg I now take time, when sliding or emerging from that chasm in my mind, to research depression as a social and psychological phenomenon, as well as my own personal brand. As my understanding has grown, the shroud of mystery has begun to unravel.

How To Stop Sabotaging Your Creative Confidence

Leila Johnston | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

This week we're giving ourselves a break from creativity pressure. Some people won't accept you're an artist if you're also a stockbroker. Some peopl...

Note To Self. Taming The Black Dog

Jane Scott | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Scott

You can do it! Yes, you can write, pitch ideas, speak eloquently in public and (whisper it quietly) keep going with the novel. It's possible you could make fair fist of running the country given a chance, you certainly have enough opinions.

Four Simple Positive Psychology Interventions That Could Change Your Life

Michael Carthy | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Carthy

Many people have a predisposed way of seeing the bad things in life. We could look to evolution for some of the reasons why we do this. Eg: it makes sense for our ancestor who lives in the wilderness to be keenly focused on what could be negative or dangerous in order to survive.

Tantrum Parenting In Ten Easy Steps

Suzanne Treharne | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents
Suzanne Treharne

If we're to cope with and survive this stage of parenting (however long it lasts - please give me hope parents of four year olds) I feel like it is essential that we understand the tantrum process.