UK Self Help

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.

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...

Want To Feel Better? Listen To Leonard Cohen

Andre Spicer | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Andre Spicer

Cohen's passing was widely mourned. One reason was that we turn to his music when we are feeling soaked to the bone by the black rain of the world. But if we want to feel better, shouldn't we avoid depressing music like Leonard Cohen?

Tackling Misconceptions About Self-Harm And The Journey To Recovery

Grace Jeremy | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Jeremy

Obviously everyone's experience is different, but self-harm is very rarely an attention-seeking behaviour. Self-harm should always be taken seriously, regardless of what you interpret the reasons behind it to be.

Are You Sabotaging Yourself?

Amy Shefik | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Shefik

When I think back to the beginning of the year when I was still struggling with my quarter-life-crisis, there were so many things I was doing that were totally sabotaging my happiness and success, I just didn't realise I was doing them.

Change Is The Only Constant (Self Care)

Adrian Farrell | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Farrell

Fear of change is why I think people look to others to fix them. They want to get better, but they don't want to change! How is that even logically possible? Change is uncomfortable, often emotionally so. The familiar is so inviting, it's "home".

Stop Trying To Get Your Shit Together Because You Probably Won't

Rhiannon Walsh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Walsh

In recent months I have both graduated from university and turned the ripe old age of 23. By juggling a retail job, freelance work and the occasional unpaid personal project, I scramble through most of my days searching for the sweet relief of feeling "Wow...I really have my shit together!", before I pat myself on the back and give a double thumbs up to an invisible camera. But that feeling never seems to come.

Homelessness In 2016

Chris Lambert | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Chris Lambert

When was the last time you walked past a person who is homeless? Today? Yesterday? Last week? Or maybe you walked past someone because you were invested in your smartphone or listening to music. Chances are you will encounter a person who is homeless in the near future.

Five Ways To Break Free From 'Imposter Syndrome'

Bev James | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Bev James

According to a study conducted by the International journal of behavioural science, researchers believe that up to 70% of people have suffered from imposter syndrome at some point in their career. Imposter syndrome is a term used to describe people who can feel that they don't deserve their accomplishments, aren't good enough or feel like a fraud.

Bringing The Voices In Our Heads Out To Play

Amani Omejer | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Amani Omejer

We all have voices in our head. Rather than suppressing them and keeping them quiet, Beyond the Ridiculous bring them out to play. Last Sunday evening...

Stripped Bare

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

Going public with regard to mental health issues, past mistakes and life errors that most people would probably choose to closet, rather than use as examples in a book to help others was a huge gamble to take, but for me it was a venture worth the risk.

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, ...