I don't like confronting situations. In fact, I avoid them at all costs. But am I refusing to look fear in the face? Yesterday I knew I was going to run into someone I didn't particularly want to see. Yet, I mustered up my courage, was an adult about it, and went ahead and steeled myself to do it anyway.
Grow. Grow until you are dead. After years of combing through thousands of studies and speaking to countless individuals, I see the practice of continual growth as being much more fruitful than the pursuit of happiness.
Anxiety serves as a cue to reconnect with the miracle of existence. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am genuinely grateful for the role anxiety now plays in my life.
As important as our heels and handbags are (I worship at the altars of Blahnik and Choo whenever I can)...our obsession with gaining 'equality' with the boys is costing us...and while we might be aware of the symptoms...we're oblivious to the cause.
Spreading yourself too thin and saying 'yes' to everything is bound to catch up with you sooner or later - right when you least expect it and when you could REALLY do with it not happening. So what can you do when it happens? And how can you stop it happening again.
There is not much you can do to change the facts from the past! But there are powerful things you can do to change how you feel, pick you up and feel awesome regardless of the circumstances in your life.
The darkness is your playground. You want to tell someone... but it's just too damn difficult. So you suffer in silence... They just don't understand. It's time to strip away this ignorance and spread a few truths about what depression is, how it affects us and what you can do about it.
Although it is a well known fact, there are still some people who are totally unaware that the people with whom they have the most contact and hang around will have either a positive or negative effect on their levels of self-esteem and confidence.
Imaging studies show that mindfulness soothes the brain patterns underlying pain and, over time, these changes take root and alter the structure of the brain itself, so that patients no longer feel pain with the same intensity. Many say that they barely notice it at all.
We had a whole series of wonderful mini-presentations from participants - and there were only two rules: no Powerpoint, and take it for granted that everyone else already knows just how dire the situation is out there. Instead of first wandering around forlornly in the bad stuff, cut straight to the good stuff - and stick with it!
The feeling of needing to show the world we can cope with anything is one that most of us are probably familiar with. The concept of even admitting to a struggle is something most of us actively avoid; we'd rather fight on with a forced smile fixed upon our faces.
A national survey published this month by Lancet has revealed a decline over the past decade in the frequency with which Britons are having sex. Findings indicate that the average Brit currently has sex less than five times a month.
Building the case for major changes in services takes time. The young people who helped us to make this investment will be well into their twenties by the time the full effects are felt. I firmly believe future generations will have cause to thank them.
So, here's some of the things I have learned from the people who are wiser than me (spa therapists) and always revert to in order to make me (and hopefully you) have a happy Christmas...
My work generally involved helping run workshops and sitting in on one-to-one counselling sessions for pupils who had either been referred by a teacher or who just wanted to drop in and chat. I was really surprised at the range of issues and problems that can affect younger children.
If you have all this choice, why is it sometimes you reach a point where life seems so incredibly cluttered and pressured? Probably it is because you have lost sight of what you're saying yes to and what you are or are not saying no to. And you have equally lost sight of why you are saying yes or no.