Ever so slowly, but ever so surely, Mental health is becoming something that we can discuss with increased openness and without stigma. Yet sadly, for it truly to be considered on a par with physical health, there's still a long way to go.
Crikey - it's so easy to feel a failure isn't it - so easy to look at everyone else with their acts together (or so it appears)... in the gym, glowing faces, bouncing around all over the place - but really is that what's actually going on behind closed doors? Who really knows!?
As we leave one very strange year behind and look to what a new year holds, we could all do a lot worse than supporting each other on individual challenges and dreams. And if businesses are finding ways to help us maintain our resolutions, then so much the better. Good luck!
The Tivoli Hotel in Vilamoura stands proudly overlooking the 19th hole of the Oceanic Victoria Golf Course (home to the prestigious Portuguese Masters) making it perfectly located for the growing number of golf enthusiasts who are taking up the sport.
Staying fit and healthy at work - mentally, physically and emotionally is incredibly important, especially as we return to work in the New Year, reenergised, refreshed and ready for the next challenge.
Rumour has is that when Jean Michel Gathy was commissioned to shape the architecture of One&Only Reethi Rah, he said he wanted each guest to "feel like a king". I'm happy to say that he failed... spectacularly... because from the moment we set foot on the island we felt like a god and goddess.
(Image: author's own) Dry January can be hard enough without weekend habits and well-meaning friends edging you closer to a drink. Even when it's ...
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!
Short term happiness is easy to come by, but can leave us feeling miserable and exhausted. My little list of happy makers will not bring you instant gratification like a glass of wine or slice of cake would, but trust me, as a person who has survived two mental breakdowns, these are tried and tested long-term happiness boosters!
Coping mechanisms come in all forms - whether it looks like a bottle of red after a tough day, avoidance of social situations or munching on biscuits all day at work. We either need to find alternative coping mechanisms for the circumstances we can't change, or address the source of stress and anxiety in the first place.
So if you've entered 2017 piled with worry about whether you're doing the right thing, right now, in your life. Please... don't. Live for the moment, focus on what makes you happy, and the rest will come along soon enough. And if for whatever reason none of us wake up tomorrow, at least we can say we enjoyed the ride.
The race to project our mourning the loudest on social media is unedifying and, in some cases, just part of the attention seeking done by a number of people online. Workaday suffering is drowned out by what you might call fashionable grief.
Worryingly, the report found that more than half of employees admit feeling unable to approach their employer about a stress-related issue; therefore the cycle continues unbroken, and if left un-addressed can lead to significant mental health problems.
Make it your New Year's Resolution to take a little time each visit to notice the early, subtle signs that your elderly relative may be becoming more frail or ill and act on these quickly to prevent them losing their independence.
Being able to take charge of your life is essential when maintaining your well-being. Tackling the cause of your relapse or down days can be difficult but will aid your Mental Health greatly - remember there is nothing wrong with relapsing or having a few down days, just don't pack your bags and live there, pick yourself up and remember to put yourself first, always. No one knows your Mental Health better than you so learn how to support yourself is key to living a healthier and happier life.
Of course I was thrilled to be a new mum. But nowhere in any manual did I read that it would involve being a vision of perfect Christmas cheer during the festive season. I was quite sure that it should have been more like: put your feet up, take a load off and let me give cuddles to the gorgeous new baby whilst you enjoy a hot cup of tea