I have been sitting in a hospital bed in an isolation room for the last five days... Being mindful allows me to notice thoughts and feelings as they arise - this is an incredible evolutionary ability of the human brain. Observing and accepting sensations and thoughts for what they are allows me the opportunity to pay attention to, and choose my responses based on, what is most important.
Much attention is given to students feeling nervous on the first day of school; however, the same could be said for many teachers! ... With a new school year upon us, here are a few key tips to consider towards developing a mindful school culture and to begin right where we are.
It may come as a surprise but you don't need to train to be skinny (and for what it's worth I'm not anti the word 'skinny'). Up to 80% of our weight is driven by what we eat, and so if you're super disciplined with your food you can get there... It's a habit you need to build, nurture and embrace.
Mental health the big talking point in the world from the United States to us back at home in the UK. We seem to be united on thinking it should be a priority, so why have the United Nations cut it off their radar?
Healthy boundaries ensure that our lives are in balance, with no one area dominating another, so we feel content, and most importantly, in control.
Harsh words spoken from the lips of children can provide a bit of laughter. Harsh words spoken from the lips of adults sting. Here are some more examples of what not to say to those that are grieving, this time as taken from adults:
Studying for a degree as a carer was the biggest challenge of my life. I was pushed to my limits as I fought to juggle the two... If you're willing to fight for it, there's no reason why being a carer should exclude you from going to university.
What's the one thing that you could guarantee the survey would highlight? What's the one constant throughout every human lifespan? The answer, I think, would be that life's a mix of the great, and the not-so-great.
We rely on our beloved rectangles for everything from telling time to finding out what's happening in our friends' lives, from Googling where we're going to eat to unlocking the mysteries of GPS by telling us which street we're walking down. But the problem is that our smartphones are not going to say: 'Hey, you've been stalking that person on Instagram for half an hour - don't you think it's time to sleep?'
Technology is making our life so much better isn't it? Well the answer is yes and no; yes there are continuous advancements in technology that are making our lives easier and better.
Try the power of slowing down by focusing on all your senses while eating, by focusing on the food, the environment you're in and on chewing. Once you've experienced what going slow can do for you, you'll want to try it all the time.
I sat the boys down for one of these increasingly frequent 'Brazier planning meetings' and it was clear that choosing was the easy part. I placed recipe books in front of them and was really surprised by how interested they were in making dishes they had never had before as well as some of the old favourites.
Stress is the silent killer that offers very little sign until it's too late. It's important to practise a healthy way of living to ensure that stress isn't something that is going to affect you or those closest to you.
Coconut water, oil, sugar, flesh, milk and yoghurt - coconut is filling up our supermarket shelves in many guises - but what nutritional benefits can it bring to our diet?
Remember stress is perfectly normal, it's something that is natural and should be managed in the same way you control your bank-balance. The more you culture and educate yourself on these stressors the more you will be able to best utilise stress.
So GPs are once again to blame for encouraging the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria which will eventually annihilate all mankind. Well- mea culpa. However before you tar and feather me let me take you through a typical GP consultation and then you can draw your own conclusions.