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Stress Less the Here/There Way

Stress Less the Here/There Way

There are lots of different ways of managing our stress. Exercise can be very helpful, as can mindfulness meditation, spending time in nature, practising relaxation techniques or taking time out with friends. One particular approach to stress management which I’d like to introduce you to, and which has roots in mindfulness, is based on what […]

The Three Arrows of Anxiety

The Three Arrows of Anxiety

We all experience anxiety from time to time, whether it’s worry about an exam, first date nerves or the anxiety that accompanies an important meeting. This is completely normal and the feelings of anxiety usually pass as soon as the ‘stressor’ has passed. However, for some of us anxiety is a longer term experience. We […]

Are you an Undercover Multitasker?

Are you an Undercover Multitasker?

I discovered the concept of undercover multitasking during an operation to de-clutter my office. In my mind, ‘de-clutter office’ equated to one job and I approached the job as I had always approached re-organisation jobs – with gusto! Cupboards and drawers were emptied out, books were loosely allocated to various piles around the room and […]

Five Mindfulness Myths

You don’t have to spend long searching the internet to come across all sorts of myths about mindfulness. Here are five very common mindfulness myths: 1. Mindfulness is a relaxation technique This is one of the most common misconceptions about mindfulness. Mindfulness isn’t a relaxation technique, although it is often used as such. Instead, mindfulness […]

Breakfast for the Mind

What do you have for your breakfast, to nourish and prepare your body for the day ahead? Porridge? Full English? Continental? Egg and soldiers? Most of us start the day by ‘fuelling’ the body with some kind of breakfast, although of course the nutritional value may vary depending on our choices! But how many of […]

Mindfulness in Five

Mindfulness is about paying attention to the present moment in a particular way, with acceptance and without judgment. It can be practised any time you like, even as you go about your daily activities, and can be a very effective way of reducing stress and anxiety. The five mindfulness exercises below can be practised in […]

The self-seeding cycle of stress

If you’ve ever experienced excessive stress (and who hasn’t?), you’ll be familiar with many of its symptoms; the tight muscles, tiredness, irritability, aches and pains, sense of overwhelm and the inability to switch off. Stress just doesn’t feel good and we don’t like it. The problem is, our aversive reaction to stress and the situations […]