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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 […]

Why mindfulness? Stepping off the Stressville train

Why mindfulness? Stepping off the Stressville train

Have you ever found yourself caught up in a bumpy train ride of thoughts and emotions which take you on an uncontrollable journey north, south, east and west, finally plonking you down in the middle of Stressville? For all of us the answer is probably a very loud ‘yes’! We spend a large proportion of […]

Building resilience: In support of your wellbeing

We all experience difficulties from time to time. It’s part of being human. However, building our resilience now can make it easier to deal with difficulty later, supporting our longer term wellbeing. Resilience is the ability to adapt well to life’s challenges. Those with higher levels of resilience cope better during adversity, bounce back more […]

Mindfulness for Change

Mindfulness for change. Does that sound like a contradiction? After all, isn’t mindfulness about ‘being in the present moment’ and accepting what we find here? Well, yes it is, but while mindfulness is indeed about connecting with, and accepting, our ‘here and now’ experience, it’s not about passive resignation or sitting back and doing nothing […]

Mindful walking: Taking a break from ‘busy brain’

Mindful walking: Taking a break from ‘busy brain’ mindful walking in the countryside

What is Mindful Walking? Mindful walking, also known as walking meditation, combines walking with the practice of mindfulness and simply involves bringing our awareness to the experience of walking while accepting what we find there. In our day to day lives we give little attention to the process of walking, meaning that our mind is […]

Workplace stress: a mindful approach

Workplace stress: a mindful approach mindfulness for workplace stress

Workplace stress: What’s happening? According to the 2016 Labour Force Survey, 17.11 million working days were lost during 2015/2016 due to stress, accounting for 45% of sickness absence. These figures are startling enough, but the impact of workplace stress is not restricted to sickness absence alone. Stressed employees may be tired, demotivated, complaining, indecisive, irritable, […]