It’s easy to feel stuck in a rut when we focus on what we cannot control. Indeed, the more we focus on things outside of our control, the more likely we are to feel anxiety, anger, and disappointment. Conversely, when we focus on what we can control, we can feel good, confident, empowered, and a sense of achievement. But how do we recognise what is inside and outside of our control? ...

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The human brain processes thousands of thoughts per day which can become overwhelming. The feeling of being unable to ‘switch off’ and the persistence of negative thoughts is not uncommon but can have far-reaching effects. Cognitive theories suggest that our thoughts can influence our mental health and impact on our ability to take action, possibly leading to psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety. Pushing such thoughts to the back of ...

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For many, the holiday season brings a great deal of joy. The festivities can bring a celebration of family, friends and good food. It is a time to relax, unwind and reflect on the past year. However, this period can also bring stress and may not be a joyful time for some. It can be a difficult period for those who are going through a tough time, or even for those ...

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When it comes to discussing mental health, self-esteem and self-acceptance are important topics.  But what’s the difference between self-esteem and self-acceptance? Self-esteem is a measure of how we think we compare to others. But, because others can change, so too can our self-esteem. Self-acceptance, on the other hand, is timeless and enduring. It is achieved through practices like mindfulness meditation and self-care. Which is more valuable, self-esteem or self-acceptance?  Well, self-esteem ...

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You’ve had the same few things on your ‘to-do’ list for weeks, your inbox is piling up and the mountain of work you’ve meant to get started on keeps on growing. Sound familiar? You may be suffering from the all-too-common plight of procrastination. Not only does procrastination worsen stress and anxiety, but it generally feeds into making us feel unhappier with life in general. Procrastination can be caused by a lack ...

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Mindfulness promises to be life-changing, but is it really that powerful? Being mindful won’t necessarily change the material conditions of our lives. But it can change the way we see the world. What do I mean by that? Well, mindfulness offers us a deep sense of peace that is free from time. Often, we try to change our lives by setting goals for the future.  But mindfulness is different because it ...

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