We’ve all heard about the amazing benefits of meditation: it lowers stress-related symptoms, reduces anxiety, helps with depression, reduces chronic pain and it can also lower blood pressure. We’ve seen pictures of people sitting with their legs crossed and eyes closed in what appears to be an effortlessly tranquil experience and thought how easily we could achieve this ourselves.But when we try meditation, it feels like we are experiencing even more ...

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Change presents a huge challenge for those of us with and without a mindfulness routine, it creates anxiety and worry, removes us from the present moment and most significantly, it interferes with our habits and routines. In today’s article, we’re going to discuss the benefits of a mindfulness routine in times of change, as well as the importance of maintaining that routine throughout challenging and changing times. Despite our better instincts, ...

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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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