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3 soothing hot drinks to make you quit the caffeine

Posted September 12th, 2018
Woman drinking coffee Like it or not, stress seems to be part of our daily lives. Whether it’s worrying about money, job, family or relationships, too much anxiety can have a detrimental effect on your health and wellbeing. But when your body and mind is running on adrenaline, it makes it difficult to slow down at the end of the day – and harder to get started in the morning. To help them cope with their daily lives, many people self-medicate, consuming coffee or energy drinks as a repeated energy ...

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Filled Under: Anxiety, Panic

How to get things done with the Pomodoro Technique

Posted September 5th, 2018
Pomodoro technique Image Now the summer holidays are over and we’re all back at our desks, now might be a good time to address an issue that affects many people, both at work and at home: time management. If you’re feeling snowed under with work or overwhelmed with responsibilities and are struggling to cope on a regular basis, productivity can take a nosedive. The result? Nothing gets done, you feel guilty, you start doubting your own abilities and the cycle can easily spiral downwards. The Pomodoro Technique is one of many time ...

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Filled Under: Anxiety

The importance of eating mindfully

Posted July 18th, 2018
Woman Eating Healthy Breakfast
You’ve heard of mindfulness at work, but what about mindful eating? While our relationship with food is not always straightforward, it’s good to see that people are generally becoming more conscious about the food they eat. Whether this translates into trying to lose weight or choosing organic produce, cooking from scratch or cutting down on processed ingredients, it’s an active engagement with what we put into our bodies – and that must surely be a good thing. However, when we put this much care into choosing ...

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Filled Under: Happiness

Are you afraid of the big wide world?

Posted July 11th, 2018
Woman hugging a pillow Are you apprehensive about going outside? Does your home seem the only place where you feel comfortable and truly safe? Isolating yourself from the outside world can become an unhealthy habit, which can cause feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and intense anxiety, putting your social life, career and mental health in danger. Agoraphobia is the technical term for an irrational fear of going outside. Sufferers often have a hard time feeling safe in public places where there are other people, which can bring on anxiety attacks. It can be ...

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Filled Under: Anxiety

7 signs that it’s time for a job change

Posted June 19th, 2018
Stressed Businessman We all have the occasional bad day at work but what do you do if the bad days increasingly outnumber the good ones? If the pendulum has swung too far to the ‘bad’ side, when is it time to throw in the towel and look for a better job? First of all, don’t ignore your instincts. We all have an inner gut feeling and sometimes that’s the best thing to act on. Ask yourself how much you really dislike your job. If you only hate it sometimes, perhaps there is ...

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Filled Under: Self-Esteem

How to get on top of your emotional spending

Posted June 11th, 2018
Woman with shopping bags We all love a bit of retail therapy now and again, but when you get a buzz from the act of spending itself rather than from what you’ve actually bought, and particularly if you’re regularly spending more than you can afford, you might want to stop and think about what this might mean. Put bluntly, emotional spending has nothing to do with shopping for things you need. Instead, you turn to spending money because of how you are feeling, such as in the following situations:

How to create the ideal sleep environment

Posted May 25th, 2018
Man in bed suffering from insomnia If you regularly have trouble falling asleep, keep waking up in the night or suffer from insomnia, there may be a hundred reasons why this is happening. Perhaps an underlying medical condition, such as chronic pain, an overactive thyroid or kidney infection is causing you to sleep badly. Sleep deprivation can also be a symptom of stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other issues. Whatever the cause, if it’s interfering with your quality of life or stopping you from performing your daily tasks, ...

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Filled Under: Anxiety, Depression, Happiness

Build your resilience: Follow the Stoics

Posted May 11th, 2018
Vicenza, Italy, 20th September 2015. Marathon runners Ancient Greece may not be the first place you think of when considering the concept of resilience, which is basically the ability to bounce back from negative situations, but it is the home of Stoicism. Stoicism was founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in early 3rd century BC and teaches us that we cannot control external events, only our mental and emotional responses to them. It explores how negative self-talk can intensify and prolong our suffering. As the saying goes: ‘Pain ...

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Filled Under: Happiness, Self-Esteem

Why and how to stay mindful at work

Posted April 20th, 2018
Mindfulness and Meditation in the Office The benefits of mindfulness have been receiving much attention over recent years, with many companies introducing ‘mindfulness at work’ initiatives to benefit their staff, including giant corporations such as Google, Nike and Procter & Gamble. But how can this practice make any difference? The concept of mindfulness is defined as the process of bringing one’s attention to what is occurring in the present moment, and without judgement. The aim is to be fully aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions but without getting caught up in ...

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How can you tell if you’re in a bad relationship?

Posted April 13th, 2018
Man and Woman in Disagreement We all deserve to feel safe, loved and happy in a romantic relationship but sometimes it’s not as straightforward as all that. But how can you tell whether your relationship is a healthy one or whether it’s time to say goodbye? Most of the time, this is not a clear cut issue. Relationships are complex webs of human interaction and problems may develop slowly, over many months or years, possibly without you or your partner even realising. However, once the feeling sets in that ‘something isn’t ...

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Filled Under: Relationships

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