Out of your head–into your body

Sometimes, we treat our precious bodies as if they were merely vehicles to carry our brains around. The busy ‘monkey’ mind cares little if the body is tired and unwell or is being stressed too far. It presses the body to carry on regardless, often resulting in exhaustion and depletion. It gives little attention to…

Happiness is a choice

There are usually two things that make us unhappy: Thinking about the past – and either feeling guilty, regretful or negative about it in some way, or longing to be back in happier or simpler times. Thinking about the future – and either worrying that things will go wrong or looking to it as an escape…

Feel calmer in just six seconds.

Stress and anxiety can hit us at the most inconvenient times. But even if you only have six seconds to spare you can implement one of these five techniques and feel calmer.     1. Chew gum.  When we are afraid our bodies move into fight or flight mode and we are flooded with adrenaline, which can…

Recuperation Rituals

We need down time, dark time, when the moon shadows are long. We need a break from the stimulation of the everyday world, the blasting noise and smells and light.  We cannot be constantly taking in new information without taking the time to learn, integrate and consolidate new ideas. We cannot be constantly doing and…

Five tips to beat the winter blues

At this time of year many of us experience lethargy and low spirits. But there is no need to suffer the winter blues. These tips can help put the light back into life and the spring back into your step. 1 Get outside for an hour every day When it’s cold, you don’t necessarily want to spend much time…

Teeny Weeny Steps – Part One

Laura was overwhelmed. Every morning she woke with a sense of panic and exhaustion before the day had even begun. Her to do list was impossibly long and she just didn’t know where to start. This led to indecision, procrastination and failure to move forward in any way in her life. She was accomplishing the…

Quick tricks to calm down the mind

When you are feeling overwhelmed and panicky, everything you ever learnt about relaxing, being calm and finding peace disappears from your mind as fast as a bubble bursting. In situations like this it can be helpful to use these quick tricks to calm down the mind.

Emergency Sleep Kit

The pain of insomnia cannot be underestimated. Things seem so bleak when you are awake, all alone in the dead of night. There are lots of techniques that can help break the habit of insomnia. If you have tried all the usual solutions and are still lying awake most of the night, you might be…

Loving my Knees

When I was a teenager, I told my Mum that I hated my knees. ‘You mustn’t hate your knees,’ she told me. ‘Think of all the work they do for you: they allow you to get around, they let you run and jump and dance.’ ‘It’s a bit ungrateful to hate them when they do…

Breathe

Breathing correctly helps release tension, relaxes, relieves pain, strengthens the immune system, helps digestion, strengthens the heart and lungs, boosts energy levels and elevates mood. For me, the biggest benefit of correct breathing is that it helps to slow my mind activity, relax my body and connect with a peaceful place within. There are many different breathing techniques…