Being Productive Post Christmas

Being Productive Post Christmas

It is always hard to regroup and get back in to the working spirit after Christmas. You take time off to spend with the family, eat lots of food and watch TV or build a snowman; but what happens when all that is over and you must go back to work? The onus is then placed on you to bring yourself back down to reality where you get up at 7am and spend the day working away. Maybe then you’ll just look ahead to New — Read more →

You can break that cycle today!

You can break that cycle today!

This may sound incredibly patronising coming from a non-smoker, but you can totally have a great life without cigarettes! I tried a cigarette when I was 12, it made me want to be sick and so I never touched them again. However in saying that, I am glad I did try it, in the sense that it showed me what I do not need in my life, ever. I understand that that is just me, but we are all taught in every way that smoking — Read more →

Tips for when you feel Anxious

Tips for when you feel Anxious

Tips for When you get Anxious Anxiety is something many of us experience at one stage or another. No doubt, some will feel it worse than others, so whatever the circumstances, we should be empathetic and take it seriously when someone experiences the scary effects that anxiety can bring along with it. Whenever you are unfortunate enough to experience anxiety, please take note: there are simple things you can do to ease them, here are some suggestions that always work for me:   Exercise Exercise — Read more →

That Familiar Feeling?

That Familiar Feeling?

I bet we all have one thing that we panic over more than anything else in the world. Maybe we forget whether or not we brought our keys with us, or whether or not we turned off our hair straighteners, or if we remembered to put the toilet seat down? (A must where cats are concerned!) Chances always are that you have done it, but if you are anything like me, you can’t help running back and double or triple checking. But what if you — Read more →

What do Clowns, Dentists and Spidery Cupboards all Have in Common?

What do Clowns, Dentists and Spidery Cupboards all Have in Common?

They are all phobias of mine… It’s been reported that at one point in their lives, more than a third of people living in the UK suffer from anxiety in some form. (The Guardian) One of the forms of anxiety that is more prominent in the UK is that of phobias. Phobias are defined as an irrational sense of anxiety or fear that you experience when you are exposed to a situation or object that you are scared of, and they can take more complex — Read more →

The Science of Happy

The Science of Happy

Given we all relate to different types of music in different ways, the notion of “happy” music may seem a bit ambiguous. A song that instils happiness in one individual, may fill another with anger and irritation. But a study by Dutch neuroscientist, Jacob Jolij, indicates some songs are more prone to create a sense of happiness in the listener than others. Jolji defines this formula as a ‘Feel-Good Index’, which primarily uses tempo, key note and positive lyrical content as its parameters*. His findings — Read more →

Mindfulness: Getting away from Mindlessness

Mindfulness: Getting away from Mindlessness

Mindfulness is a term the majority of us have heard passed around: but what exactly is it? It is both as simple as it sounds and surprisingly difficult. Focusing on being aware of our surroundings should be natural to us? So why is it when trying to clear my mind, I suddenly realise my thoughts have the quality of a busy train station at rush hour: lots of hustling and bustling, the calls and smells of food, half-remembered stories and a vague awareness of time — Read more →

Habits: the Good, the Bad, and how we can manage them

Habits: the Good, the Bad, and how we can manage them

Mark Twain once said that: ‘a Habit cannot be tossed out the window: it must be tossed down the stairs a step at a time’. This makes sense to me: if you are going to change your life or habits, do it in stages. When you build a house, you have to go through certain stages to get it ready to live in; you cannot insert the pipe-work until you have built the structuring inside. In other words, it is sensible to think about what — Read more →

Guilty Pleasures: Tell the Truth

Guilty Pleasures: Tell the Truth

Come on, own up! We all have them, that one thing you never want anyone to know; maybe you are a 26 year old man who secretly loves Justin Bieber’s new album; or maybe you are a self confessed die hard rock fan who likes nothing more than to go for a scented bubble bath after a long hard day at work. Nothing wrong with either of these examples, if you can relate to one of them, we say embrace it! I will embrace mine — Read more →

NLP: For those who need a basic rundown

NLP: For those who need a basic rundown

If you are anything like me, you will have come across this abbreviation and at first have been intimidated. What is NLP and how challenging is it really? The process of NLP is basically understanding how your mind works and within that, the patterns of everything you do: from the basic things like how you get up in the morning, make your dinner, go to work, to the more complex things like how you fall in love or work out what you want to do — Read more →