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Why Mindfulness is so good for you

Mindfulness is taking the world by storm. Business men and women are recognising that incorporating a mindful attitude to their daily lives enables them to be more focused, productive and better at their jobs. Schools are bringing mindfulness training into the curriculum, enabling children to manage stress better, be more attentive and develop better relationships. Business and Life Coaches are drawing on the resource of mindfulness coaching to help clients better manage their anxiety, depression and life traumas. Neuroscience and Mindfulness Research are working together. Mindfulness education is being incorporated into medicine and psychiatry, with amazing results. Hospitals are incorporating …

Make Time For Yourself

Whether you are married, single, in a relationship, parent, working full time, or even retired, it can be hard finding time just for you. Many of us, especially women, can be so busy looking out for everybody else that we forget about our own needs.  Meeting the demands of other-half, children, grandchildren, parents, relatives and even friends can take its toll. Added to that can be guilt that we are somehow being selfish if we do what we want to do. But unless we take care of our own needs, we will eventually suffer burn-out, and then be no good to anyone. By …

Releasing Negative Emotions

You know what it’s like when you find yourself getting really wound up, frustrated and angry because of someone else’s behaviour? It might be something simple and annoying like when you’re driving and someone cuts you up as they are overtaking. Or perhaps a friend said something hurtful, or treated you really badly. Maybe a colleague or family member has misplaced your trust and you feel cheated and let down. Whatever the occasion that led up to it, the result is that you are left in a state that doesn’t feel good at all! The thing about negative emotions is …

January 2018 – Make This Year Count!

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions as they tend to lead to failure, which can have a negative effect on your outlook, which in turn affects every other area of your life. I am, however, a great believer in reviewing your life, setting some goals and actions plans to make those goals a reality. But first of all, you need to get your mind-set right. If you find that you keep repeating the same old patterns which result in negative outcomes, then it’s time to make some serious changes. Key decisions that we make when we are young, can …

How to Overcome Shyness

Do you feel awkward and embarrassed around other people? Do you find yourself retreating to the kitchen at parties? Do you dread getting into conversation with people you don’t know?   Feeling shy can be an endearing trait. But it can also be a stumbling block to developing new relationships, and can leave you feeling uncomfortable and distant from people. It is important to distinguish between shyness and social anxiety disorder. While some people who are shy do suffer from social anxiety disorder that is not the case for all people who are shy. It is also true that not …

Searching for Inner Happiness?

We all want deep inner happiness. We want to feel peace and calm, regardless of what is going on around us. The reality is that we are often riddled with grief, guilt, anxiety, stress, fear and sometimes depression, struggling each day with our emotional roller coaster. Whether you are looking for a successful relationship, a more fulfilling career, financial security or better health, the bottom line is that you want to feel good. But happiness can be fleeting. You feel happy one minute because the sun is shining, you are having fun with friends or you are watching a feel-good movie …

Symbolic Weddings

Symbolic Weddings

A symbolic wedding is a ceremony that has no legal status. That means that there is more flexibility and in fact pretty much anything is possible. Couples may choose to have a symbolic wedding because: They want to do the legal bit first with the registrar at the town hall. Then at a later date, have a symbolic wedding with all their guests, as if it was the real thing. This means there are no time constraints and greater flexibility to make their special day uniquely reflect their personalities and wishes.   They are getting legally married in a different …

Planning to Renew your Wedding Vows?

Renewing wedding vows has become popular in recent years. If approached with care and thoughtfulness, a renewal of vows or celebration of your relationship ceremony can help to cement the bond of love which already exists between you.   You may choose to renew your vows for a number of reasons: You were married in a different country and now wish to celebrate with family and friends who were not able to attend the first time around You want to celebrate a special anniversary by re-affirming your love for one another You have been through some difficulties together and want to …

Are You A Cause of Effect-Type Person?

Do you ever have the feeling that the world is against you? Does it sometimes feel as though everything that can go wrong, does go wrong? And then you get those moments when everything falls into place and you feel that all is good in your world again. The British Liberal Politician Herbert Samuel said “The world is like a mirror; frown at it and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles too.” In other words, We project onto the world what is going on inside our heads. It follows then, that if we can change what’s going on …

A Fresh Start And A Beautiful New Beginning

In last month’s blog I suggested a model for doing an End-of-Year Review. The idea behind that exercise was to recognise all the good things that happened, to learn from the more challenging moments and to realise that we have greater inner resources to overcome life’s difficulties than maybe we thought we had. This month I am going to suggest a way to set yourself up for having a really good year ahead. Sitting back and waiting to see what life throws at us is one way of being, but it is certainly not my style. By incorporating a little …