Part 2 – Building intentions – 2018

An intention is a direction we want to pursue in order to work towards a particular end result. Building intentions, rather than resolutions, is my preferred method when it comes to moving from one yearly chapter, into the next. Finding a mindful way to reflect and then move forward in a positive, self aware state, will hopefully ensure that those tricky resolutions which often last just a few weeks, are a thing of the past and no longer leave you feeling like such a failure. (If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of this series, then go do this now…
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Part 1 – Good things – 2017

It’s that time of year where many people set themselves New Years resolutions. Out with the old, in the with new and all that. I’ve got to admit I’ve never been a fan of this process and I’m pretty sure for many people, it doesn’t really work to help make long term positive changes. Here’s why:   A lot of us set long term resolutions without breaking down how to get there (what the mini actions and mini wins will be), so we often fall at the first hurdle and then get discouraged. Even if we have made progress, we…
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Interview with Meditation Teacher Natalie Camilla

Throughout November, I set myself the challenge to meditate once a day, every day. Although I’d tried meditation in the past, up until now I was never consistent with it.  Since sticking to a daily practice of just 10-15 minutes, I’ve noticed some really positive changes. I’m falling asleep quicker and am finding that my sleep is deeper and less interrupted, which means I’m feeling better (even with those 6am weekday wake-up calls!). I’m also finding ways to stay in the moment and be more present which, in turn, is helping my stress and anxiety levels. All good stuff, so…
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Emotional eating and how to manage it

Ever wondered why you turn to food when you’re stressed, upset or feeling lonely? Have you found yourself feeling guilty or ashamed after eating to help satisfy an emotional need? Then perhaps you have experienced emotional eating – the topic I aim to discuss in this blog post.   So what is it?   In short, emotional eating is when food is used as a coping mechanism for your emotions.  An important thing to understand is that emotional eating is not down to a lack of self-control. It’s also something that most people experience at some level, as many of…
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Letting go of ‘All or Nothing’ thinking

The all or nothing mindset enables us as individuals to make sense of our experiences and the world around us. We must be perfect at something, or we’re a failure. We must be sticking to something 100%, or there’s no point to it. Sound familiar? Thinking of things in black and white terms, prevents us from acknowledging the complexities of life and appreciating the grey area in the middle, which I like to think of as the balanced area. Polarised thinking is a negative thought process which in psychological terms is known as a cognitive distortion. These are thought patterns…
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