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Thinking Traps: An Unavoidable Part of Being Human

Your thinking in any given moment is affected by a long list of factors. Some of these factors are in your control, some of them not so much. The thoughts that run through your head are a unique and ever-changing product of: How you are feeling emotionally Your past experiences and [...]

How to Get on Top of Stress Before it Morphs into Burnout

What’s the difference between stress and burnout? A certain amount of stress is a healthy and adaptive part of being human If we didn’t feel stress at all we wouldn’t be motivated to do things like visit the doctor to have our skin checked, meet deadlines at work, study for [...]

What to Do When You Feel Swamped by Your Emotions

1. Recognise that your brain has been hijacked When we are caught up in intense emotions like anger, shame or fear the logical part of our brain literally goes “offline”. Our prefrontal lobe becomes hijacked by our amygdala (our body’s alarm system), triggering the fight-flight response. When this alarm system [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|Anxiety, Depression, Emotions, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout|

Eight Books to Inspire, Motivate and Move You

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte Reviewed by Clare Desira, speaker and coach www.topfivemovement.com Sure, you set small goals every day: Drop off the dry cleaning, make a dentist appointment for the kids, bake biscuits for the office party. But you must also recognise the power of setting goals and [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|Book reviews, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout, Wellbeing|

A Review of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself From Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion is introduced as an “un-self-help book” in that it is not based on the notion that there is something wrong about us that needs to be fixed. This is a book about self-acceptance rather than self-improvement; it’s a guide to learning to befriend ourselves and [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|Anxiety, Book reviews, Depression, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout|

How to Harness Your Inner Critic (Part Two)

The second part of this blog is not intended to be instructional or definitive. What follows is a series of questions and ideas to help you to learn more about your inner critic. Knowing your inner critic is the first and most crucial step to harnessing it. Unpack those times [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|Anxiety, Depression, Emotions, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout, Wellbeing|

How to Harness Your Inner Critic (Part One)

How did you speak to yourself the last time you had “one of those days”? You know, those days when from the moment you open your eyes you sense that it’s going to be a slog. Simple tasks, like packing your lunch, feel like an ordeal. More complex and demanding [...]

By | October 15th, 2015|Anxiety, Emotions, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout, Wellbeing|

Myths and Misunderstandings About Mindfulness

Myth #1 Mindfulness-based approaches encourage you to never think, plan, contemplate, problem-solve or worry Recently I read an article that criticised mindfulness for encouraging people not to think. The author argued that thinking is important not only an individual level, but also in terms of our society progressing. New ideas, inventions, [...]

By | June 9th, 2015|Anxiety, Depression, Mindfulness, Wellbeing|

The Key to Building a Meaningful and Satisfying Life: Identifying Your Values

What matters to you most in this world? How do you want to spend your short time on this earth? What would you like to stand for? How do you want to relate to people and the world around you? What are you doing when you feel most at peace, [...]

By | May 28th, 2015|Mindfulness, Wellbeing|