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Six Tips for Studying Smarter, Not Harder

Schools back and universities are starting to get into the swing of things too. Even if you have a big year ahead, the pace at this time of year is much slower. Which is why it’s the perfect time to give some thought to setting yourself up with effective study [...]

How to Challenge Unhelpful and Habitual Thoughts

Thought-challenging In our previous blog we looked at some of the more common ways us humans get caught up in thinking traps, particularly when we feel strong emotions. If you notice that particular unhelpful thinking styles tend to pop up again and again you might like to give thought-challenging a [...]

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 [...]

Ten Tips and Tricks for Increasing Productivity and Improving Time Management

Don't you just love (and crave) the feelings that come with time managed well? Ease, clarity, balance and peace...just reading those words feels restorative! Some days and some weeks though, productivity feels out of reach. Overwhelm takes over and our procrastinating, maybe even self-sabotaging side takes centre stage. If you're looking [...]

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|