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How Thought Challenging Can Help You To Curb Negative Thinking Spirals

Do you sometimes find yourself getting caught up in a storm of negative thoughts? Thought challenging might be just the anchor you need. When we're feeling bombarded by negative thinking, it can be tempting to try to shift things with a giant dose of "positive thinking". We might tell ourselves [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Seeing a Psychologist

How many sessions do people tend to see a psychologist for? Every person has a different journey through therapy. This is largely dependent on the nature of why they are coming in and what it is that they are hoping to get out of sessions. Some people come to see [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

A Mindfulness Interview with Catherine Morey-Nase from The Wellbeing Corner

In this week's blog I'm delighted to share an interview I recently did with Catherine Morey-Nase from The Wellbeing Corner. Catherine runs nourishing and restorative mindful hikes and 6-week "learn to meditate" courses. I was lucky enough to meet Catherine in a workshop, where I was excited to learn that [...]

How to Get Through a Panic Attack

Recognise the symptoms of panic attacks To manage a panic attack effectively the first and most important step is being able to recognise the symptoms. Knowledge is power. To learn more about the symptoms of panic attacks take a read through our blog What are the Symptoms of Panic Attacks? [...]

What are the Symptoms of a Panic Attack?

Your sitting on a train on your way home from work and suddenly out of the blue you become aware of your heart. It pounds rapidly, reverberating throughout your whole body. Your attention is drawn to a terrifying choking sensation. You can’t seem to get enough air into your lungs. [...]