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Understanding the Ins and Outs of Defence Mechanisms

Defences get a bit of a bad wrap sometimes. In fact, being told that you’re being defensive is usually a pretty offensive experience (even if there is a grain of truth in what’s said). Our defences have their place though. The main reason our defences exist is that if we [...]

Nine Science-Backed Tips for Overcoming Sleep Problems

#1 Set yourself an electronic curfew one hour before bedtime. Phones and computers produce blue light which disrupts your circadian rhythm (your body’s biological clock). Actually light of any kind interrupts sleep, but in a Harvard University study blue light in particular was found to be twice as disruptive to the [...]

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 [...]

Some Questions For Your Inner Critic

Have a think back to how you spoke 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 an uphill battle. You struggle to get out the door on time, [...]

Mindful Eating: The What, Why and How with Dietitian, Nina Mills

What is mindful eating? Slowing down when you eat and chewing your food thoroughly. That’s mindful eating, right? Not quite! Mindful eating has its roots in the more traditional mindfulness philosophies. Essentially it is the application of mindfulness to our interactions with food and the act of eating. So, if [...]

Six Simple Ways to Get Started With Mindfulness

Over the past few years, mindfulness practice has grown in popularity as everyone from thought leaders to celebrities, therapists and yoga practitioners celebrate the benefits. A plethora of apps, websites and books provide guidance and a range of different techniques to help incorporate mindfulness into your day. We even have a [...]

Tips for Taking Care of Yourself this Christmas

The silly season is upon us once again. What a mixed bag this time of year can be! Sometimes no matter how hard we work to create a Christmas free of stress and conflict, the pressure and tension can get the better of us. If you've lost someone you love [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]