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The connection between oxytocin and happiness
Reading Time: 2 minutes If all you need really is love, then oxytocin may be where it’s at. This neurotransmitter is categorized as one of the four “happiness chemicals” (in addition to dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins) and is known for its link to feelings of love and connection. Oxytocin is created in the hypothalamus gland and released by the […]
What are 10 benefits of meditation?
Reading Time: 7 minutes Over the past few decades, the practice of meditation has soared. Whether witnessed or experienced, the healing benefits of meditation are undeniable. Today, everyone from business people, professional athletes and children are learning how to meditate and embrace calm in both mind and body. The holistic benefits of meditation are diverse: It can help reduce […]
What is long COVID and how can you manage the symptoms?
Reading Time: 2 minutes When COVID-19 was first discovered, its main symptoms were quickly learned – a persistent cough, a temperature and a loss of taste or smell being the main ones. What isn’t as well-known though, are the symptoms associated with long term COVID. What is long COVID? Long COVID is the term given for the series […]
How can you improve your memory?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Some people seem to be able to retain information and reel off facts and figures easily, while others might frequently struggle to remember even the simplest of things. It’s important not to panic if you find yourself become more forgetful, as studies have shown that memory will naturally decline as we age, so it’s not […]
A holistic guide to your Mental Wellbeing
Reading Time: < 1 minute What are feel-good hormones? How do they lead to better physiological health and how can we boost them naturally to maintain a healthy mental state? Adopting an optimistic outlook is key to maintaining a healthy mind. Understanding how you think and feel inside is an essential part of your wellbeing. But sometimes, especially in challenging […]
Create a Resilience action plan with James Ellington
Reading Time: 5 minutes What does it mean to be resilient? No matter what life stage you’re at, it’s inevitable that we all come across the ups and downs of life. Resilience is the ability to deal and bounce back from those difficult events. It doesn’t mean that emotional upheaval or varying stress levels aren’t experienced, it’s the way […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Can stress actually be a good thing? Most of us grew up believing that stress is a bad thing, after all, when we speak of stress it’s usually in relation to something bad. This is what’s known as ‘negative stress.’ It’s that unpleasant feeling of being out of control or unable to cope, which can […]
A focus on ‘feel good’ hormones
Reading Time: 2 minutes What on earth are ‘feel good’ hormones, you might wonder? Well, as the name implies, they are the hormones that make you feel good and help us maintain a healthy mental state. But what exactly are they and how do they have this power to influence our physiological health? Our hormones are essentially chemical messengers […]
Sustainable living and how it affects our wellbeing
Reading Time: 4 minutes Sustainable living, at its core, involves considering how our actions affect the environment around us and doing what we can to reduce our impact on the planet. While the environmental impact of sustainable living is clear though, what you might not have realised is that sustainable living can also help to improve our own mental […]
Benefits of exercise for children’s mental health
Reading Time: 2 minutes How can positive mental health in children be enhanced by exercise? Mental health issues can affect people of all ages. And children, while often more carefree than adults, are also not immune. The health benefits of physical exercise extend beyond the physical and into the mental. With a proven link established between exercise and a […]
Mental health and social media
Reading Time: 8 minutes Managing your mental health in the age of social media Social media is the great paradox of this generation, one that inspires intense debate and emotion. I, myself used to have a complicated relationship with it. Social media is a cornerstone of modern communication, one that makes networking easy, and connecting to friends all over […]
Mental Health Tips
Reading Time: 9 minutes Mental health tips to avoid depression and improve your state of mind Having reviewed the Lifeplus: Attitudes to Mental Wellbeing Full Report conducted by Cambridge Market Research I recognise the concerns about use of antidepressant medications, including the frequency of use and long term effects, an increasing desire for alternative mental health support. About depression […]
How to overcome sports performance anxiety
Reading Time: 3 minutes Suffering with anxiety is never a pleasant experience. The charity mind.org.uk describe anxiety as feeling tense, nervous or unable to relax. You may feel a sense of dread or of fearing the worst, or you may feel like the world is speeding up or slowing down and everyone is looking at you judging you for […]
Exercise to support a mental health issue
Reading Time: 3 minutes Getting started with exercise when you have a mental health issue The importance of mental health is thankfully becoming something that is more commonly spoken about. Our physiological health, and maintaining a healthy mental state, is just as important as our physical health. It affects how we think, feel and act, determines how we handle […]
Stress and the effects it can have on your immune system
Reading Time: 3 minutes Stress affects different people in different ways, and we all have a different ability to cope with it depending on our genetics, early life events, personality and social and economic circumstances.1 According to the Mental Health Foundation, stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure. What triggers […]
The fascinating benefits of cold water therapy
Reading Time: 3 minutes Traditional cold water therapy, also known as cold hydrotherapy, involves water that’s around 59°F (15°C) to treat heath conditions or stimulate health benefits. It might sound more like torture than therapy, but cold-water therapy is something that professional athletes have been harnessing the power of for years! Ice baths are known to help muscles post-workout […]
James Ellington’s top ten tips to staying mentally focused
Reading Time: 5 minutes What is mental focus? Olympic athlete, James Ellington, is someone that has proven his mental focus through his incredible and inspirational journey to elite level athletic competition after a major road accident in 2017. Having suffered multiple severe injuries which saw him in a wheelchair, he experienced a knockback that not only threatened his career […]
What are chemical imbalances and can they be controlled by diet?
Reading Time: 3 minutes All of our bodily functions, messages and impulses come from our brain, so what happens when it is deprived of certain nutrients, or when it isn’t getting the fuel it needs for us to function optimally? This is known as a chemical imbalance – it’s when the neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers in the brain are […]
How breathing differently can improve our wellbeing
Reading Time: 3 minutes Breathing is something that we all do, every second of every day, so it’s easy to take it for granted. We enter the world by inhaling air, and we leave it by exhaling air. Breathing brings us energy. It helps send oxygen into our cells to keep them functioning optimally and helps them get rid […]
What is manifestation and how can it improve your life?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Manifestation is strongly linked to the law of attraction. If there is something you desire, you have to ask for it in order for it to happen. Essentially, it is the process of thinking positively or having aspirational thoughts with the purpose of turning them into reality. Bob Proctor, the famous Canadian self-help author […]
Sophrology – a mind-body technique
Reading Time: 2 minutes What is sophrology and how can it help as a relaxation technique for stress control? In Switzerland and France, sophrology is widely used for stress control, but it’s a term that is not as widely recognised as it is elsewhere in Europe. That could soon be set to change though as the trend is beginning […]
How to progress from a healthy diet to a lifestyle change
Reading Time: 3 minutes A healthy diet and a lifestyle change can be similar but they are not the same thing. If you confuse the two, it can leave you feeling uncertain about what your actual goal is. Switching to a healthy diet is something you would usually do if you had a specific goal, such as weight loss. […]
The unknown benefits of growing your own foods
Reading Time: 2 minutes From better nutrition to improved mental and physical health, the benefits of growing your own food are plentiful. Whether you are growing a small pot of kitchen herbs or an allotment full of fresh fruits and vegetables, you’re doing good for both your own health, and the environment. Here are our top five reasons to […]
Mental wellbeing during a pandemic
Reading Time: 9 minutes Maintaining positive mental wellbeing during a pandemic. After reviewing the Lifeplus “Attitudes to mental wellbeing – phase 2 report” conducted by Cambridge Market Research, Dr Elizabeth Robinson RMN BSc (Hons) PhD ENB 985 DipMan IPT comments on the impact and context of Covid-19 and makes suggestions to help maintain positive mental health. Mental health in […]
The benefits of working from home
Reading Time: 3 minutes Working from home benefits – are you making the most of them? While it may have seemed a year ago that everyone was working from home, that wasn’t the case.1 Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with its required social distancing and stay-at-home mandates, remote working was increasing in popularity but it certainly wasn’t the […]
Can you improve your mental strength and resilience?
Reading Time: 4 minutes Life throws us curveballs when we least expect them and there are many situations we may have to deal with that will test our feelings of being able to cope. Whether it’s the breakdown of a relationship, a job that doesn’t give satisfaction or a health concern, it can seem hard to steer clear of […]
What’s inner beauty?
Reading Time: 4 minutes What’s inner beauty got to do with how we look on the outside? The notion of beauty has changed over the decades and no longer conforms to a singular body type or a specific, enhanced physical feature. Instead, more women are embracing beauty as a multifactorial concept, with wellness at its nucleus and a recognition […]
What are toxic emotions and how can you stop them?
Reading Time: 5 minutes The term ‘toxic emotions’ is regularly used, but what are they exactly? They are feelings of anger, guilt, shame, anxiety, fear, self-loathing, regret, bitterness, and resentment – feelings that bring no positive benefit to our lives or our mental wellbeing. These are all toxic emotions that are harmful not just to us but to everyone […]
What is floral therapy?
Reading Time: 4 minutes What is floral therapy and how does it benefit our wellbeing? There are many practices that have received a lot of attention in recent years for their soothing effect on our minds and how that plays into a more robust wellbeing: Mindfulness. Nature. Aromatherapy. Aesthetic pleasure. Manual and craft therapy. Utilitarian art. Creative expression. But […]
Gardening and wellbeing
Reading Time: 3 minutes Why gardening is good for you and how to reap its rewards Some people love gardening and view it as an enjoyable hobby. Others see it as a necessary chore. Whatever your viewpoint though, part-time or avid gardeners will be pleased to know that gardening and wellbeing are very closely related! Whether it’s by presenting […]
How to boost mood with food
Reading Time: 3 minutes There are so many ways food can contribute to improved mood, which is one of the reasons why our relationship with food is a complicated one. We do not eat simply to fuel our bodies. We break bread with friends and families, passing on family recipes with fondness. We share meals to grow deeper in […]
Friendships and mental health
Reading Time: 3 minutes What is the link between friendships and mental health? Nurturing friendships is important throughout the life cycle. When we place value in our friendships, this positively affects our wellbeing – friendships and mental health are intrinsically linked. The evidence has shown us time and time again that we are influenced by our social groups and […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Tune in to what’s important by stepping outside… It might not be a huge surprise to hear that being outside, getting fresh air and exercise is not only good for your physical health it can also be beneficial for your mental health. But did you know that so-called eco-therapy – a form of therapy based […]
The importance of sleep
Reading Time: 3 minutes How can you achieve a more restful and restorative sleep? Sleep is vital. We know that, because we all, at one point or another, will have failed to have enough and suffered as a result. Lack of sleep causes physical effects like grey eyes, dull skin and headaches, but the importance of sleep is also […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Is nutritional psychiatry the key to understanding mental health? Mental illness accounts for a significant proportion of global health. This is why it poses such a substantial social, economic and health worry.1 While treatment has historically been dominated by prescribed medication and psychotherapies, such as talking therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, nutritional psychiatry is showing […]
Understanding the mind-body connection for positive mental health
Reading Time: 3 minutes How can developing mindfulness support positive mental health? Positive mental health is determined by a variety of factors and while it’s impossible to control everything that happens around us, developing mindfulness can be a strong step in the right direction when it comes to experiencing greater happiness and a positive state of mind. Why should […]
Try something new!
Reading Time: 2 minutes Human beings are truly exceptional creatures. Think about those very first few days, weeks and months of a baby’s life, of your own life. We are born into a world of extraordinary change from day one. All around us are brand-new sensations, sounds, smells, tastes, sights. Absolutely everything is unknown. The wonderful thing is that […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Positive ways to greet life’s biggest challenges Stress affects each and every one of us in all manner of ways, but one thing we generally all have in common is that we certainly don’t try to seek it out. It most often comes when we don’t expect it. As much as many of us try […]
Understanding happiness and how it helps our mental wellness
Reading Time: 2 minutes Does defining it help us to achieve it? Most of us would say we would like to be happy. We have a rough idea of what happiness is: that good feeling about ourselves, our work, our life and everyone around us. We certainly know when we feel unhappy. But it can be quite difficult to […]
Positive mental health for wellness
Reading Time: 2 minutes The true power of positive thinking We human beings do spend an enormous amount of time worrying. It’s a bit like living in a badly insulated house. All of that energy we expend on having negative thoughts about the past, present or future simply heads off into the ether without achieving anything useful. And guess […]
Me time makes a positive difference to your mental health
Reading Time: 2 minutes Generosity of spirit is a fine thing, no doubt about it. Giving time to other people and saying yes to requests for help reflects the value of your good nature.1 Yet in the middle of so many other demands on our time – juggling tasks, getting the basic chores down, sorting out family needs, fitting […]
Generosity matters for our mental health and happiness
Reading Time: 3 minutes Sometimes it’s worth stating the obvious: our world would be a better place if we were all a bit kinder towards each other. So how can we make that happen? I read somewhere that today, generosity is today almost as endangered as rainforests – as we all strive to pursue our own happiness. But don’t […]
The benefits of developing daily mindfulness exercises
Reading Time: 4 minutes Developing presence of mind Have you ever had difficulty remembering the last paragraph of a book you just read – or perhaps even where you were just a few minutes ago? Have you walked in a particularly beautiful spot, yet missed the breath-taking scenery because you were so caught up thinking about past or future […]
The connection between skin care and self-care
Reading Time: 2 minutes All too often we can be made to feel guilty for putting ourselves first but looking after our own wellbeing is not a form of selfishness at all! Showing kindness, love and compassion to ourselves is a wonderful form of self-care and is one that we should always try to find time for. Self-care is […]
Increase your productivity in life
Reading Time: 3 minutes How can I increase my productivity? In today’s busy world, it seems like we’re often expected to do it all: perform at our job, keep a clean house and spend quality time with friends and family. Often we can over-commit and create mile-long to do lists. Therefore, we all need time to relax and step […]
Speed of life
Reading Time: 3 minutes Why do some people find it hard to adjust to the apparent increase of speed in so many areas in life? Sociologists and psychologists can help us understand our perception of time1 – and how different people have differing views. 1. Technical advances give us higher expectations Hartmut Rosa, a German sociologist, describes how progress […]
Lifeworks for the young at heart
Reading Time: 2 minutes With growing up comes wisdom, experience and often better self-confidence and less insecurities. When we refer to growing up, it’s not a specific age, it’s a sense of being. You’ve probably come across a younger person who already acts older than their years, or a parent, or grandparent, who has a better social life than […]
Kindness: Good for our minds?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Throughout history, difficult times have drawn out the best in human nature. Across the globe natural disasters, wars and economic recessions have been testament to this and it’s no different today. Each situation has been unprecedented and each has had its own unique struggles but, in each, we have seen truly inspirational acts of generosity […]
Food and Mood
Reading Time: 2 minutes Can what we eat really affect the way we feel? The link between the mood we find ourselves in and what we decide to eat has long been known. When we are feeling down and unhappy we frequently turn to food – classic comfort eating. When we are happy we will often celebrate with food. […]