‘Waste isn’t waste until we waste it’ – Will.I.Am Love Island UK has been hitting the headlines this year for a rather different reason to normal – its decision to dress the contestants in second-hand clothing from eBay to make the new series more ‘eco-friendly’. It’s an interesting idea and one I like, partly because… Continue reading Eco-friendly Fashion
‘Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment’ – Buddha Mindfulness is something I’ve read about a lot over the last few years but until about a year ago, I’d never really tried it. I wasn’t sure it was for me. Looking back now… Continue reading Mind-full or mindful
‘The question is not to know what is the meaning of life, but what meaning I can give to my life’ – Dalai Lama Have you ever stopped to wonder why finding a meaning in our life (or a sense of purpose) is really important for physical and mental wellbeing? I know I hadn’t until… Continue reading The link between the meaning of life and being healthy!
‘Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom’ – Helen Keller Although Aristotle, back in 350 BC, named the human senses as sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, and this is what most of us would immediately think of as the senses, neurologists would argue that there at least… Continue reading Sensory Overload?
‘Maybe crying is a means of cleaning yourself out emotionally. Or maybe it’s your last resort; the only way to express yourself when words fail, the same as when you were a baby and had no words’ – Aristotle Crying is a natural response for us humans. We do it in response to sadness, grief,… Continue reading Is crying good for you?
‘Overthinking: the art of creating new problems out of ones that never existed in the first place’ – anonymous I’m an overthinker. There, I’ve said it. I own up to it. I wish I wasn’t, but it’s incredibly hard to stop overthinking if that’s the way you are. Those well meaning souls who tell us… Continue reading Overthinking
‘If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich’ – African proverb We all know that we need to stretch before and after exercise but did you know that stretching has other benefits as well, including for our mental health? We spend hours in front of a laptop, glued to our mobile phones, sitting in… Continue reading A Good Stretch! Or why is daily stretching good for you?
‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ – William Morris A while back we talked about how clearing physical clutter can also help clear the clutter in our minds. At the time, I’d just read Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’… Continue reading Can your home help ease your anxiety?
‘Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world – unknown Although it received very little media coverage, the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021 (or COP26 as it’s also known) included a session on climate change and mental health. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the session brought together health practitioners,… Continue reading Climate change and mental health
‘Walking is a man’s best medicine’ – Hippocrates You’ve no doubt heard that we should all be aiming to walk 10,000 steps every day. But did you know that this figure actually came about from a Japanese advertising slogan, rather than being based on medical science? Honestly – google it!! The important thing is that… Continue reading 18 reasons why walking is good for you!