Mental Health

Letting Go Of Perfectionism

Hello my lovely readers. I am sorry for the long absence. Studying an MSc in Mindfulness has kept me busy with essay writing, daily meditation practice and journaling. Spending the best part of a number of weeks slowly piecing together an essay for the first time in over a decade, I thought, “Look how far… Continue reading Letting Go Of Perfectionism

Meditation

Challenges during meditation practice

Recently I spent a lovely weekend staying at an old manor house in the British countryside with many friends. We began discussing meditation and I shared some of my insights from my current mindfulness masters degree studies. They shared stories about their meditation practice. A few asked questions about how to deal with different issues… Continue reading Challenges during meditation practice

Lifestyle · Mental Health

Making friends with seasonal affective disorder

Last year, I wrote some advice on how to beat the winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder [S.A.D.]. Today’s post is more focused on how to make friends with S.A.D. “Make friends with it?!” I hear you exclaim. Yes, it is possible. After suffering with S.A.D. since as long as I can remember,… Continue reading Making friends with seasonal affective disorder

Lifestyle · Mental Health

Putting your life before your work

A week ago, I had a pile of work to do and that familiar voice in my head telling me to stay late and then to work at home until the early hours of the morning. Thankfully a voice of experience spoke louder. “No, you’ve been there before. It made you ill. Don’t do it”.… Continue reading Putting your life before your work

Mindfulness

From Blog to Masters 1 year 9 months later

I’m sharing a self indulgent post this week, around 1 year and 9 months after I started this blog about happiness and mindfulness. Last weekend marked new territory for me as I began my journey in studying for an MSc in Studies In Mindfulness. Having practised mindfulness for 10 years now, mainly through self learning,… Continue reading From Blog to Masters 1 year 9 months later

Mental Health · Mindfulness · Self Esteem

How to minimise negativity bias

Last week I experienced a particularly stressful day. It had been a long time since I’d felt that intensity of stress. I had to deal with an extremely angry person. It seemed that spilling out their anger in any given scenario was their default communication style. They appeared oblivious to their own behaviour, which highlighted… Continue reading How to minimise negativity bias

Happiness · Mental Health · Mindfulness

Saying a heartfelt hello

Earlier this week, I was feeling depleted of energy. I’d been placing a lot of energy into my work and seemed to have met a dead-end with a project I was working on, all the while knowing that what I had written wasn’t the final product and that I’d have to dig deeper. There were… Continue reading Saying a heartfelt hello

Good Causes · Lifestyle · Mindfulness

Mindfully cutting down on plastic

Whilst many initially approach mindfulness to help improve their mental wellbeing, mindfulness naturally ends up increasing our awareness of our general lifestyle. We become increasingly aware of what we consume, be that food and drink, sounds, media, etc. Subsequently, we also become more aware of what we waste. Reducing waste is something I’ve become passionate… Continue reading Mindfully cutting down on plastic

Mental Health · Mindfulness

5 mindful pit stops

It’s been a stressful time recently and I have found myself practising Yoga Nidra these past couple of weeks more than my usual seated meditation. Feeling pretty exhausted, I was on my train journey home yesterday looking out of the window but barely noticing the beautiful summer scenery beyond. Suddenly a thought came to me,… Continue reading 5 mindful pit stops

Life Planning · Lifestyle

How our ancestors live within us

Recently, I took a lovely trip to Scotland with my parents. It’s been a long time since we have gone on a family holiday, perhaps ten years or more ago being our last venture out. Spending time with them made me very aware of what habits and tastes, likes and dislikes, I shared in common… Continue reading How our ancestors live within us