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

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

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

Lifestyle · Mental Health

Remaining calm during stressful work situations

Recently, I was asked by a few people on how I remain calm during stressful situations at work. The question somewhat surprised me as I realised how a situation that many of my colleagues and I were facing was rather challenging and how once upon a time I too would have found this stressful. It… Continue reading Remaining calm during stressful work situations

Happiness · Mental Health · Self Esteem

Embodying peace and love

Whilst some may wake in the night and start pondering on the stresses of life, I found myself waking in the early hours one morning, thinking about how being a best friend to ourselves and treating people as we would like to be treated ourselves work towards one common goal. That goal is embodying peace… Continue reading Embodying peace and love

Mental Health · Self Esteem

The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy

Today’s post is a review of Blurt Foundation CEO Jayne Hardy’s book, The Self Care Project. As a self professed self care, meditation, mindfulness, and wellbeing junkie, I will ruin this post upfront by heartily encouraging anyone and everyone who is in a tough spot to go out and buy this book. ‘Why?’, you may… Continue reading The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy

Mental Health

Learnings from New Scientist Live: Mental Health

I had the pleasure of attending the Royal College of General Practitioners on Saturday to listen to talks by researchers and practitioners in the mental health field. The lectures were part of the New Scientist Live event about mental health. A range of topics and expertise were covered, which presented key findings in mental health,… Continue reading Learnings from New Scientist Live: Mental Health

Meditation · Mental Health · Mindfulness

Meditating during stressful times

Last week, I did not create a post, which is a rare occurrence. Writing a blog about meditation, mindfulness and happiness caused quite a stir with me last week as I was having a busy time at work, experienced some amount of poor health and had so many dreams at night that I didn’t feel… Continue reading Meditating during stressful times