By in Mindfulness

The Gift of Reading

In my December blog, I detailed five simple strategies that research shows tackles loneliness – with the most effective being: doing activities that engage one or dedicate time to work, study or hobbies.
What the specific activity is, is very much a point of personal choice – or, as therapists are fond of saying, is ‘person-centred’.
However, one activity that

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By in Mindfulness

Do My Limitations Only Exist in My Mind?

For most of us, the answer to this question is a resounding “yes”. If you think it could be true for you, here are some great reflections and affirmations to take into 2019. They could help you achieve everything you’ve ever wanted.

I have unlimited potential. My future is also unlimited. The only limitations

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By in Sports Injury

What are Shin Splints?

Shin splints are one of the most common running-related injuries, affecting around 15% of novice runners within the first year. The cause of the problem will differ from person to person and symptoms can usually have more than one factor.

Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints is characterised by pain due to

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By in Mindfulness

2019: Let the Adventure Begin

This time of year lends itself to reflection on the year that has just ended and the one that is just starting. On the global stage, there are concerns regarding the environment and conflicts that may with time ease, but fail to move to lasting peace. On the other hand, there’s also a sense in which we’ve never had it

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By in Mindfulness

SNOWGLOBE THINKING or a Peaceful Mind?

Christmas is the time for snow globes, wouldn’t you say?  They’re everywhere in the shops. Jolly little effigies of Santa and reindeer and robins and holly and all those other icons that have come to remind us of Christmas happiness.  It’s fun to pick them up and create a mini-blizzard and see the little figurines disappear in a

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By in Mindfulness

Loneliness

On Valentine’s Day this year the BBC launched its Loneliness experiment, which involved a survey of 55,000 people across the world. The survey found that loneliness, to those experiencing it, involved feelings of emptiness and of being disconnected.
Interestingly, only 1/3 of respondents thought that loneliness involved being alone. Somewhat surprisingly the age group with the most people feeling lonely

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By in Yoga & Pilates

Is Pilates For Men?

There are many misconceptions about Pilates.
Many say it is only for dancers, or you have to be a really flexible, fit and coordinated girl to be suited to Pilates. Perhaps this comes from the fact that Pilates was a preferred method of rehabilitation for the New York Ballet, back in the 1930ies, when Pilates was still being developed. Hence

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