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Why Food is More Than Just Science

Why Food is More Than Just Science

Choosing, preparing and eating nourishing food has never been so complicated and involved. The health conscious have always paid careful attention to the calorie content of food and been sure to tick off their 5-a-day, but even they are struggling with the growing number of dietary issues that require attention and the opposing expert views that seem to surround each one. What hope for those with only a passing interest in healthy eating? One of the key reasons that eating has become so complicated is that modern society demands that the decisions that shape...
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Get the Best out of Life: Resilience and Stress Management

Get the Best out of Life: Resilience and Stress Management

When was the last time you took a walk just to relax and admire the beauty around you? When was the last time you listened to bird song with your headphones off and no blaring music? We live in a very hectic society, which is fast paced, competitive and busy. Many people now have electronic health trackers to monitor the number of steps they take. This is a good thing, as exercise is good for you physically, mentally and cognitively. We are very aware that we have to look after our physical health, but much less so in terms of looking after our mental...
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A Happier, Healthier You: The Welldoing How To Guide

A Happier, Healthier You: The Welldoing How To Guide

This is just a quick post, to proudly announce that we have published an eBook: A Happier, Healthier You: The Welldoing How To Guide We have collected contributions from a wonderful array of experts, psychologists and writers, who offer their best advice on subjects that will – we hope – serve to make life less stressful and more enjoyable and balanced for you too. This How To Guide is all about your mind and body, with advice ranging from how best to start the day, how to build inner strength, how to find the job you love - and everything in between. And it's...
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Why You Need to Switch Off

Why You Need to Switch Off

We all recognise the importance of a healthy work-life balance, but many of us still find it hard to switch off, even while we’re on holiday. A recent survey revealed that while the three main reasons for going on holiday were to spend time with loved ones (50%), to get some rest and relaxation (34%) and to take a break from work (22%), over two thirds (69%) continued to check their work email, with just under half (44%) admitting to checking in once a day or more. Why do we continue to act in ways that we know are not good for us and what is the impact of a...
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The Basics of Mindfulness: Why Does it Work?

The Basics of Mindfulness: Why Does it Work?

Mindfulness is not a breathing exercise, nor an attention exercise, but rather it is an awareness exercise. And it works precisely in this way – by increasing the strength and sensitivity of our awareness. In this article, I’ll explain what that means. I’ll begin with a story. In a now famous social experiment (video below), Joshua Bell, one of the world’s greatest violinists, played classical music for 45 minutes during peak time commute at a busy tube station. There were no signs or other mentions of who the violin player was – he simply played...
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Managing Stress  with Mindful Eating

Managing Stress with Mindful Eating

If I asked you to simply stand up, both feet on the floor and just stand there, would you consider that stressful? Okay, not exactly. But what if I asked you to stand for five hours? Or better yet, for a full day with no pee breaks and no sleep, or for a full month? What if, while you were standing there for the next full month, I asked you to stand on one foot and then balance an egg on a spoon? Stress is like that. One thing on its own is not necessarily stressful, but stress can slowly build up over time. The daily to-do list gets longer, and at the same...
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How to Embrace Mindfulness at Work

How to Embrace Mindfulness at Work

Is it possible to synchronise the world of work – all cut-throat competition, profit margins, productivity and cold, hard cash – and the higher principles of mindfulness? You might imagine that combining the two might make for an almighty clash. In fact, mindfulness is one of the hottest ideas in business right now. At the recent World Economic Forum a panel featuring Jon Kabat-Zinn (who virtually invented the modern idea of mindfulness), Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post  and a board member of Goldman Sachs was a sell-out. Not only did it...
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The Basics of Mindfulness: Where did it come from?

The Basics of Mindfulness: Where did it come from?

Mindfulness practices have become internationally popular in the past decade, but their roots reach 2,500 years into the past. While these practices have assumed different forms over the millennia, their purpose has remained constant: to end suffering. The current wave of mindfulness therapies, mindfulness coaching, mindfulness exercises, etc., owe most (or perhaps everything) to a stress-reduction program developed in the late 1970s by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts. The effectiveness of this...
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How to Shop More Mindfully

How to Shop More Mindfully

Would you like to spend less and shop more mindfully? It’s easier to focus on starting something new rather than stopping something old, so I’m rethinking the way I approach browsing and buying things. I’m in the middle of a serious clear-out. I’ve traded in books, DVDs and old electronics for cash. I’ve been selling clothes, jewellery and all manner of other items on eBay and Gumtree. It’s helpful to acknowledge that I don’t need these things and decluttering feels very freeing, plus every penny helps make a dent in the debts I’ve run up. In a way...
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Can Mindfulness Change the Face of Britain?

Can Mindfulness Change the Face of Britain?

No-one is in any doubt that we are facing a crisis with the increasing levels of mental illness in this country; one in four of us experiences a mental health problem every year. But what if there was something small – taking as little as ten or 15 minutes –that could help millions of us living with stress, depression and anxiety? And, as if that wasn’t enough, it could also help people focus, reduce anger, and aid in preventing any number of physical ailments. We’re talking mindfulness, of course. And that’s what led me to a meeting room in the House of...
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