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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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10 Ways to Sweep Yourself Off Your Feet This Valentine's Day

10 Ways to Sweep Yourself Off Your Feet This Valentine's Day

Sigh. It’s V-day. Plastic, commercialised love is all around. No, maybe that’s not entirely fair; why shouldn’t couples have a day to show some (cheesy) appreciation? But for people who don’t fit the cookie-cutter template it can be frustratingly difficult to avoid Valentine's day. Many people feel increasing pressure and self-criticism for not being partnered up this February 14th. I don’t see that hypocrite Cupid flying around with his girlfriend or boyfriend all the time, but somehow we’re all supposed to feel that way on this day. Here’s...
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Craftivist Collective: Craft for Wellbeing

Craftivist Collective: Craft for Wellbeing

As the name suggests, Craftivist Collective, founded in 2009, is a movement which seeks to combine craft and activism. Their aim is to provoke awareness and discussion of issues surrounding local and global poverty and injustice. The World Health Organisation includes “contributing to society” as one of their paths to wellbeing. This was the focus of the most recent Craftivist exhibition, which was held in Aldgate East in London. The project, titled #wellMAKING, was the culmination of more than 50 ‘stitch-ins’ held across the nation. It’s goal was to...
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3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness

3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness

There's lots of advice on how to be happy nowadays. Be more purposeful. Be happy with where you are. Write a list of your dreams. Meditate more. Enjoy the journey. It's all good advice, most of it backed by solid research. But sometimes it seems like there are so many routes to happiness, it's hard to know which way to turn. Instead of getting on with it and just being happy, you spend too much time wondering if what you're doing is what you're supposed to be doing, if you're doing it properly and if you're doing enough of it. And then you...
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7 Ways to Deal with Stress

7 Ways to Deal with Stress

Health and happiness go hand in hand.  A healthy body creates a healthy mind.  Everyone knows that a good diet promotes health and well-being, but the effect of stress is often underestimated.  Stress can be a killer. Let’s get some facts straight first.  Short term stress is not bad for you.  The body is designed for short term stress.  Short term stress can be enjoyable.  People choose to go on fairground rides – even though their bodies have an extreme stress reaction on the more exciting rides. Humans evolved to hunt mammoths.  It's just that we didn’t...
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