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Mindfulness as a way of Life

21 September, 2018

Often, we spend a lot of our time thinking about what we need to do and what we have done. By being more mindful during the day, you can bring more focus to whatever you are doing and you can also feel calmer. Informal mindfulness can be used in any…

Optimising Your Time

09 April, 2018

Knowing your optimal times of day, can in turn help you manage your time. These optimal times are when your concentration and physical energy are at their best. Some tasks, for example studying, need all your energy and it is not best to do these…

Mindfulness Exercises

15 January, 2018

Mindfulness is about being in the moment and being aware of not getting stuck in thoughts from past and the future. It is easy in our busy worlds, to stop noticing what is going on within us and around us. Mindfulness helps us be aware of our lives…

Finding Meaning in Your Life

18 September, 2017

Finding meaning in our lives is a challenge for us all and we all approach this differently. Below are some tips that might help you find meaning in your life. Don’t worry if none of the below tips are helpful because by taking part in the search you…

Nature and Wellbeing

18 June, 2017

Our environment can reduce or increase our stress and this in turn affects our bodies. An unpleasant environment can cause you to feel helpless, anxious, sad or stressed. This in turn can raise your heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension and…

Finding Balance in Your Life

28 March, 2017

Maintaining life balance is essential for our well-being. A well-balanced person is able to is able to focus their energy on achieving their goals, they’re productive and they move forward in a meaningful way. Usually a well-balanced person feels…

Loss and Grief

16 January, 2017

Loss is the feeling of grief after losing someone or something of value. Loss is an inevitable part of life. Grief is natural response to loss. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. Even subtle losses can lead to grief…

Friendship

11 October, 2016

During our lives we build friendships. Care and maintenance of friendships is important. Below are some ideas that you might consider for the care and maintenance of friendships: 1. Keep it balanced: True friends feel equal in the friendship…

Self Care

25 July, 2016

Self care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. Self care is unique for everyone. It is probably best to start with a few ideas and to slowly build on this. Below are some ideas that might…

Anxiety

10 May, 2016

Experiencing anxiety is a normal part of life. Anxiety is the body’s natural reaction to threat or danger, commonly known as the “fight or flight” response. Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Steps that you can take that might…

Exercise

22 March, 2016

Exercise can be one of the most affective ways to improve your mental health. No matter what age you are or your fitness level you can use exercise help you feel better. People who exercise regularly find that it gives them a great sense of well…

Wellbeing

26 January, 2016

Wellbeing is something that we can only give to ourselves. Good wellbeing helps us to be able to cope when things are tough, enjoy life, experience balance with the different aspects of our lives, helps us to be able to develop our strengths and it…

Conflict Management

10 November, 2015

Conflict management is when we identify and deal with disputes sensibly, fairly and in a balanced and effective way. Conflict management is when groups/individuals show some incompatibility between themselves and interact with each other in some way…

Sleep

21 September, 2015

Sleep is very important and it affects our health and wellbeing. It is as important as eating, drinking and breathing. When we sleep our brains process information and our bodies repair themselves. When somebody isn’t sleeping well it can affect…

Breaking the Automatic Pilot

27 July, 2015

Sometimes we do things without deliberate effort or self awareness and this is automatic pilot eg. being in your thoughts and not being aware of this. Mindfulness is any new thing that can help you to pay attention to things. Below I have listed some…

Flow the Psychology of Happiness

08 June, 2015

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Hungarian researcher) has worked on our understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfilment and the concept of “flow”. “Flow” happens when heightened focus happens when a person is totally immersed in activities such as…

Positive Psychology

08 April, 2015

What is Positive Psychology? Traditionally, psychology has focused on people’s problems and how to solve them. Positive psychology is one of the latest movements within psychology and instead it studies happiness and offers proactive steps to…

Mindfulness

09 March, 2015

What is Mindfulness? If you’re not focusing on your current experience and you’re not really in touch with the “here and now, this way of operating if often referred to as automatic pilot mode. Mindfulness is the opposite to the automatic pilot mode…

New Year's Resolutions

20 January, 2015

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, more importantly forward to the coming year. It’s time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. A New Year’s Resolution is…

Christmas Stress Relief

19 December, 2014

Christmas can be a very stressful time of year. For a lot of people the Christmas holiday period is a mass of complex social interactions with family or relatives, some of whom you may rather not see. There might be expectations or at least perceived…

Stress

24 November, 2014

1. Stress Stress is a natural part of life but unhealthy forms of stress might be a threat to our physical and mental well-being. Three different situations could trigger the stress response in our ancestors. The first one was needed to fight to…

Grounding Exercises

03 October, 2014

I find grounding exercises to be invaluable in my personal life and professional life (as a counsellor/psychotherapist with my clients). It is useful to have a selection of grounding exercises that you can draw upon to keep your mind and body…

What is Counselling/Psychotherapy

08 September, 2014

What is Counselling/Psychotherapy? Counselling/psychotherapy aims to help you to find ways of coping with problems you may be experiencing. Counselling/psychotherapy provides an opportunity for you to work towards living in a more satisfying and…

Maureen Gaffney "How to be Happy"

05 August, 2014

I followed Maureen Gaffney’s series “How to be Happy” on RTE Television. It was interesting to learn that our genes influence our happiness but we can control 40% of our happiness. Maureen explored different things that could help us all to feel…

Welcome!

19 June, 2014

Welcome to my Blog. My goal with my website is to write interesting articles that will hopefully help you to live a more balanced life. I also want to share some interesting nuggets of information that I come across. Stay tuned because over the…