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Life De-cluttering Tips For Spring

Can you never find what you need? Do you have trouble parting with anything; holding on to it ‘in case you use it someday’? Is clutter taking over your life? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it’s time to de-clutter your home and regain your life. It may seem overwhelming at first, but with a little help from de-cluttering expert Peter Walsh, you’ll regain your space, health and happiness.   A home filled with excessive ‘stuff’ that is being saved for ‘someday’ can do more than crowd out your personal space. Clutter can affect you physically (make you feel physically drained), emotionally (heighten your stress levels) and psychologically (decrease your mood). So a thorough tidy up will reinvigorate your entire being. And with the winter chill almost behind us, now is the perfect time for a spring clean.   According to renowned home organisation expert Peter Walsh, by following a few basic principles, even the messiest of homes can leave clutter in the dust.   #1 Be in the Moment In cleaning, as in life, tasks become much more manageable if you concentrate on one room at a time. Before you even start cleaning your bedroom, kitchen, or whatever room it may be, create a vision for the space. Imagine how you would like it to look, create a step-by-step plan to get there, and visualise your ideal space while you are working. When you’re done, you’ll know there’s no better feeling than a plan being realised.   #2 Get the Kids Involved While most kids hide when the subject of cleaning comes up, by getting them involved, it’ll be fun for both of you. There’s no better time to teach the […]

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Types of Anxiety

While generally associated with constant worriers, anxiety doesn’t discriminate – it can affect everyone at some stage. Whenever the word anxiety is mentioned, most everyone can relate to the feeling – insomnia, rapid heart rate, muscle tension and inability to concentrate, to name a few.   We’ve all felt anxious before an exam or job interview, however, when anxiety becomes somewhat of a “default state” and interferes with your everyday life, it can be debilitating. Anxiety takes many forms, but the important thing to remember is it is treatable.   Generalised Anxiety – Anxiety is the body’s response to difficult or dangerous circumstances. It is a generalised, unfocused feeling of fear, worry and unease, which is generally an overreaction to a subjectively unpleasant situation. Accompanied by muscle tension, restlessness and lapses in concentration, anxiety can be a helpful response if it spurs you into action. Physically, it engages a ‘fight or flight’ response, while psychologically, it keeps you alert and gives you the wherewithal to deal with problems. However, when experienced regularly, anxiety is debilitating – it disrupts your work, social life and overall participation in life.   Hereditary Anxiety – A recent landmark study has shown evidence that anxiety may be an inherited trait from parents. Research has found that the brain structure that accompanies psychological conditions like anxiety and depression are passed down through the generations. The researchers discovered that about 30 percent of the variation in early anxiety could be attributed to family history, while a further 35 percent attributed to inherited genes. Through the research, they found the regions of the brain activated during stressful situations were much more active in chronic anxiety sufferers. And that this overactivity is solely inherited […]

By |Thursday, July 23, 2015|Uncategorised| Comments

The Positive Impact of Running on Depression

For those who suffer from depression, it can become a difficult existence. Some days, simply getting out of bed can be a challenge. Depending on your situation, you may have opted for traditional treatment options. These can include regular therapy sessions, coupled with antidepressants. While these are fantastic treatments, for many they are not the all-encompassing solution. Surprisingly, the missing link could lie in keeping your body taut and healthy. We all know running is the secret to staying in shape. However, growing evidence suggests a daily jog may keep the black dog at bay. A recent landmark study was published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. The study focussed on adults with mild to moderate depression. They found that depressive symptoms were cut by half in those who engaged in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week. To put this in perspective, participants experienced the same reduction in their depressive symptoms as those taking antidepressants or undergoing cognitive therapy. Whatever your fitness level, running regularly will help you sleep better, feel happier and have a more positive outlook. The link between exercise and depression isn’t entirely clear. However, regular exercise increases serotonin levels, which increases positive feelings. Once you are feeling a little better, exercise can help inhibit depressive symptoms returning. While exercise is certainly not a cure for depression, it can certainly help ease symptoms in several ways. These include: Releasing endorphins, the feel-good hormones, in the brain Reducing chemicals in the immune system that worsen depression, and; Elevating body temperature (which has calming effects). Regular exercise also has psychological and emotional benefits, such as: Increasing confidence: Reaching personal exercise goals (even small ones) will boost your self-confidence and help […]

By |Tuesday, July 14, 2015|Uncategorised| Comments

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

  There is variety of things about a person that determines how successful they will be in life. Although many people usually attribute success to a person’s intellectual prowess, many are starting to see that a person’s emotional intelligence (EQ) is equally important as their intellectual ability (IQ).   What is Emotional Intelligence? In its simplest sense, emotional intelligence refers to a person’s ability recognise their emotions and that of others. In addition, being able to understand them along, manage and control these emotions in order to bring about positive outcomes.   The ability to recognise your emotions seems pretty simple. We all know how it feels to be happy, sad, angry or other emotions. However, recognising what emotions others are experiencing can become a challenge. People are good at disguising their true feelings, and sometimes what we see is just what they want us to see and not what is genuinely inside. For people with superb EQ, this is much easier since they are capable of understanding another’s body language, facial expressions, and other non-verbal signals.   Knowing how a person feels is different from being able to understand it, since emotions can have different meanings in different situations. It is these differences in meaning that makes it difficult to guess accurately how the other person feels, and often leads us to assume and misinterpret how others really feel.   An important part of emotional intelligence is being able to manage these emotions in a positive way. Some people are guilty of letting their emotions and impulsive behaviours get the best of them, which often leads to undesirable results in the end.   Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important? The significance of EQ cannot be […]

By |Thursday, January 29, 2015|Uncategorised| Comments

How to nurture your relationships

No one said love was easy. In fact, there are times when, with the greatest will in the world, you just can’t make it right. Ask any old-aged couple what their secret is and they are likely to say ‘compromise’, or ‘give and take’. In any happy, successful relationship there has to be a balance. Both people have to put in enough and receive enough in return in terms of emotional balance.   A healthy relationship is a partnership, a nurturing partnership. Sometimes this comes naturally. Some people just ‘click’ and it seemingly works. However don’t be fooled by appearances, all relationships take hard work. So, what can you do to help your relationship achieve balance? Can you do anything? It’s tempting to write that something along the lines of, ‘If you have to ask; there’s no point.’ However, surely wanting your relationship to be better, to improve yourself, and to grow as a couple is a positive emotion. There are going to be days when it’s not all plain sailing, and arguments are an inevitable part of life.   Let’s look at 5 ideas to help achieve the ‘golden’ state of balance.   Healthy conflict. Sounds like a contradiction in terms! When you clash, if you can sort out your problems without tantrums and sniping, it will make for a healthier, more intimate relationship. Private life and Public life. Do not air your dirty laundry in public. Keep issues that are private behind closed doors, and never throw something back when it was told in confidence. Never talk insultingly about your partner to anyone else. Needs. You can’t rely on your partner to fulfil all your needs this will make you needy. Be strong […]

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