12 Things That You Should Be Truly Proud Of

If asked what you are proud of, how would you respond? Would you be able to reel off a list of achievements, or would you be lost for words? Pride is a funny old emotion. It says, in no small way, that I have performed well; I have succeeded; I have surpassed expectations. But there is more to pride than this. It can be more discrete, more softly spoken; it doesn’t have to be all brash and loud as it screams, “Look at me!”...

What You Need to Know before Starting a Meditation Practice

Whenever we start something new in life there's always obstacles to get over. Giving up smoking, going to the gym, training for a marathon, or losing weight. Starting a meditation practice is no different. It might seem easy enough, sit down concentrate on the breath and then feel relaxed and calm the rest of the day. However, anybody that has tried it for more than 30 seconds know it is not that simple. In fact, it is hard starting a meditation practice. I recorded this video and uploaded it to my YouTube channel with the 3 main problems we encounter when we...

5 Practical Ways You Can Overcome Overwhelm

Overwhelmed girl, How to deal with overwhelm

Overwhelmed, tired, have a to do list so long that you’ve stopped writing one out. Everybody’s on your case, whether it’s the kids, the boss or just your overthinking mind. You’re feeling emotionally drained, and a small part of you wants to turn off the lights, close the curtains put your head between your hands and have some time out. That small part is quickly growing into a big part. Almost, feels like your only option. I need time out, just 5 minutes peace. If you do manage to get that little bit of peace, it doesn’t last more...

Feeling exhausted, helpless and lack motivation?

Feeling exhausted, helpless and lacking confidence. You desperately want to do something with your life. Any motivation or energy you had seems to have fucked off to a sunny destination without you. What happened? How did this happen? How did I become this person? You’re spending more time alone, anxious and feeling depressed. Stuck in a rut, and although you know what you should be doing, you don’t have the energy or the drive to do anything about it. You hardly recognise the person you have become. You know you have a purpose. Inside there is deep-seated ambition desperately...

Resolutions Don’t Work | Try this instead, so much easier…

Statistically, 95% of New Year’s resolutions do not make it past 15th January. There’s only one New Year’s resolution that I’ve ever stuck too; that was ten years ago. It was too ‘not make any more New Year’s resolutions’, and I haven’t done since. The biggest problem is our habits. In my most recent newsletter, I was trying to find a metaphor that would show how difficult it is to change or break habits. This is the metaphor I came up with: Stopping a habit is like trying to stop an Ocean Liner with a lasso from a rubber...

3 Things You Need to Know before Starting Meditation

In my late 20s and having heard about meditation from a TV programme, I thought it would be cool – the whole essence of becoming a calmer person had massive appeal to me. I made myself comfortable, settled down for my planned 30 minutes and told myself I wasn’t going to move, not even to scratch if I had an itch.  Well, three minutes in, I decided it was a load of rubbish.  There was no hope – my mind was racing more than ever before. I gave up! In my mind I was clearly someone who had irrepressibly strong thoughts, was too intelligent, a supreme...

3 Ways to Deal with Overwhelming Emotions

Overwhelming emotions

We all struggle with our emotions. A two-year-old has a tantrum because they cannot have something they want in that moment. And equally, a 40-year-old will struggle with feelings of anger over a situation they cannot control. What's the difference? I remember back when I was around six years old, my parents were being incredibly unreasonable and stopping me walking 3 miles alone to the gas station to claim my free Smurf toy. At the time when you refuelled the car you would be given tokens which you could then trade in for little Smurf characters. They were amazing, I already...

What is happiness? Is it just a state of mind?

When I was around seven years old, I would visit my grandparent's farm most weekends. The front of the bungalow had a large area with banks and slopes perfect for playing. I remember finding an old bike on the farm and pushing it up the side, carefully balancing it on the top of the slope while getting on and then I would free wheel down the slope and try to go as far as I could without falling off. After days of repeating this same action for hours upon hours, I got to the stage that I could ride the...

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