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A Beginner’s Guide to Living in the Moment

By Lara | September 14, 2017

“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favourite day,” said Pooh. – A.A. Milne Living in the moment is something that we as adults forget to do. It’s difficult when you need to balance responsibilities with the joy of the present. Watching children, one can witness their ability to take each moment as it…

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How to free yourself from your insecurities

By Lara | July 6, 2017

Insecurity is talked about at length in our teenage years, by teachers, parents and other adults. But why isn’t it talked about in our adult years with the same openness?  As adults we tend to do everything we can to hide our insecurities. But this very act is what hinders us from being free from insecurity’s tight…

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Finding Your Silence – the benefits of silence

By Lara | March 18, 2017

“Silence is true wisdom’s best friend.” – Euripides In the high-tech, fast-paced world we live in, it can be difficult to embrace silence.  If we get a quiet moment, we don’t know what to do with it! But silence is not something to fear or be anxious about. Silence is a powerful mind tool and when…

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How to avoid emotional exhaustion

By Lara | January 31, 2017

We live in a highly emotional, and highly charged world. It’s easy to please everyone else but ourselves. Here are a few tips on how to avoid emotional exhaustion, stay mentally healthy, and avoid the mental health pitfalls that inevitably ensue from emotional exhaustion, such as depression and anxiety. Ask Yourself: What Drains Me? Is…

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How to practise empathy

By Lara | December 11, 2016

As human beings, we are naturally wired to be empathetic. We want to communicate with our fellow human beings, and we want to connect. Empathy is defined as the ability to recognise and understand the feelings of others. It is an incredible boost to the mental health of adults and children. But how do we…

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5 reasons to fit in some alone time

By Lara | November 17, 2016

Don’t be afraid to have alone time There’s no denying it – here in the West are always turned on, plugged in and constantly connected. Via the laptop, phone, work schedule, family life – we feel the need to tweet, post, talk and photograph. But is this really what’s best for our well-being? Where has the art of being…

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The mind-body connection

By Lara | November 3, 2016

The mind-body connection presented itself when we were little. Sitting in the school office with a fever waiting for mum or dad to come and pick us up.  To take take us home to our comforting bedroom.  To eat homemade soup and watch TV. It wasn’t until they arrived and said “everything’s going to be alright” —…

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Battling Social Anxiety

By Lara | October 28, 2016

Social anxiety is not an ordinary foe–it can be everywhere, all the time. Social anxiety can stop you from enjoying yourself, from establishing friendships, meeting with family members, and even stop you from going to work. It is a real issue for many people in today’s modern world. Here are several suggestions to help battle…

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Silence the negative self-talk

By Lara | October 24, 2016

Seek out the facts Negative self-talk will take a small issue, such as an extra five pounds of weight on your body’s frame, and call it out as “lost cause, fatty, etc.” This is not true. You are not defined as anything because you have five pounds to lose. Look at the facts: “I have…

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