How to Manage your Mind in Stressful Time

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Ever felt your heart race when you misjudge your step on a flight of stairs, or felt your ears virtually “prick” when you hear something go bump in the night? These physical reactions are part of your body’s natural response to danger, and they’re designed to […]

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Social Distancing and the Human Connection

“I talked to a calzone for fifteen minutes last night before I realised it was just an introverted pizza. I wish all my acquaintances were so tasty.” – Jarod Kintz All humans need some form of connection with other humans – a statement backed-up by the fact that solitary confinement has long been used as […]

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Quality v Quantity: Getting the Most Out of Sleep

“The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.” – Wilson Mizener It’s a long-held belief that an 8-hour sleep each night is the target everyone should aim for to ensure that the body’s batteries get the best opportunity to recharge. However, sleep research is beginning to uncover the benefits of […]

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Growth Mindset: Why Praising Effort Isn’t Enough

“Becoming is better than being.” Carol Dweck In 2007, psychologist Carol Dweck published ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’ after decades of research on the topic. Through her findings, the terms ‘fixed’ and ‘growth’ mindset came into popular use, and the benefits of adopting a growth mindset over a fixed mindset became evident across all […]

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The Inner Game

“Inner game is what enables you to act. Nothing less, nothing more.” – Tim Gallwey Back in the 1970s, tennis coach Tim Gallwey published his first book, The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance. He coined the term “inner game” in response to his belief that every […]

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The Power of NLP

“As long as you believe it is impossible, you will actually never find out if it is possible or not.” – John Seymour Imagine being the person you want to be, not the person you believe yourself to be right now. You might think this is just the stuff of dreams, and a million miles […]

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Try, Try Again

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” – Robert the Bruce Legend has it that Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, rallied his troops to fight again in 1314 with cries of, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” How much truth is in the legend perhaps depends on how much […]

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Half Full or Half Empty?

“The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist sees the hole.” – Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde’s quip about doughnuts and holes is just one of many relating to optimism and pessimism. Seeing a glass half full or half empty is another, and Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist […]

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Follow Your Own Path

“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson There’s a great quote by essayist and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey […]

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