Place of Serenity | Stress awareness

April is Stress Awareness Month

By Yvette | 05/04/2018

April is stress awareness month It’s good to highlight an issue that so many of us experience to varying degrees. Small amounts of stress are part of life, yet it can so easily become overwhelming. I’ve pulled together some links with information and podcasts that may provide you with ideas and reminders. Stress awareness month…

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Keep calm and be mindful

Keep Calm and be Mindful!

By Yvette | 29/12/2017

You wake up. You launch yourself into the day. Like a rocket or a whirling dervish, in a blur of landscape. Or do you drag yourself out of bed with groans and great reluctance. You will yourself to be motivated! Either way, here’s how to start your day and keep calm and be mindful. Steps…

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Bombarded by thoughts

Bombarded by thoughts – let mindfulness help

By Yvette | 19/11/2017

Do you find yourself with no control over your thoughts? They become overwhelming, unhelpful and relentless. When you are bombarded by thoughts, let mindfulness help! Step 1 Thinking is normal and natural There are no right or wrong thoughts. With mindful awareness, you can notice you’re having these thoughts without judging yourself. This can be…

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Manage stress at work

Manage Stress at Work

By Yvette | 17/09/2017

Stress at Work “The old stigmas about mental health are finally beginning to fade as employers realise that a sit back and wait approach to such issues is no longer an option,” said Mike Blake, director at PMI Health Group. “Being proactive and making regular checks on employees’ emotional, as well as physical, health should…

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Live your wonderful calm life

How to Live your Wonderful Calm Life!

By Yvette | 28/10/2016

A Calm Life A calm life means you’re not agitated or disturbed. It doesn’t mean that the unexpected or unwanted never happens. That would be pretty impossible right now, wouldn’t it? Instead, with mindfulness, everything feels a little more under control. No, that’s not true. Mindfulness can help you feel a tiny bit empowered about…

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Signs of stress

Signs of Stress

By Yvette | 17/06/2016

What, for you, are the most obvious signs of stress? A little stress is healthy but when you’re experiencing it for longer lengths of time, it can become a problem. Some of your most obvious signs of stress might be easy to pinpoint yet signs of stress can reveal themselves in more complex ways. There…

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Something's got to change

Something’s got to change

By Yvette | 25/03/2016

What prompts you to try something new? It might be curiosity. Or following a trend. Perhaps you don’t want to miss out. Maybe you’re desperate to make changes in your life. We are surrounded by the need for change. (Sexism, power inequality, corruption, greed – a need for underlying change in our society.) You may…

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Negative emotions

How to Deal with Difficult Emotions

By Yvette | 26/02/2016

Are you fed up? … with experiencing difficult emotions and struggling to deal effectively with them? Is your mind an overwhelm of tangled information and unwelcome thoughts? Mindfulness is a way of life that lets you interpret your body’s moods and experiences more skillfully. It’s a skill that gives you a way to untangle your…

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What you tell yourself about stress

Don’t believe everything you tell yourself about stress

By Yvette | 30/10/2015

Do you tell yourself that life would be better if everything was easier and stress-free? Yet what you tell yourself about stress is usually an auto-pilot reaction! Don’t always believe what you tell yourself about stress. Here are 3 ways to shift your view. 1. View your body’s stress response as helpful, not debilitating Your…

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Why Relaxation is Your Superpower

Why Relaxation is Your Superpower

By Yvette | 18/09/2015

How can relaxation be your superpower? Fear is a common emotion that underlies many peoples’ days. So how can relaxation be your superpower in dealing with this? Think about what you do on a daily basis where you: • find yourself confronted with challenges – things that are outside your daily routine • anticipate scary…

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What you were never taught at school

What You Were Never Taught at School

By Yvette | 21/08/2015

‘Mind management’ – this is certainly what you were never taught at school! Have a browse, and learn how you can manage stress, negative emotions, anxiety and anger to name a few! Emotional resilience is not a school subject so this round up of blog posts steps in to teach about the power of mindfulness.…

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3 Steps to Transform Anxiety to Calm

3 Steps to Transform Anxiety to Calm

By Yvette | 03/07/2015

Living with Anxiety How do you overcome the experience of feeling a ‘nervous wreck’ to embrace your inner strength and calm? Read on for the 3 steps that transform anxiety to calm through mindfulness. Step 1. Stop and become aware Firstly, ask yourself, when you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety, what exactly is going on…

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Mental health awareness

Mental Health Awareness Week (May) – why this is relevant to you!

By Yvette | 15/05/2015

Anxiety and Depression are the Most Common Mental Disorders in Britain We all know what it is like to feel anxious or down about something. It’s human to experience a spectrum of emotions and moods. You might feel low for a few days following an illness, or for a number of months because you hate…

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Time out

Time out for the Incredibly Busy Person

By Yvette | 20/02/2015

Are you feeling overwhelmed with work right now? Maybe you are experiencing anxious thoughts that feel like they might burst out of your head? Or are you exhausted simply from juggling life? Time out for the incredibly busy person! For many people, and you may well be one of them,  time out is in short…

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The Best of This Week’s Mindfulness

By Yvette | 14/12/2014

This week’s mindfulness posts have a sprinkling of peace and calm scattered through them. I hope this reflects your experiences! Is it Another Manic Monday? You know the kind of manic Monday – stressed and overwhelmed, your mind jumps from one thing to another, feeling slightly manic about the packed schedule of your day ……

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The mini resources guide to mindfulness

The Mini Resources Guide to Mindfulness

By Yvette | 12/12/2014

Maybe you are just getting started with Mindfulness or you have recently completed a course. So I have put together a mini resources guide to Mindfulness for you to dip into. You can follow up on some of the best books to get started with and learn more about the subject. It’s like a beginner’s…

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Manage your anxiety

Manage Your Anxiety with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 12/12/2014

  Do you find yourself increasingly entertaining negative thoughts and suffering with anxiety? And is it possible you can manage your anxiety with mindfulness? You’re not alone. Although a small level of anxiety is normal in your everyday life, when it becomes excessive it can have a huge debilitating impact. Almost every person who attends…

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Manage your mind

How to Manage Your Mind

By Yvette | 03/12/2014

Every day we each have an average of 17,000 thoughts. How do we manage that amount of mind traffic? How do you manage your mind? We get carried along Most of the time we’re carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning. When good things happen, we’re too busy to fully enjoy them…

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More sparkle in your life

Want More Sparkle in your Life?

By Yvette | 01/12/2014

Do you sometimes feel you need more sparkle in your life? Your ‘sparkle’ is your enthusiasm and open-heartedness.  Sometimes it feels like that glow has been lost. It’s a reminder to connect back to your own inner light. The Light Within You! ‘Namaste!’ This sacred greeting means ‘the light in me greets the light in…

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The Still point

The still point

By Yvette | 06/09/2014

How are you able to manage stressful days? I like the idea that you can become powerful by the use of a pause – a moment of stillness or a still point. The Still Point The still point is a momentary stillness. Sit still for a second or two and follow your breath. Discover the…

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Cells are constantly eavesdropping

Our cells are constantly eavesdropping

By Yvette | 06/02/2014

‘Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them’ Deepak Chopra states this in his book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. ‘A remembered stress, which is only a wisp of thought, releases the same flood of destructive hormones as the stress itself.’ Continual daily anxiety Continual daily anxiety or self-destructive thoughts aren’t…

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