Place of Serenity | Difficult situation

3 Approaches to Tackle a Difficult Situation

By Yvette | 20/04/2018

Have You Got Into a Rut in Your Life? It’s common enough. You’re in a rut and find yourself in a difficult situation. Remember that ‘you’re not broken, simply stuck’. And there are choices to be made. Maybe you’ve lost touch with what is really important to you. You’ve forgotten who you really want to…

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Place of Serenity | inner self

Access your Inner Self for the Dark Times

By Yvette | 16/04/2018

You have an Inner Self beneath the surface level! You can access this Inner Self in particular during dark times. Through meditation you can spend time with your Inner Self and connect with those often unstoppable thoughts. Quite understandably, not all of us wish to do this! The Dark Times and your Inner Self This…

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Place of Serenity | Tackle your anxiety

4 Tips to Tackle Your Anxiety

By Yvette | 13/04/2018

    Anxiety is one of many emotions we all experience. A certain level is normal but when it becomes crippling or feels as though it is in charge of you, then it’s time to tackle your anxiety. Tip 1 Stand your ground! If you’re quaking in your boots or trembling like a leaf, guide…

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Place of Serenity | storytelling mind

How Can Mindfulness Reduce your Storytelling Mind?

By Yvette | 29/03/2018

You’ve Been Told Stories All your Life! So it’s no wonder you, and I, each have a storytelling mind. Easter Holy Week in the Christian Church is a story shared annually while every religion has its own catalogue of rich and inspiring stories. We love watching film and drama and love our daily fix. Advertisements…

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Mindful Check-In

Here is Your 3 Minute Mindful Check-In

By Yvette | 20/02/2018

Your Mindful Check-In Are you rushing about your day with your head full of worries and your body following you along for the ride? The Mindful Check-In is a 3 minute awareness exercise. It only takes a few moments to do a Mindful Check-In and notice how your body, emotions and state of mind are…

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The healing power of nature

The Healing Power of Nature

By Yvette | 07/01/2018

One of the most supportive things you can do for your wellbeing is to enjoy the healing power of nature. ‘… during difficult times we should endeavour to stay close to one simple thing in nature. When the mind is festering with trouble or the heart torn, we can find healing among the silence of…

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Life on auto-pilot

Life on Auto-Pilot

By Yvette | 26/12/2017

Every day our brain allows us to perform functions, actions and decisions. It’s almost as if it’s running the show for us and we’re on auto-pilot! Auto-Pilot Sometimes it feels as though life is a treadmill. We lose the joy in our lives and get overwhelmed with responsibilities. We might feel like robots as we…

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Place of Serenity | Stay sane at work

3 Steps to Stay Sane at Work

By Yvette | 12/12/2017

How do you stay sane at work? Everyone’s experiences are different but see how you might adapt these following 3 steps to stay sane at work. Try these 3 steps to stay sane at work Step 1 Close down your emails and schedule times in the day to open and deal with them. Each time…

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Place of Serenity | 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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Create New Habits with Mindfulness

Create New Habits with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 03/11/2017

Every Day is Filled with Repeated Behaviours, Thoughts and Experiences ‘Experience is just showing up even though your mind is elsewhere, Awareness is when you notice you’re there.’ Ruby Wax As Ruby Wax says in ‘Sane New World’, we can all go through the motions, but bringing mindfulness or ‘awareness’ to what we’re doing transforms…

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Place of Serenity | Negative thoughts

Negative Thoughts and the Sabre-toothed Tiger

By Yvette | 10/09/2017

Negative Thoughts The human brain has a negativity bias and we are alive today because of this! If you were to count up the number of negative thoughts you had in a day, how many would there be? My guess is plenty pop up unbidden! That’s the negativity bias and there’s a reason we have…

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Take a break

Take a Break!

By Yvette | 07/08/2017

When it’s the holiday season it can be such a relief to take a break! See Things with New Eyes It’s good to travel somewhere new. It replenishes you physically and mentally. When you take a break it can be a trip abroad or a walk round your local park. Whether it’s the holiday season…

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awareness

The Simple Skill of Awareness

By Yvette | 30/06/2017

In this moment as you read these words, turn your awareness to your body. Are your shoulders hunched up, your breathing shallow, your neck tense? What else do you notice? Develop the Skill of Awareness It’s a fact that throughout the day your body experiences a continual flow of tensions. You only need to develop…

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Mental health awareness

Mental Health Awareness Week (May)

By Yvette | 15/05/2017

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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The wise information of your body

Listen to the Wise Information of your Body

By Yvette | 07/04/2017

‘All our reactions to people, to situations, to thoughts in our mind – are actually reactions to the kind of sensations that are arising in our body.’ Tara Brach, ‘Radical Acceptance’ It’s easy for us all to forget that our bodies are finely-tuned towards wisdom. You can access the wise information of your body every…

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The present moment

Why it’s So Easy to Avoid the Present Moment

By Yvette | 10/03/2017

What Happens When You Stop to Be Still and Do Nothing in the Present Moment? Absolutely nothing but be with yourself in the present moment? When you sit in silence and stillness you are completely aware and present. This is your mindful meditation. As you sit for a few seconds, how easy it is to…

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earworm

Repetition and the Mindful Earworm

By Yvette | 03/03/2017

I’ve had an earworm stuck in my mind for several days now.   It’s unwanted An earworm is an unwanted tune that’s in your head, on repeat! Mine is ‘Let it go!’ which comes from a Disney film I never saw. But it’s currently being used on a TV ad. Earworms are a bit like…

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Be kind

Why Should I Be Kind to Myself?

By Yvette | 17/02/2017

‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind’ To yourself. To others Be Kind to Yourself Have you noticed that you don’t often apply this idea to yourself? To others, yes, but to be kind to yourself? This might even seem a strange concept – you are getting through your days with a…

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bubble

Are you Living in a Bubble?

By Yvette | 27/01/2017

We create the bubble We all are living in a bubble. Each of our bubbles are a mixture of the things we choose to watch and interact with on our computers and TV. All the activities we do. The people we spend time with. The books and newspapers we choose to read. And the thoughts…

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The incredible power of relaxation

The Incredible Power of Relaxation

By Yvette | 13/01/2017

It’s not a dirty word – relaxation. Yet it’s easy to forget the incredible power of relaxation. We need to relax when we feel tired and run-down. But we also need to relax in our everyday reactions. The Power of Relaxation Every Day When challenging things happen, our tendency is to react swiftly. This is…

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Have yourself a mindful christmas

Have Yourself a Mindful Little Christmas

By Yvette | 16/12/2016

Make it a Mindful Little Christmas Being mindful is neither a chore nor a rigid set of rules. When you experience a mindful little Christmas it can be one of joy and quiet pleasure. Enjoy these simple reminders! Mindful Listening and Presence ‘During the next few weeks, observe yourself compassionately, like a professional chess player…

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