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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Place of Serenity | Happiness is a choice

Do you Think Happiness is a Choice?

By Yvette | 22/03/2018

Is happiness a choice? Can you choose happiness and how is mindfulness connected? For many of us, we live huge portions of our lives on auto-pilot. So that gets us through all our tasks, but it also means we skim over all the good bits too quickly. We rush through the happiness! Have you ever…

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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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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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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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Feel empowered

How to Feel Empowered

By Yvette | 25/11/2016

How are you getting on? Whatever turmoil is happening for you personally and globally, you and I are each responsible for our own personal choices. Even if you feel as though life is carrying you somewhere ominous, you can still feel empowered. This is essential to remember. Feel Empowered I like this piece from a…

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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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Let this go

It’s Time to Let This Go!

By Yvette | 14/10/2016

Are you carrying round a heavy burden? It might be a secret, a grudge, resentment or regret. Maybe it’s busy-ness or sadness. Whatever your burden, you know it’s time to let this go. It’s Time to Let This Go ‘I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of…

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deep breaths

Your Superpower: Take Deep Breaths

By Yvette | 07/10/2016

What happens when you take deep breaths? Why is it your superpower? Let’s look at how your body has your best interests first and foremost. Your body is brilliantly designed to keep you healthy and well. This is known as ‘homeostasis’. It’s a balancing act that applies to both your physiological state (your body) and…

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Mindful gardening

Mindful Gardening

By Yvette | 26/08/2016

We’re all gardeners! What is Mindful Gardening? Your mind is like a piece of land planted with many different kinds of seeds: seeds of joy, peace, mindfulness, understanding, and love; seeds of craving, anger…, fear, hate, and forgetfulness. These wholesome and unwholesome seeds are always there, sleeping in the soil of your mind. The quality…

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How to Recover after Serious Illness

By Yvette | 29/04/2016

Serious Illness Misdiagnosed 16 years ago on 30 April my daughter was born, my youngest child. I was home a few hours after her birth on a sunny Sunday morning but after sleeping for a couple of hours I woke up to enormous pain and other symptoms. I was in agony, barely able to walk,…

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10 Tranquil Tips for a Mindful Christmas

10 Tranquil Tips for a Mindful Christmas

By Yvette | 04/12/2015

10 Tranquil Tips It’s the time of year for traditions and family memories. But don’t let it get stressful. Try these 10 tranquil tips for a Mindful Christmas! 1. Sit and Enjoy a Mindful Christmas Despite all the planning and shopping that may need to be done, give yourself time to sit and enjoy the…

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Calm day

Your Timetable for a Calm Day

By Yvette | 07/08/2015

It’s great to experience a calm day. Yet for many of us, we are constantly busy with little or no time to stop and relax. A balanced, calm day seems impossible to achieve. In fact, it’s been found that we experience an adrenaline rush into our blood streams every time we respond to an email…

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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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Work-Life Balance

WORK VS LIFE: How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

By Yvette | 21/03/2015

WORK VS LIFE! – How do you achieve a work-life balance? For some of you, there might not be enough challenge and satisfaction in your work. Or the stress of experiencing a lack of work if you are freelance or in retail. For others, there may be too many meetings or tasks packed into a…

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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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Multi-tasking

Multitasking is Bad for your Health

By Yvette | 05/12/2014

Many of us live extremely busy lives and multitasking seems to be the norm in the workplace these days. Even if you work for yourself, you may well find yourself bogged down in multitasking as a range of responsibilities falls to you. Multitasking as the norm We call it ‘multitasking’, as we rush around appearing…

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Effortless calm

Effortless Calm

By Yvette | 22/11/2014

Do you want to make effortless calm and serenity an integral part of your day? The best way to start is by experiencing it when the pressure is not on. Take this coming weekend for example. You and your family may not be working or running your usual workday schedule, but are you booked up…

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The Still point

The Still Point

By Yvette | 06/09/2014

The Still Point 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 is a momentary stillness. Sit still for a second or two and follow your breath. Discover the…

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Place of Serenity | The breath

The Breath

By Yvette | 26/08/2014

Stay peaceful with the breath You have the most powerful tool to hand. It’s the breath. Become aware of it whenever you need a moment to become calm. You can access your breath anytime. Even amid the chaos choose to focus on the present moment with awareness of your breath. Focus on the breath to…

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Get out of your head

Get Out of Your Head

By Yvette | 13/02/2014

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Heart Space We spend a huge proportion of our time caught up with our thoughts. How can you get out of your head and be more present? You have the choice to stop and spend a few moments focusing on your breath. Then you shift from the…

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