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Shift from anxiety to self-compassion

Shift from Anxiety to Self-compassion

By Yvette | 22/05/2018

We tend to be hard task-masters, tough on ourselves. We sometimes view gentleness, compassion and kindness as weaknesses. Does this sound familiar? Our media and the world around us is aggressive and harsh, cruel and judgmental. This further supports the idea that kindness and self-compassion are soft options. Yet a shift from anxiety to self-compassion…

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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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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 your Awareness It’s a fact that throughout the day your body experiences a continual flow of tensions. You only need to develop the simple…

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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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Your Lionheart

You and your Lionheart

By Yvette | 21/10/2016

Your 2 minute recording: Your Lionheart Every breath you take flows through your heart. I like this idea of being connected to your lionheart. It can be a reminder to help you when you feel overwhelmed, timid or anxious. Because ‘Le Coeur’ is French for heart and ‘Cor’ is Latin for heart. Both are closely…

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deep breaths

Your superpower: take deep breaths

By Yvette | 07/10/2016

What happens when you take deep breaths? Why would it be 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)…

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Get started with Mindfulness

Get Started with Mindfulness

By Yvette | 26/06/2015

Get started with Mindfulness Mindfulness is all around us now! It’s frequently in the news and businesses, GPs, hospitals and schools are implementing it. World-renowned leader, the Dalai Lama, shared his thoughts with music lovers at Glastonbury in the summer of 2015. Get started with Mindfulness because it’s here to stay! Why are more and…

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4 simple reminders

4 Simple Reminders

By Yvette | 08/05/2015

Does your life feel like it’s complicated? Even when you’re busy, here are 4 simple reminders for life: 1. Breathe It couldn’t be simpler and yet we forget! To breathe a conscious breath means that you rein yourself in to the present moment and be aware that you’re breathing. It’s easy and effective: • focus…

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Mindfulness Tips

Keep it Simple – Easy Mindfulness Tips

By Yvette | 28/03/2015

Mindfulness is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life. Here are a few simple reminders to incorporate into your day. 1. Choose to start your day rather than letting the day start you! Begin each morning by noticing the sensations of your breathing for a few breaths, before jumping out of…

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Mini moments of meditation

Mini moments of meditation

By Yvette | 14/03/2015

When you need to escape overwhelming negative thoughts or stress at work, here are some mini moments of meditation. ‘Restrooms’ For many people a quick escape for some peace may mean visiting the loo! And why not? If you are at work, sometimes this is the only place for a bit of peace! Workplace loos…

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Ways to stay calm

3 Simple Ways to stay Calm!

By Yvette | 10/01/2015

You are caught up in another busy year You suspect that there really is no way of experiencing peace and calm. There’s simply too much to do! It’s important to get it all into perspective – current events in the world certainly remind us of that. So here are 3 simple ways to stay calm!…

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A Week of Mindfulness

A Week of Mindfulness

By Yvette | 30/11/2014

Catch up on a week of Mindfulness ideas. Choose what works for you to experience more peace and calm. One step at a time! Mindfulness is about being present and alert to what you normally take for granted or overlook. By becoming more mindful, you are becoming more connected to your life, more aware of…

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I Can't Get to Sleep

I Can’t Get to Sleep!

By Yvette | 26/11/2014

Insomnia is any kind of poor sleep that affects the quality of your life. Most of us go through times in our lives when we experience this. I can’t get to sleep! If you have a baby or young children, you will be familiar with sleep deprivation. Alternatively, you may be going through a time…

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5 Simple Stress-busting Tips

5 Simple Tips for Stress-Busting

By Yvette | 25/11/2014

You might be busy with numerous tasks at work. Experiencing worrying family news that is out of your control. Spending a lot of time feeling despondent, anxious or regretful. 5 Simple Stress-busting Tips Everyone’s lives are uniquely different, but here are 5 simple stress-busting tips you can adapt to suit your kind of day. Remember…

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Mindfulness and illness

Tough times in the playground: mindfulness and illness

By Yvette | 10/10/2014

Judy Bartholomew of www.freefromwithattitude.com invited me to guest blog.  Follow the link to her website to read more about her expertise. Read here about Mindfulness and Illness.   Tough times: Mindfulness and illness When you are going through tough times such as illness, including cancer, how can you support yourself and remain steady? Implementing mindfulness…

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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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The breath

The Breath

By Yvette | 26/08/2014

You have the most powerful tool to hand. It’s the breath. Become aware of it whenever you need a moment to become calm. Stay peaceful with the breath You can access your breath anytime. Even amid the chaos choose to focus on the present moment. It doesn’t have to be the weekend or time away…

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Joy breathing

Joy Breathing

By Yvette | 03/02/2014

You can choose what to focus on in any given moment. Right now, try some JOY BREATHING! Joy Breathing Meditation Close your eyes. Remember an occasion when you felt joyful. Smile and let your body relax and experience feeling joyful and happy. Allow those feelings of happiness to spread like a warm glowing sun.  Sense…

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splinter

A splinter in the heart

By Yvette | 17/12/2013

One of my favourite ever stories is ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Anderson. An enchanted mirror On listening to a re-telling of this story recently, I had forgotten about how it all started. A wicked goblin put an enchantment on a mirror so that whoever looked into it, saw only bad and nasty things…

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