• I've recently discovered this app and am really impressed with it. It's completely free and guides you through a beautifully crafted wellness programme consisting of seated and active meditations and mini-lectures on wellness and neuroplasticity. https://hminnovations.org/meditation-app I learned about it when I watched this talk the other day from Professor Richard Davidson, who has done amazing work in the study of emotion and the brain. I hope you enjoy the app as much as I have been! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_IFGbEnJ6w
  • Hi all, I've recently been sharing and receiving a load of books via this awesome website. If you have books you no longer want, you can register them on the site. Then if another Bookswap user wants one of your books, you post it to them (postage is free) and then you get a point which you can use to order a book that you want from another user. It's great! https://bookswap.co.uk/
  • I wanted to ask what people's top tips are for losing weight and maintaining a lifelong healthy body weight? For me it's things like: 1. Don't have junk food in the house (if it's in my cupboard, it'll get eaten!) 2. Never do crash diets as they only work in the short term. Make slow and intentional changes over time that become part of your lifelong eating habits. 3. If you are trying to give up sugary, saturated fatty foods; don't just go cold turkey. Find some healthy snacks that you enjoy to replace the unhealthy ones. And be patient as your taste buds will recalibrate over time. 4. Increase fibre in your meals as it makes you feel full and not prone to overeating. What do you do to try and maintain a healthy weight?
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  • Do you have any book recommendations for building resilience, changing negative thought patterns, and for living a happier life? Please share them if you do! Mine would be 'Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway' by Susan Jeffers. I absolutely love this book and it had a profound impact on me when I first read it. It allowed me to develop some self-confidence and trust in my ability to handle whatever life throws at me. https://www.waterstones.com/book/feel-the-fear-and-do-it-anyway/susan-j-jeffers/9781785042652
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  • There have been quite a few people joining this group recently so I wanted to welcome you all and ask all members of this group a quick question. These hasn't been much activity in terms of posts recently, so I wanted to ask what would you like to see in this group? Nutrition, exercise, info on local classes, community events, self-care tips etc? I'd love to hear what people are interested in or looking for help with so this group can be as useful as possible. Leave a comment below or send me a direct message; I'd love to hear from you! James
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  • Hi everyone, I hope you're doing well. Does anyone here struggle with the isolation of working from home? I work from home 5 days a week because of the pandemic and have found it challenging at times; even though I don't miss commuting at all! I've been trying to build some new habits around ensuring I go for a walk every day, keeping in touch with people, not staring into my phone for hours, and gratitude journaling. I also just found this article that has some great ideas around managing mental health; thought I would share it here to see it if speaks to anyone. https://www.self.com/story/best-mental-health-tips
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  • I recently came across this piece of wisdom from a chap called Giovanni Dienstmann and found it incredibly useful. Sharing here in the hope it will resonate with other people too :) Words and thoughts have power You are not immune to the effects of your thoughts and words, however secret you keep them to yourself. Your thoughts (conscious and unconscious) turn into actions. They also colour everything you see, and make you biased towards confirming them. They form both your perception of life, and your experience of life. If you think people don’t like you, you’ll act with distrust with others, lack of sympathy, and contempt. That will cause others to think that you don’t like them, and they’ll act accordingly, disliking you. There are a thousand ways this pattern of self-fulfilling prophecy shows up in our life—this was just one simple example. When you speak, you take your thinking to a denser level of manifestation. Your thought now exists in the world around you, and will influence you and other people Get into the habit of constantly observing what you are thinking and how you are using your words. Then ask yourself: Is this what I want to create? This single practice/attitude is the foundation of most (if not all) personal growth and spiritual work.
  • If anyone is feeling stressed then I've made this Spotify playlist to calm the mind and help you wind down. I listen to it before bed and it always helps me get to sleep https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7LPXiPoPAtzCdHPD5dfdOH?si=7663a88bc6e241bb
  • If you feel more alert during certain parts of the day and have lower energy at others, this pattern can relate to your genetic “chronotype,” or personal circadian rhythm. I just found this free online test from that tells you what chronotype you are and related advice on how to improve your sleep. Found it quite interesting and confirmed what I expected—that I'm generally an early bird! https://www.chronotype-self-test.info/index.php?sid=61524&newtest=Y
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  • Has anyone ever felt that watching the mainstream news every day effects their mental health? It's so skewed to the negative things happening in the world that I think it could do more harm than good sometimes. I've been looking at this website recently which I think is a nice counterpoint to the constant stream of terribleness reported by the mainstream news outlets! https://www.positive.news/
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  • Aardman Animations—who brought us Wallace & Gromit—have just launched a mental health campaign with some really lovely animations. The campaign is designed to tackle growing mental health concerns among young people. Check out the website here if you want to take a look :) https://www.whatsupwitheveryone.com/
  • The charity Mind have some useful resources on their website if anyone is struggling and needs some tools and support to help navigate these crazy times. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/
  • Action for Happiness have some great ideas in their 'Friendly February' calendar which promotes building connections with others and showing kindness and compassion. We've printed out a copy at home and stuck in on our fridge :) https://www.actionforhappiness.org/friendly-february

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