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Everyday mindfulness: not just for hippies

Everyday mindfulness

Mindfulness…You’ve probably heard about it before, but before you skim right past, this is not just some hippie, hyper-spiritual fad. Mindfulness may have gained a rep for being a bit airy-fairy or irrelevant to our contemporary society, particularly if one does not personally subscribe to its spiritual roots which lie in Bhuddist tradition. However, on […]

How to meditate when you’re just “not good at it”

How to meditate when you’re just not good at it

People often say that they don’t enjoy mindfulness meditation because they “aren’t good at it”. When I ask about this further, some of the common reasons I hear are “I can’t clear my mind”, “It’s really hard to meditate when I’m feeling ….”, “My mind won’t stop wandering”, or “it’s too hard for me”. If […]

4 tips for parents of picky eaters

4 tips for parents of picky eaters

Do you have a child you would describe as a picky eater? Do mealtimes stress you out? Have you tried everything with no success? A great source of worry for many parents is whether their picky eater child is healthy and getting enough nutrients in their diet to learn and play effectively. Adding to this […]

Why the phrase toughen up is bad for men’s health

Men's mental health

When it comes to mental health, men have it tough. And the age-old hyper-masculine remedy, to simply “toughen up” or “man up” might be the worst thing for us. The stereotypical image of the macho, stoic male is coming back to bite us, and the consequences couldn’t be worse. Men & mental health: how are […]

How parents can help set family meal habits to reduce picky eating

How parents can help set family meal habits to reduce picky eating

I am often asked by parents with children who are picky or fussy eaters, how they can get their child to eat more. My answer… there is no magic bullet or easy solution. Any change in your child’s eating habits comes from hard work. Your child’s fussy eating behaviour has developed over a long period […]

The truth about dieting & weight loss

The truth about dieting & weight loss

We are a society obsessed with weighing less. And it is costing us not only in dollars (640 million to be exact) but emotionally and physically. And all of this in the name of health. But is it making us healthier? Keep reading to find out the two most important things you need to know […]

3 things you need to know about Tourette Syndrome

3 things you need to know about tourette syndrome

This week is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week. A week focused on awareness, understanding and acceptance for individuals with tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome and on reducing the stigma associated with these conditions. A tic is an involuntary, rapidly occurring, repetitive movement or vocalization. Individuals with Tourette Syndrome experience both motor (e.g., eye blinking) and vocal […]

When is healthy eating not healthy anymore?

When is healthy eating not healthy anymore

I think we’ve all felt the urge to change some of our eating habits because we start feeling lethargic or bloated. We may change our Sunday night pizza for a stirfry or have a few less alcoholic drinks each week. However, for a large group of people, being ‘healthy’ becomes an obsession to the point […]

The one-step guide to everyday happiness

The one-step guide to everyday happiness

What makes your life meaningful? When you think about your day, what brings you the most joy? What are the memories, thoughts or actions that you hold onto in hard times to make life that bit easier? Many of us may not even know the answers to these questions and yet they are so key […]

Has valentine’s day changed for you since becoming a parent?

Has valentine’s day changed for you since becoming a parent

Given Valentine’s day is upon us again, I started thinking about love and romance and what that means to me… Funnily enough, I thought of how things have changed in the romance department since becoming a parent! Often parents I talk to remark that romance gets a back seat once a new baby comes along. […]