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Most of us know what it’s like to lie awake in the early hours, fretting about a myriad of things, unable to control our anxieties and incapable of finding a way back into the sanctuary of sleep. When this happens, we feel out of control. There seems no end in sight to our woes and they out-weigh everything else on our mind. Oftentimes, the things that trouble us then are quite petty – in the big scheme of things – but...
What is friendship and why is it so important to us all? Of course, we all could relate instinctively to the answers, if we were pressed to do so, but many of us have never had to think about it too much: perhaps we didn’t stray far from where we were born, and still have the friends we made in our early schooldays. In that case, friendship is a natural result of shared experiences and upbringing, so it just happens. But what about...
Is there anything controversial about wanting people to be happy? My guess is you would struggle to find anyone objecting to it. Yet we, as a society, appear to be shy of promoting it. Where does it feature in the manifesto of any political party? And why is it that, although everybody knows happiness is one of those things money can’t buy, the main measure we use to gauge how well society is doing is firmly based on the health of its...
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” Ram Dass. The industrial age brought many unintended consequences for us to deal with and one of those was an assault on silence. So, how are we coping with that? Although it’s been around for a long time, ‘noise pollution’ is a relatively recent concept and is welcome because it implies general acceptance that an excess of superfluous noise is harmful to us. It...
Although the concept of ‘work/life balance’ has gained popularity over the years, I think it’s time to add more nuance to the idea. The phrase seems to imply that there are just two elements to our time on Earth, but we all know it’s far more complicated than that. Whether we work or not, our lives comprise a set of circumstances that, ideally, we would like to manage harmoniously. Maybe that’s idealistic, but...
Do you love to sing, or dance, or laugh, or paint? If so, when was the last time you enjoyed your passion? “Fun is good for you” seems like an obvious statement but it’s as well to keep reminding ourselves, as it’s all too easy to get bogged down in dull, everyday routines and forget the joys of frivolity and self-expression. And, in case you need convincing, here’s some scientific explanation of how...
There’s more to competing in the London Marathon than meets the eye. Yes, there’s the spectacle and the buzz on the day and yes, there’s the physical stamina and the training that must be required to achieve it. But what about the mental determination? A friend, who completed the course in six hours, tells us that it actually took him six hours plus six years to get over the finish line! Six years of training? Well...
Sometimes, when our fears and problems begin to overwhelm us, we feel the need to talk to someone about them. It may be that we seek practical advice and solutions, or we might just feel the need to “get it off our chest”. Whichever it is, one thing is certain: we need a good listener, not someone who simply hears the ‘headlines’ and jumps to conclusions. We need someone who takes it all in, demonstrates empathy and...
Everyone is familiar with procrastination, and we’ve probably all done it to some extent. Putting off tasks we don’t fancy is a human enough response and, therefore, not necessarily problematic. But for some individuals it can develop into a behaviour that borders on phobic and the perceived reluctance to tackle the in-tray can be interpreted as laziness. A manager, for example, might look at an overdue project and conclude that...
Lioness Recruitment share their tips on how to answer the most common interview questions. Without the benefit of a crystal ball, it’s impossible to know what you’ll be asked in an interview and some interview questions are easier to answer than others. Whilst you can’t predict exactly what you’ll be asked, any question has the potential to trip you up – unless, of course, you’ve prepared in advance....
Stress is usually thought of as bad for you, though it is an essential part of being human. Scientists have long known that the condition is caused by the brain releasing certain chemicals – adrenaline, cortisol etc. – for a very good reason: survival. But this is in reference to the “fight or flight” dilemma of primitive humans faced with the dangers of the natural world they shared with all kinds of predators and...
Psychologist Rachel Ward Lilley discusses the importance of routine and how we should embrace rather than reject it. They say that routine can get us down, that the same old thing day after day dulls the senses, stifles creativity and bypasses the joys of spontaneous activity. If we stick too rigidly to procedure, we leave no room for happy serendipity. Yet routines are an essential part of life for most of us. And since there is no...