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Developing positive habits at home can actually impact your mood with positive effects. Lorena Romo from Porch shares her tips and suggestions on how to create household habits that will help you build a framework for a happier life. Building and maintaining good habits can provide our lives with a positive framework, but these habits don’t simply happen by chance. It’s pretty easy to fall into bad habits that impede...
Psychologist Rachel Ward Lilley discusses the importance of nature in urban areas and how it supports our wellbeing. More than half of the world’s population has gravitated to cities and, in doing so, has become disconnected from the essential elements of nature – the countryside, oceans, mountains and all the life that abounds in them. Civilisation flourishes in cities, where humans interact and exchange ideas, without...
Psychologist Rachel Ward Lilley tells us why connecting with nature is essential for our  mental and physical wellbeing. Since the Industrial Revolution began, the pattern of our daily lives has been dominated by the way we work. Employment in factories, offices and retail has meant that the majority of us have been obliged to lead our lives according to the clock, not by the natural biorhythms determined by the cycles of the...
Rachel Ward Lilley shares her thoughts on why we should embrace summertime and how the season benefits our health and wellbeing. Most of us will be familiar with the song, “Summertime, and the living is easy…” It has been popular since it was a hit way back in 1934. Perhaps that’s because it is so evocative of the subject and it strikes a visceral and universal chord with our human psyche, proof – if any were...
Summer has arrived and many of us will be planning a week or two off to relax or take a holiday. Our resident psychologist, Rachel Ward Lilley, will be sharing a series of articles over the next couple of months talking about the benefits of taking a break and relaxing over the summer. This week, Rachel focuses on how to enjoy and make the most of your annual leave. These last eighteen months have been life-changing in...
Clinical reflexologist Nicola Stewart shares her expertise on the importance of corporate reflexology and how it can improve staff wellbeing. I am a clinical reflexologist based in Cheshire and part of my services include corporate reflexology. To kick things off, I’ll explain what reflexology is and how it works. What is reflexology? Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the principle that different points, or...
Here’s this month’s list of our favourite books that aim to improve your performance and wellbeing. Whether you want to reduce stress, become more productive or unleash your full potential, we hope these books help you feel more inspired and positive. Ten Times Happier by Owen O’Kane  (HQ, Paperback/Ebook/Audiobook, May 2020) Owen O’Kane is a psychotherapist, former NHS Clinical Lead and author of...
Many of us have become accustomed to working from home but it's still a struggle balancing work and family life. Mette Theilmann from Predictable Parenting shares her tips on managing working from home as a parent. During the pandemic I have worked very closely with a number of parents who have had to work from home while having their children around. Although the world has started to open up again, many of us have...
Resilience. We hear this word a lot. We hear people refer to resilience when they speak about change. But what exactly is resilience and how can we unleash its benefits to develop and fulfil our potential? Kathryn Eade, resilience expert and founder of Up+thrive, shares her insights and strategies on recognising and building resilience. Does an elastic band have qualities?   I launched my business with a goal, that goal was...
Health Assured , the UK and Ireland's largest independent and award-winning employee assistance programme provider, share their advice on how to support and promote LGBT mental health in the workplace. Research carried out by Anglia Ruskin University has found that gay and lesbian jobseekers are 5% less likely to be offered a job interview than heterosexual applicants with comparable skills and experience. As an employer, you have a...
Bullying at work can take shape in many different forms. We expect the perpetrator's actions to be aggressive and in-your-face but in reality workplace bullying is more subtle so harder to spot. Lioness Recruitment's helpful guide will show you how to identify and stop bullying at work and help you get the advice and support you need.  Workplace bullying generally includes acts or verbal comments that could hurt or mentally isolate...
Since the pandemic hit, we have been confined to living and, for some of us, working indoors. During lockdown, our encounters with nature have had a huge impact on our wellbeing. Going for a walk in the park, listening to bird song and the sound of the wind in the trees overhead has given us some much-needed solace in these difficult times. Understandably, this year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is nature so we’ve...