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Dr Holly Andrews, Senior Lecturer from Worcester Business School, discusses the benefits and weaknesses of psychopathic traits in the workplace. What is psychopathy? Psychopathy is a personality disorder associated with characteristics such as guiltlessness, lack of empathy, manipulativeness, callousness, superficial charm, impulsivity and an inability to learn from experience. When we hear the word ‘psychopath’,...
Rachael Wilson, Paediatric Sleep Consultant and mum of two, shares her tips and suggestions on managing the return to work after having a baby and coping with inevitable sleep deprivation. In this article I will be talking about the impact sleep deprivation can have on a new family and how this can affect mental health and returning to work. I have some top tips on how to make these transitions easier for you and some links to...
In the final video of our five-part yoga series, Georgie Edwards brings together what we've practiced in the last four sessions and introduces us to some new yoga movements. Our yoga instructor is Georgie Edwards, aka The Knotted Yogi, a London-based yoga teacher who trained in the northern mountains of India. Find out more about Georgie and the yoga classes she has on offer  here .    
In our fourth video, Georgie guides us through an energetic 'coffee breathing' session - ideal if you're feeling sluggish and need a pick-me-up during the work day. This five-part yoga series is ideal for anyone who works from home at a desk all day.  Our yoga instructor is Georgie Edwards, aka The Knotted Yogi, a London-based yoga teacher who trained in the northern mountains of India. Find out more about Georgie  here  and...
In today’s work from home yoga session, Georgie guides us through a body scan meditation which is a great way to release tension built up from sitting at your desk all day.  Georgie Edwards, aka The Knotted Yogi, is a London-based yoga teacher who trained in the northern mountains of India. Find out more about Georgie  here  and look out for our fourth session tomorrow.       
In the second session of our five-part yoga series, Georgie focuses on square breathing. This five-part yoga series is ideal for anyone who works from home at a desk all day. Our yoga instructor is Georgie Edwards, aka The Knotted Yogi, a London-based yoga teacher who trained in the northern mountains of India. Find out more about Georgie  here  and stay tuned for our third session tomorrow.   
To kick off a brand new year, we've created a week-long yoga series which is perfect anyone who works at a desk all day. Our yoga instructor is Georgie Edwards, aka The Knotted Yogi, a London-based yoga teacher who trained in the northern mountains of India. Find out more about Georgie here  and stay tuned for our second session tomorrow.     
Have your cake and eat it – but not too much At this time of year, it’s all too easy to think ‘what the hell, I’ll diet in the New Year’ and overindulge over the festive period but this isn’t the healthiest approach. What you could try doing is accepting that you may indeed overindulge, or at least eat more during this period, but you don’t have to give up on healthy eating and exercise...
We’ve listed our favourite books that focus on wholesome, nutritious food – ideal if you're looking for a last-minute Christmas gift or a treat for yourself to enjoy after the festivities. 1. Eat Yourself Healthy: An Easy-to-digest Guide to Health and Happiness from the Inside Out by Dr Megan Rossi  (Penguin Life, Hardback/Ebook/Audiobook, September 2019) Many of us complain of digestive issues and this book...
Mindfulness is a technique that requires paying more attention and being fully engaged in the present moment. This simply means paying attention to thoughts, sounds, bodily sensations, and your surroundings. Mindfulness has been found to be extremely beneficial for stress reduction and overall wellbeing. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed during the festive period, you might want to try Rachel Ward-Lilley’s 7-day mindfulness...
Sara Smyth from Mama Love Yoga London shares her tips on how to take care of your wellbeing over the festive season. Sara is a yoga teacher, massage therapist and wellbeing writer. Find out more on Mama Love Yoga London  https://mamaloveyogalondon.com /  
The term ‘ritual’ might draw connotations of sacred ceremonies and spiritualism, but we all have rituals that we perform daily. Just think about it: brushing your teeth, showering or bathing, cooking dinner, cleaning, having a coffee break. These are rituals that we perform without even thinking. They can be mundane and sometimes seem like unwelcome intrusions in our busy lives. Adding intention and mindfulness to these...
A report by sleep expert Christine Hansen, commissioned by Eve Sleep, found that stress brought on by the festive season is one of the main causes of lack of sleep at this time of year, with 27% of women losing sleep because of Christmas-related stress. We’ve put together a list of tips that will increase your chances of having a good night’s sleep. Sleep schedule. Get yourself accustomed to a regular sleep routine by...
Housing Technology's Heather Grant spoke to Rachel Ward Lilley about how to enjoy and look after yourself over the festive period - watch the video below. Rachel Ward Lilley is a business and educational psychologist and regular Housing Technology Wellbeing contributor. She has worked for many years advising SMEs and her current work relates to issues of resilience, communication, personal development, team building and motivation. Over...
By Georgie Edwards | 9 December 2020 Wait, just before you read this... Take a long deep breath in, Then a soft and smooth breath out. Now, close your eyes and repeat that four more times. Now we're ready. 'Everything in moderation' a wise man once said to me (it just so happens that this wise man is my Dad). These three words have stuck with me since my childhood and shaped me into the person I am today. You'll probably be...
Christmas is meant to be a time of relaxation and celebration, but it can be a stressful period for many of us. Mind , the mental health charity, has kindly let us share their tips on how to cope during the festive period. Be gentle, generous and patient with yourself It's ok to prioritise what's best for you  – even if others don't seem to understand. Think about what you need and how you might be able to get...
By Sara Smyth | 7 December 2020 Christmas 2020 is certainly going to be a Christmas we remember! After living through a year full of uncertainty, emerging from a second lockdown, we all want to enjoy time with our families and forget about the global craziness for a few days. But things are not quite the same this year, are they? We know that there are many people out of work this year, more families living in poverty and many who...
By Rachel Ward Lilley | 4 December 2020 If your ideal Christmas is the traditional family get-together and all that goes with it, this year will be a disappointment. Inevitably, many of the things that make it special will be missing, so it is best to be prepared for the changes and tackle them positively by ‘resetting’ expectations. Here, in three stages, is how you might approach the task. Stage One: Approach and attitude...
After the year we’ve had and with a very different sort of Christmas upon us, we thought it would be the ideal time to treat friends and family to gifts that promote self-care and wellbeing. Take a look at our ideas below for a little gift inspiration. Books There are so many brilliant wellbeing books out there but feel-good fiction and cookbooks also make great gifts. Beautifully designed books like Stacie Swift’s You...
Stay tuned for our 12 days of Christmas series here on Housing Technology Wellbeing which kicks off on Thursday 3 December. We will be posting a feature here every weekday focusing on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing over the festive season. Look out for articles, tips and videos – with many from our regular contributors – aimed at helping you survive and thrive during the busy festive season....
George Grant, Housing Technology's publisher and CEO, discusses the role of technology and how it affects our performance and wellbeing. Digital technologies have permeated our everyday tasks and interactions have radically altered the way we run our lives, work, learn and socialise. This reliance on the use of technology has led to considerations of the potential consequences on our environment, society and wellbeing –...
Self-care is any necessary action or behaviour that helps a person avoid health problems and supports general physical and mental wellbeing. The term ‘self-care’ is sometimes confused with being self-indulgent or self-absorbed. In fact, if someone takes steps to practice self-care, thereby improving their general health and wellbeing, they are more likely to be able to help support others. Furthermore, a study  in the...
As we all deal with a second lockdown, it’s even more important to address and manage our mental health and wellbeing. Here's this month's list of our top five books to help boost happiness, performance and wellbeing. A Little Happier: Notes for Reassurance by Derren Brown  (Bantam Press, Hardback/Ebook/Audiobook, October 2020) Illusionist Derren Brown has condensed the lessons from his international bestseller...
A nutritious diet and plenty of exercise can undoubtedly promote good health, but what about the daily habits you practice at home? From your everyday routine to getting the proper sleep, there are several things you can do to promote and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It's said that good habits begin at home, and this is absolutely true whether it relates to your career, your relationships, or your physical health. Read on to discover some...
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