• Positive Psychology,  Values,  Wellbeing

    Values

    As we are beginning to see and end to the restrictions that we have all been under I thought it might be a good time to put this article on values up again. Sometimes a period of reflection can bring about great changes in our mindset sometimes it can just confirm what we already knew about who we are and what is important to us. Many of my clients are looking to the future right now and trying to decide what kind of a future they want for themselves. Do you want to go back to a long commute and working in the same place five days a week? Do…

  • Meditation,  Mindfulness,  Resilience,  Wellbeing

    Meditation

    Meditation has been around a long time but it can be misunderstood a lot of the time.  Meditation is a practice meaning you get better over time, with practice. Starting off can be confusing and distractions are everywhere.  In the beginning your mind wanders and you are very easily distracted but if you can stick with it and gently bring your thoughts back on track each time it gets easier and easier.  As you practice you will find that you improve a little each time and over time meditation can reduce stress, increase calmness, improve focus and promote wellbeing and happiness. The benefits are now being explored in more and…

  • Gratitude,  Happiness,  Positive Psychology,  Resilience,  Self Determination,  Wellbeing

    Self Determination Theory

    At the moment we are all being forced into a situation that most of us would not chose, Isolation.  The lack of self determination we are currently feeling is adding to the stress and discomfort that we are feeling. My interest in Self Determination Theory (SDT) stems from the question of coercion and how that makes a difference to how motivated and involved you are to engage in something and to what the likely outcome will be namely do you engage, and encourage others to engage. SDT stems from an Arostoletian view of human development.  We are integrating Organisims with a coherent sense of self. This is a psychodynamic and…

  • Mindfulness,  Resilience,  Wellbeing

    Core Values

    What are your core values? Our core values influence everything about our lives and how we live, even if we are not consciously aware of them. Identifying which of our core values are of greatest importance to us, is crucial if we are to keep your anxiety levels low and our sense of self-awareness high. In this time of change and worry it is more important than ever that you take some time to consider what your core values are and how you can live your life in line with them.  When your behaviours are not in line with your core values your life will be unnecessarily difficult. Take some…

  • Mindfulness,  Positive Psychology,  Wellbeing

    What is Well-being?

    Well-being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, and a sense of meaning or purpose. Well-being is something sought by just about everyone, because it includes so many positive things — feeling happy, healthy, socially connected, and purposeful. Unfortunately, well-being appears to be in decline. (Psychology Today, 2015) Positive psychologists have suggested that there are two main types of well-being: hedonic and eudaimonic. Hedonic well-being means feeling good in the present moment, and includes physical pleasure, peak experiences and a sense of gratitude or appreciation. Eudaimonic well-being is more long term – it includes a sense of meaning and purpose,…