Definitions

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness? The first thing that a lot of people think of is someone doing a Yoga position making that cliche “hmmmm” noise…it’s doesn’t have to be anything like that. Mindfulness is about being aware (or as aware as you can be) of the feelings and sensations going on within and around you in…

How to Meditate

How to Meditate

Like any skill, meditation takes practice.  Below are a few steps you can take to begin a meditation. Set a timer and give it a go!  1) Find a place where you can sit quietly and undisturbed. Keep your posture upright.  2) Set a time limit. If this is your first time, try 5 –…

Why Meditate

Why Meditate

Why Meditate? Research has shown that meditation can have both physiological and psychological effects.  While researchers do not yet fully understand how meditation works, the benefits are clear.  Positive physiological effects include: a lowered state of physical arousal reduced respiration rate decreased heart rate reduced physiological indicators of stress Some psychological and emotional benefits can…

Meditation Definition

Meditation Definition

Definition Meditation is a practice in which a person uses techniques such as mindfulness, to encourage a state of awareness and focussed attention. This can help achieve a state of mental and emotional calm and stability.  Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the here and now, and have your full attention on what…

Self-Esteem Definition

Self-Esteem Definition

Definition Self-esteem is a person’s subjective evaluation of their own worth. If we have a healthy “positive” self-esteem, we tend to feel good about ourselves and life in general, making us better able to deal with life’s ups and downs. However, when our self-esteem is low, we tend to see ourselves and life in a…

Bereavement: Definition and Cause

Bereavement: Definition and Cause

Definition and Cause Bereavement is the experience of losing someone close or important to you. It’s often characterised by “grief”, the process and range of emotions we go through as we gradually adjust to the loss Bereavement affects everyone in many different ways, and it’s possible to experience a range of different emotions.  There is…

Anxiety

Anxiety

Definition Anxiety is the feeling we call when we are worried, on edge or afraid – particularly about things that are about to happen, or things that could happen in the future. Feeling anxious or having anxiety is completely natural. It’s a normal human response when we feel under threat. It can be experienced through…

What is stress

What is stress

What is stress Stress is easy to feel but hard to define. It usually represents a feeling of “pressure” brought about by events or expectations but there is no strict medical definition. You can’t simply stop being stressed, and likely wouldn’t really want to if you could, as it’s part of a normal life. It…