Evoke Psychotherapeutic Retreats: Are you ready for a transformative journey of self-discovery?
Psychologies
by Lily Smith
2d ago
Evoke Psychotherapeutic Retreats offer a safe space for deep reflection, self discovery and connection. Have you spent your life trying to fit someone else’s mould? Do you put everyone’s needs before your own? Do you even know who you are anymore?  These feelings are more common than you might think, but that doesn’t mean you should just accept them. It’s never too late to rediscover yourself, turn the page and start a new chapter in your life. If you want to take back control of your story and set your sights on a different path, the first step is to press pause and take time just for yo ..read more
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Break Free: 8 effective strategies to get out of a rut
Psychologies Magazine
by Psychologies
1w ago
Getting out of a rut is about stepping outside of what’s comfortable and into your ‘stretch zone’ instead, says Helen Jane Campbell. She gave us 8 steps to forge a path out of mundanity… Feeling stuck in a rut can be an overwhelming and frustrating experience, particularly for women navigating the complexities of modern life. Whether it’s in your career, relationships, or personal growth, the sensation of being trapped and unsure of how to move forward can leave you feeling unfulfilled and restless. This stagnation can sap your energy and enthusiasm, making it difficult to see a clear path ahe ..read more
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How to navigate the transition to an empty nest
Psychologies
by Psychologies
1w ago
As parenthood takes on a new guise, open yourself up to change and let your empty nest grief give way to opportunity, writes Yasmina Floyer. When I was sixteen, the swell of my life beginning to expand was palpable, the world opening up like a treasure trove. I was enamoured by books and American campus-based dramas, each one set to the backdrop of russet and gold leaves, so that I believed university took place in a state of perpetual autumn – a place I couldn’t wait to get to. There was a readiness within me to be the main character of my own life. I assumed a reciprocating process would tak ..read more
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Anxiety drawing: how daily sketching can reduce stress
Psychologies
by Psychologies
1w ago
Discover the benefits of putting pencil to paper each day regardless of artistic ability, including reduced anxiety, inner peace and self reflection. Here, Sheila Darcy shows us how. If you’re struggling with anxiety, drawing could help. We’re not saying you need to become the next Monet or Van Gogh – you don’t even need to be remotely good – but studies have shown that the simple act of daily sketching can work wonders in reducing your stress levels. Sheila Darcey, author of Sketch By Sketch (Hay House, £16.99), explains how drawing has helped her manage her anxiety, before sharing some simpl ..read more
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Why your smartphone means you’re out of clean clothes
Psychologies
by Psychologies
1w ago
Could chasing the dopamine hit of checking your smartphone have you living out your life in panic mode? Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald finds out… We can get a bit jaded about the advice around smartphones and the importance of disconnecting. Yes, we know about blue light and too much screen time impacting our sleep. Yes, we know that social media is responsible for negative comparisons to others, setting unrealistic expectations of – and subsequent disappointment in – our own lives. And yet, it is still persistently difficult to put our phones down. We live in a constantly connected world, and much o ..read more
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How to find your writing confidence with journalling rituals
Psychologies
by Psychologies
1w ago
Create your own journalling ritual, and witness your creativity and confidence bloom, says Jackee Holder in this month’s column. This month, I’d like us to explore the practice of introducing a writing ritual; a series of actions you take before starting a journaling session. Almost 20 years ago, I had an early morning ritual that began with a dawn run and finished up under the shade of a sprawling oak tree in my local park. Every morning, I would sit under the tree’s canopy and write in my journal. (If you’re looking for inspiration, try our own Psychologies guided ‘Balance your life’ journal ..read more
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Ayurvedic diet tips to improve digestion
Psychologies
by Psychologies
1w ago
Ayurveda is an ancient system of health, founded in India. Here, pharmacist and Ayurvedic practitioner Lara Ecroyd shares her Ayurvedic diet tips for reducing bloating and improving digestion. 1. Spice things up Spices increase digestive strength (known in Ayurveda as agni) by stimulating digestive enzymes. In turn, this can reduce digestive issues like bloating and trapped wind. There are plenty of spices to choose from, meaning you can get creative in the kitchen while healing your gut. Ginger and fennel are great choices to add to meals, due to their anti-bloating properties. They also pack ..read more
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Tell us your thoughts and you could win £100 in vouchers!
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by Amymarsden
1M ago
We want to hear from you!⁠ ⁠Fill in our survey and tell us your thoughts about Psychologies — they might influence future issues!⁠ ⁠ And once you’re done, you can enter into our free prize draw for the chance to win John Lewis vouchers worth £100.⁠ ⁠ Tap here to fill in our survey and have your voice heard. Entries close 7th July 2024. The post Tell us your thoughts and you could win £100 in vouchers! appeared first on Psychologies ..read more
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Medicine for your mind: finding the joy of movement
Psychologies
by Psychologies
1M ago
Aged nine, at my school’s sports day, we ran a race in threes, each little group encircled by a plastic hoop. My team came last, and the other two girls shouted at me for being so slow. This experience deepened my already low level of enthusiasm for anything sports-related. By my teens, my friends and I often sloped off to a greasy spoon café near school instead of going to netball or lacrosse. We hid in its dingy basement, smoking Marlboros and eating chips. As a healthy, slim 15-year-old, the notion that exercise was good for my body went right over my head. And back in the 1980s, no one ta ..read more
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Have we lost the art of conversation?
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by Psychologies
1M ago
Recently, I stepped off a train feeling drained and disgruntled. I’d spent a 30-minute journey with someone I knew, where I’d made sounds rather than words: ‘Mmmm,’ ‘Oof,’ ‘Euurgh.’ This was because I had barely had a chance to speak. I was caught in the vortex of someone else’s stream of consciousness. I felt that if I’d simply left the ‘conversation’ (in the loosest sense of the word) mid-flow, it wouldn’t have made any tangible difference. A smorgasbord of emotions flitted through me: tension, frustration, boredom and, bizarrely, a grudging admiration that someone could hold forth with such ..read more
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