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Mindfulness

SLOW DOWN YOUR BUSY MIND

The festive season is of course a time for celebration and joyousness, but it can also be a very anxious and emotional period for many of us. More than ever, you should be taking some […]

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MASALA CHAI TEA RECIPE

When life gets busy, we have a tendency to feel guilty for taking a break. But this needn’t be the case. In fact, taking just a little bit of time out every day can significantly […]

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A GUIDED BODY SCAN

You may wish to write a few notes after this exercise and, as you practise it, whether daily or weekly, your experience may change over time. To do this mindful exercise, you need a chair and […]

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BREATH AWARENESS EXERCISE

To help you achieve the best sleep possible, we’re giving you a breath awareness exercise from sleep and energy expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan’s The Little Book of Sleep. This breath work is a simple tool you […]

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CLEAR YOUR HEAD GUIDED MEDITATION

Bestselling author, psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher, Dr Patrizia Collard teaches that incorporating just a few very simple mindfulness practices into your day can help prevent and overcome anxiety, stress and depression.  In her latest book, The […]

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MINDFULNESS MYTHBUSTERS

Mindfulness is really simple to explain. It is the act of paying attention to our direct experience as it unfolds in the present moment and without judgement. But there are a lot of misconceptions about […]

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BALLOON BREATHING EXERCISE

Duration: 1–5 minutes, depending on you/your child’s age and ability to engage and concentrate. What you will need: your breathing body, a bell or chime (optional). This is a really helpful practice that you can […]

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EIGHT TOP TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR TIME

‘I’m crazy busy’ seems to be the modern catch cry. Try these simple strategies to manage your time. There are no surprises here – time is a fixed entity, but the good news is that […]

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WIN A DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND BOOK BUNDLE

For your chance to WIN all four Department Store for the Mind books: Walking in the Rain, Washing Up is Good For You, As You Are and Four-Legged Therapy, simply email publicity@octopusbooks.co.uk  with ‘NOURISH & INSPIRE’ […]

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KATE HUMBLE’S AUTUMN WALK

In Thinking on My Feet, much-loved TV presenter, Kate Humble celebrates the simple, fundamental act of walking, the remarkable effect it has on our minds and bodies and the pleasure of moving through the world […]

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THREE WAYS TO WRITE WITH JOY

Whether it’s cosying up on the sofa with a new diary, or having getting creative with your journal in the sunshine, here are just three little steps to help you put pen to paper. Write […]

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