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The hidden sense for controlling emotions

Interoception - our sense of the internal state of our body - is not as well known as your “outward facing” senses such as sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell, but it’s turning out to be really important for your mental health.

Our sensitivity to the interoceptive signals coming from the different organs in our body determines our ability to control our emotions. And neuroscience and psychology is developing new techniques that help you “tune in” to your body...

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The best foods to eat in midlife to boost your energy levels

“I’m just so tired” is probably the most common sentence women in midlife say to me on a regular basis. They’ve often had their tiredness dismissed as just ‘the way life is’ or put down to working, motherhood or just age.

Ongoing fatigue and tiredness are not in fact just a symptom of getting older or working too hard.

Fatigue and tiredness are clear warning signals from your brain that it needs re-fuelling. And food is hands down the best way to give your...

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Developing Resilience in Teenagers with Alicia Drummond

How do you create the right sort of environment and relationships to help teenagers become more resilient?

I talk to therapist and parenting expert, Alicia Drummond from Teen Tips, on the skills and traits that teenagers need to develop to become resilient young people.

Join me for a fascinating and practical discussion on how to build resilience in young people with therapist and parenting expert, Alicia Drummond.   

 

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The secrets of midlife happiness

I know there’s a lot of stuff going on in your life right now. The endless to-do list, balancing home, work life, parenting and caring responsibilities. So it’s understandable if your happiness has taken a backseat.

Today, we’re gong to change all that by giving you the secret ingredients that science has shown will help you live a happy midlife. Not only will these scientifically tested happiness hacks have a positive effect on you, they will also have a huge influence on...

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10 Ways Trauma Affects Relationships

 

Children who experience trauma often struggle to learn the same boundaries and behaviours that so many of take for granted.

As a child is growing and developing, they look to their carers for how to interact with the world around them. If those carers behave in dysfunctional or unhealthy ways, chances are high that children will learn to mimic these same unhealthy behaviours, even if unintended. For many of us, the effects of abuse and neglect as a child manifest in dysfunctional...

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10 Brain-Healthy Foods You Should be Eating in Midlife

What you choose to eat in midlife creates either an environment that nourishes your brain and nurtures your mental health or an environment that damages your brain and creates mental health problems. I unpack why eating a brain-healthy diet in midlife is the most important thing you can do to sharpen your thinking, boost your memory and improve your mood. And walk through the top ten foods that will nourish your brain and take good care of your mental health.

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How to deal with a “midlife crisis”

Midlife can be a tumultuous time for many women. The words ‘midlife crisis’ can put a negative spin on this period.  But it doesn’t have to be all bad. It can be an opportunity to reevaluate your life. It’s the chance to pause and spend time and energy figuring out what’s meaningful to you.

So I want to share the signs you are experiencing a midlife crisis and give you six ways to manage it— and become happier and more fulfilled in the process. 

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Thriving in Midlife (with the Midlife Mentors)

You might wonder why you aren’t as happy and fulfilled as you thought would be in midlife. Well, it turns out that midlife is a melting pot of lifestyle and hormonal changes that can affect your mental and physical well-being. Today I talk to Claire and James Davis, The Midlife Mentors, on why in midlife you should be looking forwards to a better quality of life, not backwards. In a wide-ranging interview, we discuss how awareness about your lifestyle followed by small...

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The benefits of meditation for your brain

Whether you’re completely new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, I’m sure you’ve heard about the benefits of this ancient practice for relaxation and self-awareness. But do you know about the huge boost that meditation can give to your brain? I break down the mood-boosting, stress-reducing, attention-focusing and many biological benefits of meditation for your brain health and mental health. Meditation cultivates a more resilient brain that contributes a greater...

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