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Be kind to yourself

Everyone has days when life is dull, people seem mean and negative thoughts swish around their heads. Don’t beat yourself up when it happens – just try to turn the gloomy feelings around and view them in a positive new light, one that lets the best you shine. Remember to be kind to yourself… Illustrations: Trina …

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The art of compliments

Offering genuine attention to somebody is a powerful gift. It doesn’t cost anything and its impact creates more than a positive atmosphere. You will be pleasantly surprised to see that simple yet meaningful words are much more rewarding than you may think… Recognising the positives about others and sharing our appreciation is a fundamental interpersonal …

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Free from fear

Everybody feels fear – it’s one of the most primitive and essential emotions. Without it the human race simply wouldn’t survive. But what happens when it develops into an anxiety disorder? And how can we learn to grow from the experience? A feeling of distress, apprehension, or alarm caused by an impending danger, pain’ is …

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Breathe Issue 09

‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.’ The Breathe team have been swapping famous first lines as we ponder what many (including us) see as a life goal – writing a novel. But that’s as far as we’ve got. None of us has a manuscript waiting to get the green light from a brave publisher. …

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Breathe Issue 08

Remember playtime as a kid? Breathe does. The joyous sense of carefree abandonment, the total disregard for time, the lack of self-consciousness. Where does that go? At what point do so many of us lose the inclination to play spontaneously and instead relegate unscripted fun to the sidelines? The answer, of course, lies in the …

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Crafting a better state of mind

Mindful crafting can help you deal with everyday life, keep your stress at a healthy level, and help you to sleep better Every year, one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem, according to mental health charity Mind. A national survey of mental health issues found that nearly 5% of …

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How to do a DIY retreat

Sometimes we need to get away from it all but we can’t just drop everything and take off. Instead, with a little forward planning, you can give yourself a total reboot with a DIY retreat without leaving home Sometimes, and it needn’t just be because it’s the depths of winter but perhaps after a stressful …

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The joy of dogs

There’s a reason they are called man’s best friend, so if you yearn for a devoted companion who can improve your quality of life and make you smile, what are you waiting for? Who in your close network of friends or family could be relied on to stick by your side through thick and thin, …

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