Whether you think of happiness as a state of mind or something fleeting, we all have times when we feel down and might need a small push in order to get to our happy place again, without resorting to binging, addiction, spending money, or overeating.
In fact, according to Science Daily, encouraging your own positive emotions can put you in a happy state, and increase your overall life satisfaction.
Today, Saturday the 13th of May 2017 I attended Psychology Day at NUI Galway to celebrate #psychologymattersday. There were a number of speakers, speaking on diverse topics from mindfulness to the shadow man!
First up we had a wonderfully insightful talk on mindfulness by Chris Noone. I nodded in agreement several times with what Chris was saying.
“Getting older is inevitable, aging is optional”. I love this quote by Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D., a visionary pioneer in women’s health.
Like everything in life, we can choose what mindset we want to adopt in relation to getting older!
Society bombards us with anti aging this and anti-aging that, and stories of pain, aches, wrinkles and endings. But we can choose instead to see aging as a new beginning. Merely a new stage of our life, an initiation into our wisdom years. Not that long ago elders were respected for their wisdom rather than disregarded and put out to pasture and, out of sight at times.
The Galway Food Festival boosts food demonstrations, culinary walking tours, foraging walks, kids pizza materclasses and so much more!! Of course there are also many, many food stalls with a diverse range of products from seaweed to biscuits; chocolate to cheese; kale to honey and cheeses of all shapes and sizes!! Hard for anyone not to find something to tickle the taste buds at this delightful festival.
I was honored to be invited by Galway Now to be a guest blogger on the exclusive Galway Fashion Trail. I have written before about my evolution with these events and my growing love for finding beauty along the way.
As a busy Mumpreneur having healthy delicious food served up to me is a treat in itself. So when we arrived at the Radission Blu in Galway and the menu boasted mango, passion fruit and ginger smoothie, greek yogurt,
When it comes to maintaining emotional balance in our work place we are dealing with two different levels; external factors and internal factors.
Some aspects of our actual work environment may be stressful for us, maybe there is not enough light in the room we work in, possibly there is no air and we find it stuffy or maybe the air conditioning unit is straight over our head.
In this day and age, when we are surrounded by pollution, the one thing we can control and take care of is what kind of food we eat. Therefore, a lot of people are choosing to eat a bit more expensive organic food rather than conventionally-grown food which is full of various toxic chemicals.
One of the biggest forms of waste in today’s world is the increasing amount of food that’s never eaten. As the world population continues to grow, so does the need for producing enough food to feed everyone.
But approximately 30 percent of the food that’s produced ultimately goes to waste. This results from a number of factors including issues related to the food supply chain.
We have to do this thing called living* - why a f€&@ off attitude is essential to achieving your goals
Did you know that October 1 st is UN international day of older persons ? Quite a mouthful don't you think? And at what age are you considered an older person? My 17 year old might think that at 54 I'm ancient while my parents who are in their 80's think I'm still only a young one.
We are often told we cannot love others unless we first start to love ourselves.
The same can be said for having compassion. What is compassion for ourselves? It is opening to looking at a story in our life with new eyes if, for a long time we have condemned our real feelings and emotions around a story.
We often talk in hushed tones about when a parent favours one child over another. What do we do when a child favours one parent over another? Favouritism by a toddler is very common and can leave the rejected parent feeling neglected, lost and upset.
Enjoy this pod cast on how to become grounded with our emotions.
Our first and second chakras, our own personal energy centres, are very inter-related to each other. When we can learn to be just be with our stories and related emotions and to not let them consume us, we are better able to step into our personal power in all aspects of our life.
We are more in control. When stories come up for us in the future, which they will, we will have more of an ability to take the story for what it is and deal with it in a more emotionally mindful way that will give us a better result.
When I was invited by ITWBN to try out a treatment at Seabreeze Beauty & Day Spa in Oranmore it was great timing to bring my New Year desires and plans for "cleaning" out my system one step closer.
Seabreeze Beauty & Day Spa, located in the Oran Town Centre, Oranmore, County Galway is a relaxing haven tucked away in a quiet corner on the first floor, away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby busy dual carriage.
After a short trot down the motorway from Galway our first stop on Limerick's first style event was the Savoy Hotel for a wholesome brekkie. Christmas cheer was in abundance and we were greeted in style, red carpet and all. Certainly felt like VIP's as we were photographed by the press and Limerick Style photographer on the day, the lovely Evelyn Pepperrell.
We were treated to a full Irish hearty meal with continental influenced croissants for finish.
"Our mission is to reinvent the way you eat desserts, and turn it from a guilty pleasure into a healthy treat".
I had the pleasure of trying some of these delicious treats at the Vegan Xmas Food Stall in Galway recently. I love my guilty pleasure after my dinner each day and, I don't want to eat a substitute that doesn't give me the same satisfaction! I am always on a mission to eat cleaner while at the same time eating tasty food!
Some might be questioning why I would want to teach Yoga to individuals that are struggling with addictions, mental health problems or physical issues. It is surely more difficult to plan classes, deal with issues such as poor mental health and low self esteem.
In 2012 the world produced over 100 million tonnes of food wastage annually, it is expected to reach 120 million tonnes or above well before 2020. In Ireland, the average household will account for over one third of the food wastage in Ireland. That is about 80 kilos of food per person, per year. In financial terms that is on average €700 per annum.
Emotional abuse is, in my opinion, an overlooked problem that many people suffer with in silence. There is of course no blame in this as oftentimes emotional abuse is done in such subtle ways that the victim cannot find the words to describe it. There are no visible scars to show, just those of a deep emotional kind.