We all know what it feels like to be bored. But what’s it for? Why do we get bored? And are we all bored by the same things? Research increasingly shows a link between feeling anxious and feeling bored.
Are you getting enough rest? Research shows that, as a nation, we are not resting and relaxing enough, and it’s affecting our health. What can you do to get more rest?
We all have an innate need for privacy. It’s essential to our mental health and wellbeing that we are able to feel that, at least some of the time, we can afford ourselves some privacy.
Glade Jul, by Viggo Johansen (1891). One of the most well-known non-religious paintings of Christmas is Glade Jul (or Merry Christmas) by the late 19th century Danish painter, Viggo Johansen. It portrays a maternal figure with variously-sized children, all holding...
From the day we are born, we are wired to desire and need touch from other humans. The amount we require differs, of course, across individuals and cultures, but to be deprived of the amount that we need creates feelings of loneliness and emotional deprivation.
We’ve just come to the end of Stress Awareness Week. This international event started in 2018 to raise awareness of the effects of stress and help find ways to prevent it. Given that stress is one of the biggest threats to health in modern society, raising awareness...
In her 1928 essay, A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf writes that “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Our need to “dine well” is, of course, innate. It is necessary for us to eat and drink in order to stay alive, and both our...
In this post Alec talks through a handout that can help you to identify your own support network – a very useful exercise if you are struggling in life.
Rapport is one of our innate human resources – something we are born with. But how can we use it to improve our communication skills? Alec shares some ideas and stories about Rapport from his 17 years working as a psychotherapist.
Alec reflects upon our innate need for a sense of achievement. He shares the RIGAAR framework for productive meetings and how PAN goals make effective goals. Finally he shares a guided imagery session designed to help clients to achieve their goals.