There are so many useful daily practices that can really make a difference to your emotional well-being and your ability to live according to your values. Things that you can do yourself, or with the help of friends: lifestyle changes, mind training, relationship skills…
We like to share the ones that we know have a good track record in terms of having helped lots and lots of people… Ones that show up as reliable in scientific research. So please take a look on this page and see what speaks to you.
Dealing with Difficult Thoughts
After a brief rationale (why our gut instinct doesn’t cut the mustard here) ACT founder Steve Hayes gives about ten techniques for learning to relate skilfully to our “sticky” thoughts:
Diet for Depression
Did you know that Omega 3 plays an important role in the chemistry of our moods?
Clinical trials show that depression can be successfully treated in many people by increasing their omega-3 … In one study it was given to people for whom anti-depressants hadn’t worked – and 69% of them improved on the fish oil!
Self-Compassion - the Science
Can Self-Compassion be learnt? And why would you want to bother?
Dr Kristin Neff explains how it works, and outlines the science pointing to a powerful skill-set:
Kristin guides you in a 5-minute practice to thicken your capacity to extend compassion to yourself. Be patient with this: it does work, it does take time, it does help to remember that setting the intention to be compassionate (over and over and over…) is what counts:
More of Kristin’s compassion training:
1) Compassionate Body Scan (20 mins) – this one is usually a good place to start.
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