Make more time for the things you love

Estée Lalonde shared a YouTube video outlining the five things for which she wants to make more time. Included in her list were yoga, pottery, museums, reading and being offline. It got me thinking how can we create more time for the things we really want to do? Make sure you’re doing things you really want to do It sounds obvious I know. But sometimes we feel we should do something and don’t ask ourselves whether we really want to do…

Compassionate commitment: Do the things you love

Alfie Deyes released a video discussing how to stay motivated. In it he speaks about how you should spend all of your spare time doing the things you love, pointing out that you can’t spend all day wishing (for example) you could be an artist but never painting. It is an obvious statement, passionately and enthusiastically communicated by someone who has proved that investing time in the things you love can, indeed, lead to unimaginable, life-changing outcomes. Of course, the…

Draw a mandala: How to quieten the mind

Colouring books for adults frequently contain mandalas – beautiful circular drawings. But why not draw a mandala of your own? Jung used to draw a mandala daily and made the following observation: I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, … which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. … Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is: … the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all…

How to listen to sad music you love and stay well

Research has revealed that listening to music that resonates with painful emotions may detrimentally alter our levels of anxiety, anger or sadness. This link between music and mood is a serious one: our choices potentially have a long-term impact on the brain and emotional regulation. Emily Carlson, a music therapist and the main researcher states: We hope our research encourages music therapists to talk with their clients about their music use outside the session … and encourages everyone to think about how the different…

Get better sleep: 3 beautiful lullabies for grown-ups

I was in Cardiff’s Virgin Megastore at the time and I was searching for something that soothed. I happened upon an album called The Bairns (Rachel Unthank and The Winterset). It featured a track called “Newcastle Lullaby” and my obsession with the idea of lullabies for adults was born. If lullabies worked to comfort children, why were more people not exploring the idea of lullabies for adults? Could adults be soothed to sleep by being wrapped up in a gentle blanket…

How helpful are colouring books for adults?

Bookshops have been awash with publications on mindfulness for a while now. Most recently the colouring book for adults has been taking over the bookshelves. I am a little skeptical about the idea of being able to acquire the state of mindfulness from a book. Don’t misunderstand me – I would love to give into the colouring craze. But I think there is something about the culture of commercialisation that feels completely at odds with the experience of mindfulness. We…