Why diets fail

Following fad diets can be a losing battle for people intent on shedding kilos. We are all familiar with the evidence that proves the latest diet is a winner. A photo of an overweight person in baggy clothes looking glum next to another picture of them at a more healthy weight looking well-groomed and happy.…

Seasonal affective disorder

Moods for all seasons If you notice your sunny disposition begins to turn frosty as winter approaches, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder. Here’s how 
to banish those winter blues and stay sunny side up all year round. Is it north facing?” I demanded when my long-suffering partner said he had found a property…

Emotional intelligence

By enhancing your emotional and spiritual intelligence you can open up new doors to health, happiness, success and new thinking. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know, said Ernest Hemingway. Few writers of the 20th century were so widely admired as Hemingway whose economy of style and fierce intelligence created famous novels…

The secrets of ageing well

New research shows a positive attitude about getting older can significantly alter how long we live and even how young we look. Ageing is often equated with loss of beauty, loss of function (slowing down, losing memory, increasing frailty and dependency), sometimes a sense of stagnation or disease (arthritis, Alzheimer’s) and social isolation or loneliness.…

Help for worrying

When worry visits… Getting skilful with worry. Instructions: Many people find that their minds are consumed with worry.  The following guide may help reduce the time you spend with worry and rumination.  This technique has been shown to be effective with worries and may be part of treatment for people who have anxiety disorders. 1. …

A simple way to practice mindfulness

Boost mindfulness by bringing awareness to an everyday activity, like hanging out the washing or showering. I knew I had to take my own advice on living in the moment recently when I reviewed my routine in the morning: On my way to the shower I turned on the computer, checked emails, checked the NZ…

Emotional and spiritual intelligence

The first step to emotional and spiritual intelligence is learning to reflect on your inner life. Many people see a psychologist because they are confused by the dissatisfaction they feel in their work or relationships. They speak of being restless, unsettled and feeling like they don’t have a plan for their lives. Such people have…

Shake the habit

Do you have a habit that you wish to change – smoking, overeating, binge drinking – but don’t seem to make any progress? Maybe it is because you are applying a change technique which is not matched to the situation you are in. Many professionals who help people with behaviour change will know it can…

Exercises for relaxation

Relaxation Guide for those who are tense  Instructions: Many people find that their bodies are tense and they are experiencing muscle aches/pains.  The following exercises may help reduce your level of body tension and have been shown in the scientific literature to be effective when anxiety visits, particularly for those who have body tension and…