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Love and Accept Yourself

Mandy X More on Mandy: http://www.mandyjane-lifedesign.com The author of this blog lives in Surrey, UK and offers counselling to couples and individuals. All names have been changed to protect the identity of clients. Personal client stories shared in this blog have been published with prior permission from the relevant clients.

Animals and Therapy

I have always loved animals and feel so happy and relaxed around them. There is something very safe and secure about a relationship with an animal. They love you no matter what, never notice your faults and they are always happy to see you. That in itself is a big bonus in a world where many people are out for …

How To Stay Calm

Life aggravates all of us. At times it just seems as if everything comes at once and I can remember times in the past when I felt as if I was walking a tight rope, teetering precariously between sanity and completely losing the plot.Thankfully, those extreme moments have decreased…perhaps I am mellowing in my old age or perhaps it is …

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Ways to feel good

The mind and body are inextricably linked and it pays to look after both. I have put together a list of recommended ways/places/activities to promote peace and well being: Massage Therapy: Try the Health Club Spa at The Milestone Hotel, in Kensington run by Fiona Keane. The spa offers all the facilities you could want, and is rated for its …

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How to question your beliefs

We all have an inner critic that puts us down and fills us with self doubt. The first step in dealing with this is identifying what the negative thoughts are that you are listening to. Many of us have negative thoughts swirling around constantly and many of these thoughts are below our conscious radar. In other words, we don’t often …

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Stop Making Excuses

Why is it that we avoid doing the very things that we know will be good for us? It is simply a lack of discipline or is there some kind of pay-off for not sticking to our goals? How do you stop making excuses and get stuff done? My guess is that it is a combination of both. In order …

Make the grass greener on your side

You have a lot more control over your life than you realise. Don’t make whiny excuses as to why you can’t get that job or can’t date that person. Who says? Why not? Where’s the rule book that tells you so? Stop limiting your life with nonsense beliefs that do not serve you. Seriously, I used to be a real …

How to Find Your Ideal Partner

I have given this subject a lot of thought, and believe me – I have had my fair share of triumphs and disastrous failures! Ultimately, I do believe that your chances of meeting the right person are maximised when you like and accept yourself. When we value ourselves we project a healthy self image. One that indicates to others how …

Thoughts on Depression

Genetics, as well as the environment, play a role in the appearance of depression. Here are a few thoughts on depression: Belief System: When beliefs are too rigid they can easily be broken. We therefore need to put more defense mechanisms in place (such as denial, suppression of certain thinking) in order to maintain the status quo. In doing this, …

What are your priorities?

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2″ in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor …