Mental Grounding Tools

This blog looks at ten powerful mental grounding tools. All of us could sometimes do with a little grounding! All grounding techniques are designed to do one thing: to help us to connect with the present in a focussed way which gives both our body and mind a chance to…

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Grounding

What is Grounding? People often use the expression “I need to stay grounded” when they feel themselves being pulled too much into overthinking and worrying about things or being pulled into very strong emotions. As a counsellor, I find that knowing and using grounding tools and techniques can make a…

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Happiness

What is happiness and how can we hope to achieve it? That is I suppose one of life's Big Questions and one that we spend most of our lives trying to work out for ourselves! But I think that the work of American Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who I have…

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A State of Flow

What makes a life worth living? What do we really need in order to be happy? If you have ever felt completely absorbed in something, you might have been experiencing a mental state that psychologists refer to as a state of flow. Achieving this state can help people feel greater…

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How to Develop Grit

Mid-way through January 2021, it's a tough time for all of us and most of us are just about hanging on in there by our fingertips - keeping small, keeping safe and trying to keep up our spirits and those of the people we love (but whom we may well…

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Grit
Angela Duckworth TED Talks Education, at the BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater. Filmed April 4, 2013. Photo: Ryan Lash

Grit

How are we coping with the new lockdown restrictions and worries about the pandemic as we go into 2021? Silly question - it's a tough time for all of us and most of us are just about hanging on in there by our fingertips - keeping small, keeping safe and…

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How to Build Resilience

On this second day of 2021, we are all very aware of some tough months ahead as we wait for the Covid vaccine to be rolled out in Ireland. We have undergone exceptional levels of stress over the past year and I think most of us feel that our reserves…

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Resilience

We are approaching the end of 2020 knowing we will have a different Christmas and New Year experience to past ones. And when we look ahead to 2021 we can have a sense of optimism now that a vaccine is becoming available - but also a sense of uncertainty and…

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Is Stress Good or Bad?
Kelly McGonigal speaks at TEDGlobal 2013: Think Again. June 12-15, 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: James Duncan Davidson / TED

Is Stress Good or Bad?

The Covid 19 pandemic has affected all of us in many ways. We don't yet know what Christmas will look like, and although although we now have the welcome news that vaccines will become available, we don't know  when and we don't know what is in store for us in…

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Strategies for Managing Uncertainty

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. —Victor Frankl.  This is the third of three blogs about uncertainty - this one focusing on strategies for managing uncertainty. As human beings, we crave security - having a sense of control over ourselves,…

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Reduce Stress by Managing Uncertainty

Reduce Stress by Managing Uncertainty When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. —Victor Frankl This blog looks at ways we can reduce stress by managing uncertainty. As I wrote in my previous blog, human beings crave security. We  need to have…

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