Get Mindful

There are simple things we can do everyday to improve how we feel and this section is full of inspiration to help us look after ourselves and others.

Everyday maintenance of our mental health is not just a necessary part of life, but it helps us to thrive and feel our best.

Nature: The benefits of Early Morning Sunlight

Rise and shine, get up, look East! It's time to bask in the golden glow of early morning sunlight. You might think those first few rays are just a pleasant start to the day, but they're super beneficial for both body and mind.

Nature: Forest Bathing

Ever heard of forest bathing? And no, it's not a bath in the forest although I’m sure that would be wonderful too.

Nature: The Sit Spot

A sit spot is a favourite place in nature that you visit regularly to cultivate awareness as you expand your senses and study patterns of nature. It can become like an anchor in your life. 

Nature: Bring the Outdoors In
Catherine Wells

Not everyone has or can access nature easily or everyday, but fret not, here’s a list of ways that you can bring nature into your home.

Nature: Why it's Essential to Wellbeing
Catherine Wells

Let’s delve into the incredible relationship between nature and our well-being. And now, backed by science, we know it's the real deal. 

Somatic: Butterfly Hug
Catherine Wells

This is a somatic practice to help with nervous system regulation. You can use this if you feel anxious, scattered or dysregulated.

Somatics: To Manage Emotions

The body talks to the brain - we just have to learn the language, try these simple Somatic exercises when your feeling anxious, sad, angry, stress or overthinking.

Somatic: Self Hug

Introducing the self-hug, a simple yet incredibly impactful practice that can boost your well-being and foster self-compassion.

Somatic: Get Your Daily D.O.S.E
Catherine Wells

Ever wondered how you can have a steady flow of happiness chemicals? Our brain's chemical quartet - Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins (D.O.S.E) - are like nature's own happiness potion.

What are Somatic Exercises?
Catherine Wells

Gain some insight into the realm of somatic practices. Simply put, somatic exercises use the profound connection between our body and our well-being.

Happiness: The Power of Pets

You know what's truly underrated? The power of our furry, feathery, and scaly companions – those lovable pets who bring so much joy and warmth into our lives! 

Happiness: In Focus

Fancy finding a way to discover a simple yet scientifically supported way to increase happiness in your life? We spoke with Catherine Wells Occupational Therapist to find out her top tips.

Happiness: Screen Free Bedtime Bliss

We are so attached to our devices, to feel connected, to stay up to date and to distract ourselves. Find 10 bedtime rituals to replace screen time and aid sleep, reduce anxiety and increase happiness.

Happiness: The Pursuit

Happiness is more than just a fleeting emotion; it's a state of being. At its core, this Happiness Jar activity is a practice of gratitude—a daily ritual that invites us to shift our focus from scarcity to abundance. 

Anxiety: Legs Up The Wall Pose
Catherine Wells

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose is a restorative yoga posture that offers a wealth of benefits, making it a great choice for those wishing to lessen anxiety or worry.

Anxiety: 5 Simple Practices

Simple practices integrated into your daily routine can make a significant impact on your overall mood and anxiety levels in just a week!

Anxiety: Orient to Safety

A user Joined the Conversation by asking for a practice that helps reduce anxiety. Catherine Wells, Occupational Therapist suggests giving Orienting a go.

Meditation: 6 Barriers for Newbies

Knowing the hurdles you might face as a beginner can really help. Plus we've a bonus, easy-peasy meditation for you to try that won't take up any of your time.

Journaling, not sure where to start?

You can write a novel, jot down a few bullet points, or even sketch your thoughts. It's your space to be as creative or straightforward as you want.

12 Reasons you should start Journaling

Ever thought about giving journaling a try? It's far more than just putting pen to paper.

Beginners: Guided Grounding Visualisation Meditation

Can you get to grass, barefoot for about 5 minutes? Then this short meditation is for you. Visualisation Meditations hit differently, especially for those of us that struggle with standard meditation.

Candle Meditation
Catherine Wells

Experts and some research suggest that candle gazing meditation can help enhance cognitive function, mental health, and reduce anxiety.

Meditation: A Beginners Guide to Visualization
Catherine Wells

Occupational Therapist explores what visualisation meditations are, how they work, and why they can be a powerful tool for your well-being.

Meditation - Yoga Nidra
Catherine Wells

Yoga Nidra translates as “sleeping yoga”. It is practiced lying down, in comfort and stillness. As the name suggests - it is a wonderful meditation to support sleep.

Walking Meditation
Catherine Wells

We often think of meditation as somebody sitting serenely cross legged, but you can engage in meditation through activities too.

Not sure if Meditation is for you?
Catherine Wells

Can you take a couple of minutes now to pause, be still and engage in a short meditation? This meditation utilises the power of breath, soft focus vision and visualisation. 


The Benefits of Meditation
Catherine Wells

Meditation has been around for thousands of years, and it has only been in recent years that science has proven what many have always known - meditation works. Even with only a few weeks of a consistent practice, many of the benefits of meditation can be experienced.

Gratitude - Helper Practice
Catherine Wells

This gratitude practice is really quick and effective! It can promote many aspects of positive mental and physical health. Try this for a few minutes, a few times a week.

Gratitude - Story Practice
Catherine Wells

We are a species of storytellers. Stories are at the centre of human existence. This is one of the reasons that this gratitude practice using the power of story has been seen to be one of the most powerful and effective gratitude practices.

Gratitude - Three Good Things
Catherine Wells

Can you find something to be grateful for even on the grey days? While taking this video, I was grateful for seeing flying ducks, hearing the crashing waves, and how you can hardly tell where the sky stops and the sea starts.

The Positive Effects of Gratitude

We absolutely know that an effective and consistent, gratitude practice can have huge long term positive effects on mental and physical health. 

Breathing Meditation
Catherine Wells

Find a quiet spot and take a few minutes to just breathe fully using these three basic principles.

Super Oxygenation Breathing
Catherine Wells

There are many potential benefits associated with this breathing technique including heightened immunity, enhanced focus and an increase in energy.

Breathwork for Relaxation
Catherine Wells

Catherine Wells, Occupational Therapist, show us how to use your breath to initiate a relaxation response in the body.

Try the Physiological Sigh
Catherine Wells

This is a fast, effective, way to get our bodies out of the stress response in real time. 

Alternative Nostril Breathing
Catherine Wells

This simple breathing exercise which has been seen to lower, stress & anxiety and improve memory & focus, give it a try!

Why You Should Try Breathwork
Catherine Wells

Breathwork practices can have a profound effect on our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. 

I Find It Really Hard to Be Present or Mindful, Any Advice for Beginners?
Emma Doran

Mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion.

How Can Mindfulness Help Me?
Emma Rea

“Mindfulness” is everywhere. But what can it really do to help your mental health and does it actually work?

Your Guide To EFT
Nigel & Karen Comer

Your guide to EFT. Learn how EFT can help with anxiety, depression, fears, phobias, physical pain, PTSD and much more.

Using EFT
Rebecca Taggart

My name is Rebecca, 18, and I was introduced to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) because I get very overwhelmed and uncomfortable when I feel stressed

What Is Mindfulness?

When it comes to wellness and feeling better in our minds, there are a few healthy habits we can adopt in everyday life which can make a big difference to how we feel.



If you are experiencing distress or are in a mental health crisis please contact
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