Turns out that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind

Excessive mind-wandering has consistently been shown to correlate with mental conditions such as anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD, and general unhappiness. To put it simply, the more time we are spending in our heads, the greater the likelihood that we will suffer. From personal experience, I can vouch for this.

Our minds are naturally inclined to think more negatively than positively. Evolutionarily speaking, this served a purpose. To keep our minds switched on to the swathes of potential threats our ancestors were susceptible to. Much has changed since our ancestors’ days…


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The battle of overcoming self-sabotaging behaviors is a challenging one as the enemy lies within

Ah, self-sabotage. We have met many times as I am sure we will again. There is no greater guilt than the one felt when we fail at the hands of our own behavior. The broken relationships, the missed opportunities, the goals never met, and the wellbeing of ourselves…


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Now, to the topic of today, purpose.

As of late, I have been questioning my purpose more so than I ever have. Maybe it is within my nature of being an introspective, big thinker, but it’s difficult for me not to ponder questions regarding our place in the world. The mere subject of existentialism is something that fascinates…


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Here in the UK, we are nearing the end of a 3rd — and hopefully the last! — national lockdown. I think it’s safe to say that most of us are feeling the effects of the past year by now. I know I sure am. Lack of routine has affected my work and a series of other events I won’t get into have led to my self-worth taking a hit. …


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We all have bad habits and I am definitely no stranger to them. On my quest to becoming the person I wish to be, I have several bad habits and pitfalls that I have to avoid daily in order to keep progressing. I would like to share them with you. I am also in a ranting mood so here we are. …


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Do you ever have moments where you become totally engrossed in a task? Moments of complete immersion where time seems to stop and action and awareness swing naturally from one to another? Where past and future thinking fade to the back as the present moment and the task at hand becomes our sole purpose? These are flow states and that is what we are talking about today.

Flow states were first acknowledged by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and as I mentioned prior, is a term used to describe those states of total concentration…


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“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts,I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself” — Haruki Murakami

At some point in our lives, we will all be faced with hardship. It is inevitable. Be that 5 years deep into a career…


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We all feel low from time to time and some of us more than others. If you are someone who suffers from low mood or depression, then you will understand the the lack of motivation that can often accompany these states of mind. I wanted to make a quick post on the subtle things you can do to boost your mood without deep-diving into the depths of self-inquiry because let’s be honest, sometimes we just don’t want to do…


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Ken Page, the writer of Deeper Dating, talks about two different attractions that lead us down two very different routes; Attractions of deprivation and attractions of inspiration. Being able to differentiate between the two is essential because whilst one is incredibly passionate, intense, and inevitably addictive, the other will lead you to the long-lasting love you so deeply desire. As Ken Page says;

“Learn how to recognize the difference between your attractions of deprivation and your attractions of inspiration, which is not always so…


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I talk a lot about striving for goals, challenging your anxieties, letting go of resistance, and just about anything else regarding self-development but one thing I have not spoken about is just taking a break. You know why? Because I am awful at doing it.

See, I would like to put it down to being a growth-focused individual and trying to maximise my time, but there is a fine line between productive work and excessive overworking. I have a habit…

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