I took a step back – Now Apple are advising the same!

I have recently taken a step back and a break from my social media. I deleted it from my phone! Having the app on your phone is like having a cupboard full of sweets and chocolate in the house when your trying to loose weight, its just too easy.

Whats interesting about this is that Apple have released a new keynote software update speaking about exactly the same thing; “screen time software.”

This software allows your to access weekly reports of your activity; how much time you are spending on your phone, where you are speeding it. How often you pick up your device and whats drawing you in.

Watch the video to find out all about it!

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My conversation with Gabriela Chang – Ms Miami International

In this great episode I speak with the current Ms Miami International, Gabriela Chang about her journey to this point. She is an inspirational character and has recently become a supporter and spokesperson of many children’s organisations.

In this wide ranging interview she speaks about some of the hardships that she has been through which have give her a perspective in which to relate to some of the young people she is now working with.

Gabriela has so much to give, and her passion and enthusiasm comes across in this video. Please be sure to follow her journey on her website and social media profiles.

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Understanding anxiety and 5 ways to manage it better

Anxiety is something we have all experienced at some stage of our lives. It could be described simply as a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear that can be mild or severe. These fears ad worries are often related to thing which may or may not occur in the future. Anxiety is a natural human response when we perceive that we are under threat.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health issue during our life. 25% of 13-18 year olds suffer from an anxiety disorder and 80% of people diagnosed with an anxiety disorder don’t get any help.

There are many symptoms which I go into in the video and also some of the people I have worked with have given me permission to share how it manifested for them. A big part of anxiety is for us as individuals to decide when it becomes a problem and when it is time to do something about it.

At the end of the video I share 5 ways that we can manage our anxiety better. I hope you find some value in this video and it helps you going forward in dealing with your anxiety.

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Some helpful links I mention in the video

My Vlog on Mindfulness : https://youtu.be/uk3anD3wYvI

Tim Ferris’ Interview with Gabor Mate : https://youtu.be/H9B5mYfBPlY

How to overcome fear and anxiety booklet : https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/overcome-fear-anxiety

Understanding anxiety and panic attacks booklet : https://www.mind.org.uk/media/1892482/mind_anxiety_panic_web.pdf

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A snapshot of the future – Augmented Reality

I was at the park over the weekend and was observing the world going by as I often do, when it struck me that more people than normal had their faces glued to their phone screens. It was only an hour or so later that I realised the reason for this and it was because everyone was playing the augmented realty game Pokemon Go.

Now what is augmented reality? One definition I found is that it is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a users view of the real world thus providing a composite view.

It can also be quite dangerous to have your eyes glued to the phone screen, and towards the end of the Vlog I share a short montage of people getting into trouble because they are not being mindful of the world around them and the dangers it can often present.

The reason for this Vlog is that we have a responsibility to take control of our lives and create the future that we want to see, and not just go with the flow only to wake up in ten years and realise that what we are living is not what we wanted.

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Review of last week & what’s coming next week

In this short episode I reflect on what I learnt and experienced from last week and look forward to what is to come next week.

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How to be mindful – 5 helpful tips for more mindfulness

In this episode I’m talking about all things mindfulness. What is mindfulness? Why practice mindfulness? And also sharing 5 tips to increase your mindfulness practice. By the end of the video you will have all the tools necessary, and know everything you need to begin practicing mindfulness.

I have had a mindfulness practice for close to 10 years now and it has transformed my life, its increased my level of peace and happiness and allowed me to experience every aspect of my life more fully.

The 5 mindfulness tips I share are:

  1. Mindful activities.
  2. Focussing on the breath.
  3. Become aware of the sensations in your body.
  4. Remove distractions.
  5. Include a 10 minute morning meditation into your daily routine.

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30 Day Self-Love Challenge

A positive mind, brings positive vibes, which leads to a positive life!

In yesterdays Vlog I shared some scientific experiments showing what different influences positivity and negativity have on life. See it here! Several of you got in touch sharing how beneficial being nice to yourself had been recently. This prompted me to create this episode on doing a 30 day self-love challenge.

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step in your life. Tip toe if you must, but be sure to take the step.

So join me and many others in this 30 day Self-Love challenge. A little progress each day adds up to big results. Always remember this.

And there is strength in numbers, so be sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel and follow me on facebook here!

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