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Setting boundaries to avoid compassion fatigue

As a compassionate person, you’re likely called in when someone is in need or you’re there immediately offering your help before anyone can ask. Whether it’s a shoulder to cry on or practical help, you’re used to making yourself available to others.

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Healthy expectation: The perfect balance of motivation and love

Many of us have expectations around what our life should look like and what we want to achieve. Have you ever stopped to consider where your expectations originate from and whether they are actually serving you? Are they a healthy motivator for achieving your goals or are they causing you endless stress and anxiety?

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Finding how you play

We each have our own “play personality”, as discovered in research by Dr Stuart Brown of The National Institute for Play and explored on page 36. According to Stuart’s theory, these personalities are split into different archetypes and it is here that we can discover the sort of playful activities that would best suit our personality.

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Being courageous to have a meaningful relationship

I used to facilitate weekly reflection groups for individuals seeking support with their recovery from an eating disorder. In these groups I invited participants to think of an act of courage they demonstrated in the previous week, to write this down and to share it with the group (if they felt comfortable doing so).

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Connecting with self and nature through your feet

Walking is one of our most natural, intuitive ways of moving. It’s something we learn in our early years of life and is a lifelong tool we can draw on to nurture our health, and not just physically. When practised mindfully, walking can also nourish us mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

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Home is where the heart is

Recently I made the decision to move house. I went from somewhere that was very familiar and comfortable to somewhere that was new and unfamiliar. While I had known deep down for some time that where
I was living no longer felt like home, once I made the actual decision and physically moved, my body’s response confirmed what I already knew.