Many people ignore the connection between mind and body, but the health of one is integral to the wellbeing of the other. Resident psychotherapist Leilani Mitchell gives her own 'hands on' views on overall health.
As well as being a Psychotherapist and Counsellor, I am a qualified masseuse and have received several years of bodywork therapy. I've always been interested in physical as well as psychological health and the link between the two.
Psychotherapist Leilani Mitchell explains how psychological toxins can be as poisonous to our wellbeing as chemical toxins.
The more we know about toxins and chemicals the more we realise the affect they have on our health. This is also true of what we call psychological toxins. These are the negative messages that we often use to blame, shame and condemn ourselves. Depending on the people around you and the decisions you made when you were growing up, you may have supportive nurturing internal voices or you may have more destructive, 'toxic' voices.
Leilani Mitchell gives a personal view on the emotions involved in loosing a loved one.
Grief is something we all go through at some point in our lives. At 42, I have had more then my fair share - my brother died when I was 20, my sister died when I was 34 and my father died last year. I know about grief from the inside. One of the things that has been useful to me in my own grieving process is having some understanding of what is going on for me. We can loosely look at loss in two ways - simple and complicated.
Death and grief are subjects that most of us try to avoid talking about, yet at some point in our lives we will lose someone close to us and death is an inevitable outcome in our own life.
So is positive grieving possible? This month we have read a few books, which have handled this delicate subject with grace, humour and dignity. Having lost family members as a child, I know only too well the impact it can have on how you perceive life and death and congratulate these authors on dealing with this difficult subject.
The next time you use your age as the reason for having a 'senior moment' or put your lapse in concentration down to 'brain fade', ponder the thought that this once accepted inevitability could be avoided or at least improved.
Over the last few years the word 'mind gym' and 'brain train' have become increasingly popular, there was no escaping the constant advertising campaign this Christmas of Nintendos' DS, inspiring users to 'train their brain' and test their little grey cells.
Our resident psychotherapist, Leilani Mitchell, advises on how to embrace the new year and beyond.
It's that time of year again - the evenings are dark, the cold, wet weather is here and last year is a memory. This is when people often make decisions about the future - resolutions to lose weight, to change jobs, to give up chocolate. If you've already fallen off the particular 'wagon' that you set yourself, don't worry.
Every now and then you may hear someone say that they are on their "Journey", but what does it actually mean?
It was a phrase I came across a few years ago and thought it was something mystical, spiritual and possibly unobtainable to someone like me, who had no strong religious beliefs and whose sole purpose was to make sure the mortgage and bills were paid.
Why could that be? How did it feel? A dyslexic person might be confronted by this confusion each time they open a book, look at a newspaper headline or try to decipher a menu and, some of those can be pretty confusing for most of us! Confusion is the result of the dyslexic thinking style - but by understanding that style and making it work for you, can mean the dyslexia is no longer a problem.
When did we become such an angry nation? Short tempered, rude, stressed, always focusing on problems rather than solutions. You only have to pop down to the local supermarket to see drivers aggressively parking their cars, parents shouting at their children and shoppers huffing and puffing at the person in the queue for taking time to chat to the assistant at the till.