In 2008, an organisation called the New Economics Foundation developed a set of five evidence-based actions for a New Zealand government report on wellbeing. They called these actions the Five Ways to Wellbeing. After extensive research, they came to the conclusion that wellbeing does not depend on spending money or consuming more. Wellbeing depends on the … Continue reading 5 Ways to Wellbeing
A little bit of stress can be healthy, but too much stress is dangerous. I’ve already explained what happens to your body when you’re stressed. Now I’d like to explain how to deal with too much stress. There are three important steps to getting your nervous systems back in balance: recognise how much stress is … Continue reading How to deal with stressful situations
Stress is often seen as something negative nowadays, but it’s actually a very smart and useful system. Our body is perfectly built to deal with stressful (dangerous) situations. When we get into a stressful situation, we automatically select one of the following reactions: flight, fight or freeze. This was particularly useful in prehistoric times. Back … Continue reading What happens to your body when you’re stressed?
I hate crying (must not show weakness!) but occasionally I do break down and cry. I cry when I’m sad, when I’m angry, when I’m frustrated and even sometimes when I’m happy. I always feel better, often relieved, after crying but also slightly ashamed. Crying makes me feel weak. There’s such a stigma around crying. … Continue reading In defense of tears