Well Being

ARE YOU (OVER-)THINKING IT OVER?

If you try to comprehend air before breathing it in, you will die ~ said a wise person (not me) once. As soon as I read this quote, it gave me pause. You see, I have been known to be a little over-analytical. That sound you can hear now, is…

Is your happiness in your hands?

As an actress I spend most of my time surrounded by highly creative people and over that time I have come to realise that 99% of people in the entertainment industry suffer from mental illness, particularly depression. The sad truth is that almost a good 50% of all these people…

Empower yourself- know your medication

Empower yourself. Know your medication It is important for me with a diagnosis of bipolar to raise awareness about the severity of side effects of medication. We are all too ignorant (unintentionally of course) and uneducated about the little pills we are asked to swallow to treat our symptoms for…

Are you doing the right training for your goal?

To select the correct training for your personal goal(s) you first need to know what your goal is! Do you know what your goal is? As in, could you write it down right now? To really know what your goal is, you also have to be prepared to be totally honest…

LIVE TOO DEFENSIVELY & YOU WON’T LIVE AT ALL

A man raised a baby swan in a glass jar, but as the bird grew it became stuck in the jar. The man was caught now, for the only way to free the thing was to break the jar, killing the swan ~ Zen proverb We have probably all experienced,…

How to be successful

To Be, Or Not To Be? That Is The Question: When you think differently, you do differently. You can decide to be or not to be a positive person. What I will share with you will change the course of your life. It’s not magic, it’s as simple as choosing…

World Mental Health Week

World Mental Health Week It is World Mental Health Day today and I’ve been busy campaigning. I have social networked to the point of stalking, fundraised (and continue to) for UK mental health charity MIND and blogged with determination as well as share my story and poetry throughout The Cube’s…

Ask the Therapist – Breast Implants

Breast Implants – The Feminist Issue There are certain conversations that women prefer to have with other women: periods, childbirth and .. *drum-roll* .. breast implants.  I think these three issues make up the core issues of what separates us women from the men-folk. Ever tried discussing any one of…

We all need purpose

What can I say? We all need a purpose in life. We often forget that those with mental health problems, particularly in the case of depression, lose that purpose and question their place in life. I did. I had it all, seemingly. I had a beautiful flat, senior management job,…

YOU CAN BE ANYONE, WHY NOT BE SOMEONE?

Close your eyes and visualise who you want to be, because the first step for getting what you want is to know what you want. Without knowing which direction you want to travel in, no wind is favourable; you must first chart your course, before you can set your sail….

Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra Svadhistasana– sweet place of one’s own Colour: orange Element: water How are you feeling today? Ask yourself. How AM I feeling right now? The journey we’re taking in this article is growing up from the solid and stable container of the root chakra; we are now treading the…

Cosmetic Surgery: Caveat Emptor-Buyer Beware

Cosmetic Surgery Support is out there… Cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are more popular than ever.  Did you know that this industry is still largely unregulated. We may believe that because the person who is injecting us is a doctor or a nurse that we are in safe hands…

Faith: Evidence of Things Unseen

What is faith if it doesn’t endure when we are tested the most? This is the question I asked a mentee of mine (Adam) earlier this week, whilst he was trying to persuade me a long-standing project should end, be terminated…should cease to be. Adam was clearly demoralised, he’d lost…

Conscious parenting: 3 ways of lovingly disciplining your children

Conscious parenting: 3 ways of lovingly disciplining your children   In recent news, I read an article that reported how a 13-year-old girl had jumped to her death. Her father publicly humiliated her by posting an embarrassing video online to try and teach her a lesson in how he thought…

B Real with Bipolar

Be Real with Bipolar When I first started speaking and writing about mental health, I promised myself to always be real. With good health and confidence it is fantastically easy but the challenge has been when the ill health sets in. How can one positively impact the world of mental…

HOW TO MANAGE THE LAWNMOWER OF LIFE

Whilst preparing the garden before cutting the grass – having already cleared away the “product” of the entire cast of the neighbourhood’s Aristocats – I happened upon a snail. This snail, who I have named Nials, was minding his own business munching on a leaf of some indeterminate plantage, which…

Push vs Flow

A mentee asked me the following question yesterday: “Don’t your messages to push on, march forth and then go with the flow contradict each other?” This is an excellent question, and I can understand why an apparent contradiction exists in the eyes of some. If this question has occurred to…

Your life is not a do-it-yourself project.

Your life is not a do-it-yourself project. 3 ways you can have more support in your life. ‘I have nobody to rely on’, ‘ there is no one to take care of my business’, I often hear these words from many of my clients who find life challenging because they…

How to grow yourself up

Have you ever been knocked down in life? Beset by seemingly insurmountable problems, obstacles and perhaps even betrayal or heartbreak? Well, I believe it happens to us all, because it is through these trying and arduous experiences, that give us the chance to grow and become more than we once…

The Dark World of the Eating Disorder

The Dark World of the Eating Disorder By Fliss Baker My last article talked about body image but I wanted to extend into the deeper world of the associative eating disorder because of the growing increase and level of severity. We know that we associate feelings with food and often…

It pays to engage with charm

Charm is the power of delighting, attracting and fascinating others, and having the ability to influence benignly; so why wouldn’t you? Perhaps it’s just me, but I am becoming increasingly aware of the levels of aggression we’re encountering these days, as opposed to the 1800’s when I was a child….

Always look to the future…

I’m not gonna lie.   The last few weeks have been ‘bleep’ ‘bleep’ ‘bleepin’ awful. Due a medication mix up I now find myself back in a psychiatric hospital but thankfully I still have access to my writing! Sometimes you really wonder how you can get past the next second,…

A Letter to My 11 Year Old Self…..

A letter to my 11 year old self…… Dear Me, You don’t know this yet, but you are going to be just fine. You will grow up to be successful, have true friends and look back at your childhood as happy. I know you don’t see this whilst you lay…

The Answer To Your Problems is to…

Begin. That really is the simple solution towards many of our problems. We ruminate, we over think, procrastinate; we second guess ourselves and doubt. We give latitude to the negative self-talk committee in our heads and before we know it, the negative self-talk committee has secured another victory at our…

Be strong – Never forget who you are

When the world seems calm, your life is running at a manageable and productive rate and family and friends are good, ultimately, your life is balanced. Ok ladies, that might be your impossible dream but for me things were like that. As you know my passion lies within the work…

In Need Of A Relax? Just Relax Yoga Retreats Is The Answer

Just Relax Yoga Yoga Retreats with Rebecca Opyrchal-Keenaghan DATE 21st – 28th June 2015 LOCATION Ekincik, Turkey Chakra Yoga Ekincik is one of those well kept secrets for travellers who treasure and prefer rest, peace and natural beauty. A perfect place to read, sit and relax. The hotel has extensive…

Hop, Skip or Lunge into Spring!

Spring is all about change and growth. Warmth and light are starting to return and it feels great, right? We also have changed. You are not the same person you were yesterday let alone last year. To honor this inner and outer change of seasons I’ve developed a Yoga sequence…

Valentines Giveaway!

Love starts….. with loving yourself ! We at Those London Chicks are in Love with Beatitude’s amazing range of sumptuous oils. They offer  oils for the bath, body and your face that are easily absorbed and avoid any greasy, oily feeling often associated with traditional oil based products. The Beatitude…

SEED: Dealing with Christmas – Gemma Oaten

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat… That Christmas song used to put the fear of god in me. There I was dreading the day of the 25th December fast approaching. Tormented inside and out, not sleeping, on edge, and some little kids are stood at my front door…

The Yoga Files – Pre Xmas Cleanse

Super Simple Pre-festive Madness Cleanse Artichoke supplements -check High strength milk thistle – check Regular breath work……erm…….nope? Ok maybe you haven’t had the artichoke pills or milk thistle elixir either, but lets begin with the breath as all good Yoga practices should. Most of us are becoming more aware of…