When you find that history keeps repeating itself, if it’s a negative pattern, it is time to start looking at why. Having the same problem echo over and over like a stuck record can stand in the way of getting to where you want to in your life.

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Life without any emotions can be pretty dull – you need a little light and shade in life to really appreciate the good times.  Also emotions are important – they help you understand where your life is out of balance and give you an indication of what you need to do about it (see https://www.yourempoweredself.co.uk/feelings-unravelled/).

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We all go through difficult times – if you are engaged in life, you can’t avoid them no matter how strong you are, or enlightened. So, since they can’t be avoided, the real question is what you can do to help yourself pull through a difficult time.

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This is Stress Awareness Month so it is a good time to reflect on the signs you may be stressed. Why? Because some people are so good at just pushing through that they miss important warning signs.

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There are many reasons why someone may be carrying more weight than they want to. And it’s rarely as simple as calories-in versus calories-out. Our relationship with food is complicated. We first associate food with comfort when we are born and nurse at our mothers’ breast.

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The expectation of Christmas is one of perfectly orchestrated joy, goodwill, hearty food and glorious gifts. We try so hard to achieve perfection that it really interferes with achieving it at all. Christmas TV ads are tugging at our heartstrings (and our purses).

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I was reading an article about The Crown star Claire Foy for whom the stress of filming, motherhood, and the breakdown of her marriage left her with exhaustion and infection, necessitating six weeks off work.

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Are you the kind of person who allows life to unfold? Or the kind who likes to plan your route? There are pros and cons to both. With the former (allowing life to unfold), you can enjoy the scenery, and any surprises on the way.

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Long working hours, job insecurity, reality TV, materialism and the economy can distract us from what is really important. Whilst we are living in a world where we have many ways of communicating, we are bombarded with so much information – as well as demands on us by our families and work – that we may find ourselves feeling distracted and isolated.

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When two people argue and there seems no way to resolve it, there are factors at play which interfere with the truth. No matter how convinced we are of our ‘rightness’ we see things through a filter of experience, beliefs, deletions and distortions. Not because we want to, but because we have to.

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