Festive stress season

Nicola - Monday, November 30, 2015



Christmas is listed as a stressful life event. So whilst the festive season may be a wonderful and joyous time for some people enjoying warm social/family gatherings, it can be a traumatic and stressful period for others.

There are multiple reasons way this time of year becomes some people’s worst nightmare. Unsure how to manage the family / social / holiday period – plan ahead. Be proactive and address your need for ‘protection’.

• Be kind and nurture yourself – build self-compassion
• Book time with people/places where you feel good so you can top up your positive experiences
• Try something new – shake it up, arrange things at a different time / place – or get out of town
• Volunteer or support a charity organisation to assist others
• Take along a guest support person to obligatory events
• Limit your exposure to negative interactions – change seats, be busy helping so you can move around, set a time to leave
• Give yourself a gift or treat just because you are you

Best wishes and travel safely through any events and holidays, and may 2016 be a year of health, kindnesses and joy.

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Healing contact

Nicola - Monday, November 30, 2015

Helping hand

Isolation hurts. Loneliness is a serious threat to body, brain and mind health.  It is incredible that a sense of loneliness – an intangible feeling – leads to tangible changes in the body.  Specifically, researchers have now discovered the mechanisms by which being lonely reduces health – it changes white blood cells, reducing immunity and increasing inflammation. These two are linked to a cascade of health problems for the body and ultimately the brain, hence loneliness is associated with increased morbidity and mortality.

Summer and the festive season are very difficult periods for people who feel isolated, stranded or alone.  Consider reaching out in the spirit of the festive season to those you know who might be feeling lonely.  A text, a phone call, an old fashioned card, an hello over the fence, a smile…. may be the best gifts you can give. “Happiness never decreases by being shared.” —The 14th Dalai Lama

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Happiness & its Causes

Nicola - Monday, November 30, 2015


A brain for life will be the topic presented by Dr Nicola Gates for the thousands of participants at the 2016 annual conference Happiness and its Causes. Learn how life-style and mind-style determine your happiness – its all neuroscience after all.