The new approach to therapy delivered straight to your door

Therapy has traditionally involved leaving your house to speak to a professional, before evolving over lockdown to take place virtually in the comfort of your own home.

Now it is taking another twist, with the world’s first therapy subscription box.

This means, if talking is not your thing, then you can learn to boost wellbeing solo.

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Therapy Unboxed is proud to present six different self-help kits, all with different focuses such as feelings, thoughts, or beliefs and behaviours.

The brainchild of counselling and psychotherapy master’s student, Maxine Grundy, she wanted to create a tool to help people truly get to grips with how the mind works.

Speaking about her invention, Maxine said: “How often have you said, ‘I’m just having a bad day, week, month, or even year?’ But is that really true? And why do you feel that way?

“You’ll be relieved to hear you’re not entirely to blame. Your brain is wired to pay more attention to negative emotions than positive ones, this is a survival mechanism from thousands of years ago.”

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Maxine continued: “We tend to overgeneralise too. We experience an event a couple of times and decide it’s always going to be like that.

“We also ignore any experiences that challenge or contradict how we feel; it makes us forget about the good times.”

Maxine says that by increasing awareness of what we’re feeling and why, it can help us to spot patterns, identify triggers, and most importantly set goals to regain control.

Inside the boxes, there are an array of activities, including a guide on where emotions come from that explains why we experience them and what influences them.

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As a taster, one of the items is the I’ve Got A Feeling deck of 40 cards covering a range of positive and negative feelings that can help you explore and understand your emotions.

Here at InspoDaily, we’re fans of The Feel-Lings, a set of six soft toys with different expressions to help start a conversation or show others how you’re feeling without having to say it out loud.

If you’ve ever seen the Pixar movie Inside Out, they’re like a real-life version of the characters.

There is also a Wheel of Feels, a tracker to record and analyse how you feel on a daily basis.

The boxes strive to help people get to the root of their issue without having to spend large amounts of money on therapy sessions before they even find out what the problem is. 

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Maxine said: “The idea with these boxes is to help people identify what the root cause is, what the issues are, and what about their life they want to work on.

“By the end, they will either resolve it themselves because the self-help has helped, or they would be in a position where, if they went to face-to-face counselling, they will know what they want to work on and do so rather than spending money on figuring it out.”

While the subscriptions do not profess to replace the concept of counselling, they can complement it or even be sufficient for self-aware people who are in tune with their emotions.

In addition to the boxes, Maxine also offers face-to-face counselling for those in Manchester or phone/video call sessions for people outside the area.

For more info, click here: Therapy Unboxed.

Eye yoga takes wellbeing world by storm: Find out how you can do it

It sounds like a storyline from a Netflix comedy, a bunch of new age hipsters sitting around doing eye yoga to keep the fitness levels of their peepers in tip-top shape.

But turns out eye yoga IS a thing and it’s booming in popularity.

While the practice is fast-becoming the in-thing in wellbeing circles, it gained credibility after Paul McCartney praised the exercises for improving his eyesight.

The Beatles star said he first started the process during a trip to India, revealing to Jessie Ware on her podcast Table Manners that he has noticed immediate improvements.

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Paul explained: “I learned it off some yogi. He explained that your eyes are muscles whereas your ears aren’t, so you can’t exercise your ears. But your eyes, you can.

“It’s pretty good stuff. It makes sense if they are muscles. I don’t know if it means that that’s why I don’t need glasses when I’m reading a newspaper. It’s a good idea.”

But how exactly does eye yoga work?

Fortunately, you don’t need a one-to-one with a yogi in India as optician Sharon Copeland at Feel Good Contacts has loaned her expertise with a how-to guide.

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She believes that the exercises can condition and strengthen the eye area, although does stress there is currently limited scientific evidence to enforce its full range of benefits.

Sharon said: “There is some evidence to show it can help eye strain.

“Eye yoga might be something worth considering if you spend your days staring at a computer screen for long periods of time and suffer from computer vision syndrome.”

So, to give your eyeballs a break from Google stalking, check out the suggestions below and be sure to remove your glasses or contact lenses before beginning.

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Eye rolling

  • With your eyes staring straight ahead, rotate your eyes up toward the ceiling
  • Roll your eyes to the far right
  • Roll your eyes to the floor
  • Roll your eyes to the far left
  • Roll your eyes back to the ceiling, then move your eyes straight ahead
  • Repeat up to four times, changing direction each time

Blinking

  • Blink 10 times in quick succession
  • Close your eyes, concentrate on breathing calmly for 30 seconds
  • Repeat up to five times

Sideways glance

  • Look straight ahead and hold your left arm outstretched in front of you, with your thumb pointing straight up
  • Move your thumb to the far left and back in front of you, following your thumb with your eyes as you do so
  • Repeat this exercise on the opposite side, using your right thumb

Palming

  • Sit in a comfortable position in a dark room
  • Rub your palms together quickly until you start to feel the heat between them
  • Cup your palms over your eyes, without pressing against the closed eyes
  • Concentrate on the warmth and darkness, this is a good exercise to use in meditation practice

Cross-eyed gaze

  • Hold one of your arms out straight with your thumb point upwards
  • Following your thumb with your eyes as you bring the thumb up to your nose
  • Hold this position for a moment, focusing on the thumb, before outstretching your arm again
  • Repeat this exercise five times, then close your eyes and rest

In addition to eye yoga, Sharon advised getting blue light blocking glasses to help reduce eye strain when using digital devices and/or an eye mask to relieve overworked eyes.

Get your hair to its beautiful best… with items from the kitchen cupboard

Whether kicking back watching TV, scrolling through socials, or passing billboards in the street, we’re all exposed to the wallpaper of our world – adverts.

These ads, especially when it comes to hair, serve as a constant reminder that the answer to what we need is in fancy bottles and vitamin extracts we can’t pronounce.

Yet all of that messaging is about to get turned upside down as the best way to whip it back and forth is the natural way, and by that we mean items from your kitchen cupboards.

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Hair care whizz Montreece Soares made her first deep conditioner with yogurt, honey and eggs back in 2013 and has never looked back.

She has since gone on to kickstart her company, Dare To Be Natural, which promotes the concept that ‘hair food’ should be nourishing not punishing and that you should rock your locks as they are.

Montreece said: “As women, some of us have bought into the myth that our hair is not beautiful, is unruly and unattractive.

“It is an expressive piece of who we are as people. Being natural in every way is part of being who we are meant to be. We​ are beautiful people with amazing gifts, talents and attributes.”

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While Montreece feels empowered to embrace what her mama gave her, it was a long road that took years of perming, straightening and putting heat on her hair which damaged it.

She said: “Desperate for a hair change, after the passing of my son, I wore the same wig every day for a year and let my hair heal.

“Along the way, I discovered that making my own hair products, with natural ingredients only, gave me control over what I used to nourish my hair, several years later, here we are.”

Montreece’s mission is to now help people feel less afraid to accept their hair and establish a healthy routine that suits them as an individual.

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Still championing her essentials from the cupboards, Montreece has graduated onto other ingredients including shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E.

All of these top notch (and also natural) elements, help seal in moisture, keep the hair follicles healthy, ease itching and reduce a flaky scalp.

If you have ever looked on the back of a shampoo bottle and seen the loooong list of items, including alcohol and thickening agents, it’s no wonder that 40% of global beauty consumers are now demanding a rise in natural and organic cosmetics on offer.

To get involved, click here: Dare To Be Natural.

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How to reprogramme your mind to think positive thoughts

You may have read that affirmations can lead you down the path of healing yet repeating ‘I am beautiful’ or ‘I am enough’ aloud might feel really alien.

Only by understanding the power of mantras can we recognise their worth.

The real value in why they are important lies with how they can reprogramme your subconscious mind, which can in turn change your thought process and consequently redirect your life.

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Hindu priest Dandapāni is a guru when it comes to mantras and explained that they work due to the repetition of sound influencing personal behaviour.

While that might seem too good to be true, it is because hearing something over and over again lays roots in our unconscious mind that ordinarily remains unreachable in day-to-day thinking.

Although it is hard to quantify, it is believed that up to 95% of our mental activity takes place in the subconscious, situated below our conscious awareness.

Just like an iceberg, this ‘underwater’ portion of the mind is never seen but always active.

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For example, each time you go out, you will pass hundreds of billboards on your journey. Your subconscious mind soaks up the messages on these adverts like a sponge, as your conscious mind focuses on other activities such as meeting friends, getting on the bus, or buying a coffee.

Without thinking critically about these ads for bikinis or makeup or other beauty products, messages about having to look a certain way slip into the unconscious without a thought.

Fast-forward to future you, and you are left feeling insecure or unattractive, wondering why or how your self-esteem got so low.

It was psychoanalyst Carl Jung that first drew attention to the importance of staying aware to what is going on in the ‘underwater’ parts of the mind, saying, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

Dandapāni supports this claim and this is exactly what he practices with mantra beads.

Speaking about his quest, Dandapāni told London Real: “As we chant on each bead, we chant an affirmation, ‘I am happy or I’m confident’.

“We repeat the same chant over and over again, and there are 108 beads. We use concise choice of positive words, clear visualisation, and a corresponding feeling.”

It is this holy grail of sound, visualisation and emotion that is said to override the subconscious mind and plant the seeds of positive change consciously.

Fellow humanitarian, Christina Sarich, perhaps said it best when she explained that mantra is a grouping of sounds and vibrations which affect the mental and physiological planes.

Christina said: “The effects of sound on the brain have been demonstrated in Electro Encephala Graph (EEG) charts as well as by documented physical changes, such as heart rate.

“While we may consciously want to remove certain thought patterns, they can be difficult to dislodge because they are formed at subconscious levels. This is where mantra is effective.”

Might be time we bought some mantra beads…

Injured veterans crush world’s highest summits in dare-devil climbs

As society learns to embrace diversity, the word ‘disabled’ no longer has a place as it’s not a true representation of a person living with a disability.

And looking at the stars of The Heroes Project, it’s easy to see why. Here, disabilities are not pitted against able-bodied abilities, but celebrated instead as a superpower.  

The Heroes Project work tirelessly to challenge the stigma and constraints placed upon people with disabilities by training them to climb some of the world’s highest summits.

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It all started when founder and motorbike enthusiast Tim Wayne Medvetz – who was a member of the notorious Hells Angels club – had an accident that changed his life forever.

Back in 2001, Tim was racing his bike through the San Fernando Valley in California, USA, when he was hit by a truck in a catastrophic accident that left him fighting for his life.

It was feared that Tim would never walk again as he faced eight surgeries to save his foot, along with two metal plates and twenty screws to repair his cracked skull; a nine-hour surgery to fix his shattered back with a titanium cage; as well as surgery to put his knee back together.

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However, Tim’s fighting spirit proved doctors very wrong.

It was after reading Into Thin Air (about the 1996 Mount Everest disaster in which eight climbers were killed) that Tim vowed to climb the mountain one day. And climb that mountain he did, twice.

Determined to help others in a similar position, Tim turned his attentions to injured veterans returning from conflict zones, and so began The Heroes Project.

The organisation dedicates its work to making the impossible a reality by empowering people to achieve dare-devil accomplishments through physical and emotional training.

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Speaking exclusively to InspoDaily about his work, Tim told us about his ongoing quest to celebrate a more diverse world and help veterans overcome trauma with challenges.

Tim said: “Just because you’re missing a limb or in a dark place, there is nothing a bit of nature and adrenaline can’t fix. You can’t get that at a pharmacy, but you can at The Heroes Project. 

“It started with just me wanting to help one veteran out, fast-forward to 100 steps below a 20,000ft mountain summit, watching this young veteran missing a leg take those last steps to the summit, watching him screaming and crying on that summit victorious, that was the beginning of a journey that would see dozens more vets experience that same moment.”

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Tim also said his mission is to show veterans that society hasn’t forgotten about them and the sacrifice they have made to their country.

He added: “All of the injured veterans that have gone through our programmes have gone on to inspire others with their story and live life to the fullest regardless of limb loss.

“I want our veterans to feel that nothing in life is impossible, there is always a way, and I want our supporters to feel selfless and to practice good karma in their lives, whether that’s helping our vets or anyone who is in a dark place in life.”

Now that Tim has found his true calling, he said he will never give up “until I’m sliding into my grave” as he wholeheartedly believes that “giving is a better way of living than receiving”. 

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The Heroes Project deliver their work across three different initiatives.

Firstly, their breathtaking expeditions take heroes on therapeutic and transformative experiences by climbing a mountain to challenge them physically and mentally.

Secondly, the team focus on the journey as a whole from hospital bed to summit, ensuring their participants are supported every step of the way to boost confidence and morale, doing so by pairing new climbers with alumni who have already completed the trek.

Last but not least, they hold an annual event, Climb for Heroes, to encourage their supporters to shake the hands of injured veterans and thank them for their service.

Tim’s incredible lust for life was featured in a 14-part series called Everest Beyond the Limit, that also just so happens to be one of the highest ever rated shows on the Discovery Channel.

For more information, click here: The Heroes Project.

No more ‘bikini-ready’ diets! How to reclaim your body and mind back

Women have a come a long way in the fight for equality, but their bodies are still objectified, scrutinised and criticised while trying to align with beauty ideals.

Yet one force to be reckoned with is fighting their corner, encouraging women not only to embrace their bodies but also the changes that they experience.

Having been on her own self-worth journey, Vicki Causer now supports others to take back control after the shifts that occur throughout life such as pregnancy, birth, and menopause.

In particular, she hopes to change the conversation around expectations of the female body by redefining what women can do, rather than what they can’t. Vicki also strives to hold space for women to share their reality – which is often perceived as shameful – without judgement.

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Speaking exclusively to InspoDaily, Vicki told us about kickstarting her Real.Strong.Women project and why she wants to help others find their voice.

Vicki said: “I launched after the birth of my second child, having experienced pelvic floor concerns, as I felt there must be a better way to help women than the advice I was given.

“One of the biggest challenges that women come up against is their issues being fobbed off as ‘women’s things’ and some of the advice that is given is outdated and restrictive, all amongst a pretty misogynistic healthcare system, that is thankfully slowly changing.”

While Vicki worked tirelessly at staying fit throughout her pregnancy, including throwing heavy weights around, she says she didn’t spare a thought for her pelvic floor or core.

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The reason pelvic floor exercises are so crucial while carrying a child are because they help strengthen the muscles which are otherwise under great strain during pregnancy and birth.

If these exercises are not practiced, it is common to leak urine from simply coughing or sneezing as the pelvic floor becomes weak and consequently stress incontinence occurs.  

Having not engaged in these exercises, Vicki experienced problems that challenged not only her body but also her self-esteem.

Vicki said: “After my son’s arrival, I knew something ‘down there’ didn’t feel right and felt worse than the first time (after my daughter) when I was told I just had ‘weak vaginal walls’ by my GP and to get on with it. I took myself off for an assessment, bypassing the doctors.

“I was diagnosed with a prolapse, also known as a cystocele, and cried like a baby for weeks thinking: a) it would always feel like my insides were falling out b) I would never be able to lift weights again and c) if things were ‘falling out’, would anything be able to go ‘in’ again?!”

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Fast-forward five years and things are looking much brighter.

Vicki hails the diagnosis as an “absolute game-changer” that helped her reclaim her body and understand there is always a way forward.

She now works one-to-one with women, supporting them initially through pelvic health diagnoses, bridging the gap between physiotherapist, life’s challenges, and exercise.

Vicki also coaches her clients to explore movement that brings them joy and redefine their relationship with fitness to be so much more than for the purposes of rehab, ‘fixing themselves’, being smaller, getting ‘bikini-ready’, or as self-punishment.

Chatting about her mission, Vicki said: “Being ‘strong’ isn’t just about being a certain size or lifting X amount of weight in the gym.

“It’s about the daily struggles and successes, the highs and lows, and the journey we go on as women to reclaim our body and mind back, when life might throw a curveball at us.”

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When asked what her message is to any woman reading this, Vicki said that even it feels daunting to know where to start, there are lots of people who can support you.

Vicki – who also runs Kettlebell classes – concluded: “There is no need to ‘put up with’ it, I’m happy to talk to anyone who needs some direction or help finding the right person for them.

“My experience has got me to this point, I knew there had to a better option for women who want to take control back, to be as strong a woman as they have the potential to be.”

Regardless of your journey, or what stage you are in life, Vicki knows each individual’s challenges are unique to them, hence why her youngest client is 19 and her eldest is 73.

To get involved, click here: Real.Strong.Women

The path to health: How homeopathic remedies can help you heal

You will likely have heard of homeopathy, or walked past a shop selling homeopathic remedies in cute bottles, though what exactly is it?

In simplest terms, homeopathy is the belief that the body can heal itself.

It does this thanks to its ‘like cures like’ philosophy, also known as ‘law of similars’.

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Like cures like is a principle which states that any substance making the body unwell will also serve to cure that same condition when diluted (a process known as potentisation).

This belief is supported by the father of medicine himself, Hippocrates, who said that “by similar things a disease is produced and through the application of the like is cured”.

In addition to this understanding that whatever a substance is capable of causing it is also capable of curing, homeopathy – which has been used for over 200 years – shines a light not only on healing the mind and body but also exploring spiritual and emotional factors.

The School of Homeopathy are pioneers in using natural medicine to boost wellbeing, whether you struggle with insomnia, painful periods, grief, anxiety, or any other ailment.

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Better yet, they tailor all of their prescriptions to individuals as this provides the best results.

Eager to share their knowledge, the school also offer a whole host of courses, from summer classes to beginner workshops to clinical training, so you can become an expert too.

Their work focuses on the theory that physical symptoms are the body’s way of overcoming illness; an automatic healing response in living organisms that they call ‘vital response’.

To help this process, a similar medicine to what is causing the ailment would be prescribed to act as a stimulus to the vital response, providing encouragement to complete its healing work.

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This combination – the vital response and homeopathic remedy ­working in tandem – would then increase the strength of the symptoms which signifies the illness is being cured.

While increased symptoms may seem like the body is getting worse rather than better, homeopaths say it is effective as the disease is being pushed out from within via these symptoms.

Speaking about their work, The School of Homeopathy say in their mission statement that homeopathic medicine exaggerates the ‘stuck’ symptoms, thus triggering the healing response.

They state: “Conventional western medicines suppress symptoms, and this is why you often have to stay on drugs for a long time or find your symptoms return when you come off the drugs.

“Homeopaths do not suppress symptoms. Patients will often experience a small and temporary ‘aggravation’ in symptoms as the vitality is energised into action to overcome the stasis. Now the self-healing power is re-established and the flow of vitality continues again.”

To explore your flow of vitality, click here: The School of Homeopathy.

Swimwear made from fishing nets that would otherwise pollute the sea

We try to use paper straws instead of plastic, and separate our rubbish from our recycling, yet there is more we can be doing to reduce our carbon footprint.

One area desperately calling for attention is fast-fashion, which generates vast greenhouse gasses due to the energy used for production to meet our insatiable appetite for cheap clothes. Not to mention the dyes that pollute our water or the landfills full of old attire.

Yet now sustainable shopping has never been easier thanks to new brand, Kromo Menswear.

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Inspired by the staggering amount of plastic being dumped into the ocean, creator Miguel Munoz wanted to establish a fashion label that could support a greener planet.

Not only do his garments lean towards slow-fashion, meaning he focuses on quality so his items last longer, he also uses fabrics made from organic and regenerated materials.

His first collection integrates functionality and comfort, with incredible swim briefs made from fishing nets and other waste (such as carpet fluff!) that would otherwise pollute the earth.​

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Kromo have also released a selection of T-shirts made of bamboo, a material that significantly reduces water waste and chemical use.

​Speaking about their quest, the Kromo team promise that they follow strict ethical standards, such as keeping fabric waste to a minimum and paying staff a competitive wage for their work.

In their mission statement, they said: “We source only sustainable fabrics that are knitted/woven in the UK and Europe and carry a fair-trade certification.

“We use plant-based biodegradable mailer bags to send our products made from PBAT, a bio-based polymer which is compostable, and PLA which is made up of plant materials like cornstarch, allowing them to break down in only 180 days in a domestic compost.”

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​The London-based squad added: “​We believe change is needed in the fashion industry to regain harmony with nature and we are committed to contribute to that change.”

His efforts don’t stop there, founder Miguel is planning to host a beach clean-up with his Kromo comrades to help tidy our oceans and remove plastic from our natural environments.

Certainly makes you think twice about whether those ‘three for a tenner’ offers are really worth it.

For more info, click here: Kromo Menswear.

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Learn how to worry less in a 24/7 world that never sleeps

Hearing mindfulness as a buzz word is all very well, but how do you actually get mindful?! And even if you can get mindful, what does it even mean?!

Mindfulness is said to be the ability to bring your mind into the present and be aware of what you are doing, such as feeling the water over your body while in the shower, hearing the chirping of birds outside your window, or even the sound of your breath before sleep.

The reason that any of these matter, other than being pleasant sensations, are because they are said to slow the mind from darting back into the past or jumping forward to obsess over the future, both of which can cause anxiety and stress over how we should or should not behave.

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Easier said than done, right?!

This is where the good folk over at The Mindfulness Project step in, helping you find your zen in a world that often feels like it has no chill.

By delivering an array of workshops, from one day events to twelve-week courses, you can choose to dip a toe in the pool or dive right in to get your spiritual fire burning bright.

As a taster of what’s on offer, you can sign-up for a 30-minute meditation, join a self-compassion session, have a masterclass to improve sleep, learn how to overcome perfectionism, and even discover how to live well with cancer.

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Speaking about their quest, the team say their vision is to create an innovative platform for sharing mindfulness with as many people as possible with a secular approach.

In their mission statement, the organisation said: “We hope to teach our audience what meditation is and help make learning mindfulness meditation more accessible and relatable to a mainstream audience while keeping it real and meaningful.

“The entire team is deeply motivated by the way the practice has enriched our own lives and by the huge evidence base that shows it has the potential to do the same for others.”

Hopefully this means you will get all of the good stuff without any of the jargon.

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The squad, founded by Alexandra Frey and Autumn Totton back in 2013, pride themselves on leading with the mindfulness-based stress reduction [MBSR] technique.  

MBSR is the world’s most recognised mindfulness course, scientifically proven to help people cope better with stress, depression and anxiety.

So, what are you waiting for?

To tap into a more tranquil life, just click here: The Mindfulness Project.

Psst. There’s even a mindfulness quiz on their site to assess just how chill (or not) you might be!

What can you do today to make tomorrow a little better?

Even though we know saving the planet is a good thing, it can be tricky to know what to do, especially if you think, ‘Can one person really make a difference in a world of 7billion?’

That’s why we love this new ‘handprint’ philosophy!

Previously, we have been encouraged to think of our environmental footprint, where we consider the waste we leave behind from carbon, plastic or water useage.

However, a research institute in Finland has re-coined this footprint our ‘environmental handprint’ instead, so we consider the waste we will leave going forward.

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The reason being that once a footprint is left it is often too late, whereas a handprint can influence a decision of where to make our mark.

Speaking about the revolutionary term, Mike Edwards, founder of environmental group MyForest, said it is a hugely positive step towards creating a greener world.

Mike said: “Footprints are the marks that you leave behind, they show where you have been and the impact you have had. Footprints are really important, but they can be big and scary.

“Footprints don’t allow us to easily talk about where we are going or the future we are building. Handprints allow us to change that conversation to a positive one and talk about the positive actions we are taking to improve our world.”

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Yet how exactly can you get involved when you don’t live near a beach to host a clean-up or are a burger fanatic and can’t see yourself ever giving up meat?

Mike believes even the smallest of actions can make tomorrow a little better, whether supporting an environmental organisation or just taking some time to connect with nature.

He said: “No matter the size of the action you take, it all adds to your handprint, even small gestures, such as putting litter in a bin, makes a difference.”

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Mike continued: “Handprints become a way to encourage engagement and environmental change because they recognise our contributions and grow with every positive action we take.

“Begin with something simple and free, the first step along the road is often the hardest, but once you start the rest of the journey gets easier.”

If you’re still wondering where to begin, some examples include switching from one-use coffee cups to reusable ones, wrapping gifts in material or newspaper instead of wrapping paper, using Tupperware instead of clingfilm, and drinking tap not bottled water.

Happy handprinting!

For more info, click here: MyForest.