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Can’t meditate? The 7 main barriers to meditation and how to overcome them.

By Giselle Withers | Apr 5, 2018

Can’t meditate? The 7 main barriers to meditation and how to overcome them. You’ve heard about the benefits of mindfulness meditation but just can’t meditate regularly.  You are not alone! Here are 7 common barriers to meditation and how to overcome them. I’m not doing it properly. It’s very normal to worry about whether you […]

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Sleep better with CBTi – Does it really help?

By Giselle Withers | Sep 24, 2017

Sleep better with CBTi: Does it really help? Cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia (CBTi) is a psychological and behavioural treatment for insomnia that has been developed and refined over the past 30 years by leading sleep experts around the world. The non-drug treatment involves learning core skills to train the mind and body to work […]

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Break the cycle of insomnia

Break the cycle of insomnia by changing the way you think about sleep.

By Giselle Withers | Jun 21, 2017

Break the cycle of insomnia by changing the way you think about sleep. Do you think a lot about sleep? Are your thoughts about sleep generally positive or negative? If sleep is on your mind, it’s a fair bet that you’re not sleeping well. Good sleepers tend not to think about much about it, as […]

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When the mind won’t stop thinking, just sit back and watch.

By Giselle Withers | Jun 4, 2017

When the mind won’t stop thinking, just sit back and watch. If you’re new to meditation, then you’ve probably noticed how difficult it can be to stay focussed on the here and now. The mind wanders off all too easily. An endless stream of thoughts can take your attention in any number of directions, which […]

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Mindfulness and sleep. A doctor’s perspective.

By Giselle Withers | Apr 9, 2017

Mindfulness and sleep: A doctor’s perspective Mindfulness training has been shown to help people with insomnia, and people with other types of sleep problems may also benefit. In the video below I asked specialist sleep physician, Dr David Cunnington, about when he recommends mindfulness training to his patients and how he explains mindfulness. Like this article? […]

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Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), practical strategies for treating insomnia, chronic fatigue andanxiety

Are you stuck with insomnia, chronic fatigue or anxiety?

By Giselle Withers | Mar 19, 2017

Are you “stuck” with insomnia, chronic fatigue or anxiety? If you are struggling with insomnia, chronic fatigue, anxiety or depression, you’ve probably spent a lot of time trying to work out how the problem started and how to overcome it. Questions arise time after time “How did this happen?  Why am I stuck here? How […]

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Mindfulness and chronic fatigue

Mindfulness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Giselle Withers | Feb 15, 2017

Mindfulness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is an illness characterised by persistent or relapsing unexplained fatigue, of more than six months duration. Other symptoms of the illness may include muscular and joint pain, headache, tender lymph glands, sore throats, unrefreshing sleep, […]

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Five simple tips for treating insomnia

Five easy steps to better sleep

By Giselle Withers | Jan 31, 2017

Five easy steps to better sleep If you’ve been suffering from insomnia, these five tips for better sleep can be a good place to start your recovery. It is important not to become too strict or rigid about these recommendations as worrying about getting it “right” can create more stress that could then affect your […]

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Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), practical strategies for treating insomnia

How does mindfulness help overcome insomnia?

By Giselle Withers | Jan 23, 2017

How does mindfulness help overcome insomnia? Everyone experiences a few nights of poor sleep on occasion, but when sleep is disrupted for weeks or months on end, insomnia can become, well… a nightmare. So let’s look at insomnia and how it develops. Chronic insomnia is disturbed sleep at least three days a week for more […]

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