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Mindfulness

A GUIDED BODY SCAN

You may wish to write a few notes after this exercise and, as you practise it, whether daily or weekly, your experience may change over time. To do this mindful exercise, you need a chair and a quiet space where you won’t be distracted by people coming into it. Noises beyond the space are natural and are part […]

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BREATH AWARENESS EXERCISE

To help you achieve the best sleep possible, we’re giving you a breath awareness exercise from sleep and energy expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan’s The Little Book of Sleep. This breath work is a simple tool you can use throughout the day and during the night if required, and is designed to allow you to take yourself […]

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CLEAR YOUR HEAD GUIDED MEDITATION

Bestselling author, psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher, Dr Patrizia Collard teaches that incorporating just a few very simple mindfulness practices into your day can help prevent and overcome anxiety, stress and depression.  In her latest book, The Little Book of Meditation Patrizia guides your through meditations and exercises to help clear your head. Here’s a ten minute meditation […]

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MINDFULNESS MYTHBUSTERS

Mindfulness is really simple to explain. It is the act of paying attention to our direct experience as it unfolds in the present moment and without judgement. But there are a lot of misconceptions about what it really all means and how to practice it. Mindfulness teacher and author of Mindfulness for Children, Uz Afzal […]

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BALLOON BREATHING EXERCISE

Duration: 1–5 minutes, depending on you/your child’s age and ability to engage and concentrate. What you will need: your breathing body, a bell or chime (optional). This is a really helpful practice that you can use at any time of the day to calm down and focus. Take a seat. Feel where your feet touch […]

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EIGHT TOP TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR TIME

‘I’m crazy busy’ seems to be the modern catch cry. Try these simple strategies to manage your time. There are no surprises here – time is a fixed entity, but the good news is that you have plenty of power of over how you conceive it and parcel it out. 1. Use the 4 Ds: […]

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WIN A DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE MIND BOOK BUNDLE

For your chance to WIN all four Department Store for the Mind books: Walking in the Rain, Washing Up is Good For You, As You Are and Four-Legged Therapy, simply email publicity@octopusbooks.co.uk  with ‘NOURISH & INSPIRE’ before midnight on Sunday 9th December and we will randomly select a winner. Please click here for full T&Cs.

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KATE HUMBLE’S AUTUMN WALK

In Thinking on My Feet, much-loved TV presenter, Kate Humble celebrates the simple, fundamental act of walking, the remarkable effect it has on our minds and bodies and the pleasure of moving through the world at walking pace. Below is a snippet from the Autumn section of the book. A Walk to find a solution […]

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THREE WAYS TO WRITE WITH JOY

Whether it’s cosying up on the sofa with a new diary, or having getting creative with your journal in the sunshine, here are just three little steps to help you put pen to paper. Write about a time in the past that brought you joy. Maybe it was one of those perfect days in your […]

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Ikigai: The Japanese Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life

Move over, Hygge – it’s all about Ikigai now. Written by Japanese expert Ken Mogi, The Little Book of Ikigai is a fascinating insight into the miracle that is the Japanese people’s record-breaking long life and astonishing good health. WHAT IS IKIGAI? It is extraordinary that Japanese men’s longevity ranks 4th in the world, while […]

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Self Care for the Soul

Do you feel disconnected from the life you lead? Are you stuck and unable to move on? Do you want to be free of the endless ‘baggage’ and go on a powerful healing journey? If so, it’s time to let modern spiritual healer Jody Shield into your life. Self Care for the Soul engages you […]

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WIN our feel good book bundle!

All week on Bookends we’ve been celebrating books that make you feel good, and what could make you feel better than winning an entire bundle of said feel-good-books?! So we’re giving you lovely lot the chance to do just that. All you have to do is answer this question correctly: Bryony Gordon’s most recent book was […]

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