Imperfections are part of who we are. The Japanese practice of ikigai can help you heal and find purpose through becoming aware of your passion, vocation, mission, and profession.

Yet…


Could hypnosis help us tackle some of our mental health problems, even when done to ourselves?

Possibly.

While hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation, focus, and increased suggestibility, it…


Mental toughness offers us an advantage over our competitors by enabling us to cope better with the demands of mental and physical activity.

In everyday life, mental toughness allows us…


Resilience is our ability to bounce back from life’s challenges and unforeseen difficulties, providing mental protection from emotional and mental disorders.

Michael Rutter (1985)

Check out the 40+ resilience quotes…


Remaining open may keep the music playing for longer

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It’s ok not to know where you are heading, just so long as you are open to what you find along the way. After all, being closed to new ideas keeps us ignorant, sheltered from new opportunities and connections.

Think of the good things in your life. Were they all expected and planned? Did they arrive on time, as expected? Or did they appear on those days, when you were a little more open, a touch less jaded and open to what life has to offer?

But why is it important to remain open?

Openness reflects who we are, our outlook regarding new opportunities — our readiness to engage in change. It even predicts whether we experience chills from something aesthetically pleasing — that piece of music, a sunset, a smile from someone we love. …


Self-care is not being selfish — it is being selfless.

After all, if you don’t look after you, who will?

Whatever your job, or role in life, you have many commitments; and yet one of those has to be to yourself, or you will not deliver on the others.

So, how do you avoid emotional exhaustion and burnout?

The answer is to find ways to be more compassionate to yourself, and there are several ways you can do it.

While macro self-care is obvious–taking a vacation, nights out, good health care, and sleeping–finances, time, and other commitments can make this a challenge, or even impossible. …


Becoming the best version of myself

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My most intense experience of flow was during my penultimate freedive to the bottom of a 30-meter tank.

I approached the depths without a sense of urgency or thought I must return to the surface.

This was a journey outside of time.

I had been fascinated by the abilities of freedivers —those brave, or insane enough, to dive significant depths underwater without breathing apparatus —since watching the very 80s unlikely watery classic, The Big Blue.

Some years ago, at a dive show in Birmingham, England, I had listened to Patrick Musimu, who in 2005 reached a depth of 209 meters on a single breath. He used a weighted sled to set an unofficial world record in the No Limits category of freediving. Full of emotion, yet amazingly calm, he stood at the podium describing the dive — the audience transfixed by the incredible poetry of the journey he had made. …


The Norwegians have a saying, “nobody is dead until warm and dead.”

While a medically induced coma can help patients following trauma, suspended animation goes much further, lowering the patient’s…


Vulnerability does more than help us build relationships; it allows us to experience our feelings more deeply.

It is not a weakness but rather a path to confidence and inner…


We may be feeling guilty our children are spending more time on their computers than usual, but it’s not all bad.

It turns out that some computer games positively impact…

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Jeremy Sutton, PhD

Psychology and Science Writer. PhD in Performance Psychology. Educator at www.explorethelimits.com

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