10 Material Things That Help My Mental Health

The following list isn't a luxurious list of hard gained trophies. More of a wee list of things that I have slowly accumulated over the years and that have stuck around with me because they offer real value to my day to day life. In fact, I would say that I am somewhat of a minimalist, and in the last 5 years or so, I have definitely got rid of many more possessions than I have accumulated.

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Thing I Do To Care For My Mental Health

Looking after your mental health with daily positive actions is a good way to keep a positive outlook and stop yourself from falling into a dark place, and here are some of the things that I try to do regularly below. I notice that when I am not feeling myself, I can call on the things below to get myself back on track, and almost always notice that when I am feeling poor that there are generally a few of the items on the list that have been missing from my routine.

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9 Lessons From 5 Years In a Start-Up Business

Here are 9 big lessons that I take from the last 5 years of the journey with ACLAÍ. Some of them I had a fair idea of before I started and others I had no clue about, but all of them have been thoroughly put to the test during the day to day running of ACLAÍ over the last 5 years. I put this post together so that they might be useful to anyone who is going through the process of starting a business at the moment, and also to give our members an idea of the road that has been travelled to get ACLAÍ to the place that it is in today.

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Negative Body Image, Anxiety, and Consumerism

Recently, I went on BBC Radio Ulster to answer a couple of questions around the issue of self body image, and working towards a ‘beach body’. To tell you the truth, it was a pretty frustrating experience. I think that the presenter on the radio show was half expecting me to come on and start promoting a diet or some sort of training regime that would help the masses get the six pack ready for the summer.

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Sleep Deep, Perform Better: 13 Steps to a Super-Deep Sleep

If you want to reap the rewards of your hard training, and maximise your performance on the big day, then consistently getting restful sleeps is a must. This not only applies to athletes, but a quality sleep is required for brain power and concentration, two vital components for anyone who wants to be fit and healthy and perform their day to day activities effectively.

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How to Fix a Bad Diet

If you want to start on a healthier path when it comes to your food, I would highly recommend taking the points below on board, in the order presented, and sticking with them. They are based on the approach that we have taken at ACLAÍ with many of our members, producing great results, and long lasting satisfaction. It is based on whole foods, a few key positive habits, and on eating real food, for real life. 

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10 Warning Signs For Health You Cant Ignore

If you are currently in training for something, or are a frequent exerciser, you need to read this. We are into late February now, and many of us are about 7 weeks into our new years resolutions….that is, if you have kept it up. Maybe you did not set a new years resolution, but you have started back training with your team or club since early January. Six weeks in is a crucial point in the program. The first few weeks are fueled by new years drive and the hope of a fresh start and greener pastures.

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Sexism and The Health and Fitness Industry: Dead or Alive?

So its international women's day today, the 8th of March 2017. I have already posted my obligatory 'na mná abú' post and photo on my social media accounts this morning, but things have just not been right in my head today. I have been pondering the difference between men and women, and the opportunities that arise for both sexes. Does sexism exist in this day and age? Do men and women have equal rights in today's society in Ireland? Do men get paid more than women? Is it tough to be a woman today?

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6 TIPS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

Whether you are training for competition, to lose weight, or just to get fit, some of the basic principles remain the same for achieving success. Any worthwhile achievement is going to be challenging, and by preparing the journey in advance, you are giving yourself every opportunity to reach your goal and realize your dream. Here are 6 must-do tips if you have a desire to achieve success.

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A Guide to Effective Goal Setting

Goal setting. What is the point? Most of the time you end up setting some great goal for yourself, write it in your diary or on some random piece of paper, set it aside, and forget about it until a later date where it pops into your head and you feel a sudden pang of guilt for not staying the course. In this context, goals setting is more harmful that beneficial, as time spent worrying about things that never happened is time wasted. However, with a bit of know-how, you can set yourself up for real success if you hit the right notes with you goal setting. Here are three steps to setting good goals that will help elevate you to you highest ambitions.

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Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

I have known the Laffans for years and every time I go to see their house in the back and beyonds of Dungarvan, I am always mesmerised by the beauty of their wild garden which is full of vegetables, fruit, herbs, and an orchard. It really reminds me of the garden from the movie and novel “The Secret Garden”. I am from Cork City so the chances of meeting someone with a beautiful big garden full of their own food is slim to null so this is why I would really like people from the City to see the importance of growing your own food and to start their own little wild garden or even a little box with your own favourite seasonal fruit or veg.

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A Different Type of Personal Training in Cork

Did you ever look at something and just think to yourself; 'that does not feel right'?

Well that's what happened to me when I finished a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Limerick in 2007. I entered the big bad world of the so called 'fitness industry'. I was set to take the health and sports performance world by storm with all my degrees and high ambitions. Shortly thereafter, I started to work as a gym instructor, only to leave disappointed and disillusioned after only a couple of months. I spent most of my time cleaning toilets and gym equipment and hoovering the floor.

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The One-Page Take-It-Or-Leave-It Weight Loss Advice

ts funny how we value information based on how big or small the price tag is. The most common perception is that things with a bigger price-tag are more valuable. For example, a real-estate agent might make a video about how to turn a profit on buying run-down houses, doing them up, and re-selling them for a profit. Lets say, the video is based on making a €10,000 profit on a property. The agent might therefore value the information in the video at 10% of the profit, and therefore, charge you €1000 for access to the content. The point is that how much we value information, as represented by how much attention we pay to it, and how well we act upon that information, can often be based on the wrong thing. In essence, you could be barking up the wrong tree because of the simple fact that you have paid a lot of money for some information, regardless of whether that information is high quality or not. On the other hand, you might be casting aside top-drawer information simply because you didn’t have to pay big bucks for it.

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Different Ways to Eat in Different Cultures.

Having grown up in a house of mixed nationality, I have been exposed to different ways to eat my food. My dad is from Sri lanka and in Sri Lanka they eat with their hands. Now I know you might think that this is quite barbaric but it has a knack to it. It has come to my interesthow other cultures eat their food and how eating it in different ways may be effecting the way we see our food.

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Are Your Putting Your Health In a Box?

Why do we have a doctor for physical health, a doctor for mental health, another for financial health, another for professional development, another for fitness, another when we have a sore knee, another when we can figure out what we should be eating, and another when we are having relationship problems? It seems to be that we are mostly programmed to think that all these areas are separate and independent from each other, or that one can be addressed by itself and that this will affect the rest, and result in a happier state of being for us. Maybe this is correct, but a few things got me thinking about it recently.

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