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How to stop absorbing other peoples negativity

How to stop absorbing other peoples negativity

When you’re feeling emotionally low, your capacity to absorb negativity increases. Your defences are down, and without even realising it you can become a sponge for the destructive energies around emotions such as anger, fear and frustration. In an empathetic implosion we zone in on negative emotions that we sense in others, as a way

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HIV and Aids

HIV and AIDS

It is now over 30 years since HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) started to hit the headlines yet misconceptions about the disease are still going strong. Here we bust some of the myths surrounding the condition and offer some facts that dispel them.  •I can catch HIV from coming into contact

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Six things to stop doing in order to believe in yourself

Six things to stop doing in order to believe in yourself

Being a parent has never been easy, and it seems like the pressures on men and women are growing. It seems like there’s a perceived notion of success which leaves you feeling short of the mark if you don’t at least try to hit it. Have your children, lose your baby weight, and hold down

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Turning negatives into positives

How to turn negatives into positives

No, Stop! Come back – this isn’t a science lesson! It’s a few small words on how to regain a positive view of life, and bring back the sunshine into your world. Most situations can be viewed both positively and negatively, and the approach you take can depend on your mood of the moment. Habits

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The placebo effect

The placebo effect

What is the Placebo Effect? You may have heard the phrase several times, without actually knowing exactly what it means, but the concept of a placebo is simple, yet surprisingly effective. The word “placebo” is Latin, meaning “I please” and is used to describe a medicine that has no actual physical medicinal qualities. You may

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weather and mood

How weather affects our mood

Do you feel invigorated in a rainstorm? Refreshingly breathless in strong winds? Light of heart in the summer sun? The effect the weather can have on our moods is quite astonishing, but not everyone responds to the same conditions in the same way, and the feelings experienced can be unexpected. Learning to recognise how prevailing

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