The Meaning of Yin and Yang — Pointless Overthinking

Night and day. Light and darkness. Masculine and Feminine. Chaos and order. Life is comprised of a series of interconnected opposing forces. Everything that exists has an opposite, just as there is always two sides to the same coin. Although we are inclined to seek pleasure without pain or cling onto the ‘good’ while banishing…

The Meaning of Yin and Yang — Pointless Overthinking

The Power of Hope

“Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower”

Shigenori Kameoka

Hope is something that connects us all as people, right? We hear the word mentioned countless times as we go through life, but what is the true power of hope? That’s what we are going to be taking a look at in today’s blog! 🙂

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My Happy Disposition – Will Temple

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I hope you’re all having a great day!

I think of myself as quite a happy person even in the toughest of situations. I find that this way of dealing with both the events going on around you and your emotions are for me the best. This is something that I like to refer to as “My Happy Disposition”, and is going to be what we are going to be exploring in today’s blog!

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The Importance of Sleep – Isha Patel

Sleep – is something that we all need, but do we all get enough of it? What happens to us if we do not get as much sleep as we need? We are going to be taking a look at the above questions & more in today’s blog, so let’s get into it!

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Time to Talk Day 2022

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I hope you’ve all had a great start to the day!

Time to Talk Day 2022 fell last Thursday, on the 3rd February 2022, and what s truly special day it is in the Mental Health Calendar!! Time To Talk Day is a national celebration that falls very close to my heart, so we are going to be taking a bit of a closer look at the national holiday in today’s blog!

Let’s get cracking!

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The Flow of Life: The Wisdom of Wu Wei — Pointless Overthinking

Why is it that we spend so much time and effort pursuing goals and desires that go against our natural intuitions and inclinations? Motivated by the longing for external praise and validation, we chase lofty ambitions which ultimately feel inauthentic and unnatural. This is akin to trying to swim against rather than with the flow…

The Flow of Life: The Wisdom of Wu Wei — Pointless Overthinking

Returning to University – Isha Patel

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I hope you all are keeping well & I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Returning to university after a well-deserved festive break can seem like a daunting experience at first, but don’t you worry, we’ve got some advice & some tips to help you get back in the swing of student life for 2022!

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How to build an easy system of self care – 6 strategies to get started

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The phrase “self care” is used so much that many of us are desensitized to it. I think that if we step back and define self care as an intentional way to truly support and empower ourselves, it can be more meaningful.

A big part of self care is the process of figuring out our own systems for supporting our well being – systems that can be repeated every day without too much effort.

Here are 6 strategies to consider if you’re trying to build in easy ways of incorporating self care into your day:

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Create daily peaceful routines that are centering and grounding.

Consider having morning routine that supports you. This can include journaling, exercise, meditation, a nourishing breakfast, reading inspirational books and any other structured and elevating activities that give you strength and peace…

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The Perfect Time for Reflection

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I hope you’re all having a lovely start to the week! 😀

We are currently in the 1st week of 2022, and this first week is, to me, the perfect time for some reflection! I always try & take a couple of days off at the start of each year, to just sit back & think over everything which has happened over the last 12 months or so. We are going to be taking a little closer look at this in today’s blog, so let’s get cracking!

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Escaping the Rat Race: Lessons from Buddhism — Pointless Overthinking

As humans we spend most of our lives in a state of perpetual craving and desire. We land a big promotion at work, but soon fantasize about continuing to move up the corporate ladder. We become consumed by discontent and dissatisfaction as we constantly compare our social standing to that of our peers.  Wealth, status…

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Who Am I? – Isha Patel

“Who Am I?”

It’s a question that I often find my inner voice asking, but I never really know what the right answer to it should be. This is something that I have been thinking over quite a bit recently, so I thought I jot down my thoughts in a blog & share them with everyone!

So, let’s get into it!

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Adjusting back into University Life…

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have been settling back into University Life, and it’s pretty safe to say that it’s been quite a journey. You see, University has changed a lot since the end of my 2nd Year, and I don’t think I fully grasped the impact that this change was going to have on me. Let’s take a bit for a closer look at this in today’s blog!

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Movember 2021 – Raising Male Mental Health Awareness

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November 2021 comes to an end on Wednesday this week, but what a month it has been for Male Mental Health Awareness! We are going to be taking a look at why this month has been so important for Mental Health Awareness, as well as my thoughts on it, in today’s blog!

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Ways to Reset Your Happiness Set Point

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I wrote this over 7 years ago and as I reread it now, I realize that I really have reset my happiness set point. Enjoy!

Iwrote a post a few weeks ago about perfectionism. In the post, I brought up Hedonic Adaptation which involves a happiness “set point”, whereby humans generally maintain a constant level of happiness throughout their lives, despite events that occur in their environment. So whether it’s buying a new Mercedes or crashing your new Mercedes, your level of happiness resets to the same pre-event level. A reader asked that I expound on how I have tried to reset my happiness set point.

So I’ve tried to reset my “set point” and it turns out there is some science behind it. I think I first became aware of this by reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. In the book, she chronicles…

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