Articles written by Liz Parry

6 ways to practise mindfulness throughout the day

The practice of mindfulness can help us to lead happier and more harmonious lives. By being kinder and more compassionate towards others and having more awareness of our thoughts and actions in the world, we can become better people. Mindfulness is all about bringing more awareness to your everyday life and a sense of living […]

7 steps to a happier life

We all want one fundamental thing in life and that’s to be happy. But true happiness seems to be an elusive thing in today’s hectic, stress-filled world. We may have all the gadgets we could possibly want and a constant stream of information at our fingertips, yet stress, anxiety and depression are all on the […]

5 ways to turn your stress into success

There’s no doubt about it – stress is very much on the increase in today’s world. Indeed, according to the American Psychological Association, most Americans are suffering from moderate to high stress, with 44% reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past five years. Statistics show that the top five causes of stress […]

How to do your bit for charity

  Charities do a great deal of good in the world, from helping the homeless to fighting animal cruelty, but they need support in order to carry on with this good work. Supporting a charity, whether that be through volunteering or donating money, can be a great way of standing up for a cause you […]

The power of visualization

I’ve written several times on the Daily Mind about how I find it a constant challenge to maintain a positive outlook and keep negativity at bay. There are several tools I use in my daily quest to remain upbeat, and one of my favourites is visualization. Over the years I’ve learnt that visualization can be […]

Why yoga is good for the mind and body

The ancient practice of yoga is something that we haven’t covered recently on the Daily Mind, so I thought I would dedicate this particular blog post to exploring the benefits it can offer to our minds and bodies. Yoga originated in India around 5,000 years ago, but today it is as popular as ever, with […]

5 ways that social activities can help to ease depression

When you are suffering with depression it’s all too easy to shut yourself away from the outside world. Shunning human company often seems like the safest option. The symptoms of depression are many and varied, but range from continuous low mood and sadness to feeling hopeless and helpless, having no motivation or interest and not […]

6 quick-fire ways to make yourself feel better

We all have off days where nothing seems to go right and it’s a struggle to keep negative thinking at bay. It can be tempting to resort to creative comforts like chocolate or a glass of wine at the end of a bad day, to make us feel better. Instead, let’s look at some quick […]

The sound of silence

In today’s busy world it’s very rare that we get to experience moments of silence. Thanks to our smartphones and tablets, we can text, email, talk, watch TV, surf the internet or listen to music every minute of the day, no matter where we are in the world. And while this makes us feel very […]

The benefits of green exercise

We all know that regular exercise is essential for both a healthy mind and body. According to the Mayo Clinic, taking regular exercise helps to prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Indeed, research also shows that exercise can have a positive effect in reducing anxiety and […]

8 ways to wind down before bedtime

Insomnia is a problem that affects many people and if it’s left unchecked it can go on to affect our health, work and relationships. Indeed sleep deprivation can lead to further problems such as an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes type 2. If you are one of the millions of people around the […]

How to forgive and let go

We’ve all been hurt by someone else at some point in our lives, but sometimes it’s hard to let go of the resentment and anger that can be caused by someone’s actions towards you. Resentment can build up and manifest itself as physical and emotional pain. It can cause us to become stressed, anxious and […]

Self belief and mastering your mindset

About six months ago I took up running and have found it to be really helpful for beating stress and improving my overall fitness. Six weeks ago a friend of mine invited me to take part in a competitive race – something I’ve never done before – and I accepted the challenge. However, now that […]

Paying it forward

I was having one of those grumpy days recently when I’d woken up in a bad mood and was really struggling to think and act positively. I went to the supermarket and as I was queuing up, the person in front of me gestured for me to go before them. I only had a few […]

How to stop beating yourself up

So it recently occurred to me that I’ve been indulging in rather a bit too much negative self-talk lately. I’ve been cross with myself about all kinds of things from eating too much junk food to making errors at work – and that critic inside my head has been having a field day.   Well, […]

Start your day on the right note

Previously in this blog I’ve written about the fact that I’m not a natural optimist and that I have to work hard to maintain a positive outlook in life. Well, it so happens that I’m also not much of a morning person. It’s a pretty rare day when I leap out of bed, full of […]

How to give your confidence a boost

We all go through times in life when our confidence takes a hit. Something goes a bit wrong in your work or personal life and suddenly your self-esteem feels a bit shaky. This sort of confidence crisis can be difficult to recover from, which is why I thought for this blog post I would take […]

The importance of proper breathing

Most of us don’t give a second thought to the way we breathe – it’s just something that we do subconsciously. And yet proper breathing is essential to good health and wellbeing. Poor breathing can cause us to feel fatigued, reduces alertness and can increase feelings of anxiety. However, breathing correctly can help to reduce […]

Kindness at Christmas

Sometimes at Christmas time we get so caught up in buying presents, decorating the house and stocking up on festive foods that the holiday becomes a stressful and indulgent event. This struck me particularly this year when I read news reports about people’s anger at websites not delivering gifts on time and stores opening on […]

Looking for spiritual rewards?

We spend an average of eight hours a day, five days a week at work. And that’s an awfully long time if you don’t particularly enjoy your job or get some sort of fulfillment from it. As the new year approaches many of us feel the need to make a change in our lives, and […]