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How to Sleep Well in Times of Stress

It is often really hard to sleep well in times of stress.

Our minds are full of anxious thoughts and our body feels lethargic and out of sorts.

When we are stressed, we tend to change our habits, and this also has a knock-on effect to our sleep.

The problem is, we need our sleep to keep healthy physically, mentally and emotionally so that we can cope better with the stress in our life.

Losing sleep, even for one night, can also trigger a biological stress response, and this just adds to the amount of stress that we are having to cope with.

Before you know it, you are in a vicious cycle of increasing stress and decreasing sleep.

In this podcast episode, Gillian Duncan, Clarity Junction host and author of 'Sleep: Cure Your Insomnia, Improve Your Health and Feel Better Now', shares advice on how to sleep well in times of stress.

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Emotional Comfort Eating

So many of us have a habit of emotional comfort eating.

We use food as a means of comfort when we face emotional upset or imbalance.

We may not even realise that we are eating emotionally in order to provide ourselves with an instant feeling of comfort.

This eating habit can really get in the way of being able to keep a healthy weight, and in this podcast episode, medical doctor, personal fitness trainer and founder of 'The Way To Weight Loss' programme, Dr Aishah Iqbal, chats about why we eat for comfort, what we can do to change this habit and so much more.

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My Year With Postnatal Depression

by Jude Wharton, Clarity Junction Guest Expert

Just before I had my first son, nearly 10 years ago, I thought I was so well prepared. I had all the stuff that is needed for a new-born. I had some stuff that probably wasn’t needed, but I thought it would be useful anyway, and I had more stuff that was just too cute not to buy! I had also been to the antenatal classes, read all the books that had been recommended to me, and spoken to my friends who were already Mums and who seemed to be doing really well. So, clearly, I thought I would breeze through it too. I was wrong.

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How Practising Gratitude Helped Me to Heal

Although it is not a new thought, the power and practice of gratitude has become more talked about over the last few years.

With more and more people discovering it, the practice of feeling grateful everyday, has become very popular.

The question is, however, does it really work?

Does expressing gratitude really make your life any better? 

In this podcast episode, Clarity Junction host, Gillian, shares her story of a challenging time in her life where she undertook the practice of daily gratitude, and she believes that this process helped her to heal.

Please note that Gillian also went through medical treatment during this time, and would never recommend substituting any medical treatment for practising gratitude alone.

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Learning Is the Key to Your Personal Development

So many of us dismiss learning as boring or as a chore that we have to go through when we are young, then once we hit the age to leave school, we never need to worry about it again.

In this interview, Jennifer Lindsay-Finan explains that by keeping this opinion, we are only limiting our ability to grow in life, and that by embracing the need to continually learn as an adult, you are allowing yourself the opportunity to open so many new doors and experiences in your life. 

As an enthusiastic educator, Jennifer discusses that learning as an adult means that you have a choice in how and what you learn. She chats about how we can find the right method of learning that suits us personally, and also tips on how to find and manage time so that we can fit our learning in to our busy adult lives.

Looking to broaden your horizons, but don't know where to start? Then I recommend you take a moment to listen to this podcast episode.

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