How do we define “kindness”?

By our Arts Therapist, Dafni Today is World Kindness Day, but how does one start looking at what kindness is – how do we define it or describe it? At dictionary.com it is defined as “The state or quality of being kind”. Personally, I don’t think this is very helpful. It leads me to wonder … Read more How do we define “kindness”?

“Recovery is about challenging the belief that it’s wrong to be kind to ourselves”

By our client, Kirstin… I’m ill as I write this (no, not the eating disorder thing). The seasonal virus-fest is partying its way around town and exposure to too much shared public air has left my immune system desperately needing a holiday. Anyway as it is, I’m currently on my second day of being at … Read more “Recovery is about challenging the belief that it’s wrong to be kind to ourselves”

Extending Kindness & Expressing Gratitude

Look around you… Many of those struggling with eating disorders are plagued by negative thoughts drawing attention away from the positive aspects of their lives. It’s easy for an onlooker to say ‘think positive’ but achieving this may seem more difficult. Extending kindness and expressing gratitude should be part of our daily to-do list. Embodying … Read more Extending Kindness & Expressing Gratitude

The Magic of Making Mistakes

The Magic of Making Mistakes   “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard   Making mistakes is a fundamental part of life. We can learn from ourselves and others around us making mistakes. We can look at what we might feel were … Read more The Magic of Making Mistakes

How to Respond to Yourself in Kindness

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”] Random Acts of Kindness [/custom_headline] Much of the focus of this year’s World Kindness Day will be on random acts of kindness: when one does something nice for someone else totally randomly when the other person isn’t expecting it.  Leaving money in the vending machine for the next person, paying a … Read more How to Respond to Yourself in Kindness

Acts of Kindness

[author title=”Laura Muth” author_id=”Laura Muth”][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”] Discovering happiness through kindness [/custom_headline] Research has shown that there is a positive correlation between happiness and kindness. Whether it be holding open a door for someone or saying your pleases and thank yous, engaging in acts of kindness improves your happiness level. [pullquote cite=”” type=”right”]Remember there’s no … Read more Acts of Kindness

Relieving Shame and Cultivating Self-Compassion

[author title=”Laura Muth” author_id=”Laura Muth”][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”] Shame and eating disorders [/custom_headline]Individuals who have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma often become much more prone towards self-criticism. Therefore,  for those suffering with an eating disorder or body dysmorphic disorder, self-loathing and self-judgement are familiar rituals. There is often a great deal of shame surrounding eating … Read more Relieving Shame and Cultivating Self-Compassion

How Forgiving Yourself and Others Will Set You Free

[author title=”Laura Muth” author_id=”Laura Muth”] Forgiveness is a decision by which a person ceases to blame or resent someone by letting go of lasting feelings of bitterness or anger. The act of forgiving both yourself and others can often be challenging. The majority of us need time to process the pain we have felt and therefore … Read more How Forgiving Yourself and Others Will Set You Free

How I Grew up and Let Go: A Letter to my Inner Child

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”] Dear Inner Child,[/custom_headline] Come here. Everything is going to be okay. I can promise you through out it all there is a love and kindness that burns bright enough to glue you back together ,even when you can’t find the pieces from which you have broken. Fear is an integral part … Read more How I Grew up and Let Go: A Letter to my Inner Child

How to Combat Perfectionism with Compassion

[author title=”Laura Muth” author_id=”Laura Muth”] [pullquote cite=”Anna Guindlen” type=”right”]The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.[/pullquote] Perfectionism and eating disorders often go hand in hand. Like perfectionism, an eating disorder can cause self-defeating thoughts and behaviours, leading to an obsession with … Read more How to Combat Perfectionism with Compassion

Celebrating Christmas with your Spiritual Family

[author title=”Laura Muth” author_id=”Laura Muth”] This year at Recover we organised a Christmas gathering for our clients. It gave our clients the chance to socialise and come together in a safe environment to celebrate the festive season. One thing that particularly stood out to us was the friendships that have been developed here at Recover … Read more Celebrating Christmas with your Spiritual Family