Nicola Aylward

Permission to Pause

Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about how we struggle to give ourselves ‘permission to pause’. It’s such a difficult thing to get off the hamster wheel, even for just a few minutes, and to look after ourselves. We feel that we should be constantly busy, constantly productive, constantly achieving, constantly giving. I have even, at times in my life, wished that I could be sick, just so that I could stay in bed and I could tell the world to “go away”! Continue reading

How to Stay Sane in an Insane World

The last few weeks have seen us lurch from one bad news story to the next. From terrible storms and floods to devastating fires, from personal tragedies and challenges to political and economic dramas and upheaval. It’s hard to keep up with it all. Continue reading

A Mind “FULL” Moment

Sometimes my mind is buzzing. And when it’s like this I feel like my whole body is buzzing. I lurch from emails to Whatsapps to calls. My to-do list feels like it grows with every passing minute. And then, when I have a free moment, I find myself on Facebook, filling that quiet moment with yet more stimulation. More buzzing. More information.

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I held my breath …

My heart was in my throat. I held my breath. My body was on high alert, ready for action. My muscles tight. My jaw clenched. My palms sweating. And yet, was this really a life threatening situation? Continue reading

The 3am Hamster Wheel

In the last few weeks I have found myself and my body in a high stress mode, falling into sympathetic overdrive – in part fueled by the launch of my website and newsletter blog, and in part fueled by what has been going on in our beloved country, South Africa, and the rise of civil action in response to this. Continue reading

My talks cover the effects of stress and how it impacts our bodies and the way in which we function. Continue reading

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