Children and their Smartphones
The age of smartphone ownership is getting younger and huge pressure is placed on children, and thus their parents, to have a smartphone. The National Sleep Foundation has consistently demonstrated that having technology in your bedroom and/or using technology as a sleep aid, can interfere with the quality of sleep, the duration of sleep and daytime alertness. Dr Maureen Griffin discusses her top tips for ensuring that smartphones are not eating into our children's sleep time.
Family 4 min read
Keep summer going! 15 tips to lift your spirits
Although it might be feeling slightly autumnal, summer is a good time to develop some healthy habits. Here are some tips to lift your spirits and give your wellbeing a boost. Get out into the light and soak up some vitamin D which helps regulate the stress hormone.
Lifestyle 3 min read
Top tips on what to start, stop and continue doing this New Year
There are many reasons, of course, why New Year’s Resolutions end up falling by the wayside. Too often, we focus on the goal itself, without taking care of the process that’s required on an ongoing basis to get us there. Or we go for things in which our heart isn’t fully invested, maybe what we feel we should be doing. Here coaching expert Aodan Enright looks at things we should stop, start and continue this New Year.
Lifestyle 3 min read
An understanding of suicide and self harm
Self-harm and suicide are major public health problems. We asked Professor Ella Arensman, Research Professor at the school of Public Health, University College Cork and a Chief Scientist at the National Suicide Research Foundation, to share her knowledge so that our readers can learn more about the causes of suicide and self-harm in Ireland. You can also download a document with further information and help at the end of this article.
Health 5 min read
New Year, New Yoga - Teaching your child about self care and mindfulness
No parent wants to think of their little one as stressed out, anxious or worried, and while we do our best to provide a happy home, stable environment and endless care and support for our children, we know we can’t protect them from every bump, big or small, that life will throw their way. As a parent, it can be difficult to see our children experience any kind of hiccup, whether it’s stress at school or conflict with friends and while it’s important that we allow our children to navigate their way through their lives as they see best, it’s also important for us to arm them with tools to cope so that they can flourish, thrive and succeed in the big bad world.
Family 3 min read