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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Me Time

By
Ellie Hutchinson
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Viva
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When you still your mind, you will hear what your heart is whispering,” Anna Friis repeats gently. It’s a wild day in Waihi and the rain is heavy on the tin roof as waves crash on to the beach. Inside the surf club, where 16 women have gathered for a weekend retreat of mindfulness and self-compassion, it’s cosy and inviting — candles have been lit and flowers are scattered.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Self-Compassion for Diabetes: How Kindness Can Influence Your Health

By
Kate Ruder
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Everyday Health
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Showing yourself compassion is good for your mind and body, especially if you have diabetes. Let’s face it: The constant finger pricks, the counting of carbs, and the frustration over high or low blood glucose numbers can wear you down. People with diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression as people without diabetes, and both depression and the stress of managing diabetes are linked to poor glucose control, suggests a review published in June 2015 in the the journal Lancet.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Self-compassion may help diabetics control their disease

By
Reyna Gobel
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Reuters
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(Reuters Health) – Learning to be less harsh or judgmental and more compassionate to oneself may help people with diabetes manage their disease and stave off depression, a recent study suggests. Diabetes can be a stressful disease, the study team writes in Diabetes Care. The “relentless demand for healthy blood glucose control presents daily opportunities for failure and, thus, attacks on the self . . . (and) the practice of self-kindness may reduce psychological suffering,” they write.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

How mindful self-compassion could change your life

By
Greg Bruce
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New Zealand Herald Canvas Magazine
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It was week seven of the eight-week course when I had my central emotional and spiritual breakthrough. Roughly 16 of us were lying on the floor with eyes closed, trying to recall a moment from our lives about which we felt angry or bitter but not too angry or bitter, something like a three or four on an anger/bitterness scale of 1-10.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Psychologist Anna Friis explains how self-compassion can help people heal

By
by Clare de Lore
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New Zealand Listener
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Stress-related illness is a 21st-century plague for people in the developed world. Health psychologist Anna Friis is at the forefront of prescribing kindness and self-compassion.

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