Red Queen Contest

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Maintaining good mental health is similar to maintaining good physical health. Our body is a host to parasites and viruses, any bug that makes us sick, locked into a competition with each other. The bug attacks and the host develops a defense. Then the bug changes to beat that defense and the host forms a new line of defense.

This is called a Red Queen contest – from the story of Alice in Wonderland.

Mental health works in much the same way. Our mental state is very much dependant on our emotional state and vice versa.

If we think of our mind and emotions as our personal government, it can help us set up an action plan, in much the same way as we would set up an exercise or eating plan.

Sometimes life becomes an uncomfortable place to be in and you just don’t know what to…

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Why Paddington is the best of all the bears



Paddington Bear has been a much-loved children’s character for generations, but he’s about to win over a whole new audience with his new film.

Paddington hits cinemas today, with Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman and Sally Hawkins joining Ben Whishaw, who voices the famous bear.

Here are just some of the reasons Paddington Bear is the best of all the bears

He’s kept duffle coats relevant

Fashion trends come and go, but duffle coats will always be cool. Especially if they’re blue.


Who needs jam, when you have marmalade? Although we can’t get on board with Paddington’s habit of storing an emergency sandwich in his hat.

Undated handout photo issued by Studiocanal of a still from the new  Paddington movie. Scenes showing cross-dressing flirtation and a villainous taxidermist all contributed towards the new Paddington film being given a Parental Guidance certificate - much to the surprise of the famous bear's creator. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 18, 2014. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) posted the rating on its website, saying there was "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references (and) mild bad language". Michael Bond, 88, the author of the popular books, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, told the Daily Mail: "I'm totally amazed." See PA story SHOWBIZ Paddington. Photo credit should read: Studiocanal/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Paddington Bear = style icon (Picture: Studiocanal/PA)

He has helped keep elevenses going as a thing

Speaking of marmalade sandwiches, does anyone fancy elevenses? Paddington joins Hobbits and Winnie-the-Pooh as one of the leading advocates of elevenses. You can even make like the Peruvian legend with a…

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