17 August 2016

Happiness and Well-being is set to make waves in Wales

Happiness and Well-being is set to make waves in Wales 

With the recent Well-being Act being introduced to Wales, our happiness has started to become more of a focus. It is well documented that at the root of many of the illnesses we suffer with today is the level of stress that we are dealing with at any one time.


Stress hormones in the body create disease in the same way that overloading the body with alcohol or any one type of drug can. Over focusing on the negative aspects of life is one of the key reasons why we develop stress. What happens to our body is that when we focus on the stressful situations, we overdevelop the stress hormone cortisol within our bodies. What this hormone does in small doses is helpful, but when there is too much of it hanging around in our nervous systems, we become ill.
Rebecca Mills Elysium
Rebecca Mills Elysium
This upcoming workshop tickets here by the Entrepreneur Rebecca Mills, will help on how regular stress can affect the body in so many ways, people who overproduce cortisol can even become addicted to the feeling and become stress addicts, the main side effects of stress are:

  • Insomnia – you struggle to sleep at night
  • Lethargy – a feeling of tiredness no matter how much you sleep
  • – Weight gain – cortisol will make you add weight around your waist line, even if you are doing well on your diet
  • – Low immunity – you tend to pick up colds or coughs easily
  • – Craving sugar – cortisol raises your blood sugar levels putting you at risk of diabetes and at risk of cravings
  • – Aches and pains – excessive cortisol hypersensitizes the brain to pain, so even the slightest twinge can cause headaches
  • – Low libido – cortisol lowers the sex hormone, so your libido disappears

But there is a way to turn things around.

The reason why stress can be difficult to eradicate from our lives is the way in which it affects us. When we have a stressful episode, our mind can go into overdrive repeating back to us negative feelings or thoughts. These negative thoughts in turn affect our actions, even ending in self sabotage at times.

The way to turn things around is in training the mind to think differently. Instead of allowing our stress levels to control us, we need to take control of our stress levels.

Upcoming workshop tickets here

“It is easy to feel like stress has us by the throat...” says Rebecca Mills, Founder of Elysium that runs workshops for happiness throughout South Wales, “...but stress is usually the result of us thinking that we are not in control of the voice in our head, many times that voice tried to sabotage my life, but when I realised that I could change what it said to me, that I was in control of how much stress I allowed myself to take on, things began to change”

Rebecca believes that stress is the reason for much of the disease we suffer today. “When you look up the affects of cortisol, the hormone that stress produces in our bodies, you see that stress is affecting our systems in such awful ways, and we need to avoid stress as much as possible”

The NHS has many tips on reducing stress and with the new Well-being Act being introduced to Wales, it is imagined that this support will improve.

Rebecca runs regular workshops in and around South Wales, her weekly workshops in Caerphilly start in September and run every Monday in the local Library. If you would just like to come along and see what these workshops are like,

Rebecca is also running workshops with the Cardiff Hero Coffee mornings and her next workshop is on September 8th with the title: To change the world around you, do you have to change the world or simply how you see it?

A workshop on changing our perspectives. Rebecca's book Happy Regardless is also available for download from her website elysiumhappiness

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10 August 2016

Cardiff Startup Events and Tech Innovation Hub Future

Cardiff Startup Innovation Future Trends

South Wales is among the five fastest growing digital clusters in the UK 

As seen on this 2015 report by Tech City’s. The region has over 28,000 people directly employed by digital companies.
Cardiff City
Cardiff City

Cardiff: Future Trend

Cardiff lies at the heart of the Welsh digital innovation trends with Swansea also producing interesting results, There is an exciting business community where it enabled for the likes of Venture Capital World Summit to flourish and start, other examples include the community focused fortnightly meetings produced by the Hero Business Club and others such as the highly regarded Cardiff Business Club,  It is also interesting the vast support that is provided by the Welsh government which is very important to drive some businesses.

“Because of its size, it is a great hub to present and test new ideas,” says Elio Assuncao

Furthermore, the National Assembly which is based in Cardiff Bay has many incentives and policies designed to help Innovation in Wales. Including Government's  Business Wales which provides many development funds, which can only be accessed by technology companies.

Official figures show that the number of digital businesses in Wales grew by 7% between 2013 and 2014, when compared to other sectors where the growth was only 2.8%. It is important to Wales to help digital innovation as a nation of many techies, as the success in Cardiff will expand and grow to wider regions outside the Capital City, and many Co-working spaces such as TecMarina are helping to drive this success.

In a location which presents itself with a low cost of living. excellent quality of life, close and fast links to Central London, combined with unique support from the Welsh Government to some key Innovative businesses, it is then an inspiring place for a start-up to be created and or innovated.

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