What is Sport and Exercise Psychology?

It’s almost impossible to watch a sporting event these days without someone mentioning confidence or motivation or mindset! Sport Psychology is becoming more accepted in mainstream sport, let’s find out why… Sport Psychology is the study of people’s behaviour, thoughts, emotions and experiences in a sport or exercise environment. It focuses on 2 distinct areas depending on the needs of the individual concerned: improving performance and improving well being. Generally we focus on one or the other with clients but there are occasions where the two crossover eg; managing one’s emotions can potentially lead to better decision making in competition or better reactions to mistakes = improvement in performance. This can also help to alleviate feelings of disappointment, frustration or anger at a performance which may cross over into life away from sport = improved well being. “Your your emotions affect your decision making…” How will Sport Psychology help me? Sport psychology is an individual process and every person’s needs differ. There is always development and improvement which can be made at any level of sport, whether amateur or professional. Sport psychology can help to see your sport and your performance from an objective and sometimes alternative perspective. It can challenge you to ask questions about things in your sport and performance that you take for granted. For example: How do you practice? Is it as close to competition as possible? Can you make it closer to competition? Have you tried practising challenging situations? If not, how will you react if you meet these situations in competition? “better decision making leads to improved performance“ What happens during a one-to-one Sport Psychology session? A one-to-one session could be in person or over Skype and can be in an office, at the practice ground or any venue of your choice. Typically, the … Read more

I scream, you scream, we all scream for gluten free, vegan “Cookies and Scream” Ice cream!

Cookies and Scream is a small bakery which offers a wide range of desserts, including warm and cool drinks. Cookies and Scream is multi-award winning, fully vegan and gluten free bakery in Camden Town, London. Every product is dairy, egg, wheat and gluten free. All bakes are low fat, low cholesterol and made with unrefined sugars. This means that nearly everyone can enjoy their incredible bakes, except for people who suffer from nuts and soya allergies unfortunately. They specialize in all types of cookies, brownies, cakes, pies and even doughnuts, all of which are incredibly tasty and fresh. You can purchase these bakes for take away or even sit at the cookie bar and enjoy a cup of coffee or a cookie shake with gluten free and vegan ice cream. Camden is a brilliant place to find cheeky snacks which are gluten free and also vegan meaning that they are dairy free and egg free. Camden is just a 20 minute walk away from Euston station in London, making it easily accessible to most people. So if you ever find yourself craving a tasty snack, you now know where to go! By Lexi Gatt (Intern)   If you’d like to improve your English, check out the English lessons for adults in London we offer at EC LONDON 30+

Why you should study English in London!

When it comes to learning English, where’s a better place to study than London? Apart from making loads of new friends and improving your independence, studying abroad really helps your CV stand out because you will develop a global outlook that will be beneficial to any career you are planning to take up. Studying somewhere where people constantly speak the language you are learning makes it ten times easier to pick up phrases and understand everyday questions and statements. Simply going to a coffee shop in the morning or planning a full day trip would not only be fun but also a great way to push your speaking abilities to a new level by practicing the language in real life situations. There are always activities happening in London, especially during the summer months when you can find food markets and music festivals nearly every week. Studying in London will leave you with a well recognised certificate because of its high educational standards. This will leave you feeling satisfied and more confident with what you have achieved as a student. So give it a try, you’ve got nothing to lose! By Lexi Gatt If you’d like to improve your English, check out the English lessons for adults in London we offer at EC LONDON 30+