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Mental health

How to teach your child self-care.

By On 30th May 2018

Self care is not just for stressed-out grown ups. Self care is an important life skill we can and should be teaching to our children. And just in case you think I am going to be instructing you to spoil your child, to give them whatever they most desire all in the name of mental health, let me reassure you….

Mental health

One thing that will bring definition, clarity and longevity to your life and work (or, Why my friend laughed at me last week)

By On 27th February 2018

We met at 12:30 in my favourite cafe. The over-enthusiastic waiter delivered two plates of mushrooms on toast to our table, walking away with the tray spinning on his finger like a basket ball. I poured the tea. She told me about her recent trip to India to see her Uncle and her family weekend in Scotland. I filled her…

Mental health

8 ways to lessen anxiety right now.

By On 4th October 2017

Not all the causes of anxiety can be rectified quickly or easily. I have found through personal (and often painful) experience, there are certain mindsets and patterns of behaviour that take months, or even years, to unpick. That may not sound very encouraging, especially if you are battling anxiety right now, in this moment. But fear not, there are some…

Mental health

To my strong, exhausted friend.

By On 16th August 2017

Dear you, I see you. … You cover it well, but I know how tired you are. Pretending you are coping, painting on a bright smile and saying ‘everything is fine’. Worn out from hiding the effort it is taking you to get through each day. You rarely let your guard down. Occasionally I glimpse, past the work, the relentless…

Family / Mental health

A key to living in the present.

By On 14th June 2017

We have been in Anglesey for about 8 weeks now. It has been fantastic. As I write this I am outside sat at the table under the parasol. If I look up I can see the mountains of Snowdonia in the distance and the patchwork of fields, with the occasional house or farm dotted in between. The swallows that have…