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Family / Mental health

What you need to know about change.

By On 17th October 2018

I find change hard. I like familiarity and routine. I like tradition and rituals. These are the things that help me to orient myself in the world. To make sense of life’s unpredictable moments. But if we know one thing we know change is the only constant. The only thing we can be sure will follow us. Sometimes life changes…

Mental health

How to know if you are suffering with anxiety.

By On 26th June 2018

Maintaining good mental health can be hard work. I didn’t manage it, and when my third child was a few months old I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I had probably been anxious for 5 years by then, since my first baby was born in 2004. In those days mental health was not something that was discussed often. I hadn’t…

faith / Family

Musings (10.04.18)

By On 10th April 2018

When things are taking their ordinary course, it is hard to remember what matters. There are so many things you would never think to tell anyone.  And I believe they may be the things that mean most to you… Marilynne Robinson Recently I have been writing posts recently which could best be described as  ‘instructive’. They are clear, they have bullet…

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

10 ways to beat the January blues.

By On 9th January 2018

To start, some truth: January can be hard. And if you are finding it hard, that does not make you weak. Because it can be hard. I feel this is worth repeating, let me make sure you know before you read any further: it is okay to be finding it hard. You are okay. So, Christmas is over, the decorations…

Mental health

The to-don’t list.

By On 29th August 2017

A list for anyone overwhelmed and stressed. A list for those of us who worry too much about what we cannot control. A list for the over-thinkers and the do-gooders. (A list for me). 1. Don’t play it safe. Wear the bright red lippy, the yellow dress, the dungarees you think make you look like an overgrown toddler. Clothes are…

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…

Mental health

How to answer anxiety.

By On 27th July 2017

What do you say to someone suffering from anxiety? It can be hard to know. You don’t want to put your foot in it, or say the wrong thing. You don’t want to make matters worse. Let me reassure you – there is no perfect thing to say, mostly your friend just wants to know they are not alone. A…