Blog: Mass Effect Therapy

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog about how video games helped me manage my wellbeing. I now find myself thinking about this topic again. Here is a short quote from the blog that sets the scene for my blog today: “I have always been a fan of science fiction since being a…

Blog: Go with gratitude

In the USA, today (24 November) is known as thanksgiving. To anyone who is celebrating, I hope you enjoy your day. I am British, so it’s not an event I celebrate. However, I do think expressing gratitude and the things we are thankful for is a rewarding exercise to do on any day of the…

Winter Self Check in tool

I’d like to share a quick check in tool – ask yourself 10 question to see how you are getting in. This is a “holiday” edition of this tool from IDONTMIND.

Blog: Unavailable

This age of always on Internet connection means we are often always reachable. Notifications seem to have become a major feature of our lives. A phone call, a message, social media, random apps… there’s a notification for that. Digitally, we always seem to in demand. That can be exhausting and time consuming. It happens in…

Blog: Oh My Word

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” You might be familiar with that saying, it is one I often heard teachers say at school to reassure me/others when people were being nasty.  I think the idea is we were supposed to use that as a comeback when we were…

Blog: Urgent Action

** This blog was written on 2 November – which was also world stress day ** I was presenting a training course today and one element of the session was looking at bad coping techniques for stress. The section of the training course I was delivering used an example not to overwork as a coping…

Pets and your Wellbeing

Pets have always been part of my life. We’ve had many animals that have all been part of the family. We recently moved overseas and out of the blue we got asked if we wanted to take in a tortoise. Of course we had to accept. NiH states that interacting with animals has been shown…

Blog: What is normal?

I remember a conversation I had with my dad more than 10 years ago, my Mum was in the hospital just for a day routine surgery. I called my dad at lunchtime for any updates on my mum, but he hadn’t heard anything at that point. He told me he was struggling to relax and…

Change, Grief and You

Change affects us all. It can be daunting. It can impact us in a similar way to grief. The Change Curve is based on a model originally developed in the 1960s by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross to explain the grieving process. Since then it has been widely utilised as a method of helping people understand their reactions…

Blog: World Mental Health Day 2022

Today is World Mental Health Day 2022. Whilst I applaud the campaign to raise awareness and the good that it does, the fact remains that we should look after our mental health as much as our physical health every day. This years theme is Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority. It…