If I was to be assessed against the gender stereotype for a man or masculinity I would probably be classified as • Weak • Pathetic • A loser • Not manly • Emotional • Not a real man I am unafraid of sharing how I feel. We all have days where we feel like crap….
Blog: Ready for a break
We are once again facing uncertain times, I for one am ready for a break in more ways than one. My mental health isn’t the best at the moment, I find the the run up to Christmas difficult, I lost my dad back in 2014 and I’ve found that I take a “dip” just before…
Blog: Thanksgiving 2
Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating. Last year, I wrote a blog on Thanksgiving and the importance of gratitude in general. The message of ‘The act of saying thank you for small –and big –things that we do for each other, is a good way to demonstrate that you still appreciate somebody rather than assuming that…
The chronic stress survival guide: how to live with the anxiety and grief you can’t escape
A great article from The Guardian on a very important topic. Enjoy: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/sep/01/the-chronic-stress-survival-guide-how-to-live-with-the-anxiety-and-grief-you-cant-escape
Feel your feelings and then move on
A great article from idontmind.com on 6 steps to process your emotions in a healthy way. Check it out: https://idontmind.com/journal/feel-your-feelings-and-then-move-on?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=627e0b01-fae9-44e5-8d73-248340f07da6
Blog: Perfect? Perfection? Erm, No Thanks!
Hello I hope all is well. I had a busy weekend making urgent changes to my garden fencing following an attempted break in recently. I’m grateful they failed, and my security cameras recorded everything. The new fence amendments are not perfect, but certainly are an improvement. Perfect – its quite a simple word isn’t it,…
‘Don’t beat yourself up’: 10 ways to feel happier with your body as the world reopens
A great article from The Guardian, covering a topic that a lot of us are currently facing: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/aug/02/dont-beat-yourself-up-10-ways-feel-happier-body-world-reopens
How To Tell Friends And Family You’re Still Not Ready To Go Out
I’m happy that places are opening up again and we return to some kind of ‘normality’. This isn’t the case for many though, I’ve spoken to quite a few friends and family that quite apprehensive. This article, from Huff Post, could be quite useful to those in a similar situation: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/how-to-tell-your-loved-ones-youre-still-not-ready-to-go-out_uk_61014ce0e4b0048f36186aed
What happens when therapy makes things worse?
Therapists are meant to help people change their lives, but those who behave badly may end up doing more harm than good. Interesting article from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jul/17/it-was-devastating-what-happens-when-therapy-makes-things-worse
One thing I have always disliked in the world is labelling. I dislike that everything needs to have definition and name tags. I find this does lead to negative impacts on our wellbeing if we are suddenly grouped together by a general tag. I am gay, I don’t even talk with that personal label very…