Blog: Summer Sun

Happy Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. I am writing this on a beautiful sunny day. Its Tuesday 1 June, and I am in Beverley sat in a park. Over the long weekend I have been spending a lot of time outdoors, walking and relaxing. Its finally felt like summer is putting in…

Gratitude Letter

Practicing gratitude is really good for our mental health and our overall wellbeing. It can help us to become less materialistic and to calm ourselves by focusing on the here and now, reducing worry about the unknowns of the future. Not only practicing gratitude for our own lives is important, paying forward thanks to others…

Stop Keeping Score

am an inveterate scorekeeper. I can go back decades and find lists of goals I set for myself to gauge “success” by certain milestone birthdays. For example, in my 20s, I had a to-do list for the decade, the items on which more or less told the story of a penniless musician who had made some…

Being Too Busy Is Bad For Your Health – Ways To Relieve The Pressure

Dr Devon Price, the author of Laziness Does Not Exist, has always gone above and beyond. Relentlessly productive, the social psychologist was the sort of person who got a small thrill when frantically checking things off their to-do list. “I am someone who was playing by the rules of society, which say that your worth is determined by…

‘Be kind to yourself’: experts’ tips on coping with lockdown stress

For many the latest lockdown has been harder to deal with than the previous ones and psychologists are reporting a rise in people experiencing the symptoms of sustained stress similar to burnout at work, including problems with sleep and concentration. However, there are ways to help deal with current uncertainty, and below are a selection of expert…

The no-drug approach to mild depression

I read an interesting article on the Harvard Medical website around approaches to managing depression without a need for drugs such as anti-depressants. Each individual’s symptoms are different and the treatment approach is for the individual. I’d always recommend talking to a medical professional or doctor etc. As some one who has experienced depression a…

2021: Aim smaller?

2020 was a difficult year for many of us. Some of us would say it was the worst year of their lives so far. The impact of the pandemic, at least in the UK, did suddenly seem to effect life from March. We had carried on our lived as normal from New Years day. Those…

Why I Went Cold Turkey From Social Media

This article covers something that I have been thinking of doing for a little while…… If you’re anything like me, you have a subtle, socially acceptable addiction, one you can indulge in wherever and whenever you please. You have a compulsive need to scroll through headlines, jokes, insults, pictures, music videos and various other synapse-zapping…