Blog: My Marathon Journey

Running has been a big part of my life for many years. I’ve been fortunate enough to run marathons in amazing places such as Paris, New York, Chicago and Berlin. I am not a particularly quick runner but I do it to support my mental health. I was due to run the Barcelona Marathon in…

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: Stuck between the dark and light

Just a few days ago I wrote about taking the good times with the bad, and this week is proving my point. Yesterday I had an overwhelmingly negative feeling. I had a feeling something untoward was about to happen. It is hard to explain, but I sensed bad times were ahead. The negative feeling lingered…

Blog: Loss

Family means different things, how we define it as individuals will be unique, based upon our experiences. The identity of family can include friends and pets too. There are very few rules to define a family. The make up of a family will likely shift over time too. My family includes pets and people I…

‘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 joy of steps: 20 ways to give purpose to your daily walk

The weather is rubbish, there is nowhere to go and, bereft of the joys of spring, the daily lockdown walk can feel pointless. But, of course, it is not: the mental and physical health perks of exercise are immune to seasonal changes. We need to gallivant around outside in daylight so that our circadian rhythms…

The 4 Steps That Will Increase Happiness, According To Science

This past year has been an excruciating one for millions of people, and our collective wellbeing has taken a serious hit. Against that bleak backdrop — and given that Covid-19 case numbers are still reaching record highs, even as vaccines have arrived— it seems silly, almost, to think about cultivating emotional wellbeing. Now? Really? And most…

Finding time for creativity will give you respite from worries

Drawing, singing, writing, knitting… lose yourself in something creative to find inner calm. You might also come up with solutions to problems. Upon reading this article, it is something that I was able to relate to. So I had to share…. ‘When the first lockdown began in March, my son developed a persistent cough. I…

Blog: A time to reflect

Happy New Year! I hope 2021 brings good health and happiness to you all. Over the Christmas break, I was watching the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special from 2019 with my wife. It triggered a conversation as to how different “our world” was just 12 months ago when we had watched it previously. My initial…

How The Hell To Start Processing The Year That’s Just Been

Here are some therapists’ tips to end the year as best you can. December is usually full of booze, food, parties and festive cheer. But this year there’s an added layer of introspection – reflecting on the year we’ve endured, the year that has, for many of us, pushed us to our absolute limits. As…