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: Carry on my wayward son

Life never stays the same. Change is constant, change is inevitable. All good things must come to an end. But in many endings you can find the next chapter. As 2021 is coming to an end another chapter is closing, the year is changing. Many people find the new year to be a place and…

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…

‘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…

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…

How To Boost Your Mental Health If You’re Feeling Done With 2020

There are ways to look after yourself even if things don’t feel like they are getting any easier. Stress is surging as life during Covid-19 stretches on. During the first lockdown back in April, almost three quarters of people said they were coping well with the stress of the pandemic. Flash forward to November this…