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A short blog about Optimism

A short blog about Optimism

Enter if you choose. It's been a little while since I have written a blog, I’ve got a whole heap of excuses why but basically it comes down to procrastination! I was listening to Billy Connolly speaking on Nihal’s Radio 5 show the other day and felt this was the boot...

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World Friendship Day!

World Friendship Day!

"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down". Oprah Winfrey Wise words and one person’s take on real friendship.  But if you asked ten people what makes a true friend, I...

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Relaxation Techniques

(to encourage calm) If you are struggling with anxiety, try not to feel helpless, there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself. Anxiety might be uncomfortable and upsetting but it isn't dangerous. You'd think that breathing is one of the most natural...

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Feeling Crafty? Hobbies Raise Your Mood.

On the eve of National Sewing Machine Day (brilliant!) and National Weed Your Garden Day (only for the hardcore gardener in this weather). I thought it was pertinent to remind myself and anyone else who cares to read this, about the importance of embracing your inner...

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Ticked off? Time for Some Tips on Anger.

Ticked off? Time for Some Tips on Anger.

Anger. Frustration. Irritation. Annoyance. These are all very human emotions. We could all write our lists of what pushes our buttons and I guess we have all had to bite our tongue at times (or not!) But as Jack Nicholson’s character in the film, Anger Management, put...

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Still Overthinking?

Overthinking is common, but too much of it can be problematic. It’s a distraction from actually being in the here and now and getting on with life. Some people believe that when they are thinking about a problem they are actually problem-solving and I don’t doubt this...

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Feeling Guilty?

Part of the human experience involves feeling guilty from time to time.  We may feel guilty when we have behaved badly, made a mistake or upset someone else. We might have overstepped the line with a friend and said something unkind or forgotten to send a...

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The Bottom Line: An Iceberg Analogy.

Let’s imagine ourselves as an iceberg… The parts we show, our automatic thinking, how we respond to what’s going on around us – this is easily accessible – maybe think of this as the tip of the iceberg on top of the water.  This smaller, superficial part is...

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Danger! Danger! Are you experiencing panic?

Let’s be clear. I am no neuroscientist, but this is how I would explain an extreme physical response to a threat: There is a very small, almond shaped part of our brains called the Amygdala.The Amygdala would appear to be the brain’s ‘Early Warning System’ and sets...

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Wanted: Motivation!

I don’t now about you, but whenever I read one of those cringe-worthy ‘motivational quotes’ imploring me to invest in myself today in order to reap some bountiful harvest tomorrow, I fester a little inside.  Yep, if I plant that seed today, I might well gather...

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Checking out OCD

checking (n) the process of making sure that something is correct or satisfactory When stress builds up in our lives we are prone to low mood and anxiety. We might be dealing with daily pressures and then something else will happen, like a birth, a...

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Procrastination – The thief of time

Today I’m struggling with procrastination. Apparently I’m not on my own with this. I have spoken to friends and family who seem to be feeling a little bit ‘challenged’ at getting back into work, studies or writing this January. The irony is that in the US, it is...

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And we’re off…

Perhaps International Stress Awareness Day is an auspicious day to start writing a blog? Each year, the first Wednesday in November has been chosen as National Stress Awareness Day UK and the mental health charity Mind  have ideas and tips on their website to help...

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