Making sense of sensitivity

How do you feel when more than one person talks to you at once, or there is lots of background noise? How do you feel when you have to make decisions with multiple choices, or need to respond to messages and emails? How do you feel when you are in a busy space? Paying the…

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When stress joins the party

I didn’t write a post last week. The desire to write hadn’t left me, but the old familiars of stress and overwhelm were knocking on the door. My focus has been gradually ebbing (over quite some time to be honest) and I felt confuddled . And then I read Renee’s post yesterday, about acknowledging our feelings….

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What it feels like…to have counselling

My posts about what it feels like to be friend dumped and have a breakdown have been both valuable to me for the insights I have gained and popular with readers. I am continuing the series here with an exploration of the process of counselling I have been through. I want to share my experiences…

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How to hush the noise in your brain

My brain is normally full of all kind of things; rubbish, inane knowledge and critical information; happiness, sadness, hope and despair. Constant ups and downs. But very, very full. This past week without reading or social media or television, has been the same; my brain has remained full. But I have also had moments of…

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Parenting Tools: How to communicate with your children

A parenting toolbox is something that we can draw upon to help us in our mission to raise our children successfully. In my case I am particularly interested in the emotional and psychological development of my children so I am filling my toolbox with skills that help me and them in that respect. Some of…

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What it feels like…to have a breakdown

When I wrote last month about what it feels like to be ‘friend dumped’, I was surprised by how it resonated with people. I found it so helpful to work through emotions relating to that issue and free myself from them. So I thought I would look at other ‘difficult’ issues that have affected me…

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Gratitude Journal January

What a month. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster month, at times feeling incredibly stressful or just like I am floundering, and at others full of uplifting moments and with lots of inspiration for new challenges I am pursuing. I had some clear goals for my life going forwards, not just 2016 but…

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I am the way

Up until a few years ago, I was someone who struggled with keeping my mental health on an even keel. But something changed. Something forced me to seek the help I knew I so desperately needed but was too embarrassed and ashamed to seek. I had children. When my daughters were born, everything was ok…

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Storyspheres – revealing potential

Today, I want to tell you about someone and something that has been making a big difference in my life recently. Although I am not expressly religious, I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, that there is a higher order behind what happens in our lives and it produces extraordinary results. So I…

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Worrying about worry dolls

Last week my daughters came home after school and showed me what they had made that day in lessons – worry dolls. And (oh the irony!), this made me worried… In my understanding, worry dolls are used to tell your ‘worries’ to and put under the pillow at night, in the hope that this will…

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