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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Describe yourself…

How do you describe yourself? Is it about your roles or jobs, your appearance, what you like or dislike, or something else? Some descriptors are easier to use…mother, wife…They are based on fact, rather than anything else. But even then some descriptions still have values attached to them – ‘stay at home mum’, ‘housewife’ anyone?…

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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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Parenting Tools: Community

A tool is something that helps us get a job done and in this series I am focusing on the job of raising our children, but it could equally be applied to succeeding in life as a whole. Parenting is just what some of us do as part of our lives. It became apparent to…

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On recovery as acceptance

Back in the late summer/early autumn, I stumbled upon and was participating in the weekly #PNDhour twitter chats. This is a form of a peer support network, through social media. If it had been in existence 5 years ago and I had awareness of it, it would have been a lifeline. Entirely coincidentally, I wrote…

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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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Who is my cheerleader?

About 15 months ago I posed that exact question to myself. This came off the back of my feeling at the time that I did not believe I could do anything. My answer to the question at the time was that no-one else was my cheerleader; I had to be my own. Analysing the question,…

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Back to the old skool

A little while ago I wrote about how ‘stuff’ and decluttering made me feel. Since then I have been travelling a little way down the road of becoming unburdened. I aim to write in depth about whether I manage all that I want in that respect another time. But this week I found something in…

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Why we need to talk…

This post is making me feel nervous. I have thought about it for a while and in essence it is massively exposing my vulnerability and I am worrying about the reactions of my readers to the content. I take so much time to consider exactly what I write so that I can have clarity and I…

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The What, Why and How of Celebrating Friendship

Today is international friendship day, a day to celebrate those who are your friends. But what does friendship mean to me? Why is it important to have and celebrate friendships and how can I celebrate mine?

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