Having a Bad Day?

It’s ok to have a bad day. You may feel like you’ve taken a big step backwards but you haven’t. Tomorrow is a new day and the slate is wiped clean overnight. Do regular people have bad days? The answer is yes, so stop beating yourself up about it. The best thing to do is …

Get a Clue

The kids start nagging as soon as you open half an eye. Your partner/housemate tells you some shitty news the second they see you. The dog has chewed something up and you’re left to clean it up. The cat has been sick in the corner and you turn your phone on to a missed call …

You’re a Big Faker

I’ve got a real bugbear with anything fake. I don’t read tabloids or trashy magazines and I take most of what I see on social media with a pinch of salt. I’m a Marketing Director so I guess that helps. I’ve worked in agencies and with PR lovies. I’ve art directed and seen behind the …

What Are Your Triggers?

I’ve spent a long time trying to figure out my triggers. What brings me down, what upsets me, what makes me go high. I’m very lucky that my old neighbour was a mindfulness instructor and introduced me to meditation and mindfulness practice. In 2015 I did the course. Through the six weeks, I started to …

It’s OK Not To Be OK

When you have mental health issues you feel ashamed of the illness and try to keep it to yourself. Our society doesn’t yet see mental health as a valid illness. There has been a shift over the last few years, but it’s still not far enough. So why did I feel ashamed of my illness? …

Stop Beating Yourself Up

It’s ok to eat too muchIt’s ok to get a bit drunkIt’s ok to sleep in lateIt’s ok to binge on your favourite showIt’s ok to ignore the phoneIt’s ok to say noIt’s ok to put things offIt’s ok to stick the children in front of the tvIt’s ok to treat yourselfIt’s ok to forget …

Stop Reading the News

I realised last year that I was suffering from my first ever bout of anxiety. My chest would tighten, pulse racing, I felt horrendous and like the walls were closing in on me. It was horrid. After a couple of weeks a pattern formed that I was feeling like this around 3 pm… the time …

Just Be There

I was recently sat in a room with someone who was on the phone to their 99-year-old grandmother. She is in a nursing home and old age is slowly taking her away. She has dementia. After a few minutes making small talk, I could see that he was starting to get uncomfortable and was asking …

New Year 2020 – You Are Not Alone

You may be spending this New Years Eve with friends or family or maybe by yourself. Whether you’re happy, sad, well, unwell, lonely or content… know that you are not alone. On this very difficult of evenings, don’t struggle by yourself. Talk to someone. And if you haven’t got support know that the UK Samaritans …

Battling Loneliness – Get Outdoors

As COVID continues to ravage our world and a new set of restrictions are imposed on the UK, I sit back and think of the loneliness that so many people are facing. Not only are we unable to socialise but lifelines for people with mental health issues such as meet-ups, counselling, courses, classes and everything …