Human Connection

Don’t you just love it when someone shares something with you that makes you realise you are not so alone? We humans gain a macabre sense of well-being when we read or hear about someone who has a worse life than we do! I mean, its why we enjoy memoirs or soaps isn’t it? Because…

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Is Memoir Writing A Form of Therapy?

In my hours of research on ‘how to write a memoir’ last year, I often came across articles criticising memoir writers for using it as a form of therapy. I have pondered over this in recent times, since my memoir did actually end up being very therapeutic, albeit ‘accidentally’.  It showed me how I had…

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Dysfunctional Families

Dysfunctional families have a long-term impact way beyond childhood. How does the old adage go “every generation… blames the one before”. Sadly, the dysfunction often does indeed seep into the continuing generations. Sometimes you have to divorce your family… Something I’ve learned on my journey to understand and to heal from a broken family, is…

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Self-care isn’t selfish

When life is just too busy… What is this self-care that everyone bangs on about these days? Are you someone that hasn’t got the foggiest what it’s all about or indeed why you should be engaging in a little of it? It’s for people who struggle with their mental health, right?  No. Not necessarily.  I…

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Stick Stigma

Hello, I thought I would write a blog to take my mind away from tomorrow’s launch party and the stomach-lurching thought that I’m making a speech!  Don’t pity the stick! I often talk about the stigma of mental health, but there are many things that have stigma surrounding them that I think we only notice…

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Wake Up Call

So, it’s Monday. The day for Monday blogs and I realise that I am seriously neglecting this area of my life now.  With so much to learn about publishing and promoting my book I just haven’t made the time.  But enough of excuses, it’s just not good enough!  I love writing and I need to keep doing it.…

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Equality with Physical and Mental health

At a time in the world where I believe we are striving for equality in so many areas of life, be it for the colour of our skin, our gender, sex, religion, career, disability (I apologise for the things I have missed here), I think it’s time to sit up and listen to the need…

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Tree hug

Do Trees Have Genders?

One morning about two weeks ago, a friend of mine who runs a wonderful spiritual healing group on facebook put a post up asking if we were more in our head or our body that day. I was struggling with editing my book, in particular with sorting out tenses, knowledge of which suddenly seemed to…

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

So I mentioned in my previous blog how I struggled with a mini bout of anxiety recently. It was about one month ago and around the time when so much was changing in my life: my career, my dad passing, one of my daughters struggling with a traumatic set of circumstances, coming out of lockdown,…

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