Being Kind to Your Mind

Depending on which articles you read, there is a general assertion that we have somewhere in the region of 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. Of those, a fair percentage will be repetitive; what you think about today will be what you thought about yesterday, and you’ll think about tomorrow. We also know, many willContinue reading “Being Kind to Your Mind”

The Benefits and Considerations of Establishing Peer Support

In 2005, I established a peer support group for pregnant women suffering with stress, depression and anxiety. Back then, it was estimated that around one in 10 pregnant women were suffering with ante-natal depression and other types of poor mental health in pregnancy; I had been one of them (you can read my story here).Continue reading “The Benefits and Considerations of Establishing Peer Support”

Grief, Loss and COVID-19

Note to the reader: This article is in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and discusses death and dying. It also explores how we may recognise grief and loss, even when no one has died. As the number of deaths continues to rise in the U.K. and around the world, many are facing grief in waysContinue reading “Grief, Loss and COVID-19”

Blue Monday and Why it Matters

Blue Monday is the name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel, which claimed to have calculated the date usingContinue reading “Blue Monday and Why it Matters”

Why we need more quiet spaces in public (and what to do if you can’t find one)

This article was written before the coronavirus outbreak but has been updated to reflect some ideas which might help. An article specific to COVID and anxiety is here. Is it just me, or has the world got more noisy lately? I don’t mean the normal background noise that’s present in modern every day life, likeContinue reading “Why we need more quiet spaces in public (and what to do if you can’t find one)”