Compassionate Goal Setting and Mindful Intentions: An alternative to SMART objectives for managing anxiety with DREAMS

A certain amount of anxiety is normal; it’s natural to feel anxious in situations that are “one-off worries” or short-term events. Going for a job interview or out on a first date can be a heady mix of excitement, with a healthy desire to make a good impression. Anxiety can keep us on our toes,Continue reading “Compassionate Goal Setting and Mindful Intentions: An alternative to SMART objectives for managing anxiety with DREAMS”

How to help someone you’re worried about

When someone you love is struggling with their mental health, it can be hard to know what to say and do. Sometimes we can feel concerned if our efforts to help someone don’t seem to be working, or frustrated if they say they don’t want or need our help. There are a number of waysContinue reading “How to help someone you’re worried about”

Understanding bereavement: why society needs to learn about grief

In 2019, Prince William surprised well-wishers outside Kensington Palace on what would have been his mother’s birthday, and it sparked a discussion on social media about the “right” way to grieve. “Shouldn’t people be “over it” by now?” ITV’s Loose Women joined in the conversation asking their followers how they mark the anniversary of theContinue reading “Understanding bereavement: why society needs to learn about grief”

Happiness is not where you might think it is

In my workshops I talk about happiness, that being the real meaning of it. I talk about how shops and online retailers will have us believe that in order to be happy, you need what they have. This image arrived in my inbox today, and is a perfect example of this. The only problem is,Continue reading “Happiness is not where you might think it is”

Visiting your doctor in difficult times

One in five patients now has to wait at least 15 days to see a GP in England, NHS figures have revealed. Just under 5m of the 27.1m appointments at GPs’ surgeries in October involved waiting anywhere between 15 and 28 or more days to see a doctor or practice nurse. Patients are finding itContinue reading “Visiting your doctor in difficult times”