Promoting Good Mental Health: Nature

Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme for 2021 is ... nature! Nature’s Positive Boost To Mental Health As you scroll through the site - mentalhealth.org.uk - you’ll find blogs on ‘top tips for connecting with nature’ and a great initiative to ‘Take Action, Get Active’ where you can get active and explore nature, whilst raising vital... Continue Reading →

Acceptance – ‘Achieving’ Post-Traumatic Growth

“People with PTSD have their floodgates wide open. Lacking a filter, they are on constant sensory overload. In order to cope, they try to shut themselves down and develop tunnel vision and hyper-focus. If they can’t shut down naturally, they may enlist drugs or alcohol to block out the world. The tragedy is that the... Continue Reading →

YES To Life, In Spite of Everything!

“But there have been people who have said yes [to life and the responsibility within it] despite all difficulties. And when the inmates in the Buchenwald concentration camp sang in their song, ‘We still want to say yes to life’, they did not only sing about it, but also achieved it many times - they... Continue Reading →

On This Day…

On this day in 2008, twelve years ago, I received the frustrating news that I’d once again been missed off the ‘Talent’ program for UKAthletics Funding.  It seems this was my second year failing to be selected for this program (as per my silly Facebook rant - I have a love-hate relationship with these FB... Continue Reading →

Clap For Yourself: It’s Okay to Applaud YOU

Do you ever wish you could celebrate yourself the way kids do at every single achievement - big or small?! I was at the hairdressers this week and one of the women in the shop saw her son do something that obviously warranted celebration because she kept repeating this phrase with incredible enthusiasm: 'Clap for yourself. Clap for yourself!' When was the last time you clapped for yourself like this?

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