It is Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Here are six things I'd like the world to know about eating disorders. Eating disorders are serious mental health illnesses There are three things in this statement I want to highlight. The first is that eating disorders are mental health issues. There may be physical side-effects, as there are [...]
There are lots of books to help children with their mental health and, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that I think they can be pretty great self-help for grown-ups too! Here are five of my favourites to help children cope with feelings of anger, anxiety, depression, grief and low-self-esteem. To [...]
I used to work at a mental health charity with a lovely lady called Diane. She often talked to people about climbing mountains. "When you spend all your time looking up", she would say, "you miss out on seeing how far you have come". Setting big goals can be exciting. Sometimes it is necessary. But the higher the mountain, the more likely we are to feel that we have made no progress. Here are my top tips for finding a new perspective of progress when you feel as though you're going nowhere fast.
We all buy self-help books with the best of intentions. But often the very thing that had us reaching for the self-help section in the first place stops us from settling down to read the book. We have too much to do. Our ability to concentrate has disappeared. We've lost all hope that the book [...]
Inner critics can be very chatty. Here are some ideas to help you turn down the volume on nagging negativity so that you can chase after your dreams. 1. Try giving your inner critic a silly voice Experiment by giving your inner critic a silly voice and see what happens. Perhaps imagine them speaking in [...]
Adult colouring books have grown significantly in popularity. But maybe you have found that they don't work for you or you have become bored of them. If so, don't worry: I have fifteen alternatives to adult colouring books right here! 1) Origami Lose yourself in the art of folding! Origami can be incredibly mindful ... [...]
This post was inspired by The Idea Bucket and if you're feeling that weekends are passing you by then I hope that perhaps this inspires you a little bit too. Of course, it's important to acknowledge that many of us won't get a traditional weekend for lots of reasons - work, parenting, caring, unemployment. The rituals [...]