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What I want you to know about eating disorders

Posted on 26 February 2019

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 with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, but eating disorders are an illness of the mind where one of the biggest risks to life is suicide. Secondly, eating disorders are illnesses. They are not a lifestyle choice. There is nothing glamorous about them but equally there should be no shame attached to having an eating disorder either. One of my most-detested phrases is that someone has “admitted” to having an…

5 delightful books to boost children’s mental health and make you smile

Posted on 10 February 2019

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 help with anger choose … A Volcano in My Tummy Tell me about this book in three sentences! A Volcano in My Tummy has twenty-five lessons, which offer teachers and caregivers creative ways to help children learn about anger. It provides ideas about effective responses to anger in an easy-to-read format. The exercises are designed for children between the ages of six and ten but can be therapeutically useful…

Feeling stuck? How to find a new perspective.

Posted on 3 February 2019

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.

Are children’s books actually the best self-help?

Posted on 27 January 2019

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 (or anything else) can change the situation. So could we have more luck if we turn our attention to another part of the bookshop? Here’s my guide to getting the most from a hidden source of self-help wisdom: the children’s book. Put the joy first How often have you ploughed your way through a self-help book only to find it didn’t have the answer you were looking for anyway?…

5 easy ways to take control of your inner critic

Posted on 13 January 2019

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 a really high pitched tone or make them talk r e a l l y  s l o w l y. It is much harder to take the inner critic seriously when it sounds comical. 2. Do some Heuristic Research This is about giving yourself permission to try something different simply to see what happens. The important thing to remember is that you’re not aiming for a particular outcome.…

6 Weekend Rituals For A Productive Week

Posted on 22 September 2018

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 below work in various circumstances but they can be adapted too. The important takeaway is that it can be helpful to assign a little time each week to really invest in ourselves. 1) Open The Curtains, Hop In The Shower And Get Dressed Okay, so my aspirations don’t start that high. But, as I write this in my pyjamas at midday, it has to be acknowledged that any hope…