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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…

How To Be Happy: Reading Around The World

Posted on 17 February 2019

I have decided to read my way around the world and I need your help! I want to find books that will teach us something about how to live happily or that are an expression of aesthetic beauty. My intention is to seek out, and celebrate, loveliness in every corner of the world. It is a treasure hunt for joy and wisdom. The whole world?! What inspired you to undertake a project like this? Some of my favourite books recently have been about happiness in different parts of the world and three in particular captured my imagination. The first book that awakened me to more joyful ways of living in other parts of the world was Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying. Next…

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?…