Loss of a parent: Adults grieving and coping

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The relationships we develop with our parents can be as varied as our appreciation of musical styles. Some of us aren’t too close to our parents, some of us don’t really know them at all but for those of us who have been fortunate enough to know our parents as protectors, providers and friends; the loss of this profound relationship … Read More

Losing a loved one: A child’s perspective

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Child bereavement

A fundamental sense of loss can accompany a variety of life events. Death of a loved one, divorce, the moving away of children or even close friends can leave one feeling bereaved and alone. We all experience this sense of pain and loss in slightly different ways, As they say, “there’s no right way to grieve”. In the short poem, … Read More

Letting go of controlling behaviours

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Dieting, the consumption or over consumption of food and restructured understanding of what food represents can enable some anxiety sufferers to engage in some really controlling behaviour.   If you are worried about what control means to you, start a new journey by asking yourself the following questions: How much resonance does my voice have within the decisions that I … Read More

Healing a toxic relationship with food

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In the run up to Christmas, we were bombarded with the message that eating till we burst is an indulgence we deserve. A couple of days into January, and the message changes dramatically. The party is over and it’s purge time. How do we find the balance in a society that constantly gives us such mixed messages about what food … Read More

New year, so what?

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It’s another new year. And so what? The pressure to transform overnight, to resolve all of life’s issues, and to become a new ‘you’, just because the clock struck midnight on December 31st, can feel overwhelming. In 2019, why not let off of the pressure to change and simply ‘be’ instead. Life is a journey, and a new year is … Read More

The experience of loneliness at Christmas

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In the run up to Christmas and well into the New Year many people experience loneliness.   The type of loneliness I am referring to is an internal one that no amount of external company can cure.  It is a time where people evaluate their happiness scale on both a conscious and unconscious level which brings about many mixed feelings … Read More

Managing expectations at Christmas

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It really has begun to look a lot like Christmas. Having only been a few short weeks since the clocks have gone back, the dark evenings have well and truly come upon us and that wintery feel has certainly crept in and the season is well underway. As the seasons change, we see our environment change, our routines change, temperatures … Read More

Having a mentally healthy Christmas

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Lonely at Christmas

Christmas as we know can be a wonderful joyous time. It’s a time for giving and receiving, spending time with our families, friends and loved ones. However with Christmas there can be a lot of expectations, assumptions and psychological stress. It is expected of us to be festive and cheerful and it is assumed that we are these. There is … Read More

Coping with loss at Christmas

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Christmas can be a difficult and challenging time for those who have been bereaved.   There is the loneliness, the pain, the inability to engage with all the fun and frivolity that is synonymous with this normally joyous season.  Every Christmas song we hear on the radio, every advertisement we see on the TV is a painful reminder that it … Read More

5 scientifically-tested ways to boost your winter wellbeing

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The clocks have gone back, the temperatures are dropping, and the daylight hours feel non-existent. It may feel as if summer is just over, but winter is well and truly here. With the changing of the seasons, it can be more difficult to stay positive and healthy. The urge to pull the curtains and climb into bed, or binge on … Read More