Rethinking anxiety to our advantage

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Worry and stress have become socially acceptable code words for anxiety.  Anxiety is rooted in our fear response. How we process fear is a long-held system that we build over our childhoods and continue to cement, well into our adult lives.  It feels immutable, unchangeable and overwhelming. However, like any other system that we have, though self awareness, we can … Read More

Loss of a partner: When half of you is gone

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Dealing with the death of a partner can bring a sense of emptiness and loneliness that is as unique as the love you shared. Particularly when you have spent the majority of your adult life with this person, it can feel like half of you is gone. A sense of feeling lost and abandoned is not uncommon.  “I have no … Read More

What does it mean to connect?

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In our modern world using social media to connect is standard practice. Last month we commemorated “Safer Internet Day” where my colleague and I attended a Twitter event with four panelists leading discussions on the pros and cons of the online world. The topic of cyber-bullying and abuse were on the forefront of the discussion on safe internet use, and … Read More

Loss of a child: How can a parent move forward?

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It’s universally understood that the loss of a child, outliving one’s offspring is unnatural, devastating, the worst pain one can endure which leaves bereaved parents feeling a range of emotions from unbearable anger to denial to unfathomable pain. There is no replacing or getting over the loss of the precious soul that has left a family through death but there … Read More

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

Christmas: A ‘To Do’ or ‘To Be’ Experience?

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As Christmas approaches some people go all out spending lots of time and money to ensure everything goes smoothly.   For each person, preparing will be different, and may include organising visits, travel arrangements, food preparation, buying clothes, a spiritual dimension, parties and, of course, the gift giving to do.   Motivation may come from a sense of duty, a … Read More