A friend observed recently how powerful and enduring words are. She's right. It probably wouldn't take you or I too long to recall things said to us years ago that still ring in our ears, and maybe echo in our hearts. And the chances are that those words weren't kind or encouraging. They probably cut… Continue reading The power of words
For a number of years we have kept chickens, and generally let them free range (unless DEFRA tell us otherwise). I love to watch them mooching around the garden, looking for interesting things to peck at, scratch up, or pass to each other. Mostly, I'm fascinated that they can display an amazing number of emotions… Continue reading Chickens and depression
The summer months bring longer days, brighter colours and sunny weather - all factors which can enhance positive moods. We may feel more able to relax, enjoy our free time, and address the work/life balance with a holiday or a trip out. Also, the opportunity for a spot of sunbathing tops up our vitamin D… Continue reading Water and relationships
When it comes to depression, most people will struggle to explain how they feel. Utterly overwhelmed by their symptoms, they can find it very difficult to pin down what exactly is wrong. Concerned friends and family may genuinely want to understand what is happening but phrases such as, "I don't know, I just feel awful"… Continue reading I’m sorry, I haven’t got a clue!
Do you ever get that sinking feeling on a Sunday evening when you realise tomorrow is Monday? It now has a name: Smonday. Monday has arrived early and is impacting negatively on your weekend. You can feel the stress levels rise, and maybe the anxiety, too, and if you’ve had a long relaxing weekend, or… Continue reading When Sunday meets Monday
If you are looking for a good book over the weekend, Gail Honeyman's debut novel, 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine', is well worth a read. No spoilers, I promise, but according to the author, this tale of one woman's routine life is "set to fuel the debate on loneliness". She goes to work, comes home and… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. How about you?
"Each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain" writes Behavioural Psychologist, Sarah Stevenson, so why not kick start your day with a little celebration? Smiling makes you look good, and people are more attracted to those who smile. Smiling is contagious. If you smile, it lifts the mood of others… Continue reading 5 reasons to smile