In client sessions over the last few weeks I have spent quite a bit of time talking about self-care.  In these unprecedented times self-care appears to have even more importance than usual.  This seems to be partly because people are struggling with being out of their usual routine but in addition some of their usual…

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You don’t need me to point out that we are living in unusual times.  Many people are having good days and bad.  Often it is useful to know this and realise that you are not alone in these feelings.  There are many contrasting views from embracing doing things differently and living in your pjs to…

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It’s the time of year where we are bombarded with images of the “perfect” Christmas.  Adverts show us the family meal with extended family all gathered as they laugh and joke together.  They play games and moderately drink together. But is this real or perfect.  For those of you who are fans of “I am…

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A good friend recently asked me about the effects of being outside in the lush green of a summer garden and it got me thinking of the many research articles on this very thing and how sometimes we underestimate its power. On one of the Facebook counselling forums I belong to someone also asked for…

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Some of you may have heard of an initiative run by Mind called RED January, it stands for Run Every Day and last January I signed up for it. I failed miserably having given up before I really started. Many interpret it as exercising every day instead of running but I didn’t even manage this!…

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