Tag: Inspiration

Anxiety, live gigs, and why I continue to plug in and play…

There were signs of hope and encouragement for many of us in the UK this week. Hope that our children can settle into a normal school life again. Hope that we can meet up with friends and family soon. Hope that shops, pubs and restaurants will soon open again. Hope that we can give our …

Why my relationship with food is the most complex in my life and needs to change

I’ve written previously about food, primarily in the posts Using food & alcohol as a comfort blanket (Jul 2019 – link here), Time to change for good, starting with body fat (Sep 2019 – link here), Weight-loss update (Feb 2020 – link here), and The mental health benefits of exercise (Jun 2020 – link here). …

Why I often ask myself ‘Is there a better option?’

Like most of us, I have many good intentions, though it’s easy to forget them or to slip slightly off track every now and again. To try to combat this, and in a bid to halt the little bad habits that creep into everyday life, I try to remember to ask myself if there is …

Cathy’s story and why you should define how your life will be, rather than letting life define you

As referenced in last week’s post (which you can find here), a stand-alone post to tell the story of Cathy, a lady who I met during our recent break in Wales. To recap the back story, the house we rented came with a beach hut. This was an absolute godsend and proved to be ridiculously …

The importance of living in the moment

Over recent months, I’ve found something that has a significant impact on my state of mind. It is really simple yet really quite profound and that thing is living in the moment. I don’t think many of us would deny that a significant percentage of people these days are wedded to their mobiles. As a …

Answering reader questions on anxiety

A good friend asked me some questions about anxiety a few months ago. Whilst I may have alluded to the answers in various posts, I recently realised that I haven’t answered them directly, hence that’s what this post will address. If anyone wants to ask me anything related to anxiety, low self-esteem, or a lack …

Everyday pressures (particularly as we approach Christmas)

Life has an uncanny knack of cranking up the pressure on us on a near-constant basis. We live in an age dominated by social media, where it is very easy for people to portray they’re living perfect lives whilst we all know the reality is highly likely to be considerably different. It is an age …

Coping mechanisms – anger management and how one simple word (‘why’) can help defuse most situations

Something I find almost as difficult to admit to as when I first spoke of anxiety, low self-esteem, and a lack of self-confidence is that I have a bit of a temper and get angry quite easily. By and large I manage to suppress this quite well but it does begin to emerge more within …

We shall never forget and why we should always try to be grateful

It is Remembrance Sunday here in the UK today; a day which always prompts me to consider how fortunate I truly am. Like most people, I have days where I feel down for various reasons; when it feels like nothing is going right, when work issues are preying on my mind, when I disappoint myself …

6 months in – how YYCDI has been really beneficial for me

It is now 6 months since I shared my first YYCDI post, back on the 5th May 2019 ( link here ) and, in the main, writing these posts has been really beneficial for me. There was some trepidation (dare I say it, a little anxiety…) before I published that first post though the response …