Tag: Mental health

Don’t beat yourself up (part 1 of 2)

The blog post is 4 days later than normal this week. I nearly didn’t write it. I’ve struggled for time. Work has been really busy. Homelife has been really busy (following some recent building work, I’ve spent nearly an entire week painting). I’ve been tired. Quite drained actually. I thought skipping a week wouldn’t matter. …

All it takes is a minute or two

A bit of a departure this week, in that the blog post focuses on an image rather than a ‘wordy’ post. I was trying to find a way to encourage everyone to check up on family and friends; to ensure our loved ones are keeping well; to look out for each other. I started writing …

Put up that Christmas tree if you want to

This year has been no different to any other in that now Halloween and Bonfire Night are done and dusted, Christmas advertising campaigns are inescapable. This year has been very different to others for reasons we are all too familiar with. I’ve seen a number of recent social media posts where people have either put …

How do everyday worries / concerns make us act? Do you do any of these?

I recently found a note I made earlier this year, having overheard a conversation in the kitchen area at work (back in the days when going to an office to work was actually a thing). A lady from an external company was talking to a colleague about how she got to the train station (London …

Why I need music in my life and my go-to playlists and songs

This post was inspired by a request from a good friend of mine who asked if I’d write about the music I’d been listening to this year, during various COVID-related lockdowns and restricted periods. That request came some time ago and I’ve been mulling over just how to address this. I came to the conclusion …

I’m an obliger and that needs to change

I recently realised that I’m an obliger. I also recently realised that this needs to change. As I tend to do when I have a dawning realisation, I researched the term to determine if my understanding is correct. There are numerous definitions with the most common suggesting that an obliger is someone who performs a …

When do you truly switch off?

I’ve had a really busy week, both in work and personally. I’m used to spinning numerous plates and I’m quite comfortable with that, though, to coin one of a good friend’s favourite phrases, my head has been full of broken biscuits at times. That situation has improved now though it did make me think of …

Coping mechanisms: normalising situations

I’ve written on numerous occasions about imposter syndrome and how it affects me. There are many occasions in life when I’m in situations where I believe I’m inferior to others. That affects me in many ways, not least by making me retreat a little, stay relatively quiet, and not contribute to discussions as much as …

Do you remember ‘Be kind’?

It’s only 3 months ago, coinciding with the tragic death of Caroline Flack, that the phrase ‘Be kind’ was trending worldwide and was seemingly being adopted by many. Sadly, it seems quite a few of us have forgotten that sentiment of late. Whether it’s political views, personal views regarding whether or not our children should …

What, exactly, is mental health and why is it still largely a taboo subject?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week, with it having been Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. It is vitally important to continue raising awareness of mental health issues and there has been a significant amount of much-needed coverage this week, via television, radio, and social media. However, I get a sense …