Spin your way out of anxiety in 60 seconds…

Spin your way out of anxiety in 60 seconds…   So there I was, anxiously awaiting my turn to introduce myself at a meeting recently, trying desperately to think of the right words that would portray the correct image in one minute flat, and my mind went blank.  It...

Three tips for dealing with unwanted thoughts.

Are you having unwanted thoughts that sneak into your mind all the time?  Do you find you can’t switch them off, and churn them around and around like clothes in a washing machine?  Are these thoughts holding you back from just getting on with your life?  We have a...

Struggling to stay motivated? Me too…

Forget the New Year’s resolutions – I know I won’t stick with them for more than 5 minutes – they’ll be filed under ‘All Too Difficult’ almost as soon as the ink’s dried.  But… we all want the next year to be better than the last, so having some goals in mind (without...

Christmas. What could possibly go wrong?

So, the mince pies and decorations have been in the shops for weeks.  The kids have been writing (and changing) their ‘wish’ list for ages, and you’ve been saving for, purchasing and hiding gifts ready for wrapping all month.  The invitations have gone out, Auntie Flo...

Grief & bereavement at Christmas time – how to cope

  Not a great prospect is it?  Grieving is no fun at the best of times, but at Christmas?  When everybody else seems to be surrounded by the people they love…  Grief can be a debilitating emotion at any time, but seems so much worse at Christmas – it’s seems to...

Phobias – The Facts

We are not born with phobias or fears – they are learned behaviours. A phobia is an externally triggered, consistent, uncontrollable panic response to an internal representation (a feeling). You actually respond to the picture you have created, not the thing itself....