As I’m reaching middle age, it started me to think about this fragile thing we call life. From an early age we are taught, if you study hard you will go to a good university, then if you study hard at university you will have a good job, if you have a good job you … Continue reading U-shaped happiness
A couple of weeks ago I had popped into my coffee shop, and on return to my car, I found a note under my windscreen wiper. It said 'this is a random act of kindness, for their 30th birthday, and may it bring me happiness'. The gentleman from the book shop came out and asked … Continue reading Small Acts of Kindness
I know I am a bit late, but the holidays always seem so busy. I'm currently waiting for the software I use to mark pupils coursework to come back online after it's scheduled maintenance. That means I can sit in the office and let the kids think mums marking we can't disturb, which is a … Continue reading 2019 is about protecting my peace
With different mindsets the same situation can be seen so differently. People will always cast their judgements- but their judgements are usually projecting their own fears about themselves. “Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you … Continue reading Am I what you say?
I am human Sometimes I cry uncontrollably But I laugh just the same I have scars some you can see Others you can’t I’ve been shamed And made to feel ashamed But I love with all of my heart I pray for humility For you and for I As what made rivers and stars Sunrises … Continue reading I am human
As much as I love writing, I also love poetry... although I may not be very good! So here are some. Let me know what you think Dried up Flowers I made a promise To allow myself to grow So I planted a seed of belief inside of me And watered it with tears Now … Continue reading Poetry- Dried up flowers
Sam’s new book is out- Anxiety Free and it’s amazing. Sam is one of the UK’s leading life coaches and is a regular relationship contributor for the BBC. Sam describes her three-pillar system for overcoming anxiety - identify the cause of the anxiety, identify the solution to overcome the threat, take thoughtful action to resolve … Continue reading Book Review- Anxiety Free
The Neuroscience of Revenge In the 1800s the French coined the term- ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’. The idea behind this is that revenge is more satisfying when one has had time to prepare vengeance that is well-planned, long-feared, or unexpected. We feel rejected when our friends don’t return our texts, and our … Continue reading Does the pain of rejection magnify the sweetness of revenge?
I started sharing my journey on Instagram around March time, when my anxiety was at a high after a lorry had driven into my car. I was fortunate enough to come across Fiona’s page who talks incredibly honestly about her mental health journey and her coping strategies to deal with the pressures from life. Now, … Continue reading Book Review- Depression in a digital age, Fiona Thomas
ADHD is the most common neurodevelopment disorder of childhood and has a strong persistence throughout the individual's lifespan. ADHD is characterised by age-inappropriate behaviour is thought to affect between 3% and 5% of all school-aged children (Buitelaar, 2002) age-inappropriate behaviour typically characterises it. ADHD is a lifelong disorder which can increase morbidity, including impaired academic … Continue reading What are the brain differences of people with ADHD? A cognitive neuroscience review of The aetiology of ADHD
So many of us experience a heavy feeling in our heads or our heads feeling fuzzy, where we can’t concentrate or recall information. It was once described to me like this- imagine you are a knight in a forest full of overgrown brambles, you take out your sword to chop away the brambles so you … Continue reading Brain fog: What is it?
You may shoot me with your words. You may cut me with your eyes, and you may kill me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I’ll rise (Maya Angelou). I have so many goals I want to achieve, I can become impatient with myself that I am not reaching them quick enough, my inner dialogue … Continue reading 2018 Reflections- I learn, I reflect, I grow.
I was 21 years old and had just finished my degree, I was at a period in my life to see the world, have new experiences. So, what would I do? I’m from a small town in Mid Wales, in an area known as Radnorshire, who’s population is about 2000 people, with mainly “Shire … Continue reading Living in Algeria
Only today I was having a conversation with my friend who was seeking advice about why the person they are romantically entailed with is behaving in such a manner that’s out of character for them. We all had different opinions, one of us was trying to convince her, he’s definitely into you, the other was … Continue reading Our Love Brains
Learn to lower my barriers, I don’t need to be protected from everyone. Open my floodgates, When drought chases me. Place that smile on my ageing face, Without wondering when it’s going to be taken away. Delve into new passions, Forgetting the cruelty of the ones I knew before. Give without hesitation, Even when all … Continue reading A benediction to myself