COVID19 – the new normal?

As the masks come off, what I look forward to most are all your smiling faces. Charles F Glassman Moving forward and working with COVID19 in our local communities and beyond.  What will this look like and what will happen as we all move forward and learn to cope and adapt to the everchanging landscape.…

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Our brains are wired negatively!

You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden. Astrid Alauda Our brains are hard wired negatively in order to stay alive.  Back in the older days when we were hunters and gatherers it was essential.  Our lives depended on being alert to the many dangers, such as sabre tooth tigers who needed…

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Mindset is key

Mindset is everything. Like the eye of a storm – find the sunshine and calm within you, even if there is chaos outside of you. Brittany Burgunder My breast cancer journey began in August 2020 and the active treatment concluded on the 20th October 2021.  Ironically the timing meant that this was during Breast Cancer…

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My new scanxiety!

It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave. Mandy Hale A girlfriend gave me a new word a little while ago – SCANXIETY – one which I had never experienced until today.  She gave me an example of when you are nervous going for a scan, in…

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What happens in a counselling session?

Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life. Shannon L Alder As a health professional, I have noticed that many people are a little worried (anxious or scared) about what MAY happen in the session.  This often…

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What is self-care?

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare. Audre Lorde Self-care is a concept that is quite new to people.  Some think that self-care is a form of indulgence or even selfish.  At its very essence, self-care is a way of nurturing yourself on a daily…

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Are you a carer?

“The simple act of caring is HEROIC.” Edward Albert Are you in a caring role?  Many people don’t realise that they are a carer and/or in a caring role. A few years ago, a colleague was asking people what their role was.  Many of the people she asked, described themselves as the spouse (wife or husband),…

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Vulnerability and body image

“What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful” Brene Brown Vulnerability impacts on us all from time to time.  Body image can be a contributing factor for many people and often begins from a young age or can occur when the body changes. For me, I had always been on the thin side from a young…

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Self Worth and Vulnerability

“Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.” Glenn Beck Vulnerability impacts on our sense of self and many things can increase our vulnerability, which then decreases our self-worth or sense of self. We are all wired negatively – we only need to hear something negative three times for…

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Grief & Loss – my story

“There are no happy endings; endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle, and a very happy start.” Shel Siverstein Grief and loss is something that many people experience and for many reasons. Grief can be the death of a person, but it so many other losses as well. The loss…

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