Weekly Words 5th December

One of the blessings of the pandemic has been the incredible range of speakers that my friend Mark at Action for Happiness has had the time and opportunity to interview. I attend these on an almost weekly basis, and this week’s brought the wonderful Tal Ben-Shahar onto my screen. Whilst I miss attending [...]

By |2021-02-06T17:22:53+00:00December 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Weekly Words 7th November

This morning I found myself dancing around my house, semi-clad, Archie Archibald quick-stepping along. Yet this was a far cry from where I was just a week ago. It has been seven days of so much change my end. My hair being just the start… As I sat in the hairdressers, bleach bleaching, [...]

By |2021-02-06T17:22:12+00:00November 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Baths and Bubbles

I pour in the milk, the creamy consistency swirls in the water – instinctively I relax. I slowly take a long match from a glass blue bottle (a gift that I bought for myself for this very process) and I light the variety of candles that each remind me of a [...]

By |2021-02-06T17:20:19+00:00September 26th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Offline Paradise

It was late, dark and I was standing on the street saying goodbye to my friend, Gez, feeling as if another ‘problem’ came my way I may well super-implode. With only days until my holiday I had that feeling so many of us have, that I simply couldn’t fit everything in [...]

By |2021-02-06T17:21:02+00:00August 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A Laughing Matter

‘Laughter is contagious’ is the theory behind my new laughing dog song for our children’s mental health project. So as I drove to my composer’s studio, I pondered on how little I’d been laughing recently, and wondered if I was really the right person to be doing this final mix with [...]

By |2021-02-06T17:21:41+00:00July 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Kindness Cures

It’s been 7 days of more hospital appointments, growing weakness and at times, I can’t deny, feeling a tad sorry for myself.  For any of you out there who have been chronically unwell – mentally, physically or both, you will know it can be isolating, frightening and make you question, question [...]

By |2021-02-10T11:33:28+00:00May 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Instant Happy Boost

I walked out of the hospital and I really had had enough. I should have been happy - the news was not bad - I ‘probably’ didn’t have cancer. ‘Unlikely’. Some tests. But, for me, the news was also far from good…  ‘You have a complex condition’. ‘Not sure we can [...]

By |2021-02-10T11:33:35+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Power of Movement

As a child you’re constantly moving, whether it be on the playground, mandatory PE lessons, after school clubs or playing with friends. The benefits of childhood movement are widely recognised not only physically but also mentally. Scientist’s regard physical activity as a useful tool to help maintain mental wellbeing in a number [...]

By |2021-02-10T11:35:22+00:00March 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

My Best Bits

I’m leaving! I’m writing this blog with just 5 working days left with Sally here at the Happynesshub in our children’s television and emotional wellbeing bubble. What a delight it has been. For the past 15 months (minus the couple I was in India), I have learned more than I ever [...]

By |2021-02-10T11:40:59+00:00March 14th, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Managing Worry

Worrying has always been easy for me ever since I was a small child. But a few years ago, my mindset shifted when I realised that being anxious was about trying to force an outcome over which I had no control. It also took away valuable mental energy I would need for problem solving. So I [...]

By |2021-02-10T11:40:31+00:00January 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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