Kids and Comedic Canines

Yesterday children’s mental health was again in the news. We hear of primary school teachers speaking out about the lack of support for young children when it comes to their mental health - and child mental health support referrals being up almost 50% in the past 3 years for children under [...]

By |2019-07-18T21:30:10+00:00July 18th, 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 |2019-07-11T21:03:31+00:00July 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Halcyon Days

The retreat had fallen on my lap. I’d missed my 8-week sabbatical due to medical tests and I was due back at work. But it was as if this 5-day break was calling to me – surely my meetings could be re-arranged and I could find an alternate plan for the [...]

By |2019-07-08T16:41:25+00:00July 4th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Awe-some Alfie

It had been a difficult day. Suffice to say I had burst into tears twice amongst many other goings on, and I had been left with a feeling of hopelessness and exhaustion. Not a good mix. As I packed the picnic for our trip to Hampton Court Palace, I consciously made [...]

By |2019-06-28T09:56:06+00:00June 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

The Wonders of Walking

Ever since I was young I haven’t really liked walking. I always wanted to be running, racing, swimming, cycling, competing. Walking felt too passive, like I was doing nothing. And I am a doer. As I got older, I tried to embrace the joy of a gentle amble with a friend, [...]

By |2019-06-20T15:39:00+00:00June 20th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Mindful Mobiles

‘I don’t know how mums survived pre-smartphones’, said the wonderful Ruth as she rocked her 3-month old beautiful boy, Will Wyatt, to sleep to the sounds of white noise from a mobile phone app. It was our first meet up since the fabulous Ruth had left our team on maternity, and [...]

By |2019-06-08T12:21:14+00:00June 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 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 |2019-05-30T18:13:03+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 |2019-06-06T20:16:44+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Happy Places

I woke up Monday morning feeling unwell. And then some concerning news arrived. I was worried, and an abundance of other negative memories, past events, comparative scenarios flooded my brain. I’d planned to do a few emails and some work from home, yet I felt a need to inject something positive [...]

By |2019-05-16T14:07:03+00:00May 16th, 2019|Tags: , , |1 Comment