Letting Go of the Dark

I sat in the hairdresser. My hair was the longest it had been since I could remember – surgery and recovery had meant I had not been well enough to have a cut for 4 months (normally it’s every 6 weeks!). ‘What colour would you like today?’ asked John. We’d not [...]

By | 2018-05-11T07:06:39+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fear vs Hope

It’s coming up to 7 weeks on from my op and I am still feeling rough. I’ve noticed the concern I’ve been feeling ramping up over the past fortnight, and I became aware the worry was a growing creature inside, that started off like a little worm tunneling away, but was [...]

By | 2018-05-03T16:52:27+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Help is at Hand

As I lay in the recovery room, oxygen, cannulas, medical staff a blur – after the initial surge of pain, lovely dose of morphine and then a rather snazzy inflatable hot blanket to stop the shivering, my initial reaction to all of this was – please can I see my mum, [...]

By | 2018-04-05T21:28:53+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Having a Healthy Smartphone Relationship

So it’s 1715 and I have to be in central London for 1900. Out comes the smart phone, open up TFL and I work out that it’ll take 55 minutes to get there on the tube. Open the Waze sat nav, 57 minutes to drive there. I’ll go for the tube [...]

By | 2018-04-05T16:53:55+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

For the Love of Food

I love food, and I love people… there is nothing better for me than sharing a meal with some friends, family and loved ones (often helped by a log fire and an exceptionally good cheese board!). So I was interested to read this week in one of my favourite publications, Positive [...]

By | 2018-03-15T22:09:25+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

To distract, or not to distract, that is the question

So I’m sitting in the hospital waiting room with time to kill before I see my consultant. I’ve just been given news that things may be more serious than I thought, and my mind is spinning. This time, there’s no catastrophising  (a spiral downward of predictive negative thoughts, ending without doubt [...]

By | 2018-03-18T12:40:28+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Friendships at 40

A few weeks ago I reached the big 4-0. I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 25 (or so I like to tell myself). So, in preparation for the big day I went through the usual dilemma of what I should do. Having a birthday in February does [...]

By | 2018-03-01T21:24:12+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

This time next week I will be in Delhi. That feels very big. I am off travelling through the North of India with a couple of friends (on my gap month!). Backpacks, hostels, sleeper trains and an entirely different culture, with in some places poverty in the extreme - that could [...]

By | 2018-02-22T21:50:22+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Mental Healing

Last week I attended my very first Action for Happiness event! If you aren’t aware, Action for Happiness is a fantastic movement that aims to build a happier and more caring society, drawing on scientific research with the aim of helping people to take practical action in their lives. The event [...]

By | 2018-02-16T00:05:48+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Power of Happy Endings

On Monday morning, Sally and I met with the very special Adrian Bethune, an incredibly talented teacher and author of an upcoming book about teaching happiness and wellbeing in primary schools. We had a lovely meeting – he told us all about his fantastic work, and we discussed several of the [...]

By | 2018-01-25T22:04:43+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments