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It’s mental health awareness week; sharing the highs and lows of the coronavirus lockdown for me.

So, this week is mental health awareness week, and I wanted to write and share something personal for it, especially to say it’s OK to not be OK. It occurred to me when I woke this morning what has been good and what has been stressful about the lockdown in my experience and

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Tips for keeping well, active, entertained and good mental health during this Coronavirus pandemic and a positive boost for the rest of your life

Outdoor walks

Monday 17th March 2020, I took the decision to temporarily stop all face to face counselling and offer telephone and e-counselling only. It has taken research, discussions, a lot of communication and a trial to make sure it all works and I am capable of doing it, but it is working

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Thoughts surrounding living with mortality; dealing with the idea of our own death and the death of those we love

*Trigger warning! Please note: this is a tough topic, so please take care of yourself if you wish to read and stop reading if it affects you negatively*

Mortality and death…

How much do we talk about it?

How much do we think about it?

Our own mortality? The mortality of those we love?

Probably

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The importance of self-care and how to do it, especially around grief

The importance of self-care and how to do it

Today, 23rd August, would have been my mum’s 85th birthday. It is the first one she has not been here for since her passing six months ago. I often wish I could see her, but especially today. Last week was my dad’s birthday and as

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I no longer have a mum

I no longer have a mum

mum and I Dec 2015

The trauma in the last week has left me numb

I write this now, just one day after her death

I stepped out of the hospital room and she took her very last breath

The nurse said it’s common, as I held

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Grieving before death – losing mum to Dementia and grieving whilst she is still alive

mum and dad 2007

I realised, lately, that I am grieving my mum’s death, yet she is still here, alive and local to me. She has vascular dementia and so is not the same person she was before. I am grieving the loss of her as she was, yet also feeling sorry that

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