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Self-esteem, self-image and summer – how is it for you?

Summer is well and truly on its way. But, for many, summer brings new stressors.

enjoy yourself!

The sun is shining, it’s getting warmer and brighter; what more could we want? Why could it make us feel low and anxious?

How we perceive how we look. Especially when comparing to others.

I personally

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A sense of belonging is important, socially, mentally and physically, be it in friendships, educational groups, support groups and much more

I attended a conference yesterday, in London, arranged by Forums and Events Ltd, called ‘Human Rights, Dilemmas & Solutions in Personality Disorder’ which was educational and inspiring. Dr Steve Pearce talked about the importance of ‘belonging’ with regard to mental health and I wanted to take the topic much further to look at how we

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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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Expectations other people put on us – how to react and decide what is important and what is not

I recently wrote a blog post about the expectations we personally have of others’, events and ourselves. (click HERE to read it) Today, I want to talk about how to deal with the expectations other people have of us.

We can control our own expectations, but we cannot control what other people expect of us,

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We all have expectations of other people, nature and self; but how can we tweak them to live a more satisfying life?

Even the most relaxed people have expectations – it’s human nature. Whether it’s expecting the weather to be as the forecast predicts, that our parents or siblings will be a certain way as family members, or that our job will be secure in the future. From the small stuff to the big stuff, we have

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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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