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Do you compare yourself to others’ or expect too much from yourself? Be different, be unique and stop thinking ‘I should…’

I have written about expectations other people put on us, and expectations we may have of others’, but I want to question the

Be unique

expectations we put on ourselves. Possibly the worst type of expectation of them all. And are we just trying to fit in with the crowd or do we

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Do you ever have dark negative thoughts you want to avoid? And is your avoidance of your ‘shadow’ harming you and your relationships? It’s OK to be human.

I want to talk about something I think could help a lot of people.

I recently did a course called ‘Shadow Mastery’ for my counselling profession, but found it extremely useful for myself also. Our ‘shadow’ is a name for the side of ourselves that we do not wish to acknowledge, we want to avoid

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Art as therapy; giving it a go and Frida Kahlo and Lowry

During my level 4 counselling training, I had produce an individual presentation on any form of theory I wanted. I chose expressive writing therapy, as I had been using writing as therapy myself since the age of thirteen. To back up the theory, I researched art therapy and found it an incredibly interesting subject;

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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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Acceptance of our past, present, future, ourselves and what others do is a key to contentment and happiness and very helpful to combat anxiety and depression

Acceptance of our PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE, OURSELVES and what OTHER PEOPLE do is a key to contentment and happiness, and helpful to combat anxiety and depression. Carrying around resentment, annoyance, or ill feeling about things we cannot change or our past negative experiences serves only to weigh us down with negative vibes.

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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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