Day 31 of my 40 day blog challenge. Lisa kindly shares her story of how she became convinced she was terminally ill…thank you Lisa. Continue reading
Day 30 of my 40 (46) Day Blog Challenge. I thought I’d blog about my insecurity today, and where better place to start than in the gym…
I started going to the gym this week. A year of not being able to do much exercise, being middle aged, combined with the close proximity of “naughty street” (a street close to work with lots of bakeries and food outlets), has not been good for the old bulge 😕. Continue reading
Day 29 of my 40 Day blog Challenge (I found out today that Lent this year has more than 40 days, it has 46!! So my 40 Day Challenge is actually a 46 Day Challenge!!), who knew?! And if you did, why didn’t you tell me! 😉 This means there is plenty more room for your contributions 🙂
Today we have a lovely story from Susie about overcoming serious self-doubt:
I overcame self-doubt
Seriously, I think that as you grow, people’s perception of you can have a big impact on how you see yourself. As I grew up, surrounded by a family that had very little expectation of me, and not being pushed to do well at school or in any area, I never really had any confidence in myself or my abilities. Continue reading
Day 28 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. A friend emailed me and said this might be a good subject. Speaking from personal experience, this friend said that in their own life, emotional healing from past abuse and trauma began to be more complete, once they had come to a place of forgiveness. In fact, my friend wondered if:
“forgiveness is as close to a panacea as one can get in counselling”? Continue reading
Day 27 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. I wanted to have a think about how mental health can impact on our financial wellbeing, and vice versa. I was looking around and found the following article from Martin Lewis of Moneysavingexpert.com. I think this article serves as a good introduction to the issue; hopefully, this will be something I think about a little more here on the blog before the 40 days is up.
Don’t forget, if you have a story, I’d still love to hear from you. The following is taken straight from Moneysavingexpert.com where you can view the full article and really helpful resource guide here.
A message from Martin
Be under no illusions. Mental health problems can cause severe debt, and severe debt can cause mental health problems. Continue reading
Day 26 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. Elizabeth shares some beautiful thoughts this mothers day…
Today is a great day. Today, I am surrounded by my immediate family and we shall have quality family time. We shall play together, eat together and have fun together. We shall also get a bit frustrated and impatient with each other because we are a normal family.
Today, Mother’s Day, hasn’t always been a great day. It’s been a day I wished didn’t exist because of unfulfilled dreams. It’s been a day which has made loss in my life all the more apparent. But for me, it means I get to enjoy and appreciate THIS particular day all the more.
But today, I want to remember and consider all the people for whom today is difficult: for those who have lost their mother’s; for those who have lost their grandmother’s; for those who have never known their mother; for those who’ve longed for years to be a mother and it’s not worked out; for those who want to be with their mother’s and distance separates them; for the mothers who have lost their babies; for those whose mother’s have fallen short and feel let down by them. I acknowledge that today can be a difficult day. And I’m thinking of you. Please don’t feel forgotten.
Day 25 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. If I thought Id’d set myself a challenge doing this blog for 40 days, then Josiah Skeats is a challenge legend! I have been following his blog as he cycles around the world, from the UK toward Australia. As a keen cyclist myself, I know how disheartening it can be when you are cycling into a bit of a headwind, let alone some of the crazy conditions Josiah has faced. So I figured I’d ask him about resilience, and he has so kindly written the following blog for us on the subject. Please do check out his personal blog, or follow him on Facebook, it is a truly wonderful story.
Of the many lessons you learn on a 25,000 kilometre cycling journey around the world, learning to be resilient, and to overcome difficult situations is one of the most valuable. Contrary to what you might imagine, the physical challenge of cycling such a vast distance pales in comparison to the mental challenges. Continue reading
Day 24 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. I’m really thrilled about todays post; Ed shares his story of how his experience of counselling has helped him to foster a more healthy relationship with himself. I still have 16 days left of this challenge and about 13 days still unaccounted for, so please please do let me know if you feel you have something you might like to contribute…
Molehills out of Mountains
‘Please fix me!’ My brain shouted inside my head as I nervously started to talk with the man sitting opposite me. My opening question was ‘have you done this much before?’ His answer was yes! I’m glad it was, this man is Justin and he was to become (and still is) my counsellor. Continue reading
I had another blog lined up to post today but felt the need say something about the events of yesterday. Today’s will be a brief post.
The events took place just less than 1/2 mile from my office in Westminster. I was in a team meeting at the time, oblivious to what what was happening. It was only when we checked the answerphone after the meeting that we all became aware.
At first it was surreal. I called my wife to say I was ok. We all made our way out of the office and started our various journeys home. I got the 17.06 back to Sussex and the safety of my home and family, for which it feels I have never been more grateful.
It was only during the evening that the reality began to sink in. I didn’t want to watch the news, and spent the rest of the evening feeling numb and subdued.
That feeling remains with me this morning as I write this on the train heading back into Westminster. I could pretend everything was ok, but somehow, my small part of the world feels very different today.
Thankfully I wasn’t caught up in the events yesterday; but they have certainly had an impact on me. I felt the need to share that, as I process what it means to work in the heart of a city which has no immunity in this era of terrorism.
Of course, things will settle down and probably quickly return to “normal”. But for today, I acknowledge that I’m really not OK, and that is OK.
Day 22 of my 40 Day Blog Challenge. When anxiety takes hold full force, it can be a terrifying and crippling experience. Today, Jack boldly shares his experience with a period of acute anxiety.
Acute Anxiety Attack
I had got to the place where I accepted that mental health issues affect people, but I wasn’t ready to believe that I would be one of them. Third child in as many years and we were not sleeping well. I was run down and had a virus. It was February 2015 and I was not prepared for what happened next. Continue reading