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What A Therapist Wants You To Know About Starting Therapy

 

April is Stress Awareness Month.

In 2020 because of COVID-19, it certainly has a different, more potent resonance. The entire world, it would seem, is struggling to come to terms with Coronavirus. And the world is talking about mental health and the stress of living with this virus. Read more

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10 Simple Ways To Feel Calm And Grounded

As human beings, we are wired for survival.

The body is designed to respond to stressful situations and then return to its normal baseline when the danger has passed.

Our bodies are amazing! Read more

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31 Journal Prompts For When Gratitude Is Hard

Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colours. Richelle E. Goodrich

2019 didn’t start the way I planned.  It was certainly difficult to see any colour other than grey.

Gratitude doesn’t seem to fit with pain, suffering and fear. Read more

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5 Great Gifts To Give Yourself This Christmas

 

It’s always nice to receive a gift, especially when it’s a surprise.

A well-chosen gift can let you know that you have been genuinely heard and profoundly understood. A passing remark picked up on, or a glance in a shop window noticed. Perhaps the giver has been generous with their time and energy letting you know how much you are cared for.

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How To Tell If Your Relationship Is Causing Your Anxiety

 

If the story of your relationship (maybe it feels more like a drama) is punctuated with problematic narcissistic behaviours sadly, anxiety will likely also play a part. Read more

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Scared of Being Vulnerable? Here’s the Truth

 

Right now, as I struggle to find what I want to be the ‘right’ words for this blog post, I’m feeling pretty vulnerable.  That’s because, there’s a part of me that knows if I don’t find the right words, and write the perfect post, I will hear familiar voices in my head.

“Is that correct grammar?  I’m not sure. Yeah, it is, it’s fine. Uhm, maybe I should find a copywriter.  But, what will they think?”

“Okay Sandra, don’t publish it.  Don’t let anyone see it.  Don’t let anyone see you!”

This is my encounter with vulnerability; feeling shy, hesitant and exposed. Read more

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The Critical Voice of Toxic Shame And How To Silence It

 

I really admire the work of Brené Brown.  If you’re not familiar with Brené, as well as being one of the world’s leading researchers on the subjects of shame and vulnerability, she is a wonderfully compelling storyteller. Brené Brown talks about difficult topics in a very soulful, humorous and graceful way. Read more

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3 Quotes For The New Year To Achieve The 2018 You Want

 

Welcome to the New Year and a new chapter in your life!

What are you hoping for in 2018 that would be your opening line?

I know for some that ‘hope’ is a tricky word as it challenges you to permit yourself to have desires, wild dreams and wishes.  And much more than that, to know that the possibilities you would love to experience in life can manifest.  You know you want something to happen, but you don’t claim the possibility that it will.

So if hope is challenging for you, and even if it isn’t, here are three great inspirational quotes for the New Year to connect you with what is within your gift to make possible. They’ll get you thinking about what you can take control of in your life, to create an experience which fully harnesses’ all of you in 2018.  Read more

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One Great Way To Stay Relaxed At Christmas

 

This time of year can feel full on and hectic. There seems to be a never-ending list of demands to try and meet the needs of other people. It can feel too much.

And that’s not to mention the shopping, planning, cooking, entertaining, wrapping, cards, family and potential worries about money.  Read more

The Surprising Ways You Hide Your Anger

The Surprising Ways You Hide Your Anger

 

I don’t think anyone likes to be angry.

I’d hazard a guess and say that most people are scared of anger, whether it’s being angry or facing someone else’s angry emotions and actions.  They just don’t like it.  One reason is that anger makes you feel vulnerable.  At other times it evokes feelings of guilt and shame impacting your sense of self and self-esteem.

And anger can feel like a dangerous thing.  That’s because it can be.   Read more