Grateful 2020

Covid, coping and self care!

Wow, what a year and what a massive learning curve I’ve been on! The pandemic has had such a huge impact on everyone, but amongst the sadness there has been rays of sunshine. As we approach 2021 I’m reflecting on the last 12 months. I have learnt so much this year, about myself, about people …

Winter Sunshine Vitamin D

Missing the sunshine? Why we all need to prioritise Vitamin D!

Coming out of the second lockdown in England, with mixed feelings about the weeks ahead, I wonder how everyone is managing their way through these winter months, especially the dark evenings. We were extremely lucky in the first lockdown to experience some really good periods of weather here in the UK. Many of us, myself …

Be Kind - stop bullying

Bullying….seen through the eyes of an adult

If you were bullied when I was a child, the only silver lining was that you were able to leave some of the pain behind at the school gates, but now we live in a very different world. One that means children can be ‘connected’ 24/7 and I can’t begin to imagine how hard it …

World Suicide Prevention Day

When asked, ‘how are you?’ how many of us simply reply ‘I’m OK’, even though we may not be. We all have highs and lows but, unfortunately for some, the lows are more constant and more extreme. I can’t imagine what it must be like if that’s your default response, yet feeling low was a …

How do we cope with loss?

Loss can mean so much to so many, perhaps it’s the loss of a job, a relationship ending, a friendship changing, saying good bye to old chapters in our lives, or the worse of all, loosing someone close to us. Do you stop to consider how we all cope with these stressful times in our …

Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020

Awareness weeks are great for focusing more attention on mental health, but my hope would be that we all have more focus on everyone’s mental health, including our own every day. Speaking from a personal point of view I know how difficult it can be to open up to some people, for fear of being …