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  • How to relax

    How to relax

    Get some tips on how to find a healthy balance if you struggle to relax.

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  • 7 ways that reading books can improve your life

    7 ways that reading books can improve your life

    We read to know we’re not alone William Nicholson, ‘Shadowlands’ When I want to escape to another world, I do it through reading.  For that half-hour, I’m not in my own life anymore, I’m inhabiting a different world, where I really care deeply about the experience of someone else, where I feel their feelings, even …

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  • How to feel more in control by setting goals for the year

    How to feel more in control by setting goals for the year

    “You never know ahead of time what something’s really going to be like.” Katherine Paterson, ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ Please note that this article was written at the start of 2021 and references dates accordingly. At the start of a new year, I always feel a sense of hope. The year is spread out in front …

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  • Tips for coping with ‘pandemic fatigue’

    I had a week off recently. It was a bit ‘meh’. My previous week off had been a couple of months into lockdown and I relished being prevented from doing anything very much, in glorious weather. I expected to feel the same this time, and I didn’t. Instead my mood yo-yoed and I found it …

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  • How should I behave coming out of lockdown?

    In this blog I look at WHY it’s normal to find coming out of lockdown difficult WHAT might help you cope with the unexpected anxieties brought up by coming out of lockdown HOW to disagree with people on the ‘best’ way to behave around COVID-19 Coming out of lockdown – why it’s tricky! Is it …

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  • How can I live with my white privilege (when I just want it to go away)?

    I’ve been thinking a lot more about systemic racism and white privilege in the last few weeks, like many people. Part of me feels that I have to somehow make an excuse, or apologise, for writing about this topic on my blog. I usually blog when I feel I have something to offer that may …

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  • How to ease coronavirus-related anxiety

    I’d like to introduce a simple practice that I believe can really help with managing uncomfortable feelings. It’s relevant in any situation, but perhaps particularly so at a time when more of us are dealing with unaccustomed feelings because of the unusual situation we’re in, with changes to routine, uncertainty, fears for ourselves or loved …

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  • COVID-19: Transferring your therapy practice online temporarily

    First up: Don’t Panic. You can do this. Or, actually – take a moment. Bring your attention to the part of you that is panicking. This isn’t the whole of you; you are still functioning. Let that part of you that is feeling anxious know that you hear it. Say to it “No wonder”. Anxiety …

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  • Listening to your inner child

    When is it OK for a therapist to talk about their pants? The answer is (I hope 🤔) right now! Putting on my therapy pants! My training was in Transactional Analysis. The ‘transaction’ is any interaction with another person, and one of the aspects that we ‘analyse’ is what ego state someone is in when …

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