It’s #TimeToTalk Continuing The Conversation

This is the final post in my 24-posts-in-24-hours series for #TimeToTalk day. Thank you so much to all of you who have popped by to read, like, share and comment; it means a lot to see so many people engaging with this important issue. #TimeToTalk day is a great opportunity to open up conversations, to [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Recommended Resources – Pacifica

Pacifica was introduced to me by a friend and it's a great tool for tracking and monitoring mood and mental health. You can set goals for health, track whether there are any patterns or triggers for fluctuations in your mood, and collect images and thoughts of positive things from throughout your day. There are also [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Breathing

I'd like to take a moment to share with you a short and simple breathing exercise which I have found incredibly helpful. We hear often about the importance of breathing and noticing our breath in strategies for dealing with anxiety or panic attacks, but it's not always clear what exactly that means and we (read [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Emotional Courage

I've recently taken to listening to TED talks on my evening walks with our puppy and there's one that struck me as particularly relevant to the idea of being emotionally honest with both ourselves and others. One that speaks to the importance of conversation and authenticity in maintaining and protecting our mental health, and dealing [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk, Now

It's easy to be too busy Or say It's not the right time To worry that you'll make it worse So you accept their fumbled "Fine." It's hard to find the moment For hearing truth And depth But really we're just finding excuses To keep ourselves Deaf To all the pain that gathers When people [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Recommended Reads – Anxiety Journal

This is just a quick little recommendation, as I've only just come across it myself but thought it still seemed worth a share. The Anxiety Journal is actually something my lovely husband found and suggested to me, and I'm so glad he did. It is another beautifully presented book, very simply formatted, with lots of [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Switching Off

Sometimes, all is noise: Busy Bustling Chaos. The mad rush from here to There. The happy buzz, The anxious struggle, The beeping, bleeping, never ending Asks and answers, Frets and favours, Coffee percolating, Email answering, Frantic searching, Forgot what I was doing, Hamster-wheeling, Plate spinning Noise. And sometimes There is Silence. JH It seems a [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Self Care

I've written already in this blog series about coping through creativity and some of the little things that might help pick us up on the bad days, but it's so important to make time to take care of yourself on the good days as well. I know I have struggled with a reluctance to prioritise [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk Recommended Reads – Calm

It's time for another recommendation. I vividly remember stumbling across this book when I was down in London with family. We were browsing around Anthropologie and, as is usual for me, I gravitated towards a small display of books. This one caught my eye immediately. The vivid blue stood out and the simplicity of the [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk About The Borderlands

This is a piece of writing I did when I was struggling, torn back and forth between being overwhelmed by negative thoughts and striving to remember the good and hold onto hope. It's about being in the borderlands between dark and light and finding a way out. I have shared it on here before but [...]