The Paradox Of Modern Life: Notes On A Nervous Planet – Book Review

This book review was originally written for ECBC Manchester's book club and can be read on their website here. You know those days when the world seems to be running on high speed around you: the days when your mind is abuzz with all the should and musts and the endless to-dos and you can’t [...]

Who Are You?

Maybe it’s judgemental to think we know what someone else’s ‘best self’ should look like, but when someone seems to go out of their way to be rude or disrespectful, I can’t help but wonder why they choose that instead of choosing to be better... Who are you To look at me like that? Why [...]

Ode to Another Week

Monday yawns and Lifts a lazy head. Time for coffee... Or five more in bed? Tuesday insists that It's Thursday already - I'm work worn and Emails just might overwhelm me. Wednesday declares that The worst is behind us But lengthening to-do lists Push next order of business. Thursday is buzzing - The weekend's in [...]

Being Emotionally Honest

This week was Mental Health Awareness Week and all week I've been wanting and meaning to write something to share with you, my lovely readers. But I've had a funny mental health week and have just not quite been in the right frame of mind. I've felt edgy, restless and anxious, as if something is [...]

Finding Happiness

Today is International Happiness Day. I have been thinking a lot about happiness recently; I think I am generally a happy sort of person. I have a wonderful life and there are many things in my everyday that make me very happy indeed. I also sometimes feel profoundly unhappy, for no discernible reason, and subsequently [...]

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 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 Reasons Why

One of the things that can be hardest about coming to terms with and learning to manage a mental health problem is the guilt that often accompanies it. We feel like there should be a reason why we feel anxious or depressed or whatever it is we are feeling. Not only like there should be [...]

Searching

Are we all Caught In an endless search? For love For faith For fulfilment For purpose For understanding For peace For comfort For home For away For that certain Unnameable Something That we crave Without knowing What it is. Is the whole of Humanity Caught In an endless seeking? A seeking in which Every time [...]

2017’s Top Ten(ish) Books

I did not read as many books in 2017 as I would have liked. In fact, I was a whole 20 books of meeting my Goodreads challenge! In spite of that, 2017 was a really good reading year and I discovered some new favourite authors and some new favourite books. I can never pick ONE [...]