It’s #TimeToTalk – Self-Care

I've written blog posts before about how creativity and little acts of self-care 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 self-care; it feels selfish and self-indulgent, [...]

It’s #TimeToTalk

Hello there, friend. It’s time to talk. Every year, on the first Thursday in February, Time To Changeheads up #timetotalk day. Time To Change is an organisation dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination around mental health, and the #timetotalk campaign is all about opening up conversations, giving people the opportunity to speak openly about their [...]

The Power Of Storytelling

I wrote this post for ECBC Manchester in celebration of National Storytelling Week. This is shortened version of the original: if you'd like to read the whole thing, you can do so here. The history of humankind is inextricably tied up with that of storytelling. From the earliest cave paintings, through the development of signed [...]

A Life’s Made Of Hope…

“Yes, the night has dark bits, but it has stars too, And you’ll feel when they shine, That they shine just for you, You will step outside and see from the park, That the light is brighter when it’s next to the dark. You will have so many great times ahead, And soft happy dreams [...]

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 [...]

There is Help and Hope

I have started writing this post several times and don't quite know how to say what I want to say. I have heard and seen too many stories of people struggling with their mental health and not being able to find a way out; too many stories of people for whom the only escape they [...]

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 [...]