During the first two weeks of September we explored mental health and suicide. If you missed them, you can check out a write-up of our reflections by clicking on the links below: An Online Community Reflection: Mental Health Is… An Online Community Reflection: Suicide Is… Together we brought important human experiences out from the shadows…Read more »
How can we help empower people to be able to talk about suicide?
Talking about suicide and everything surrounding it can be extremely difficult and daunting, whether you are the person experiencing suicidal thoughts or trying to be there for someone who is. We often don’t know what to say or we feel so unprepared for such difficult conversations we might want to walk away. Painful emotions can…Read more »
Friday: A 10 minute Mindful breathing meditation
Well done for making it to the end of A Week of Mindfulness! If you have missed any of the previous blogs in this series you can catch up by clicking on the links below: Monday: what is all of this mindfulness malarkey about anyway? Tuesday: The core themes of mindfulness Wednesday: What does mindfulness…Read more »
Thursday: My letter to Mindfulness
Dear Mindfulness You and I have known each other for quite a while, 13 years to be exact. When I first met you I thought ‘wow they sound really helpful‘, but I realise now that in my naiveté I didn’t really understand you yet. My first proper introduction to you was during my training to…Read more »
Wednesday: What does mindfulness practice actually entail?
Welcome to day three of a week of mindfulness, where we will get a bit more into the nitty-gritty of some of the different ways you can integrate mindfulness into your life.. If you missed Monday and Tuesday’s segments, don’t worry you can just click on the links below for a catch up. Monday: what…Read more »
Tuesday: The core themes of mindfulness
Welcome to today’s instalment of a week of mindfulness. If you missed yesterday’s don’t worry you can just click on the link below for a catch up. Monday: what is all of this mindfulness malarkey about anyway? There are two main themes to living mindfully: • Living fully in the moment • Embracing a non-judgemental…Read more »
Self-compassion series: Part three. What exactly is it, and why is it so incredibly difficult?
So far in this self-compassion series I have briefly introduced what self-compassion is, with some personal reflections and exercises for readers to complete, hopefully starting the process of helping people think about how much self-compassion they truly offer themselves. Click on the link below to read part one and two of this ongoing series on…Read more »
Beautiful, Wonky Bodies and Exciting, Exhausting Mini Breaks
I was watching Star Trek: Discovery a couple of months ago. One of the main characters, a human called Michael Burnham, was brought up by and trained in the Vulcan ways. For those who are unfamiliar with the world of Star Trek, Vulcans (you may remember Spock) strive to be very logical thinkers. As a human…Read more »
New Year’s resolutions and chronic pain – 12 days later
Over the New Year period I contemplated writing a blog reflecting upon moving into a new year, and what this can mean to a person with a chronic illness. When reflecting upon what are rated became more and more obvious to me that moving into 2014 was something I was really struggling with. This year…Read more »