Life lessons

On never giving up

August 26, 2016

Life isn’t easy. It isn’t even fair most of the time. Yet, most of us continue day after day. We wake up, we put one foot in front of the other, we go to work or school, we socialise, we do our chores. We get on. Most of the mundane things can be done on autopilot. But what happens when things get tough? What happens when the universe throws a spanner in the works? For some of us, tough times…

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A Day in the life

9 things making me smile right now

August 19, 2016

Life has been crazy this past month and I’ve been run off my feet at work. Sleep continues to suffer as to other essential self-care routines in my life. Yet, I notice I’m not as flat as I was some months ago. In fact, I’m not even as flat as I was last month. Things are brewing but I can’t write about it yet. In the mean time though, I’m finding things that make me smile. Later sunsets: I am…

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5 tips to help your child get a good night’s sleep

August 18, 2016

This post is brought to you by The Sleep Judge We all lead full, fast-paced and frantic lives these days. Busy-ness has almost become something cool, something to strive for. It’s not just adults who are busy juggling home and work and families but kids and teens seem to be far busier these days than I ever remember being. When children and teens present to me with non-clinical anxiety, depression or stress, one of the common things I notice is…

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All about the mind

The curse of words #FridayReflections

August 12, 2016

Words are a writer’s greatest gift. In fact, most of us wouldn’t be writers if we didn’t love words. But as a psychologist, I am also aware that words, or at least the meaning we attach to them, can cause us a whole lot of grief. When we attach meaning to words, we experience emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, or shame. When we get hooked on to these words, we make them bigger than they are. In my line…

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A Day in the life

If we were having coffee 6 August 2016 #WeekendCoffeeShare

August 6, 2016

Welcome, take a seat. Get comfortable. It’s that time of the week when we sit back, relax with a cuppa and have a chat. Can I just say, even though I’m not actually sitting back, it’s nice to imagine sitting and relaxing? Especially after the week I’ve had. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you if I thought last week was bad, this week turned out to be even more exhausting. It started with a busy few days at…

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