Somebody I used to know | Wendy Mitchell | Dementia

By Lara | November 30, 2020

Somebody I used to know is a book about bravery, and about finding new meaning in dementia. Wendy Mitchell shares her journey into dementia with us. This is more than a moving, heart-wrenching story about the changes to life that dementia demands. It is a book that will educate and enlighten and one I believe…

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Running for anxiety | Running as a prescription for anxiety?

By Lara | August 9, 2020

How can running help anxiety? We’ve known for a while that exercising has a positive impact on our mental health (read more here). But what about running for anxiety? Gurung (2016) believes that maybe it ought to be prescribed. Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most commonly identified common psychological disorder in the UK. Those that…

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8 things our children will wish we’d said

By Lara | July 12, 2020

Here are 8 things our children will wish we’d said to them Parenting in 2020 is vastly different to forty or fifty years ago.  These days we try to spend more quality time with our children (especially recently!) which is great for our relationships and for making memories.  We also try to make their lives as easy…

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Limit the doom | doomscrolling is making you anxious

By Lara | July 9, 2020

Limit the doom – are you doomscrolling? Yesterday, I learned a new term. It is ‘doomscrolling‘, and it has a sister term ‘doomsurfing’. These new verbs have found their way into our vocabularies due to the seemingly insatiable appetite that we’ve developed for Covid-19 related updates. But it’s not just the endless, mindless hours that…

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Plan your personal lockdown exit strategy

By Lara | May 31, 2020

What do you mean, plan my exit strategy? The UK lockdown rules have begun to ease and now is the time to plan how you will exit strategically. The smart thing to do is to plan your lockdown ‘exit strategy’. Why? Read on… Why? Never before has life been so pared back. For 10 weeks…

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The Choice (Edith Eger)

By Lara | May 20, 2020

When you feel trapped, read on. A must-read for everyone (but especially those struggling with loss, grief and trauma). The Choice is Edith Eger’s remarkable story of not only surviving Auschwitz, but going on to overcome denial and eventually find healing. It is nothing short of inspirational. The biggest prison is in your own mind.…

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Stillness is the Key – Ryan Holiday

By Lara | April 19, 2020

Read this book to understand the importance of downtime, mindfulness, stillness and meditation. Stillness IS the key. In a fast-paced world, where we are so focussed on doing more and more, working longer and longer, finding time to bring stillness into our minds is crucial. Multi-tasking is often prized, but it is the exact opposite…

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Coronavirus and how to survive lockdown – back to basics

By Lara | April 5, 2020

How to survive the lockdown restrictions If you’re not one of the many who are feeling somewhat ‘calmer’ now that you don’t have to face your fears by going out into the world, then this post is for you. Let’s go back to basics. We are hearing unprecedented use of the word unprecedented – but…

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Mum and dad, I know you’re divorced but please stop arguing!

By Lara | March 1, 2020

Your children will scream internally: “mum and dad, please stop arguing” Divorce or separation is usually difficult. Reaching this point in a relationship, making this decision, is never to be taken lightly. More especially when there are children involved, but if it feels as though the relationship has come to completion, it may be inevitable.…

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You’re an adult but your parent makes you feel like a child

By Lara | February 11, 2020

Does your parent make you feel like a child? I remember very clearly one session during my training years ago. Our tutor was speaking to us about the power of the parent. You know – when you’re an adult but your parent still makes you feel like a child? My tutor cited the example of…

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