Anxiety

As I embarked on a new piece of work this week I noticed not only my excitement but also my anxiety.  Anxiety expressed in big, scary dreams.  It got me thinking. Earlier this year I heard Tim Jackson, a Professor of Sustainable Development, say that anxiety is embedded in the fabric of our lifestyle. His […]

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Music to my ears!

A friend of mine played me a really fantastic, uplifting piece of music the other day – just what’s needed at this rather gloomy time of year. As I listened to the music I could actually feel happiness rising up inside me! What power! It seems that music makes the body release endorphins – the […]

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Beating the Winter Blues!

It’s an awful time of year. The days are short, the weather’s bad, the clothes are tight and the bank account’s empty. At this time of year it feels hard to be happy. It happens every year and I usually just sit it out but this year I decided to see what I could do […]

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Snakes and Ladders!

You woke up feeling low and you don’t really know why. You just seemed to slip down to a low point. You know that everyone feels low sometimes and you know there’s no shame in it. If the feeling continued for weeks you might think it was depression but you’ve felt like this before and […]

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Disappointment

I was on my way to the cinema when my friend rang. She had arrived home to find her kitchen flooded. She had rung me to say she felt terrible but she had to stay home, clear up and call an emergency plumber. So she had to cancel our trip to the cinema. I asked […]

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Spiders

I was in the bathroom just about to get into the bath when I spotted it: an enormous spider. It had a big body and long, hairy legs. It was almost the size of my hand and it was between me and the bathroom door. I was terrified. Ignore it? Get into the bath? Relax? […]

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You mean I’m last?

Last year I took part in a run in Battersea Park. I’d done quite a few public races before and there are always superfast people who seem to finish almost before I get across the start line but there are always people – normal people like me; they huff and puff their way around the […]

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