Intuitively I know that I need to breathe deeply, hum, sing, go for a walk, go to crossfit, do some yoga, have a hug, draw, call a friend and have a laugh – but do I always do something to help myself? Of course not. How good are you at following our intuition?
Maybe this is the wake up call, maybe now’s the time to listen to ourselves more than ever. No more hesitation, just do what you need to do to help yourself. That’s it – don’t feel good! Yes James Brown, let me sing it – “I feel good d’ne ne ne ne ne ne!” Sometimes we need to fake it to make it – in other words I might not feel like singing but the act of singing makes me feel good. Who’d have believed it? When I force myself to follow my intuition, it makes me feel better.
What makes you feel good? Whatever it is, remember NOT to do it!
Dr Linda Craig: On Self-harm
TW #triggerwarning This blog contains discussion of sensitive issues. Each year in early March, mental health organisations around the United Kingdom work to promote awareness of self-harm and reduce the stigma around it that can prevent individuals seeking support. Self-harm is a broad term which refers to a person deliberately causing harm or injury to […]
Take 5 sugars in your coffee!
I used to give myself ‘eating rules’ – ‘Only fruit for lunch!’ ‘One sweet thing per day!’ ‘…and not before 4 o’clock!’ Both bulimia and anorexia played their parts. I saw a doctor, an unforgettable experience. “How much are you eating? How often are you eating? Do you take sugar in your coffee?” “No,” I […]
Dr Linda Craig: On Eating Disorders
The first week of March is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Perhaps apt timing as mental health services across the United Kingdom are reporting a higher rate and severity of Eating Disorder referrals than ever before. Eating Disorders provoke a great deal of anxiety. For sufferers. For loved ones. For services. If you are concerned that […]
There’s nothing we like better than knowing that we’ve been heard and understood, especially when we’re struggling with the day to day, perhaps with stress or mental health issues. Active listening is what’s needed on Time to Talk Day (4th Feb) and every other day. Active listening is listening to hear, it’s about taking in the whole person. It’s hearing […]
Give Monday a chance
What we think affects how we feel. We think sad, we feel sad. With this in mind, who’s bright idea was it to name the third Monday of the month Blue Monday? It’s not helpful. Especially this year. It’s particularly unhelpful, when you realise that there’s no scientific evidence behind it being the most depressing […]