Inspiring Message of Hope

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I was sent this. It’s so beautiful, inspiring, hopeful and comforting that I wanted to share it with you all – enjoy!

We Were Made for These Times
Inspiring Message by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people. Read more

The (New) 10 Commandments…. For a Stressless Life

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The (New) Ten Commandments… For a Stressless Life

Thou shalt not be perfect nor even try to be
Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people
Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done
Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin
Thou shalt learn to say “No”
Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and a supportive network
Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly
Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant and inattentive at times
Thou shalt not ever feel guilty
Especially, thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy but thy best friend

Authors note: Thou shalt not take life too seriously

Expressing Feelings

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Recently, a new client arrived with some anxieties about ‘having to lay down on my couch and be analysed while I scribble secret notes on my notepad and thoughtfully rub my chin’ (being female, I don’t have a beard to thoughtfully stroke) and this got me to thinking about the movie and media stereotypes of psychotherapists…. Cue Sigmund Freud lookalike with strong Austrian accent saying “and how does that make you feel…?”

Now although this is not a true reflection of a typical therapy session and as cliche as this view may be, if I stop and think about it, it’s rare that we talk about our feelings on a day to day basis. Read more

It’s good to talk

It’s good to talk using Open Ended Questions

Questions: Whether they are “open” or “closed”, they can help a person open up or help to close them down.

A closed question is one used to gather specific information – it can normally be answered with either a single word or a short phrase. An open ended question is one that is used in order to gather lots of information – you ask it with the intent of getting a long answer. So basically, open ended questions have no correct answer and require an explanation of sorts.
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Blue Monday – The most depressing day of the year?

The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title of “Blue Monday” due to a combination of post-festivities ‘come down’, cold, damp, dark nights, withdrawal from high calorie comfort foods and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. Read more