Surviving or Thriving?

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and I find it significant that the strap-line favoured by the Mental Health Foundation is ‘ Surviving or Thriving?’ Surviving or Thriving? So what does this actually mean?  I can best talk about this by reference to my own life experience. For many years I suffered from Anxiety…

One Simple tip to break that low self esteem cycle

Low self- esteem?  One simple (But effective) tip to break that Low Self-Esteem cycle. What is Self-esteem? Self-esteem is perhaps the most under-valued part of what makes up our mental health.  At worst, it can lead you to do things you’d never normally consider doing – poor relationship choice, drinking heavily and substance abuse are…

My Bridge – How I got to where I am today

My Bridge – How I got to where I am today. My Bridge. Recently I have found people asking about my journey from depression and anxiety to where I am today.  I think it’s time I told my story so here it is. ——————-O o O——————– The first 60 years Don’t panic this is the…

Catastrophic Thinking – a disaster?

Catastrophic Thinking – a disaster? Another in our series of brief articles discussing unhelpful thinking styles.  Today we look at catastrophic thinking and ask whether it is such a bad thing. What is Catastrophic Thinking? Do you find that you get very emotional very quickly?  Do you immediately think, or expect the worst? Is your…

Are you a paranoid thinker?

Are you a paranoid thinker? Another in a series of brief articles looking at the unhelpful thinking styles that can hold us back in our lives. This time, the perils of being a paranoid thinker. ——————–O o O——————– Who is a paranoid thinker? Do you often worry about people leaving you or letting you down?…

Are You an impulsive thinker?

Are you an impulsive thinker? No 3 of a series of brief articles looking at unhelpful thinking styles that form part of your mindset. This time the impulsive thinker. ——————–O o O——————– What are you like? Impulsive thinkers want to feel happy/good/safe/loved/satisfied RIGHT NOW.  They are not willing, or able(?) to postpone gratification so they…

Obsessive Thinkers – Worry about worrying!”

OBSESSIVE THINKERS – Worry about worrying.   Number 2 of a series of brief articles looking at the unhelpful thinking styles that form part of your mindset. ——————–O o O——————– What are you worried about? One thing’s for certain, if you are an obsessive thinker you worry, brood and think about everything that happens (or…

Negative Thinking Style

NEGATIVE THINKING STYLE – No. 1 of a series of brief articles looking at the unhelpful thinking styles that form part of our your mindset. ——————–O o O——————– What is a negative thinking style? Anybody who always focuses on the ‘bad things’, always assumes things will go wrong and assumes they will fail, is a…

The 12 Thrive Days of Christmas – Day 12 – Thriving

The 12 Thrive Days of Christmas – Day 12 – Thriving A series of 12 brief articles, published daily from 25th December to 5th January (The traditional 12 days of Christmas.  Today – Thriving.   PACE and Thriving Over the past 11 days we have looked at outlines of many aspects of The Thrive Programme.…

The 12 Thrive Days of Christmas -11- Habits and Addictions

The 12 Thrive Days of Christmas -11- Habits and Addictions A series of 12 brief articles, published daily from 25th December to 5th January (The traditional 12 days of Christmas.  Today – Habits and Addictions. ——————-O o O——————– What’s the difference? Many of us are in the habit of behaving in a certain way.  “I…