I want to be distracted.

Occasionally I get a feeling when I know I’m spending too much time “in my own head”. CBT and counselling taught me to be more aware, more counscious, of how I feel and what I’m thinking. Overall that’s a good thing, it’s helped me be more in control and spend more time ‘being’ rather than simply ‘doing’. Sometimes though, help it most certainly does not. Let me explain… Continue reading “I want to be distracted.”

Mind Full v Mindful: some thoughts on mindfulness

In recent years, much has been written and talked about mindfulness. But what does it actually mean? And what are the benefits of practising mindfulness? The classical dictionary definition of mindfulness is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.” And really, that’s what it’s all about. It’s very easy to rush through life without taking the time to actually notice and … Continue reading Mind Full v Mindful: some thoughts on mindfulness

Life, mental health and stuff: an update on me.

It’s been quite a while since I posted on here about my mental health and such like, so here we go: I had my final session with my totally wonderful psychotherapist, Tom, a few weeks ago. It was the final session because it was the 12th, which is all that was funded, but actually I think I was probably just about ready to move-on at … Continue reading Life, mental health and stuff: an update on me.

The value of getting out and about.

One of the biggest things that I’ve uncovered about myself through working with my counsellor has been a deep-seated and thoroughly debilitating social anxiety. There are understandable reasons for this – I was going to say ‘good’ reasons, but that’s not what I mean. When I was at school, from the age of about seven onwards, I was bullied. I realise, of course, that everyone … Continue reading The value of getting out and about.

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Comfort Zone

Yesterday was my seventh therapy session, and one of the things that’s stuck in my head was a question that I was asked: “What do you think happens if we always stay in our comfort zone?” Certainly, not pushing myself outside my comfort zone is something that I am very guilty of – which is where the question came from. My first thought was that … Continue reading Comfort Zone

Week ending 18th April 2015 – a wholly profitable enterprise!

So I find myself unusually (honest!) sat in a McDonalds n Manchester having my breakfast. Something that I haven’t done for ages. Why? You may well ask. This last week I’ve been at home by myself, the rest of the family having been away at relatives, and it’s been far from an ordinary week. At the start of the week I was feeling pretty rotten, … Continue reading Week ending 18th April 2015 – a wholly profitable enterprise!