Coping With Christmas When You’re Just Not Feeling It

Tis the season to be Jolly, so the well-known carol says. But what if you’re not feeling jolly this Christmas? Perhaps the thought of all the extra work – especially if it seems to be mostly falling to you –  is pushing your stress buttons and bringing out your inner Grinch. Or maybe you’re going to …

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Happy World Mental Health Day!

What is World Mental Health Day all about? Well, it aims to spread awareness, educate and reduce the stigma that is sadly still associated with mental health problems in society. The event provides a great opportunity for people to share knowledge, talk about how to take care of mental health, and also deal with society’s …

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New Blog Dedicated to Childrens’ Mental Health

I’m excited to share that I have created a new blog which is dedicated to childrens’ mental health and wellbeing over on my Brighter Futures for Kids website.  Its called ‘Creating Kids Who Can’ and it will be sharing weekly posts on topics parents frequently ask me about. You can visit the blog by clicking …

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Will You Get Back on the Merry-Go-Round?

Back in May, there was a quote was circulating on social media cautioning those of us desperate to ‘get back to normal’ to use the time of lockdown to consider which parts of normal were actually worth rushing back to.  Judging from the amount of shares it received, It struck a chord with many people. As …

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Self awareness and relationships

Self awareness and relationships

Can becoming more self aware help our relationships?  Have a read of this article I wrote for recently launched website Pink Moods – which was published yesterday – to find out more How Self Awareness Can Improve Your Relationships What Self Awareness Is Being self aware is understanding how our different beliefs, values, personalities, habits, thoughts, …

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Tips for Coping with SAD and the Winter Blues

Tips for coping with SAD and the ‘Winter Blues’

I was delighted to be invited along to the studios of BBC Radio Derby recently to talk about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  You can listen to the interview here (its starts 1hr 15 minutes into the programme).   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gtsks Talking about it with Sally Pepper and the other contributors has prompted me into writing this …

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Heart attack after bereavement

Frances Weston speaks on BBC Radio Derby about findings of BIDMC-led study into increased risk of heart attack following bereavement

Following publication yesterday of the findings of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s research into the into the links between bereavement and subsequent risk of heart attack, I was interviewed by Phil Trow on BBC Radio Derby this morning, in my capacity as a bereavement counsellor. The study found that a person’s risk of experiencing …

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