Cycle awareness

This post is not about mindful cycling. These are my musings on being mindful of the menstrual cycle. Even if you don’t have a menstrual cycle to contend with, you probably know someone who does. So, this post may still offer new insights and encourage you to be more understanding about the physiological and psychological … Continue reading Cycle awareness

Just say “YES” to REST!

Do you often feel fully rested? …relaxed? …rejuvenated? Or do you believe you don’t have time to rest? …or do you think: “Rest is for lazy people” That’s what my mother told me once as a throwaway comment. But, because I didn’t want to be labelled “lazy”, I pushed myself constantly, refusing to listen to … Continue reading Just say “YES” to REST!

Year compass

For several years now, apart from Samhuin, December has been the month when my family sits down together to reflect on the past year and we take time to define our goals for the year ahead. We do this reflective exercise with the help of Year Compass, which is a free booklet designed by a … Continue reading Year compass

Promise and Place

I don’t make promises. I’ve watched too many films where promises were broken and so were hearts. But, Nancy Kline discusses one particular promise in her latest book that I am devouring: I love her books because they are both educational and enjoyable, unlike some arduous research articles I have encountered that were the equivalent … Continue reading Promise and Place

Mind your Qs and Fs

(5 minute read) Three questions (Qs) you could ask yourself when setting new goals: What do I want? Why do I want it? How do I get it? These three questions could be used for selfish gains that benefit only yourself and may provide temporary happiness, or they could be asked to achieve something that … Continue reading Mind your Qs and Fs

Your future self

(7 minute read) I have a quote on my fridge as a reminder that everything we think, say and do today affects tomorrow: Do something today your future self will thank you for. ~ Sean Patrick Flanery (apparently, or an American real estate agent : D) It’s not just our individual lives that are affected … Continue reading Your future self

Post traumatic growth

(3 minute read) What I appreciate about my positive psychology course is that it is NOT Happiology! Students are encouraged to look critically at positive psychology and explore the complex messiness of all human emotions as integral to our wellbeing journey. In modern times, happiness has been prioritised and other more negative feelings and emotions … Continue reading Post traumatic growth

…and breathe…

(6 minute read) The word psychology originates from logos, meaning the study and use of, and psyche ie., “breath, energy, consciousness, soul or spirit” (Edwards, 2008, p. 132). Yet I was taught nothing about the breath on any of my psychology courses. However, I think quality breathing could be considered an effective positive psychology intervention … Continue reading …and breathe…

Coming to calm

(6 minute read) I recently completed a 5 week coming to calm course by the lovely Tamsin Hartley (author of The Listening Space, which is a useful model to work with metaphor and clean questions in a coaching session. See my blog post on The Listening Space). I don’t know why I decided to participate … Continue reading Coming to calm


(6 minute read) Do you have much to laugh about these days? I don’t know if you have heard, but a pandemic has created a global economic and health crisis, and as of writing it has been almost one year since the first national lockdown in the UK. Happy Anniversary! Yet, it doesn’t seem like … Continue reading PsychLOLogy


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