Health and Wellbeing

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Beating Blue Monday

It may be useful to know that Blue Monday was in fact created in 2005 by a British holiday company. The idea was derived...
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What not to say to a cancer patient

As a Supporter/Carer for someone living with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, and as a Survivor of Breast Cancer (2011/12), I was delighted to see a...
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When your child doesn’t want to live

There are no easy answers or quick fixes when our children present with mental health problems. An excellent port of call for those affected...
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Alcohol, menopause and dry January

So some of us, (ahem), may have indulged a little too much over the past couple of weeks. If you're in need of a...
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What happened at my first sex therapy session

If this post helps only one other person, it will have merited the guts it must have taken to write it. I knew my...
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The guilt-free art of saying ‘No’

Given that we are now coming up to a season where all sorts of demands - mental and physical - will be made on...
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SAD truths about Seasonal Affective Disorder

There's something quite depressing about leaving for work in the dark. Add to that some belting rain and a temperature drop and there's no...
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Make a noise about bullying

Anti-Bullying Week in England is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and this year is from the 16th - 20th November. The theme is ‘Make a Noise about bullying’ with...
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Loving your body after cancer treatment

Creative wellbeing coach and artful story catcher, Callie Carling, shares three simple steps to help you embrace and love your body after cancer treatment. Living...
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The loneliness of loneliness

Coming from a big family, then marrying and having additional children into a blended family, I would have said years before it would be impossible for...
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My anxiety and depression post diagnosis

I’ve been throwing a few ideas around in my head recently, to do with autism, diagnosis, self awareness and such like. I kind of...
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Do you know the difference between a cold and flu?

Flu is not a 'bad cold'. Each year, thousands of people die of complications after catching the flu. Find out how colds and flu differ. Colds...

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Recipe for a #writing prompt

This week we'd like you to write about a dish or recipe that is close to your heart. For instance, butter, sugar and flour being...
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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...