Blue Monday? Forget it – here are reasons to be cheerful

January is barely more than a couple weeks old but Blue Monday – allegedly the most depressing day of the year – is looming. Quick, batten down the hatches! Save yourselves! Take only what you need to survive! Seriously now, let’s not be overdramatic. Why? because it is a load of old tosh.  A formula […]

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I don’t want to travel the world – and that’s OK

Sometimes things are said which appear to blow people’s minds. Like, for example, travel. Truth be told, I’m not fussed about travelling the world. Admitting to this absence of international wanderlust often ignites contrary societal commentary. It’s so fulfilling, the globetrotters/travel industry tell us. It provides you with a greater awareness and enables you to become more cultured as […]

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Progress, not perfection

Today I did not get a personal best at a local parkrun but I’m delighted all the same. Why? Because I proved to myself I’m on the path to progression. A few years ago, and as I lay prone on a treatment bench, a physiotherapist – in a sublime display of How to Lose Friends […]

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New year. Same you.

Congratulations! You’ve nearly completed 2019. How are you feeling? A bit worn out? Oh-so-bloated from the cheese, chutney and Celebrations? Fed-up already with the howls of ‘new year, new you’? I used to arrive at this point feeling burnt out. For a long time, toasting January involved Prosecco and passing out. I’d resolve to be […]

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Which ‘happy’ are you today?

From an early age we are taught happiness is the utopia we should aim to reach and, once there, should stay put. It’s funny really; always pursuing the vision of permanent vim and vigour leaves us ripe for disappointment. The uncomfortable truth is that the blissed-out perpetual end state doesn’t exist. Curse those childhood fairy […]

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Things I care less about

Chances are that, as you’ve got older, you’ve become wiser. Age brings experience and experience brings wisdom. We all know that. It also brings about a seachange in the things you care less about… Being thin. You counted calories, slurped slimming shakes and ate nothing but sausages and cheese for a while. You tried every […]

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How many times have you bullied yourself?

In a recent interview, singer Melanie C describes therapy as ‘bloody great’. She’s dead right. During therapy, one of my biggest epiphanies was uncovering the link between my early life experiences and inner critic, then taking action to break the pattern. Let’s face it: we all trash talk ourselves. Everyone has an inner dialogue, both […]

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Colourful autumn walks in Devon

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The changing season can fill us with lots of feelings – nostalgia for those hot summer days, grumpiness because it’s dark at 4pm and weariness from smashing the snooze button for the eighth time because, well, it’s pitch black outside and I am nice and warm here thanks. When we do drag ourselves outside, when […]

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Staying alcohol free – each day at a time

You may have reached the end of Go Sober for October without touching a drop of booze. Or you’ve moderated your way through the month and feel full of resolve to erase alcohol completely. Either way, kudos to you for making such a positive change. Leading a life without alcohol in it, even just for […]

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