Ripples, however small, slowly move out from the source and impact much further than we ever know. Whenever we do a small act of kindness or impart some small wisdom we never know the full impact that will have.
I was talking so someone the other day who said that they thought it was ridiculous teaching children at primary/elementary school mindfulness and wellbeing; “what did they have to be stressed about?”.
I should point out that this person did not work in a school or even have young children.
Life is so full of ups and downs that sometimes we feel dizzy. I know I have often wondered when I can get off the ride.
This is life.
Life is a glorious mix of good times and challenges. Without the challenges we don’t learn and without the good times we might just give up all together.
In the words of Ronan Keating: “Life is a rollercoaster, just gotta ride it!”.
Well, it is due to a simple evolutionary process which is designed to keep us safe but which can, if we don’t learn to control it, lead to the…
Breathing is the most important thing in life.
There is no denying that really. You stop breathing, you stop living. Did you know though, that your breathing could be making you stressed? Learning to breathe in the right way might just be the most important thing you ever learn — in my opinion anyway.
You may have heard me talk before about how important it is to breathe correctly. I’m not going to even pretend that this isn’t something I preach whenever I get the chance. …
I have been writing to support my wellbeing for as long as I have been able to write. From innocent stories typed on my Mums typewriter to grown up journalling I have always used writing things down as a way to process my emotions and work through any challenges I might be facing.
As a teenager I fear my many penfriends often got a deeper, more soul searching letter than they were anticipating as the confused ramblings of my adolescent brain spilled forth uncontrollably onto the paper. …
I am sure many of you are familiar with one of my favourite quotes:
Before I go any further, I am going to confront the elephant in the room. I know that the author of Harry Potter is a contraversial figure for many people now, but I firmly believe that someone can create something truly magical and have questionable personal beliefs. Whether you feel that her comments over recent years are acceptable or not is irrelevant in this context. The fact is, this quote resonates with me and it always will.
Now that is out of the way…
I’m not talking about complicated ceremonies, although if that brings you joy that’s great. I’m talking about having simple rituals that brings you pleasure, that help you to achieve your goals and most importantly that make you happy.
I have always had a morning routine. At some points in my life it has been as simple as: shower, dressed, empty the dishwasher, make the packed lunches, have breakfast and take the kids to school. …
Exams. Just the word is enough to put many adults into fear mode.
In the UK we have used fundamentally the same system of assessment in schools since public examinations were created in 1858, when two examinations were introduced to schools, the Junior (under 16yrs) and Senior (under 18yrs) exams. These exams were requested by schools in order to help them assess the students and Oxford and Cambridge Universities created them and they were sat in schools, village halls or church halls.
More than 150 years on and schooling has changed beyond recignition.
When these first exams were introduced education…
Mental Health Awareness Week is 10th -16th May 2021
This week you will see lots in the media about mental health. It will be all over your social media feeds and celebrities will bravely share their experiences in order to normalise mental health struggles. Powerful stuff!
I am in awe of anyone who is brave enough to share their mental health journey publicly because I know how difficult it is and the judgement that has come with that in the past. …
I know what you are thinking. I don’t have time to be adding anything else into my daily routine.
Don’t worry, please read on because I am not going to add anything new into your routine, I promise.
What I am going to do is to give you ways of doing things you are already doing more mindfully.
You might be thinking, how is that going to make a difference. If I’m already doing all these things how is that going to change anything? Well, the difference is, how you do them. …
I have wrestled with anxiety on and off my whole life.
It is like the quiet house guest who you forget is living in your house until they become really demanding and spoil your day. Like many emotional states there are varying degrees of anxiety. For some people it is something which makes them feel sick and as though they don’t want to do something. Others though are completely crippled by its impact on their lives. Anxiety can make it impossible to leave the house, spend time with friends and even get a job. …
I am a wellbeing coach for women and the Calmer Classrooms Creator, I support women during transition and create relaxation & mindfulness resources for schools.