Breathing Techniques

Photo by Fabian Møller on Unsplash What does it mean to be human ? Every day, you take 23,000 breaths and your heart beats 100,000 times.  Humans are capable of more complex thoughts and emotions than any other animal on the planet.  For life to survive : temperature, acidity, oxygen concentration must be precisely controlled.  We ar...
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Uncertainty - A deeper dive

Taking a deeper dive into the experience of uncertainty. Raheem Sterling steered in Luke Shaw's cross after 75 minutes. As we continued watching, a creeping fear emerged that Germany would score a goal. But England's win was secured with another moment of significance, four minutes from time. Captain Harry Kane headed in from substitute Jack Greali...
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Post Lockdown Anxiety

Resilience can be thought of your personal ability to bounce back from an adverse life event. Post lockdown return to work for some, may be the adverse life event.  Like an iceberg, this is hidden.  When you are hit with a fundamental change of working and home living, that feels seemingly endless, you can cope by adapting the w...
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Mental Health a "look back" on sexuality and diagnosis

A word of warning – my blog contains sexual references and detailed clinical descriptions of abusive practice, that may offend or upset you.  It is based on published academic literature. Key extracts have been taken from the book Curing Queers by Tommy Dickinson.  It also outlines the rise of modern gay rights social movement and the act...
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What I learnt from Lucy's talk "lets get buzzing".

Dandelions are demonised as a weed, but hold back on the mowing and you'll find a whole range of garden wildlife depends on them for food. The Banks community land at Bowness on Solway are the official beginning or end of the Hadrian's walk. The grass is mown monthly not weekly as for most gardens in the village. Volunteers look after the...
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Lucy and her dad co-deliver (Nature and Mental Health)

Developed by Cumbria Local Nature Partnership, and delivered by Cumbria Wildlife Trust (CWT),  'Get Cumbria Buzzing' is an ambitious and innovative 3-year project (2019-2022) that includes a wide range of partners who have joined forces to help reverse the decline of pollinators across Northwest Cumbria. They are:  Allerdale Borough ...
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Mental Health and Nature

How many hours have you spent looking at a screen ? How many times have you checked your smartphone today ? Concentrating hard at work in your air-conditioned office or heated home, you might not even have noticed the weather ? Nature is not a luxury. It is a resource that must be available for everyone to enjoy - as basic as having ...
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How kind are you ?

 Does being kind to others mean Helping others you do not know ? Being emotionally warm to those who are close to you ? Or is kindness really about Putting others first and you last ? Sacrificing your longer term personal needs so that others benefit ? Or is kindness (to myself and others) when we boil it all down to its essence Looking good, ...
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A deeper dive - Generalised Anxiety Disorder

People with Generalised Anxiety Disorder worry about the same types of things that everybody else does in their lives: family, work or school, finances, their health and the health of loved ones, relationships with friends or work colleagues, minor matters, such as punctuality or making small decisions. What does it does it feel like...
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Mental Health Apps

Smartphones are changing the way people approach mental health. Apps can be helpful for people who may be unwilling or unable to attend face-to-face treatment and they can also provide support in between sessions. Whilst these apps can be useful, they are not a replacement for seeking medical advice Since so many of us use our smartphone constantly...
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Sleep and good mental health

 In the last 100 years, our modern way of living means we sleep less. Mathew Walker in his book "why we sleep", explains how it affects our wellbeing and the dangers lurking in your bedroom. (Photo by Gregory Pappas on Unsplash) Quality sleep enhances our ability to learn, memorise work routines and make logical business decisions. Biologicall...
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The Importance of Mental Health Phonelines

 The pandemic is hitting some of us hard post Christmas. Cumbria CE Mind's latest call trends are concerning. If you are in despair or distress and need to talk right now, there are lots of helplines staffed by experienced people ready to listen without judging you. They could help you make sense of what you're feeling.&nbs...
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blue monday

Blue Monday was originally created in 2004 by psychologist Cliff Arnall.  The idea was originally created in 2004 by psychologist Cliff Arnall. He came up with a "statistical formula" for the January blues after he was asked to do so by travel firm Sky Travel. "I was originally asked to come up with what I thought was the best day to...
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How much pleasure is it to spend money ?

We work to earn money. After taking care of the usual monthly essential bills and maybe a bit for a rainy day, we have money in our account to spend on what we desire and like to own. Does spending lift our mood ? Make us feel good about ourselves ? The research says yes, but it depends. Spending our money on product stuff, gives us pleasurabl...
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World Kindness Day 2020

World Kindness Day is celebrated each year on November 13th to support the act of making the world a better place through small acts of kindness. It was launched in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement which had been formed the year before in Tokyo through a group of like-minded people and organisations. This year's theme for World Kindness day is E...
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Top 10 tips for working from home

With much of the UK either under lockdown or working under restrictions, many more people are again working from home.  For a lot of freelancers, this may mean little has changed for them, however, if you are new to home working or felt it didn't work well for you last time, we've compiled some helpful tips to make the process a more prod...
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Mindfulness for Good Mental Health

What is mindfulness?  Mindfulness is the act of being fully present at that moment, aware of our own body's feelings, where we are, and what we're doing. While we focus on these things we can assess them while not overreacting or being overwhelmed by our feelings. We all possess this ability but like a muscle, it builds strength with practice....
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Menopause and the Workplace – World Menopause Day

Approximately two-thirds of women in the UK feel there is a general lack of support and understanding around menopause and the various transition stages of women's life (Nuffield Health). With 80% of women going through menopause experiencing some symptoms - that's 1.5 million women in the UK affected at any one time (...
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My work as the CE Mind Lighthouse Manager

Historically, if you were overwhelmed by a Mental Health crisis you booked an appointment with your GP, turned up at your local Accident and Emergency Department or you rang 999. In recent years, Crisis Interventions teams were created but these are in secondary care and in scarce supply. Historically in Cumbria, you must have been their patie...
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Gratitude and your mental health

Happy Sunday!  Let's take a little Sunday self-care time to recognise the little things each day that we're grateful for, taking time to focus on the things we have, rather than the things we don't. In his research Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. has studied the link between gratitude and well-being, leading multiple experiments into the sub...
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