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Empathy Fatigue

I feel almost awful admitting this. I’m not even sure how I’m bringing myself to write this blog. Empathy and fatigue don’t seem to sit well in the same sentence. But I truly believe it’s something that needs to be addressed. We must speak about it. We must drag it into the daylight for everyone […]

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6 Hour Work Day Fairytale: Too Good to Be True?

The 6 hour work day or the 4 day working week are fairly new concepts. Sweden began trialling the 6 hour work day back in 2017. The 4 day working week is slightly newer with Microsoft Japan trialling the idea in August 2019; although they are by no means the only ones giving it a […]

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Inspiration for our Mental Health

I feel like any post I write at the moment, given my focus is mental health and wellbeing, cannot ignore what’s currently going on in the world. However, I know even for just myself that sometimes I don’t want to be reading about the current situation. I know what’s going on and sometimes I’d just […]

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Work/Life Balance #guilty

I’ve always been aware of the importance of a work/life balance but had never given it too much thought until recently. I began to notice the imbalance and associated guilt a few weeks ago before Covid struck. The point, however, I think is even more relevant with many of us working from home. Here’s how […]

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Laughter: Truly the Best Medicine

Laughter is the best medicine is a cliche for a reason. I’ve always heard people say it but never really thought about it. Until recently. Pre-Covid-19 I was having a difficult day. I had woken up with what felt like a dark cloud hanging over my head. My mood was low and it felt like […]

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Mindfulness & Covid-19

Many people find mindfulness a hugely helpful practice. Whether it’s the meditation itself, the calming or counting of breath, taking time out for themselves or simply a way of getting out of their heads. Whatever reason you practice mindfulness, if it works for you it probably will be hugely helpful now more than ever. Mindfulness […]

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Everyday Kindness

The other day as my bus pulled into it’s stop a father and child got off.  The father realizing he had left his shopping got back on the bus to retrieve it. This prompted his child to burst into tears. Another man who had got off at the same place stopped walking away and went […]

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How to Reframe Coronavirus for Anxiety

Coronavirus doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. This is a time of high stress for everyone. Let alone, for those of us who have a diagnosis of conditions such as anxiety or depression. There’s been a lot of talk about how to manage your mental health at this time. But I’ve yet […]

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Sympathy vs. Empathy

Sympathy and empathy are words we often use interchangeably. Does this matter? I think so. Sympathy and empathy were concepts I first learnt about in school, in English Literature. Since then it hasn’t had that much relevance in my life until the past few years. Because here’s the thing. If we’re going to be supportive […]

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Just Keep Breathing: Getting Through

Stress Management and Bear Hunts Once upon a time I wrote a blog on the topic of stress for work. In this blog, I suggested that often stress is like the ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ poem by Michael Rosen. Whilst we can manage stress better (here’s how), and we deserve help to do so, […]

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