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21st Century Parenting: Is it too protective?

21st Century Parenting. Is it a factor in the mental health crisis among young people? Parenting today is pretty demanding. Well, life generally is pretty demanding. There seems to be a lot of rushing and pressure to be productive and to fill our time with stimulating, challenging and exciting things. Whatever happened to boredom [...]

The Minefield of Parenting Today

Parenting today seems, for many, to be loaded with pressure. As does ‘growing up’. Time is pressured, there is pressure to be a ‘successful’ parent, a pressure to ensure our children ‘succeed’,  a pressure to help out financially,  a pressure to accept very different values to our own about things such as alcohol, spending, drugs, [...]

Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. Why?

  Whilst doing some of the research for a course I am running, I came across an article in the Independent stating the following statistic “rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years” Although I work with a good awareness of emotional health, I found this [...]

World Mental Health Day 2017: Mental Health in the Workplace

Today, 10th October, is World Mental Health Day, a day which provides an opportunity for raising awareness of mental health and to progress ways to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’. I recently trained to be a Mental Health First Aider for [...]

Is a lack of meaningful interaction making you feel lonely?

In a recent few days away I was exchanging introductions and initial pleasantries with a charming retired gentleman who asked me what I do for a living - "I am a Life Coach," I told him.  "Oh," he said, looking slightly blank "what does that involve? There are quite a lot of new things [...]

Macmillan’s ‘Go Sober for October’: Support and Encouragement

Some of us may have decided that an alcohol-free month of October is a challenge or experience we want to try... and for some, the link with making some funds for Macmillan will add incentive.  I confess that it's not for me now as I don’t drink much and already have a dwindling tolerance [...]

Flawed or Healthy Attraction?

Who do you attract into your life? Are you attracting people into your life who enhance it or drain you? I am guessing that if it is the latter, then by nature, you are a caring and giving person? A giving person gets some level of ‘inner glow’ from the giving of themselves to other [...]

Coping with a Bad Day: What’s Your Strategy?

Having a bad day? How do YOU cope with a bad day? We all have them! Sometimes they come one at a time and sometimes, like buses, they come one after another. And, of course there is a scale of severity of the distress we feel on bad days. Some bad days can be shrugged [...]

Self worth and the different needs of the sexes

Although this is a shifting attitude, women are most frequently brought up to invest in love and relationships and men are brought up to invest in achievement. It therefore follows that  a women assesses her value on how love and the relationships in her life, are going -and a man assesses his self worth on [...]

Lost in Interpretation?

Will you interpret my words in the way I hope? And what do I mean? Do our emotions evolve from our thoughts which, in turn, are based on our interpretations? I recently watched a box set of The Affair  …..with my 23 year old son, which had a few moments bordering on uncomfortable but also [...]

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