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Introversion; curse or blessing ?

Straight away – let me clear this up ; being an introvert is not a curse, it could be a blessing in many ways – but it may not always feel ‘easy’. People speak to me about feeling ‘crippled with shyness’. But what I find when we ‘dig around’ a little more is that really […]

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Exams- sorry – have to start talking about them sometime

With university examinations approaching, many students will be thinking about the best way to study and get on top of all the material they have covered during the semester.  For some that means studying alone, for others group work is best, or perhaps a bit of both. When I went to university, I was one […]

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Getting Ready for Mental Health Awareness Week

Gosh, it’s good to be back on campus! I feel revitalised. Full of energy. Firing on all cylinders. Raring to — okay, cool, you get the picture. It’s been great hanging out with my friend Ewe-nice between lectures these last few days, and good to be surrounded by other students again. I was starting to […]

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Character Strengths: What are they? How can they help?

Character strengths are one of the key concepts underlying the theories of  Positive Psychology. Martin Seligman ( and various colleagues) hit upon the idea that in focusing on a person’s strengths ( rather than their weakness or pathology) you would draw out for the individual a potential way to engage with the world differently and […]

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What I have learnt from my Mother

I have actually learnt quite a lot from my Mother -but  I was struck the other day by something significant my mother has developed in herself  which I appreciate and am striving to develop in myself;  and that is an appreciation and gratitude for small things. She notices things that most of us- including me-  […]

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Unhelpful thinking styles- what are they ? And how can being aware of how I think help me?

Leading on from my last post about future predicting here are some of the other unhelpful thinking styles we may adopt , when anxious,  in an attempt to ‘control’ our environment. I have a really good poster in my room which I often give to people  but I’ll try to summarise it here, over the […]

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“Have you filled a bucket today?”

I came across this delightful children’s book titled “Have You Filled a Bucket today?” by Carol McCloud and illustrated by David Messing and I thought that I would share it with you. Although this book is written for a very young audience I found it to be very helpful and insightful. Since reading it I […]

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Future worry – is this a useful realistic strategy or wasted time ?

I often find people struggling with worry about the future.  In fact often they will try to convince me that this is not only very real but a productive and useful life strategy.  Typically the arguments will include the idea that in worrying about the future they will accurately predict every up-coming event and be prepared and rehearsed when the inevitable happens. But […]

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Stress / Relax Signpost

Manage Your Stress – Change Your Thinking .. and other good advice.

Life can be challenging. How do we best manage these challenges and the stress that may show up so that we can enjoy life and get the most out of it? “Changing your thinking is the single most important thing that you can do to help manage stress” according to Dr Mike Evans, and I […]

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New at Uni ? My Top Tips

I remember arriving at Uni for the first time and I remember thinking ‘I will never feel at home here or make friends- it’s impossible.’ But guess what ? I did find my way around and make friends – and actually pretty quickly. And I learnt things that made my life easier- and I have […]

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