Coping with social distancing and self isolation

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At a time when uncertainty in life is greater than we’re used to tolerating, we all feel more vulnerable.  Significant changes to our daily lives and routines are very unsettling; things feel more out of our control than they usually do.  Worry is everywhere, like dark clouds hanging over our heads.  We can feel scared […]

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Diary dates: well-being walking group

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The well-being walking group started in October 2018; here are the dates and locations for the next few months: Sunday 7th April 2019, Royden Park CH48 1NP.  Meet outside the Barking Mad Cafe, to start walking at 10.30am. Future dates tba… The purpose of the walking group is for connection – with others and with […]

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Well-being walking group

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Walking is an activity many of us enjoy.  The gentle rhythmic movement is very grounding and, of course, being outdoors in nature can feel very uplifting; when did you ever come back from a walk feeling worse than you did when you left home?   Another thing which supports our well-being is connection with other […]

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Laburnum arch in Royden Park

Seasons of therapy

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One of my favourite places to walk on the Wirral is Royden Park.  In addition to the heathland and trees, there’s a hidden gem tucked away not far from the main car park; the walled garden.  I’ve been going in there every week since the end of last summer, watching the cycle of the seasons. […]

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Self-Talk

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One of the biggest things I’ve noticed that can catapult me into a place of feeling not OK about myself, is my internal dialogue – the chatter that goes on in my head at times.  Self-criticism is a real con, a mean trick which we can play on ourselves without really being aware of what […]

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Therapy for depression & anxiety

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Depression and anxiety are ways of being in the world which often go hand-in-hand.  If we suffer from depression or anxiety, our overall experience could be summed up as us feeling ‘not OK’.  With low energy and no enthusiasm, everyday tasks can feel like mountains to be climbed.  Lack of hope, self criticism, and feelings […]

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Perspectives

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One of the underlying principles of transactional analysis, is that we are all ‘OK’.  By this, we mean that everyone has value and worth;  I accept myself as me and I accept you as you.  Sometimes we might behave in ways which are unacceptable, but this does not mean that our existence does not have […]

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Our personality

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Do you sometimes wonder why you behaved the way you did? Wonder why you said something you did? Feel like you’ve done something wrong, when actually, you’ve done nothing wrong at all? You might be surprised to learn that there’s more than just one of you inside there, running the show!  In fact, there are […]

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Ten tips for an enjoyable summer holiday

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The school summer holidays are soon to be upon us!  Whether you’re with your children for part, or all of the holiday, there’s a big shift in pace away from the structure and routine of school life.  Freedom and possibilities are the flavour of the month.  There may be daydreams of blue skies and wide […]

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