Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Is it and are they?

I’m going to have to admit to loving Christmas. I tend to go overboard with all the decorating, the gifting, the eating and the drinking. But even with my passion for the season, I’ve experienced Christmases which weren’t merry and Holidays that weren’t especially happy. It can happen to anyone; what’s worse, it can happen […]

Ruby Wax’s “Sane New World: Taming the Mind”

… or as I like to think of it Mindfulness, but without the hippy dippy vibe. This has been on my ‘to read’ list for ages. At the back of my mind, I wondered whether it would be too tempting for a comedian to turn everything into a punchline, but I kept hearing good things […]

Time wasted … is it a waste of time?

So, we faff about, we procrastinate, we do all those other unimportant things when we could be … working, achieving, ticking things off our to-do list, doing housework, getting fitter – I could go on and you’re probably mentally adding your own stuff. If you’re struggling with focus or unable to concentrate due to depression […]

The one about the Frog in Boiling Water

I thought everyone knew this story but, today, I discovered that wasn’t the case. Two of my loved ones looked at me with utterly blank faces when I called them frogs in boiling water. And, it’s a good story, so it can stand repeating: If a frog jumps into a pot of boiling water, it’s […]

Talking about your feelings – how hard can it be?

Very. Not for everyone, of course. But this is one of those areas where there’s often a split along gender lines. At a young age, boys experience as wide a range of emotions as do girls, often with a higher level of intensity. How then can it be that men struggle? And not just struggle […]