Movember 2021 – Raising Male Mental Health Awareness

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November 2021 comes to an end on Wednesday this week, but what a month it has been for Male Mental Health Awareness! We are going to be taking a look at why this month has been so important for Mental Health Awareness, as well as my thoughts on it, in today’s blog!

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Sweeney’s Stuttering Update – November 2021

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I hope you’ve all had a lovely start to the weekend!

These past couple of months have flown by, haven’t they just!! As November is coming to a close in just a few days time, you know what that means – it’s time for another Sweeney’s Stuttering Update! I like to do these posts monthly, as a way to keep you all updated on my journey to speech fluency!

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Ways to Reset Your Happiness Set Point

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I wrote this over 7 years ago and as I reread it now, I realize that I really have reset my happiness set point. Enjoy!

Iwrote a post a few weeks ago about perfectionism. In the post, I brought up Hedonic Adaptation which involves a happiness “set point”, whereby humans generally maintain a constant level of happiness throughout their lives, despite events that occur in their environment. So whether it’s buying a new Mercedes or crashing your new Mercedes, your level of happiness resets to the same pre-event level. A reader asked that I expound on how I have tried to reset my happiness set point.

So I’ve tried to reset my “set point” and it turns out there is some science behind it. I think I first became aware of this by reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. In the book, she chronicles…

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Welcome Isha to Sweeney’s Blogs!!

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I’m Isha & I am going to start writing posts for Sweeney’s Blogs! I’m really excited to get blogging & am going to start off today with an introductory post, I hope you all enjoy it!!

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Is Sensitivity a Strength or a Weakness? — Borderless

By Candice Louisa Daquin Rodin’s The Thinker. Courtesy: Creative Commons “I may be a dreamer, But I’m not the only one.” — John Lennon (Imagine). As a child I remember understanding on a very basic level the concept of cruelty. I recall vaguely thinking in the simple way children think; “Why is that person so […]

Is Sensitivity a Strength or a Weakness? — Borderless

World Kindness Day 2021

World Kindness Day 2021 is here, and what a fantastic day it is indeed! To commemorate such a special day, we are going to be taking a look at where it comes from, what it’s designed for & how you can get involved, all in today’s blog!

So without further ado, let’s get into it!

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The future is uncertain, but that’s okay…

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I am currently at the stage in my life where I am thinking a lot about the future, and what is going to come next for me. I feel like time has been flying by so quickly recently, that I do quite like to take some time every now & again, to plan ahead a big 🙂

Let’s take a bit of a closer look at this in today’s blog!

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The Positives of Failing — Olivia Lucie Blake

Did you know there are positives in failing? I didn’t realise this until I failed something quite important to me. I needed to pass, but God said no, it’s not time yet. You need to learn what it feels like to fail. We all go through times in our lives when we pass or fail […]

The Positives of Failing — Olivia Lucie Blake

Blogging is a Journey…

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I’ve been writing blogs here on Sweeney’s Blogs for well over 2 years, and in that time, I have learnt so so much. Blogging, for me, has been a journey, one that I have thoroughly enjoyed so far, and I am looking forward to whatever is to come next! Let’s take a close look at some of my thoughts in today’s blog!

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Sweeney’s Blogs – What a Community!!

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When I first started Sweeney’s Blogs, back in February 2019, I didn’t just want to create a singular blog page – I wanted to build a community, a safe space where people can come to talk about all of the topics that genuinely matter to them. Over the last 2 & a half years, I have been so lucky to see that vision grow more & more into a reality, and it is such a rewarding process!!

Let’s take a bit of a closer look at this in today’s blog!

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Sweeney’s Stuttering Update – October 2021

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I hope you are all having a lovely day so far!

The end of October is now less than a week away, so you know what that means – it’s time for another Sweeney’s Stuttering Update, this time for October 2021! I do these update posts monthly, as a way of keeping track & sharing my journey to speech fluency. How has my speech & Stutter been this month? Well, let’s take a look in today’s blog 🙂

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The Hero Within

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Why is it that hero stories continue to capture the human imagination?

While we have no shortage of action-packed Marvel films, the archetypal hero myth is manifested is different cultures throughout history.

If you pay close attention, you’ll start to realize similarities in structure and pattern across different stories and mythology. Achilles in the Homer’s Iliad, to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films and Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings are all connected in their journeys of adventure and personal transformation.

For the mythologist and scholar Joseph Campbell, the ubiquity of these stories reveals some fundamental truth about the human experience. He calls this framework commonly found in our literature, stories and films the hero’s journey.

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The Framework

In the Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell lays out the 17 steps of the hero’s journey which can be summarized in

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My 3-Year Skydive for Alzheimer’s Anniversary

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Tuesday the 20th October 2020 marked the 2-year anniversary since I jumped out of a plane at 12,000 feet to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Story. It was one of the craziest and most memorable things that I have ever done in my life, and looking back on the experience, I am so glad that I seized the opportunity and did the jump. I can’t wait until I can do another jump, but for the time being, let’s take a look at my Skydiving story!

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Sweeney’s Peutz-Jeghers Story – My Dance with Death

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6 years ago yesterday I got rushed into hospital and was diagnosed with Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome. I was only 15 years of age when it happened and I am eternally grateful for all of the work that the surgeons, doctors, nurses and more did to save my life when I was but 3 hours away from what would have been my unfortunate death.

I am James Sweeney and this is my Peutz-Jeghers Story, My Dance with Death:

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My Self-Care Methods

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Since we began the Self Care Sunday series, we’ve discussed what self-care is, why it’s important, and a few different self-care methods. For today’s post, I want to talk a little bit about the methods I use, what they are, and why they work for me. Everyone is different, so every person needs to find out what works for them.

Emotional Awareness

This one may not seem like much, but it’s so important. Figuring out what you feel and why can provide you with the tools to figure out what you need to do about it. It can also potentially stop you from doing or saying things you’ll regret later. For example, I (like most people) get very cranky when I’m stressed out, frustrated, or even just hungry. Sometimes, I just need to take a step back and evaluate. What am I even stressed out over? Did something actually happen…

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