ABC’s of Active Listening: What Are They And How Can We Use Them?

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Have you ever been having a conversation with someone about something you considered important, and you could just tell that they weren’t paying attention/interested? I’m sure we’ve all experienced this at some point or another in our lives, and it can leave us feeling ignored, invalid and invisible.

I for one have experienced this many times throughout my life, and it is never something I seek to experience again. These encounters have left me with a personal motivation to try and treat others how I would like to be treated. For those of you who are new to this blog, I am studying to become a counsellor, and it was actually a recent lesson that inspired this post. During this lesson I realised just how important active listening skills were to me achieving my aforementioned goal, and believe they would be an asset to anyone who finds themselves pondering the…

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Happy St David’s Day 2021 Everyone!!

Happy St David’s Day everybody, a day dedicated to celebrating the Patron Saint of Wales himself, Saint David, pronounced in Welsh as “Dewi Sant”. St David’s Day falls on the 1st March every year, and is a day of great pride and patriotism by Welsh people far and wide!

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

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Today is Going to be a Good Day!!

I woke up today in an absolutely amazing mood. I had a very late lie-in today, and as soon as I opened my curtains, all I could see was blue sky and the sun shining down. We don’t see sunny weather all that often in the Swansea Valley’s, and as it has been so bitterly cold recently, it was a very welcome surprise for me today.

The way that something so simple like the weather can have such a positive change on your mood never ceases to amaze me. I find that when the sun is out, I am naturally a lot happier, more energetic and more productive. So with all that being said, I know that today is going to be a good day!

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The 3 A’s of Coping: How to Deal with Change and Grow From It – Anxiety Bear

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“Know what’s weird? Day by day nothing seems to change, but pretty soon, everything is different.”

– Bill Watterson

You and I both know that change is a constant and inevitable thing in life. That being said, it doesn’t make it any less difficult at times. Whether it’s small day to day changes or more intense events such as bereavement, I imagine it would be impossible to find someone who hasn’t been upset or frustrated when things go differently than planned or ‘how they used to’. This is especially difficult if you struggle from a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The thing is, whilst change is unavoidable and can be very irritating, there are ways we can cope and grow from it. Before we get to this though, I would like to discuss with you the most common forms of change and how they…

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Random Acts of Kindness Week 2021

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week 2021 Everyone!

Random Acts of Kindness Week this year, feel from the 14th – 20th February, with Wednesday the 17th February being 2021’s Random Acts of Kindness Day! This week and special day are an annual celebration of kindness, and the positivity and difference that it makes to each and every life that it touches. Kindness doesn’t cost a penny, and can be the most rewarding thing that you ever do!

We have all had a very difficult year so I strongly believe that is is more important to spread kindness now than ever before!

Let’s take a look at this in a little bit more depth in today’s blog!

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My Thoughts on “Heroes” by Stephen Fry

Would you like to find out more about Atalanta and The Calydonian Boar Hunt? What about the story of Jason & the Argonauts, and their quest for the Golden Fleece? Are you interested in discovering more about Theseus and the Minotaur? What if I told you there was a book which looked at all of these stories, and so many more?

I recently finished reading “Heroes” by Stephen Fry, Fry’s second book on Greek Mythology and absolutely loved it! Mythology is a subject which I have always loved delving into to find out more about. To help commemorate finishing “Heroes”, today’s blog is going to be looking at my thoughts surrounding the book!

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Managing Stress Series?

We all encounter stress at one point or another in our lives. In the majority of cases, it is completely natural, and is something that we can managing without much impact on our day to day lives. However, there are times when that stress may seem like too much, or when you face several different stressful situations at once, when it can start to feel overwhelming.

This is what we’ll start to take a look at in today’s blog!

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8 Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy During Lockdown and Self-Isolation — Anxiety Bear

It’s strange to think that this time last year Covid-19, lockdown and self-isolation were words/phrases that didn’t overly exist in our vocabularies like they do today. It’s almost funny in a ‘if I don’t laugh I’ll cry’ kind of way. Regardless of your situation, you’ve most likely felt the impact of one or all of […]

8 Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy During Lockdown and Self-Isolation — Anxiety Bear

Sweeney’s Blogs is 2 Years Old!

On Wednesday 3rd February 2021, Sweeney’s Blogs turned 2 years old! To help celebrate this, in today’s blog, we are going to be looking at some of the things we have done over the past 2 years, and I will give a little update on some of the things that I have been working on recently! Before we get into that though, I just want to say a massive Happy Birthday to the page!

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Time to Talk Day 2021

Today, February 4th, is Time to Talk Day 2021!! This is one of the most important days of the year in the Mental Health calendar, and is an event which lies very closely to my heart. Time to Talk Day is a social movement which continues to work to change the way in which we think and act surrounding our Mental Health & Wellbeing.

Let’s take a bit of a deeper look into Time to Talk Day and my hopes for it in today’s blog!

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National Storytelling Week 2021

From the 30th January – 6th February 2021, we celebrate National Storytelling Week! As we go through life, we are surrounded by stories, they are in books, songs, films and the life that we live is indeed a story too. This week is a perfect time to celebrate and appreciate all of the stories you have experienced in your life so far! This is what we’ll be exploring in today’s blog!

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How are we all doing?

How are you doing? It’s a simple question that takes only seconds to ask, and can make the world of difference. We have been in an on/off lockdown now for around 10 whole months, and it can be very easy to feel a bit lost, or unsure about how you’re feeling. Today’s blog is going to look at checking in with people, and why it is so crucial that we do so, especially in these uncertain times.

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Burns Night 2021 – The US Sun

THE life and work of poet Robert Burns – officially voted the “greatest ever Scotsman” – is celebrated around the globe each year in January. The tradition began after the Scottish bard’s death in 1796, when his friends decided they needed to celebrate his career. But who was Burns and what was his life like? Robert Burns was […]

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Sweeney’s Stuttering Series?

I have written quite a lot of blog series here on Sweeney’s Blogs, and as I haven’t done one for a couple of weeks now, I was thinking, should they make a return? I have been considering bringing blog series back to the page for some time, so what I thought I would do over the next couple of blogs is to talk through some of my ideas for potential series, and see if anybody is interested in them!

Today’s blog is going to be about my potentially new Stuttering Series.

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15 Ways To Simplify Your Life in 2021

Mind. Beauty. Simplicity

Resolutions are a funny thing. We set these “goals” before the start of the new year to become a better version of ourselves. And I’m all for setting goals & improving one’s self, but can someone just wake up an entirely new person? I don’t think so. I think it takes time & with a set of changes put in place. When I started on the journey of minimalism, I didn’t just wake up & say “I’m getting rid of everything I own!” It took time & reflection to get where I am today. And I’m here to let you in on some of the secrets to simplify your life this coming new year.

  1. SET SMALLER GOALS
Wholistic Health YYC | goal setting

Instead of choosing one main goal for the entire year, why not break them down into smaller ones each month or even each day. In the past, I talk about the importance of

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