The Power of Kindness

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”

A very powerful quote, which has always resonated closely with me, and its meaning holds a life lesson for us all…

Let’s take a closer look at this quote, and at the power of kindness in today’s blog!

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Time for a Cuppa 2021

Happy Time for a Cuppa Week 2021 everybody!!

Time for a Cuppa Week is designed to encourage friends, families & colleagues to get together over some cake and a cuppa, to help raise money for families who are facing Dementia. In today’s blog, we’ll be looking a bit closer at this special week, why it is so important, and how we can all get involved!

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A New Thing Springing Up — Connie Rosser Riddle

Last week, I talked with a friend and she noted that she’d been in a “blah mood”–but couldn’t figure out why. There were no new challenges, no worries at present about medical tests results for family or friends, nothing bad had happened. She could list things she was grateful for–but still felt her spirit was […]

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Sweeney’s Stuttering Update – April 2021

April is going to be coming to a close in just under a weeks time, and in saying that, I feel like now is a great time to give you all Sweeney’s Stuttering Update for April 2021! I have found that over the last couple of years, I have been going on quite a journey with my speech and my Stutter, and I thought, why not bring all of you along with me!

So without further ado, let’s take a look at my update for this month!

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Caring For Ourselves

Find Your Middle Ground

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So many of us spend our time taking care of others. Our relationships have become ones of giving and supporting those closest to us.

And then we forget how to take care of ourselves.

When we think of taking care of ourselves, the inner critic tells us it is selfish and self indulgent to put our own needs first. It reminds us of how we want to be seen by others… as caring supportive and kind. Never selfish and self absorbed.

We see ourselves based on the roles we have played. It’s easy to become chained to these supportive and caring roles of the past.

Somewhere along the way we lose touch with who we are. The choices we make become based on the needs of others, and our own needs are buried and hidden in a stuffed aching drawer inside of us.

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Writing an Achievement/Gratitude List

A couple of weeks back, I got challenged by my professional mentor, Polina, to start writing an Achievement/Gratitude List, which is a list of all of the accomplishments and achievements that I am proudest of in my life.

I’ve never really done anything like this before, and found that it has had a very large positive impact on how I see myself.

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

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Change your Breath, Change your Life — Find Your Middle Ground

This is a reblog of a post that reminds us all about breathing and living well. Take three full breaths and dive in… Do you know how are you breathing right now? Take a moment and simply notice your breath. Perhaps place your hand on your navel and the other above your heart.  Notice the […]

Change your Breath, Change your Life — Find Your Middle Ground

Sweeney’s Stuttering Update – March 2021

Over the past year, I have gone on a very unusual journey with my speech and my Stutter. The past 12 months have seen a lot of ups and downs, and I have learned a lot about my Stutter, and the role that it plays in my life. While I usually keep these observations to myself, I have been thinking that they could make for the odd interesting ‘update’ post, and that’s exactly what we’ll be looking at today!

Let’s take a look at some of the thoughts I have, and things I have learned, about my Stutter in March 2021!

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The Lockdown Finish Line is in Sight!

After nearly a whole year of Lockdown in the United Kingdom, the ending is in all of our sights. This past year has been incredibly difficult for so many, but finally a finish line is emerging on the horizon, and hope is starting to enter back into our lives!

I know it’s been a tough old slog over these last couple of months, but we are nearly there, let’s take a bit of a closer look at this in today’s blog!

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5 Ways to Develop Your Intuition — Self Love Finder

“Intuition is the whisper of the soul” – Jiddu KrishnamurtiPhoto by Pixabay on Pexels.com I look at intuition as a muscle. It is something we all have and the more we use it, the stronger it becomes. Last week, I posted an invitation to LISTEN TO YOURSELF more every day this month and see how […]

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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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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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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