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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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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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

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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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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My Stuttering Journey through 2020

2020 was a massive year for me, and yet, despite all of the highs and lows experienced in those 12 months, one of my key takeaways from the year would be the lessons that I learned throughout my 2020 Stuttering Journey. My Stutter has played a very large role in all of my life, I wouldn’t ever say that wasn’t the case, but 2020 seemed to be a year in which everything that happened, seemed to link back to that topic, my Speech and my Self-Confidence.

This is what we’ll be looking at in today’s blog!

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2020, What a Year for Sweeney’s Blogs!

2020 has finally come to a close, words that some people thought they would never hear. The year has been beyond anyone’s predictions, with numerous highs and lows dotted throughout the past 12 months. Over the course of 2020, Sweeney’s Blogs grew at a rate faster than I could ever have imagined, more than doubling our views from 2019. That’s what we are going to be looking at in this blog, how Sweeney’s Blogs did this year!

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Happy New Year!

2020 has felt like, for many, a never-ending maze of confusion and disruption, however, all of that will soon be over. As New Years Eve is just a couple of days away, and with that the start of 2021, a large majority of people will use these next few days to evaluate over the last 12 months. Whether you would like to reflect over the past, look to the future, or do a combination of the both, it’s safe to say 2020 was far beyond what anyone could have predicted.

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You Are Not Alone

2020 has proved to be a very difficult year for many, and it is completely understandable if you feel as if you are going through things by yourself. This feeling of loneliness can have a very large impact on your Mental health and Wellbeing, and can lead to an increase in anxiety and stress levels. In today’s blog, I am going to be sharing how important it is to remember that you are not alone and why it is so crucial to ask for support when you need it.

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Running a business whilst maintaining your Mental Health – Cooper Galloway

Running your own business is a dream of so many people when they are growing up, but for the ones that dive to turn that dream into a reality, how do we keep a close eye on our Mental Wellbeing while running a business? Is it something that demands we dramatically alter the way in which we live our lives, or more so a series of smaller adjustments that we can slot into our schedules? This is what we’ll be exploring in today’s blog!

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Check-in with People This Winter

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 has been a very unusual year. As lockdown and the wave of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is so important to check-in to see how people are doing, especially as we are entering into the winter months.

A simple check-in here and there, when you can, can make the world of difference to somebody’s day, and even their life, and that’s what we’ll be talking about in today’s blog!

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The Importance of Screen-Free Time

Lockdown, caused by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, has brought alongside it a tidal wave of disruption to the way in which we live our day to day life. The way that we travel, work, socialise, relax and more have had to undergo major changes, due to the virus, and it has resulted in a lot of confusion for a vast number of people, as they try and adopt to this new situational “norm”.

One constant that has emerged for a large majority of people over the last few months is a very large increase in the amount of time that we spend staring at different screens, be that a computer screen, the television screens, ones on your phones and tablets, you name it.

Today we are going to be looking at the importance of having some Screen-Free Time where we can.

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