Opening up

National Conversation Week takes place this year from the 18th to the 24th March. It aims to encourage more of us to engage in conversations, both in our personal and professional life.

Whether it’s catching up with old friends, speaking and making conversations with work colleagues, most of us will email, text, or post a message on social media, rather than take the time to pick up the phone …

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21 Mar, 2019

Siblings & disability

Although there is no set rule of how siblings should be raised around a brother or sister with a disability, it is important parents encourage or insist, siblings play an integral role in the lives of their sibling with the disability.

The nature of a disability means there are several common issues faced by a child with a disability, but their siblings may emotionally struggle too. It is not uncommon for that child’s siblings to be at risk of …

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17 Mar, 2019

Putting a lid on abuse

A recent documentary about the victims of Michael Jackson made me think about my own circumstances and how in a relatively short space of time we come to normalise our experiences of abuse.

When we think about abuse everything about it begins to feel normal. It’s easier that way, rather than us having to confront the inevitable. But that can’t make our life easier, if anything it makes it harder …

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13 Mar, 2019

Sensitivity

Having brain damage and Autism means I struggle with things like humour and therefore deal with sensitivity more than most.

Sensitivity means the state, or quality of us reacting to being sensitive to something that’s said, an emotional reaction where we become offended or upset, sensitivity to a drug, or to an external allergen. It is …

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10 Mar, 2019

Emotional events unprocessed

When emotional events are unprocessed in childhood, then viewed as an adult they will always be seen from a child’s point of view. As long as those emotional events remain unprocessed, they will stay unprocessed.

But it is important that we deal with all experiences in childhood so that as we grow, we understand our experiences enough so that our perceptions will change. The idea is that we start seeing emotional events …

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7 Mar, 2019

Own your apologies

It’s not right for us to throw any wrongdoing at someone else expecting them to apologise for us. Instead we must apologise for our own words and actions.

Our apologies must be honest and truthful. We’ve got to mean the apology. An apology that is anything but honest and truthful, isn’t worth apologising for. A true apology is universal and recognisable …

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5 Mar, 2019

Eating Disorders Awareness

Eating Disorders Awareness Week this year starts on February 25th until March 3rd. The week is for organisations intend to dispel myths around the different disorders and how those disorders can be tackled.

In this week they hope to “break down the barriers” so that people will get the help people need. A UK Charity BEAT said that people often find it difficult to reach out because they ‘don’t always fit eating …

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2 Mar, 2019

Deserving better is closure

Imagine how much better you’ll feel not carrying another person’s guilt. During a lifetime, we will carry issues and guilt, regardless of whether those things belong to us.

It’s only when we look back of course that we can see the madness unfold. It’s not so much the things that are said, it’s also the things that aren’t said that could have been said that would dramatically change …

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26 Feb, 2019

Our selective deeds

Whether we think about it, or even realise, we’re selective about a lot of things. We’re selective about what we eat, how we spend our time, how we spend our money, we’re even selective about our deeds.

But perhaps it’s important we consciously start to ask ourselves why and what we’re selective about. Selective deeds must be purpose based. We must ask ourselves questions like why we’re here, what life …

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23 Feb, 2019
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