Capable of change

As parents, we worry when our children hook up with the ‘wrong’ people: the same thing happened to a friend’s son. My friend was concerned about his son’s friend and the influence he had on his son and spent years trying to split them up.

It was clear he wasn’t emotionally coping. Fast forward and a few years on, with work on himself, this boy turned his life around to became a model adult. Years later, when my friend bumped into him …

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11 Jun, 2019

Child Development

As a child with special needs, I didn’t go through the usual milestones, they didn’t apply to me, but it’s something children deal with and something all parents must help their children with.

It is important children are monitored by their parents to ensure they are growing normally and that they are meeting their developmental milestones, such as crawling, walking and talking …

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9 Jun, 2019

Horticulture Therapy

It’s National Growing for Wellbeing Week. Studies confirm that gardening is beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing. Gardening not only reduces stress and combats high blood pressure, but it can reduce mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

There is no doubt that gardening connects us with nature. Spending time in the garden and with nature helps us to relax and destress. It helps us feel more at peace with ourselves, with our thoughts and …

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5 Jun, 2019

Cognitive dissonance

Have you ever had conflicting thoughts, where you know in your heart you should follow one particular path, but then you’re given, or you hear some news that pulls you in another direction and you end up making a different decision?

It’s only later, when we revisit the situation and we’ve managed to convince ourselves we’ve made the right decision that …

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2 Jun, 2019

Coping with change

We get one crack at life, therefore it’s important we learn to cope with change as part of that life. It’s important we live presently. For those of us live presently they will find change, their approach to change and coping with change easier.

We need to see change as something that brings something better, particularly if we’re not happy and we’re stuck on the other side of change. Change has to be better than where we currently may reside …

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30 May, 2019

Narrative Fallacy

One of the limits to our ability to evaluate information objectively is called ‘narrative fallacy.’ We let our preference for a good story cloud the facts and our ability to make rational decisions based on those stories.

We also have a limited ability to look at sequences of facts without being able to find an explanation, work out an explanation …

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26 May, 2019

We are all equal

We’re all human. We have two eyes, we bleed, we feel pain, we cry. But in a world where we’re born equal, we’re far from equal.

But when it comes to social standards and ranking our equality, we’re not equal. Inequality stems from our personal perceptions of learned behaviour passed through the generations, from our grandparents …

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22 May, 2019

Growing up

Growing up is not only a journey of dips, twists and turns, peaks and valleys, but also mountains for us to climb.

What they don’t tell you about growing up is that not everyone has your back. There will be times when you will have to navigate your journey on your own. They don’t tell you how hard school will be …

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18 May, 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness week this year runs from the 13th to 19th May. It is important we are aware of mental health and mental health issues. Being aware is key if we are to have and lead healthy lives. Everything that begins to challenge our very existence has something to do with mental health.

Good mental health allows us to think, feel and react in positive and productive ways. Poor mental health means how we think, feel or react to situations will become difficult, in certain cases impossible …

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14 May, 2019