Uncomfortable Emotions

Although initially it feels easier to hold back on our emotions, after a while it becomes harder when you’re continually holding back. It’s okay to feel angry when you’re irritated or mad at someone, or to cry when you feel sad.

From a young age, not knowing what a disability looked like, it was clear I struggled with my emotions. For me it wasn’t so much that my emotions felt uncomfortable, I wasn’t always aware in my childhood what I …

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19 Sep, 2021

A Vaccine Timeline

According to John Hopkins University of Medicine: “A typical vaccine timeline is usually 5 to 10 years to assess whether the vaccine is safe and efficacious in clinical trials, complete the regulatory approval process and manufacture sufficient, quantity of vaccine doses for widespread distribution.” (Source: https://coronavirus.jhu.edua)

Rolling out a vaccine in 10 months is significantly less. Some of the side effects from the vaccines have include myocarditis, blood clots, strokes, PMT issues, women suffering miscarriages, all from people who …

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8 Sep, 2021

Protect your Peace

In Covid-19, and with anxiety hitting every day, it has become even more important to protect your peace and to set healthy boundaries. Boundaries represent self-care and empowerment.

As you get older you begin to understand the need to protect your peace, just how important it is to protect your mental health and yourself; and to make sure others don’t interfere, or hijack your emotional …

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7 Sep, 2021

Society and Disability

For those who live with a disability, it is incredibly frustrating to continually be judged when others fail to understand what we may deal with. It is even more frustrating when our disability is mild and we look normal, and we’re on the other side of those who fail to appreciate, we are mentally and emotionally different.

Things have changed since I was a little girl, but society still doesn’t go far enough to make disability inclusive. There are case studies to suggest people with disabilities are still being mistreated. People with disabilities …

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3 Sep, 2021

Covid-19, Masking Up

Whilst the world continues to vaccinate against Covid-19, it is important restrictions stay in place, because whilst the vaccine goes some way to protect, we can still catch Covid, we can still pass it on and still get Long-Covid.

Being double-jabbed, doesn’t mean life is back to normal, nor does it mean we can drop our guard. Protection lasts up to 6 months (Source: https://www.pfizer.com) and there is no official data for people who are …

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31 Aug, 2021

Creating Family Rituals

“In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by the number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.” – Marge Kennedy

Yes, if we were to think about our relationships with family, we may see how certain elements of this quote are true. The saying, ‘friends are the family you choose’ is how people view their friends, more than they …

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26 Aug, 2021

Covid-19, The Vaccine Dilemma

The vaccine was always going to look different for those people who are immunocompromised. It is important for them they understand how the vaccine may work in protecting them and how long they may be protected.

There is also little information out there on what may happen in say 5 to 10 years’ time, for those who have had the vaccine …

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25 Aug, 2021

How to Create Healthy Habits

Regular things we do, can if we do them for long enough turn into habits, but how do we create healthy habits that become part of who we are?

Repetitive behaviours that affect the brain in ways that create habits can be hard to change, particularly if they’re not healthy. Habits are automatic, they happen without us giving them much thought. They are …

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19 Aug, 2021

The Covid-19 Vaccine & Minority Groups

Research shows that previous vaccination programmes in the UK, have led to lower vaccine in areas within a higher proportion of minority ethnic populations. There is therefore concern that the vaccine uptake for COVID-19 will similarly be lower, among minority ethnic groups.

Also, primary care data indicates that, for several vaccines, Black African and Black Caribbean groups are less likely to be …

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17 Aug, 2021

Putting effort into success

When we put effort into success it is possible to reach for success. There is no reason why anyone would be devoid of success, unless we’re waiting for success to land in our lap, or we may spend a lifetime blaming others.

But it is important to put effort into everything. It’s how success can work. Whilst it’s always good to put the effort in, it shouldn’t just be because we’re hungry for and want success. Hungry for success may …

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14 Aug, 2021

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