It is 3 am sitting with my cat feeling hungry, angry, itchy, flushed, wired, tired and fired up with ideas. I crawled into bed before 11 pm and fell asleep after reading two words from a book (about menopause). Then by 1.30 am I was hot flushing, itching, tossing and turning, throwing the covers off, … More Menopause at 3 am
I had a one card reading the other day from a facebook friend. The guidance was that I should tell a new story – that if I start to think and talk about myself in a new way, I may be amazed at how much and how quickly my life can change. Exactly! That’s what … More Tell a New Story
Writing can help with stress, leadership abilities, physical and psychological health. Work life can be stressful. There are targets to meet, competitors to beat and the ever ending responsibility of keeping employment morale high. If your staff are not happy, your business is not happy. Happy staff are healthy staff! According to government statistics stress affects: one … More Writing for Team Building
If you are in the helping profession; counselling, mentoring, life coach or health care, you may have clients, or patients who would benefit from writing their emotions down. The benefit for the helper is that they will get a glimpse into the workings of the person’s mind. Sometimes it is easier to express deep seated … More Talking Therapies vs Writing Therapies
Success is being invited into other people’s worlds I ran my first face to face workshop yesterday, the first one since March 2020. I had been mulling over what I was going to deliver, for the past week. My dreams were filled with ideas: examples of what I had used before in workshops, mixed with … More What is Success?
I attended a workshop last night on writing about shame others bestow on us. We read a poem by Olivia Gatwood called Ode to My Bitch Face. It inspired me to write an Ode to my middle-aged self who is on the brink of further study but feels apprehensive and shame. I will say no … More Ode to My Grey-haired Dreams
A New Year 2020 gone But the effects remain COVID19; social distancing, tiers, masks Loved ones apart Work at home And home school Restrictions, limitations, isolations too. Vaccinations have begun People asking Are you having one? Not mandating they say But if you don’t have one How will you ‘play’ In this life? The New … More Lockdown – A New Year
Wellbeing in the City of Birmingham A wellbeing pop up incentive has been offering therapies and activities for people working in the City centre. Today, I gave a writing for wellbeing taster, on the topic of mental health. We wrote a group poem on emotions, exploring how all emotions are ‘messages’ giving us an opportunity … More Writing for wellbeing
It has been well documented and researched that expressive writing- emotional writing- can promote emotional relief with releasing deep-seated feelings from past trauma. As a therapeutic technique, where the therapist/practitioner is seeing the client as in counselling, tailored writing techniques can be given, gently monitoring the progress of the client. Expressive writing by its design … More Trauma and using Fairy tale to Heal
I have been going through a ‘dark night of the soul’ for the last couple of months. I had a fall at work and bruised my ribs. Unable to go back to work I’ve had time to think and contemplate on my life. I see life symbolically. Of course when I fell, I did not … More Listen to the body
How can you use journaling to heal difficult relationships? Can this tool even be used successfully? It can be used to address unforgiveness especially in past relationships where there have been things left unsaid, grievances which have just been left unresolved. Writing unsent letters are perfect for getting all that needs to be said in … More Writing to heal difficult relationships
I have another Birthday tomorrow. I will be 51 years old. As I look in the mirror I can see that I have aged but inside I feel like time has stood still, even though life has gifted me with experiences and situations, good and bad. At primary school I was unaware that there was … More Happy Birthday – to all of me.