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Mindfulness Mumbo Jumbo

One of the latest buzz words, when talking about health and wellbeing, is mindfulness. Although it is being talked about more than ever, it is certainly not a recent method of relaxing, de stressing and feeling better in yourself, it is an aspect of the 2500 year old tradition of Buddhist psychology. When I talk to clients about mindfulness, especially…

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Stress

We all use the term ‘stress’ but what actually is it? When life is going well, and we feel like we are managing and coping with our day to day lives, we could say we are feeling well balanced. This shows that we are managing the general ‘ups and downs’ of daily life. However, there are times in life when…

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Acceptance

This is my reality… When we think of the word ‘acceptance’, we associate it with us feeling ‘ok’ with something, that ‘we are happy’ with a situation; so when talking about grief, how can this be a stage?!  Can we ever really be ‘ok’ with, and accept that someone close to us has gone forever, that they are no longer…

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Anger

I had never felt so angry before and it scared me… I was angry at myself for not being there with him, I was angry at the hospital because they could not keep him alive, I was especially angry at the driver who did this, I was just so angry all the time, and I felt like it would never…

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Denial

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross says, ‘Denial is a conscious or unconscious refusal to accept facts, information, reality, etc., relating to the situation concerned. It’s a defense mechanism and perfectly natural. Some people can become locked in this stage when dealing with a traumatic change that can be ignored. Death of course is not particularly easy to avoid or evade indefinitely’. So how…

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This doesn’t happen to me

My mind went blank; it was almost as if there was an echo in my head, and a voice I didn’t recognise saying: “He’s gone.” He can’t have gone. Gone where? As those around tried to console me, hold me up, stroke my arm and tell me everything was going to be ok, the more my mind went blank. I…

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