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Real life

Life isn’t ever like it is on the TV, or in films or books. Because space and time is precious in a programme or a novel every event has to mean something. A mundane story about stroking a stray cat or running to catch the bus is only told as a metaphor for the struggles […]

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What’s happened to you?

A Clinical Psychologist I admire very much (Dr Lucy Johnstone) said something along the lines of this – ‘we need to move from working out what’s wrong with you, to what has happened to you’. So often we look for a name or a title to hang our problems on. Sometimes this can be incredibly […]

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You are good enough.

As I  think I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got a quote on the wall at the Headspace Guildford office that says “no one has got it all figured out”(http://headspaceguildford.co.uk/inside-out/ ) . I love it because it’s so true. But so often we compare ourselves with others and find ourselves wanting. Or we compare ourselves with some […]

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How to make it through exam season

You sleep badly and wake early stressing about the upcoming exams. As you are coming round you notice the little toy on your bedside table that your friend gave you to remind you it’s all going to be ok. It makes you smile. You drag yourself out of bed (possibly after some nagging from your […]

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Just breathe…

At Headspace Guildford we often help children and young people manage something which is distressing them – often things like worries or coping with feelings or sensations which are difficult. We work to give young people strategies that help them cope with this. One of the best strategies is also the most accessible to all […]

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The journey not the destination

I like the Action for Happiness stuff a lot. https://www.actionforhappiness.org/ I like the idea that instead of trying not to feel something negative (Sad, depressed, anxious) we can work on feeling happy or good or chilled instead. It’s from a school of thought called Positive Psychology. It’s the idea that rather than focus on all […]

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You are stronger than you think?

I ended last week’s blog with the quote from Winnie the Pooh. The whole quote actually goes like this: You are BRAVER than you believe STRONGER than you seem and Smarter than you think you are Now, here at Headspace Guildford, and in the NHS, I have met a number of people who I know […]

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The mind and the body

I can remember once being in a very important interview – in fact it was one of a series that I needed to pass to be accepted on to Clinical Psychology training. Despite looking calm, my voice completely betrayed me, shaking the entire way through one interview. I forged on despite sounding like I was […]

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What is ‘Mental Health’

It occurs to me that I’ve been talking a lot about kindness recently, and perhaps not started at the beginning. I recently had a conversation with someone which went like this: Me – “How are things?” The other person – “Good thanks, we’re all doing fine. Except for my sister in law. She’s got Mental […]

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Things I’ve learnt from parents

Following last week’s post about what I’ve learnt from young people I’d also like to represent the other side too. At Headspace Guildford, and in my NHS job, I am in the humbling position of hearing from parents every day and of sitting in on parents and children/young people as they talk. Here are some […]

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