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What life was like growing up

I promised here ( that I would post on how life growing up impacts on our mental health. This is a tricky area to write a short blog about because it’s complicated. It would be easy to blame all our problems on what happened to us when we were little, and therefore think we have […]

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Mental health is like running…

And just for clarification right at the start, I don’t mean running away. So, here’s what I do mean: I like to run. I’m not an especially good runner, I don’t run that fast or all that far. If someone asked me to run a marathon tomorrow, there’s very little chance I could do it. […]

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Dealing with feelings is a whole lot of fun

I promised a post on all the fun stuff we do at Headspace Guildford. The way I figure it, if you’re going to give up 50 minutes of your life to come and see us, on a regular basis, then it should be worth it. So, here are just a few of the things we […]

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Looking down the tracks and taking the long view

So, you’re on the platform, staring down the tracks, having missed that train (see last week’s blog and feeling awful. Just at that moment it seems like the worst thing in the world.  Feeling overwhelmed and not quite sure how you’re going to manage, beyond holding back the tears or the impulse to punch […]

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Trains, traffic and emotional regulation

Emotional regulation is the term we use to talk about how we manage big feelings. It’s a skill we all need in life and sometimes we are better at it than at other times. There are always going to be times when the feelings just feel too much, are too big to handle. Have you […]

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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”( ) . 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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