It’s taken me a long time to own the term ‘depression’ because so much guilt and shame is linked to it. To be able to heal, first, you need to own how you are feeling. I believe a series of life events led to my mental breakdown. Let’s talk about depression. It’s not a dirty word!
A partner with chronic illness My partner is a member of a group which offers many forms of support to people living with chronic illness. This includes an annual shindig in a beautiful chateau near to where we live in Belgium. For the past three years, he has been the token male at the five-day […]
Sometimes what frustrates us the most are those things that we most need to learn from.
Helping my ageing aunty – who has a book addiction – to downsize was difficult because she wanted to keep everything. But anger can mask a deeper feeling of sadness. Nobody can turn back the clock.
I have finally cleared enough clutter to leave a little space in my life… to start a blog. Here I share some decluttering tips with you. Keeping baggage from the past will leave no room for the happiness in the future Wayne L. Misner These are just 10 decluttering tips that I try to follow […]
I am a Ladybug and morphing from clutter collector to official Decluttering Expert – although I don’t have my badge yet. Hope for uncluttered clarity But before I explain, a bit of background. Some years ago when I was in the drawn-out process of burning out completely, yet still functioning on a surface level and […]
Whenever one of my kids asks to invite one of their friends round, I get a bit nervous. You could call it playdate anxiety. My knee-jerk reaction is to say ‘no’. But I’m working on it. Playdate disaster I think I was traumatised in early parenthood when the first playdate I arranged turned to disaster. […]
There was a dark time when I had trouble finishing my sentences. Whether it was burnout, depression, anxiety… here are some diary extracts. This is how it felt for me.
It’s the end of the first month of the year – already the first day of February. A time to take stock. Has anything changed? Or is it same old, same old. There’s such a buzz at the start of a year. New beginnings hold promise. Parties and celebrations, time spent with people you care […]
In these cold, dark winter months, it’s easy to get the doldrums. If you’re feeling a bit down and need a little pick-me-up, here are just a few suggestions to banish the winter blues. (Do try at home!) If your space is a mess, you’ll feel like a mess. But if you have limited (no) […]
Love what you do… if you possibly can For the best mental energy at work, you have to love what you do. I strongly believe that what you ‘do’ must be aligned with who you are ‘are’. It has a huge impact on your wellbeing. It’s bound to. Maths has never been my strong point, […]