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    Mind your Language and Transform your Self-Belief

    “I can’t do it!” A year ago my daughter was about to start primary school. She was beyond nervous. She was petrified. No one could mention school without her becoming upset or angry. I felt sad and powerless to help with this major milestone. One day a well-meant encouraging comment resulted in her saying “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t do it Mummy, I can’t, I can’t!” which she repeated over and over again. In my head I was shouting to myself “help her, stop her saying this, do something” but what could I do? “I can” I bundled her up in an enormous hug and took a few deep…

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    Comfort Zone – finding that extra stretch

    So July’s Fresh Air Fridays theme was “Comfort Zone”.  My initial thoughts were that I was already pushing outside my comfort zone.  I have recently become self-employed and am quickly acquiring many new skills as a result.  But when I looked deeper and explored areas in my life where I could stretch myself a bit further I noticed something new. The uncomfortable truth I am involved in various community groups around where I live and therefore need to work with a wide variety of people.  There was one relationship that stood out to me as being tricky and caused me great anxiety whenever I needed to interact or communicate with…

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    Gratitude – from loathing to loving my body

    What being grateful means to me At first I thought gratitude was remembering to say “thank you” and showing my appreciation to the people around me.  However, my thinking began to shift when I was prompted to consider more generally what in my life I was grateful for.  I started to look deeper and being grateful became more about me and less about others.  I began to see gratitude as an internal viewpoint.  For me being grateful has become a mechanism to think more positively.  Thinking more positively makes me a happier person and therefore gratitude, positivity and ultimately my own happiness has become something more within my power to…

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    Being Present – a gift to myself

    Being present is a skill I want to develop because of what it makes available to me.  It allows me to experience gratitude, connection and happiness.  I came to the realisation that although I was being present some of the time, it was more by accident than design.  I don’t want my life to pass me by and so being present is a way that I find I can experience and live it more fully.   Making Memories There are some moments in my life that happened a long time ago but are still sharp and vivid in my memory.  One example is when I was trekking with my housemate…