Be a Bamboo Tree in a Storm

Be a Bamboo Tree in a Storm

Have you ever heard the story of the Bamboo Tree? It is one of the most remarkable stories that we can learn from and here are some reasons why.   The Bamboo Tree Story The Chinese bamboo tree requires nurturing through water, fertile soil and also with enough sunshine to ensure that it will grow.…

Boundaries

Boundaries

One thing I have repeatedly noticed over this past year is just how many people are not fully or sometimes at all aware of the concept of healthy boundaries. Some believe they already have healthy boundaries by having super rigid brick walls in place, or they hold the belief that establishing boundaries would be a…

Fighting with Family

Fighting with Family

Family is often thought of as the ultimate support system for a person – to be there for you, no matter what. But what if that is simply not the case for you? What if a member of your family or even your whole family, is a constant source of feuding and frustration for you?…

Expectations vs Reality

Expectations vs Reality

We all have expectations. They can be useful in preparing us for events, shaping our mindset and even help us create boundaries, but they stop being useful when they become unrealistic, overly negative or obsessive. This can be a huge source of pain and frustration if we are not able to accept the reality of…

The Inner Critic

The Inner Critic

Maybe you made a mistake at work, said the wrong thing to a friend or forgot to send off that email – that inner critic starts up, ‘I’m such an idiot!!’. You carry on with the day but with the very next minor slip up, that inner critic pipes up again, ‘What’s wrong with me,…

Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory Grief

Grief and bereavement will impact all of us in different ways. Some have had the painful experience of having to grieve many loved ones in their lives, others it is something they know will come and they dread the day it does. In this article we will be exploring Anticipatory Grief and how it impacts…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a recognized mental health disorder that involves a person experiencing repetitive intrusive thoughts that prompt them to perform an action to try and neutralize the thoughts. In this case, the recurrent intrusive thoughts are the obsessions (e.g., unwanted/intrusive thoughts, images, or impulses) and the actions used to counterbalance the thoughts…