For carers and supporters blog archive

These are all the blogs which contain helpful hints, coaching techniques and advice to help you as the carer or supporter. You are equally impacted the challenging health issue your loved one, child, parent, relative or good friend has. You have needs to0 and they are important. So these blogs are for you.

For carers and supporters

These blogs focus on supporting you to look after yourself as the carer or supporter, meet your own needs, make time for you, and to care/support effectively. Some of these blogs appear in the other categories too as they are equally applicable to the person who has the challenging health issue whether that be an illness or injury. You will find some of these blogs in the other categories.

Make your New Year’s health resolutions stick in 2017

Make your New Year’s health resolutions stick in 2017

New Year’s resolutions are upon us. There is a lot of helpful advice out there on how to set resolutions. But keeping them can be the hard part. We may focus on making the change in January, it gets harder in February and by March we find we are not doing very much....

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5 tips for using your time well when you give yourself a break

5 tips for using your time well when you give yourself a break

Hello! I am back! And welcome to my new home! As you can see, my website looks very different. I’m very excited about it and want to share it with you ahead of the holiday season and new year. The holiday season is often busy for many people. Shopping for presents,...

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How to let yourself take a break

How to let yourself take a break

You’ve got a deadline looming. You are aware of it. But maybe there are other important things also with deadlines attached to them competing for your attention. You’ve been focusing on those other things to finish them. But the deadline for that ONE thing arrives and...

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How to explain when recovery from an illness isn’t possible

How to explain when recovery from an illness isn’t possible

This week I continue the theme of recovery in the context of illness focusing on how to respond to people when they ask questions or make comments. In this recovery series, I initially focused on the assumptions which lace the recovery process due to society’s...

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Is this all the recovery I’m gonna get?

Is this all the recovery I’m gonna get?

This week I continue the theme of recovery in the context of illness. Last week's blog post focused on the assumptions which lace the recovery process due to society's interpretation of recovery: a) To have (the use, possession, or control of something) restored b) To...

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How #Brexit may affect your health

How #Brexit may affect your health

I sit here wondering, questioning and even worrying about the short and long-term impact of the historical referendum on 23rd June, which may lead to a possible #Brexit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. I had a blog all prepared and almost ready to go but...

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How to heal your health by connecting to yourself

How to heal your health by connecting to yourself

You could be living with a long-term medical condition or had a serious illness or injury and feel you have adjusted to the changes it brought to your life. But then as you are doing something, the enormity of the difference in your life now may suddenly come flooding...

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How to turn big dreams into reality with a changed body

How to turn big dreams into reality with a changed body

After living with a long-term condition, serious illness or injury for a period of time, have you ever taken a decision that feels momentous to you in some way? Maybe you committed to doing something physically challenging. Or you just redid your CV and completed a...

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Dear Mum, I may never recover from this illness

Dear Mum, I may never recover from this illness

This blog has been inspired by several individuals I've recently spoke with regarding the impact of their illness/condition on themselves, their mothers and acceptance (or not) of the situation. This is their story, the story of a daughter to her mum. It can equally...

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When asking for help doesn’t work – Moving beyond no

When asking for help doesn’t work – Moving beyond no

This is the final post in a series on the difficulties we experience when asking for help, why that is and what we can do about it. Part 1 focused on the role guilt plays and Part 2 the role self-worth plays when we don't ask for help. If you have been following this...

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Why asking for help is so hard – The role self-worth plays

Why asking for help is so hard – The role self-worth plays

This month's blog theme is about the difficulties we experience when asking for help, why that is and what we can do about it. This post is part 2 and focuses on the role self-worth plays when we don't ask for help. Part 1 focused on the role guilt plays. When you can...

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Why asking for help is so hard – The role guilt plays

Why asking for help is so hard – The role guilt plays

This month's blog theme is about the difficulties we experience when asking for help, why that is and what we can do about it. This post is part 1 and focuses on how guilt can get in the way of us asking for help. Living with health issues can mean that things take...

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How to keep resolutions to flourish your health in 2016

How to keep resolutions to flourish your health in 2016

New Year's resolutions are upon us. There is a lot of helpful advice out there on how to set resolutions. But keeping them can be the hard part. Change isn't always easy and straightforward. Some stuff I learned about neuroscience seems to explain that. So I will...

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When returning to work after a long-term illness goes wrong

When returning to work after a long-term illness goes wrong

I would like to let you know of a free webinar I am delivering on 26 November, 6-7pm, about supporting employees returning to work after a long-term illness/serious injury. I hope you can join me and I look forward to 'seeing' you there. In the past year or two, maybe...

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Using your power well to manage your health and wellness?

Using your power well to manage your health and wellness?

This is the third blog in a series which focuses on the subtle psychological processes involved in taking control of yourself, your health and wellness, and your life. You can read the previous two blogs on the illusion of control when it comes to our bodies and what...

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The illusion that you control your body 100%

The illusion that you control your body 100%

You are going about your life, dealing with its ups and downs, when a routine medical exam throws up something unexpected: severely abnormal cells, tumour, blockage, hormonal imbalance, or something else. It's serious, maybe even potentially life threatening, and you...

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