• self,  writing

    What and Why I Write

    For me, writing is a method of learning about myself and the universe at large. “Know Thyself” instructed the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, and Socrates declaimed, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” In a modern life full of distractions, we can hit retirement age before realising we’ve not once paused to ask these most important of questions: who am I? why am I? how can I become what I desire? All things change as they age. This change is inevitable (and vital!) – so I believe it’s important to embrace it, and choose how to shape it for ourselves. One of the key methods of doing this, for…

  • health,  writing

    Journalling for Mental Wellbeing

    Originally posted at The Catastrophe Club. If you’ve ever talked to a health professional about your anxiety, they probably mentioned journalling. That’s because there have been a number of studies that demonstrate how useful regular journalling is for managing stress, anxiety, and depression – and it’s something that anyone can do, which doesn’t cost a lot of money or take up a lot of time. How you journal depends entirely on your needs and preferences! Want to focus on the positive? Try gratitude journalling – every day before you go to bed, write down three things that have happened that day for which you are thankful. Sometimes, this can be…

  • health,  self

    Transactional analysis, the P-A-C model, and my Self

    Innocence. Vulnerability. Freedom. Curiosity. Fun. These are the childlike qualities that I want to revive in my life. My inner child wants to be seen, heard, cherished. My inner child needs support, acceptance, love. My inner child needs my inner parent, and my adult self hasn’t been valuing either of those parts enough. So here is what I’m going to do to cherish my child-self: Be open and honest, and share from my core Embrace my need for beauty in my surroundings, and indulge that need Try new things, take risks, look for adventure Find things that make me laugh Create things that make others laugh Listen to and encourage…