This what depression looks like.

This is what depression looks like… When Kate contacted me and asked if I would be interested to write a blog for Mental Health Awareness Week, I was excited but quite cautious. I am totally in my comfort zone talking about and advocating other people’s mental health but when it comes to discussing my own…

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Why I don’t want others to feel alone.

Mental Health Awareness Week on 13-19 May 2019 is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation with the theme of Body Image: how we think and feel about our bodies. Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to start or continue conservations around our understanding of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years Sector.…

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Wellbeing at work.

There are many different definitions of wellbeing but perhaps the most agreeable is “the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy”. Our lifestyle and health related habits will ultimately have an impact on our overall health and wellbeing, such as diet, exercise, sleep, alcohol and drugs. A range of other factors will also influence our…

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Building healthy brains

I attended the Early Years conference Exploring the Power of Play in Hampshire at the weekend as I had been invited to deliver workshops to delegates on Risky Play. I was surrounded by likeminded enthusiastic early years professionals all giving away their Saturday to a day of professional development. As the title of the conference…

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Loving ourselves better.

The prospect of a fresh new shiny year is always a time for reflection, a time to pause and review our highs and lows from the previous year. Leading the way for New Years resolutions, that conjure up our hopes, dreams and wishes for the future and a vision of what we can become –…

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My Christmas Wish

I am writing my final blog of the year and reflecting on 2018. A year in which my career has had me jumping for joy and leaping out of my comfort zone and quite surprisingly I may have finally learnt to practice what I preach. For me the last 7 or 8 Christmases have become…

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Connectedness

“Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.” ~ Harriet Goldhor Lerner Connectedness is a powerful thing and I seem to talk almost daily about the power and joy connection can bring. Doesn’t…

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Just the beginning

I am sat here on the Monday evening the day after Early Years Wellbeing Week has ended and I am still reading messages and posts from people talking about it! Perhaps more importantly, what I’m actually reading are people’s thoughts, reflections, evaluations and hearing about the impact it has had and what your future plans…

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