How much is too much stress?

While a little bit of stress may be good for us to get working well, too much and we’re tipping into anxiety, panic then burnout. Too much stress and we lose motivation, it’s more difficult to concentrate and to remember things.Sometimes when we’re stressedout we keep jabbing at the thing we’re trying to do. WeContinue reading “How much is too much stress?”

Self Care Planning

The idea that we need to care for ourselves is not new but many of us still neglect it. Why? I think it’s because when times are good, like our physical health, we don’t take much notice of our mental and emotional health. We just potter on. On the flipside some of us roll ourContinue reading “Self Care Planning”

Show up… but also look after you.

I finally finished watching the third season of 13 Reasons Why and I wanted to pick up something the (new) school counsellor says to Clay Jenkins. He asks “how do you do your job everyday when nothing ever changes?” She replies by telling him that he personally helped Tyler change by encouraging him to seekContinue reading “Show up… but also look after you.”

Sentence Starters are…

…great for getting people talking. I bought these coloured lolly pop sticks a little while ago & finally got around to writing on them today. Each stick has the start of a sentence on it which the young people can finish. Ideally they shouldn’t think too hard about what they answer. A way to doContinue reading “Sentence Starters are…”

Navigating Tech and Relationships

I worry sometimes about young people and technology. No not for the reasons you might think of straight away. Not the sexting. Not the access to explicit content. Not the bullying. Not the myriad of horrendous people online. I’ve seen young people take down and deal with all of that spectacularly – its a worldContinue reading “Navigating Tech and Relationships”

72 Five Minute Stress Relief Ideas

Cuddle your pet Do 20 star jumps Drink warm milo Walk around your house Smell your favourite perfume Stretch as high as you can Try to touch your toes Sing Dance to an upbeat song Be silly Look at a photo of a happy time Have a shower Have a snack Draw something simple &Continue reading “72 Five Minute Stress Relief Ideas”