2017 was a very difficult year for me – I learnt a lot from almost falling down a very dark hole and the struggle to get back out. So when 2018 came along I found myself in the first couple of months trying things I’d never done before. Now whether this is a direct result […]Read More Challenge 2018 & Looking to 2019
An holds a unique piece of hand crafted pottery in her hands. It depicts a woman kneeling and as she explains is has only had a base coat of paint on it; it is ready for the detail – the rest of the story to be added. Four women, she explains, were involved in the […]Read More Self-compassion & the importance of self-care. (SE Asia School Counselling Conference 2018.)
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 & […]Read More 72 Five Minute Stress Relief Ideas
It’s that time of year again. Students with signatures all over crisp white school shirts. One day they are here; the next there’s an empty seat where your friend used to be. And this happens over and over again, until one day you may decide that what’s the point in making new friends – it’s […]Read More A Letter to the Stayers
I recently read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchin Rubin and there’s a few things that have stuck with me from that book. Firstly – “the days are long but the years are short” meaning stop, look around or the world may pass you by (I think this really should be credited to Feris Bueller), secondly […]Read More Do what you did when you were 10…
Today I’ve been making calm down glitter jars with some of my students. These are great for anxiety because mindfully watching the swirls of glitter can help bring you back into the present moment. Anxiety lives in the past or the future. People generally worry about things that have happened or things that are going […]Read More Making a calm down glitter jar
Its that time of year again. People are selling up their belongings. Students are leaving to go on study leave. Both saying goodbye to friends and looking on post July to new postings, new jobs, university, new friends, new lives… And us? The stayers are left in limbo watching the chaos around us. The frantic […]Read More See you soon.
Despite actually being English, I’ve finally come to the realisation, after many blank stares and “can you repeat that please?”s that English is in fact my second language. My first is Geordie. My first experience of this was when I bounded like a Labrador puppy into see all the young people I was going to […]Read More “Can the new girl speak English?!”
Bali is covered in trash again. Click sad face. Move on. Another person declares “me too”. Hit angry face. Move on. Donald Trump threatens North Korea. Post a meme. Move on. King tides devastate Majuro. Type “stay safe”. Move on. Neo-nazism on the rise again. Tweet angrily. Move on. 100 dead in a suicide bomb. […]Read More Facebook Fatigue
I can feel my breathing getting shallower and quicker. I’m nervous. I never get nervous. Six teachers, well five teachers and me – the only female – are sat on stage in front of maybe 200 students and staff… well maybe 100 but the lecture theatre seems full. No one comes with a banner for […]Read More The Poetry Slam: Challenge 1. Jan 2018.