Feeling Blah

Ugh. It’s a bit heavy right now isn’t it. Our feelings are all over the place. We felt anxious, maybe even panicky a few weeks ago. Maybe we managed that by being really productive and planning. Maybe we managed it by just panicking. Maybe just by shutting down. The...

When Will I, Will I be Famous?

It’s Saturday night and around the country people are sitting down to watch The Voice. Or it could be Love Island, or the Only Way is Essex, or Real Housewives. Reality TV, which became popular in the early 90s (remember the Real World?) showed us that anyone could...

Drowning in Information

There is a scene in Wall-E, the 2008 Disney film about a robot left to clean up an abandoned Earth. Humans are living on a spaceship, hugely overweight and shunted around in automatic chairs, slurping up their fizzy pop while watching a permanent screen.I think of...

The New Blue

I’m finding it hard to write this. Partly because it’s very personal. Mainly because, as I write, I have a loud whooshing sound in my ears, zaps of bright light attacking the edges of my vision and a throbbing pressure on my head which gets worse when I move my head,...

(Pause)

Stop.How are you reading this?Are you on your phone?At work?On a laptop in front of the TV?Would you mind taking a moment to focus just on this screen?Just notice your breathing.Is it fast? Slow?Just take a moment to slow it down. Take a nice long deep breath in...

Empty Vessels Make the Most Sound

 It’s been a stressful few months, and as a family we are all now recovering from a tremendously trying house move. The dust has settled, boxes are unpacked, lost things have been found. And there I found myself talking to a friend about how she manages “aggressive”...