Standing in my friend’s kitchen, a house I had been to many times, I was admiring the stain on her timber floors and asked her when she had them done. She looked up over her cup of tea and laughed, telling me with surprise they had always been that way. Was I really that self centred, I wondered, as I realised I hadn’t noticed her timber floors before. I felt lucky as I recalled what I had learnt about the unconscious mind and how it works… … [Read more...] about What You Believe You Will See!
This may seem like a rather silly question - for those who have not experienced anxiety AND for those who live with it constantly. My Joy with Anxiety As many of you know, I suffered anxiety, panic attacks and OCD from a young child until I was 23. For many of those years a lot of people around me had no idea what I was going through internally. Each moment of my day was riddled with anxiety and fear, often for no apparent reason. Even in … [Read more...] about Feeling Sad Without Anxiety or Feeling Joy with Anxiety… What would you choose?
Most of us are guilty, at some time in our life, of wanting our needs met by someone else’s actions. I have been. “Why can’t they just notice how much I do so I can feel satisfied and important?” Sound familiar? We learn from a young age our actions can make another person feel good, sad, angry, disappointed etc etc. For example, when a child behaves well they make Mummy happy. When they use their poster paints to 'decorate' the house, they … [Read more...] about What do you want from your friendships?
I have seen a lot of evidence to suggest we are causing more problems than we are fixing by creating awareness (including mental health awareness) about problems that people may not have. When made aware of something, the mind creates images to help understand the information. If a child is told there is a chemical in the pool that makes the water turn purple if they wee in it, they’ll imagine a scenario where they ‘leak’, seeing purple … [Read more...] about Why Mental Health Awareness is Not Always Good!
Recently I was thinking back to when I was 23 years old, my first child was 18months and I had another one on the way. I was half way through an accounting degree and had suffered anxiety since I was 8. I wondered "Will I feel this anxious forever?" Not long after this I met a kinesiologist and started on the path of self-empowerment and have had no anxiety since I was 23. Regularly during the last 21years, I have asked myself and … [Read more...] about What do you wish you knew growing up?