When you can’t stop thinking about your past relationships

This post of mine was originally published on the Tiny Buddha site.This post was republished with permission from tinybuddha.com. You can find the original post here.” http://tinybuddha.com/blog/cant-stop-thinking-past-relationships/   You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~Jon Kabat- Zinn Over the years I’ve talked to a lot of people about that one love, the one who got …

How to feel better with mindful yoga: 6 easy techniques you can do anywhere

Over the summer I made a daily commitment to do yoga each morning in the outdoors. My goal was not to be fitter or more flexible, it was to enhance my mindfulness skills and wellbeing. I decided I needed to get more in touch with my body during mindfulness practise. I had become aware that I was mostly practising mindfulness from a …

Narcissist or psychopath?

In recent years I’ve noticed a rise in the number of people talking about narcissists both in and outside of my clinic. Ex-partners, parents and friends are all being labelled narcissists. There are even facebook and instagram pages dedicated to recovering from relationships with narcissists. At the heart of this is usually someone who has been hurt or treated very …

How to stay calm when there’s too much to do

“How can I stay calm when there’s too much to do?” This is a question I’ve been asked a lot by many people. Students juggling two jobs and trying to finish assignments, busy parents and employees struggling to meet deadlines all want to know the secret. I’ve even had retired people report they feel overwhelmed by the stress of competing demands. What …

I love you, I hate you: 10 tips to survive parenting teens.

Parents of teens can experience the “I love you, I hate you” dynamic as their teenage child journeys to adulthood. It can feel like teens love you one minute and then hate you the next. Parents often complain that the only time their teen talks to them is if they want something and that they struggle to get their teens out of …

Coaching kids: my journey with positive psychology

Yesterday I came to the end of my netball coaching career. Together the kids and I started as beginners and by the end of season 2, we had a team who could play a good game of netball and a clinical psychologist who could coach. Coaching was a little daunting for me. Let’s just say I’m not known for my …

How to conquer your fears and phobias

About 20 years ago, I clung onto a metal peg a few meters up a tree, seemingly frozen and unable to move. I felt the familiar feeling of my fear of heights sweep over me. I had wanted to climb the Gloucester tree but I could not go further. Nor could I go back down. For those unfamiliar with the Gloucester tree, …

How to handle a personal attack

Recently, I experienced a personal attack. It arrived in the form of a letter written by another professional and was filled with accusations, comments and judgements about my character and values. The author also made other negative comments about me which were unrelated to their actual complaint. Instantly I recalled a book I had read as an 8 year old, …

Be kind to yourself this season

This great article from the Jean Hailes foundation has lots of  ideas for staying emotionally well  over the Christmas and New Year period. Best wishes for a peaceful and safe Christmas to all my clients and readers of this blog, Nadene Be kind to yourself this season For many of us, the end of the year means a break from …

Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig

I usually write my own blog posts but today I’m sharing this short, helpful and inspiring blog post written by Matt Haig, author of  Reasons to Stay Alive. Matt Haig is someone who battled depression and made it to the other side. It is rare to come across something which  bravely deals with the reality of suicidal thoughts that often …