Parenthood

As it is Mother’s day I thought I would write an extra blog on the subject of parenting young people. We love our children more than anything else in the world. We want the best for them, we don’t want them to feel pain. We want them to be a success in life whilst avoidingContinue reading “Parenthood”

My Story (Gosport 1970s and 80s)

A few weeks ago I wrote about, putting my story so far down in words to help me take stock of who I am at what my values are. Since then I have taken my mind map and have started adding detail. So far I have about 5 different stories. I have found the experienceContinue reading “My Story (Gosport 1970s and 80s)”

I Have Fallen of The Wagon!

In January I decided to give up drinking alcohol. My reasons for giving up were twofold I suppose, firstly was to prove to myself that I had the will power to give up, after all I gave up smoking the year before. Secondly was for health reasons, not that I think I was drinking excessivelyContinue reading “I Have Fallen of The Wagon!”

Can we really be whatever we want to be?

I was reading an inspirational post on Facebook today, like many I have shared in the past. It got me thinking can we really be whatever we want to be? When I was young I wanted to be a Soldier, Rugby Player, Rock Star and an Actor (not all at the same time). I endedContinue reading “Can we really be whatever we want to be?”

Story of Me

I was 46 this week. Which is no special landmark, in fact it is something or nothing. A non-entity of a birthday I suppose. Throughout the week building up to my birthday I had been asking myself what has brought me to this point in my life. It certainly doesn’t feel it has been partContinue reading “Story of Me”

How do you empty your bucket?

On Wednesday I was presenting Mental Health Awareness to a Group of Childrens’ Nurses. Part of the day is taken up with raising awareness of our own mental health and how we manage the stressors in our own lives.  Yerkes-Dodson back in 1909 suggested that stress or pressure is vital for us to perform, butContinue reading “How do you empty your bucket?”

How to be Happy

Monday saw me teaching 2nd year Child Branch Student Nurses about the signs and management of dehydration, followed by causes and management of fever in children. Talking about dehydration does not always fill people with enthusiasm on a Monday afternoon, so I thought I would add an anecdote to lighten the mood and grab theirContinue reading “How to be Happy”

Pay Attention to Your Mental Health

It is scientifically proven that if you are stressed, distressed or depressed your productivity and creativity decreases and can even stop. We all have those times when our workload outstrips our resources, when this happens our stress levels rise and our productivity grinds to a halt. Despite this we feel we have no choice butContinue reading “Pay Attention to Your Mental Health”