Category: Explore

#MHAW17 What more can be done? Part 4

When depression takes hold, you are a much better sheep than an independent voice. It's not so awful an idea that someone should be there to support your physical exercise therapy so that you can begin to recover emotionally and mentally too. Perhaps it just needs a prescription....? #MHAW17 #mentalhealth #fiercemind

#MHAW17 What more can be done? Part 3

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."—Ronald Reagan. A quick scan across the political and social landscape and you might recognise that things aren't hunky dory. The divide between classes feels ever wider, those that can afford therapy and those that don't have much of anything; issues that existed in the time of Dickens still exist today. So how do we bridge that divide? #MHAW17 #MentalHealth #FierceMind

#MHAW17 What more can be done? Part 2

We all have a story to share that may be the lynchpin for someone else's enlightenment. We all have a way of expressing how to support, and how to receive that support effectively, so the opportunities for making a change to our model of compassionate interaction is infinite! Read my story of The County Line Man, the contrast between (I want to say good and evil, but that's simply childish I'm told, so we'll go with...) aware and not-so-aware. Just one of many anecdotes from LEJOGLE that have altered my view of this world. If you could do one thing each day to strengthen your awareness of the matters of mind, the health of your mind, would you do it?

#MHAW17 What more can be done? Part 1

"The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories."—Mary Catherine Bateson. When it comes to improving how we maintain our mental wellbeing, first we have to get a clearer picture of what that really means. Are stories the answer?

Bright lights, dark faces

Bright lights, dark faces, a theatrical stage or an interrogation; which response will this be, paranoia or exhilaration? Tracing my thoughts back to the steep, winding climbs of the Berriedale Braes, the heady heights of the cliffs of Caithness, the storm into the harbour at John O'Groats where even the island of Stroma was hidden in ...

The Philosopher’s White Line

Mental Health Awareness Week Day 2 The Philosopher's White Line Running is an activity that gives me the time and opportunity to draw metaphors of life from it. I often compare elements of the good, the bad and the smelly trails and road slurry spray, with experiences in life, as well as with future aspirations, ...

Brain Training Part 2

Following on from Brain Training Part 1, I've put together some techniques that I personally use to a greater or lesser degree (depending on variables such as intensity of project and current mental episode). Some people naturally focus while others need a little nudge to know where to begin. I admit that when I first ...

Brain Training Part 1

Brain Training for going into the Unknown Recently I was asked to come up with some words about how I am training my brain for my challenge to run 1680 miles across the UK and back again, when the furthest I've ever completed is (just) 32 miles in one day. My first thought was: am ...

J

Just get out of the tent, she said.

Memories and minds are turbulent and terribly torturous things, or they're terrifically tantalising and tenacious. Just a spoonful of alliteration for breakfast, now let's talk tents. One of my previous posts (Mindful Adventures) introduced some new characters to this adventure story, all of whom are significantly inspirational women who do things because they can, and/or because they ...

M

Mindful Adventures

Two words have revealed themselves to mean something very different to me over the past four weeks. I thought I understood adventure. I thought I understood what it meant to be mindful. We often hear that phrase (mostly from our parents or teachers), to be "mindful of that step", or "mindful of the traffic". And ...