Category: Mental Health

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 ...

1000 miles

I appear to have overlooked my 1000-mile mark of running since returning to the game towards the end of September. When I think about it, that's a lot of running! It's also nothing short of a miracle when I know that right up until the day before beginning to run again, I couldn't contemplate leaving the house ...

Pledge for Parity

Once a year (I'm pretty sure it is only once) there comes a time when it is acceptable, and even encouraged, to stop and think about how women have made a difference to society since (for some, long perhaps before) their emancipation. "International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, ...

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 ...

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Just breathe

Some words need life breathing into them, others just drip off the tongue like honey. It's a peculiar time right now. Nothing appears to follow any order, routine, sequence or plan. Each day, in fact each hour, is a different story to tell, a different emotion heralding a seemingly different outcome. It's confusing. Keeping a ...

The Greatest Rant of All

So here's the thing; sometimes I am irritated by just about everything that is going on around me, a distraction so wanton and even ridiculous, that I can talk myself into a destructive stupor. This is an insight into what happens when a Mixed State begins to take hold, whilst I still have the presence of ...

VIE (very important email)

There's a very important email petition going down at E4MH (equality4mentalhealth) HQ. A number of public leaders, presenters, authors, sports personalities, and educators such as Ruby Wax, Joanna Lumley, Norman Lamb, Alistair Campbell, Danny Boyle, Michael Morpurgo and Sir Steve Redgrave, amongst many more, are behind this strong message to government that we have an ...

People Power

As I was tying up my laces to head out the door for a training run, Jeremy Vine came on the radio. I wasn't paying particular attention, but his voice brought up a memory of a series of radio interviews and articles I'd come across recently which caused my heart to shudder with disbelief. I ...

Children’s Mental Health Week

Place2Be is one of the 5 mental health charities that I am supporting for Fierce Mind 1680 miles Challenge. I visited a primary school in Enfield last Wednesday to learn more about what they do and I am completely taken by their work to offer emotional and mental wellbeing therapy. They are there for children ...

Pushing through

8 weeks today sounds like a great deal of time to accomplish many things; it also feels like no time at all. The past 3 weeks feel wasted having had to deal with 'stuff': tummy upset, nausea, headaches, stress, mania, hypomania, irritability, fatigue, roller coaster emotions, insomnia, runner's knee, children's infirmary visits, broken phone, kaput ...