The Book to Get Your Family Together

The Book to Get Your Family Together is in production! However in these uncertain times, the release date is unclear. However I thought I would give you all a sneak preview of what it is all about with a look at my introduction of the book talking about family and mental health. It just seemed appropriate to share given the unprecedented situation we are all currently dealing with – please give it a read – I really hope you enjoy!

Family and Mental Health

After years in hiding, finally we are talking about mental health! Whilst some old attitudes still remain we are slowly moving away from the ‘stiff upper lip’ and ‘keep calm and carry on’ methods that were often enforced in previous generations.

When we hear the words mental health we automatically think of illnesses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, to name but a few. These illnesses can play a major part in our mental health and it is a positive step that so many more of us are aware of the many forms and symptoms of mental health illness and more importantly are understanding that there is no shame in talking about and seeking support to treat them. … Read the rest

Me and My Shy – A Confidence Journey

Lets face it, today’s world is one for extroverts, show offs and loud speakers. The ever accessible social media and reality TV are all geared up for self promotion ensuring that at  every turn, there is a place you can put yourself front and centre for all to see. It is creating a social shift, a place where the confident reign and those lacking are left behind, pushed out of the way by those super confident, jazz handed, all round performers, tap dancing us out of the way!

In my opinion, being shy has now become a problem, a forgotten personality trait,  something that people who don’t struggle with confidence do not understand and consequently do not know how to deal with, leading to us (when I say us I mean my fellow introverts!) being labelled as boring, quiet, sensitive, rude, fragile even, overlooked and ultimately unseen.

Many of us who suffer from shyness don’t stay quiet through choice, it is the constant voice in our head telling us to hold back, that we have nothing valid to say, the fear of going bright red, of people laughing, of being dismissed and ultimately battling the demons in your head that run through every nightmare scenario before actually speaking.… Read the rest