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doodling for mental health

Natalie Hanley is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner who started Tidy Mind Doodles because, ironically, she found that she wasn’t looking after her own mental health: ‘I was telling patients one thing, but not really following through on my own advice.’

Baby steps for your mental health

Hannah is a mum to Alex, and she also has bipolar affective disorder and a phobia of vomiting. She's written this piece for any mum who might be feeling that daily activities are too much to cope with and might not know where to start.

What Are affirmations?

An affirmation is just a statement you make about yourself, or about your situation. Many of us spend much of our lives telling ourselves, “I can’t do this, I can’t do that, I’m such an idiot” - that information is going round and round in our heads - and that’s a negative affirmation.

How can you be a mindful parent?

What is mindfulness? And how can we do it? In these excerpts from Claire Gillman’s book “Five Minute Mindfulness: Parenting” she explains the basics as well as taking you through a couple of practical exercises.

Writing for wellbeing

In motherhood, it often seems that we’re only supposed to discuss the gratitude and gummy smiles. We fear that admitting the other stuff, the messy stuff, risks judgment and horror and questions about our ability to cope. Creative writing may seem an odd, perhaps even indulgent, suggestion in a situation where the last thing you feel or have an interest in is creativity.

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