Category Archives: Anxiety

Swimming the distance: mental health as a endurance pursuit

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may (or may not!) know that I’m currently training for a long distance swim in June. I’ll be swimming 5K, which is just over 3 miles (not an insubstantial distance … Continue reading

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On building a complicated relationship with gratitude

I wanted to write a quick post about something that has been troubling me for a few days. I was watching a YouTube video the other day that I thought was on personal finance but turned out to be on … Continue reading

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Taking the rail replacement bus

This morning I went swimming with my sister for the first proper training session in preparation for swimming in the Great North Swim in June. I have signed up to swim 5k (which is just over 3 miles), which is … Continue reading

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You are here by Jenny Lawson

So being ill can have an up side sometimes. I’ve been unwell with some awful head cold [wo]man flu and haven’t been able to do much work. I’ve been mostly sleeping, drinking honey and lemon, and watching telly, with a … Continue reading

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Don’t for a minute think about stopping you lovely bunch of creatives

[EDIT: So I had a nice formal sounding title for this post, but then I went and changed it because this feels better in getting across what I want to say] I was procrastinating before work this morning and read this … Continue reading

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A bit more on ‘On not being able to paint’

I’ve been digging into Marion Milner’s book ‘On not being able to paint’ and have been really enjoying this. The book describes Milner’s efforts in trying to learn how to paint, and she takes a psychoanalytic perspective on this. I’m … Continue reading

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Lessons on listening

I’ve been thinking about what to put into this post for a week but have struggled a bit in working out what it is I’m trying to say exactly. I suspect there will be more than one post as I … Continue reading

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