The Self-Care Conundrum: why those who feel they don’t deserve it are the ones who need it most.

Our volunteer, Lucy, talks openly about her challenges and confusions around self-care and how she came to regard it as crucial to connection, and joy. I used to think that self-care was a kind of hobby; enjoyed by those who had the time and money for massages and manicures. I also considered it a tad … Read more The Self-Care Conundrum: why those who feel they don’t deserve it are the ones who need it most.

How do we define “kindness”?

By our Arts Therapist, Dafni Today is World Kindness Day, but how does one start looking at what kindness is – how do we define it or describe it? At dictionary.com it is defined as “The state or quality of being kind”. Personally, I don’t think this is very helpful. It leads me to wonder … Read more How do we define “kindness”?

A poem for recovery…

Love After Love – Derek Walcott   The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give … Read more A poem for recovery…

5 Tips for Positive Self-Talk

Social media can an inspiring platform for community and friendship, but it can also breed insecurity. With all the different personalities and filters, it’s very easy to lose yourself, and get caught “comparing your behind the scenes to someone else’s show reel”. If you’ve experienced a negative relationship with social media, and have found that critical voice … Read more 5 Tips for Positive Self-Talk

What does it mean to love your body, and is it even possible?

Psychodynamic Therapist, Jenna, discusses what body image means in terms of your eating disorder… This is a question that comes up regularly in our Body Image group.  If your eating disorder could answer, it would say that you can only love your body if you are a certain size or weight. And sure, you might … Read more What does it mean to love your body, and is it even possible?

Learning to love my body

Our inspiring client, Tess, shares how she’s learning to love her body once more… So after recently having watched the documentary “Embrace” I finally feel ready to write a blog post. I wanted to talk about my journey so far on building a relationship with my body. I know that I wasn’t born disliking myself but for as … Read more Learning to love my body

How To Be Ill

In light of World Health Day on the 7th April, we wanted to discuss the concept of self-care, and provide advice on how best to look after yourself when illness strikes. The rush of our day-to-day lives has meant that self-care has taken a backseat. It has reached a point where the pressure of deadlines, … Read more How To Be Ill

Why is the emphasis for self improvement on losing weight?

[author title=”Lucy Bonner” author_id=”Lucy Bonner”] [custom_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”] What happens to us over Christmas that makes us become obsessed with the idea of starting the New Year with a new diet to improve ourselves? [/custom_headline]   The festive period brings a time for us to indulge with friends and family and not worry … Read more Why is the emphasis for self improvement on losing weight?

How to Love Yourself First

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”] What is Self Care? [/custom_headline] Something that sounds so obvious and easy, often isn’t.  Why do we struggle so much to define self care?  Perhaps with our busy, hectic lifestyles and the relentless pace of modern life we have actually not only forgotten to be able to define it, but also … Read more How to Love Yourself First