Afraid of flying? Read this.

[According to Anxiety UK, a fear of flying or “aerophobia” is an excessive worry about air travel which is believed to affect 1 in 10 people, however some studies suggest that the proportion is much higher.  Here are my tip tips to feeling calm in the sky, from experience] When I was younger, I adored flying. […]

The what not to do if you have chronic pain series #2: Apologise

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Kahlil Gibran You are not your condition. You are not your illness or your pain. Yes, you manage it, you deal with it and hell, you live with it, but it is ultimately separate from you as a human […]

Five Things To Do If You Feel Anxious Right Now

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were all immune to the stresses of life, happily protected by an impenetrable force field of zen- like calm. In this alternative universe, I laugh giddily when the plane shudders with severe turbulence, respond promptly and assertively to omnious emails and remain diligently committed to the present moment. Sadly, […]

The what not to do if you have chronic pain series: #1 Beat yourself up

Living with a chronic condition can be like carrying a grand piano on your back while climbing up an increasingly steep hill. Sometimes, when we’re doing well, it’s like we’ve got the whole thing down to a fine science. Other times, despite doing everything right, it’s like the whole thing is random and we get […]

Why perfectionism is the toxic habit you need to quit right now

Newsflash: you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfectionist. You might not believe me if I told you that I struggle with perfectionism. In fact, if you looked around my house, you might think I’m pretty laid back and content with things not being… just so. Ok, I’ll admit it. I don’t care if […]

How “sleep hygiene” prevents headaches

We all know the feeling. You wake at seven o’clock in the morning to the sound of the rain pounding on the window, convinced it’s another rotten weekday, only to remember that it’s Saturday and you can roll back over into another deep, delicious sleep. Personally, I used to indugle in two magical lie – […]

Can Painkillers Really Give You Headaches?

The short answer seems to be yes, if you take them too often. At least, that’s been my experience. A quick google search on the subject leads me to the reassuringly reputable NHS Choices Website and an article entitled painkiller headaches (an oxymoron if there ever was one) where I learn that up to 1 in 10 people […]