The main thing I want to get out of seeking professional help for my anxiety is a "toolkit" of coping mechanisms. I know that anxiety isn't just going to disappear for good and the chances are that there will be things throughout life which will crop up and trigger me and I want to be … Continue reading My First Coping Tool- Breathing!
During Fridays session, Celia was prompted to ask me, "have you ever heard of the 'drama triangle'?". My answer was, "no, but I feel like I'm right in the middle of it!". I wanted to write a separate blog about this because I just KNOW so many people will relate so closely to it and... … Continue reading The Drama Triangle!
On Monday of this week (9th December) I had my initial call with Celia. This is the call that precedes the Clinical Hypnotherapy and is to help her gauge what’s happening with me and how to approach our sessions. I found this session to be enlightening, fascinating and hard. Part of what Celia asked me about … Continue reading An Interesting Chat…
In a decidedly un-hygge turn of events, I’ve unknowingly been struggling with anxiety for more than a year now. I’ve only recently recognised it for what it is, and only after it got worse. I’ve been trying to think how best to explain what my anxiety feels like and I think this is the closest … Continue reading An Unexpected Turn of Events…
It's finally happened. The sun came out, the sky turned blue and the roads and paths have stayed dry for almost the entire day. I can practically feel my body synthesising it's own vitamin D. At last. Too good an opportunity to miss (and I'm lucky enough to not work Mondays) we loaded up and … Continue reading Sunshine on Deerness!
Today we headed west, well, not that far west but to the west of the Orkney Mainland. The forecast showed a break in the wind and rain so we decided to take the dogs and head somewhere different. An initial venture to go up Hammars Hill was thwarted by 3 loose sheep on the track … Continue reading Heading West
It seems to be day 325 of high winds and excessive rain in Orkney. The field beside our house has never been more saturated. I saw the farmer, in an effort to increase drainage from the swamp, digging out the ditches around the periphery in a digger with tracks.... TRACKS! Because a digger with normal … Continue reading How to Find Hygge When It’s Dreich
In December (2019) my husband and I travelled to Prague to celebrate his 40th birthday and our 15th wedding anniversary. We chose Prague as it had been recommended to us by pretty much anyone we spoke to who'd been there! The Christmas markets would be in full swing and after a brilliant trip to Budapest … Continue reading Finding Hygge in Prague at Christmas
It's December and therefore it's cold in Orkney. At the moment, it's not even just the cold it's the howling gale outside that at one point scared the dogs and caused the terrier to take refuge next to me on the couch. This weather is some of my very favourite. I have other favourites too … Continue reading Baby It’s Cold (Windy) Outside
I LOVE getting my Christmas decorations up. Living in Orkney means a looooooong, dark winter. I'm lucky to be someone who remains happily unaffected by this but my Christmas decorations do help me through! We are early decorators. Ours are usually up on the 1st of December. When it's dark by 4pm, putting on those … Continue reading The Peggy Tree and More