Social Isolation: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The good I accept that it is nigh impossible for some to find any ‘good’ in these times when only uncertainty, fear, and death seem certain. Sadness and despair are not enviable constants to have in a life.By writing about the good that can come from this global crisis I do not wish to minimise…

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Does Blue Monday increase the blues?

Today I received lots of emails from companies I shop with.The subject matter were things like: ‘you don’t need to be blue’, ‘we can help stop you feeling blue’, you probably know the sort of nonsense I mean. I didn’t have a clue what it was about. Until I logged into the BBC News. There…

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Is music vital to my well-being? Yes and No.

Music is a stabilising aspect of my life. Do you need music in your day? Or perhaps you’d rather do without.

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Find ‘chilling’ a challenge? ‘De-stressing’ too stressful? Check out these simple ideas.

Answers that could resolve your relaxation quest. Who? prefer the company of others? invite a friend round prefer your own company? set aside a private space, from a dedicated room to a comfy armchair I have been very fortunate to have a small spare room where I could chill. In my present home I have…

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Into the darkness early: just a clock change, or a deeper social problem?

The clocks have been reset to a timewarp that ushers out the daylight at 5 p.m. When I would normally still be in thinking mode the darkness outside the window is telling my brain to slow down and to relax into the comfort of the evening: to swap the paperwork for a good book, to…

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