Wednesday, 20 September 2017
World Mental Health Day, and Mental Health Week are just around the corner. I encourage you to get involved in your local community in some way to break the stigma that surrounds mental health and those who may be experiencing symptoms. Did you know that in Australia, 1 in 20 people that you meet on a daily basis may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness? Maybe that person is you or one of your family members at the moment. You are not on this journey alone. Go to your G.P and ask for some assistance in finding the support you or you loved one needs. Live your Bliss. Mairead
Monday, 18 September 2017
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Friday, 15 September 2017
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Monday, 11 September 2017
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Saturday, 9 September 2017
Monday, 4 September 2017
Sunday, 3 September 2017
Finding Radical Kindness in the Face of Chaos and Danger Renowned writer, devoted grandmother, and thought-provoker Anne Lamott shares her latest fascination with an act we rarely consider but desperately need: mercy. By Hugh Delehanty
Five Obstacles Men Overcome to Accept Mental Health Problems - How traditional masculinity affects mental wellness : By Lauren Mizock
Saturday, 2 September 2017
Saturday, 26 August 2017
The Key Ingredient That Might Be Missing from Your Well-Being How loneliness impacts body and mind—and mindful ways to connect with those around you. By Stephany Tlalka
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
When we experience extreme grief we might also experience physical symptoms that reflect our emotional pain. One way that we often describe this intensity, is heart ache and heart break. We may feel as if our hearts are being crushed, trampled on, torn apart or shredded. Some people may experience such pains that they fit the patters and severity of having a heart attack as known in it's organic form, sudden onset of chest pain, lack of oxygen and other mimicking symptoms. I have been undergoing far from typical, every day stress and although previously diagnosed with an existing heart condition, feel that my recent worsening symptoms may be due to the string of stressful weeks that have passed.
- Week 7 - 3 year old grandson diagnosed with kidney cancer followed by 6 weeks chemo and surgery today.
- Week 6 - Youngest son broke thumb requiring surgery.
- Week 5 - Husband diagnosed malignant melanoma requiring surgery
- Week 4 - My childhood sexual abuser released from jail to return to U.S retaining his full religious title
- Week 3 - Youngest son falls, tries to protect his thumb, breaks collar bone in 3 places, requires surgery, Husband wins the Grand Raffle at the football club and I begin to experience chest pain
- Week 2 - Chest pain intensifies, invasive tests required
- Week 1-Today Grandson underwent kidney surgery and is now in intensive care
And it's not over yet!
Although the tests will show that I am quite fit and healthy, it is always important to rule out organic factors when symptoms which resemble serious conditions are present. If at any time you feel that you might be experiencing symptoms of heart disease, get it checked out. It is always better to be safe than to be dead. Some might feel that this type of illness is fake or attention seeking. Read the link below to find out more about just how powerful the effects of stress hormones can be on the human body and what the mechanics of Broken Heart syndrome are and how to deal with them.
Live your Bliss
Monday, 21 August 2017
Why We’re Hardwired to Armor Our Hearts Keeping a distance shields us from the pain we've already experienced and future wounds. But it's only when we acknowledge pain and tend to it that we're able to open up—to others and ourselves: By Vinny Ferraro
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Are self-help books worth it? By Douglas Eby - As some one who will be publishing my own mental health self help book within the next twelve months, I find this article very true to form. There is a lot of misleading stuff out there, written by people who have no training, qualifications and have poorly researched data to back up claims. This type of poor information may lead vulnerable people to follow sometimes dangerous practices exacerbating rather than elevating symptoms. In my book, The Circle of Genuine Meaning, I encourage individuals to explore all ideas with curiosity, question philosophies that go against the values of your inner wisdom and find your own truth. I also encourage you to ask for help from your doctor, mental health practitioner or telephone hotline counsellor if you are triggered during engagement with my book or any other self help material.
Saturday, 19 August 2017
Back by popular demand....... Creative Arts Therapy Morning Group. My first morning group at the Louis Joel Centre began 5 years ago and I have met some fascinating and wonderful people. We all have something to share and something to learn, whether we are aware of it or not. Our groups are respectful, safe and creative spaces to tackle some of the more challenging stuff that life throws at us. You are most welcome to join us. Mairead Ashcroft 19/8/17
Friday, 18 August 2017
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? By Anya Kamenetz - This article is a little different to what I might usually share but I found it beneficial in pointing out the many skills that we may have, regardless of our paid work history or our certified educational achievements. The school of life can offer a tool kit filled with many gifts.
Saturday, 5 August 2017
Friday, 28 July 2017
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Being with Stressful Moments Rather Than Avoiding Them - When we use mindfulness to get rid of stress, we’re no longer being mindful. Try this practice for being with and re-imagining stressful moments: By Eric Langshur and Nate Klemp
The Power of Solitude - Spending time alone with ourselves may not be easy or even desirable. But it’s key to getting to know who we really are: By Elaine Smookler
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Six Ways Developmental Trauma Shapes Adult Identity - Dissociation from oneself has long-term implications for who we become: By Grant H. Brenner
My response to comments made by Fr Solma in this article: Having Hartman's title removed has nothing to do with punitive punishment or satisfying my desires. It is about trying to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults from believing that Hartman is a man who can be trusted. Should a doctor, teacher, counsellor or lawyer who is found guilty of raping and beating children be permitted to introduce themselves under such respected titles. I think not. I agree with 24/7 supervision but because of past experience, I do not trust the supervisors. They have already proven themselves unreliable. Once again I see no remorse in statement made by Solma in this interview, nor in the decisions made by the church. Mairead Ashcroft 26/7/17
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
The man who habitually raped me and other children back in the 70's, was released form jail yesterday after only serving a 2 year sentence. He will maintain his full title of Brother Bernard Joseph Hartman and the false trust that this religious title may hold.