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Here’s some extended thoughts around the topics I’ve been covering lately.

Each post about mental wellness is just one facet of a huge topic so remember to take them all in context together.  There are no magic bullets and very few quick fixes but these are my three big concepts.


1. Mental wellness issues are a reasonable response of the body to life’s stresses
2. We are all somewhere on the stress spectrum, good and bad

3. There are so many tools in the toolbox to deal with these issues

If you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.

Or if you need to talk to someone else:

• Samaritans 0800 726 666

• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• Youthline: 0800 376 633
• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)

Kia Kaha



April 18, 2020

Your brain only has enough energy to deal with what really matters. Stop wasting time on stuff that is literally clogging up your server and focus on what’s important. 

April 18, 2020

Why simply changing the volume of your ring tone can help lower your stress levels. 

April 18, 2020

Every feel like this whole thing is somehow your fault? Find out why and how to deal with that feeling. 

April 18, 2020

Under stress, your capacity to deal with things may be limited. Give yourself a break! 

April 18, 2020

Don’t waste your energy fighting feelings that may be trying to to tell you something valuable!

April 1, 2020


No I’m not talking about getting rid of dramatic friends, I mean those annoying things on your to-do list that you keep putting off (for me it was organising my wardrobe!) Those things are taking up mental space without you even realisi...

April 1, 2020


It’s official, I’ve turned into a Nana! I’ve picked up an old hobby from my childhood and have started KNITTING!  Nothing complicated, just a neck warmer which is basically just a lazy scarf, but knitting none-the-less. 

And, it’s...

April 1, 2020


I dug a hole!  Well I dug part of a hole and Mykle tidied it up for me, but the point is people, a hole was dug 🙂

And while the hole was being dug, i thought of NOTHING ELSE.  

It was hard work, took a solid ten minutes and nee...

April 1, 2020

I’m finding it hard not to hug everybody.

Yes, I admit it, I’m a hugger. And when people are under pressure and stress it's my first reaction to grab them and give them a big old bear hug.  Last month I nearly gave my Thai dentist a heart attack by hugging him in thanks...

March 27, 2020

Have you ever wondered why you can’t constantly feel your socks on your feet? Or why it’s easier to listen to something with your eyes closed?

Our brains are bombarded with information constantly.  If we paid attention to everything we would literally go crazy trying to...

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