Monthly Archives: December 2020


They tried to make me go the rehab but I said, “No, no, no”. Amy Winehouse   Prehab can keep us in the Goldilocks zone. A Goldilocks planet is one which falls within its star’s habitable zone. The earth is in the sun’s Goldilocks zone, not too hot, not too cold, but just right, and containing the conditions for life to flourish. Rehabilitation provides the setting for recovery from illness,

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WHAT ON EARTH IS PREHABILITATION?2023-11-21T09:47:35+00:00


A number of studies have recently emphasised the benefits of living a stress-full life. (Yup ... you read right ... stress-full.) The studies tend to contradict received wisdom that assumes that 'stress' is undesirable and should be eliminated from our experience as much as possible. It's important that we have strategies to manage excessive demands and we'll look at these later. Crum But, it's also vital to recognise that we

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SOME FRUITS OF STRESS2023-11-21T09:14:40+00:00


Have a look at the pic.  A four coloured juggling ball.  We’ll call it a 'stress ball' for the purpose of this illustration. It shows progressions of stress in our own experience.  The illustration is oversimplified, but may help to illustrate a complex dynamic.  The yellow area represents insufficient pressure which can lead to boredom, rigidity, monotony, clock watching, or ‘under-stress’.  The green zone represents appropriate pressure which brings with

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JUGGLING WITH STRESS2023-11-21T09:14:01+00:00


"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." Lewis Carroll   Stress is not a mental illness. Until the 1950s the term ‘stress’ was rarely used to refer to psychological issues or pressures that could lead to mental illness. In 1956 Hans Selye published "The Stress of Life” [1]. He set out to describe what

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SOME ROOTS OF STRESS 2023-11-21T09:13:31+00:00


Human experience is multifactorial.  We have bodies and minds.  We have aspects that are seen and unseen, conscious and unconscious, events occur around us and inside our minds.  There is an interaction between memory, present experience and future expectation.  Our interpretation of overlapping subjective and objective meanings of events, relationships and situations will vary from time to time.  There is an interaction between our bodies, minds and society around us

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... and mixed in with the professional and social aspects of the ill health is the huge problem of stigma.  If anything, this is probably the most significant hindrance to thinking about and actually addressing the problem of mental illness in the profession.  Although a current motto for mental health awareness is "no health without mental health", much of the time little more than lip service is paid into this

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TATTOO & TABOO 2023-11-21T09:12:46+00:00
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