The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. Carl Rogers

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How hard is it to be a new parent?



You’ve had nine months to prepare for your first child. Be excited. Worry. Scans, tests and appointments fill your diary. Your bathroom cupboard groans with indigestion medicine.

The last month drags by as baby paraphernalia slowly fills your house.

Then it’s the day you’ve been waiting for.

Whether you have a natural birth or C-section, pain relief or none, labour that goes as you expected or hoped, or not, eventually your child is born.

Suddenly you’re a parent. 

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5 things to look out for if you suspect a loved one or someone you know, is depressed (and 4 ways you can help them right now).

"Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful.” – Giles Andreae


“How depressing.” is something you might think as you wake up to another dreary day, or see your team lose (again). But true depression is not fleeting, easily
shrugged off, or forgettable. Depression takes over your life, making it impossible for you to eat, sleep, work, study or enjoy yourself. You feel worthless, hopeless, and helpless - day after day after day.

Here are five things to look out for if you suspect someone you know might be depressed, as well as the four most important things you can do to support them.

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Anger: Ways to manage your anger and keep your cool (even when you’re about to explode).

Anger: Ways to manage your anger and keep your cool (even when you’re about to explode).


Three ways to manage your anger and keep your cool (even when you’re about to explode).

“Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.”―Aristotle

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The importance of friendship by Jane Collingwood

“Let friendship ring. It might look like idle chatter, but when employees find friends at work, they feel connected to their jobs. Having a best friend at work is a strong predictor for being a happy and productive employee.”

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Younger and younger children are saying they are dissatisfied with their bodies.

This article from The Guardian asks, is the rising awareness of obesity now pushing our children to becoming preoccupied with attaining the 'perfect body'?

In warning children of the dangers of obesity, are they pushing them too far the other way?

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