Browsing CategoryLoneliness

Curating Kindness: Introducing… The Friendly Bench™

Interested but need to get a wriggle on? Jump straight to the full article here In an earlier blog post, I took the plunge and finally unveiled what I’d been *intending* to pen about here on the blog for some time – but had apparently been too much of a cowardy, Kate-like custard to do so until recently. As outlined in that rather wordy, but oh-so earnest and (if I do say so myself) utterly awesome post (!), the topic of loneliness is one that’s dear to my heart, not least because it’s an issue that can cause considerable emotional…

Prickly pears

View this post on Instagram If a tough day has left you feeling a bit prickly🌵, fear not, friends, as I’m here to share some #Instagood love guaranteed to warm your cockles and put a spring in your downtrodden step! Today is #InternationalDayofCharity, and included herewith is a mere sprinkling of some of the amazing charities who are really smashing it in their promotion of #kindness, #friendship and #community building, as well as raising the bar when it comes to tackling #loneliness amongst the #elderly (and, indeed, among people of all age groups). Here’s sending out a whoop whoop and…

Mountains and molehills

View this post on Instagram With the reality hitting us last week that we need to move house and find another rental quick-sharp, I’ve been feeling all in a tizz the last few days, and, if I’m honest, a bit scared and panicky. Following a substantial wobble over the weekend, getting totally carried away about the unhelpful ‘what ifs’, and falling down a rabbit hole of catastrophizing and blowing things massively out of proportion, what eventually snapped me out of my #anxiety funk was, of course, my people. Between my husband and a few close friends here to lend a…

If kindness is your jam…

View this post on Instagram For anyone in need of a dollop of blue skies and little white, fluffy clouds, may I suggest you go and check out the The Independent’s “Happy List 2018: the full list of people who make life better for others”, published this morning – I honestly think you’d be hard pushed to find a more uplifting, inspiring read on t’internet today. It also happens to feature a couple of kick-ass women and organisations cutting some serious shapes in the businesses of tackling #loneliness and social isolation, including the delightful (ok, I’ve not met her IRL,…

Launching loneliness into the limelight

“As a topic, loneliness is a bit taboo… It can take a great deal of courage to stand up and admit to feeling isolated.” (Aimee Foster, The Early Hour) Fun in the sun As I stop for a minute to take stock of the last month or so, I realise it’s actually been quite a fun, busy few weeks: finding ourselves at the tail end of summer, BBQ season has been in full swing here in our corner of Mexico, and the invitations to gatherings, birthday parties and playdates for the kids have not been in short supply. For a…