Love Street Counselling's blog

Ramblings and side notes with the occasional foray into a mental health topic

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  • What a few good days can do

    What a few good days can do

    Someone online once said there’s a thing called “the three sleeps rule”, meaning whatever ails you, 90% of the time it can be alleviated by three good nights’ sleep. I’m a believer. Now I’ll grant you this – it isn’t straightforward to get your good night’s sleep if you’re feeling anxious or depressed. So it…

  • We’re at Peak AI

    We’re at Peak AI

    Apparently we’re reaching peak AI soon! The large language models have exhausted all the available written material on the internet, and AI companies are struggling to find alternative data sources with genuine human writing. Now anyone who’s spent any time at all on the internet in the last year will be aware of how prevalent…

  • In defense of the boring

    In defense of the boring

    You know what doesn’t get talked about enough? The boring everyday grind, and how good it actually is for you. It’s fine and dandy to talk about how you’re setting out on an adventure and to frame your life and your future as this very exciting thing that you’re keen to explore, but you know…

  • Coming out as separated

    Coming out as separated

    Just took the plunge and told my mum that I had separated from my partner of 12 years. It was scary making that phone call, I had no idea how she would take it. Luckily, she was very understanding and after I put the phone down and had a moment to process what had just…

  • Getting ready for the big move

    Getting ready for the big move

    Leaving my old life behind and starting completely anew in a new place is scary, but I’m trying to think of it as exciting as well. Neurologically they say fear and excitement are very similar, so maybe I can trick myself into being super excited about it instead of afraid? Might be worth a shot….

  • My Island Adventure Awaits

    My Island Adventure Awaits

    It’s quite emotional leaving behind your home of 10+ years but at the same time it’s quite exciting. To set out on a new journey and start building your life again in a more quiet setting might be just what I need. My family has been extraordinarily supportive over the past couple of weeks of…

  • Is a takeaway self-care?

    Is a takeaway self-care?

    There’s been a bit of a mini discourse on Twitter, regarding takeaway foods in the last couple days. Some people are passionately of the opinion that it’s ableist to say people who aren’t able to cook for themselves deserve to have hot food delivered to their door, whereas others opt to make fun of people…

  • Accidental Cognitive-Behavioural exercise

    Accidental Cognitive-Behavioural exercise

    I thought I’d share a bit about an exercise that me and my wife came up with to help me with some challenging thoughts I have been struggling with. I think it’s sort of based in cognitive-behavioural therapy principles – maybe you could think about it as a simplified form of the ABC technique, useful…

  • The light at the end of the tunnel

    The light at the end of the tunnel

    Feels like there might be some light at the end of this tunnel after all. I’ve been not having as many dark and bad thoughts today. Today marks in fact the first day I’ve not broken down crying since last Thursday. The dark and gloomy mood has been replaced with something approaching nervous apprehension about…

  • Stress and dealing with it

    Stress and dealing with it

    Had quite the stressful end to last week, to say the least. Probably not going to post too actively on here for a bit, due to having to deal with a lot of things just now. Just need to re-focus and concentrate on myself right now. The NHS booklet “Steps to deal with Stress” likes…