Posts by LizL

Local Fundraiser for My Son’s Friend

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorised | 0 comments

Usually we do not mix work and family issues.  But this one is important to a local family who have had their life turned upside-down.  My son’s friend, Spike, he’s known since Primary school.  A couple years ago they were roommates when they went on a school trip to Salamanca.  Worried about who he was going to be staying with, he assured me that Spike was a super nice kid- “Yeah, mum, he’s super nice.”  As 16 year old’s, they sometimes walk to their 6th Form College, BHASVIC, together.  Just over a week ago, on a rainy morning at around 8:15am, Spike was hit by a car while walking to class.  He was flown to Southampton and  is in an induced coma with a severe head trauma.  Spike has two sisters and his parents are with him, too.  At a time when we are worrying about whether we are putting up our Christmas tree too early or too late, his family are willing their son better.  Years ago I treated a woman whose child was hours from home being treated for cancer.  She spoke about the financial hardship of not being able to work but also about how life just stopped for them.  She told me how she would look out the hospital window and watch people taking their kids to school and thought, “I used to do that”.  I will always remember the sadness and isolation in her eyes when she shared that with me.  I do not know Spike’s parents.  I know who they are because we’ve done the same school run for many years and we live in the same neighborhood.  But my thoughts are with them every day and my heart breaks thinking of what they are going through.  And, if the Brighton community can ease their financial difficulty as the cost of staying with Spike in Southampton, I know they would be grateful.  Most of the donations to them have been in small increments as many have been donated by children who are donating their pocket money.  My son has worked a part-time job for years and came to me with £100 of rolled up notes to donate.  If you can, please give.  And send a healing thought to Spike. (GoFundMe for Spike)

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MDMA for Trauma

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorised | 0 comments

I’ve spoken about this for many months with colleagues who are in full support of the legalisation of MDMA for a number of conditions.  It’s about time we look beyond the politics and start prescribing effective treatments.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mdma-ecstasy-drug-study-decriminalise-ptsd-trauma-trust-david-nutt-gabay-a8643031.html

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Unplugging From the News

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorised | 0 comments

My first degree was in Political Science so I’ve habitually followed politics both here and abroad.  However, recently, I began to feel overwhelmed by the surplus of information I was taking in.  I say “surplus” because it is exactly that- unwanted, too much, and not of value.  Every spare moment I would grab my phone looking for an update of the news in search of some respite, as if reading more news was going to uncover a solution to today’s problems.  I could go on, but Awaken with JP does a fantastically funny video of exactly what I want to say.

Please watch.  I promise you won’t regret it.

The benefits I’ve experienced by turning off the news completely are:

  1. More time
  2. I’m spending better quality time with my family
  3. Much, much better sleep and as a result waking earlier and feeling invigorated which goes back to number 1- more time!
  4. My stress levels have tumbled so I feel far better able to cope with real stresses
  5. Increased energy!

Turning off the news is not about ignoring what is happening today.  My dedication to being an educated, political participant in our society has not waned.  However, by becoming a seeker and not a receiver, I approach the topics with a calm curiosity and not fear.

Give a news block a try.  You’ll likely feel the results within a day.

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Unplugging from News

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

My first degree was in Political Science so I’ve habitually followed politics both here and abroad.  However, recently, I began to feel overwhelmed by the surplus of information I was taking in.  I say “surplus” because it is exactly that- unwanted, too much, and not of value.  Every spare moment I would grab my phone looking for an update of the news in search of some respite, as if reading more news was going to uncover a solution to today’s problems.  I could go on, but Awaken with JP does a fantastically funny video of exactly what I want to say.  Please watch.  I promise you won’t regret it.

The benefits I’ve experienced by turning off the news completely are:

  1. More time
  2. I’m spending better quality time with my family
  3. Much, much better sleep and as a result waking earlier and feeling invigorated which goes back to number 1- more time!
  4. My stress levels have tumbled so I feel far better able to cope with real stresses
  5. Increased energy!

Turning off the news is not about ignoring what is happening today.  My dedication to being an educated, political participant in our society has not waned.  However, by becoming a seeker and not a receiver, I approach the topics with a calm curiosity and not fear.

Give a news block a try.  You’ll likely feel the results within a day.

 

 

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Be Big

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorised | 0 comments

One of my favourite TED Talks was given by Amy Cuddy several years ago.  I’ve watched it many times and always find it inspiring, funny and informative.  The reason I post it again is because just after New Year people are making goals of getting healthy.  Making ourselves “big” through posture actually helps us react to stress.  This is a 2 minute fix.  As you watch it, listen to the numbers in her studies- they’re incredible.  Enjoy!

 

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