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Pat Elliot Book Launch

I spent Thursday evening photographing a very wise woman, Pat Elliot, at her book launch. Pat has years of experience in law and psychology, and her book details attributes and techniques to increase awareness, confidence and self-esteem. She’s also a dab hand at knowing how to deal with stress! Her book is available on Amazon and you’ll find more information about her on mindcircles.co.uk.

More of my photos from the book launch are on Flickr.

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Stress Awareness Day

It’s Stress Awareness Day. There’s only an hour or so left but I wanted to mention it because Stress is misunderstood. The term ‘stressed out’ is over-used and people need to know more about what it really means so they can help themselves, friends, family and colleagues. I’ve been there and know how hard it was to manage.

I could write pages about this (and one day I will) but here are just a few points: Stress is not the same as pressure (a dangerous misconception, especially in a work environment); Stress can be terribly debilitating – physically and emotionally; it can stop you in your tracks and make everyday tasks difficult; a lack of awareness and understanding (within you/folk around you) makes the problem so much worse.

Recognising it is half the battle. That sounds like a clich√© but when I picked up a leaflet from the Glasgow Steps team everything made sense. Knowing what Stress does and learning the science behind it is fascinating and liberating. Getting through it and finding your way out the other side feels amazing. And if I hadn’t had so many problems with it I wouldn’t have even considered the path I’ve chosen now. The bad stuff makes the good stuff even better.

I talked about this a little on Twitter today and got great feedback – tweets from people who have experienced similar problems, who are still living with Stress, and a ‘thank you’ or two for talking about it publicly. Is mentioning a weakness a good thing? I don’t know but I’m going with my gut instinct on this. I feel it’s an important issue and I wanted to mention it in case it helps someone realise what’s going on in their life.

If you want more information, there was an excellent webcast this afternoon which is now archived to watch again, there are some helpful downloads on the NSAD website, and loads of useful stuff on the Glasgow Steps website.

Anyway, that’s today’s Public Health Announcement over. If anyone wants to know more or just have a chat about it then please do get in touch.

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Breaking My Own Rules

It’s about time, isn’t it? I’ve been contemplating a blog for months. And I’ve been contemplating a new website for years. Unfortunately, I’m a perfectionist and I won’t finish something until I know it’s just right.

So I’ve decided to break my own rules.

This heralds my new blog and my new website, rolled into one. My content is scattered all over the web and that’s where it’s going to stay for now but at least this site will point us in the right direction for everything. And it will evolve into my idea of perfection.

I spent years blogging on behalf of BBC’s River City so it’s a little strange to be writing about my own, non-fictional world. I believe a blog is best when it has a niche voice, a specialist subject, an obvious target audience. I guess I’m going to break my rules again.

If it’s anything like my Twitter account, this blog will feature a lot of photographs (pop stars, people, pets and parties), too much telly talk, a dangerous addiction to the internet and social media, other people’s spelling mistakes (with photographic evidence), some hippy health chat and the steep learning curve of running a business… now available in over 140 characters!

I hope you’ll hang around to see what it becomes.

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