Silver lining – personal development, growth

In the Silver Lining category, you can find all blog posts related to personal development, growth, and life skills that will inspire and motivate you.

identify core beliefs

Identify and Understand Your Core Beliefs: The Downward Arrow Technique

Today, I will share my experience about how I uncovered my core belief during my therapy whilst utilising the Downward Arrow technique with my EMDR psychotherapist. This is a great technique that can help you identify your negative core beliefs regardless of whether you are actually undergoing therapy or not. It can be a great …

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Four Tips to Find Joy in the Journey: Dealing With Struggle – Salt + Sparrow Guest Post

The past few months have been incredibly hard for us again. At the start of the summer, we found out that my mother-in-law, Mum as I used to call her, had cancer. We didn’t, however, expect that we would lose her just three months later. This was heartbreaking. ‘Why, why again?’ I started to question. …

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Could Vulnerability Actually Be Our Strength? – Examine This Moment Guest Blog Post

It has been a year since I started going back to the gym. Although recently, my visits have been very infrequent due to ongoing pain and illness, I was back today. I remember a year ago when I went back to the gym for the first time since my accident. It ended with tears, and …

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Acceptance and Finding Purpose After a Traumatic Accident – Crash Support Network Guest Post

It is exactly two years since my accident. If you have been following me for a while then you will know that it was that accident which changed my life in a split second. My journey since hasn’t been easy and finding acceptance has been one of the hardest challenges I have had to go through in …

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Finding Gratitude After a Serious Injury and Healing PTSD Through Writing – MatChat Wellbeing Podcast

I was recently invited to make a guest appearance on a podcast. The host of the MatChat Wellbeing Podcast, Mina Blair, is an author, podcaster and yoga teacher. Every week she offers words of encouragement and empowerment to her listeners. She discusses relevant topics with her guests. Mina is a wellbeing advocate, just like myself. …

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What Is a Better Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution?

As we turn the first page on a new calendar, many of us set New Year’s resolutions. I was curious about how many people actually make New Year’s resolutions, and if they manage to stick to them, so I asked this on several forums. It was interesting to read the answers. I coupled them with …

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Private Fundraising

5 Steps for individuals when planning private fundraising

It’s just over two months since my 10-mile sponsored walk on the Isles of Scilly. I did the walk to raise money for my local hospital, where they took great care of me after my accident a year ago. It felt great to give something back to them, and I’m glad I did it in …

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How helping others helps to boost your own happiness?

How helping others helps to boost your own happiness? | Support the good cause Six weeks before the end of 2020 I had a terrible accident. Now, nine months later, I’m making progress and have decided that it’s time to give back and help those who helped me when I needed it. Therefore I’ve decided …

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Why Is Patience so Important in Recovery?

During my recovery, I realised how little patience I have with myself. I have to honestly admit that hearing that I need to ‘take it day by day, step by step’ from all angles was an annoyance after a while. And yet, patience continues to play a critical role in my recovery. Why is this …

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