Mental health, emotional wellbeing & personal development

Mandy’s experiences

Mandy’s personal experiences with depression and anxiety and how she has learned to cope. Mandy Kloppers has Cystic Fibrosis and has suffered from anxiety and depression in her life. She is now a fully qualified CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapist) accredited with the leading CBT organisation – BABCP.

Signs of an unhealthy relationship

Signs of an unhealthy relationship

Do you know the signs of an unhealthy relationship? It may be likely that you are in an unhappy relationship but for whatever reason, you are sticking it out. The bad days have begun to outnumber the good days but you still hang in there. […]

Why I became a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Why I became a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

I became a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist primarily because I wanted to understand myself better. I imagined that Cognitive behavioural therapy would explain all the prominent questions I had about mental health and human behaviour. I have learned a lot through qualifying as a counsellor but […]

Going through a rough patch

Going through a rough patch

┬áSometimes the only thing we can do is sit tight and tell ourselves that things will improve. One thing that is guaranteed is change. Each day focus on what you can control. Focus is so important when you feel anxious/depressed. Make a list of things […]

The truth about hospital stays

The truth about hospital stays

Living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) means that every now and then my little lungs end up needing a good clear out with some strong drugs delivered intravenously. Currently, I need one of these ‘tune ups’ every 12-18 months or so. I tend to pick up […]

Chronic illness and being ambitious

Chronic illness and being ambitious

It’s a tough gig when you have a chronic illness and you are also ambitious. The two are really at odds with each other and it can take mental strength to navigate the tightrope between without major frustration. This has been on my mind because […]

11 Ways to love and embrace uncertainty

11 Ways to love and embrace uncertainty

We all have to face uncertainty in life. In fact, it is one of the top contributors for anxiety, depression and stress these days. There are ways to love and embrace uncertainty and it makes sense to see uncertainty as your friend rather than your […]

Look after yourself

Look after yourself

Do you often put others ahead of you and forget to look after yourself? I know I do this regularly. It may be partly because I grew up in a household where I didn’t matter much. Children were supposed to be seen and not heard. […]

Clever ways to protect your mental health

Clever ways to protect your mental health

There are clever ways to protect your mental health when you know how. I think about ways to protect my mental health every day. I do it professionally and personally and these strategies have absolutely worked for me over the years. Don’t believe everything you […]



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