As the cold weather sets in, memories of endless summer nights spent frolicking on Port Erin beach have given way to dark mornings, gale force winds and horizontal rain. Many of us will turn to social media and box sets to keep our minds off the bad news cycle – […]
I’m a mum. A tired mum.After three kids, I’ve seen my fair share of parenting fails. My eldest is only seven, so I’m fully aware I have plenty more years of parenting lows to come yet. I’ve been the mum who can’t unfold the pram in the middle of the […]
A group of long covid sufferers say help is available for anyone currently recovering from the virus. ME sufferers and long covid sufferers have recently been collaborating to raise awareness and improve healthcare for the conditions, which share many traits. Of the current outbreak on the island, it is possible […]
Are you struggling to find a healthy way to mentally escape the strains of coronavirus during lockdown? An ‘awe-walk’ might just do the trick. Unlike regular walking, the purpose of an ‘awe-walk’ is to stray away from personal worries and inner thoughts of ‘what’s for lunch’ by focusing on the […]
The strain of lockdown on people’s mental health is becoming evident as the police report they have received calls from people threatening to harm themselves. Superintendent Stephen Maddocks said that last week the constabulary received 16 calls related to mental health issues including one person who attempted suicide and 11 […]
This week’s charity roundup includes a 21 year old shaving her hair off for Breast Cancer and 20 years of Southern Dippers. Motiv8 appeals for funds The Manx addiction charity Motiv8 have launched an appeal for funds. If services close, there will no longer be support for young people and […]
We’re still in a position where we are free to have as many house parties as we like (neighbours opinion’s withstanding). While just seeing our friends out of lockdown was a novelty, getting together for drinks like we did when we were 15 (I mean, ahem, 18) can get a […]
This weekend is going to be full of fireworks going off around the Island, at organised displays and private firework parties. As most of us know, animals aren’t huge fans, but there’s plenty of stuff we can do to help them: Top tips to help your pets and wildlife… Only set […]
Mental health and wellbeing is a challenge for businesses across the island. In a recent online poll conducted by YouGov, 74% of people surveyed (4,619 respondents) felt ‘overwhelmed or unable to cope’ in the past year, but what is stress and how does this affect us? Stress is a natural […]
IN A BIT OF A RUT? We’re in a #blessed situation on the island right now, but we wouldn’t be Manx if we didn’t have a moan. Here at Gef, we know that it’s easy to feel like you’re going to work, going home, watching Netflix, RINSE AND REPEAT. In […]
As the seasons change, the temperature drops, and the nights start to draw in. We find ourselves wanting to curl up for a cosy night in, instead of heading out through the front door. Some of us may begin to feel a little slower, feeling our mood drop as well […]
This year, the world has changed. Around the globe, people were asked to stay at home, only leave for essentials, attend virtual school or work from home, distance ourselves from other people, wear masks and wash our hands. For some, they lost loved ones, missed exams, missed proms, missed graduations, […]
Apparently, I am a university student. I haven’t had any in person learning since March. I was planning to return to a vastly different experience this month with all lectures online but at least the tutorials in person. Now even that has changed. My head is all over the place […]
I thought I would share my top tips – as a therapist & coach, on some musings through our time in lockdown, and how we ease our way back into ‘normal’ life, all whilst adhering to Howard’s new social distancing rules.
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My colleagues in the medical field are making massive sacrifices every day because of this virus and you can bet your Aunt Mildred that they’d be shouting it from the rooftops if they’d found a solution.
Life in our COVID-19 bubble is far from normal. And whilst most are looking to find their ‘new’ normal; I’m actually a little lucky, because I have a Donna. And believe me when I say, everyone needs a Donna in their life. She is someone I hardly know and yet […]
Many Samaritans are pulling out all the stops… How does it feel going into work when such a large proportion of the population are staying home?
The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate news headlines and all of our thoughts. Each day sees new measures and new challenges in an evolving situation which is truly unprecedented in modern times.
Earlier this month, I was meant to be starting my travels, first stop Manila. Now, it looks like my future will be weeding the garden at the mercy of my landlady/mother – but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else…
Chief Constable Gary Roberts, of the Isle of Man Constabulary, said that calls to police were up 145% this month, compared to April 2019.
Next week, the force is rolling out a scheme with Tesco so that those who need support can approach staff in-store, rather than getting in touch from their own home.
Right now, most of our relationships are somewhat ‘long distance’.
Mrs J has excellent advice for anyone struggling to maintain a relationship in these new and often testing times.
I was planning on coming out to my family before we were forced to stay home. I felt really ready and completely accepted it and felt no need for their validation. But now I’m scared that I’ll never do it or it’ll be the only thing they focus on if […]
It’s just over two years since Mum died. After years of burying her own trauma and internal torment, she finally collapsed under the weight of the world.Her own struggles pushed her into a cul-de-sac of anguish and, so, with no viable solution to cease hers and her family’s suffering, she […]