• certapet national pet day anxiety panic attack
    Collaborations,  Mental Health,  Pets

    How A Pet Helps You During A Panic Attack

    Those who suffer from severe anxiety are often prone to panic attacks. These attacks can last for up to 20 minutes, and regular attacks can have such a detrimental effect on a person’s quality of life. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs are usually the first point of call when it comes to preventing future attacks from occurring, but how do you treat the symptoms during an actual attack? This is where a pet can be such a huge help. A DOG’S INCREDIBLE SENSE OF SMELL It is common knowledge that dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell, one that is far greater than that of humans. However, in addition to using…

  • Normandy Piccolo bullied dying to fit in author interview
    Books,  Interviews,  Mental Health

    Interview: Normandy Piccolo, Author of Bullied: Dying To Fit In

    Here on Rock Paper Spirit, I’ve been featuring a lot of author interviews recently and today I’d like to welcome Normandy Piccolo. This interview won’t be set anywhere crazy or weird because the book we’re going to be talking about is Bullied: Dying To Fit In. I feel that an on-location interview wouldn’t be appropriate for this, so we’re just going to have a chat, but I’ll following my usual line of questioning. Normandy, welcome! Can you tell us a little bit about Bullied: Dying to Fit In and what prompted you to write it? Well, one day I read a story about a young girl in New York who…

  • pokemon go mental health
    Mental Health,  Technology

    What’s With The Middle Aged Woman Playing Pokemon Go?

    For a while, I’ve wanted to write a blog about the way Pokemon Go affects mental health. This seems like the perfect day to do it and that’s because today, 27th February, is Pokemon Day. You might wonder what Pokemon Day is or what it means and why it is celebrated on 27th February. It’s essentially a day that pays homage to the Pokemon franchise and it’s on 27th February because on that day in 1996, Pokemon Red and Green were released in Japan. Yes, it’s been around for that long. It still feels like something new to me, but I suppose to kids who have grown up with the…

  • Mental Health,  Personal

    Inbox Zero

    I think in February, there is one thing I would really like to achieve. I would like to get to “inbox zero.” For those who don’t use that term, it’s just what it sounds like. Inbox Zero is the point where you have nothing sitting waiting for your attention. I think I last reached that point some time in 2017 when I wanted to have a big detox and in the digital age it’s not just about detoxing your body but also your mind. And your workload. Right now, I have things in my inbox waiting to be dealt with and they’ve been there for quite some time. For example,…

  • Mental Health,  Personal

    January 2019 – The Fall and Rise of Shaz (Again)

    With all the 10 Year Challenge stuff going around a few days ago, I started thinking about what my life was like 10 years ago. In January 2009 I was making mistakes left right and centre. But what I remember about that time of my life is the blogging. Back then I was on Blogger and my site then was called The Fall and Rise of Shaz, so called because I was having a run of bad luck and I was full of plans for getting back on my feet. Little did I know, life was actually pretty sweet then and I didn’t appreciate it. I just kept on making…