ACT and ANXIETY

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Q:  What can I do with my anxiety?

A:  Make friends with it

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Anxiety gets a very bad press.  That’s not surprising is it?  Anxiety is uncomfortable, unpleasant and usually unwelcome.  No wonder our first reaction, our natural reaction is to try to get rid of it.

In fact, talking of bad press, I was reading an article just yesterday entitled “Why worries put you at a greater risk of dementia”.  A recent study has shown that anxious people are one and a half times more likely to develop dementia, whilst those who suffer high anxiety at some point in their lives are 48 per cent more likely to suffer cognitive decline.

This is definitely not good news!!

The article goes on to state that,

“Anxious people tend to have more stress hormones, including cortisol – very high levels of it can damage brain areas such as the hippocampus which stores memory.”

The study appears in Alzheimer’s & Dementia:  The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For people who suffer from anxiety attacks this does not make pleasant reading.  What to do?

Well for a start off we would do well to heed Einstein’s advice.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

  • Worrying about our anxiety will not help
  • Trying to think our way out of our anxiety will not help
  • Distraction and thought replacement will not help long term

So what to do?

Well ACT suggests something radically different.

  • Stop fighting our anxiety and start accepting it
  • Stop trying to hide from our anxiety and start exploring it
  • Stop trying to get rid of our anxiety and start letting it just be there
  • Stop letting our anxiety stop us doing things and start doing them anyway

Most of us who live with anxiety know how debilitating it can be.  Most of us who live with anxiety have spent a lot of time and effort trying to get rid of it, usually unsuccessfully.

I wrote “THE WARNING BELL” to remind me that there is another way.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • How do you cope with anxiety attacks?
  • What do you do when anxiety comes calling?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

POEM FOR TODAY

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THE WARNING BELL

There’s a sinking in the stomach, there’s a dryness in the throat,

Everything was going swimmingly ‘til someone rocked the boat

And upset our equilibrium, and left us feeling low,

And we didn’t see it coming, this unwelcome hammer blow.

Now it leaves us with a feeling we don’t want and didn’t choose

And we go to great extremes to try to now this feeling lose,

To dislodge it, or deny it, to just make it go away,

But we’re doubling the trouble if we’re acting in this way.

For we could become more skilful, choose another strategy,

Make a space, create some distance and accept it willingly,

For this feeling that we’re feeling is now ours to observe

So for starters we could work out why it’s hitting such a nerve.

And it’s likely that our body is just sending us a sign

There is something it’s detected, that it’s wanting to headline,

Maybe threats on the horizon or a thing closer to home,

This is body-mind combining in, “I’m warning you” syndrome.

And so let’s thank our body nicely for it’s doing its job well

And take notice if we need to as it rings its warning bell,

And then just go about our business, do whatever’s next to do,

And leave our feelings to decide when it is time to move on through.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

 If you enjoyed, “THE WARNING BELL” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

ACT has a radically different approach to dealing with uncomfortable emotions, such as anxiety.

It may seem counter-intuitive to accept something we don’t like, but ACT is only reiterating what Einstein said all those years previously.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

If we want to deal more effectively with our anxiety then we have to become more skilful.  ACT offers us another way.

Check out the Treasure Trove of ACT Resources Page for some of my suggestions.  I don’t recommend anything I haven’t already read and I am confident that you will find all of these resources useful.

ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

 

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes

Corinne

ACT and Acts of Kindness

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Q:  How can I create better memories?

A:  Be kinder

This post was inspired by a conversation that I had with a friend of mine recently.  At our stage in life it is not a bad idea to start thinking about what we really want to get out of the next few years when, God willing, we still have our health and our faculties!

After the usual list of places to go, people to see, things to experience, she said something that really struck a chord with me.  She said, “Be kinder!  The kinder we are the more lovely memories we are creating.”  And she is right, isn’t she?  It’s too easy to be snappy and impatient, especially with the people closest to us, the people who just happen to be in our orbit physically and emotionally.  Being kinder means we will be constantly creating more lovely memories to look back on, memories we can be proud of.

As if this needed reinforcing I was reading a post by the lovely Gabriele at The Wellness Worx yesterday, and guess what it was on exactly the same topic.  The post was entitled “Achieving Inner Character” and Gabriele was talking about a book that she had recently read by David Brooks, a New York Columnist.

What I particularly liked was the distinction that was made between resume virtues and eulogy virtues.

(Brooks, 2015).

“David refers to two sides of virtues: the resume virtues and the eulogy virtues. We believe the eulogy virtues are the more important virtues. Many of us know this. These are the virtues discussed at your funeral—kindness, compassion, faithfulness, honesty. However, in our culture we are taught the skills and strategies to achieve the resume virtues—those we use to succeed in the marketplace. The things we view as markers for success—beauty, status, career, power. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external image than we are on how to build inner character.  David wanted to know how those people he had met built their inner character.”

If you want to find out more then visit Gabriele at “The Wellness Worx”.  It makes for fascinating reading.

As usual, this Friday post was also inspired by the weekly event that Carol hosts at Writeful Mind.  Feel-Good Friday has become something that I think about during the week, and although ACT and Acts of Kindness wasn’t really written with that in mind, when I had written it I realised it fitted the bill.

The kinder we are, the better we feel.  Sounds just right for Feel-Good Friday to me!

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • Is kindness an important part of your life?
  • What do you think about the resume and eulogy virtues?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

POEM FOR TODAY

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ACTS OF KINDNESS

We always can be kinder, it isn’t hard to do,

We don’t need a special talent, it just takes a moment to

Still a tongue that would be bitter, find a smile to give away,

Yes, it’s easy to be kinder and we can begin today.

It will save us those occasions when we’re looking back in shame

On a series of exchanges when we played the blaming game,

When a strident voice was shouting and suddenly we knew

If we asked, “Who’s that shouting?” the reply would be, “It’s you!”

So we’d do well to plump for kindness, gentle words that can defuse

Sensitivities arising, we can learn to pick and choose

Kindly words to quell a quarrel, graciousness to staunch a flow

Of a conflict just erupting, we can choose to let it go.

And in the midst of all this kindness there’s a prize that’s ours to win

Of a benefit reciprocal, a feeling from within

That when we choose an act of kindness ‘stead of going on the attack,

We are making better memories for when we’re looking back.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “ACTS OF KINDNESS” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

I suppose that another way of looking at “eulogy virtues and resume virtues” would be in terms of what ACT refers to as values or goals.  And they are different, aren’t they?  Goals are the tangible things that we can measure by success or failure to achieve, the signposts along the way.  Values are the direction of travel.

I like the way David Brooks makes the distinction between external image and inner character.  It is a helpful way of better understanding the difference between values and goals.  Brooks maintains that eulogy virtues are more important and enduring than resume virtues.  I think that ACT would share that view.

Which brings us to the ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes

Corinne

ACT and Failure

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Q:  How do I cope with failure?

A:  Redefine it.  Dare to fail whilst daring greatly!

I have just read the most amazing  post!  You know how sometimes you just seem to stumble across something at the very time you need it, or someone rings you at the very moment you were thinking of them, or something crops up at the very instant that it is suddenly the right moment?

Well that just happened to me!

I have been thinking a lot recently about external approval, or more to the point I suppose, I have been thinking about my own over-dependence on external approval.  This is not a sudden thing.  I have known for a long time that being overly dependent on the good opinion of others is for me NOT A GOOD THING!

Yes, it is lovely when people think you are wonderful, when they admire you and what you do.  Yes, it is fantastic when the world warms to you and rewards you with its goodies, but if you are over-dependent on other-approval you are on a sticky wicket.  That approval can be withdrawn in a heartbeat, and then what?  Better far to learn to give that approval to yourself and in the words of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States,

“Don’t be afraid to fail because it is your actions, not your achievements that make you a success.”

I could have quoted his whole speech.  It is wonderful, but I would far rather that you visit The Seeds 4 Life and read it in its entirety there.  The Seeds 4 Life is a fantastic website which provides both inspirational messages and personal development articles.  The concept behind the site is in itself inspirational.

“This site was created around the idea that your mind functions like a garden, with your thoughts acting like the Seeds.  The more inspirational or positive thoughts you seed within your mind, the more flowers you’ll grow …..”

The latest post at Seeds is entitled, “You are Successful the Moment You Start Moving Towards a Worthwhile Goal” – Charles Carlson.

It inspired me to write this post.  The reason why it was so spookily timely was that I wrote the poem “FOLLOWING OUR HEART” that I am using here just hours before I read the Seeds post! Great minds …..

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • Are you ready to dare to fail whilst daring greatly?
  • How do you overcome your fear of failure?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

POEM FOR TODAY

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FOLLOWING OUR HEART

 

If we crave the world’s approval we will always be in thrall

To a host of hungry masters, we can’t satisfy them all,

And although it may sound lovely with cheers ringing in our ears

We had better be prepared for when the cheering disappears.

‘Twould be good if we could slacken off these chains that would us bind,

Redefine the word “approval”, relocate where we it find

And remember it’s the glow inside that we seek to ignite,

And we do not need the world outside to set that glow alight.

We can do it any time we choose to follow our own heart,

Choose to disregard externals and determine when we’ll start

To create our own illusions, whatever they may be,

We don’t need the world’s approval, for you see my friends we’re free

To pursue a path unfashionable, if that is what appeals,

Cock a snoop at popularity and stick with our ideals,

And when we’re living our own purpose and immune to the world’s bribe

It is likely we’ll meet others and in time form our own tribe.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “FOLLOWING OUR HEART” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

Actually on this occasion I am going to leave the final word to Theodore Roosevelt, because I am sure if ACT had been around in his day he would have been a devotee anyway!

I can’t resist leaving you with one last quote, my favourite actually.  This quote is famously known as “The Man In the Arena Speech” , and is an excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.

Enjoy!

 

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Wonderful isn’t it?

Which brings us to the ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes

Corinne

ACT and Feeling Good

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Q:  How can I feel good more often?

A:  Do what you love more often.

 I am writing this post partly because I am  participating in Writeful Mind’s Feel-Good Friday, and also because of something I read recently at The WellnessWorx , a post entitled “Don’t Measure or Judge your Journey.”

Gabriela’s post at The Wellness Worx reminded me that sometimes we can get so wrapped up in doing something for a reason that we completely forget that the action, whatever it is, can be sufficient in itself.  We don’t have to do something because of this or that.  We can just do it for its own sake.

I suppose this is what ACT means by being present.  When we are fully present to whatever it is that we are doing then the activity takes on an additional richness.  When we do not contaminate it with evaluations or judgements,  expectations or fears and just immerse ourselves in the experience of the here and now we are becoming more mindfulMindfulness means just that.  Being open to what is happening here and now.

I want to thank Carol at “Feel-Good Friday” for hosting this weekly event.  It makes me think all week about something that I can post on Friday which is to do with “promoting self-care and me-time.”

I was thinking about it yesterday and it inspired me to write this poem, “DOING WHAT WE LOVE”.  Why?  Because when we are doing what we love that is a sure-fire way to feel good!

So thank you Carol.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • What do you do that makes you feel good?
  • What could you do more of so that you feel good more often?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

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POEM FOR TODAY

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DOING WHAT WE LOVE

 

Just do it for the pleasure, don’t just do it for the gain,

Don’t just do it for the glory or the fame you might attain,

But enjoy the flame within you as creation sparks anew,

If you love what you are doing, what you’re doing is good for you.

If you make the world’s approval the hall-mark of your success

Then you’ll always be a hostage to its fancies more or less

As it changes the parameters, a little here and there

Until the more you try to please it, it appears the less to care.

And so don’t disrespect the glow inside if it is now about,

And don’t let the world’s approval be enough to snuff it out,

For it’s an irony exquisite, what we seek most things above

Is the feeling that we’re feeling when we’re doing what we love.

 

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “DOING WHAT WE LOVE” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

One of the pillars of ACT is Mindfulness, being open to what is happening in the here and now.  When we are doing something that we love you would think that would be a sure-fire way to feel good.  If we do what we love more often, surely then we would feel good more often.  Yes, up to a point.

The problem is when we let all those niggly thoughts and worries creep in and pull us away from the present moment, from the potential enjoyment that we could experience from doing what we love.

ACT reminds us that developing our Mindfulness skills will help us to stay in the present moment more often and for longer.   We can only do what we love in the present moment, so when we are doing it let’s give ourselves a chance to experience it more fully.

I have recommended a great Mindfulness Book before and I do so again.

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Mark Williams’ and Danny Penman’s book is a great introduction to Mindfulness.  It comes with an accompanying CD and I still use it regularly.

Which brings us to the ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes

Corinne

ACT and INTEGRITY

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Q:  I don’t know which way to turn.  I am so afraid of going wrong.  What now?

A:  Look to your values.  They will lead you in the right direction.

ACT loves us to take action, considered action, value-driven action that moves us in a meaningful direction.  If we are not sure what to do then a quick check-in with our values will usually point us in the right direction.

Another way to look at it is that if we take actions based on our values then we are acting with integrity and that will feel good.  Integrity is a very reliable inner compass.  It soon tells us if we are off track.  If something doesn’t feel right, if we don’t feel right, that’s a sure sign that we are not acting with integrity.

What’s also interesting is that when it comes to value driven action we need not concern ourselves over much with worrying about whether an action is right or wrong.  As long as it is moving us in the direction of our values then it can’t  be wrong.  What’s more any step in the right direction, no matter how small, will be just that, a step in the right direction.  How reassuring is that?

I wrote the poem “STEPPING IT OUT” to remind me that as long as my values lead my actions I will not go far wrong.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • Do you remember to look to your values before you take action?
  • How do you cope with misgivings?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

POEM FOR TODAY

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STEPPING IT OUT

ACT loves us to take action, to do things we truly prize,

Choose a meaningful direction and then find to our surprise

That we needn’t make a judgement about what is right or wrong,

For everything’s of value if it helps us move along.

Sometimes we may feel thwarted, may feel stranded, may feel stuck,

But if we lack motivation there’s no better place to look

Than at the last step that we took which brought us here where we are now,

For we didn’t think we’d make it but we stepped it out somehow.

And there’s something reassuring about stepping out this way

For despite our own misgivings values never swerve or sway,

And so next time we’re called to action let us hold our values near

For when a value drives an action then misgivings disappear.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “STEPPING IT OUT” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

It seems that ACT is popping up everywhere these days.

I am not particularly sporty, although I do love my golf, and I was interested to read that Psychologists have recently begun applying the principles of ACT in a variety of sports, believing that if athletes can switch their attention to the relevant athletic task versus internal states such as anxiety or frustration, they will be able to perform more successfully.

You can read more about how the ACT Hexaflex can be applied to Sport at perform.believe.com.  According to the author, “This may be especially true in situations of heightened stress or arousal, such as a penalty kick in football or a free throw in basketball.”

I am sure it would be equally effective on the putting green.  I shall try it next time I am on the course and let you know if I am able to shave some shots off my handicap.

Which brings us to the ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes

Corinne

ACT and CHOICES

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Q:  I feel like I am stuck in a rut.  What can I do?

A:  Make a choice to take a chance!

It can feel very uncomfortable making a choice to take a chance.  It can feel very scary choosing to do something way out of our comfort zone, choosing to venture out into the unknown.  It is very tempting to scurry back to safety, to give up at the first hurdle, to throw in the towel before we have even tried.

I know that because I am on the brink of something new myself.  And it is scary.  So much could go wrong, but so much could go right too; so much to lose, but so much to gain too; so much I don’t know, but so much to discover too.  For every potential difficulty, flip the coin and there is a potential benefit hiding behind it.

What would ACT say?  Well at this moment I am very glad to have ACT to refer to.  And I know enough to know what ACT would say, and I am very glad to remind myself of it now.

ACT would say whatever  feelings and thoughts I am having now, accept them.  They are what they are and they are already here.  Struggling with them will just be a waste of energy and I could more usefully use that energy for a meaningful action which is in line with my values.

ACT would also remind me that although I may not like the discomfort I am feeling in the face of something new, such a feeling is natural in the circumstances.   I can cope with it and it will pass if I allow it to pass through.  I also know that if I allow the discomfort to stop me doing something worthwhile and meaningful, what ACT calls experiential avoidance, I will end up feeling worse not better in the long run.

So there we are.  I have reminded myself of all this and I feel better already.  Sometimes that is the best thing we can do for ourselves isn’t it?  If we have uncomfortable feelings don’t try to get rid of them, struggle with them or deny them, but just let them be there, they are there anyway, and do something meaningful, something that matters to us.

I wrote this post because I am  participating in  Writeful Mind’s Feel-Good Friday.

“Feel-Good Friday is all about promoting self-care and “me-time”, which  we can all use when the stresses of life get to be too much.”

When I started writing this post I certainly didn’t feel very good, but I knew that writing it would make me focus on things that would be helpful and as a result I would feel better, and I do!!!!!

So thank you to Carol at Writeful Mind for helping me to have a Feel-Good Friday.

I wrote the poem “CROSSROADS” to remind me that if we want our lives to change sometimes, despite our discomfort, we have to make a choice to take a chance

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • How willing are you to make a choice to take a chance?
  • How do you cope with the discomfort that accompanies change?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

POEM FOR TODAY

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CROSSROADS

Sometimes we reach a crossroads, we must make a choice, and we

Know deep down that it’s important, and we’re ready finally

To move in a new direction, leave the old landscape behind

And set off in search of something we are ready now to find.

We have put our faith in values for they’ve proved that they’re our friends

And we’re prepared for some discomfort, for we know discomfort ends

And delivers us a something that’s the loveliest it can give,

The tranquillity that says, “You’re living as you’re meant to live.”

And so if we are at a crossroads, let us pause a while to see

If we finally are ready to make changes finally,

For though we may have reached this juncture many times and backed away,

It could be that they’ve prepared us for a better choice today.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “CROSSROADS” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

ACT talks a lot about “experiential avoidance” and I have referred to it in previous posts too, including ACT and Committed Action.  It is definitely NOT a good thing!

In fact Dr Steven Hayes says of it in his wonderful book

“Experiential avoidance tends to artificially amplify the pain of presence and is the single biggest source of the pain of absence, since it is avoidance that most undermines positive actions.”

He goes on to say, “Of all the psychological processes known to science, experiential avoidance is one of the worst.” (Hayes, Masuda, et al. 2004).
As you can see, definitely NOT a good thing!

Which brings us to the ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

 

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes

Corinne

Blogger Recognition Award

I would like to thank the lovely Gabriela at thewellnessworx.com for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.

Gabriela was my very first visitor when I started my blog nearly three months ago and I can remember how excited I was to get my first “like” and my first “comment”.  So thank you Gabriela.  I don’t know how you found me but find me you did and you have stayed a regular visitor and commentator ever since.

It is so important when we are starting out with this blogging business to feel that our words aren’t just going out into the ether.  When we actually start to make connections that is when blogging becomes exciting.

As part of this Blogging Recognition Award we are asked to :

a)  Share our inspiration for starting our blog

b)  Mention our nominator

c)  Write some advice for new writers

d)  Nominate blogs to pass the Award to

So here goes:

a)  My inspiration for starting ACT Made Lyrical

This is actually my second time around blogging.  I wrote another blog at soulsnet.com, now expired, for about a year about three years ago.  Why did I stop?

Well basically I guess that the answer to that is that somehow I had managed to turn a pleasure into a chore.  Unsurprisingly, I lost motivation, I ran out of steam and I stopped.  Why did I start again?

Well that is more cheery!  In the next couple of years although I stopped blogging I never stopped writing.  I love writing inspirational poetry.  The difference was that instead of sharing my poems on a blog I just wrote them down in notebooks that went into the cupboard.

At the same time I became interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  I did some ACT courses and now my poetry had more of a focus..  I wasn’t just writing poetry I was writing poetry that was grounded in ACT, and I wanted to share it.

And so ACT Made Lyrical, with the strap line Living Well Stressing Less was born!

You can read more about the birth of the blog at the post “Who I am and why I’m here.”

b)  Mention my nominator:

My nominator was Gabriela at thewellnessworx.com.  Thank you Gabriela.

c)  Some advice for new writers:

Well actually I do have some advice, some good advice for new writers and that is:

Take the Blogging 101 Course.

When I first started blogging three years ago, as far as I know this course did not exist.  If it had I would have taken it and it would certainly have helped me.

I have just finished the Blogging 101 Course.  It is really worth doing.  It runs for three weeks and there are daily Assignments designed to help you to learn the nuts and bolts of WordPress.com and the tricks of the trade when it comes to blogging.  Perhaps more importantly it gives you the opportunity to meet with other bloggers and to begin to develop relationships, some of which I am sure will turn into friendships.

There are a succession of courses.  I shall definitely do some more and I recommend you give them a try too.  They run monthly and you can do as much or as little as you want and you can repeat them as well.  You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain so if you haven’t tried them already then give it a go!

d)  Nominate blogs to give the Award to:

Well since I started blogging this time, and probably as a result of the Blogging 101 Course, I have been nominated for several Awards!!!

At this stage I do have to make an apology to Gabriele.  She nominated me for this Award quite a while ago and it is only now that I am actually doing what I need to accept it and pass it on.

That is partly because I have been very busy and when I did this I wanted to take the time to do it properly.  Blogging is very time consuming, taking the 101 Course and trying to do the daily assignments was very time consuming, just trying to stay on top of things is very time consuming, getting to know other bloggers is very time consuming …………  you know what I mean!

The blog I am going to nominate for this Award and I hope she will accept it is Carol at Writeful Mind.  I discovered Carol when I was taking the Blogging 101 Course because one of the Assignments asked us to take part in an Event.  I didn’t even know there were Events!!  Anyway Carol runs a weekly event called Feel-Good Friday which promotes self-care and “me-time”.  We could all do with some of that!  I hope to be a regular participator.

So there you have it!

Thanks for the nomination, Gabriela, I hope Carol will accept her nomination and I wish you all very happy blogging.

Have a great day.

Corinne