mental health

Self-care by Deanna Zandt

Self-care

ReflexIVE Thinking I wrote a reflection on ‘self-care’ in November 2019, early into my time being largely confined to bed as I recovered from major cancer surgery. I understood, at that time, that I was likely to face a longer recovery journey than most given my complicating pre-existing conditions. It… Read More »Self-care

Hands painted with red loveheart. Image by Tim Marshall

Cave time

Isolation doesn’t have to be lonely Edited 18 March 2020 to add more resources/tips Edited 18 April 2020 in response to changing isolation conditions and to incorporate more resources/tips As the COVID-19 pandemic, declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO), on 11 March 2020, begins to drive more people into… Read More »Cave time

Giving to myself

Permission The current conversation in Australia (and beyond) is fraught with damaging perspectives, underlying assumptions, and riddled with mythologies about the domestic terrorism that is the experience of intimate partner violence (which includes emotional, mental, religious, financial, verbal, sexual, and the more often visible and broadly understood physical forms of… Read More »Giving to myself

Graffiti art of blue haired woman pushing against concrete walls. Photograph by Joe Pregadio

The pain of considering failure

Whispers inside Echoing unspoken glances interpreted Polite declines Invitations retracted Applications rejected Submissions that do not                 make a long list,                                short list,                                               someone else’s list     Trying is practice Practice is building Building me,                 building craft,                                building potential Honing skill… Read More »The pain of considering failure