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Dear Reader ,

I had a conversation with someone this week who actually seemed to be getting quite 'het up' that I was about to have a breakdown.  Apparently it was not possible for me to be bouncing through life in the way I am, so soon after Mum dieing. 

Despite telling her of all the good things I am choosing to focus on from the last few months of Mum's life, she was not having it.  In her mind I should be wrapped snuggly in a blanket of grief with only my tears to keep me company! (I am wondering if she was related to the character in Chocolat who was grieving for her husband - 40 years on!  Great film if you haven't seen it!)

She was so adamant that I even started wondering if she was right and perhaps I was at risk of all of this bottled up emotion that I was apparently holding on to, exploding.  However, I had a good search and the only bottles I could find were in my garage and come from Spain! (I took the opportunity to uncork one of those as I was there!!)

And as often happens when these 'challenges' hit me, I get a series of clients that have related issues and by helping them, it reminds me of why I do not have an IED inside me.  And it all started with a chair! To find out more about that, read on here.

This week in the Cavanagh household, one teen is into the first of a 2 week end of year exam period and the other starts his on Monday.  Knowing that we are going to be facing similar periods for the next 5 years caused me to head to the garage again! 

Teenage anxiety is something that I also seem to be talking more and more about to people these days and the amount of teens coming  across my threshold for help grows monthly. I wonder if each generation worries about the next generation coming up behind them? 

If you have a teen or even younger child that you are concerned about, please read on for another avenue to get some help and input.

This weekend sees me heading off for a 'girls day out' with a lovely friend - and I have had to lock my credit card away to stop it running in anticipation!!!  What are you up to this weekend??

Until next week,

Caroline Cavanagh,
Adding Zest Ltd

Read More About How Caroline diffused her IED!

And another thing...

I read an article this week about 11 year old's being treated for taking Xanax which was being 'dealt' in school playgrounds.  This is a drug used for treating anxiety and panic attacks and whilst widely available in the US can only be legally obtained through private prescription in this country.

The article suggested that children were seeking it out at this time of year to help with exam stress.

This brings into discussion all sorts of social issues which are not for this forum, however I am aiming to do my bit by providing advice and support to parents of teens via a closed facebook group - closed meaning that I choose who can see the content and thus ensure people can discuss their challenges in a relatively protected environment.

If you have a teen (or pre-teen) and have concerns about the years ahead, please come and join us.  You can find out more here.

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