How creativity and connection carried me through grief

I'm no stranger to the power of creativity, especially when it comes to writing. But in the last year, my world was rocked with a family death and I felt like I was drowning in grief. Rock bottom became my new home. I lost myself and felt like my mind couldn't and wouldn't work how it once did. I needed time to process the loss and get back to feeling like me again, and eventually I did. So, this is my account of how creativity and connection carried me through grief. Swipe right for friendship I was yearning for…

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How writing can help you heal

Over the years I've learned many lessons, but one remains clear: writing is a great form of self expression, and it can help you heal. In my lowest times, I've turned to my journals, pouring my pain and heartache onto the paper with words.  In my best times, I've confided in my journals like a close friend, sharing my excitement and plans for the future. I've experienced the power writing has to reconnect with Self, to explore thoughts and emotions, and to experience the power of my words. I love to create opportunities for other people to experience it…

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Running away from comfort or towards freedom?

A failed quest for freedom? When I was little, I wanted to run away from home. The first time I did this, I'd been told off by my mum. I put my dressing gown and a teddy into my lunchbox, walked up to the top of the road, and sat on a garden wall. My little sister came and told me that my mum wanted me, so I went home. I was so upset when she wouldn't let me back out. (As a mum now I can see why she didn't!) Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com I thought…

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December Detox 2021

Gift yourself clarity, peace, and opportunity by signing up for December Detox. I challenge you to delete your social media apps and remove that digital distraction from your life for the whole of December. This is what I call a detox. Sometimes we just need a break from socials, right? I invite you to join me. This is the 4th time I’m running December Detox since deciding to share my personal practice with people who need it. Last year's round really changed the game for me and I've not had the same relationship with social media since. I even…

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Self-Care Review: The Massage Company

Self-care is at the top of my agenda this year so, when I was invited to review The Massage Company I leapt at the opportunity. It's no secret that I live with anxiety and living through a pandemic has only served to give me more things to worry about. Working from home sounds like a dream until you're forced to do it while homeschooling your children while keeping the house tidy, and having an abundance of Zoom meetings. Me on the day of the massage - absolutely knackered. When I took a leap of faith in June this year…

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Journal prompts for self-care

When was the last time you wrote in your journal? I used to write in mine when I was angry or upset, when I needed to offload. Now I write in there daily. It's a great way for me to connect with myself on a deeper level. Having a deep connection with myself has been important as I learn to better care for and love myself after trauma. A huge part of my self-care is journaling and it makes a huge difference on my emotional wellbeing. Having the opportunity to vent, offload and disclose my thoughts and feelings in…

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Keeping it together while the world falls apart

The last 12 months have challenged us all in ways we never expected. I've teetered near the edge many times... but somehow I'm managing to keep it together while the world feels like it is falling apart. So this is our new normal. It's a year into the pandemic, and we're still wearing masks. We're still working from home and staying away from our loved ones, and still social distancing. How did we get here? In the UK, we first went into lockdown in March 2020. I didn't know we'd still be here now, but did anybody? We were…

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The healing journey: what it means to heal

And this is what is most important about the healing journey. You don't receive a certificate in the post, congratulating you on your efforts. It's in the small things, doing your food shopping without anxiety, calling a friend when you feel triggered, practicing self-care when you'd usually spiral. This is how we know the work we're doing is working. We're breaking down old coping mechanisms and cycles, and creating something that feels better in its place.

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Sign up for December Detox 2020

Gift yourself clarity, peace, and opportunity by signing up for December Detox. I challenge you to delete your social media apps and remove that digital distraction from your life for the whole of December. This is what I call a detox. Allow yourself to disconnect from the online world and reconnect to yourself, your mind, and your surroundings. Sometimes we just need a break from socials, right? I invite you to join me. This is the 3rd time I’m running December Detox since deciding to share my personal practice with people who need it. It feels special. Why I…

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Create a personal retreat (without leaving your house)

Have you ever felt like you want to disappear to a cabin somewhere and have your own personal retreat? I've felt a lot like that this year. If you're reading this, I know you can relate. The online and offline world in 2020 is overwhelmingly loud and the first 6 months felt way too stressful for me to handle alone. I felt like I couldn't cope and I was beginning to have tension headaches. There was nowhere I could go and escape it all. There was nowhere to go in lockdown (except Aldi), and it was affecting me massively.…

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Stuck At Home? Here’s 5 Things You Can Do For You

If you feel stuck at home during COVID-19 and feel like the walls are closing in, here are a few things that you can do for you: Connect with loved ones Dare I say it, as the anti-phonecall Queen I am, but actually calling your loved ones makes a huge difference. We're being challenging to make use of all methods of non-physical contact and finally use those unlimited minutes on our mobile contracts - note to self. In the few times I've been outside, it's been weird seeing other people but I imagine it's worse for those who are…

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