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1 Remember it's OK to feel down sometimes

Sad days happen to us all. It is temporary and is part of life. As someone who has suffered with depression in the past, I know how it feels to be down, but sometimes I just allow myself to feel a bit sad, I just don't stay in that place for too long. 

“Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

2 Look in the Mirror and Smile

Smiling releases neuropeptides, which help fight stress. Other feel-good hormo…

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Hello winter! - Baby, it's cold outside

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Well after some very unusually mild weather winter has finally come to the UK. I'll be honest it's not my favourite season, dark mornings and dark evenings starting earlier and earlier it seems have sapped my energy. I'm seeing signs everywhere that nature is confused by this unseasonal weather, and to be honest, so am I. As a self confessed sun worshipper, the reduced hours of daylight are affecting me more and more, but why is this? I did some research and discovered it's all to do with Circ…

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Self-Care Sunday  - 3 Lessons from the Lion King

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What a wonderful weekend I’ve had – it started on Friday with a trip to The Lion King with my husband Paul, my two sons and their girlfriends and my three very excited grandchildren.

What an amazing show! I booked the tickets for December 2020, for Esmae’s 4th birthday. But the theatre was closed then, like so many places , due to the pandemic.

But after being rescheduled – twice – we finally made it. And it was wonderful, the singing, the costumes, and the thrill of introducing my…

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Want to Be Smarter? Then Learn to Relax

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Part of my journey to wellness has been about learning how to manage stress. For years in my corporate job, I just thought that stress was just part of life, everyone I knew was the same. 
It wasn't until I stepped off that hamster wheel to focus on my recovery after cancer treatment that I really started to understand the connection between stress and illness.

When stressed you simply cannot think straight, and after being permanently stressed for any period of time, we don't even not…

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Self Care Sunday - 3 Tips for You

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I hope you are enjoying your day - 3 tips to help you remember that you need to rest and replenish. Self Care Sunday is a must for me to keep myself well

1. Do  nothingRest, relax and don't worry about what you 'should ' be doing. Enjoy a stress free day - when did you last do that? If you are like me, it feels very uncomfortable to sit and do absolutely nothing, there is always housework to do, always a list of tasks not done. But I've found when I take time to rest and r…

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Is having great hair a silly vanity? Or more than that?

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I had an interesting day today, I went to a hair loss clinic, my hair has never grown back properly since chemotherapy, it's grown back, but so fine and sparse.

And so I recounted to the consultant today everything that I have tried over the years, nothing really worked. And as always I got emotional when telling him how I felt, and how my oncologist had sent me to a psychiatrist when I cried in his office. My anguish was so painful, I may have felt like I was going crazy, I wasn't, I just want…

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Why Is Showing Gratitude Important?

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I believe that you cannot be fearful and grateful simultaneously. Gratitude is the antidote to fear.

As a breast cancer survivor, I don’t want to live in fear every day, When my treatment ended, for a long time I lived in fear or a recurrence. I had Inflammatory Breast Cancer, very rare and aggressive, with a high recurrence rate.

I trained as a therapist, using NLP and coaching, and time after time I heard that gratitude and fear cannot be felt at the same time. So I have trained myself to st…

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7 Steps to Self Love

 


7 Steps to Self Love

I’ve written before about how Self Love is the first step to healing your life. Really connecting with yourself, putting yourself first may be a habit you find hard at first, but I found these steps helped me, and I hope they help you too

1 Create a self- love ritual

I like to do this every Sunday evening. A time to consciously think about pampering myself and preparing for the week ahead.

A bubble bath, scented candles and some uplifting music help me to relax. Bea…

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Putting Yourself First Is Not Selfish

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As women, we are taught, often subconsciously, that nice girls are not ‘selfish’ and ‘take care of others first’.

That’s sometimes appropriate, but as a reformed people pleaser, I know that not being able to set clear boundaries with others can cause you so much pain. Sometimes we need to be ‘selfish’ and put ourselves first. 

When you exercise your boundaries and learn to say no, you have more free time to devote to what is important to you, your health, your passions and priorities. And yes …

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The Number 1 Thing That Cancer Survivors Are Getting Wrong

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We all want to thrive when treatment ends don’t we?

But what is the best thing to do? Change your diet? Take supplements? Avoid certain foods? Eliminate sugar, dairy, meat?  Abstain from alcohol? Lose weight?

Well some of those things may or not be appropriate for you.

But they are not THE BIGGEST THING you need to do.

If you are a cancer survivor, you know that cancer= FEAR

So to really thrive the most important thing we need to do is to let go of the fear.

Working on your mindset, is the…

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