What is Mindfulness, and does it actually work?

Just a few years ago, if you’d have mentioned the word ‘Mindfulness’ to me, I would’ve have conjoured up the mental image of a group of ‘hippies’ or devout spiritualists, sitting cross legged for several hours, chanting ‘om’ on repeat… How wrong I was! Before we talk about how the dictionary defines mindfulness, I want to share with you a scenario that many of you will be familiar with, that defines mindfulness to a T! So hopefully you’ve all been the driver or a passenger in a car before? Imagine that you’re driving to your place of work , you … Continue reading What is Mindfulness, and does it actually work?

Wellbeing and self care online course, Is it right for me?

At a time in our lives where uncertainty looms, and our relationship with technology grows, is it really possible to work on your wellbeing online? Before the pandemic hit, I began rapidly recording videos – researching statistics and conducting heaps of market research in the hope of launching my face to face courses onto an online platform. I had had contact from dozens of mums wanting to sign up to my local courses in Surrey, but not having the childcare , transport or adequate arrangements to make it happen. I knew that I had to step into this space to … Continue reading Wellbeing and self care online course, Is it right for me?

Self-care in challenging times & why we need it.

So all of a sudden, Covid19 has altered our lives beyond imagination. Many of us are isolating, working from home, juggling kids and attempting schooling or being furloughed, scaling down our businesses or battling the chaos on the front line. Whatever our position right now, there will be moments when it all feels ‘too much’ and that’s okay. No one could have prepared us for the rollercoaster of emotions that we now face, but we can equip ourselves with the tools we need to look after ourselves when it matters the most. For many of us, our usual coping mechanisms … Continue reading Self-care in challenging times & why we need it.

Why alternative therapies should still have a place in modern day…

As Mental Health conditions become more and more common (25% of young adults will suffer with their mental health between the ages of 16-25 -W.H.O) The terms ‘well-being’ and ‘alternative therapies’ can still be looked upon as some kind of taboo. After struggling with my own Maternal mental health, I sought out different methods of support and activities that I hoped would aid my recovery. Once I was well enough to share my story, I decided to pursue my studies on Mindfulness and alternative behavioural therapies in a bid to help others. Many of us who eventually seek help, and … Continue reading Why alternative therapies should still have a place in modern day…

Ways in which we can help one another with our mental wellbeing.

  Quite often, we may walk past someone in the street who looks happy, glamorous,sophisticated and assume that they ‘have it all.’ What we might not see is their invisible struggles that day, battles with anxiety, or their fight with depression. Appearances can be deceptive, especially if like me, they were able to paint their face with makeup and make it look as though life is just peachy. Sometimes we can help each-other without even realising it, often just a simple gesture or facial expression can make all the difference to someones mindset. I have put together some easy to … Continue reading Ways in which we can help one another with our mental wellbeing.

Why I’m so passionate about the well being of Mothers (and fathers!)

  Photo by Pixabay on Pexels., Suddenly you’re a parent… Your life has changed, but you’re not quite sure how, or for how long… Then you realise that you have slipped down your priority list… When I became a first time mum in 2016, I thought that my baby would slot into my current lifestyle with ease. For I had read the books, done the course at the hospital, looked after other people’s children… and in my head… I was going to be a natural! Oh how naive I was!! I hadn’t anticipated the nocturnal state of affairs that my … Continue reading Why I’m so passionate about the well being of Mothers (and fathers!)

Spreading awareness of Maternal Mental Health Conditions!

When I was suffering with Post Natal Depression and PTSD after the birth of my son, I felt so alone. I didn’t know anyone else who had suffered, and wasn’t sure where to turn to get help. Left untreated for 12 months, I was very grateful when my health visitor spotted my symptoms and referred me to my GP. I then was given the support I needed to begin my recovery. Upon researching my condition, I came across the PANDAS Foundation Charity, who specialise in Perinatal mental health. I wish I had found their services sooner, and feel that It … Continue reading Spreading awareness of Maternal Mental Health Conditions!

Remembering that its okay to have a bad day!

  Do you ever just have ‘one of those days’ and think ‘what’s the point?’ I do… and more recently, those days have become more frequent. Perhaps due to the change in the weather, and the possible onset of Seasonal affective disorder, or simply down to the fact that this time of year is very much about material belongings, generously gifting, doing better, keeping up appearances… when it should just be about spending time with those that you love. (If you are fortunate enough to do so) Further to my previous blog post about social media, I have really tried … Continue reading Remembering that its okay to have a bad day!

Why its important to be your own cheerleader as well as others…

When you keep telling yourself you’re ‘Not good enough’ For a very long time, I have always been my worst critic. As a child, I was desperate to play football instead of netball. Whilst at the time, it was quite unusual for a girl to join the team, I was accepted and gladly wore my school kit despite it coming down to my knees. I tried hard to keep up with the boys, but our skill levels were so far apart. My miniscule legs couldn’t run fast enough, and I just couldn’t seem to grasp the technicality and control that … Continue reading Why its important to be your own cheerleader as well as others…

Dear Anxious me… You wont always feel this way.

A letter to myself… when I was unwell, when anxiety consumed me. Letting me know, that it wont last forever. Dear Anxious Me… What If I was to tell you that you wouldn’t always feel this way? That in a few months from now, you won’t be totally consumed in your thoughts, drowning or hyperventilating on a daily basis. I know right now that things seem really hard, some days the anxiety pops out of no-where, a whirlwind of intrusive thoughts, and worst case scenario’s whizzing around at 100 mph. I know that you imagine yourself or your baby getting … Continue reading Dear Anxious me… You wont always feel this way.