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What I want you to know about eating disorders

Posted on 26 February 2019

It is Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Here are six things I’d like the world to know about eating disorders. Eating disorders are serious mental health illnesses There are three things in this statement I want to highlight. The first is that eating disorders are mental health issues. There may be physical side-effects, as there are with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, but eating disorders are an illness of the mind where one of the biggest risks to life is suicide. Secondly, eating disorders are illnesses. They are not a lifestyle choice. There is nothing glamorous about them but equally there should be no shame attached to having an eating disorder either. One of my most-detested phrases is that someone has “admitted” to having an…

How To Be Happy: Reading Around The World

Posted on 17 February 2019

I have decided to read my way around the world and I need your help! I want to find books that will teach us something about how to live happily or that are an expression of aesthetic beauty. My intention is to seek out, and celebrate, loveliness in every corner of the world. It is a treasure hunt for joy and wisdom. The whole world?! What inspired you to undertake a project like this? Some of my favourite books recently have been about happiness in different parts of the world and three in particular captured my imagination. The first book that awakened me to more joyful ways of living in other parts of the world was Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying. Next…

Feeling stuck? How to find a new perspective.

Posted on 3 February 2019

I used to work at a mental health charity with a lovely lady called Diane. She often talked to people about climbing mountains. “When you spend all your time looking up”, she would say, “you miss out on seeing how far you have come”.

Setting big goals can be exciting. Sometimes it is necessary. But the higher the mountain, the more likely we are to feel that we have made no progress.

Here are my top tips for finding a new perspective of progress when you feel as though you’re going nowhere fast.

5 easy ways to take control of your inner critic

Posted on 13 January 2019

Inner critics can be very chatty. Here are some ideas to help you turn down the volume on nagging negativity so that you can chase after your dreams. 1. Try giving your inner critic a silly voice Experiment by giving your inner critic a silly voice and see what happens. Perhaps imagine them speaking in a really high pitched tone or make them talk r e a l l y  s l o w l y. It is much harder to take the inner critic seriously when it sounds comical. 2. Do some Heuristic Research This is about giving yourself permission to try something different simply to see what happens. The important thing to remember is that you’re not aiming for a particular outcome.…

5 easy ways to start a daily gratitude practice

Posted on 23 September 2018

If you’re like me then you will start most years with a resolution to meditate more but, before you know it, your meditation time turns into an excuse to curl up in bed with your eyes closed in the middle of the day. Just me? Meditating and practising gratitude are both great ways to improve your mental health. So if you’re struggling with traditional meditation then here are five different ways to establish (and benefit from) a daily gratitude practice. 1. Gratitude journalling Make a note of three things in your diary or bullet journal. If you’re such a busy bee that there isn’t room then how about treating yourself to one of the lovely gratitude journals that are available? Here are three journals for…

6 Weekend Rituals For A Productive Week

Posted on 22 September 2018

This post was inspired by The Idea Bucket and if you’re feeling that weekends are passing you by then I hope that perhaps this inspires you a little bit too. Of course, it’s important to acknowledge that many of us won’t get a traditional weekend for lots of reasons – work, parenting, caring, unemployment. The rituals below work in various circumstances but they can be adapted too. The important takeaway is that it can be helpful to assign a little time each week to really invest in ourselves. 1) Open The Curtains, Hop In The Shower And Get Dressed Okay, so my aspirations don’t start that high. But, as I write this in my pyjamas at midday, it has to be acknowledged that any hope…