Today I’m okay. Actually I’m more than okay. I’m almost off all my medication and I’m doing really good. I’m 100% recovered. I’ve been feeling myself for about 3 months now. I still can’t really believe it. I don’t think my loved ones can either. I gave one of my best friends a little squeeze and a kiss on the head the other weekend and she teared up and said to me “you’re back aren’t you.”
It’s Mental Health Awareness week. What happens when you do all the right things like exercise, eat well, spend time outdoors, sleep for 8 hours, take time offline but still suffer. What happens if everything in your life is going well, but you wake up one day and your world has turned upside just because of the power of your mind. I never thought I’d struggle with mental health. The best thing I know I can do to raise awareness and help others is to share my own experience of what happened to me this year.
I always thought recovery was a word only used when describing someone getting better from a broken leg and doing Physio exercises or a word used for drug addicts in rehab. I never thought recovery would be the word that defined the start of my 2019. I never thought 2019 would be the year that changed me forever.
I’m definitely not a sustainability expert or the best eco warrior out there but it’s hard not to ignore that we are heading towards an environmental crisis point. I am making changes and becoming a more conscious consumer and as cliche as it might sound we need to be the change we want to see in the world. If we can’t positively make change holding onto the hope that every little bit counts then we may as well give up.
So I thought I’d do a little post highlighting some places, books and ideas that are helping me along the way. Everyone is on their own journey when it comes to sustainability but there’s no denying the fact that the planet is in desperate need of some love and everyone has a role to play. I hope this post inspires you to make some positive changes. Please share with friends, every little bit counts…
As I’ve got older I’ve definitely become less obsessed with presents and the “stuff” that comes with Christmas. It’s much more about quality time with family, catching up with friends, long wintery walks, cosy Christmas films and spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I still love the gift giving part of it and really like to take my time and think about what that person would really love.
Greater Fort Lauderdale, 7 girls, 100 bikinis, sunrise yoga, sunset wine, a whole lot of exploring and most importantly the best sushi of my life. That pretty much somes up my trip to Fort Lauderdale this November, apparently their Autumn yet we had beautiful sunshine, blue skies and 28 degree sunshine every day.
I made these cookies for my bestie Venetia’s birthday on Friday and as someone that makes cookies a lot, they were very well received and potentially my best yet. I usually make tahini cookies with ground almonds but when coming to make these late on Thursday night I discovered I didn’t have any so I improvised and used oats and coconut. The coconut gives such a nice texture and the oats actually make them less heavy than when I use almonds. I’d been to an event that night too and had a bar of Lindt sea salt dark chocolate from it in my bag so decided to break up some of that and mix it in too and therefore ended up with my best cookies yet. The key is not to over bake them and to allow them to completely cool before handling them. It’s hard to resist but worth it! We enjoyed them with booja booja ice cream and it was heaven.
Even though we get up and get dressed every single morning and have wardrobes and drawers full of clothes, deciding what to wear each morning can be a challenge. Our lifestyles are changing too meaning we will leave the house and perhaps need 3 different outfits before we get home. As a Pilates teacher and…
Last week, I went to Wales for the first time ever and I was yet again stunned by how beautiful the U.K is, especially the coastlines. I jumped on a midday train from London Paddington and by 5:30pm had my feet in the sand walking along Saundersfoot beach (1.5 hrs by train from Swansea) with the sea breeze washing away any excess London tension that didn’t melt away during the train journey. As you know I love getting away from city life regularly and Pembrokeshire was the perfect place for a reset with my bestie Venetia. We have already travelled to Switzerland and Sardinia together this year and are definitely in sync when it comes to an idyllic escape. It involves outdoor activity, finding yummy foodie spots, lots of walking, cake and maybe a perfect glass of wine in a beautiful setting and that’s exactly what Wales offered us- so here’s 5 things I recommend doing in Wales for your wellbeing.
I’m quite relaxed when it comes to my choices around food nowadays and would say I have a balanced approach to health and my lifestyle in general. I try not to be too hard on myself anymore. Although perhaps to others it’s still a very conscious outlook and I guess that’s where we need to remember that everyone’s idea of balance is going to be different and dependent on so many factors. I come from a once extreme view where I was obsessed with eating ‘clean’, with performing my absolute best day in day out as a ballet dancer and even since then having moved into a progressive and fast paced health and fitness industry where my early twenties were surrounded by juice cleanses, the rise of avocado on toast and whole lot of abs inspo! I’m happy that I realised that taking care of yourself is not just about lycra and protein shakes.