My Story

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.

My New Year Resolutions 2018

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Hey guys, happy belated new year. It always takes me a few days to adjust to the new year. New Year’s Day is a bit write off for me and I always feel slightly weird; like I should feel different just because it’s a new year. Really it’s only the day after the 31st December. Plus the over consumption of alcohol the night before doesn’t help that feeling of blurgh (more on that later.) I don’t think I’ve ever really done a new years resolutions blog post and I didn’t actually think I’d even make any this year but I’ve been thinking a lot this first week in January, uh oh! A little reflective perhaps but more about what would really make a difference to my life, to me. There’s a lot of self help material around this time of year which I’m all for dipping in and out of for inspiration but it sometimes takes us a little off track. Oh that girl on Instagram is going to meditate for every day in 2018 I better do that too or your best friend has signed up to do a new hardcore gym and convinced you to join her, but are these resolutions the best for you

Don’t Waste Another Moment

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When a chapter of your life ends, don’t be sad because it’s over, be happy because without that chapter, you wouldn’t have a story to tell.

Someone once told me that something wasn’t meant for me but that I should hold on because I was someone that had to be sure and ready and wait for the right time. This felt like the most unloving thing I could possibly do so I ignored them. I didn’t wait a moment longer.

Why waste another moment of this life…

Toni: “The Beautiful Thing About Life Is Everyone Is So Different”

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Kirsty: “Accept It, Own It And Move On.”

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This week in honour of Mental Health Awareness week and as my ambassador role at The Princes Trust, I and 4 of my best friends are posting about the topic on my blog. Come back every day for a new post. I met Kirsty a few years a go through social media which seems slightly ironic when you read her beautiful post. However our friendship does highlight a positive aspect of the online world. Kirsty has become like a big sister to me and we met at a time when we both probably needed a new sister. Thank you for opening up on my blog this week big sis…

Scarlett : “There’s nothing rare, strange or shameful about our mental health”

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This week in honour of Mental Health Awareness week and as my ambassador role at The Princes Trust, I and my 4 best friends are posting about the topic on my blog. Come back every day for a new post. I’m handing over to Scarlett today. One of the strongest women I know and have admired since we met in year 8 Biology, she is my most honest friend. I’m so proud of her now a reiki therapist, meditation teacher and becoming a counsellor with her intention only ever to help as many people as she can.

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“There’s nothing rare, strange or shameful about our mental health”

When Lottie asked me to write a blog for mental health awareness week I was so eager to speak because this subject is so close to my heart,

Lottie: 10 years of Dear Diary…

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It’s mental health awareness week and last night I decided I wanted to write.

I didn’t really know where to start with this post.

I could have spoken about my mental health issues around food as young dancer or the dark place I found myself in last year but then to be honest it didn’t feel useful enough to share with you.

I wanted to share more than I usually do which yes is scary but also it’s the only way I felt I could really, just maybe make a difference. When someone has opened up to me or I’ve read an autobiography or watched a documentary where someone has shared an experience or a little piece of them, it’s made me feel trusted so I guess I’m trusting you as my readers. And I hope that in some way this post may resonate with you or someone you know in a small significant way that perhaps isn’t even relevant right now but maybe one day when you need someone to just feel like they know…

Healthy Eating “Rules” That Don’t Make Sense To Me

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I remember waking up one morning a couple of years ago after reading so much information on dietary theories and nutrition, that I simply didn’t know what to eat. Should I have eggs, a smoothie, porridge, a steak!? With so many ‘rules’ and conflicting information out there, I felt overwhelmed and lost touch with listening to my body. I think we can all be guilty of this with the distractions and stresses daily life can put on us. Now as a qualified holistic health coach, I believe that stressing out over what to eat just isn’t healthy – and unfortunately, there’s not one miracle diet out there for everyone. 

How I’m Surviving The Slog Between My Birthday And Spring

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There’s something magical about the frost outside the windows, the bite in the wind and the wrapping up in a hundred layers! Yes it’s magical for about week and then I’m done. Don’t even get me started on snow, I’ve had my 10 minute snow storm for the year thanks very much. Please stay away! I do try to be positive but I just love the sun and feeling warm and I find it really hard to stay positive when my hands have frostbite, my umbrella has curled up like a dead spider and I’m constantly trying to find the most natural fake tan that makes me look like I’ve been on a winter break to the Maldives. If anyone wants to solve this problem and whisk me there then hi!