There's not much that makes me laugh out loud these days. But here are three generally sure-fire laugh out loud go-tos to help you beat a funk, moments of depression or sadness and tackle stress.
Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme for 2021 is ... nature! Nature’s Positive Boost To Mental Health As you scroll through the site - mentalhealth.org.uk - you’ll find blogs on ‘top tips for connecting with nature’ and a great initiative to ‘Take Action, Get Active’ where you can get active and explore nature, whilst raising vital… Continue reading Promoting Good Mental Health: Nature
“People with PTSD have their floodgates wide open. Lacking a filter, they are on constant sensory overload. In order to cope, they try to shut themselves down and develop tunnel vision and hyper-focus. If they can’t shut down naturally, they may enlist drugs or alcohol to block out the world. The tragedy is that the… Continue reading Acceptance – ‘Achieving’ Post-Traumatic Growth
“But there have been people who have said yes [to life and the responsibility within it] despite all difficulties. And when the inmates in the Buchenwald concentration camp sang in their song, ‘We still want to say yes to life’, they did not only sing about it, but also achieved it many times - they… Continue reading YES To Life, In Spite of Everything!
If you make it through my excitement about autumn leaves on the ground, let me share with you my wind-down, wellness strategies and the power of effective journaling for a good night's sleep...
Last Wednesday, Sleep and Weight Loss: Sleep More to Lose More was published, garnering some interesting responses and sparking conversations beyond sleep's contribution to weight loss. And of course, as an athlete and someone seeking to achieve high-performance in every area of my life, I'm not just bothered about sleep's contribution to weight loss; I'm… Continue reading Sleep for Performance & Health: More Is Better
A few years ago I approached someone I believed (and still believe) to be knowledgeable in this field of weight loss - Stuart MacMillan - to help me shift a few kilos. His first question to me wasn't: 'what's your eating regime like?' or 'How many cupcakes have you eaten this week?'. He didn't offer solutions like, 'throw out all your sweets and chocolate!' or 'bread is the devil!' either. Stu's first question in response to how to lose weight was this: how much sleep are you getting? Are you sleeping enough? Read on to find out the importance of this question for your own weight loss journey...
So yesterday I got over a three-day hump in five minutes. The relief and restoration was so unreal, that I wanted to share in case you’re also in a slump that you’re struggling to get out of. Record, Write or Draw Your Feelings Share your heart – on screen or not. Record yourself. You can… Continue reading Emotional Cathartic Release in 5 Minutes
The reality of Spring can bring hope and optimism for new life and fresh wonder in your world, despite the current darkness and chaos all around us.
"It's not fair!" That's what I heard a couple of times last week when training in the gym and at the track. "It's not fair that you have a body like that." Erm. I actually think it is fair. Why? You get out what you put in. If I feed myself with junk every day,… Continue reading 4 Healthy, Home-Cooked Meal Ideas to Get & Stay in Shape