Coronavirus – Apocalypse Now or Apocalypse Later? (title courtesy of Steve Douglas)

We are living right now, as we have heard so many times and from so many sources, in unprecedented times. The world as we know it has been flipped on its head, we have unceremoniously been disillusioned of our belief that life can be certain, and amidst the chaos and uncertainty that now seems to be the foundation of our existence many of us are limping our way through and finding our own ways of just getting by.

I have heard this virus referred to in many ways. Some have suggested it is like an invisible monster roaming our streets and that we should be scared to set foot outside our houses in case it happens to be close by (like the monster might get bored and move on if we all hide away for long enough), others have compared it to a mortal enemy with whom we are at war Read more

Holding your sh*t together in tough times!

The coronavirus has changed our world overnight and stripped us of our certainty. We are standing on the threshold of a new world and nobody knows what it is going to look like yet, our circumstances are changing on a daily basis, so we are not even in a place where we can plan for a post coronavirus life. And yet our family, friends and the world at large are relying on us keeping our sh*t together and staying functional despite our traumatic circumstances.

Huge emotions are arising for people, fear, anxiety, loss, sorrow, anger, despair, and this for many is becoming overwhelming. People are turning to distractions to numb themselves out in a bid to remain functional and whilst this provides temporary relief from the feelings, they just keep returning, unbidden to wash Read more

How are you doing?

Stop! All change!!!

Wow, the world has certainly become a very different place all of a sudden hasn’t it?

I’m not massively brilliant at this staying in contact business, but in these crazy worrying times I thought I would break my usual radio silence to ask how are you doing (and yes, I would actually like to hear your honest answer)?

I’m seeing so many different responses to this current crisis but a lot of what I am observing is very split between positive and negative poles. I’m opting to stay somewhere in the middle, acknowledging my fear, hurt, despair and grief whilst also holding in the other hand the belief that this time will change our world permanently and my hope that perhaps that change might be for the better, not only for humans but for all beings on our planet. I could quite easily drop into the fear and stay there but I don’t think residing solely in that place will serve me well.

I’ve been chatting to people who are struggling with the crisis and particularly the social isolation that we are experiencing at the moment and we’ve been asking the question how do we get through this? Read more

Surviving Winter

Winter SkyI don’t know about you but I find winter a season to be endured rather than enjoyed and over the years I have amassed some survival strategies for getting me through to the other side.  Take a look below to find out more…

Keeping in Fine Winter Fettle 

The four things that reliably keep us physically healthy are eating well, drinking well, moving well and resting well.  This is no different in winter to any other time of year, however all of these areas seem to suffer somewhat in the darker, damper days. Read more

It’s time to make self care a priority!

bracken opening by stream

This year I decided that I needed to get my act together so I set out on January 1st with a series of self care objectives in mind.

I started in January with a sponsored, month long dryathlon to raise money for the Woodlands Trust.  This seemed to extend right into the back end of February I got so carried away with it.  I’ve shaped up my diet, I’m continually increasing my exercise levels and introducing new forms of exercise into my repertoire, I’ve reinstated my fortnightly visits to the massage therapist and am receiving reflexology once a month too, I have cut back on social media time, and I am prioritising down time.  For the first time in what feels like at least a couple of years I feel fantastic,  I have energy, I feel more productive when I am working, and I feel rested when I’ve had time off.

As I sat by the stream in the picture above the other day enjoying the sunshine filtering down through the trees and listening to the birds singing, I began to wonder what had taken me so long to get round to making these shifts in my lifestyle and I came back to one of my biggest bug bears as a holistic therapist Read more

Where does time go?

BluebellsWe are well and truly in the midst of spring.

It’s a lovely feeling when our energy starts to wake up again at the beginning of February.  You can almost feel the life returning to your bones, and as the days go onwards and the weather starts to perk up a little we become more and more active.

I love those early days of spring where I find I have lots of ideas floating around, but I love this time of year even more.  The ideas that I was floating back in February are starting to come together now into something more concrete, ‘things which are actually happening’.  It feels exciting, and it’s great to be part of the flow,  working in tune with the rhythms of the year.  Not to mention that the bluebells are now starting to bloom too (that always gets me excited). Read more

New year’s resolutions? Start on the right foot!

Happy 2016

It is traditional in our culture to make new year’s resolutions which we are supposed to start from the 1st of January.  We see people every year making a commitment to do certain things with their life and by the time we’ve hit February most thoughts of achieving the things we sought to do have gone completely out of the window.

Why is it then that we repeatedly make the effort to come up with a list of things we wish to do differently in our lives, when we know from experience that we are unlikely to meet the challenges we have set for ourselves? Read more

7 Day Stress Less Challenge

I am on holiday this week, but for those of you who are not so lucky I thought it might be nice to give you some prompts to remind you how to manage your stress levels.

I have produced a different mantra for you to focus on each day this week which will keep your attention on what is important and hopefully keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Day 7:

7 day stress less challenge day 7

7 Day Stress Less Challenge

I am on holiday this week, but for those of you who are not so lucky I thought it might be nice to give you some prompts to remind you how to manage your stress levels.

I have produced a different mantra for you to focus on each day this week which will keep your attention on what is important and hopefully keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Day 6:

7 day stress less challenge day 6

7 Day Stress Less Challenge

I am on holiday this week, but for those of you who are not so lucky I thought it might be nice to give you some prompts to remind you how to manage your stress levels.

I have produced a different mantra for you to focus on each day this week which will keep your attention on what is important and hopefully keep your stress levels to a minimum.

Day 5:

7 day stress less challenge day 5