Tips and Insights

Self-Care is not a luxury, it’s a Necessity

I wanted to share with you some tips and insights based on my learnings, experiences and practices over the past thirty years.

Having experienced some difficult times in my life, I discovered that by making my self-development and self-care a priority, this helped me to become a stronger, calmer, more resilient and successful person.

I hope you find one, or perhaps a number of these insights useful in helping you with any challenges you may be experiencing in your life.

Music
Music is an amazing form of self-expression, connecting people, and having physiological effects that we don't even realise! People are born with the ability to tell the difference between music...
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Always on Culture
Analysis describes a complex picture, in which more people with poor mental health are continuing to work when they are not at their most productive. Rather than take time off,...
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Attitude of Gratitude
Think about things that you are grateful for in your life – develop an attitude of gratitude. Much of the time our lives are so busy we forget to pause...
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Being in the Moment
Pay attention to how you are feeling, scan your body, what is happening for you right now, acknowledge and feel okay with that. When we are worried or anxious, we...
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Choice
Choosing how we respond to situations At times, and particularly in these unprecedented times, we have little or no control of much of what is presented to us, the situations,...
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Connecting with Nature
This maybe in the home with plants, in the garden, or maybe a walk in the park (In line with current restrictions) If you can do this, it will get...
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Conscious Breathing
Most of us take breathing for granted, so much so, when was the last time you sat back and really thought about how you are breathing? Have you ever thought...
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Control
Focus on what you can control and not on what you can’t At this time, we are living in a world of much uncertainty and more than ever there are...
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Creativity
Be creative, whatever interests you, painting, drawing, puzzles, baking, cooking, dancing Research shows that when we are fearful, anxious, stressed and constantly thinking or worrying about our situation, sometimes that...
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De-Cluttering
Think about an area within your home where there is clutter, it may be a room, it may be in a cupboard. As you do this, reflect on how thinking...
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Exercise
With exercise, please bear in mind health considerations in what you choose to do, together with current government restrictions, particularly if you are exercising outside of your home. Create a...
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Healthy Diet
There is research to suggest that what we eat may affect not just our physical health, but also our mental health and wellbeing. Eating well (i.e. a well-balanced diet rich in vegetables...
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Journaling
Keeping a journal, so you can track the switch between a positive and negative mindset – it will help to identify activities that made you feel good and those that...
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Media Exposure
Cutting down the amount of news we watch I made a conscious decision around 20 years ago that I no longer wanted to expose myself to the media, this was...
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Meditation
When our mind is busy, perhaps overwhelmed with so many thoughts, we want try to quiet the mind.  Our thoughts can me much like a monkey in a tree, jumping...
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Mindfulness
Mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment. It’s about reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience, having an awareness of our...
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Normalising
When you get up, get dressed, this will help you to feel better than staying in your PJ’s With the loss of what we considered normal, brings with it the...
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Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations can have a very uplifting effect on your wellbeing and state of mind.  Having a positive mind will help to release the happy chemicals dopamine and serotonin into...
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Positive Mindset
Having a positive mindset is such a powerful thing. It doesn’t mean that from time to time you won’t have any negative thoughts, what it does mean is that from...
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Routine
Find a routine in some of the things that you do In the unprecedented times many of us have found our routines turned upside down and the lack of routines...
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Self-Care
It’s important that we are kind to ourselves during ‘normal times,’ so it takes on even greater importance during these unprecedented times. These are some of the things that I...
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Sleep – The Importance of Healthy Sleeping Patterns
Through these challenging times, more of us are being affected by poor, unhealthy sleeping patterns. It’s important for both our mental and physical health that our poor sleeping patterns do...
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Support Network
It’s important to have a support network (No man or woman is an island) Having a strong support network is so important, having people that you can call on, rely...
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Time to Talk
It takes courage to talk about what’s troubling us, what keeps us awake during the night and feeling like we’re living on the edge throughout the day. We can’t make...
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Visualisation
Around 60% to 65% of the general population think in pictures. Consider how your thoughts wander when you feel panic or anxiety. Visualisation works to expand your ability to rest and relax...
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