Mostly as a reminder to myself to take care of myself this month, I’ve made a self-care Christmas. Click on the images below for some ideas on how to have a #selfcarechristmas and remember, as it’s all about self-care it’s really up to you to pick what works for you so feel free to swap days, interpret the ideas to fit your needs or make up your own. Just remember that self-care isn’t selfish and as the hashtag says, #selfcarematters.Read More
if you know someone like me with ME or a similar chronic illness where the person you're shopping for may struggle with fatigue, mobility or pain or where they may not cope with leaving the house much (or at all) you may be at a loss of what to get them as a gift.
Here are some ideas will at least give you a little inspiration when it comes to picking out the perfect present.Read More
I’m not sure if you’ve seen those photos online of books wrapped up in brown paper with a description on them? The idea being that buyers literally “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but instead choose a book based on what the person has said about it. We'll that’s what I decided to do with a group of friends at a recent afternoon tea, book swap.Read More
You can't fix everything all at once. Sometimes you've just got to take it one step at a time. 2018 was going to be the year of zero plastic for me but 6 months in, what have I learnt & is it making me happy?
I’ve tried a number of different techniques to help clear my head when I'm troubled, or to work through a problem when I'm feeling overwhelmed by it. Here I've shared what’s worked best for me. They won't be right for everyone of course but I hope that there's at least one or two which might work well for you.Read More
You know, when you assume "everybody else" is doing fine, "everybody else" has got it all together and "everybody else" knows exactly what they are doing? Well, it turns out I'm actually more like "everybody else" than I thought (and I don't have a clue!)Read More
Self-care can be hard for a number of different reasons and it's something I often struggle with. After really focusing on it for a while now and getting to understand what's made it tricky for me, here are my self-care lessons.Read More
As the song goes, "neeeiighhbours, everybody needs good neeeigghhbours!" and that's definitely true for me. Tonight I can relax and switch off my worried little brain because I know I have help nearby and that I'm not as alone as ME can sometimes make me feel, that help is nearby if/when I need it.Read More
They say it's the little things that count, well since my ME started getting worse again, I can definitely say there's been a whole load of little things that have really made a difference. They might not have magically cured me but they have absolutely helped me in so many different ways.Read More
After listening the the hilarious Ballad of Barry and Freda by Victoria Wood, I've pulled together a few of my favourite funny songs. With clips from Lonely Island to Morecambe and Wise, there's definitely a bit of variety here. Hope you find something you enjoy xRead More
After Christmas my mum would always encourage me and my brother to write thank you letters and as an adult I've begun to realise that this practice is not just about saying thank you or showing gratitude to others but it's a really good way for us to pause and recognise we have people in our life who care about us and just how lovely that feels.Read More
My mother always told me to make sure I had people in my life that were good for me; positives.
An incredibly positive, determined, independent and honest friend, here's my life lessons from my friend Sarah Sulzberger:Read More