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    How To Get A Better Night’s Sleep – 5 Top Tips

    I suffered quite a bit from insomnia during the summer of 2019. It was horrible! At my worst, I went 3 days with no sleep. I know what triggers mine, it’s a mix of anxiety and pain. Unfortunately it becomes a vicious cycle that’s really hard to break. I go to bed worrying I won’t sleep and then funnily enough… I don’t! I went to a pain management seminar this week and one of the sections was how to get a better night’s sleep. I found it really useful so I thought I’d share some of the tips. Having chronic pain can really interrupt sleep. I know from my personal…

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    How To Remove Negativity From Your Life – 5 Top Tips

    It seems really difficult to to remain positive with all the negativity we see on a daily basis. I’m not saying everyone should be in some happy bubble of ignorance all of the time. Some people though, just need a little boost of positivity. I’ve written this post to share ways on how to remove negativity from your life. These are tried and tested by myself. I don’t ever remember life being so depressing when I was younger. Every which way you turn these days negativity just smacks you in the face. Which made me realise how much things have changed in the last 10/20 years. I’m nearly 33 so…

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    The Toddler Years – An Open Letter To My Mini Dictator

    Hello again! Welcome back to my blog series – The Toddler Years. You can read the opening post to this series here to find out what it’s all about. Today I have a guest post from the amazing Shan from shanelliswilliams.com This incredible lady is powered by coffee beans and you should definitely go check out her story. She’s an amazing Mum and a fantastic human being. I don’t feel like I need to tell you any more, here’s Shan’s post. An Open Letter To My Mini Dictator Dear son, Take five. A little breather and a sit down. Just for a moment, stop what you’re doing, your toys don’t need to be…

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    10 Self-Care Ideas To Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

    I’ve started a Positivity Challenge over on Instagram this week and I’m hoping to make it a monthly thing. I think positivity and self-care go hand in hand and not enough people make time for themselves. I’m not a mental health blogger and I definitely don’t profess to be an expert but I am one of the 1 in 4 people that has/has had issues with their mental health. I’m generally in a good place these days, I have amazing people around me, a job that I enjoy and life is good. That’s not always been the case though and I do still have what I call “down days” where…

  • An Open Letter To The Girl On The Bench
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    An Open Letter To The Girl On The Bench

    You could only have been 19. Sat outside the shops on the bench next to me, pouring your heart out to who I can only presume is your Dad. Saying he doesn’t care but it’s clear that he does; he’s there and he’s listening, letting your snarky remarks bounce off him like rain. By the sounds of it, you’re blinded by love. We’ve all been there but sometimes we get caught up wearing those rose tinted glasses and the outside world doesn’t see what we do; the outside world sees it clearly. Your Dad is desperately trying to talk some sense into you, to get you to leave him; the…

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    The Codeine Comedown

    It’s been a while since I done an update on my back so I thought I’d do one to cover the last month or so. Just to update anyone who hasn’t read the previous posts, at the beginning of the year I slipped a disc (well a few) in the bottom of my spine, as I do around once a year. I ended up spending a week in hospital unable to walk, had a month off work, was on crutches and painkillered up to the eyeballs on Codeine, Morphine, Diazipam, Gabapentin and other fun named drugs. Basically, I broke and you can read about what has happened previously Here and Here.…

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    10 Ways To Feel Better in Yourself

    It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week and as two thirds of people experience some sort of mental health issue in their lifetime I thought I’d do a little post about 10 ways to feel better in yourself. I myself have experienced anxiety and depression, I’ve also done a little bit of training in counselling and I like to think I’m in a good place mentally now so these are tips that I use personally if I’m having an off day. Just remember- it’s ok not to be ok. Here’s my top 10 ways to feel better in yourself. 1. Get Enough Sleep Everyone says it but getting 7-8 hours…

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    The New (Unwanted) Me

    If you follow me on Instagram or have seen my previous post, you will be aware that I spent a week in hospital at the end of January thanks to slipped discs in my spine. Well this is a bit of an update/getting things off my chest post relating to that. If you want to read the back story of what happened you can find it HERE I’ve now been out of hospital for well over a month and I’m still struggling a lot. I left hospital still barely able to walk and the pain was quite literally uncontrollable.

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    February – The Month of (Self)Love

    Happy Valentines Day everybody! Now, I’m going to sound quite cynical but, I don’t “do” Valentine’s day. I don’t believe that one day is going to make a difference to a relationship and I think love should be celebrated every day. Love isn’t just tied to relationships either…..

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    31st July 2017

    The Sad Step It’s been a while since I’ve written in the diary section but I feel like I need to today. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me having a whinge today about “being so good” and the scales not moving. After weighing myself for the 3rd time today, and actually being down 4lb again I’ve realised that I need to stop!