• Lifestyle,  Mindfulness

    How being Introvert or Extrovert affects your self-care

    The terms ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ are banded around quite a bit, you may even have taken a quiz to work out which you are, or decided on your own to which camp you belong. But do you really know what the differences between the two are? and what the two terms really mean? Although certain personality traits can be the result of being an introvert or extrovert, they are not in fact the true definition. The true difference between an introverted and an extroverted personality lies in your brain. How it processes dopamine and other chemicals released in the brain during certain activities, and how tolerant your brain is to…

  • Living in rhythm with the seasons
    Health & wellbeing,  Lifestyle,  Mindfulness

    Living with the seasons

    I have felt pretty pleased with myself the last couple of years on how I’ve changed my attitude towards winter and the darker months. I used to dread them, I’d go as far as to say ‘hate them with a passion’, but this left me wishing away huge chunks of time (and my life) pining for Spring, daylight and warmer days. Instead of waking up and dreading the dark I started to appreciate waking up to the stars, the moon, running in the dark and feeling like the only person in the world, getting to see those dramatic winter sunrises, and the patterns the frost makes. Finding the tiny little…

  • Reconnecting with yourself after a serious illness
    Healing,  Health & wellbeing,  Lifestyle,  Mindfulness

    Get reconnected to yourself ; to your body, intuition & purpose

    When we are struggling with big emotions, problems, or things in life aren’t going well or really resonating with you as a person, it is often our response to block or numb ourselves to the problem, instead of facing it. Personally, for me, I lost my way. I fell into a job in my 20’s that wasn’t ‘me’, a series of terrible relationships the last of which was terribly toxic yet I couldn’t see it (hindsight is a beautiful thing!)… and my coping mechanism for all of this was to mindlessly shop, and spend my nights partying. Ironically, when times are the worst we often neglect self-care practices (if they…

  • Tips on how to quiet an anxious mind
    Healing,  Health & wellbeing,  Mindfulness

    How to quiet an anxious mind

    Whether anxiety and depression are becoming a lot more common thanks to social media, comparison complex and people feeling like they need to do all the things, or it’s just that people are more open in talking about their problems.. they are two big and scary topics. Although I don’t have full blown anxiety attacks myself, during my time with my chronic illness I have definitely dealt with bouts of depression, and moments [*read days] of feeling anxious and like things aren’t in my control. It can be a scary and confusing thing. A state you often don’t realise you entered until you are in the think of it! Today…

  • Mindfulness tips to get you through a bad day
    Health & wellbeing,  Mindfulness

    12 little things to get you through a bad day

    Whether you struggle with energy levels, are recovering from an illness, or just need to take some time for yourself. There are times when we all need to take things easy and slow down, or don’t feel like facing the world. Those days can be hard, especially if you’re anything like me you beat yourself up about not being able to do all the things all the time. So what do you do to get through those kinds of days? I have to remind myself to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness tips to get you through a bad day When I’m having a bad M.E day I do the little things that don’t…

  • what is perfection_mindfulness tips
    Lifestyle,  Mindfulness

    What is perfection?

    What is perfect and when did we decide that it was something to strive for and only when we get there will we be truly happy?? Honestly, the more I learn and absorb and expand, the more I realise ‘perfect’ is a load of b.s!! No one is perfect. Ever. Life by definition is messy, and that’s just how it’s supposed to be. Without the messy less than perfect moments we wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate the times of happiness, joy and success. Just because an air brushed image of a person in a magazine looks like they are perfect in every way. It doesn’t mean that’s what the…

  • Be kind to yourself -mindfulness
    Lifestyle,  Mindfulness

    Be kind to yourself (its ok to rest!)

    Being human is hard. We definitely aren’t perfect, any of us. And yet why do we give ourselves such a hard time if we don’t do, or act, like we think we should? I have, as we speak, taken a few days away from social media. Instagram in particular. Because I found myself being unnecessarily hard on my body, my ‘achievements’, and generally feeling pretty sh*t about myself. So much so that it’s inspired my last two posts (you can read the first here). I’ll admit they are more pep talks to myself. But I hope that you can find some use in reading them too.   It’s ok to…