THREE WAYS TO OVERCOME LIFE’S OBSTACLES*

Overcome life's obstacles

The COVID-19 global pandemic has made people across the globe, reassess their lives. Many have found themselves stuck in a rut, working in a role that they can stand, in a relationship going nowhere, and stuck in the doldrums of debt. It would be best if you considered how you could use this surreal time in your life to overcome the obstacles that you may face. The world is changing at a rapid pace, and you can change alongside it. Be proactive and look at these three ways to overcome life’s obstacles.

CHANGING JOBS

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If you can’t stand your overbearing boss, it’s time to be proactive and get job hunting. You don’t have to resign just because you are looking for a new role. Having the motivation to apply for numerous jobs can be challenging if you work long hours, but the result can be worth it. You may find yourself working for a more forward-thinking company with better leadership, and you might even secure a higher wage.

During this uncertain economic time, many people are worried about redundancy. If this looms for you, don’t think of it as a negative and don’t take it personally. Redundancy is nothing more than a numerical and financial exercise. Think about losing your job as an opportunity to do something more fulfilling. Start your own business, go traveling, or think about taking a sabbatical to pursue your interests.

NEW RELATIONSHIPS

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If you are in a relationship that is going nowhere, it can be tough to leave. Being stuck in a monotonous relationship is not unusual if there is a certain level of comfort. However, you don’t need to be scared of being alone or what the future holds. Relationships can be more challenging to leave if they are abusive in any way. Or perhaps when you have had to consider surgical abortion vs. medical abortion in the past, it can be challenging to bring into a new relationship. There is no shame in living the single life while working on overcoming past traumas before venturing out onto the dating scene once again.

REDUCING DEBT

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If you have financial worries, it’s time to get on top of your economic woes. Debt can cause untold stress and anxiety. If you aren’t heading to the shops, venturing to the cinema, or eating out as much, you should have more disposable income every month to pay off your credit card debt. Take a look at the credit card’s balance transfer rates. By transferring your balance to a new card, you can pay off the capital of what you owe every month rather than just the interest.

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If you do find your debt becoming unmanageable, don’t suffer alone. It would be best to consider consolidating your credit cards, store cards, and other debts into one manageable monthly repayment by taking out a loan. Solutions like these make it easier to budget every month rather than becoming confused by multiple payments. As well, you could end up paying off your debt quicker, allowing you to achieve financial freedom faster.

Life can throw us any number of curveballs when we least expect them. Follow this guide, and you can overcome life’s obstacles during these Coronavirus days.

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STRENGTH FROM WITHIN: THE LION’S GATE PORTAL TAROT READING 2020

STRENGTH FROM WITHIN: THE LION’S GATE PORTAL TAROT READING 2020

Happy Leo season! It is an extraordinary time of year – not just because I am a Leo – and that means it is time for the 8/8 Portal or The Lion’s Gate Portal. This gateway opens from the opening of Leo season (July 22nd) and lasts until August 12th. The peak date of the portal is August 8th, and so, I thought this would be a great time with the shift in the lunar phase and it being 8/8 to check in with Spirit and see what messages we could receive. Since this reading is all about the 8/8 Golden Leo energy, I decided to use the Golden Girls Tarot Cards: A Look Into Your Future from the Lanai – which is super fun to apply to any reading. WHAT IS THE LION’S GATEWAY PORTAL? Every year, on August 8th, a gateway aligns between the Earth and the star, Sirius, increasing the flow of energies between the spiritual and physical planes. As Sirius takes place in the sky, Orion’s Belt directly aligns with the Pyramid of Giza creating a portal which accelerates spiritual alignment. When this happens, there is powerful light shining through that awakens stagnant DNA, transmits a… View Post
Six Tips For A Healthier Smile*

Six Tips For A Healthier Smile*

A healthy smile is a great thing to have. A lot of medical conditions can first be spotted in the mouth, so good oral hygiene is critical. Healthy teeth look better too, so you can have a bright, white smile to share with the world. Here are six tips for a healthier smile.  Brush and floss daily Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. This is very important to keep a healthy smile. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help you to keep the germs out from between your teeth. Without those germs, your teeth will be less prone to cavities and gum diseases.  Eat enamel-friendly foods Eat foods that are low in acidity and high in calcium. Some foods will rot your teeth faster than others. Foods that do this include high acidity foods like pineapples and oranges, and anything too high in sugar. Instead, try to eat more foods that boost calcium, such as yogurt, fish, leafy greens, and anything with dairy. Opt for teas and coffees that are unsweetened, and rinse your mouth after you drink them to avoid staining them.  Upgrade your brush Choose a high-quality toothbrush, and replace it… View Post
Seven Steps To Getting Healthy Now*

Seven Steps To Getting Healthy Now*

We tend to make excuses for ourselves when it comes to our health. ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ or ‘the diet starts on Monday’. It’s essential that as you grow and age, you are looking after your body consistently. It can be effortless to fall into a lazy routine when it comes to your health and body in general, so here are seven steps to getting healthy now. Make Sure You’re Ready It’s important to know that you’re ready for change. A lot of people will likely try being healthy and exercising for a few weeks or a month but give up solely for not being in that right mindset. You need to be motivated, and you need to want to change your lifestyle for the better. It can be hard to get yourself out of that point in your life where you might have gotten a little lazy or simply started eating unhealthily. By not looking after your body, you’re going to do a lot of damage to it over the years, and that’s not going to be helpful as you get older. Ask yourself if you’re ready for that change and if not, then question why. Ask yourself what… View Post
Alcohol-Free Violet Lime Rickey (P.S. It’s Amazing)

Alcohol-Free Violet Lime Rickey (P.S. It’s Amazing)

The violets prattle and titter, and gaze on the stars high above. -Heinrich Heine I never had a thing for violet flavoured foods until I moved to Scotland. It’s no secret that candy in the UK is quite different from what I was eating back home in America. It wasn’t until a walk in nature and the onset of an allergy attack that I discovered the glorious flavour violet. I stood coughing and watery-eyed as my mother-in-law said, “I’ve some Parma Violets, would you like some?” I looked at the purple candy in the old school wrapper and placed one in my mouth with absolutely no idea what to expect. Parma Violets inspired today’s post about this alcohol-free violet lime Rickey recipe I love! O.M.G. via GIPHY Naturally, I became obsessed. I needed any and all things violet. Violet Bonbons. Violet Creams. They even have Parma Violet CHEESE (yes, cheeeeeze!). Things got a little extreme. via GIPHY So, naturally, when I came across some violet syrup the other week, I had to go for it. I mean, why not What is a Lime Rickey? I feel about a thousand years old, but a Rickey is an old-fashioned cocktail, created back… View Post
Six Tips For Protecting Your Hearing*

Six Tips For Protecting Your Hearing*

There are a couple of things that need preventative care, and your hearing is one of them. You should take care of your teeth, eyesight, and hearing as well as you can. Your general health matters too, but you can play an active role in these areas. Here are six tips for protecting your hearing. 1. Loud Noises If you work in a noisy environment, like live music venues or lawn mowing, for example, it is essential to know that you can suffer from irreparable damage. Noise-induced hearing damage happens over time. Most of the time, this type of hearing loss isn’t recognised until it begins to impact someone’s life. If you work in an area that is prone to loud noise, then earplugs and protective headphones are a great way to stop the full force of the loud noises getting to your ears.  2. Checkups You should ensure that you have regular checkups for your hearing. It is often the case that if you want to have the best opinion, you should book directly with an ear clinic. Their specialists will be able to give you a thorough hearing exam. You can also schedule outside of regular timed appointments if… View Post
Three Questions To Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Change*

Three Questions To Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Change*

Sometimes, it’s essential to change. If you’re bored with your job or feeling insecure about your job’s future, a new career direction is a scary but necessary change. If you want to make some new friends, putting yourself out there is terrifying, but ultimately leads to the best results. And of course, when the time comes for these hard but beneficial changes to happen, we can feel like we’re not ready for it.  So, here are three questions to ask yourself before making a big change. Taking a big step in your life is something we all have to do, at least two or three times during our long years. There’s going to be some changes we’re excited for, and some that we’ll never quite get used to, but most of all, there’s going to be a personal change, and that can feel both good and bad in our hearts.  So, let’s think about this for a second: are you ready to take a big step in your life? It’s alright if you’re not, but let’s think a little more deeply about how to proceed from here. If you’re not feeling ready, what can be done to steel yourself for a… View Post
Tarot Tuesday: Trust and Courage to Live Your Truth

Tarot Tuesday: Trust and Courage to Live Your Truth

So, it’s been a while. The world has been throwing so many curve balls at us lately. I am no exception to this, of course. These days we need trust and courage to live our Truth. We are currently living through such incredible energetic times. I mean, the tangible representation of events that have transpired over the past couple of months. As mentioned before, we are currently living out a four energy global year. Four energy is our heart chakra, the house of our Soul and our Inner Being’s core navigational system. Energetic shifts have been paving the way for this opportunity to embrace a path to ascension and higher levels of consciousness. One of the roadblocks I have faced during my spiritual awakening is trusting myself. Trust is vital to our self-esteem and our ability to trust and live harmoniously with others. I believe that the current energy we are living through is here to trigger us into trusting in not only our selves but who and what we have been attracting into our lives. I have personally gone through a lot of transitional events over the past 21 days. The old me would have made this time an… View Post
Why Pain Is A Physical and Emotional Experience

Why Pain Is A Physical and Emotional Experience

Pain is an inevitable, often horrible sensation that alerting you that something isn’t quite right. Whether you stub your toe or discover a personal betrayal, pain can hit you in the core of your being like nothing else. Read on to discover why pain is a physical and emotional experience. What is pain? The nature of pain is fascinating. If you asked a doctor fifty years ago what they thought it was, they would say it was most likely the result of nervous impulses. For instance, you hit your knee on a table, it then overwhelms the local nerves, sending a flurry of signals to the brain. And once it’s there, the mind itself generates a sensation of pain, and that’s what causes the physical ‘hurt.’  But the above explanation opens up a whole new set of questions.  For example: Is pain real?  Are painful emotions felt on the same level as physical pain?  Can emotions cause pain?  It’s all very confusing.  Is Pain Real?  Well, it depends on what you mean by ‘real.’ Pain is a subjective experience. The only reason we know it exists is because most of us experience it for ourselves. If you were to zoom in… View Post
5 Quotes to Help You Maintain Sobriety (and Sanity) During #StayHome

5 Quotes to Help You Maintain Sobriety (and Sanity) During #StayHome

The world is a complicated and yet often simplistic place. In these ever-changing times that we are living in, it may seem like at any moment you want to pull the hatch and escape into something that feels, well, less shitty. So, here are five quotes to help you maintain sobriety (and sanity) during #StayHome – as well as my two cents on each one, because why not? I get it. Years ago, if I were forced to spend all of my free time indoors and isolated from others, I would have used that for a time to pick myself apart, focus on my fears/inadequacies, and be doing it with a bottle of wine not far from my hands. I’m not going to say that there have been no moments in the past six weeks when I have not thought, ‘wouldn’t it be nice to escape this?’ — I did have those thoughts, but I now know that you can’t escape. The only way to the other side of anything is to face it and embrace it. And one thing that has helped me the most in my now 792 days alcohol-free is wisdom from others. There is no better… View Post
9 Ways to Access Your Inner Strength During Traumatic Experiences*

9 Ways to Access Your Inner Strength During Traumatic Experiences*

*“9 Ways to Access Your Inner Strength During Traumatic Experiences” was originally published on lonerwolf.com. Almost all of us have experienced some kind of traumatic or shocking event. When I speak of trauma, I don’t always mean extreme situations such as natural disasters, instances of abuse, rape, murder, and accidents. While traumatic experiences often are severe and horrific, they can also be seemingly “mundane” experiences such as losing a job, daily stress, divorcing, and moving somewhere foreign. Trauma also can, and often does, come as a result of the spiritual awakening process in which our entire self-concept begins to crumble and we’re thrown into the abyss of an existential crisis. Trauma is unique for each person. While we might find changing jobs just another daily task, another person may find the switch highly distressing. We should be very careful about judging other people when it comes to trauma. Every person is different and possesses different levels of sensitivity. 11 Signs You’re Going Through a Traumatic Experience A traumatic experience is anything that severely threatens your emotional, psychological or physical well-being. Essentially, trauma is anything that causes us to feel like we’re losing or have lost control. Feeling traumatized is often accompanied by the experiences of feeling: Numb or disconnected… View Post
Five Ways To Stay Healthy During The Lockdown**

Five Ways To Stay Healthy During The Lockdown**

If you’re concerned about your health during quarantine, then don’t worry, you have come to the right place. Whether you’re worried about your mental health or you have started to struggle with things physically, you need to be sure you’re doing all that you can to look after yourself. Although it may be overwhelming at first, there are lots of small things you can be doing to ensure precisely that. From eating healthier meals to finding something to take your mind off of things, the more you’re doing to look after your health, the better. With that in mind, here are five ways to stay healthy during the lockdown: Make Sure You’re Eating As Healthy As You Can  One of the best things you can do to look after your health during quarantine is to ensure you’re eating as healthy as you possibly can. Although it may be difficult during such stressful times, ensuring that you’re doing your best is essential. While you don’t need to count calories and weigh yourself every day, you do need to ensure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs. For more information, when it comes to eating healthy without dieting, you can visit this site here. … View Post
Five Natural Remedies That Ease Pregnancy Side Effects**

Five Natural Remedies That Ease Pregnancy Side Effects**

If you’re pregnant, you might be facing symptoms like headaches, heartburn, constipation, morning sickness, and odd cravings. Although they are perfectly natural, they can put a real damper on the exciting prospect of having a baby. To ensure you’re on the right path, here are some common issues faced while in pregnancy, and five remedies to help ease pregnancy side effects. Thankfully, there are plenty of safe and natural remedies that can help ease with nagging pregnancy side effects. However, that’s not to say that you should jump in and try these if you’re unsure about them – it’s always good to seek professional guidance from a doctor first.  As a disclaimer, this is a collaborative post and should not substitute for advice from your doctor or a medical professional. Headaches Headaches are one of the most common pregnancy symptoms that women face. The result of hormonal changes and blood-sugar swings, they might make you want to grab the paracetamol. However, there are more natural methods that you can use to help ease them: Eat small, frequent meals each day. Ensure that you’re getting enough rest and relaxing when you’re facing one. Get a neck/shoulder massage from your partner or… View Post
Five Supplements for Managing Stress and Anxiety**

Five Supplements for Managing Stress and Anxiety**

We all experience stress and anxiety at times, and so we should not be afraid to discuss our feelings. As the global pandemic continues, more of us are likely prone to anxiety than usual. It’s important to practice self-care, switch off the news now and then, and help our minds and bodies to relax. Check out these five supplements for managing stress and anxiety. 1. Valerian Root Valerian root is a herb initially grown across Europe and Asia, it has a strong odour which many find displeasing, yet it’s therapeutic benefits are welcomed. It contains various compounds that help to ease anxiety and aid sleep. The root contains isovaleric acid and valeric acid, both of which produce calming effects. There is a suggestion that valerian interacts with GABA, which regulates the nerves in our brains. Valerian root can help to hinder the process of GABA breakdown and produce feelings of tranquillity. Valerian root is also known as ‘natural valium.’ 2. Passion Flower Passion flower is a beautiful purple-flowered plant belonging to the Passiflora family. Herbalists and Naturopaths believe that consuming passiflora helps to support conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. Similar to valerian, it’s thought that passion flower improves GABA levels in… View Post
Four Health Checks You  Shouldn’t Ignore

Four Health Checks You Shouldn’t Ignore

It seems we’re made aware of how vital things like diet and exercise are to our overall health every day. In fact, we hear it so often that sometimes it’s the only thing that we focus on. However, there is more to our health than just making sure we get enough of a balanced diet.  While we must pay attention to our diet and exercise, there are four health checks that you shouldn’t ignore.  Here are some other health checks you should be making regularly.  Check Your Eyesight Your eyesight is essential. Not only do you need to be able to see clearly to do everyday things like driving a car, but if you’re straining to see, you may be giving yourself unnecessary side effects, such as headaches.  You should get your eyes tested every two years to see if there have been any changes in your eyesight.  An eye examination will involve a series of simple short tests to see how well you can see. From the information gathered, an optometrist will be able to provide you with a prescription for glasses if needed.  Once you have your prescription, head to https://www.onlineopticiansuk.com/, and order new glasses that match (and correct!) your eyesight. … View Post
Three Tips for Staying Consistent with Lifestyle Changes

Three Tips for Staying Consistent with Lifestyle Changes

If you have decided that it is time to take up a new, healthy lifestyle, then that’s great. Choosing to do this and get started is one of the toughest parts of the process, so it’s fantastic that you have taken this step. However, the next thing that you need to do is stick to it! This is easier said than done, so here are three tips for staying consistent with lifestyle changes. Be Mindful of What You’re Eating One thing you must do to stick to lifestyle changes is to watch what types of foods you eat. Most people do not like to do this, and at times it can become obsessive, so watch out for signs with this and seek help if needed. But, you need to watch what you’re putting into your body, especially if you are following a specific diet. For example, you need to know what foods to avoid on keto if you adopted this lifestyle specifically, and the same goes for any other disciplined eating plan. There is always going to be a list of forbidden foods, and you must know what they are if you want the best (and healthiest) results. If you aren’t following… View Post
Yoga Workouts for a Healthy Lifestyle (Guest Post)

Yoga Workouts for a Healthy Lifestyle (Guest Post)

A healthy lifestyle is the need and wish of a person who wants a happy and satisfying life. It’s not a matter of how much you have. But how good you feel during your days and nights. If you feel stressed, less satisfied, and unhappy, then you need to add some yoga workouts to your life. Fifteen minutes of yoga can transform your mood and bring you peaceful sensations. That’s why many health gurus recommend it. Yoga transforms many lives into better ones. In this post, you will know undeniable reasons to add yoga to your lifestyle. Moreover, you will know breathing, meditation, and yoga poses. So, you can do yoga workouts accurately to get a healthy lifestyle. Keep reading further. Core benefits of yoga no one can deny Yoga is the most flexible workout routine. A person can do it during any time of the day. Moreover, it does not require the best fitness equipment. Below here are the reasons that will compel you to set up a routine for yoga immediately. Peaceful and holistic exercise Burning of fats Transformation of mood immediately Normalizing body weight Strong mind-body connection Regulation of heart rate Better breathing Higher serotonin levels A decrease… View Post
A Karmic Tarot Reading For These Difficult Times

A Karmic Tarot Reading For These Difficult Times

There’s been a lot of speculation from the spiritual community that the current global crisis is possibly a response to humanity’s imbalance. Imbalances such as our focus on material things, our treatment of Mother Earth, and increasing class warfare, to name a few. I believe in karma. I believe that we are all here to correct karmic lessons which may take several lifetimes to square away. You might disagree with my beliefs, and that’s perfectly fine, but I think it is tough to argue that what is happening in the world right now is not forcing us all to take inventory of our priorities. Social distancing. Self-isolation. Mandatory curfews. Rationed supplies. Physical separation. Closed borders. As an American expat in the UK, the reality of not being able to plan a trip back to America to visit my friends and family is heartwrenching. Most of my husband’s family live an hour or more away and they might as well be on the other side of the Atlantic too. Every day I remind myself of the ways I have privilege. Despite facing individual challenges, the current situation must be nearly impossible vulnerable groups, such as the homeless and elderly communities. I… View Post
Six Ways Your Job May Be Impacting Your Health

Six Ways Your Job May Be Impacting Your Health

You go to work every single day and sometimes this means working for someone (or an organisation) who doesn’t always have your best interests at heart. Yes, they pay you a wage, but they do not care for you in the ways you need them to. They do not care as much for your welfare compared to the interest they have for their profits. Did you know that your job could be giving you more than stress issues? You need to seriously consider the harm your job could be causing your health, as it could also be impacting your mental health. Here are six ways your job may be impacting your health. Reduced Exercise Performance You may find you’re out of shape. You need to be able to exercise as a way to release stress. The emotional and mental drain you experience as a result of pressure from your job can also impact your ability to perform exercises to the degree you once did. Be sure to take rest and make physical activity a top priority. Poor Mental Health Your mental health may suffer if you are stressed due to pressure at work. Self-doubt, excessive multi-tasking, and unreasonable deadlines can all… View Post
5 Tips for Improving Slow Digestion

5 Tips for Improving Slow Digestion

Our bodies are complex organisms with intricate systems and functions. When we don’t treat them well or provide the nutrients or vitamins they need, our bodies begin to develop discomfort and possible issues that may eventually require medical intervention. Slow digestion is one of the main health problems many people struggle with daily. Diets packed with processed foods and sugar lead most people to experience sluggishness, bloating, or even nausea and constipation as a result.  It’s quite common as well, affecting an estimated 74% of Americans who live with digestive issues. Few talk to their doctor about their symptoms, and many go without treatment. Read on for 5 tips for improving slow digestion. Symptoms of Slow Digestion There are several signs that your digestion may be slow, and some may not be uncomfortable — or even noticeable — unless you’re paying attention. For example: Stomach pain or discomfort. Bloating, gas, cramps, and constipation could be signs that your digestion is slow, and your gut health could be improved. Symptoms like these could indicate that your body may be having difficulty processing food and eliminating waste and toxins. Unintentional changes in weight. If you haven’t made changes to your diet or exercise routine, and yet you find… View Post
How To Implement Healthy Changes This Spring

How To Implement Healthy Changes This Spring

Deciding to change your life to reform poor habits can be a major change in your life. You may feel ready to implement healthy changes this spring by getting rid of the processed food in your cupboards and join a gym, but have you ever stopped to think that this may have the opposite effect on what you are trying to achieve? Dramatic lifestyle changes have long been considered unsustainable. Attempting to do too much all at once can lead to you feeling physically and mentally exhausted and demotivated.  Although willpower and motivation are admirable traits, you want to make sure that you make sure that your actions have a long-lasting and sustainable impact on your life.   HOW TO IMPLEMENT HEALTHY CHANGES THIS SPRING MAKE SLOW CHANGES  Going to the gym little and often will help you make long-term improvements rather than jumping right in to work out every day and overdoing it. If you do this, you may sustain an injury and require physiotherapy.  ADJUST YOUR DIET SLOWLY Try not to cut too much at any time. Work towards more significant changes by cutting down on unhealthy foods and gradually adding more fruit, vegetables, and healthy snacks. Depriving yourself is only going… View Post
Four Tips For Improving Your Confidence

Four Tips For Improving Your Confidence

There are plenty of things that can make you feel good, but one of the more powerful influences is how confident we feel. If we have it, then the whole world seems open to us, we’re able to make our plans come true, and so on. When we don’t have it, it can seem like we’re always just a couple of steps behind, we don’t feel quite as good, we’re less assertive, etc. And one of the challenging things about confidence is that it can be tricky to pin down. There are things you can do that’ll move your confidence levels in the right direction, however. Check out these four tips for improving your confidence.  WHAT’S KNOCKING IT? When working to help improve your confidence, it’s worthwhile looking not just at the things you can add to your life to push it in the right direction, but also what you need to lose. If you take a close look at your life, you might find that there are a couple of factors that are keeping it down. It could be that you lose confidence through a mistake you keep repeating, or that the people you’re spending time with are putting you… View Post
Four Small Changes That Can Help The Environment

Four Small Changes That Can Help The Environment

Habits are something that you need to assess so that you can make sure that you make some positive changes. By changing your actions, you can begin to minimise the impact you have on the environment. There are many environmental consequences due to unnecessary plastic waste and air pollution. You may feel like you can’t make a big difference, but if everyone makes a small change, it adds up to something more significant. Check out these four small changes that can help the environment. CUT DOWN ON FAST FASHION Fast fashion is exceptionally harmful to the environment. The process of making the clothing can pollute water systems, and many clothing items produced end up in landfills when people get bored and want something new. Clothing should be well-made and something that you purchase to wear over and over again, so when you want to get rid of it, you can take it to a consignment shop or do a clothing swap with friends. Clothing exchanges are a fun way for you and your friends to exchange items, and get something new, without there being negative consequences on the environment. Instead, you are extending the item’s life. Try shopping in second-hand… View Post
Three Tips for Recovering After a Running Session.

Three Tips for Recovering After a Running Session.

The benefits of exercise are not based entirely on the intensity of a workout. Most people who take up bodybuilding, for instance, will note that about 20% of their results are down to their weightlifting, while the other 80% comes from their nutritional choices and their recovery efforts made afterward. For example, failure to eat a balanced diet or sleeping too little stunts recovering after a running session as your next training session will be met with significant fatigue – leading to possible injuries When it comes to the natural movement of running, we can often forget to recover adequately like after any other physical activity. However, properly recovering after your running session is self-care that only takes a little time and planning.   As many runners will tell you, at first, running feels like a chore; then, it’s a habit, then it becomes a passion and a lifestyle. To ensure your lifestyle is as healthy as can be, follow these three tips for recovering after a running session. FOOT CARE Your feet take a pounding when running, particularly when running on the treadmill. It can seem as though running outside, with the various groundswells and differing textures, can be worse. Outdoor… View Post
Tarot Tuesday, March 10-17, 2020

Tarot Tuesday, March 10-17, 2020

Very superstitious? Grab your coat and hat. I love Stevie Wonder and all, but most of my life, I have been superstitious. Not stepping on cracks, trying not to break a mirror, and always avoiding black cats — like to the point that I got nervous when I found out that my In-Laws had two of them! This week we have a gasp Friday the 13th as well as the luck of St. Patrick’s Day! So, let’s pull this week’s Tarot Tuesday for March 10-17, 2020! THIS WEEK’S CARD The Three of Wands represents freedom, growth, and expansion. This card also represents a strong sense of self-confidence and resisting an attachment to limiting beliefs.  During the next week we are encountering the following four Void-of-Course Moons as the moon shifts: March 10th: Virgo to Libra (4:32 am – 6:03 am) March 12th: Libra to Scorpio (4:12 am – 5:28 am) March 14th: Scorpio to Sagittarius (6:06 am – 7:09 am) March 16th: Sagittarius to Capricorn (5:34 am – 12:25 pm) As well, the moon is waning in the week ahead, and Mercury is effectively no longer in retrograde. Has your energy been feeling off the last few weeks? If it has, it… View Post
Three Lessons I’ve Learned From Living Two Years Alcohol-Free

Three Lessons I’ve Learned From Living Two Years Alcohol-Free

It’s that time again! Another year has passed since I decided to give up alcohol. Year two was not without its challenges, but I continue to believe that I am gaining more from my current lifestyle than I ever did while I was still drinking. This post could have filled an entire book – and maybe it will be one day (I hope!) — but, for now, I will keep it short by quickly sharing the three lessons I’ve learned from living two years alcohol-free. I love being in my head I used to think that being in my head was the worst and most detrimental space I could exist. I no longer feel that way, because my mind is clear and my anxiety is managed through better coping mechanisms. I can spend so much time by myself these days – in fact, I find myself NEEDING to be alone more than I ever did before. To be honest, when I would need alone time when I was still a drinker, it would be to drink wine on my own – without anybody judging me or invading that ‘sacred’ space that I so longed for. When I was in my… View Post
Tarot Tuesday: March 3-9,2020

Tarot Tuesday: March 3-9,2020

How about the past week? I am confident I am not the only person who felt so many overwhelming emotions and energies over the past seven days, right? Last week’s energy was the Two of Swords and the energy associated with blockage or stagnancy. I felt some of that last week – did you? Let’s pull the card for this Tuesday Tuesday for the week of March 3 – 9, 2020. THIS WEEK’S TAROT IS… The Lovers – a Major Arcana card – can represent conflict and decision making and our ability to accept responsibility for the reality we create. It is not shocking that this week presents us with more opportunities for conflict and indecision. Mercury is in Aquarius for approximately the next two weeks, and with that, which will push us to want to embrace new ideas and getting in touch with our creative side. Venus is also entering Taurus over the next four weeks, and with that, we will be seeking the familiar and secure while still finding ways to trust our gut instinct. The universe and energies are most potent this week for those under the signs of Aquarius, Taurus, Pisces, Aries, and Gemini LOVE AND… View Post
Five Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore (Collaborative Post)

Five Cancer Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore (Collaborative Post)

Unfortunately, cancer is one of the biggest health threats we can face. While extensive research is happening each day and survival rates for some cancers are on the rise, it is still a reality that impacts our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Often, people do not associate specific symptoms, and because of this, the development of cancer can go unnoticed. Baring this in mind, here are four cancer symptoms you shouldn’t ignore. FIVE CANCER SYMPTOMS YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE Sometimes there are less obvious symptoms of cancer. For example, an abnormal growth, or tumour, that develops in the body’s soft tissue. If the tumour gets advanced, it can cause symptoms such as breathlessness, nausea, and fatigue. Again, if you’re not feeling like yourself or experiencing any of these symptoms without a physical association, schedule a thorough medical check to eliminate any underlying problems.  NOTICABLE LUMPS One of the most significant indications of cancer is a lump developing somewhere it shouldn’t. Places like breast or gland areas such as the neck or head are the most obvious places. Can you feel something unusual? You know your body best. Most of the time, these occurrences can be something completely normal,… View Post
Tarot Tuesday #1

Tarot Tuesday #1

February 25-March 2 So, I love tarot. I love to read tarot. I love reading other people’s tarot. You get it. I thought it would be fun to do a weekly tarot card reading on Tuesdays which I am calling, Tarot Tuesday (maybe more creativity is in the cards?)! Each Tuesday, I will pull a card while asking for the direction and energy for the upcoming week to see what’s in store and guide us to make the best decisions for our ascended path. AND THIS TUESDAY TAROT IS (DRUMROLL) In a word, the Two of Swords card is about being in the middle. It is about feeling blocked or immobile in one or more critical areas of life. Of course, this is a very simplistic summary of what this Minor Arcana card represents, but the card is symbolic of feeling conflicted. It is interesting to pull this card when we have just entered a New Moon in Pisces, which embodies the energy of fish (positive) and is synonymous with taking a chance on a new adventure and harnessing positive energy to make productive and fruitful changes. This energy is particularly relevant to people under the signs of Pisces, Gemini,… View Post
Three Bold and Confident Driving Tactics (Collaborative Post)

Three Bold and Confident Driving Tactics (Collaborative Post)

One area that many of us lack confidence is driving. Getting behind the wheel in a machine weighing almost a tonne and driving it around at 70mph can be exceptionally terrifying when we consider that we are responsible for the lives and well-being of ourselves and our passengers. However, you will be pleased to find out a few suggestions that can help you learn bold and confident driving tactics on the road. Read on to find out what they are.  TRUST YOURSELF The first tactic to try is trusting yourself more while on the road. If you spend all of your time second-guessing, you are likely to be putting yourself and your vehicle in unnecessary danger.  Of course, for some of us, trusting ourselves behind the wheel is more natural than for others. Although, do remember that there are plenty of defensive and advanced driving courses out there if you believe you lack the necessary skills in this area. In fact, by investing in a course like this, you can grow your confidence to the point that even if something does happen, you know you will have the skills to deal with it.  TRUST YOUR VEHICLE Next, to be more confident on… View Post
Letting Go Of Limiting Beliefs

Letting Go Of Limiting Beliefs

Do you feel like 2020 is challenging you? It is. 2019 was a year of letting go of old habits, people, thoughts – everything and anything that doesn’t serve you any longer. 2020, is about making decisions and rising above it all to ascend to higher levels of consciousness and self-love. It’s time to learn how to let go of limiting beliefs. In many ways, 2020 may feel like a continuation of the previous year – energetically speaking. You may feel like you are still sifting through people, places, beliefs, etc. and reflecting on whether or not you are ready to let go completely. It can be challenging to make a bold and courageous move to release your attachment to old thoughts and relationships that – for better or worse – have been separating you from true harmony and self-empowerment. Why is this? As humans, our emotional infrastructure supports our thoughts and behaviours. If all of your life you have believed what your grandmother said about you not having a neck that ‘suits an up-do’ (true story — my Nana told me this!) you are instinctively going to wear your hair down. The thing is, a belief only can exist… View Post
How To Handle Nasal Congestion

How To Handle Nasal Congestion

Sometimes, minor aspects of our health are more significant than they seem. For example, if you have a blocked nose, then you probably wouldn’t think much of it. You might even get used to living life with it, even though it persists every day. Realistically, this isn’t normal. Your nose shouldn’t be chronically blocked with nasal congestion as it can cause breathing issues. There are many reasons your nose is blocked, but you should try and sort the problem as best as you can. If you need advice, then here’s how you can deal with your constant blocked nose:  Discover The Issue A blocked nose is often a symptom of an underlying health condition, and there are a few factors that might be the cause of this – allergies being the most common. If you suffer from hayfever or other allergies, your nasal passages become chronically dry and inflamed. Irritation of this kind is one of the leading causes of nasal congestion.  While I’m not a doctor, I’m reasonably confident that the majority of people suffering from nasal congestion symptoms likely have allergies. The best thing you can do is see professional medical help to diagnose the problem. Facilities, such as 25… View Post
Four Things I’ve Learned From Practicing Meditation

Four Things I’ve Learned From Practicing Meditation

I have been told for more than half of my life that I should try meditating. I would always respond with, “I can’t meditate!” or “It’s physically impossible for me to stop thinking for a second, let alone five to ten minutes!” And many other iterations of the same sentiment. Back in September, I hit rock bottom with my anxiety and depression and decided that for once I would try something I had never (sincerely) done before. I started meditating five months ago (and this is what happened). Premeditated Erin Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by your own mind. via GIPHY I have struggled with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) as far back as I can remember. To be real, since as young as five years old, where I felt what I would later call, ‘panic attacks’. My Montessori school referred to my behaviour as a ‘tantrum’, but it was severe overwhelm and fears that my child-mind could not communicate properly. Naturally, the child panic manifested into teenage anxiety and depression, which led to multiple eating disorders and a host of other bad habits throughout my 20’s and (most of my) 30’s. The problem was always my… View Post
Three Tips for Healthier Eating

Three Tips for Healthier Eating

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, as the junk food items we regularly enjoy strike out when it comes to providing vital nutrients and the healthier eating our bodies need. Addiction can set in, health issues can arise, and we might one day regret our dependency on those foods that we’ve grown to rely on so much.  So, there’s no way around it – junk foods can be enjoyable to eat. From sugary cakes to the occasional takeaway, we can gain much satisfaction from the foods that manipulate our tastebuds.  To ensure a healthier life, you do need to cut back on processed, nutrient sparse foods, especially if you have already struggled with mental or physical health-related problems associated with food, such as emotional eating.   Check out these three tips for healthier eating #1: START YOUR DAY THE RIGHT WAY If you eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning, some studies suggest you will be less likely to fall hungry later in the day, and less likely to face the temptation to snack on anything that isn’t good for you. Eating around 15g of protein is the best way to stave off pre-lunch hunger and stabilise blood… View Post
The Importance of Having Trust In Your Doctor**

The Importance of Having Trust In Your Doctor**

The relationship between doctor and patient is an important one, but often misunderstood or underrepresented. As a result, you could find developing effective communication with your doctor a challenge. Lack of understanding between doctors and patients is relatively common because some believe that doctors do not have their patient’s best interests at heart. Read on to learn more about the importance of having trust in your doctor. TRUST MAKES IT EASIER TO COMMUNICATE It’s essential to maintain healthy communication with your doctor to trust them. Trust makes it easier for you to speak confidently about specific issues, and it also means that you can more openly talk to them about your health concerns. When it comes to healthcare, being your own best advocate is the best way for a doctor to understand your struggles and needs thoroughly. When you trust that your best interest is at heart, you will be more inclined to receive the best care available. TRUST MAKES DIAGNOSIS MORE BELIEVABLE Many people fail to accept their doctor’s diagnosis because they haven’t developed a trusting doctor/patient relationship. However, failure to listen to their advice could potentially cost your health. Trust in your physician provides a healthy level of… View Post
The Perfect Energy Healing Bath for Empaths (and Highly Sensitive People)

The Perfect Energy Healing Bath for Empaths (and Highly Sensitive People)

Are you an Empath or Highly Sensitive Person who struggles with restoring and detoxing from all of the daily stressors? For those of us who take on or are triggered by the influence of external energy, we have to find ways to cut the negative cords and restore inner peace. This is post is all about the perfect energy healing bath for Empaths (and Highly Sensitive People). HOW I DISCOVERED MY EMPATHIC NATURE About ten years ago, I was living in New York City. Throughout my life, I’ve often encountered people mysteriously drawn to me. One day, while I was walking down Houston Street with a friend, a man started to walk along with us. He was asking me for ten dollars. He didn’t just ask for the money but positioned his case in a way to explain why specifically it was ten dollars. He was currently homeless and needed the money for a bus ticket to Philadelphia. I gave him the ten dollars. Something inside of me connected with his desperation, and I knew that I needed to provide him with that money. My friend, of course, said, ‘you’re CRAZY to have given that guy your money!’ She then… View Post
Gaining Confidence After A Car Accident**

Gaining Confidence After A Car Accident**

There are many things to consider after a car accident. One of these things is you are going to struggle to get into a car again. An accident can lead to a lack of confidence, and in some cases, drivers never set back into a vehicle as a driver again. Beyond physical healing and overcoming the emotional trauma is gaining confidence after a car accident. The good news is that there are plenty of things that you could be doing to improve your confidence after an accident. If you want to get back behind the wheel and are struggling with your regular car, you may be better off with one of the best Vauxhall Motability Cars available. Getting back in the car itself is going to take time and possibly some physiotherapy, but it’s not impossible. What takes time is rebuilding your confidence to get back behind the wheel. TIPS FOR GAINING CONFIDENCE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT Always start small when you’re feeling a lack of confidence about driving. The worst thing that you can do is go too big too soon. You can scare yourself doing that, and if you don’t take it slowly, you’re going to end up worse off. So,… View Post
Unusual Activities To Try Out In 2020**

Unusual Activities To Try Out In 2020**

Humans are creatures of habit, and we tend to follow each other with the things that we do. Life is full of new experiences just ready for you to try, but many of us never move away from our routine, or what we already know, our ‘comfort zone’.   This year, why not experiment with some new activities that are not only unique, exhilarating and fun but will also get you fit and healthy along the way. Trying new things and taking up new hobbies is a great way to meet new people and keep life interesting.  Dare to do something different this year, challenge yourself and move out of your comfort zone. Here are four unusual activities to try out in 2020.  Coasteering What happens when you combine cliff jumping, swimming, abseiling and climbing? Coasteering! This new adventure sport, designed to help you discover new areas of natural beauty along the coastline, is also great for taking part in some adrenaline-fueled activities.  Coasteering may not sound like fun, but it’s incredibly addictive once you start getting into it. Coasteering was born in the British Isles and aimed to take you to secret locations that are difficult to get too. Expect… View Post
What January Could Mean For You

What January Could Mean For You

At this time of the year, we’re all often thinking about all of the different things we might like to get done, and that can be something that either excites or terrifies you. But it doesn’t have to be something that means significant change is coming – not unless you want. January is a time for fresh beginnings, yes. However, if you’re already struggling and worrying that you will fail, maybe the case is you’ve not set the right intentions for this month. Instead of trying to be too ambitious, you need to make sure that you enjoy the fresh start, and that it sets the pace for your year ahead. Let’s take a look at what January could mean for you. Relax First of all, you’re just going to want to make sure that you relax. Because trying to put too much stress on you right now is only going to stress you out. But when you choose to take more of a relaxed approach to the month, you’ll be in a better place to be able to get some things done. Laugh Next, remember to laugh and have fun. Even if you’re setting resolutions, you don’t need to be… View Post
How To Relax In Three Tranquil Steps

How To Relax In Three Tranquil Steps

In the twenty-first century, we are busier and more on the go than ever, making it more challenging to find the time and space to unwind. Relaxing means being able to take time for yourself to follow your pursuits. Understanding how you can relax is a difficulty in itself. You might be struggling with an overbearing boss at work, or you might have family issues, or you might be anxious about a relationship. This can give you minimal headspace for anything else. However, follow these three simple steps, and you can find your way to a relaxing and more tranquil existence. Short Bursts of Relaxation Forget about worrying about the number of hours you have in a day to complete tasks. It can be tricky to find extended periods of time to dedicate to your own hobbies and passions. However, smaller chunks of time can be more manageable to accommodate and dedicate to more relaxing moments. Even if you are snowed under at work, you can take ten minutes out of your day to head outdoors for a walk. Getting out in the fresh air can be beneficial mentally, emotionally and physically. Natural sunlight can help regulate your body clock, help you… View Post
7 Ways To Overcome A Bad Credit Score

7 Ways To Overcome A Bad Credit Score

Your credit score is your license to spend. A bad credit score can take away your ability to spend money on the things that you want. You could find yourself rejected when trying to buy or rent property, purchasing a car on finance and even when trying to take out a phone contract. Worse still, some employers are now running credit checks – which could mean losing out on a job offer.  Many things can lead to a poor credit score.  If you’re eager to improve your credit rating, here are 7 ways to overcome a bad credit score. Establish a credit history Many young people get rejected the first time they have a credit check, not because their credit score is bad, but because they don’t have a credit score. To obtain a credit score, you need to establish a credit history. If you’ve never had to pay bills before, you won’t have a credit history and therefore won’t have a credit score. Some creditors will still take you on even if you don’t have a credit score (e.g. phone contractors, streaming services). However, the likes of loan companies and mortgage lenders are unlikely to trust you without some form… View Post
A Full Guide To Learning Ayurveda**

A Full Guide To Learning Ayurveda**

Ayurveda has become very popular all over the world. In this blog post, we will take a look at the benefits of learning Ayurveda in further detail, as well as providing some useful information about it. You will learn why Ayurveda has become popular and why so many people are taking courses to learn more about it. The following is a full guide to learning Ayurveda and what you will need to know when enrolling in an Ayurveda or Yoga Diploma course. The Story Of Ayurveda  Ayurveda courses are often something that many people look for across the whole of the country and the reasons why are numerous. You may be looking to learn different forms of medical practice or Yoga to increase your knowledge, or perhaps you want training in Ayurvedic techniques to help treat ailments you, or a loved one, are currently suffering. From contraception methods to dealing with stress; Ayurveda covers all areas of health and well-being. But what is the history of Ayurvedic medicine? Etymologically speaking, the word originates from a combination of the ancient Indian words ‘ayur’ (life) and ‘veda’ (knowledge). It also arose from deep meditation and spiritual practice many thousands of years ago in India.… View Post
Coping with Post-Holiday Blues

Coping with Post-Holiday Blues

Do you find it hard getting back into the swing of normal life after the holidays? Most of us do to some extent. The holidays aren’t just a couple of special day after all. We spend all of December preparing, shopping, enjoying festive treats and events and getting excited for the holidays. You might start even earlier, and it can feel like you’re leading an alternate life in the run-up to the big day. Then, there is the weird week when no one knows what day it is, and the passage of time is marked by how many pieces of Quality Street are still in the box.  Suddenly, the tree is down, and we’re back to work/braving school runs and expected to return to normal, as though nothing has happened. Some of us find ourselves dealing with post-holiday blues and even depression. Here are some of the things that you can do to help yourself adjust back to your daily life, minimising the blues as much as possible.  Deal with Any Health Issues Sometimes, the holidays, highlight significant issues with our health and fitness we might have been ignoring for some time. When we’re looking at resolutions or reflecting on the year… View Post
How To Beat Your Winter Woes

How To Beat Your Winter Woes

The winter can be a favourite time of year for many people. Some people love putting on a bobble hat and going for a long walk in the cold air. And there is no doubt that that helps blow away the cobwebs. But many people do not like the winter weather due to increased illnesses, problems with cars, and how that can slow us down. Winter can be a bit of a miserable time for some. Not to mention, that holidays can be an emotional time for many people. However, it helps to remain grateful for what we have, acknowledge that there are people less fortunate and that with a little creativity and preparedness, you can make the winter more enjoyable. Read on for how to beat your winter woes! Prepare We should never fail to prepare, no matter what in life; it is always crucial that you prevent yourself from being late, any unexpected challenges that could throw you off course, and to avoid unnecessary breakages and problems for yourself. Many people prepare their cars and vehicles for the winter, by checking tyre pressure, and oil levels as well as keeping all of your car windows and windshields adequately… View Post
How To Kickstart Your Healthy Lifestyle Change (Right Now)

How To Kickstart Your Healthy Lifestyle Change (Right Now)

This time of year, you’re starting to think about what you can do to feel healthier and happier in the next twelve months. There’s nothing like the festive season and all of its indulgence to make you feel ready for a change in the new year. However, sometimes, we wait until January 1st to make the bulk of the changes we want to. Yet, you may find that it’s more natural and much more effective for you to think about doing that right now. Although you may want to enjoy yourself and relax a little over Christmas, you can still work in a bit of damage control at the same time. In short, there’s never a right time to adopt a healthy lifestyle, but there’s never a wrong one either. And so, opting to make a few changes today, and more in the future could be just what need.  But where do you start? When most people are looking to change their lives for the better, that’s where they fall flat. Sometimes, you might think that you have to wait until you feel ready, but that’s never the case. You can start whenever you want – including today. You just… View Post
A 12-Week Blueprint For Running Your First 10K Race (Guest Post)

A 12-Week Blueprint For Running Your First 10K Race (Guest Post)

I thought today’s guest post from running expert David Dack over at Runner’s Blueprint sharing a 12-week blueprint for running your first 10K race would be perfect for those looking to start running or participate in their first race! With 2020 nearly upon us, I know – what?! – I want to share posts about how to set (and achieve) personal goals for the new year. I am not big into the whole ‘resolution’ thing – if you want to change, you can do it whenever you like – however, I am big into embracing a growth mindset. I love running. I have been running for over twenty years and wholeheartedly can say it has helped me through many challenging times. So, here’s David! A 12-Week Blueprint For Running Your First 10K Race Planning on running your first 10K race but nervous because you have zero practical experience? No need to worry, my friend! I know. Training for the 10K when you’re a complete beginner can be tricky. With a little bit of consistency, motivation, and the right guidance, you can make it down the road. Without further ado, here are the tips you need to get race-ready in less than 12… View Post
Helpful Tips For Leading A Balanced and Fulfilling Life

Helpful Tips For Leading A Balanced and Fulfilling Life

Your wellbeing will fluctuate throughout your life, but you do not have to shrug your shoulders and learn to settle for a standard of health which is sub-par. There are always improvements that can be made to your lifestyle. As a result, there are always improvements that can be made to your wellbeing, even if your physical state and your mental state can both be unpredictable, at times. The best way to keep physically and emotionally balanced is to take care of ourselves. Let’s look at some ways in which you could start leading a balanced and fulfilling life. Picture Source Maintain a filling yet nutritious diet. Make sure you maintain a filling yet nutritious diet if you want to lead a balanced and fulfilling life. Fad diets will not benefit your long-term wellbeing. Restricting your eating habits might help you to lose weight quickly, but that’s not necessarily healthy. Instead of directly reducing your overall food consumption, you should lower your consumption of unhealthy, processed foods and increase your intake of healthy foods. You might already have a filling diet; it might just not be as nutritious as possible. To keep your dietary plan balanced, then, you should find ways… View Post
How Life Will Become Sweeter When You Cut Down On Sugar

How Life Will Become Sweeter When You Cut Down On Sugar

Have you ever tried to cut down on sugar? It can be challenging, as not only do you have to stop eating chocolate and other types of candy, but you also have to rule out a whole range of different foods that have a surprisingly high sugar quotient. Oh, and you also have to live without sugar in your cups of tea! So, unless you have the capacity and willpower to do so, we aren’t suggesting you give up on sugar full stop. However, what you can do is follow the previous link for some of the foods you might be able to eliminate from your diet, and you could also think twice when choosing snack items from your local supermarket. Not every snack needs to be coated in chocolate or loaded with sugar. Here are some snack ideas to prove it.  Your life will become sweeter if you do cut down on sugar, and these are the reasons why. #1: You will have fewer cavities A no-brainer, of course, as you should already know sugary items are the biggest causes of tooth decay and painful cavities. Sticky sweets and cakes are the worst, as not only do you harm your teeth with every… View Post
Three Tips To Respond Effectively (Instead of Reacting)

Three Tips To Respond Effectively (Instead of Reacting)

One of the things my late father used to repeatedly tell me was how reactionary of a person I was. I am a highly sensitive person and empathetic to what I used to think was a fault and so most interactions would result in a kneejerk reaction from yours truly. I lacked the insight to respond effectively (instead of reacting). I’m also a sarcastic person, so at times my quick-witted retorts would garner me some positive attention. via GIPHY A confusing paradigm for a person who relied so heavily on the approval and appraisal of others to feel good about being me. My need to react felt like something I would never be able to control and it got me into many situations that I didn’t need nor want. The thing is, all behaviour is a choice. One of the few things we have control over is how we choose to interact with circumstance. Most of us will react to a situation only to play out how we could have handled it differently. Sometimes for better, others for worse. If we become aware of what’s happening before we act, behaviour becomes a function of choice rather than a result of… View Post
Four Things You’re Giving Up When You Quit Drinking Alcohol

Four Things You’re Giving Up When You Quit Drinking Alcohol

Always do sober what you said you’d do when you were drunk. That’ll teach you to keep your mouth shut. Ernest Hemingway “Don’t you miss it?” — the question I’ve been asked a bunch of times since I quit drinking alcohol. “Sometimes, but not really.” — my usual response. “Well, you’re much more driven than I am, I couldn’t quit drinking, I love my wine too much, how do you stick to it?” — the question I’ve been asked at least half a dozen times since I quit drinking alcohol. “Have you ever had a wine hangover? Thinking about that makes the thought of drinking pass pretty quickly. I guess I’m motivated by waking up clear-headed, feeling rested, and without a head full of anxiety.” -my usual response. So many people view giving up alcohol — or anything really — as being deprived. And I suppose by nature abstaining from anything could be considered deprivation. Or it could be viewed as the opportunity to gain something else in its place. It’s merely a matter of what your relationship is with that something that determines which end of the spectrum not having it will fall. I don’t view giving up alcohol… View Post
New Ways Can’t Open Old Doors

New Ways Can’t Open Old Doors

Did you read that title correctly? Did I write that title correctly? Isn’t it, “old ways won’t open new doors”? But I saw this quote a few times last week and thought it was the universe’s way of letting me know I had to at the very least think about it. The more I thought about it, the more I thought about how my mind wanted to read it as, “new ways can’t open old doors.” When I wholeheartedly decide to make a change in my life – commit to it full-throttle – I find that I can’t go back. Sure, I could go back, but something inside of me always reroutes my urge. For example, when I decided to give up alcohol for good, I took it one day at a time and made a pact with myself that I would not allow the overwhelm of saying, “I’m never going to drink again.” I know that I don’t want to and for the first six months that was enough for me to stick with my commitment. Now, 19 months in, I find that I no longer have the impulse to have a drink when I’m stressed or upset. The… View Post
Thirteen Ways To Combat Depression

Thirteen Ways To Combat Depression

Depression. It’s not a word that is much of a secret anymore. You hear it thrown around social media or magazines, and you hear all about it when it comes to Mental Health Week. The media make it look beautiful and sad, delicate – like glass. The thing is, it’s those who suffer from depression that know it for what it is – crushing. Difficult. Challenging. Scary. All of the words that make you feel out of control and worried surround depression, and it’s something that can be so debilitating. It can stop you from feeling any form of happiness, and even when you can’t figure out the source of your depression, it’s still there. It still hangs over your head like a fog that won’t go. Depression stops you from living. It can stop you from leaving your house, and it can fuel anxiety. It can make you feel physical symptoms, to the point that when you decide to go ahead and get some help, you use an online doctor service because the idea of leaving the house and having to face people is just too hard to bear. It’s not just like feeling sad when you miss the bus. It’s a… View Post
The Confusing Cognitive Distortion of Quitting Drinking

The Confusing Cognitive Distortion of Quitting Drinking

When you quit drinking, you stop waiting. -Caroline Knapp, Drinking, A Love Story In most facets of life, we are encouraged to not think in polarised – black and white or ‘all-or-nothing’ thinking. These are formally known as cognitive distortions Cognitive distortions are ways that our mind convinces us that a particular belief about ourselves is true, despite contrary evidence that it is not. Living in the grey is logical for most of life’s wonderment. We have to be flexible and open-minded to live in contrast and to attain personal growth. This is true except for that which does not positively serve you. If you want to honour your highest self – your soul consciousness, aka you who is always there, but often disconnected due to your Ego’s interference – you must choose things that serve you and enable you to grow in positive alignment with your path. When it comes to alcohol (or anything that is an addictive component in your life), living in the grey is not an option for some people. So, it’s a confusing cognitive distortion. via GIPHY One cognitive distortion for some drinkers is that they can limit or cut back on how much –… View Post
When Not Drinking Makes Others Uncomfortable

When Not Drinking Makes Others Uncomfortable

When I decided to stop drinking, I understood that coming as a shock to people who know me. I had always been down for cocktails, wine, and drinking socially (and non-socially). So, when I would meet up with people and the conversation of alcohol came up, it would be a needle scratch on the record moment when I would order a diet soda instead of a large glass of cabernet. “ARE YOU PREGNANT?!” No. “ARE YOU DYING?!” No, I mean – we all are, technically, but not yet. “ARE YOU ERIN?!” Now, that’s just rude. I expected this knee-jerk reaction from people who had ever spent any amount of time with me. It was a shock to their system in addition to mine. Then comes the secondary questions: “ARE YOU AN ALCOHOLIC?!” I prefer to not label it as such, but my relationship with alcohol was no longer working for me. “WHY DON’T YOU JUST CUT BACK?!” Been there, done that. It didn’t make sense just to cut back. “ARE YOU NEVER GOING TO DRINK AGAIN?!” I am not a psychic. If I could predict the future, I would have far more interesting insights than whether or not I’m ever… View Post
Happy Sober October!

Happy Sober October!

Does the thought of this gif make you not want to try a month of sobriety? via GIPHY It doesn’t have to be that way (and spoiler alert: it’s not!). For me, every month is a sober month. But for others, Sober October is a month to hit pause on the booze and explore life without hangovers for 31 days. What is Sober in October? Sober October is a charity event where people agree to go alcohol-free for the 31 days of October while raising money for organisations such as MacMillan Cancer Support. The challenge isn’t about giving up drinking for life (although, some people ultimately choose to!). The Sober October challenge encourages a change in drinking habits and to explore how the behavioural lifestyle change could reap long term health benefits. I may be a bit biased (ahem), but life without alcohol is pretty enjoyable. I highly encourage giving it a try. And believe me, when I say this; if I could give up drinking alcohol for the past 576 days, ANYONE could give it up for 31! I’ve decided to dedicate the month of October to offering support to those looking to change their relationship with alcohol. This… View Post