The benefits of crafting to mental health are well known… indeed, as Mind’s Crafternoon on 5th December set out to show, it boosts self esteem, it creates positive neural pathways and it generally takes absolute concentration to learn and perform a craft. Today is about considering what craft you’d like to learn in 2021 and setting the wheels in motion. It takes 10,000 hours to … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Start a New Craft
Lockdown II started at midnight and, so far, has had absolutely no impact on my life except that I didn’t open all the shutters in the office. I still have my view, I’m still sat answering the phone, taking the messages and typing wildly to get through a pile of dictation left by my husband overnight in some wicked reversal of The Elves and The … Continue reading This Time Next Month…. We’ll be Crafting Hard. Crafternoon for Mind.uk 5th December 2020
The UK definitely seems to be heading towards a second country-wide lockdown. Let’s face it, a lot of people feel like they never got out of the first one, properly. With the exception that children went back to school and University (and, goodness knows, that is stressful to experience as a mother) there were a lot of workers who never got their rhythm of working … Continue reading How to Survive and, hopefully, Thrive during a Winter Lockdown
It poured with rain in my neck of the woods on Saturday. That meant I had very little to do, so I grabbed my notebook and pen, and set to collecting a list of actions and activities that I want to do during October and November: things I can do to enjoy Autumn in all her beauty and majesty. When you discount travelling too far … Continue reading Autumnal De-stressors: My Kick the Bucket full of Leaves List
Are you in the UK? Even the most Ostrich of us must be aware that there is a real risk of a second national Lockdown. I’m just listening to Five Live’s phone in on the risk and the reasoning behind the imposition of one. Whether you agree with the idea of a second Lockdown or not, it seems that there will be some degree of … Continue reading Second Lockdown: Self Care Matters more than ever before.
Sunday morning is my magazine time. Each week I slip out of bed, leaving my husband snuffling softly rather like a badger on the loose, and creep to the living room with a large mug of tea and a magazine from my TBR pile. It’s a little ritual of mine. I switch on a mindful sea film on Youtube (usually a chilly Cornish beach, boring … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Psychologies October 2020
Happinez Magazine is produced in the Netherlands and translated into several languages before zooming off around the world. It’s dedicated to yoga, spirituality and inner happiness, so there are plenty of articles that will feed your spirit and give you plenty to think about. I couldn’t resist posting this picture of my magazine sitting next to my Filofax. The serendipity of the colours together just … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Happinez Issue 21
Continuing my work-through of The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. Yes, it’s taking me ages. Yes, we’re nearly finished. Yes, it has worked on getting me to live wholeheartedly. The subtitle of this chapter is “Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifetstyle”. So many things nowadays get pushed as a ‘lifestyle’. Even hygge, back in 2016, was being pushed as a ‘lifestyle fad’. The … Continue reading Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Wholehearted Living Guidepost part 8