Christmas of Hope 2020: The Greatest of These is Charity

Charity is the act of extending love and kindness to others unconditionally. It’s a good thing: it makes us altruistic, encourages us to think of others and helps us also to see how lucky we are (to appreciate our privilege). In modern translations of the Bible, St Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians that And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: The Greatest of These is Charity

Christmas of Hope 2020: Take a Bon Jovi Moment.

We’re half way there, and definitely living on a prayer this year. Today it’s Monday, and in my childhood was traditionally the day we were allowed to start thinking of Christmas because my younger brother had the misfortune to be born in December (My three brothers organised life well: Eldest born in October, Second in November, Youngest in December. It was like a ready made … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Take a Bon Jovi Moment.

Christmas of Hope 2020: Start a New Craft

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

Christmas of Hope 2020: Give the Gift of Self Care to a Friend

I know if you’re reading this blog that the words ‘selfcare’ will not be a mystery to you. You know that five or ten minutes out of a busy life to appreciate a well made cup of coffee, look at a tree, rub beautifully scented handcream gently into dishwasher hands can add grace and gratitude to a busy life. Today, I’d ask you to think … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Give the Gift of Self Care to a Friend

Christmas of Hope 2020: Laugh Well

Have you ever had one of those absolute moments of laughter when you lose control of your body? Shoulders shaking, sides aching, head thrown back, tears streaming from your eyes, absolute release of every energy in your body moments of laughter? They happen so rarely in our lives, and are so precious when they do. Laughter acts as a perfect release for so many emotions: … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Laugh Well

Christmas of Hope 2020: Sleep Well

Sleeping well must be one of the most severely undervalued gifts a person can have. It’s not til you spend a few nights tossing and turning unable to sleep, or waking in a sweat with a panicked dream and then lying worrying that you realise how valuable that eight or seven or six hours a night is. And it is scary how often one sleepless … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Sleep Well

Christmas of Hope 2020: Eat well Over the Holidays

Christmas is synonymous with feasting, eating well, overindulging. The rich food of Christmas accompanied by the alcohol and sweet drinks that sum up Christmas to many add up to a recipe for indigestion and heartburn. In the olden days, of course, this feasting was necessary: a way to make use of the lifestock that needed to be removed to preserve enough winter fodder for the … Continue reading Christmas of Hope 2020: Eat well Over the Holidays