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When life gives you lemons and you can't make lemonade - my story of grief

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I've taken a break from the blogging and promoting my business for the last 12 months or so and I thought it was time to explain why and share my story of grief.

 

At the beginning of August 2018, my little sister took her own life. When my brother phoned to break the news I instantly knew something wrong but I could not imagine the heart-wrenching agony that single phone call would unleash.

 

My little sister had been suffering with her mental health for a number of years; she'd...

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Stressed out? Like Menopause wasn't bad enough.

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Menopause and stress don't mix. I mean, our lives are stressful enough right? We have problems at work, unruly children and tetchy parents all demanding our attention. Our lives have become more and more stretched and we just can’t find space to think, let alone relax. And them, wham! Our hormone levels start to change. We’ve been riding the oestrogen dragon successfully for the best part of 30, sometimes 40 years, and suddenly it’s doing crazy things. Our mood fluctuates,...

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Night Sweats or Night Moves?

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“Hot flushes are bad enough in the day time but I also had them at night which meant I had very disturbed sleep. I used to wake up from these night sweats literally dripping wet.”

It can be normal to wake up feeling a little damp if your bedroom is too hot or you have a fever. But the kind of night sweats that many of us feel as we transition into menopause can be debilitating. We can wake with our pyjamas feeling like we’ve just stepped out of swimming pool and our bed so...

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What is self care anyway?

It's self care week….. And I've been thinking that I haven't blogged for a while.

In thinking about self care I thought about why I haven't blogged for a while. Running a small business, having to still work another job to pay the bills, building a relationship with my still relatively new husband…. Oh and I'd like a life too - it all takes its toll. Life gets busy, it gets stressful, it gets too much.

So what do we do when life gets busy or stressful or too much?

Well usually what happens is I...

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Herb of the Month - Chamomile!

Chamomile’s relaxing properties have been known for hundreds of years.

It is used forChamomile mild insomnia, stress and anxiety. If you have trouble sleeping or even if you've had a bad day, relaxing before bed with a cup of chamomile tea can help.

Some ofchamomile's relaxing properties come from it being a muscle relaxant so as well as easing nervous tension it is also useful for other conditions where muscle tension is an issue. These range from menstrual pain to digestive problems.

Chamomile has a...

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Sleeping like a cat

My cats love to sleep. In fact, I think my boy cat is only ever awake when he is hungry. He just eats and sleeps.

But for many, at least at some point in our lives, we will have trouble sleeping. That could be trouble getting to sleep, or waking up in the middle of the night or just too early. And then of course we start to worry about not being able to sleep which makes it worse.

But fear not, some simple changes to your bedtime routine can really help. Here's my top 3 tips.
  1. Switch off -...

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