Understanding your child’s behaviour during COVID-19

Have you noticed that your child’s behaviour has changed recently? Maybe they are more irritable, angry, or frustrated. Are they acting out to get your attention? Maybe they seem quieter or more withdrawn than usual or perhaps they’ve regressed and have started sucking their thumb, being more clingy or wanting to sleep in your bed? [read more]

I’m not naive, I know I’m in a bubble right now

This blog is not the one I intended to write. It’s not my life on lockdown diary which I’m sure you’ve been waiting for with bated breath! Nope, sorry. What happened instead is I sat down at my laptop and realised I felt calmer than I had for a long time….calm in the middle of [read more]

Week two of life on lockdown…how was it for you?

Somehow my week flew by. I’m not entirely sure what I spent the time doing and I must confess that I didn’t follow enough of my own advice from my last blog post.    I mainly wore grubby activewear, whilst doing a serious amount of comfort eating.  But, I did listen to Chris Evans on [read more]

Life on lockdown: musings from week one…

My head has been all over the place, as I’m sure it has been for many of you too.  It doesn’t matter whether life was good, bad or mediocre…most of us are now in the same boat; united by the fact that life as we knew it has suddenly changed! For the last week I’ve [read more]

Are you feeling anxious?

We have as many as 50,000 thoughts a day, 80% of those are negative and 98% are repetitive [National Science Foundation]. Judging by the statistic above, it’s no wonder there are so many of us with anxiety! I suffered with anxiety for many years. Now I help people to overcome anxiety and issues of low [read more]

Healthy ageing – eat well, age beautifully

Today we’re talking about healthy ageing with Jenni from Nettle & Rose Nutrition. “Fill in wrinkles” “smooth out skin” “dye grey hairs” “tighten” “reduce” “wear a paper bag”!!!  Ok, the last one I made up, but doesn’t advertising sometimes feel like that? Ageing is a topic that riles me up, especially with so much advertising [read more]

Black Monster – a personal story of depression

From time to time everybody gets out of bed ‘on the wrong side’, but when you struggle with anxiety and depression this often leads to a situation which quickly spirals out of control. Historically known as ‘the black dog’, depression and anxiety can sit upon you, churn within you and follow you around like an [read more]

Make time for a smear test. It could save your life.

I never thought I would have much in common with Jade Goody. Turns out we both have two boys, and both of us have had experiences with cervical cancer. Sadly Jade died of this horrible disease, and through cervical screening I caught it early on. A good friend sent me a link to an article [read more]

Rain or shine…let’s get outside

Here at Women Aloud HQ we like to talk about little things you can do to take control of your own wellbeing. We don’t want you glued to your screen reading for too long though so we’ll keep things as brief as possible. Think of it as a quick fix to a happier you. Today’s [read more]

It’s time for a personal MOT

I’m reviewing my to do list. You know the one I mean – the one that’s partly jumbled in your head, partly scribbled in haste on the back of an old receipt and partly noted (in your best handwriting) on that spanking new list pad you purchased (when you had good intentions of getting your to-dos together in one [read more]

Who am I? And when did my days get so guilt-filled?

Anyone out there wondering who the heck they are these days?  Wife. Mum. Daughter. Friend. Employed grown-up person. The list goes on… In the blink of an eye you went from a happy-go-lucky university student who skipped through life enjoying crazy nights out at the Student Union for less than a tenner and somehow picking up a degree [read more]

It’s time to take a break from my phone

Since having my daughter I’ve stepped away from the corporate rat race and had time for a spot of self-reflection and life assessment. The result of which was the recognition that there’s some room for improvement. Hence I’ve decided to go on a journey of little changes to make me a bit happier and healthier; [read more]

Feel good songs | What’s on your playlist?

Monday mornings; humdrum housework; dull drizzly days – they are all made infinitely better by music – well I think so.  I’m in a much happier mood after listening to some of my favourite feel good songs. My grumpiness lifts, things don’t seem so bad, I get an energy burst and feel more upbeat. So every [read more]

A little bit of luxury at Pennyhill Park

Having turned the grand old age of 33, my husband finally listened to my hints and bought me a birthday present of a weekend at my favourite spa – Pennyhill Park. Swimming pool and hot tub? Tick! Quality time with the husband? Tick! No small child hanging onto my legs begging for my “bone” (phone in toddler [read more]

Take 10 to calm your mind

Mindfulness isn’t new. Everyone seems to be banging on about it these days. But just in case you haven’t heard. Mindfulness is finding ways to pay more attention; learning to be present in the moment; to be aware of and focused on the here and now. It helps you to develop a mental place of [read more]

Nature helps us lead happier and healthier lives

Mindfulness books and stress-reduction studies cite the power of nature for helping us lead happier and healthier lives – as does UK charity MIND who spent 5 years compiling evidence to show that Ecotherapy works. [Ecotherapy = the name given to all the ways in which you can improve your mental and physical wellbeing through [read more]