Love yourself

Body Image & Happiness

I have just returned from a screening of Embrace – a moving and powerful film about body image. About learning to love your body, in whatever size or shape it comes, and the damaging impact media has on our sense of self-image when compared to photo-shopped images all around us. I cried with admiration for…

Mind Christmas Crafternoon

MIND Christmas Crafternoon

How could I resist when I saw a Facebook suggestion from MIND the mental health charity¬†requesting volunteers to hold their own fundraising Christmas Crafternoon? It was right up my street, and quite a few others, as there are now over 250 people registered to hold one up and down the country over the next few…

Learn to Sing

Singing Therapy

I’m sure I’ve mentioned singing therapy before, particularly as another strategy for managing mental health, although singing can provide many benefits to the singer. Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins Benefits of singing are available to all and not dependent on skill level The Therapeutic Effects of…

Desert boots

Sahara On My Mind

Hello, yes I am still here! My blog updates keep dropping to the bottom of the priority list, which I am not too happy about; along with more mundane tasks, which I couldn’t care less about; all in the name of Sahara Trek training, which I am deeply obsessed about! My every waking moment is…

World Mental Health Day 2014

World Mental Health Day 2014

6:20am Saturday morning, all is peaceful then… DS#1 “I WANT TO GO DOWNSTAIRS!” DH “NOT YET, JUST LIE QUIET” DW “CAN YOU BOTH STOP SHOUTING?” DS#2 “You three have woken me up” (quietly grumpy) Welcome to the weekend in the Sheppard household… How old do they have to be before they don’t want to get…

Sahara Trek Countdown

Sahara Trek Countdown

Saturday 6th September signaled the 6 month countdown to my departure for my Moroccan adventure in the desert. This means the end of ‘pre-training’ training and the start of the serious training! I have my newly added widget (to the right) to keep track of my countdown which is the equivalent of a wagging finger…

Toot Toot

Summer of ’14

There’s no surer sign of summer coming to an end than the heating going back on and yes, we’ve passed that marker in our house! Anyone else?? Hubby has even gone back on hot water bottle duty a couple of times. Summer of ’14 appears to have exhausted itself funnily enough at the same time…

Meditation SOS

How to End Blogger’s Block

I’ve not blogged in a little while due to a severe case of summer-holidayitis, which itself has led to blogger’s block, the only cure for which is a VSI (very stressful incident) thereby providing inspiration to write again. I am therefore very grateful to the complete numpty’s that came into our house this morning, supposedly…

Meditation spot

Meditation as a mental health strategy

Yesterday began fine, but then withdrawal set in from my weekend reduction in the SNRI I’m trying to wean off, and all I wanted to do was go back to bed and sleep. I felt tearful for absolutely no reason at all, but decided I wasn’t giving in to the “damn drugs!” and was going…