10 ways to help yourself

Earlier this year I wrote about how you can help a friend in need (click here if you haven’t seen it) and now on the flip side, I’ve decided to do a post about how you can help yourself.

As most of us know, there are times when you pro-actively choose to take yourself out of life for a little while. There are also times when life hits us with an unexpected blow, chosen for you by the unsettling word that is ‘fate’.

There’s no “professional” or “qualified” perspective here. In my view we can all learn and gain encouragement with a bit of help, advice and experience from others. Sometimes you just have to go through the motions of a rocky road – experiencing the shock, grief, pain and/or sadness – in order to bring yourself out the other (and more positive) side of life. As a recent fortune cookie told me: “You gotta get through the deep valleys before you can reach the highest mountains”.

Here are my top 10 tips and tools I’ve recently tried and tested to aid with all things calm, mindfulness, motivation, positivity and post-recovery (slowly) and all to help with looking forward and returning to normality. I hope this post is of use to you all – whether it’s for yourself or to aid a loved one during a recent rough time…

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Raising a healthier bar (that is REALLY tasty)‏

Photo 05-05-2015 20 50 58Having completed one 26.2 mile marathon in my life, I can’t quite remember how my *dear* friend convinced a number of my girlfriends (including moi) to enter a half marathon this summer.

I think it was a combination of a few Gin & Tonics on New Year’s Eve, mixed with conversation about planning a girly Ibiza getaway which involves wearing bikinis, in public, on a beach, surrounded by one’s gorgeous girlfriends…

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Deliciously Nom

As you may have read from my last post, it’s important that I make as much effort as possible to look after myself – for health reasons (and not just for dress size and a positive state of mind).

photo 4Don’t get me wrong – I love gauging on all the naughty things (I have a weakness for Oreos and dining at Byron burger and Wagamamas). But I do have to make efforts to balance the baddies out with the goodies as often as I can, otherwise we’d all see the effects, right?

Last week I got the Deliciously Ella book – a recipe book full of hundreds of healthy recipes that are actually filling AND treat a sweet tooth too…

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Using my *courgette* loaf

Photo 01-02-2015 11 32 50Continuing my sudden love for courgettes, I decided to experiment and bake my first courgette loaf – with a twist!

The reason for blogging this recipe, is that my Mum officially quoted this cake as “sensational”, “prize winning” and “sell-able” and insisted I blogged the recipe immediately! So I’m blogging this by way of cake trademarking!!

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Mini Chocolate Cakes (Christmas ain’t over yet!)

It’s not quite the new year yet – as in, there’s still time to over indulge in our favourite treats before going through the traumas of trying to lose the festive fat in January…

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Father Christmas was exceptionally kind to me this year. He gifted me with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer (in raspberry pink – he must know me so well!) – I like to think I must have been a good girl this year to be on his nice list! 🙂

The first thing I made using my new toy was mini chocolate cakes…

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