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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Relaxing time out… in a Treehouse!

Being a fan of holidays far and wide, I often forget how fortunate we are to have so many beautiful towns and places on our doorstep, and in my instance (for the benefit of any overseas readers!) I’m talking about the UK.

With beautiful coastlines, countryside, forest and cities galore, I’m sure we all have our favourite British hotspots that we love to go back to.

For me one of those places is the glorious resort Chewton Glen. Tucked away in the southern part of the New Forest, and yet only a 10 minute walk from the beach, which is completely unspoilt and stunning in all it’s natural glory with views of the Isle of Wight in the distance, the location for me ticks all boxes.

But the hotel and spa resort is something else, so much so I’ve been there three times now over the last few years. Every visit has been different, but so good. It’s definitely on my list of “go tos” for when I need some time out. Last month I went for a 2-night autumnal relaxing break, and it was heavenly…

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