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Inspire: How to focus on what you can control

Inspire: How to focus on what you can control

The next post in the Inspire series is about control and responsibility. ‘The one thing you can control is your reaction’ is such a powerful message. Often, in the past, I have thought it is incredible difficult to control my reaction, particularly in situations which result in strong emotions. However, I have recently been working on this as a way of helping to lower my stress levels.

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Create Nourish Inspire Interview: Suzy Reading

Create Nourish Inspire Interview: Suzy Reading

Create Nourish Inspire Interviews is a blog post series, where I interview people who inspire me because of the way they follow their heart and seek to do what lights them up. I find out more about the journey they have taken and discover how they embrace their creativity, nourish their soul and find peace in everyday life.

This week, I’ve been talking to Suzy Reading. Suzy is a mother of two, a Chartered Psychologist, Yoga Teacher, and Health Coach. She specialises in self-care, helping people manage their stress, emotions, and energetic bank balance. It was her life experience of motherhood colliding with the terminal illness of her father that sparked her passion for self-care, which she now teaches to her clients, young and old, to cope during periods of stress, loss and change and to boost their resilience in the face of future challenges. Suzy is a contributing editor for Psychologies Magazine and the Psychology Expert for wellbeing brand Neom Organics. She figure-skated her way through her childhood, growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, and now makes her home in hills of Hertfordshire, UK. Her first book ‘The Self-Care Revolution’, published by Aster, is out now. I’ve recently read this brilliant book after being a follower of Suzy’s blog for a while; I found it to be a fantastic insight into the different ways we can use self-care for our wellbeing, as well as containing lots of practical activities and ideas to top up our energy bank.

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Nourish: How to listen to your body

Nourish: How to listen to your body

‘Listening to your body’ is the first in my Nourish series, which will be looking at ways you can nourish your mind, body and soul. It felt important to talk about listening to your body to begin with as it helps to guide you to know what you need.

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Create Nourish Inspire Interview: Gabrielle Treanor

Create Nourish Inspire Interview: Gabrielle Treanor

Create Nourish Inspire Interviews is a new blog post series, where I interview people who inspire me because of the way they follow their heart and seek to do what lights them up. I find out more about the journey they have taken and discover how they embrace their creativity, nourish their soul and find peace in everyday life.

This week, I’ve been talking to Gabrielle Treanor, who created gabrielletreanor.com. I’ve been reading Gabrielle’s blog for a couple of years and I love her down to earth approach to dealing with worrying and overwhelm.  

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Inspire: How to find peace and guard it

Inspire: How to find peace and guard it

Our next topic for the Inspire series is Peace. ‘Choose peace and fiercely guard it’ has become an important affirmation for me over the past couple of years. I have found that by making peace my priority – happiness and contentment come much more easily as I had a realisation that in order to feel happy, I needed to be at peace. I also re-evaluated my definition of success and moved away from the idea that in order to be a success I had to be constantly busy and stressed and that actually for me, having peace of mind was a huge success and largely benefited my health, wellness and wellbeing.

There have been many opportunities to put this into practice:

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Create Nourish Inspire Interview: Claire Wilson

Create Nourish Inspire Interview: Claire Wilson

Create Nourish Inspire Interviews is a new blog post series, where I interview people who inspire me because of the way they follow their heart and seek to do what lights them up. I find out more about the journey they have taken and discover how they embrace their creativity, nourish their soul and find peace in everyday life.

This week, I’ve been talking to Claire Wilson from Cambridge, who runs Claireabellemakes (a creative online business). I’ve been following Claire’s blog for years and I have been very inspired by the way she has followed her love of creativity and grown her online business, whilst seeking to help other creatives find their path.

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My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving – Part 3: Holistic Therapies

My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving – Part 3: Holistic Therapies

Once I had my new anti-inflammatory diet in place shortly after my diagnosis, I then focused on which holistic therapies would help me to manage my pain, reduce inflammation, increase my energy, avoid medication and help me to heal my body and immune system to start fighting off the constant stream of viruses I was going down with. It has been a gradual process over the last two years as nothing gave a quick fix or cure but each different route provided another piece of the puzzle and helped me in my journey back to wellness without medication.

What helped?

Homeopathy – this has been one of the most effective ways to tackle the myriad of symptoms. I have a range of daily/weekly remedies, which have helped to me build back up my immune system, calm the inflammation and manage my pain, along with some first aid remedies to help me through a bad day or flare up. My homeopath (working alongside the kinesiologist) also treated various bacterial and viral infections that were flagged up in kinesiology sessions, along with carrying out some heavy metal detoxes. EBV/Mono was one of the biggest issues and a big contributor towards my fatigue.

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Mixed Media Art for Beginners – 5 ways to add texture using free tools

Mixed Media Art for Beginners – 5 ways to add texture using free tools

In the blog post ‘5 ways to start a blank canvas or page’, we looked at adding the first layer of your mixed media canvas/page. We are now going to focus on adding some texture. There are plenty of ways to add texture, using a myriad of expensive tools but I’m going to focus on 5 items you will have around the house for free!

I used one of my pages from the previous post, created using acrylic paint and a brayer, which looked like this:

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My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving – Part 2: Diet

My Rheumatoid Arthritis Story: Surviving to Thriving – Part 2: Diet

After my Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis, I decided I was going to tackle my RA symptoms via diet, natural supplements and alternative therapies. Interestingly, lots of people I spoke to told me I was wasting my time trying to heal it through changes to my diet. This momentous decision meant that I had to eat my body weight in chocolate at Christmas, as obviously I didn’t want any temptation when I started the new eating plan! Ahh that was fun!

My first step was to read and research about diet and supplements. There seemed to be so many conflicting ideas about an anti-arthritis diet so, armed with my lists of food that I had read about which were supposed to help or hinder RA, I saw a kinesiologist to have a full food test of my lists to create a diet that was right for my body at that time. I was already wheat and gluten free because it caused bloating and often caused me to be doubled over in pain after eating those foods.  Giving up those food groups already was a positive as it was common to read that gluten and wheat were not seen as helpful for people with RA.

The food testing flagged up that I had leaky gut so I needed to do some serious gut healing. I had read in many places that around 80% of your immune system is in your gut, so many alternative specialists advocated that you needed to heal the gut first to start treating the condition.

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Inspire: How to harness your bravery

Inspire: How to harness your bravery

In the next Inspire series post, we are looking at bravery. ‘You are strong. You are brave. You can do this’ has been my mantra for a long time. There are times in everyone’s lives when we have to step outside of our comfort zone or cope with something which seems too big. I use this mantra in times of fear and overwhelm.

In times of fear, it is easy to take the safe option or to run in the other direction but this often leaves you in exactly the same place as before and can result in you feeling disappointed and frustrated. It’s at exactly this point when you need to remind yourself of how strong and brave you really are deep down (because it’s at this time when you don’t believe it). Think of all the times you’ve faced your fears and summoned all your bravery and strength and taken that step out of your comfort zone to use as evidence. I often find repeating this mantra really helps to change my mindset and get in touch with the inner strength and bravery that we all innately have. Even though it’s often very hard and uncomfortable, by facing the fear or taking that step (or nudge!) outside of your comfort zone, it can move you forward and take you to a different place and the feeling afterwards is almost euphoric because you did it! Be sure to take a moment to acknowledge how well you did.

On the flip side, if you don’t manage to face the fear this time, be kind with yourself and don’t berate yourself. If it does feel too much and too difficult, I often try to make the situation more manageable in some way to help reduce my fear and make it seem less daunting in my mind. This could involve taking someone with you, having a pre-agreed leaving time so you know the end is in sight, agreeing to try something for half an hour and then deciding whether you want to stay or whatever makes it more manageable for you, depending on the situation.

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The other times I use this mantra is during times of overwhelm. We’ve all been in a situation where something feels too big to get through or too hard to deal with. For me, this was the diagnosis of my chronic illness, which at the time seemed huge and life changing and far too much to deal with. However, once the initial shock wore off, I remembered that I had already faced many things in my life which proved that I was very brave and very strong and that I could actually do this and fight it positively and with strength. There will always be bad days when we doubt ourselves and feel overwhelmed, but I find by encouraging a change in our mindset and using a mantra to remind us of the truth, we can start to embody those feelings of strength and bravery.

What little steps can you take to step out of your comfort zone by harnessing your bravery and strength?

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