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Self care in my opinion is linked closely with self love.  When we learn to be able to love ourselves, which can be a long frightening journey, it then becomes possible to recognise that we too deserve to be looked after in whichever way we choose at that time and it's not just the children, the Husband, the house, your…

Claire's first trimester of her second pregnancy

I’ve recently announced that we are expecting our second baby. This is my second pregnancy and although I’m only half way through, I’ve already noticed quite a few differences between the two. This is the story of my first trimester, second time around. Finding out we were pregnant. We found out we were pregnant second time around much earlier than we did…

That feeling of sitting or standing outside, closing your eyes and just breathing in that bit of fresh air - there's nothing like it. Nature does have its benefits for my mental health, as well as my physical health.   I never really contemplated how much nature has helped my mental health over the years. I always saw going outside as…

Woman stressed and staring at laptop screen

I am sure like many of us, you have heard the term ‘burnout’ used to describe people who are going through a very stressful time, whether that be at work, at home, with family and friends or in relationships, but what does burnout really mean and how can you avoid it?   What is burnout? Burnout is used to describe…

Apparently, 1 in 6 people has back pain in the UK. And, I'm one of them. Whilst I'm clearly not a medical professional, I have found some workarounds that ease the spasms, aches and cramps. Here are my tips for alleviating back pain.   Why do I have back pain?   All the way back in November 2015, I fell…

I couldn't run for one whole minute. 1 minute. There isn't even a song that short? I failed so hard on my first run that I wanted to cry , not only because I was exhausted and in pain but because I was so bad at running. I never use to be, I was quite a sporty kid, I played…

overhead view of woman sat on side of the pool wearing a straw sunhat

As the days start to get warmer and we prepare for picnics in the park and drinking in pub gardens, many of us are excited to catch some rays and get a tan. However, many people are unaware of the significant risks that come with UV rays on both sunny and cloudy days and why we should ensure that we…

With all the illnesses and god knows what else I have going on inside my body, something I started doing a few years ago was to keep a health diary.   How do I record this information? I don't use an app of any sort, I use the old fashioned method of a notebook and pen. I started a health…

Woman with spf on the beach

For NHS guidance on SPF usage, please click here. I am sure we have all seen the photograph that circulated a few years ago of William McElliot, a 66 year old trucker who had spent 28 years driving around Chicago. Having been exposed to the sun, the left side of his face looked significantly more aged than his right. Despite…

Hello, I'm Lucy and I'm an avid advocate for green tea.   Yes, it's true, I love the stuff. I got introduced to it by one of my closest friends on a trip to Liverpool five years ago, since then, I can't stop drinking it! Whether I drink it from a cup or travel mug, you'll always fine me drinking…