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TOOL #22 PHYSICAL EXERCISE: I’M READY TO BLOOM IN JUNE

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TOOL #22 PHYSICAL EXERCISE: I’M READY TO BLOOM IN JUNE

Yesterday I did something that has been extremely rare during lockdown... I pulled out Tool #22 and actually did some physical exercise!! See image 1 for evidence of sweaty Betty (it ain’t pretty)!  I have been doing some walking in the past 10 weeks (if that is how long lockdown has been?! Has it?!) but the only thing that has made me really sweat is the beautiful sunshine. My activity levels are the lowest they have been in a very long time... and jeez I felt it!  I really want to say I enjoyed the 15 minute HIIT but it...

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⚠️ NEW TOOL ALERT: TOOL #32 GUIDED MEDITATIONS

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⚠️ NEW TOOL ALERT: TOOL #32 GUIDED MEDITATIONS

TOOL #32 - GUIDED MEDITATION  Meditating has been scientifically proven to help you stress less, reduce anxiety, increase mental clarity and focus, helps you relax and improve sleep and can be used to develop a positive mindset. Ultimately a power tool for both your physical and mental health.  However, meditations and my overthinking brain never used to get on. The over-thinking brain won every time. I really struggled to switch off, any attempt to meditate would be railroaded by the over-active imagination and inability to think about ‘nothing’. So, after a few failed attempts I gave up trying and that is...

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: TOOL #21 KINDNESS

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: TOOL #21 KINDNESS

💫TOOL #21 KINDNESS💫This week it has been Mental Health Awareness Week. Every day this week I have shared the tools below from My Wellness Toolbox to encourage you to BE KIND TO YOUR MIND and to fill Your Wellness Toolbox. 💫 TOOL #11 AFFIRMATIONS 💫 TOOL #23 LAUGHTER 💫 TOOL #14 POSITIVE PEOPLE 💫 TOOL #9 DAILY SELF CARE 💫 TOOL #16 RELEASE & LET GO 💫 TOOL #4 MEDIA - TURN IT OFF I always say just take the tools from My Wellness Toolbox that work for you and leave behind those that don’t. We all have different tools....

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: TOOL #4 MEDIA - TURN IT OFF

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: TOOL #4 MEDIA - TURN IT OFF

💫 TOOL #4 MEDIA - TURN IT OFFThis morning I let the cards decide what tool you could try to use today to BE KIND TO YOUR MIND. Perfect. Time to switch off...✅ Phones✅ Computers ✅ Tablets & iPads ✅ Television ✅ Game Consoles ✅ Any other screens or technology that may expose you to stress, overwhelm, negative images or information A few weeks ago I turned off my phone, including the news and social media for over 72 hours. Not only did it help reduce the COVID19 anxieties, I spent more ‘present’ time with the family, found more ‘me...

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: TOOL #16 RELEASE & LET GO

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: TOOL #16 RELEASE & LET GO

💫 TOOL #16 LET GO & RELEASE Letting Go & Releasing is being KIND TO YOUR MIND (and potentially others), yet it is also easier said than done. Personally, I find it quite hard to ‘let go’ purely by thinking about letting go, especially on the other side of an argument, if I am in the midst of feeling anxious, going through a stressful and uncertain time or staring fear in the face. Therefore, along my journey I have discovered a number of ‘letting go’ techniques that help me physically feel like I am letting go of the argument, the...

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