Stoptober – How I Successfully Gave Up Smoking – 9 Tips for You!

Stoptober is the annual NHS campaign to help people who want to stop smoking in the UK. They provide access to online and in-person support networks and information on the alternatives to smoking. I had been a smoker for the best part of 25-30 years and had unsuccessfully quit and restarted so many times during … Continue reading Stoptober – How I Successfully Gave Up Smoking – 9 Tips for You!


Cancer Awareness for Life

Blogtober post 1 – CANCER AWARENESS FOR LIFE (NOT JUST BLOGTOBER) October is a poignant cancer month for us it is the first anniversary of losing my father-in-law to cancer, the anniversary of my dad getting a diagnosis for laryngeal cancer on the same date, and my best friend starting her treatment to beat breast cancer. Thankfully … Continue reading Cancer Awareness for Life

What is Menopausal Anxiety?

I'm very pleased to share with you that after receiving such great feedback about Menopausal Beach Body Blues, I then went on to write a guest post for Thrive UK about menopausal induced anxiety. Thrive UK is a company that develops aps to help you screen and assist your mental wellbeing and my post has just gone … Continue reading What is Menopausal Anxiety?

Menopausal Beach Body Blues

I'm a middle-aged menopausal woman who has put on a fair few inches around the midriff over the last couple of years. "Thickening" is the official term for it. It's another of the many crap things that Mother Nature decides to throw at us as a reward for surviving decades of periods. Now, I exercise … Continue reading Menopausal Beach Body Blues

14. Running for the Soul

Today's guest blog comes from a dear friend of mine Ali, who publishes Diary of a Detour  As part of my Self Help for Mental Health series,  Ali shares her story about how running and exercise keeps her demons at bay. Let me start this blog by saying that I’m no Paula Radcliffe.  When you see … Continue reading 14. Running for the Soul

The Smiling Fanny Manifesto

I came across “The Smiling Fanny Manifesto” when reading a novel by Lucy Anne Holmes entitled “Just a Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy”. It’s a lighthearted book but Jenny (Fanny) suffers with depression and her friend Phillipa gives her this list of things to do to keep the black dog at bay. Even … Continue reading The Smiling Fanny Manifesto

13. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Hope

So that’s it, the end of my series of Mental Health Blogs! They were extremely hard to write and probably even harder to publish but it was something that I wanted to do in the hope that it would help others. If everything happens for a reason then perhaps my getting ill was so that … Continue reading 13. Self Help For Your Mental Health – Hope