Review: The Massage Company, Camberley | AD

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Disclosure: I was invited by The Massage Company for a massage in exchange for this blog post. When I think of massage, it tends to be something that I think of as a luxury and a bit of a treat. I love a spa day, and the massage is always my favourite part of that, but it's not something that I've ever done as a regular thing, and I suspect many people are the same. But The Massage Company want to change that, and encourage more people to make massage a part of their regular routine. There are so many health benefits to regular massage, including decreased stress levels, improved circulation, reduced muscle tension, reduce anxiety and depression, improved sleep, and increased ...

What I Learned From 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene

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I'm not a stranger to yoga, having started practicing about 6 months ago, and managing to practice at least twice a week. But I always tend to struggle with the month of January, so when I saw that my favourite YouTube yogi, Yoga with Adriene, was launching Home, a 30 Day Yoga Journey, to take you through January, I was in. I know how much yoga can lift my mood, so I was hoping that 30 days of yoga would have a positive impact. If you're not familiar with Adriene Mishler, I urge you to check out her YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene. I love her videos, I think she cues really well, talks you into poses with enough information, and ...

The Pressure of ‘Self Care’

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Self care is definitely the buzzword of the moment isn't it. You read about it everywhere you go, and for so long it got my back up. Whenever I saw people talking about self care, it was all about long bubble baths, trips to the spa, getting your nails done, or your hair cut. All things that I just didn't have the time or money for, and it just felt like one more thing on the list that I didn't have time to tick off. One more pressure. One more thing that I wasn't managing to keep on top of, and one more thing to feel guilty for not doing. I've written a lot about how much I struggled in the ...

My Couch to 5k Diary

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This isn't my first time around on the Couch to 5k programme. I'm embarrassed to admit that it's actually my 4th time! Pregnancy always absolutely floors me, with constant sickness, and then I find those first few years of motherhood so all consuming that fitting in exercise seems impossible so I fully fell off the running wagon. Back at the end of the summer, it finally felt like the right time for me to get myself off the couch and back into my running gear. I'd reached a point where I was a large size 16 and very unhappy with my body, and also felt like I needed to start making time for myself somehow. I wanted to keep a ...

Being The Outsider

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For as long as I can remember, I've always felt like an outsider in social situations. It started in senior school, when I suffered with the usual 'mean girls' friendship issues, and it's something that has followed me ever since. I've always had that worry that the people I'm with secretly don't like me, or are just humouring me in having me around. And once that fear takes hold, I can sense myself starting to distance myself from them, putting myself in the position of the outsider. I'll turn down invitations to go out, stand on the edge of a group, and stop instigating contact with people. All of which pushes you further and further away. It really is a ...

Cervical cancer awareness – my experience of LLETZ

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How long has it been since your last smear? Let’s face it, it’s definitely one of the less enjoyable parts of being a woman, but the reality is that 1 in 4 women do not bother to attend regular smear tests. This week is cervical cancer prevention week and I wanted to help raise awareness by detailing my experience of the LLETZ procedure after an abnormal smear test. I hope it both raises awareness of the reality that abnormal smears can be relatively common, but also that the treatment is very straightforward if there are problems detected. My experience In 2013 I went for a regular smear test and received the letter back that no-one wants to get; that I had abnormal cells. ...

5 Happy Things #29

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Happy New Year! The Christmas break really felt like such a long one this year and it was so lovely to be able to spend so much time together as a family. John only went back to work on Thursday this week too, so it's been nice to just ease back into things. Although the bump back to solo parenting was a bit of a sharp reality check!   01. We decided to head out to the Devil's Punchbowl for a walk on the Bank Holiday as it was such a gorgeous day. Unfortunately the rest of the world had the same idea and we had to queue for about 30 minutes just to get into the car park! But it was well ...

5 Happy Things #28

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Hurrah for Christmas! It's definitely getting close now - there are more open windows on the advent calendar than closed and the presents are nearly all bought (don't mention the wrapping though!). I really love this time of year and could have filled this 5 Happy Things twice over, but here are my highlights from the last two weeks. It's been quite a creative week of baking and crafting now I look back!   01. I always love putting up the Christmas tree - it signals the start of Christmas for me. This was the first year that Max has been fascinated by it all too, desperately wanting to join in with hanging up all the decorations. I got some lovely photos of ...

5 Happy Things #27

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I really do love this time of year - Christmas just brings out the best in everything and it just feels like there's that touch of magic in the air. Although things are a bit of a struggle at the moment as I'm still feeling pretty ill, there's so much to enjoy about this time of year.   01. We visited Lapland UK which was everything I'd hoped it would be and more! You can read my full post on our visit, but suffice to say that I'd had some concerns about whether Max was a little bit young for it. But watching him embrace the experience was the most wonderful thing - he just completely 'got it'. He even loved meeting Father ...

5 Happy Things #26

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I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since I posted a 5 Happy Things post - time flies! But that means there are lots of great things to choose from to go into this week's list.   01. We had a lovely week's break down in St Ives, Cornwall, principally to celebrate both my parents turning 60, but John, Max and I managed to sneak in a few days on our own too before everyone else got down. I always worry that a change of scenery will be difficult for Max but he's becoming much more adaptable as he gets older, and was very taken with the 'holiday house'. Of course his sleeping was a different matter and he definitely found it difficult ...