Why you should get on your bike

Why You Should Get On Your Bike Wellbeing Mental Physical Outdoors Biking Cycling

Why you should get on your bike

Before we moved house, I used to bike to work.  It took around 30 minutes and although I would often feel sluggish and have the can’t-be-bothered mentality before I started out, once I’d arrived I felt great.  There’s nothing like a good bike ride to wake you up!

 

That feeling of being invigorated from biking before you start work is something else.  It helps to lower your blood pressure and therefore reduce stress for starters.  I’d cross paths with colleagues in the corridors after locking my bike up in the secure bike shed and they’d be heading straight to get a coffee.  Not me.  No need with all that fresh air pumping through me!  If you could bottle the ‘just biked’ feeling, you’d never look back.  Once you’ve started biking and you remember that feeling, it makes getting into gear so much easier.  You don’t have to go far to get kitted out either.

Why You Should Get On Your Bike Wellbeing Mental Physical Outdoors Biking Cycling

Admittedly, it took me a while to get used to biking after however many years of driving.  First there was getting used to the saddle, which I changed to a more comfortable one.  Boy do you know about it when your saddle’s too hard!  Then there’s making sure your helmet’s the right fit and is actually fitted on your head properly.  Not forgetting the lights of course.  It’s useful to get the sort that you can easily snap on and off, making them portable and not open for the taking…  talking of which, you can get kits to security mark your bike too.  Very handy and good to know.  The security markers are often only visible under infra-red but you can of course put a visual deterrent on your bike too.  A good lock is essential for any bike owner.

 

You can accessorise with a pretty bell and you can even get bluetooth speakers for your bike now too… with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes!

It’s a good idea to build your bike ride into your routine if you can, that’s when it becomes a habit.  And what a great habit to have.  There’s no easier way to build a bike ride into your routine than pedalling to and from work!  That habit loop lifts your spirits and is the perfect antidote for our busy lives, helping to keep us in top condition, mentally and physically.  All in all it’s great for your wellbeing.

 

Why stop at the weekend?  With a range of bikes for men, women, kids and also unisex, there’s really no reason not to get out and get into the fresh air!

Have you got on your bike lately?  Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .

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5 reasons pets are good for our mental health

5 Reasons Pets Are Good For Our Mental Health Wellbeing

5 reasons pets are good for our mental health

Being a household with 2 pets, I don’t need any convincing as to the benefits of our pets on my mental health.
But it’s not just my health that benefits of course – my hubby’s and our 8 year old daughter’s benefits too.
As someone who has experienced depression in the past (and knows how easily it can rear its ugly head again),  I’d like to share with you 5 reasons pets are good for our mental health (with a little help from some lovely blogging friends):
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Simple ways to improve your health today

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Simple ways to improve your health today

It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you live, or what your occupation is, your health should always be a top priority.  But most of us are a bit guilty of letting our wellbeing slide from time-to-time.  That being said, read on for some of the simple ways you can give your health a boost today:

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Say goodbye to at least one item in your life that contains toxic chemicals

You may be shocked by just how many things in your life contain toxic chemicals.  They includes everything from air fresheners to bed sheets.  Get rid of one of these things and replace it with something natural instead.  This is something you should make a habit of doing every few months or so.

Deep breathe for at least five minutes

Throughout the day, you should make sure you take the chance to deep breathe for at least five minutes.  Why?  Well, there have been numerous studies which have shown that deep breathing can help to lower stress hormone levels.  This means that you’ll feel better, get a better night’s sleep, and you’ll be less anxious too.

Drink more water

You probably expected this to be on the list, but the importance of drinking more water should never be ignored.  Your body needs water for almost everything you do.  If you’re dehydrated, this could be the cause of headaches, aches and pains, and a number of other symptoms.

Have one veggie night per week

A lot of people eat far too much meat, red meat especially.  So, why not have a veggie night once a week? Not only is this good for your health, but it will be good for your bank balance too.

Sign up to an online pharmacy

These days, you can easily order your prescriptions and medications over the internet through an online pharmacy.  This can help you to boost your health because it ensures you never have delays with your medication.  If you’re someone who often doesn’t take their recommended course of tablets because you can’t get to the doctors in time for a repeat prescription, then this is definitely a good suggestion for you.  Because your medication will be delivered to your door with the click of a button.

Do something nice for someone every day

You’ll be surprised how good this makes you feel, and how much of a positive impact this has on your health. It’s all about mental wellbeing.

Incorporate some movement into your commute

If you haven’t got an active job, this is especially important.  Sitting at a computer all day can be bad for your health.  One way to combat this is by incorporating some movement into your commute.  If you can walk or bike to work, you should give this a go.  If not, start parking your car further away from your place of work so that you have to walk there and back.  You should also start using the stairs instead of the lift whenever you can.

Start meal planning

You’ll find it much easier to eat healthily if you plan your meals.  At the start of every week, make a plan of what you’re going to cook for tea every night, as well as what you’re going to make for your lunches every day.  Not only will this help you to eat better, but you’ll save money too.  Make sure you include some healthy snacks in your work food.  This will stop you from going to the vending machine whenever you’re bored or you have an energy slump.

Keep a journal

Last but not least, keeping a journal is good for your mental health.  You should write down your thoughts.  It doesn’t need to be a long entry; all it takes is every evening writing down a few happy points from your day.  This will help you to articulate your thoughts so that they don’t wear you down.  After all, it can be hard to sleep if you’ve got lots on your mind.

So there you are: some of the best ways to give your health a boost.  The suggestions that have been provided are really simple and easy, so there’s no excuse not to give yourself a bit of TLC.

What do you do for self-care?  I’d love to know!  Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .

Thanks.

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Mental Health ~ why we should keep talking about it

Mental Health ~ Why We Should Keep Talking About It And Empower Our Children

 Mental health is happening and is being talked about

Right now

And not just by ‘normal’ folk but by Kate Middleton and Princes William and Harry.  And they show that mental health can happen to anyone.  Prince Harry has talked of how he was affected when his mother, Princess Diana died.

And Prince William has talked of how he and Kate will be encouraging their children to talk about their emotions as they grow up – not adopting a ‘stiff upper lip’ and bottling those feelings up.

Mental Health ~ Why We Should Keep Talking About It And Empower Our Children

The ups and downs

When we experienced a sudden family bereavement and began our rollercoaster of a journey, I remember clearly the ups and downs of emotions that I felt.  Once the shock subsided a little, I needed to talk about it, to get my feelings and thoughts out.  The tears came and went.  And came and went again and again, but the words that came expressed those tears and helped to make sense of a muddled situation.  And muddled it was.  Every single emotion was felt in quick succession, sometimes at the same time…

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Positive Thinking ~ It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

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Positive Thinking ~ It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

Positive Thinking It's Okay Not To Be Okay Looking After Your Wellbeing And Mental Health Blog Linky

This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.

And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

And this month, from 8th to 14th May it’s mental health awareness week.  A great opportunity to remind you that:

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

With a stigma still attached to mental health, with the pressure to have to feel and be okay all of the time, it’s time to remember that it’s okay not to be okay…

You know why?

Because we’re all human and life happens.

We all have times when we don’t feel okay.  And that’s okay.  Remember that the next time someone asks you if you’re okay, if you’re not okay, don’t reply with the automatic, expected response that you’re okay.  It might just open up some channels to your recovery and make you day okay.  Or okayish.  And that’s okay too.

So, tell me, do you feel okay?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.  Or tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking

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5 Ways To Build Your Child’s Confidence ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

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5 Ways To Build Your Child’s Confidence  

I recently introduced a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy and this week I’m talking about building your child’s confidence.  #IfShesHappyImHappy is all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!  You can read it here if you missed it.

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All Children are different

We all know that children are different, that siblings can be like chalk and cheese and that children develop at different rates.

Yet most children will benefit from activities that include the same factors; the factors that encourage their own development and more importantly, that encourage them to develop at their own speeds.  They may include activities that encourage:

Being sociable

Being expressive

Being vocal

Being creative

Being together

And all of these factors encourage development in so many other ways.  In fact, they all come together like a big jigsaw puzzle.

All like pieces slotting in together. 

And the middle piece?

That could be you – the parent or carer.

The piece that nurtures, guides, encourages that vital independence to enable your child to develop in a way that’s healthy for them.

And of course, when our children have these pieces slotted together, it does help them to have a more confident, happier outlook on life.

We could sometimes all use a little help to have a positive outlook!

By giving children the opportunity to get involved in the activities involving the factors listed above, we’re laying their foundations for healthy development.

 What are your thoughts on building confidence in children?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Depression CAN be beaten ~ my first steps

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 Depression CAN be beaten…

Around 10 years ago, a sequence of events in my life resulted in me becoming anxious and it wasn’t too long before I felt unable to cope.  A relationship breakdown, 2 bereavements in quick succession and finally, work was the final straw.  My wonderful doctor listened patiently and diagnosed me with depression.

After a week off work, I was referred to an occupational counsellor.  I had a chat on the Friday and by the following Monday I had ‘jumped’ the NHS waiting list and was talking to a counsellor.  I say ‘jumped’ because the counsellor that I saw was likely the very same one that you would see from a doctor’s waiting list.

Now I’ve never been one to criticise the NHS.  Quite the opposite.  I’ve got nothing but praise for them.  They saw me through a complicated pregnancy and have given my family and friends excellent service, against the odds of low funding and low staffing.

So yes, I will defend the NHS to the hilt but the waiting lists were (and possibly still are) very long for people diagnosed with depression.  ‘Fortunately’, the depression I had was very mild.  If I’d had it more severe, I would’ve been waiting much, much longer to be seen.  And this is dangerous.

Depression Can Be Beaten - My First Steps. I Tell You How I Took The First Small steps To Overcome the Depression By Self-help

Finding the right help

Because once depression gets its claws in and takes hold, it’s hard to bring yourself out.  Very hard.

My doctor was wonderful, advised me to book double slots because he wanted to help… properly.

He told me right from the start that he’d prefer not to give me medication and I will be forever grateful for that.  I didn’t want drugs either but was in such a fog that I’d probably have taken them.

I know there’s a place for them but in my situation, they weren’t the answer.  There are other ways to dig yourself out of the ‘black hole’.

I would never claim that it’s easy to climb out, or even that it’s easy not to slip back in.

Because once you’ve experienced depression, it’s my opinion that you never fully recover.

But you can be aware of your triggers and deal with them swiftly to stop that spiral…

No-one’s immune

What’s important to remember about mental health is that anyone of any age can experience it, at any time.  Put simply – no one, but no one is immune.

And that includes children.  Emily Palmer has produced a great little book called ‘Scrambled Heads’ aimed at guiding children through mental health.  You can read the review of ‘Scrambled Heads’ here.

When I was going through it and recovering, I used a great book that for me at the time was indispensable – 50 Things You Can Do Today To Beat Depression
by Paul Vincent.   There will be a review coming soon.

My point is

My point is that there’s help out there.  Help that gives your brain a long-term chance, rather than a cheap plaster that keeps coming off.

If I may add that if you’re reading and you’re on medication for depression, and if it works for you – well that’s great for you.

However, my personal experience has taught me that a natural, self-help approach works best (or at least it did for me).  I will cover these methods in my series ‘Depression CAN be beaten…’ – subscribe so that you don’t miss it… use the opt-in form below or in the sidebar.

 

How do you deal with depression?  Or how do you help someone you know to deal with depression?  I’d love to hear from you.  Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Positive Thinking ~ Choose to be optimistic, it feels better…

Positive Thinking Choose To Be Optimistic For Your Wellbeing And Mental health

Positive Thinking ~ Choose to be optimistic; it feels better

Positive Thinking Choose To Be Optimistic For Your Wellbeing And Mental health

This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.

With that in mind I’m focussing on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

Remember to…

Choose to be optimistic ~ it feels better

We all benefit from a little bit of optimism… or a whole lot of optimism! There’s no limits to how much you can have.  And however much optimism you choose to have in your life, don’t let anyone take the positive outlook away from you.

You know why?

Because it does feel better!

I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity with #PositiveThinking and get those positive vibrations going good and strong!

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The Cycle of Happiness #IfShesHappyImHappy

The Cycle of Happiness #IfShesHappyImHappy . It's About Making You And Your Child Happy

The Cycle of Happiness #IfShesHappyImHappy

Today, I’m introducing a regular feature #IfShesHappyImHappy.  It’s all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!

There are 2 schools of thought here, as far as I can see.

1… as a parent, you can only be happy if your child/ren is/are happy

2… as a parent, you need to be happy first before they can be happy

I fit into both of these schools, which is why I said above that it’s about the ‘cycle’ of happiness, the big jigsaw, the ‘happy circle’ (as cheesey as that sounds!)

The Cycle of Happiness #IfShesHappyImHappy . It's About Making You And Your Child Happy

It’s a 2-way street

We all know that our children (especially young children) can really feel our emotions – good or bad.  No matter how hard we try to hide our anxiety, we still show it through our feelings.

Children can be sensitive little beans and pick up on these feelings.  A classic example could be the first day or school – you drop them off into their new classroom, you’re all smiles etc and when you’re out of the school gates, the floodgates open (usually yours, not theirs).  I’ve been there myself.

To my mind, or school of thought, it’s about empowering them, giving them the confidence to be happy.  And that’s where the cycle comes in.  Because we feel our childrens’ feelings just as much as they feel ours (arguably more at times!).  So we feel each other’s happiness or otherwise.

Here’s the point

So, here I am finally getting to the point of #IfShesHappyImHappy

I make no apology for saying that my daughter’s happiness and good mental health is the most important thing to me.  I’d do anything within my power to make her happy, as any parent would.  And I know that if she’s happy, I’m happy, and if I’m happy she’s happy.   There’s that cycle again!

I will be sharing posts on things that our daughter has said, done, made, given, shared that’s made her and me – us ‘happy’!  I do this anyway but I wanted to dig a little deeper and make a little feature of it.

Because #IfShesHappyImHappy

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Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be ~ Positive Thinking

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This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.

And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

This month, remember that you should…

Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be

We all benefit from just being ourselves and that comes with loving ourselves.  Do you ever feel like you’re playing to the ‘tune’ of others?

I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

Let’s get the positive vibrations going good and strong 🙂

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