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I’ve had a cold for over two weeks, and I’d like to share the lessons I’ve learned from being ill. To give you some background, my healthy eating plan has slipped over the past few months. I repeated my pattern of starting the year strong, then slowly eating more and more chocolate and cakes and ended up ill with Candida. I had to go on a complete detox of all sugars including alcohol, fruit and sugar substitutes. I was feeling pretty rough due to Candida and subsequent die off symptoms. I started to feel better and then I came down with a flipping cold! On top of all that I’ve had a stressful few weeks at work. Continue reading “Lessons I’ve learned from being ill”
If you’re having a bad day, this blog post can help you to turn it around. It will help you to “turn that frown upside down”, in the words of fellow ICR presenter Jeremy Frost. Here are my tips to help you cope when you’re having a bad day:
It’s important to remember to focus on the positive. This is something I need to remind myself of this week. I went for another job interview and once again I didn’t get the job. Needless to say I’m disappointed. I have faith though, that everything happens for a reason and that something better is on the way.
I want to tell you that it’s okay not to be okay. I’m holding my hands up and confessing that the last few weeks, since my Grandma died, have been tough. I’ve felt low, tired and tearful. I’ve felt like a hypocrite. Continue reading “It’s okay not to be okay”
On Tuesday evening I had the privilege of being interviewed on Radio Suffolk’s Tuesday Night Takeover show about mental health with Jon Wright and Suffolk User Forum. I spoke of how my spiritual and Buddhist practices have helped me to overcome depression. Katie Mottram from Emerging Proud and author of Mend the Gap talked about the link between spirituality and mental health. Listen now. You can hear Katie at about 1 hour and 17 minutes and I’m on after that at about 1 hour and 40 minutes, along with Linda talking about Mindfulness.
Yesterday I left work early as I felt tired and tearful. I went to bed at 9 pm, determined to wake up feeling better and raring to go. Inspired by my ex-flatmate Lottie, I’ve been challenging myself to do Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning (more about that in a later post) over the last couple of days. I set my alarm for 6.30 am, determined to have a successful day three.
I’m reluctant to call myself a Buddhist, even though I practice Nicherin Buddhism on a daily basis. Having being part of a few different religions and practiced various forms of spirituality, I am reluctant to put a label on it. I have to admit though that out of everything I’ve done, practicing Buddhism with Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has had the most profound effect on my life.
I have found Mindfulness to be a particularly helpful tool to overcome negativity and depression. It’s easy to go down a negative path. When I catch myself doing this there are three things I do to stop myself heading into a harmful spiral of self-destruction.