Quick self care tips to support self compassion

This week, we’re looking at ways in which you can amp up your self compassion with self care AND your self care with self compassion (ie more appropriate self care goals depending on how you’re feeling)… One of my acts of self compassion this week has been to change my…

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Has Something Ever Taken Longer than You Thought it Would?

Lockdown? A project? Anything at all? I’m cackling to myself that I had thought that I’d have finished two book proposals I’ve been working on for ages AND have taken my drivers theory test so I can start taking actual lessons by now. Both book proposals were almost ready to…

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Some Self Care Lessons and Reminders from Climbing My First Mountain

Of the many things that appealed about Westport (when becoming a Brexile and looking for somewhere to move to in Ireland, thanks to my being Indian Irish and having that passport privilege) the pictures of Clew Bay, as seen from the top of the Reek (aka Croagh Patrick mountain) were…

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When Did You Last Have the Kind of Hug that Allows that Giant Ahhhhhh?

I’m reluctant to even count the months and weeks since I had the kind of human to human hugs I used to take for granted before Lockdown. I know I miss them. I’m lucky to have Rainbow MagnifiCat leaping onto my lap, onto my belly or shoulder or into the…

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This New Moon, I’m Doing Something Different

For this New Moon, I’m going to bring in some solar energy (someone asked me when it might rain – I don’t think I’ve known Ireland so sunny for so many days in a row since I moved last spring) and plant sunflower seeds. New moons are always a great…

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Learning (More) Patience Through Gardening

We had sunshine the other day. I thought I’d be spending some of the weekend planting wildflowers and willow trees. Instead, am happy to still have power and internet while Storm Jorge puts me off going out. Still, the lesson of patience still stands. And I’ve been using the time…

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Self Care Sunday: The Therapeutic Benefits of Picking Up Rubbish

I really understood the phrase ‘Many hands make light work’ today. For the first time since joining a sound bath / forest clean up in the summer, I was able to join one of the local beach clean ups organised by the fantabulous Joanne Maye (who I’ve got to know…

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2 Night Sleep Retreat at Westport Country Lodge Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland

We need our sleep. It helps us process memories, recharge, improve cognitive function, feel happy, well and rested and when we don’t get enough, we’re running on empty. Everything feels harder. How would it feel to commit to getting your sleep issues sorted as we enter this new decade? To…

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Self Care Coaching Quick Tip: Just 5 Minutes in Nature for a Mental Health Boost

I’ve been benefitting big time from all the time I’ve been spending in nature since moving to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way in wondrous Westport. And in terms of my practice, as well as continuing with my online work, I’ve been loving the outdoor self care coaching, therapy and supervision sessions…

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What Motivates You to Take Better Care of Yourself?

These views mean I have no problem getting out for at least a walk every day. Exercise On days I cycle into town (just 20 minutes away. A scary – 80 kph in part – but beautiful route), I feel compelled to walk to the Quay to get my sea…

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