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A gentle manifesto of calm (and chocolate!)

A gentle manifesto of calm (and chocolate!)

I really admire people who are able to sail through life, taking it all in their stride and calmly responding to challenges as they pop up. I'm not naturally one of these people. Being more calm in difficult situations is definitely still a 'work in progress' area for...

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Mindfulness, nature and wellbeing

Mindfulness, nature and wellbeing

One of the things that has been so apparent over the last year is the importance of having access to nature. I know that in the first lockdown my long morning walks in our local woods were lifesaving. I was feeling anxious, a bit scared and increasingly sad as the...

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Boosting wellbeing with mindful baking

Boosting wellbeing with mindful baking

One of my total pleasures over the last few months has been watching Channel 4's Junior Bake Off. The kids on it are AMAZING bakers, but it's also lovely to see them having so much fun in amongst some pretty stressful technical challenges. Some of them are so little...

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The power of contentment

The power of contentment

February isn't always the easiest month of the year even at the best of times - and we are definitely not in the best possible times! This latest phase of the lockdown has sometimes felt really hard (and a bit tedious), but it's also been a good reminder of one of the...

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Tips for meditation in lockdown

Tips for meditation in lockdown

After all the ups and downs of 2020, starting the new year with a new lockdown is probably not what any of us hoped for. However when we are hit with with times of uncertainty, creating positive small daily rituals or habits can really make a difference to wellbeing....

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Is stress always bad?

Is stress always bad?

I spend a lot of my time talking and thinking about and giving people tools to manage stress. This is partly because for a really long time stress was mostly not a good thing in my life. I didn't recognise it or manage it very well, and it was very much at the root of...

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How to meditate in difficult times

How to meditate in difficult times

I'm writing this 4 months or so after we officially went into the lockdown in the UK - and we are now easing out of it. At the beginning of lockdown I definitely had a big bout of panic. And yes there were also some tears involved. A lot of my work is based on...

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Three alternative ways to enjoy chocolate

Three alternative ways to enjoy chocolate

I'm not going to lie, chocolate has been a bit of saviour during the lockdown. And I don't just mean in the eating. Spending time mixing up big batches of my Calm Cocoa hot chocolate blends, creating bespoke cookie orders and running chocolate meditations has all had...

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7 Small Acts of Kindness

7 Small Acts of Kindness

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and it's a week that's very close to my heart. As a meditation teacher, supporting people's mental health is a big part of my work. Particularly as not managing my own stress very effectively was what ultimately led me to...

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