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Anniversary Letter to My Husband: Thank you for Being You

I am writing this letter to my husband on our anniversary. Seven years ago, we promised to love each other and be there for one another through the good and the bad. And that’s how it has been ever since. Things between us actually started much earlier as we opened our tenth year together with …

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Powerful Self Care Tips for PTSD From Trauma Survivors

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year NAMI‘s message is ‘Together for Mental Health.’ With so many people experiencing mental health problems, I am using this time to bring a few of the voices of trauma survivors together to advocate mental health. I am so grateful that some of those who participated in …

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5 Simple Mindful Tips to Make Your Travel Truly Enjoyable

There is a reason why we often say that we need a holiday immediately after a holiday. Our expectation of holidays is that we return home fully relaxed. However, how often is this actually the reality? How often do we feel that we come back from a holiday more exhausted than when we went? Luckily, …

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Finding Gratitude After a Serious Injury and Healing PTSD Through Writing – MatChat Wellbeing Podcast

I was recently invited to make a guest appearance on a podcast. The host of the MatChat Wellbeing Podcast, Mina Blair, is an author, podcaster and yoga teacher. Every week she offers words of encouragement and empowerment to her listeners. She discusses relevant topics with her guests. Mina is a wellbeing advocate, just like myself. …

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How Walking Has Helped Me With My PTSD Recovery – NAMI Guest Blog

I feel honoured to have had my article ‘How walking has helped me with my PTSD recovery‘, published by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is America’s largest grassroots mental health organisation dedicated to improving the lives of the many people affected by mental illness.  In the article, I describe how walking has helped my …

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5 Simple Self Love Ideas for the Perfect Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s day, the season of love is here. We tend to be quite romantic when it comes to ideas for celebrating the day and spoiling our partner. But what about ourselves? You deserve love too, and not just from others. It needs to start with yourself. So how do you care for yourself during …

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What Is a Better Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution?

As we turn the first page on a new calendar, many of us set New Year’s resolutions. I was curious about how many people actually make New Year’s resolutions, and if they manage to stick to them, so I asked this on several forums. It was interesting to read the answers. I coupled them with …

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