Best Wellbeing Posts of 2018

UK Blog Awards: Wellbeing Long-List

A couple of weeks ago, I was so thrilled when the UK Blog Awards emailed to say that Roots and Toots had been long-listed for this year’s UK Blog Awards. I’ve been nominated for the ‘wellbeing category’, which is of course happy news after expanding into wellbeing over the last couple of years.

When I first heard the news I thought, oh heck, I wont stand a chance. I have been in a whirlwind of hospital visits, work, my hypnotherapy course and looking after my little human. I haven’t had a chance to think about it.

Public voting counts for 60% of your final score and the judges award the remaining 40%. I’m a bit behind in the game as the other nominated bloggers will gave been busy canvasing for votes for the past 2 – 3 weeks. Last night my inner saboteur concluded, I don’t stand a chance, and then I thought. Firstly, it doesn’t matter whether I make the next round, I’m so proud of all the wellbeing content I’ve not only published this year but actually lived first-hand, some of which I hope has helped you lovely lot in one way or another.

So here I am. Giving it a go. If you would like to vote for me, I would of course be extremely honoured, and if you don’t have the chance or feel compelled, that’s OK too. (If you would like to vote, there’s details of how to do this at the end of this blog post.)

What would make me really smile if you took a moment to glance through my favourite wellbeing posts of 2018 – the posts I’m post proud of.

There are eleven articles below, which one might be most helpful for you?

 Honest Mum: A Twinkle in The Coal Pile


I think my proudest blog post was actually a guest blog post I wrote for Honest Mum earlier this year about post natal depression. It took a lot for me to open up about this subject but I’m so glad I did. I’ve never received so many messages from both women, and men alike. Even months later people keep mentioning it and a friend of a friend said it helped his brother who had experienced depression following the sleep deprivation of fatherhood. I also received the most gorgeous hand written five-page letter (along with thoughtful gifts) from an old university friend. She was touched about how my honesty helped her through a very difficult first few months and helped her to feel that what she was experiencing was OK.

Treat Norwich: Autumn Acupuncture

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If like me, you catch every cold and bug under the sun, you might want to read about the time I blogged about acupuncture. Did you know that if you have an acupuncture session just before the onset of a cold virus, it might be possible to nip it in the bud? It worked for me in the early autumn. Worth a go eh?

Are you a dreamer? How to Lucid Dream


For those of you who regularly follow my blog or who know me, you will know that I’m big into lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is when you have an awareness that you’re dreaming. If you can tap into this, it’s possible to do all manner of things, from learning a new skill, facing your fears, healing, and many many more beneficial things. There’s more here in this blog post which is perfect for those new to lucid dreaming.

The Lady: Top Ten Tips For Meditation


During the summer I wrote an article for The Lady magazine, sharing my top tips for those new to meditation. Worth a read if you’re hoping to get back into meditation or give mindfulness a go at some point.

Post Natal Depression: 6 Alternative Ways to Help PND

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Following from my Honest Mum guest blog post, I decided to blog about the alternative approaches that helped me through PND. This was one of my most popular Instagram posts! Find out why here…

Herbalism: Foraging for Herbs, For Health


I’ve been a keen forager and herb gatherer since I was a child. But this year, my interest has stepped up a notch. I took part in a great herbalist workshop and learnt so much. There’s more here in this article I wrote for Female First, along with some extra knowledge on different wild herbs and their medicinal benefits.


Finding my Zen: 8 Weeks to Mindfulness


I’ve practised meditation on and off for many years and it was only last January that I decided to study it from a non-secular point of view. I did a wonderful Breathworks course on Mindfulness for Stress. More here about how it changed my winter.


OBE: Out of Body Experience Workshop


Wow. Now this was one heck of a Valentine’s present! I won a place on this fantastic workshop by Jade Shaw. I learnt how to induce a natural out of body experience, to help with your wellbeing and perspective on life. More here:

Nightmares: How to Handle Dragons


OK, so alongside my PND posts this year, I’d say this post wins joint first place. This blog post is how I taught our then 2 year old, not only how to lucid dream but how to use her dreams and nightmares to overcome her fears. It worked! Find out more here.

Parenting Techniques: School for Parents

I did the most fantastic parenting course just over a year ago now. It was with my ex counselling tutor, Andrea Rippon. She taught an approach called the PET method of parenting. Forget the naughty step, this is an assertive yet much kinder way to ‘parent’. It’s both fair and kind to both parent and child. Do you have a spirited child or teenager? This one could be for you.

Big C: How to Use Writing Therapy to Improve Your Wellbeing

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This was a guest blog post I wrote for my local cancer charity, Big C. I’m actually the case study writer for the charity and here I wrote about how writing can help your wellbeing through difficult times in your life.

Vote for Roots and Toots

Here’s the link:

And here are the instructions:

To vote – follow the above link and then….

Click on the ‘WELLBEING’ category and Roots and Toots’ entry is on the 4th page….
To vote for my entry, click on the red heart – it’s that simple.

To see my website, click on the globe.
To see my entry information, click on the “i”.
Please note, there is only one vote per person per category.

Thanks for taking the time to vote guys. Best of luck to all the other entrants!




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