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Nobody can be positive all the time. Life kicks us all down and sometimes the cards all fall down at once. I’ve had a tough week from a health perspective and a work perspective.

But that happens to us all. Nobody is perfect. But what I did was write down in my “Lightning Positivity” book a dark time in my life that I overcame. Then I put a big X through it. I had overcome a barrier one of life’s many road blocks.

Then I wrote down a time in my life were I was overcome with joy & happiness. I put a tick beside that. It made me smile and feel happy from within.

I always stay true to myself whether I’m booked for a corporate public speaking event or with my friends in the local coffee shop or pub.

Here are a few thoughts about staying positive. You need to embrace the good days with the bad. I think it’s very therapeutic to say, “I’ve had a bad day” but let it just be that. A blip on the radar.

You are alive and reading this. You have the ability to achieve anything you want. Dream the wildest dreams. Open or close your heart to the world.

When you slump this is when you realise who your real friends are. Always be cautious for the blood seeking vampires. Stay true to you and don’t bend for anyone.

Right now I’m getting paid to write a love story for a touring production of 2016. Getting paid for the next three months to do what I love.

I was told many moons ago that this would never happen. Did I listen? Maybe for all of ten minutes but now I’m doing what I love. We all can get there. But it’s not an easy road. But would it be an adventure if it was?

So don’t listen to the haters or dream bashers. If you could change jobs today, would you? What career would you pick?

Dream It

  • Wish It
  • Believe It
  • Write It
  • Live It
  • Own It

You have the power to achieve anything; just don’t stop believing in you.

Happy Tuesday Peeps xx

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I’m delighted to introduce Gurutej as this weeks #WellnessWednesday guest. I met Gurutej through my very dear friend Nichole Wright. Gurutej has an energy that warms your heart and lifts your spirits.

I’m delighted to introduce Gurutej as this weeks #WellnessWednesday guest. I met Gurutej through my very dear friend Nichole Wright. Gurutej has an energy that warms your heart and lifts your spirits.

Creative… Gracious… Deeply Insightful… Free Spirited Thinker… Leader… These are all traits of a very special person who knew from an early age that her destiny lay in leading others to greatness! Gurutej Kaur at just a young age of six, shared her destiny with her Mother and proclaimed that she would one day start her own spiritual order.
For over 40 years, Gurutej has been living her destiny and continues to awaken the spirit of all she touches. Through yoga, chanting, meditation, healing and proven stress and health management systems she teaches people how to connect to their higher consciousness. Every day she lives the meaning of her name, which translates as “the one who brings you from darkness into light at the speed of light.”
Gurutej is one of the original students of Yogi Bhajan, who is credited with bringing Kundalini Yoga to the United States. Through his instruction and spiritual guidance, Gurutej is considered a foremost authority on Kundalini Yoga and internationally recognized as one of a handful of Kundalini Yoga Masters.
She co-founded 3HO Canada, building and overseeing communities, yoga centers and businesses all over Canada for 17 years. Gurutej’s obvious head for business did not overshadow her commitment to Toronto’s children, which is why she introduced yoga to surrounding communities by teaching staff at Toronto General Hospital and students at The School House and The Alternative School.
Gurutej’s devotion to serving the essence of all has brought her to teach in India, all over Europe, South America, Canada, and the US. She has served and counseled hundreds of people ranging from movie stars and heads of businesses, to the teenagers of Hamilton High, a public school in Los Angeles, where she taught yoga for 11 years.

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After releasing 4 instructional yoga DVDs, two were listed on the top ten yoga videos of all time!

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As a prolific writer she is an author to 3 popular books including: A Slice of the Beloved, The Moon She Rocks You, and The 13th Month: How to Get an Extra 29 Days Each Year. Her online courses The Moon She Rock You and GET YOUR ESSENCE (Skinny) back are transformative and very supportive. Her most recent inspired creation is a line of Aromatherapy Chakra Eye Pillows that are proving to be popular around the world.
She has been featured in Vogue, L.A. Yoga, Yogi Times, Fit Yoga, Common Ground, Splendora.com, The Discovery Channel and MTV. She was awarded Yogi Times’ Service Award and Teacher of the Month.
As a mother, her greatest achievement is in successfully raising two dynamic and consciously aware adult children, Amrit and Pritham who like Gurutej, take great pride in their commitment to making the world a better place.

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How would you describe your lifestyle?

Great. And what does that mean? I love what I am allowed to do, teach, heal, serve. I meditate first thing each day, I get to roller blade hills daily, (when in L. A.) wedge some good yoga in there and feel blessed to eat allot of live food. I feel intimate with my life, my beloved, my students and can use all previously mentioned support tools when the Universe kicks ass. To get back quickly. It’s not about perfection it’s about how fast I can get back to empowered me.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

Greens and Toast together and not together, oh with great organic Olive Oil. Recently discovered that Coconut Butter yes the yummy one is great for the Gut. That on toast is my treat and a treat it is.

Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

Yes I get to go right outside my door and rollerblade hills, ocean swim (alas not enough), and do yoga.

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?

Keep my yoga mat right next to my desk and use it during the day for a few minutes here and there. When listening to something or just listening to myself.

How do you manage stress in your life?

Breathing , chanting, meditating and here is a link if you care to use it for things I give others and yes use myself to release and rejuvenate YOU TUBE

Do you meditate?

Every day. Can’t be without. I have favorite ones that empower me and those I share with others.

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

My Goal is to be connected to myself and to the all of it all. I do things that take me in that direction. I’m having to make a vision board for my marketing person so I will have fun but it will be a spiral for that is the way energy flows into us with most ease.

How do you unwind after a busy day?

Teach, take a walk, read, watch something funny on TV or a documentary, read mystic poetry each nite 1,2,3,4, or more poems till I am in that flow of vastness.

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?

I accept no weak ends. I often teach on weekends. Go visit friends, Go to farmers market, work in my garden, have friends over for dinner or go to their houses.

What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Use my youtube videos, get my free ebook www.gurutej.com . Set up a 20 minute consult with me Gurutej discovery session to find creative solutions to your most challenging problem. I am here to serve.

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…

Being connected to everything. Seeing the Divine in all. All one or Alone. Each moment we chose. Bless you.

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Happy Tuesday Peeps. What a week for this great nation in sport. Feelings of belief and positivity!

My friend Michele lost her beloved dog Ringo on Wednesday and she was reunited with him Sunday morning. Hard to see a friend so devastated but now she can’t stop smiling. My mates, Keywest, reached no1 in the album charts. I’m sure you’ve seen them busking on the streets of Ireland.

So a lot can happen in seven days!

Topping off the week for me was the inspiration that is Glenn Gannon being interview by Alison for “Walk In My Shoes” radio last Friday promoting mental health awareness week. Glenn was homeless at one point, the darkest chapter in his life. Now he’s a voice of positivity giving the homeless a voice & a name. Not just a statistic in the eyes of the government. Glenn is an incredible writer & director. Now next month his book “Miracle man – From Homeless to Hollywood” will be available to buy. Glenn always inspires me. He has a great coin of phrase “There is nothing and then there is minus nothing” have you got a bed? A roof? Food? Then you know what you are? Not minus nothing but a positive.

Right, I wrote a screenplay out of passion and just pure love for the characters. It was my tribute to love & the circus. My head was filled with many emotions and voices when I was writing this script. To be honest some of my soul was left on that page. You know when somebody cuts you or betrays your friendship. You are left alone to bleed. But when that happens to me. I know I’m alive. I know it’s a reminder that life ain’t easy. But open wounds heal. It reminds you that you are alive. Learn from them, but heal those wounds with positivity.

Before you start laughing, my body was electrified by over 100 million volts. But I healed myself with love and positive reinforcement. I wear these scars with pride. So embrace the cuts, betrayals and knockdowns as they make up your tapestry.

Rise up because all of these negatives will make you stronger and more determined than ever. I got a phone call about the screenplay I wrote before I started writing this article. An Oscar award winning actress, I thought it was one of the lads playing a prank then I realised it wasn’t a joke. So what happened? I wrote this as a tribute to love. An incredible chapter from my life, yes my agent shopped the script around and by chance the actor I wanted to read it, fell in love with it. But was it chance? None of this would have happened if I didn’t start writing on a blank page.

So going forward buy a notebook today and title it “Lightning Positivity” just write down:

  • Your name
  • Something you love to do &
  • Something you want to achieve.

Ain’t nothing going to happen unless you start on that blank page. Of course it’s not quite that simple. But you have to start somewhere.

There is so much positivity in the air right now. I just want you to be a part of that.

This way of life isn’t for everyone and I respect that. I respect that some of you reading this are in pain and feeling alone or cut. I’m no expert, I have no answers, I have no PHD but I’m a survivor. I was given a gift, a second chance in life. That’s played on my mind for many years. If I can make one person smile I’ve done my job. One person believes they can achieve anything, to know that life can be taken away from you in a spark. I’m happy out.

My paths have crossed with a remarkable woman. A female music producer who has worked with The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John. I’d never reveal a ladies age but she has lived a very colourful life. I asked her is there anything else in life she wanted to achieve? She said “Darling, just one more hit, one more hit, not just in Ireland you have to think Global”.

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If you have been brought up to believe in certain things, achieve in a certain way and follow a path that other people in your family have before you there’s a good chance you are not following your passion!

Afraid to disappoint and step outside of our comfort zone, we are brought up in a school system that expects us all to conform and as we try and navigate our way through the system if we don’t perform we don’t feel good enough. We are told that we need to figure out our career path at 17 and get good grades to secure a place in a good college so that we can have a good career.

How many people do you know who get up and go to a job they hate everyday? How many people do you know who hated their chosen college course and how many people do you know who feel that there is nothing that they can do about their current situation?

Well whether you agree with me or not I believe that there is always something you can do.

  • If you hate your job change it
  • If you need to go back to college do it
  • If you have to make temporary sacrifices make them

Life was not meant to be easy but if you follow your heart and work hard you will reap what you sow.

Yes this can be easier said than done but by taking baby steps and moving out of your comfort zone you will start to effect change.

It took me nearly 34 years to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life, what I was good at and who I am as a person. I don’t have all the answers but I know in my heart I’m finally heading in the right direction.

As a single mum I was faced with a very harsh reality a few years back and I knew I had two choices. Feel sorry for myself and expect everyone else to feel sorry for me too or get up off my ass and figure a way out of the situation.

During the past few years I have failed many times in an effort to find my way. What you see on social media are the times I have succeeded. I have stood in front of so many people with so many ideas that I thought were amazing but they did not!!

Since I was 15 I have been told ‘NO’ on a daily basis. Too tall, thin, wrong body shape, too pretty, not pretty enough, too old, too young and more recently: its not what people want, not marketable, too real, too honest, not mainstream enough.

But what I have realized is that when you find something you are passionate about it just doesn’t matter what people say because your energy, your drive and your belief is what’s important.

If you feel that you have not found your passion or if you are not sure you have one at all, please keep trying. Try anything and everything. I have started more college courses; night classes and hobbies than I care to remember and although I knew most of them were not for me at least I was finding out what I didn’t want to do.

You are never too old, it is never too late and your current situation does not define your future. If you can’t see a way out ask for help but do something or you will never know just how amazing you are and can be.

Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe in you too.

Ali xxxxx

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This week’s blog is how animals can provide comfort during times of stress, help us to live in the present and treat others how we would like to be treated ourselves. It fits well with Ali’s Blog ‘Finding Therapy in Every Day Life’

Many people may have seen the picture doing the rounds on Facebook, where apparently a young boy explains to the vet after his dog has been put down why he is not upset. People are born so they can learn how to live a good life like loving everybody all the time and being nice, well dogs already know how to do that so they don’t have to stay as long. Priceless!

Whether the little boy really said this or somebody else did really doesn’t matter – the point is that I think this is true and that it applies to all animals! In my experience animals really do see the best in everyone. Dogs are constantly happy and grateful, often despite what life throws at them. They are quick to forgive and even quicker to love. They don’t hold grudges and they don’t deliberately upset people to make up for how they are feeling at the time. Even if a dog is fearful of someone who treats them badly, they don’t normally let this affect other areas of their life. Even if they have just been mistreated by someone, if someone else who is kind to them takes them for a lovely walk they still enjoy it, they don’t let the past hurt spoil that moment!

Humans can have the tendency sometimes to bring their own troubles into the lives of those around them. However hard we try this can sometimes drag us down and make us feel hurt. Why do people we care about often talk or act in hurtful ways and what can we do about it? Well I think animals can help us with our stress and relationship management in the following ways:

  1. Act like a dog – Be cheerful & grateful for the slightest positive thing in your life (regardless of what else has happened) and see how great you feel. Imagine you have a tail and it is wagging – I guarantee that will bring a smile to your face! As the saying goes – ‘smile and the world smiles with you!’
  2. Pick up on people’s energy like a cat – Stay away from those that have a negative energy and surround yourself with those that give off a positive vibe! I won’t suggest you sit on their laps unless you want to!
  3. Try to see the best in people like a horse does, despite often their most basic needs being misunderstood. In spite of their strength and power, which could easily dominate us humans, most horses are gentle, kind and willing to please. This doesn’t mean you are a pushover, but it will mean that you try and take a positive out of every situation.

Let me know if this works for you and comment below as we would love to hear from you.

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I’m so excited to introduce Roxanne Parker as this weeks “Wellness Wednesday” guest. I’ve known Roxanne for years as she is ones of Ireland’s top fashion stylists and over the next 7 months she will be styling the celebrity judges Una Foden, Rachel Stevens and presenter Kathryn Thomas on RTE’s The Voice TV show over the next 7 months.

Roxanne is 36 has a background in journalism, runs her own styling business, regularly appears on TV shows like Xpose, and works both in Ireland and abroad for magazine and advertising clients. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition in CNM and will qualify as a nutritional therapist in 2017.

I find it incredibly inspirational how she has turned her life around as you will read below

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How would you describe your lifestyle?

Consciously health conscious! I suffered from adrenal fatigue a couple of years ago and was hospitalized with bladder problems after multiple courses of antibiotics and it absolutely knocked me out and forced me to reconsider the way I was living and working on every level. I changed my diet, cut out sugar, wheat, diary, caffeine and alcohol and I also went vegan for a year to try bring my body back to balance. I also started to meditate daily and I quit the job I was in as my stress levels were through the roof. I brought myself back to wellness with sleep, whole foods, water, and meditation. I avoided negativity focused on positivity and went for energy healing. My health is still quite fragile and I really have to be mindful and eat wholesome organic nutrient dense foods and make sure I get enough sleep and water. I’m not one of those girls who can drink, party and eat crap it affects me severely and immediately.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

Black & Green Organic 80% Dark chocolate. Some people can take a square to quell their chocolate cravings but the intense flavor never stops me from reaching for more!

 Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

Yes I work out with a personal trainer, Robin O’Sullivan, at No17 Personal Training on Merrion Square for 30 minutes three times a week. This was an essential component to my path to wellness as you have to ease you’re self back into exercise very gently after adrenal fatigue so as not to over stress the body so I really needed a professional to guide me through this transition. For me working out with a trainer is key to keeping in shape as I treat it like an important business meeting that I would never miss and I work much harder training with Robin then I ever would on my own. We do HIIT style workouts intragrating intervals of cardio with kettle bells, TRX style moves, weights, lunges and squats. I really look forward to me sessions and always leave with a smile on my face!

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?

Healthy food, good meals, cooking and being prepared with my food really empowers me and makes me feel in control of my moods and my cognitive function. When I am well fed and nourished I have razor sharp concentration, physical stamina and my moods are even as my blood sugar levels and hormonal balance is in check. This really is my secret to feeling balanced.

How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it?

Yes I started meditating on the advice of an acupuncturist I was seeing when I first became ill.

I also went to Abby Wynne a physiotherapist, shamanic healer and reiki master and she really got me into meditation. I downloaded her guided meditations from her website on to my phone and listened to them morning and night. She has free mini meditations on her Sound cloud account and if I ever feel over-whelmed I take 5 minutes out and listen to one to bring me back to centre. I also really like Doreen Virtues Angel Therapy meditations. I listen to one every night they help me sleep and make me feel safe and protected.

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

Yes for the past couple of years I have made a list on the first of January of what I want to achieve throughout the year. Invariably by the end of the year everything is crossed off. If something is left it is usually something that with time I have come to realize wasn’t right for me or that I no longer desire. More recently I have discovered Louise Hay’s positive affirmations and I find them incredible! They leave you feeling so positive and full of joy and gratitude! For me regularly practicing positive affirmations has been a game changer in my outlook on life.

How do you unwind after a busy day?

I sit in the garden and potter around the plants, and pick some herbs or vegetables for dinner. It’s so soothing being in nature, seeing the changes of the seasons, If I’m feeling particularly wired I will take off my sock and and shoes and walk bare foot on the grass, this always soothes me instantly and makes me feel grounded.

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?

Hit the hills and go hiking with friends in Co Wicklow. I’m really blessed to have like minded friends who love the great out-doors just as much as I do and who are into chilling out and getting as much fresh air and exercise as possible over the weekend. Glendalough, The Devils Glen, the trails around Powerscourt Waterfalls are all favorite walks. We usually meet early at one of our houses and car pool so we are not all driving and we swing by Avoca on route for some delicious fresh salads and organic chicken to have for lunch out on the hills. I spend so much of my time in the city I literally crave the fresh air and the expanse of the countryside when the weekend roles around. Also my friends and I often get together to cook healthy meals over the weekend. We all do the prep, bring different ingredients, try new recipes and share and enjoy the food together- it’s a really pleasurable, social way of cooking, eating and enjoying food.

 What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Drink more water! Its so basic but this one small, simple, cheap change can have a massive effect on you’re over all health. Most of us are dehydrated and this can make us feel excessively tired, falsely hungry, constipated and can cause headaches, dry skin, fine lines and skin breakouts. I have a morning routine where I drink two pints of water first thing in the morning followed by a mug of hot water with either lemon slices or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. It’s a ritual that rehydrates me after a night’s sleep and wakes me up without the need for caffeine. As I exercise I aim to drink 3-4 litres of water throughout the day, it makes a massive difference to the clarity of my skin. For those who don’t like drinking water, try throwing mint leaves and cucumber or lemon and lime slices into a 2 litre bottle of water and sipping it throughout the day to hit you’re daily quota. This will gently flavor the water naturally without any chemicals, sugar or artificial sweetener so you get a delicious, refreshing, hydrating drink without the empty calories or tooth decaying effects of a sugary cordial.

 Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means… an alignment of the body, mind and spirit. If one of these elements is out of balance, unhappiness, un-rest, and dis-ease can set in. It is a constant balancing act to try keep all in balance. But the more you become aware of yourself the easier it is to check in and become in tune with which area of you’re being is off kilter and work at bringing it back to center through exercise, healthy eating, meditation and a loving attitude towards you’re self and others. My biggest learning curve over the past few years has been that happiness comes from inside you and no one person or external thing can make you happy. I have finally learnt to love myself- it only took me 36 years but hey! Better late then never!

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Howaya, could you imagine that 80% of the people who walk this life won’t have any bad intentions towards you. But 20% won’t like you no matter what you do. Only 20% so don’t waste any time on the 20% of back stabbers, dream smashers, negative vibes. Who cares? Think of the 80%. I do.

I was at event once, when I was approached by a producer, who took a pop shot at my positive outlook on life. Made it their business to tell me this: “why so positive, I hate it”. Now if the truth be told the old me would have punched them. I don’t condone violence or idiots. So take from this, this person had to tell me they hated my positive outlook on life via my media interviews or social media. I laughed at them, told them I couldn’t care what they thought. Part of the 20%, so don’t get dragged down to their level. Smile, laugh and forget about it. Remember no time for idiots.

One of my heroes in life passed away this year. I have no doubt he is entertaining in the clouds above. Now his philosophy in life was simple.

“Davey Crockett, the day you find what you love to do in life and you can make that your job. That’s the day you’ll never forget”.

Now it sounds easy, but we all know it’s not. To wake up every morning and think I can’t wait for work. What an incredible feeling and I hope some of you readers can experience that. He also told me:

“Don’t chase the money, chase the love because then the money will inevitably become a reality out of a love & passion”

I’m always changing my hats but this week I wrote down a few simple questions on paper:

  • What makes me happy?
  • What job would I love to start work every day?
  • What script do I want to see produced or published?
  • In 5 years’ time what goal would you like to see achieved?

Now none of this ain’t going to happen unless I start to make changes. Absolutely nothing. So only you can make a difference. We all have the potential for greatness. Every single person on this planet. So ask yourself those questions. Start today, no more excuses, no more bull.

I was facilitating a drama workshop recently when I was asked what I believe is one of the most important tools of an actor’s craft. I jokingly quipped, public relations in social welfare offices. But my real answer was IMAGINATION never let that die. I believe in constantly evolving the power of our imagination. So you can visualise clearly no matter how insane or off the wall your business plan sounds.

I have a film shooting next year. I was told at every stage my work wasn’t good enough for stage, tv or film. But did I listen? No I didn’t – now I’m part of a small % whose work will be adapted to the big screen. Did every door slam in my face? Did I feel the knife being stabbed in the front & the back? Did I meet the devil or some twisted evil souls. Yes but I always imagined with my shampoo bottle winning best screenplay at the Oscars. It’s happening because I never stopped dreaming or visualising. So don’t you ever stop? Happy Tuesday and never stop dreaming.

WHO DO YOU TEND TO LISTEN TO? THE 80% OR THE 20%?

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The word therapy can scare people sometimes. The thought of entering a room where your deepest darkest secrets might be uncovered or even worse you might find out you have problems that you never even knew about before!

Believe me I can understand these fears because I have experienced them myself and putting yourself in that position can make you feel vulnerable and insecure. What I have realised though down through the years is that therapy in that sense is not always the ultimate answer. Yes it can help you take the first step towards wellness and that first step on the ladder can generally be the hardest, but good health is something that needs daily attention and heading to a therapist once a week is not going to solve your problems if you are still living a destructive lifestyle outside of therapy.

Simple everyday things like dancing and singing are examples of great therapy that we can include in our daily life. Art is therapy, friendship is therapy, meditation is therapy and self-care is therapy. How about a bubble bath, a walk in the park, coffee with friends or if you’re a parent enjoying a cup of tea by yourself! To me therapy is anything that contributes to a positive and balanced lifestyle.

We all encounter challenges on a daily basis so we need to find tools to help us cope that work for us personally and sometimes you need to try a lot of tools before you find the one that works for you.

For example if yourself and a friend were given a box each containing 100 keys and you were told that only one of the keys could open the door. What would you do?

You would have to try the keys one by one in an effort to find the one that unlocked the door. You might be lucky and pick the right key first time round or you might have to try 99 keys before you finally find the one that works and the same applies to life.

What works for one person will not work for another and you need to find what works for you. Different things will work on different days but the most important thing is to have fun along the way.

20 THERAPEUTIC THINGS FOR YOU TO TRY:

  1. Buy yourself flowers
  2. Take a bubble bath
  3. Swing on the swings in the playground and see how high you can go (my favourite!!)
  4. Listen to your favourite music
  5. Have a disco
  6. Sing your heart out
  7. Read your favourite book
  8. Have a cup of tea and your favourite treat
  9. Organise a get together with friends
  10. Meditate
  11. Colour (yes adult colouring is wonderful)
  12. Knit or sew
  13. Laugh!! At yourself, a funny movie, a silly book
  14. Go for a walk
  15. Cook your favourite meal
  16. Take a nap
  17. Journal- yes, write down your ideas, dreams, hopes and worries. I find writing one of the greatest forms of therapy
  18. Write that thank you card to someone special (There is always someone we need to thank!)
  19. Try yoga or Pilates
  20. Give yourself a compliment